Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Pleated Easter Egg & Basket

Today I have a "Print It, Pleat It" project - a papercraft design engineered so the design lines simplify the pleating process. One end of the egg is knotted, the other is tied in a bow - so you can enclose a sweet treat. There's a cute basket with a tag, for gift presentation. Clock the origami paper-inspired prints!

Here's your "Print It, Pleat It" project:


To learn how to do paper pleating, check out my Pleated Paper Globe Tutorial.
With a little bit of practice, you'll acquire the knack of pleating. If you score and pre-fold the pleating lines, the fancy folds will pop into place!

Happy pleating! 

Friday, 2 February 2018

Twist'n'Fold Valentine

This interactive Valentine is like a TARDIS - bigger on the inside! Pull the tabs to reveal the inner message. This project is my interpretation of an idea I saw in a book by Trish Witkowski (Paper Folding Templates, Apple Press 2012). 

Here's your free Valentine:

A nice feature of the card is how the edges of the heart project beyond the centre square - make sure you cut these carefully. The folds around the centre square are all mountain folds.

The secret of success is careful folding. I use a fine-point embossing tool to score the folds, then use a bone folder to set the crease. 

It's a fun moment when the card unfurls to reveal the TLC message.

Happy Valentine's Day! (Groundhog's Day today - but must plan ahead.) :D

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Valentine Accordion Basket

Here's a pretty little heart-shaped basket for sweet treats. The v-shaped accordion pleats give it a bellows look. The baske is open, but you can tie
the handle shut with a ribbon.

Your free Valentine's basket:

The trickiest part of making the basket is folding the accordion V-shape. To make things easy for you, the pleated section is colour-coded. Score the lengthwise pleats, then crease them both directions. Score the zig-zag lines in the centre, then pre-crease them. Practice folding the V-shaped accordion. When you get to the centre, pop the fold in the opposite direction.

To assemble the basket, use d/s tape to attach the hearts to the front and back of the V - then add the handle at top.