ready for the festive season with sixteen papercraft projects.
Deck the halls, adorn gifts, craft cards and get party ready
with hats and table decorations – all you need is paper
and some craft supplies.
If you are a papercrafting novice you can learn quite a few
techniques with this book: using embossing powder, adding
glitter, book folding, marbling, simple origami and kirigami.
A beginner will be able to tackle all of these thanks to the
clear instructions, but they are unlikely to own a Cricut…fortunately
pretty much all the fancy cutting can also be done by hand.
The book starts with looking at different types of paper,
showing how to find the grain and what else you require to
tackle the projects. It depends what you want to make and/or
have a go at what you will buy and the author helpfully talks
a bit about each item. Before the projects there is a short
section on paper basics, such as making a square, working
with double-sided tape, scoring and folding. The projects
are divided into three sections: gifts and their packaging,
decorations and “festive fun” i.e., anything else.
Make cards and tags, marble your own wrapping paper, hang
up bunting and a novel advent calendar, decorate your table
with favor cones and put on some party hats. Many of the techniques
and patterns can be adapted for other uses so gift tags become
a garland, paper bird decorations become tags and advent houses
turn into tealight holders. Instructions are clear and involve
plenty of staged photographs as well as a large picture of
the finished item in situ. Turn to the back for all the templates,
which are mostly full sized apart from the advent house nets.
Once the techniques have been learned, I can imagine a whole
world of papercrafting will open up for the newbie, and although
it doesn’t say “beginner” in the title,
this book is suitable for one, or for anybody else in need
of a few new ideas. A lovely book that shows what fun papercraft
If you cannot find a good range of papercraft materials locally
try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.