Posts Categorized: Projects

Make Paper Butterflies!

These little paper butterflies are super cute and super easy! Roxie had a blast putting this together with me (Aryn) one rainy day. You could make a bunch of them and hang them from strings to make a little mobile, or tack them up on a wall in a group, or just make one to brighten your desk. Whatever you decide, have fun crafting! Isn’t paper the best?!

Supplies:

• Pretty paper (we found slightly thicker paper – like printer paper – is better than origami paper for this, but the origami paper is nice because it’s already perfectly square!) We got our lovely paper from Cardboard Robot in Decorah! The patterned paper is wrapping paper, and the solid paper is origami paper.

• Scissors

• Glue (optional)

Cut your paper into a rough square (if it’s not already in squares)

Fold one corner up to form a triangle and trim the excess paper off the edges.

Open it up and fold the opposite corner up to form another triangle. Trim excess paper.

Open it up again, and turn it so you can see the X. Fold one side up into a rectangle.

Open it up and turn it 90 degrees, then fold up into a rectangle again.

Flip it so the point faces up. You’re going to be folding IN (inverting) these two corners I’m pointing to.

Invert the fold on one side, and the other.

So it looks like this!

Now keep that point on the left, and fold the bottom point up to make a smaller triangle.

It’ll look like this! Keep that point on the left, and round off the top point.

Open it back up one fold. It’ll look like this!

Take these two corners – just the front pieces, not the back – and fold them down into the center.

Like this!

Now grab that bottom tip and roll it backward.

Until just the tip is sticking out above the top.

Fold that tip down over the front. Make a strong crease. This is the butterfly’s head!

Then fold the whole thing in half, starting the crease at the butterfly’s head.

Give it a squeeze! This will help keep the folds all together. (It will open up back again after the squeeze – it’s almost done!)

If you want to give your butterfly antennae, grab a couple of those trimmed paper scraps.

Tuck them in next to the head (a little drop of glue or swipe of glue stick before you tuck it in wouldn’t hurt to help keep it in place), and trim to your desired length.

And you’re done! Isn’t it cute? Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!

 

Mother’s Day Mini Magazine

Looking for a gift for mom for Mother’s Day?

Or dad for Father’s Day? Or anyone special for any special day? We’ve got the perfect thing: Make your own mini-magazine – it’s such a sweet gift!

Materials:

• Front page
• Back page
• Scissors
• Piece of yarn or string about 6-8 inches long
• Hole puncher
• Markers/Crayons/Pens/Pencils/Etc
• Kid(s) – you know, for filling out these cute little things

Print the mini magazine templates – first the front, then load the page back in your printer so it will print the back side as well.

Cut on the dotted line to separate the pages.

Fold one page with the heart on the outside (this is the cover) and fold the other page with the “you and me’ frame on the outside.

Place the You and me page into the other page (so the “You make me laugh when you..” page is facing the You and me frame).

Open both pages up and punch two holes in the “spine” (which is just the fold).

Thread the yarn or string through the pages like so. And tie on the outside.

Now it’s time for your kiddos to get creative!

If you’re making this for mom, of course, it’s generally best for a different grown-up or helper to work on this with the kid (you know, so it’s a surprise)!

Fill out each page and have your kids color pictures within. Encourage them to get as creative as they want!

Gift your sweet Mini Magazine to your special person – they will love it!

Happy Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthday, you day – You are the best!

XOXO,
Aryn (and Roxie too)

Paper Project: Unicorn Present!

Giving a gift? Make it a unicorn present!
Here’s how:

Supplies:
Unicorn template print-outs
page one and page two
Scissors
Glue stick
Tape
Wrapping paper (use whatever color you’d like!)
Box (with a present in it, we suspect!)

1. Cut out all the pieces on the unicorn print-outs (one &  two). Cut on the lines on the tail and mane pieces.

2. Wrap your present just as you would normally, but pay careful attention to the ends so they come together neatly.

3. Glue the nose parts on – both the triangle and the mouth.

4. Glue on the eyes.

5. Fold the white tab of the mane back and put the glue there. Attach to the top of the unicorn above the face. Fold it over a bit to make it look all cute!

6. Fold the white tabs on the ears back and put glue there. Attach to the unicorns head just behind the bangs.

7. Trim the bangs a bit if you want (I did)! 🙂

8. Put glue on the top part of the legs and attach to the bottom of the unicorn present at the corners.

9. Time for the horn! This is the trickiest bit. Fold on all the dashed lines, and fold on back all the white tabs.

10. Put glue on the middle tab first, then hold for a bit.

11, Glue the next tab, fold it in, and hold.

12, Glue the final tab and the two connector tables and hold them all together for a bit.

13. To keep it all in place, add a piece of tape. Cut it up the middle at the bottom and attach it to the present.

14. Fold the tab over on the tail, glue, and place on the back of the unicorn.

Now you’re done! You will make the recipient of your gift so happy even before they open it! Enjoy!