Making something with paper is both fun and enjoyable for adults and kids alike. Papercraft ideas can be very diverse and interesting. Different techniques can be used for any kind of activity either it’s for educational purpose or home décor. Similarly, papercraft can serve a purpose for making objects for personal use as well as for visual pleasure. Here are some fun DIYs for some interesting papercrafts.
Journal making is my personal favorite as I can decorate it the way I like and also can use whatever kind of paper I want. I use these self made gifts for all my clients, who love them. My massage therapist, Pagona Xenos at Wellspring Center for Health and Healing has actually wanted to offer these to her clients after getting my gift.
- Thick or hard paper for the cover
- Paper for inside pages
- Thick thread
Take a sheet of paper and fold it in half and tear it from the crease (use paper cutter if the paper is hard). Now continue tearing through the creases until you get the size of the paper of your choice. Now if you have 11 pages then that will fold to form 22 sheets. Poke 4 to 6 holes accurately on the spine of this folded paper and do it to every single page. Next, up gather all the pages in the form of a book.
Cut a hard paper page slightly larger than the inside pages and poke holes in it too with the help of a needle and set the paper along with other folded papers. Now take the thread (best to use embroidery thread) the thicker the better. Now pass the thread from inside the holes through the needle and tie the knots on the ends close to the paper so that the journal won’t come loose. Decorate your cover according to your taste and have fun with your very own journal.
Paper flower making is always fun with kids and they can also be used for home décor. The material needed for the paper flower is;
- Tape (floral)
- Flat brush
- Bamboo skewers
- Coffee filters rose template
- Floral gauge wire
- Disposable cone coffee filters (10 filters for one bloom)
Cut the petal shape filters through the help of the template. Make a rose. For the first filter, let’s take four petals that are connected to each other and insert the floral wire in the center from below of one end of the petal in a way that half wire is in the middle of two petals that are opposite to each other. Afterward, wrap two more petals tightly around the first ones by the help of the tape around the base. Use the tape tightly and pull it to let the sticky areas exposed.
For the second bloom use four connected petals and press them between two opposite petals. On the petals next to these, tear the base gently so as to double the strips along with the petals and later tighten the base with the tape.
Repeat this step as by doing this the overlapping of petals will create a nice effect and the weight and bulk will increase. Now by the help of your finger create air pockets so that the petals are curved outward and fill these gaps again with some extra petals.
Now in the last step, paint the flower with watercolors. Paint it from inside to outside and give the tips a hint of dark shade and let it dry overnight. Once dried by the help of bamboo skewers roll the petals to give it a natural look.