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DIY of the Week – Paper Snowflakes

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

It’s almost Christmas, it’s definitely December, but cold weather doesn’t even seem to be on the calendar. Those of us in Mumbai are caught in heat, with an extra special dose of heightened humidity (WHY??). So we’re going to be a bit rebellious and just make our own snow to help put us in the mood. Don’t worry, we’re not at the “stick our head inside our refrigerators” stage (yet). We’re talking about paper snowflakes, of course. Of course. So let’s get started.

 

What You Need:

1. Paper (white, if you’re going for the pure snow look, or whatever else from wrapping paper, handmade paper, to even newspaper, if you’re going for a different vibe)

2. Scissors (small craft scissors would be better for intricate design cuts)

 

What To Do:

Step 1

Take your paper and fold over a corner to help you mark out an exact square, then cut off the extra paper, if any.

Image Source - Martha Stewart

Image Source – Martha Stewart

 

Step 2

Take the folded square, and fold over again, creating a smaller triangle.

Image Source - FirstPalette.com

Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

Step 3

Imagine the twice-folded paper being in thirds, and fold one third to the front across the middle third, and the other end across the back of the middle third as shown in the picture below.

Image Source - Old Farmer's Almanac

Image Source – Old Farmer’s Almanac

 

Step 4

Trim the extra edges across the top of the folds. You can cut it straight across, at an angle, or in a circular cut, each type giving you a different general shape for your snowflake.

Image Source - FirstPalette.com

Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

Step 5

Now comes the part for your creativity. Snip out little cuts here and there, creating your own design. Just make sure not to cut entire across. (To make it easier, you can trace out a design onto the paper before you cut, especially if you’re doing it for the first few times).

Image Source - FirstPalette.com

Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

Step 6

Open open the paper folds to reveal your snowflake design. You’ll probably need to keep the opened snowflake under a heavy book initially to press out the fold, but once that’s done, you’re good to go.

Image Source - FirstPalette.com

Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

These are great for decorating on windows and walls, or you could even hang them on floss string with a bit of glue at the tip. And they’re great alternatives to bows on your Christmas gifts too!

 

Happy Decorating!

DIY of the Week – Folded Corner Bookmarks

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Whether you love going out in the monsoon season or not, you have to admit, it is absolutely the perfect weather for staying in, curling up in your favorite chair with a hot cuppa and a great book! To honor that, we’ll be dedicated the DIY projects this month to making the perfect bookmarks for our favorite books.

We’re kicking of the first DIY of September with these lovely (and incredibly easy to make) folded bookmarks, that you just need to stick on the corner of the page you take a break on.

 

What you need:

1. Origami colored paper (regular paper or chart paper can be used to, if you so wish)

2. Ruler

3. Scissors

4. Markers / paints

 

What to do:

Step 1

Measure and mark a 6 x 6 inch piece of the paper and cut it.

Image source - JAM Paper

Image source – JAM Paper

 

Step 2

Fold the piece you have cut, following the steps shown in the figure below. Take your time, the first few times, as it can get a bit confusing.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Step 3

Take your markers or paint, or even other colored paper, and make your design, and there you go – your bookmark is ready!

Image source - dltk-kids.com

Image source – dltk-kids.com

 

The only limit to the kind of designs you can make or create is your own imagination. From animals, to superheros, to monsters, try a new one for each new book you read! P.s. they make great gifts for fellow readers too. Here are some photos for extra inspiration -

Image source - Namaste Switzerland

Image source – Namaste Switzerland

 

Image source - Scraplisters.com

Image source – Scraplisters.com

 

Special Bonus:

If you’re looking to try your hand at a different shape, you can try this heart-shaped bookmark too. Just take a paper of the color of your choice, and fold away!

Image source - Funstitch

Image source – Funstitch

 

Happy Reading!