Category Archives: DIY

Puffy Pentagon Boxes and Chocolate Make Perfect Travel Gifts

I always like to have a bunch of gifts on hand when I travel as I never know when I may want to give a little “thank you” to someone. It doesn’t seem to be a problem for me when I’m traveling by car or in my van. There’s always a little space to pack my gifts.

These puffy pentagon boxes pack flat for packing. They’re the perfect size to hold a Dagoba Chocolate taster square.

But it becomes a little more difficult when I travel by air. And our current trip was even more difficult because because we flew back to Arizona where we had left our van. Our suitcases were full of clothes and supplies for six weeks of traveling. There wasn’t much “extra” room. I solved the problem with two of my favorite things, my puffy pentagon boxes and Dagoba chocolate taster squares.

It takes just moments for the puffy pentagon box to go from flat into a delightful little box.

The puffy pentagon box stores flat, making it a perfect choice for taking with me when traveling. And the taster squares don’t take up much space either. The only hard part has been not eating all the chocolate before I give it as a gift.

The perfect paring for a gift, chocolate and a handmade little puffy pentagon box.

Here’s a link to my DIY blog post that details how to make the clover fold box and the template so you can make your own.

Blog post: DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box

Template: Puffy Pentagon Box

Enjoy, Candy

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2017

I made this shamrock some time ago and shared the instructions last year. See the link below to make your own.

See the link below for the instructions to make your own paper shamrock.

DIY Paper Shamrock

Enjoy, Candy

Paper Star From Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

While traveling, I am not able to make January’s paper project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. There just wasn’t enough room to pack everything. I purchased both the calendar as well as the custom paper pack, so it’s going to be fun to make this once I get back home.

Paper star, January’s project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Meanwhile, I thought I’d share Helen’s photo of the paper star she made from kite paper. The instructions for making this are included in her calendar, one project for each month of the year. If you are interested in getting your own calendar see: 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Enjoy, Candy

2016 Year End Review and Preview of 2017

As 2016 comes to a close, I am amazed at how much art I accomplished while attending to the needs of others. 2016 has been the most stressful year of my life, and I think making art has been what got me through the year. I would not have made as much art this past year if I had not felt so committed to all of you who read and comment on my blog. I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

My square envelopes with interlocking heart closure was one of my favorite DIY projects of 2016. DIY – Square Envelope With Interlocking Heart Closure

The square envelope with an interlocking heart closure is one of my favorite DIY’s from 2016. It has also received a lot of shares on the internet.

This Paper Origami Mandala is made with 8 pieces of paper 4 times longer in height as in width. DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes

My most popular blog post from 2016 was: DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes. This post includes links to instructions to make a number of different patterns.

This tea bag rosette was made from 8 tea bag wrappers like the one in the photo above. DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Origami Rosettes.

I actually save my tea bag wrappers, fold them, and make origami rosettes. The above photo shows one of the many patterns that can be made using tea bag wrappers.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are perfect to hold a Chocolate Dagoba Taster Square. DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box

I designed my Puffy Pentagon Box for the Oregon Chocolate Festival. This has been a favorite of many of my personal friends as well as those who read my blog on the internet. You can download the template from my blog post: DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box.

These origami envelopes are fun to make and quite addictive, too. They were another favorite DIY blog post. DIY Origami Envelope

I wish to thank Paula Bearded Krieg for the instructions for these wonderful envelopes. My blog post: DIY Origami Envelope includes a link to her instructions.

This photo shows the different burl wood I was looking at for the base of this Nuptial Spirit Vessel. Nuptial Spirit Vessel – The Processl

Although I can look at the numbers and know which post got the most views, it’s impossible to decide which is my most successful blog post of the year. Some posts are viewed a lot. Others have lots of comments. Some are shared a lot, or have lots of Facebook likes or are pinned on Pinterest. Some blog posts have been up for most of the year and some only a few months or weeks.

Two little birds made from watercolor blobs. DIY – From Blobs To Birds

Going through my statistics, I found that my blog has been viewed from 168 countries. The internet is an amazing place. I am so happy that I can reach so many people who love paper art.

50 triangle boxes are a whole lot of boxes.

My most popular photo on Pinterest brings thousands of views to the blog post 50 Triangle Boxes for a 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Quite a few of my older blog posts are still getting a lot of views too. 50 Triangle Boxes for A 50th Wedding Anniversary gets thousands of views from a photo on Pinterest. The DIY – Triangle Boxes, which includes a link to the template for making these triangle boxes, gets lots of views too.

Winter Walk book designed by Camille Riner that I made from her digital files. This photo has been shared a lot on Pinterest. Tiny Winter Walk Book

So what’s ahead for 2017? Obviously I will continue to do DIY blog posts. There will also be a lot of Art On The Go! blog posts about the paper art I make and see on my travels. And I will be writing about practicing random kindness and senseless acts of beauty throughout 2017 too.

Happy New Year! I look forward to a new and wonderfully creative 2017.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Paper Holiday Ornament

While I’m busy cutting paper and packing for a two month trip (more about that later), I thought you would enjoy this cute paper ornament compliments of Helen Hiebert and Mulberry Paper and More.

Check out Helen Hiebert’s blog post for the instructions to make these cute paper ornaments.

Helen Hiebert shared the instructions for making these ornaments on her blog post: 25 Days of Paper 2016: Day 14.

 

Enjoy, Candy

DIY 2017 Dodecahedron Cube Calendars

Marlies of CraftMeister, Marlies Creative Universe, has made 12 sided dodecahedron cube calendars since 2005. And for a number of years she’s been sharing her downloadable calendars on her website.

These Dodecahedron Cube Calendars are fun to make, though they do require intense concentration.

Marlies has 12 different patterns that you can download for free. I downloaded 5 different patterns and made had a lot of fun making them.

This Dodecahedron Cube Calendar design is called “stones.”

 

This Dodecahedron Cube Calendar design is called “water.”

 

This Dodecahedron Cube Calendar design is called “crumpled paper.”

 

This Dodecahedron Cube Calendar design is called “fluorescent flowers.”

 

This Dodecahedron Cube Calendar design is called “abstract green.”

 

The five 2017 Dodecahedron Cube Calendars I made this year.

You can download your own calendar from Marlies website: 2017 12-Sided Dodecahedron Cube Calendars Are Ready! She does ask for your email address, but the download is free.

Enjoy, Candy

 

To My Email Subscribers: You May Have Missed My Posts

This post is to all my wonderful email subscribers. There was a software glitch for the past two and a half months where only a few of my posts actually were sent out to you. I have been advised that the glitch has finally been fixed. I’m including links to my past posts so you can click on them in case you missed some. Just click on the link below each photo to the blog post.

Lettering Envelopes For My Holiday Cards 


DIY Torn Paper Santa Holiday Cards

Paper Pop Up Trees From Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

PaperLove E-course – Weeks 3 and 4

 

DIY Autumn Leaves Paper Wreaths

 

DIY Holiday Origami Envelopes

 

PaperLove E-course – Week 2

 

2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

 

PaperLove E-course – Week 1

DIY Halloween Treat Boxes

23 Sandy Gallery Show – Makeready: Dead Feminists from Print to Page

 

DIY Halloween Envelopes

 

Birds From Blobs On Envelopes

 

My Inspiration Wall

 

Ashland Open Studio Tour

 

More Chiyogami Papers Arrived!

Getting Ready For The Ashland Open Studio Tour

 

Dorothy’s Dinky Doodles

Hopefully emails will go out as normal from here on out with no more glitches.

Enjoy, Candy

 

DIY Torn Paper Santa Holiday Cards

My Christmas cards this year are a graphic image of Santa made from cut and torn pieces of red, white and tan paper. These are easy to make and would be a fun project to do with children.

My torn paper Santa Christmas cards are waiting to be mailed.

My torn paper Santa Christmas cards are waiting to be mailed.

Materials: I used red paper, beige paper and white paper. For the torn white paper, I tried both a printmaking paper  (unknown brand from my stash) and 80# Strathmore Aquarius watercolor paper. Both worked well, but I really liked how the soft printmaking paper tore. For my adhesive I used double sided tape, but glue stick would work well. You want an adhesive that isn’t very wet because that would wrinkle the paper. I also used a black marker, a light brown marker and blush makeup. In lieu of blush makeup, a crayon or pastel or chalk would work, possibly a marker.

My torn paper Santa cards look more difficult to make than they are.

My torn paper Santa cards look more difficult to make than they are.

Instructions for 5″ by 7″ card:

  1. I used red paper, beige paper and white printmaking paper (light weight watercolor paper would work well too). Text weights are fine for the red and beige papers.
  2. Cut red paper 5″ wide and about 2.5″ high and paste it on the top of the card (I used double stick tape, but glue stick would work as well).
  3. Cut beige paper 5″ wide and about 2.5″ high and paste under the red paper.
  4. Tear a white paper and paste it between the red and beige paper.
  5. For the beard, tear a piece of white paper that is 5″ wide and play around with making it look like a beard. When you are happy with the way it looks, trim the bottom of the paper to where the bottom of the card will be and glue to the card.
  6. Decorate your Santa. Black pen for eyes and mouth. Colored pen for nose. Makeup blush for the cheeks, or use a crayon or marker.
My torn paper Santa Christmas Card.

My torn paper Santa Christmas Card.

Next step is to write messages and address the envelopes.

Enjoy, Candy

Paper Pop Up Trees from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

I purchased Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar earlier this fall. The first month is December 2016, so it’s really a 13 month calendar along with a paper project for each month including instructions and templates.

Paper Pop Up Tree from Helen Hiebert's 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Paper Pop Up Trees from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

In addition to the calendar, I also purchased a custom paper pack which includes paper and materials for each project. I haven’t used my custom paper for my Pop Up Tree yet as I want to play around with different possibilities first.

Paper Pop Up Tree from Helen Hiebert's 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Paper Pop Up Tree from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

I made the light green tree first. I just used green copy paper. I used a wrapping paper sample for the green and silver tree. I also put a gold bead on the top and strung gold threat down the inside folds.

Paper Pop Up Tree from Helen Hiebert's 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Paper Pop Up Tree from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

I will be demonstrating this Paper Pop Up Tree in my studio at the Ashland Art Center during the First Friday Art Walk this Friday. It’s a fun project, great for adults as well as kids. I will have my calendar there so you can take a look at it and the projects in case you want to purchase one for a gift, or for yourself.

This is December's calendar page.

This is the calendar page for December 2016.

If you would like to purchase your own calendar: 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

You can also check out Helen Hiebert’s Facebook page: 25 Days of Paper.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Autumn Leaves Paper Wreaths

While I’m busy getting ready for a local fundraiser, I thought I would share some of my autumn paper wreathes. These are fun to make.

The colors here say "Thanksgiving" to me.

The colors here say “Thanksgiving” to me.

I’ve made three different autumn paper leaves over the years. While I love them all, the one above is my favorite.

My finished Autumn Paper Leaves Wreath.

Autumn Leaves Paper Wreath

Some time back, I saw a burlap-leaf wreath kit in a catalog. Now I don’t particularly care for burlap, but it got me thinking that it would be fun to make a wreath of my own using paper leaves. I have no idea how big the wreat was in the kit, and I can’t even remember which catalog I saw it in But that’s usually the best way for me to go about a project —with a semi-vague idea of what I want to make. That way I’m on my own and not trying to make something exactly the way someone else did.

I started by cutting a piece of cardboard into a circle. I used a dinner plate as my template.

I started by cutting a piece of cardboard into a circle. I used a dinner plate as my template.

This was just a fun project where I didn’t worry about using archival materials. Some of the papers are probably archival, but the cardboard I used for the back of the wreath is definitely not. I used one of my dinner plates as a template for the circle. A compass would work as well, but I tend to work with whatever is close at hand when I jump into a project.

Here is how I started my first paper wreath.

Here is how I started my first paper wreath.

For my leaves, I made a template out of card stock. After making a shape I liked, I cut it out of the card stock. The template is the shape of half a leaf, so I would cut out a piece of paper 1 and 1/2″ wide and 3 and 1/2″ long, fold it in half, trace around my leaf template in pencil then cut it out. Do you have any idea how many leaves I had to make? Cutting out all those leaves took a lot of time. But, I love the result. I used PVA as my glue because it was nearest to me, but just about any craft glue would work. You could even use a glue gun.

This was my first Autumn Leaves Paper Wreath.

This was my first Autumn Leaves Paper Wreath.

My first wreath came out fairly well, but it turned out that I hadn’t alligned the leaves as well as I could have. To solve that problem on my second wreath, I drew concentric circles about 1″ apart and lot of radius lines so I could make sure my leaves were all pointing towards the center of the circle.

Here you can see the concentric circles I drew on the cardboard to help me line up the leaves.

Here you can see the concentric circles I drew on the cardboard to help me line up the leaves.

It kind of looks like a dart board or archery target. I also made my cardboard base a bit larger as I decided I wanted a slightly larger wreath than the first one. Mat board or foam core could also work for the backing of the wreath.

My finished Autumn Paper Leaves Wreath.

My finished Autumn Paper Leaves Wreath

While it takes a little bit of time to cut out the leaves, I think the result is worth the effort.

Enjoy , Candy

 

 

2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

I’m so excited to finally have in my hands Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. There’s a paper project (along with instructions) for each month of the year. Plus, there’s a bonus month, December 2016!

2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar plus the paper pack.

2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar by Helen Hiebert plus the paper pack.

In addition to the calendar, I also ordered the custom paper pack which includes all the materials to complete the projects. It has papers, beads, bamboo skewers, book board, balsa wood and tea lights. You can see them in the above photo.

12 Months of Paper Calendar by Helen Hiebert.

12 Months of Paper Calendar by Helen Hiebert.

I’ll be making these projects throughout 2017, so be sure to stay tuned and see how they turn out.

Link to purchase your own calendar: 2017 Twelve Months of Paper

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Halloween Treat Boxes

While I don’t approve of giving a bunch of sugar to young children, I do want to give my Halloween Trick or Treaters something that they like. My answer to this has been to make my own Paper Treat Boxes for Halloween. When I give my Trick or Treaters their boxes, they are more interested in the boxes themselves than what’s inside.

Clover Fold Boxes made from black paper sponged with white paint.

Clover Fold Boxes made from black paper sponged with white paint.

I fill my boxes with spider or skull rings or something related to the season. My Trick or Treaters are happy and I have a clear conscience of not having caved in to giving them sweets.

Close up of two of my Halloween Treat Boxes.

Close up of two of my Halloween Treat Boxes.

This year I am making Clover Fold Boxes from black card stock. I sponged white acrylic paint on the black card stock and let it dry overnight.

Halloween Treat Boxes and the paper I made them from (on the right).

Halloween Treat Boxes and the paper I made them from (on the right).

Since the paper is black, I traced the clover fold template on the reverse side of the paper using blue transfer paper. Then I cut out the box, folded it, and used heavy duty double stick tape to tape the corners of each box. You could use most any glue or tape for this.

Halloween Treat Boxes made from black card stock that was sponged with white paint.

Halloween Treat Boxes made from black card stock that was sponged with white acrylic paint.

If you are making these boxes with children, you may want to use white tempera or other non-toxic and/or easy to clean paint.

You can download the template for making your own Clover Fold Box below.

Template: Clover-Fold Box

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Halloween Envelopes

With Halloween just around the corner, I decided I wanted to make and send Halloween envelopes to some young friends. Again, this year, I took my ideas from Ed Emberley’s Halloween Drawing Book. You can check out a review I did of his book: Ed Emberley’s Halloween Drawing Book.

I love these dancing skeletons.

I love these dancing skeletons. They go well with the pumpkin postage stamp.

I have been traveling to Junction City, Eugene, and Portland, Oregon for the past few days, and this project has been easy to do while on the road. I brought along some envelopes, black pens and my address book. I purchased the Halloween postage stamps in Eugene.

This is a great Haunted House! The name and address go on the right.

This is a great Haunted House! The name and address go on the right.

I took three of the photos as my friend, Sharon’s house in Portland, Oregon. I usually photograph on a white background, but Sharon has this absolutely wonderful fall tablecloth which I couldn’t help but use for my background. I love how things seem to work out serendipitously.

This was my first attempt at skeletons. Although accidental, I like the way they grow taller as they go across the envelope.

This was my first attempt at skeletons. Although accidental, I like the way they grow taller as they go across the envelope.

I love making Haunted Houses, but I must admit that they take an awful long time to complete. The skeletons took much less time, and I think they look great! I think I’ll be making a bunch more of the skeleton envelopes this year.

This envelope was made using the instructions in Ed Emberley's Halloween Drawing Book.

This envelope was made using the instructions in Ed Emberley’s Halloween Drawing Book.

There are so many ideas for making all sorts of Halloween drawings in Ed Emberley’s book. I think it’s perfect adults as well as children. I know that my adult friends have loved receiving these envelopes in the past.

This is a #10 business envelope with the address written with a white gel pen.

This is a #10 business envelope with the address written with a white gel pen.

I should have started making these envelopes a month ago so I could send them to all my mail art and other friends. Maybe next year. So much art to do and still only 24 hours in a day.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Birds From Blobs On Envelopes

With the Open Studio Tour behind me, I figured it was time to catch up on some overdue correspondence. So, this past week I played with making blobs into birds, ending up with some colorful, happy envelopes. If you missed the instructions for making birds from blobs, check out my blog post: DIY – From Blobs to Birds.

The birds on these envelopes started out as little watercolor blobs. I love how festive they look!

The birds on these envelopes started out as little watercolor blobs. I love how festive they look!

After making the envelopes, I went to my local Post Office and got their last birds stamps. I hope they get more because I plan on making more of these envelopes.

Close up of one of the envelopes. Each cof these birds started out as a blob of color on the envelope.

Close up of one of the envelopes. Each of these birds started out as a blob of color on the envelope.

I love how colorful these envelopes are. I demonstrated how to make these little birds during the Open Studio Tour, and they were instant hits.

Close up of one of the envelopes. Each of these birds started out as a blob of color on the envelope.

Close up of one of the envelopes. Each of these birds started out as a blob of color on the envelope.

I played around with different watercolors, and they all worked fine, even the inexpensive ones. All you need are some watercolor paints and a black marker.

Although you can't see it well in the photo, these birds were mad from metallic painted blobs. They really sparkle in person.

Although you can’t see it well in the photo, these birds were mad from metallic painted blobs. They really sparkle.

These envelopes are sure to brighten someone’s day. Why not try making some of your own?

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Enjoy, Candy

Dorothy’s Dinky Doodles

Last year, before my friend Dorothy moved, she gave me a couple sheets of one of her Dinky Doodles. I’m not sure if they’re laser or ink jet copies, but I absolutely love them! I put them away and forgot about them until I was going through the paper piles in my studio closet this past week.

I was able to make all these little boxes from the two papers of Dinky Doodles that Dorothy gave me.

I was able to make all these little boxes from the two papers of Dinky Doodles that Dorothy gave me.

I decided it was time for me to do something with these doodles that Dorothy gave me. The papers were light weight copy paper, so I decided folded little paper boxes would look great out of these papers.

These were the two Dinky Doodles that Dorothy gave to me. They are copies of doodles that she makes.

These were the two Dinky Doodle papers that Dorothy gave to me. They are copies of doodles that she makes.

I folded the tops of the boxes out of Dorothy’s paper and made the bottoms of the boxes out of colorful coordinating papers.

Little folded boxes made from Dorothy's Dinky Doodle paper.

Little folded boxes made from Dorothy’s Dinky Doodle papers.

Dorothy paints what she calls Dinky Doodles on papers. It’s fun and easy for anyone to do. Then she copies her doodles. This would be a perfect project to do with children. It would work well with crayons or watercolors or markers.

Little boxes made from Dorothy's painted papers she calls Dinky Doodles.

Little boxes made from Dorothy’s painted papers she calls Dinky Doodles.

Enjoy, Candy