Fill your home
and delight your family and friends with these fun papercraft
projects. You won’t need a die cutter or any expensive
tools, just basic items, a steady hand and some patience.
The results are twenty-five lovely, professional looking and
very contemporary pieces from pictures to gift boxes, garlands,
planters, decorations and ornaments.
I love a book that uses traditional, simple materials and
comes up with something that looks totally modern. If you
are already a papercrafter, you won’t need to buy anything
new, and if you are not, then scissors, a craft knife and
plenty of plain, colored paper is mostly all you require.
There are lists of what you need at the front, but the emphasis
is on the making rather than the buying.
A helpful guide to the layout of projects
is included, so you get the most out of them, plus a list
of symbols denoting techniques used and three skill levels.
Before the projects, there are several pages where beginners
can learn the skills they need. Cutting, curling, folding,
scoring and tying a perfect bow are all covered with staged
photographs. Each project also has these, either square or
prettily shaped like hexagons, recalling bee hives and giving
the pages an attractive layout. Sometimes I felt that they
could have been larger but work in a good light and this won’t
be too much of a problem.
There are some imaginative and unusual pieces
in here, including a swan gift bag, a vase of twigs sporting
cherry blossom, summer festival floral crown, a wonderfully
elaborate Polish paper chandelier decoration, faux cuckoo
clock and my own favorite, a string of LED fairy lights with
metallic paper flower shades. Some of the templates will need
to be enlarged, but most of this book will be doable as soon
as you receive the book. Papercraft for the 21st century.