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Creating Paper Bag Luminarias for Holiday Decorating

Traditionally, luminarias are made of votive candles set in paper bags weighted with sand and placed in rows along walkways, driveways, and even rooftops. You can use them in new ways, however, to light [more…]

Fun Paper Crafts and Decorations for Christmas

If you like the idea of crafting Christmas items from paper, or if you just like to embellish the paper goods you already have, then invest in a good paper-crafting stash of items and create any of the [more…]

How to Wrap Gifts Like a Pro

A beautifully wrapped gift is a gift in itself; it takes time and is an artful expression of the giver. Knowing how to wrap gifts like a pro requires patience, skill, and plenty of space. [more…]

How to Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

Wrapping Christmas gifts doesn’t have to be expensive. Brown craft paper and white butcher paper are cost-effective alternatives to sometimes high-priced wrapping paper. [more…]

How to Make a Pop-Up Christmas Tree Card

Making your own Christmas cards is a great way to save money. This simple pop-up card is a great craft project for older children. Using a single sheet of card and no glue at all, you can make simple but [more…]

How to Make a 3-D Découpage Christmas Card

Save money this Christmas by making your own découpage Christmas cards with a 3-D effect. These découpage holiday cards are fun to make and easy for children to do. People enjoy getting homemade cards [more…]

How to Make a Multilayered Pop-Up Christmas Card

Homemade pop-up Christmas cards don’t have to look like amateur work. You can create a beautiful, multilayered pop-up Christmas card by using magazine photos, your own photos, or old cut up Christmas cards [more…]

Christmas Crafts for Kids: Shoebox Diorama with Peephole

A shoebox diorama is a great budget craft project to keep children busy during the holidays. To make the diorama, use images from old Christmas cards. You'll end up with a charming decoration that family [more…]

How to Make a Five-Pointed Paper Snowflake

Folding and cutting paper snowflakes is a common holiday craft idea that everyone, young and old, can enjoy. Creating a paper snowflake with an even number of sides is fairly easy, but you can really impress [more…]

How to Make a Six-Pointed Paper Snowflake

One of the easiest, most common, and most enjoyable of holiday crafts is cutting snowflakes out of paper. Folding your paper to create a standard six-pointed paper snowflake is a little more difficult [more…]

How to Make an Eight-Pointed Paper Snowflake

One of the easiest, most common, and most enjoyable of holiday crafts is cutting snowflakes out of paper. Folding your paper to create a standard eight-pointed paper snowflake is pretty easy, as long as [more…]

Tips for Folding Paper into Origami Objects

Origami really allows you to be creative. As well as following models, you can always expand or adapt them, or follow your impulse and create your own designs from scratch. Here are some simple tips to [more…]

Origami Kit For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

The ancient art of origami – or paper-folding – is fun, challenging and therapeutic. The humble sheet of paper is transformed when you use it for origami, and the possibilities for models are endless. [more…]

Items for Your Paper Engineering Toolbox

Paper engineering is a fascinating hobby and relatively inexpensive. To get started, you only need a few tools for your toolbox. Remember to get the best scissors you can, along with these supplies: [more…]

Converting Paper Weights

Knowing a paper’s weight is important when working on paper engineering and pop-up designs because the thickness of the paper is the feature that most defines its stiffness. Finding the weight of a piece [more…]

Materials for Your Paper Engineering Workshop

When you’re organizing your workspace for creating paper engineering and pop-up projects, it’s a great idea to have a variety of items within reach. So, when you visit a craft store, keep an eye out for [more…]

Drawing Your Paper Engineering and Pop-up Designs

If you’re marking your card with a pencil and ruler rather than designing on your computer, you can do a few things to help the process and keep things neat. Keep the following paper engineering and pop-up [more…]

Paper Engineering and Pop-ups For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Paper engineering and pop-ups is a fun hobby and you only need a few supplies to get started and create intricate, fun designs. Knowing the thickness of the paper you're working with helps when you're [more…]

How to Make Contac Paper Window Shades

You make this window shade with adjacent squares covered with clear Contac paper, which is a great material to work with for many reasons: It allows in light while still offering some privacy, and it’s [more…]

How to Wrap a Gift

Knowing the basics of how to wrap a gift makes the task quick and easy. After you master these easy gift-wrapping steps, you'll find your own shortcuts. If you're feeling ambitious after you wrap the present [more…]

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