Archive for December, 2012
If you’re familiar with crafts that deal with repurposing old materials, you’ve probably seen ornaments similar in construction to this one, using old Christmas cards. We decided to use map paper for our ornament, and instead of using circles to make our ornament, we cut out triangles to make it look more like a star.
Although an origami box in itself is not upcycled or recycled, using recycled paper makes it so! When thinking about origami, so many people feel limited to using only special origami paper. The truth is, reusing paper from old books or maps can make origami even more exciting and interesting. After experimenting with different kinds of paper, we’ve found map paper to be the best weight for origami, although in this example, sheet music worked equally well.
We’ve already done one tutorial on how to make bows out of recycled paper, now here’s another type of bow to decorate your gifts with! This style of bow resembles a bow-tie, hence the name. Hope you enjoy!
Today’s tutorial is how to make a quilled ornament. Quilling is the art of curling strips of paper into intricate designs, and since it involves paper, we were definitely interested in giving it a try! Although professional quillers use special tools to curl their paper strips, we just used a pen and some scissors to make our strips curl up.