I went to a craft fair a few weeks back, and while I was there I tried my hand at a paper craft class run by Lucy from Magpie Craft. Lucy was lovely and a very patient teacher! I really enjoyed the class would definitely recommend it – Lucy’s workshops are based in York and there are three more before Christmas. She taught me how to cut and fold paper jewels, and then turn them into a snowflake wreath. It’s so easy and it looks so effective – in true Blue Peter style, here’s one I made earlier:
You will need –
6 pieces of double sided paper or card – I got a pack from Hobby Craft.
Craft foam pads (or a stapler) – again, I got mine from Hobby Craft.
Optional extras – A mug of green tea and a pack of Snow Bites (NOM)
First, choose the most gorgeous card in your pack. Mine had so many to chose from, but I went for this nifty dotted number.
Folding and cutting
1 – Fold the square in half, corner to corner.
2 – Fold it in half again, corner to corner.
3 – Make three cuts into the side that is double folded.
4 – Unfold the card
Contructing your jewel
1 – Curl the point of the innermost cut and attach together.
2 – Turn the card over and curl the next set of innermost points and attach together.
3 – Repeat this curling and attaching until you have done them all.
Side note –the jewels look pretty great on their own. Why not make some extra, punch a hole in the top and hang them as decorations? You can also hang beads from the bottom to weigh them down a little.
Constructing the snowflake wreath
1 – Attach jewels to each other at the side points.
2- Attach them together at the centre to secure them.
3 – TA DAH!
4 – So you can hang it up, use a hole punch make a hole at the top and attach some string or wire.
Isn’t it cute? I think using the sticky pads wasnt the best idea so I would recommend using a stapler (or selotape) instead as my wreath kept popping open. I used the stapler in the class but I don’t have one at home!
I think at Christmas making this in plain white paper (or christmas paper) would be a cheap and easy way to decorate your front door. What do you think? Have you ever tried paper craft?
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