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DIY Holiday Origami Envelopes

Today I thought I would share some Christmas envelopes I made for my friend Margie. She had seen the ones I made earlier this year and wanted some made from Christmas wrapping paper.

The papers for these origami envelopes are from a holiday gift paper sample book.

The papers for these origami envelopes are from a holiday gift paper sample book.

Back in April, during National Letter Writing Month, I made a number of these envelopes using scanned images of my paste papers. I then found I could make them the perfect size for gift cards (the perfect gift for new grads).

Close up of some holiday origami envelopes made from gift wrap sample paper.

Close up of some holiday origami envelopes made from gift wrap sample paper.

Now, using wrapping paper from sample books that were given to me, I made a bunch of holiday origami envelopes.

HINT: It is best to work with quality wrapping paper, not the cheap variety. I found this out the hard way. I started with some cheap wrapping paper a friend gave me, but I didn’t like the way it folded. Luckily my friends at Nimbus, a local Ashland gallery, gifted me some samples of wrapping paper at just the right time. So, get a heavier weight quality wrapping paper to get the best results.

Close up of some holiday origami envelopes made from gift wrap sample paper.

Close up of some holiday origami envelopes made from gift wrap sample paper.

You can find links to the instructions to make these envelopes on my blog post: DIY Origami Envelope.
And to check out how to make them the size for gift cards, you can see my blog post: DIY Gift Card Origami Envelope.

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

 

Chiyogami Papers From Washi Arts

Just what I needed to raise my spirits, my paper order from Washi Arts arrived! After spending most of the past week in the hospital at the bedside of a family member, receiving these papers was just what the doctor ordered. It put a smile on my face.

These Japanese Chiyogami papers arrived at the right time to raise my spirits.

These Japanese Chiyogami papers arrived at the right time to raise my spirits.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Making More Puffy Pentagon Boxes

It’s time for my yearly art retreat! I’m packing my calligraphy supplies and a few clothes. The calligraphy supplies take priority on this trip. And I always take a little something to share with my retreat buddies. This year, it’s my Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are going to be gifts to my artist friends, chocolate included.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are going to be gifts to my artist friends, chocolate included inside.

Of course my Puffy Pentagon Boxes need something to go inside them. So I made a trip to Dagoba Chocolate here in Ashland.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely in these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely in these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

Dagoba Chocolate makes their chocolate right here in Ashland, so it’s so easy to just pick up chocolate whenever I need it. I particularly like their Taster Squares which fit very nicely in many of the boxes I make.

I used scans of my painted paste papers to make these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

I used scans of my painted paste papers to make these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

If you want to make your own Puffy Pentagon Boxes, I have instructions and a template you can print out on my blog post: DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box.

I made enough Puffy Pentagon Boxes to have extras on hand. When open, they are flat, so they are easy to store.

I made enough Puffy Pentagon Boxes to have extras on hand. When open, they are flat, so they are easy to store.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – DIY Gift Card Origami Envelope

What do you get for a high school or college grad? These days more and more people are giving either money or gift cards. So, I decided to make some good looking envelopes for those gift cards.

These origami envelopes are the perfect size to hole a gift card.

These origami envelopes are the perfect size to hole a gift card.

A couple of weeks ago on my blog post, DIY Origami Envelopes, I mentioned that they could be made in different sizes, depending on what size square you started with. I took my own advice and played with different sizes and found a perfect size square to make envelopes for gift cards.

These origami envelopes can be made the perfect size to hold gift cards.

These origami envelopes can be made the perfect size to hold gift cards.

Start with a slightly larger than 5″ square piece of text weight paper. I used a 5 and 1/8 inch square. Not all gift cards are exactly the same size, so I used a square slightly larger than 5″ so hopefully any gift card will fit in it.

These origami envelopes can be made the perfect size to hold gift cards.

These origami envelopes can be made the perfect size to hold gift cards.

I demonstrated how to make these gift card origami envelopes last Friday during the First Friday Art Walk. For my envelopes, I printed out digital prints of my paste papers on 20# copy paper. You can find lovely papers at art supply stores and scrapbook stores.

I love these origami envelopes! They can be made the perfect size to hold gift cards.

I love these origami envelopes! They can be made the perfect size to hold gift cards.

See more of my origami envelopes along with links to both video and print instructions on my blog post: DIY Origami Envelopes.

Happy folding, Candy

DIY – Color Your Own Flower Envelope

Adult coloring books have become popular of late. So, I thought my readers might be interested in coloring their own flower envelope. I’ve done the drawing and have a template that you can print out. All you have to do is to cut out the envelope, fold it, and color it.

These are the markers and pens I used to color my flower envelope. Downloadable template is at end of this blog post.

These are the markers and pens I used to color my flower envelope. Downloadable template is at end of this blog post.

I know not everyone feels comfortable drawing, so this way you don’t have to. I drew the flower, scanned it, and placed it on on the front of the envelope. I made the template to fit on an 8.5″ by 11″ paper. It makes an A-2 size envelope, but you can size it to fit whatever paper size you can print on.

My finished envelope. Downloadable template is at end of blog post.

My finished envelope. Downloadable template is at end of this blog post.

Flower Envelope Template

Happy Coloring, Candy

DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box

It’s that time again . . . chocolate is in the air as Ashland prepares for the Oregon Chocolate Festival which starts on Friday. Last year I designed the Clover Fold Box to fit a single Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square. This year I designed the Puffy Pentagon Box which will also nicely hold a Taster Square.

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

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are the perfect size to hold a Chocolate Dagoba Taster Square.

I have included a template at the end of this blog post that you can download to make your own Puffy Pentagon Boxes. Print the template on the back of a decorated paper, then cut and fold. I suggest using card stock for best results.

Five Puffy Pentagon Boxes made from my paste papers.

Five Puffy Pentagon Boxes made from my paste papers.

There’s no glue or tape or ribbon needed to hold this box together. It’s a little tricky to close the box at first, but once you have done once or twice, it becomes easy.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely into these Puffy Pentagon boxes. They make perfect hostess gifts.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely into these Puffy Pentagon boxes. They make perfect hostess gifts.

These little boxes with a little chocolate inside make perfect hostess gifts.

Puffy Pentagon Box

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Since these boxes store flat, you can make a bunch at a time and store them. They’ll be ready to puff into action whenever there is a need. Of course, you need to make sure you haven’t eaten all the chocolate or whatever you have to go in them.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Puffy Pentagon Box made from one of my paste papers.

Fold the flaps in like shown above. After the first couple of times, it becomes easy.

Fold the flaps in like shown above. After the first couple of times, it becomes fairly easy.

For more information about Dagoba Chocolate (which has its facilities in Ashland, Oregon): DagobaChocolate.com

For more information about paste papers: Making Paste Papers: Part One

Template: Puffy Pentagon Box

Enjoy, Candy

Wrapping Paper Made From Paper Scraps

I try and find uses for my paper scraps and trimmings. I use scraps left over from making my Paper Lotus Flowers to make my Paper Wrapped Pencils. This year, I’m trimmings to make wrapping paper for my holiday gifts.

Christmas gifts for my dad wrapped woven paper scraps.

Christmas gifts for my dad wrapped woven paper scraps.

I must say that this takes a bit of time to weave, so it’s great if you have small gifts. Luckily, my gifts this year are mostly small gifts. For my larger gifts, I made lined fabric bags that are reusable. I made about 30 bags in various sizes about 10 years ago and my family and I continue to use them every year.

I wove this wrapping paper from 25" trimmings off paper that I cut to make my Earth Spirit Vessels.

I wove this wrapping paper from 25″ trimmings off paper that I cut to make my Earth Spirit Vessels.

I have boxes of paper scraps. I have them organized into plain paper, decorated paper, metallic paper and, or course, paste paper. I take the boxes to workshops and retreats and share them with friends. Still, I have a whole lot of paper scraps, especially the plain paper.

I have taped the edges and then cut the excess with scissors.

I have taped the edges and then cut the excess with scissors.

When I cut the paper for my Earth Spirit Vessels, I end up with a 25″ narrow strip of paper with a deckle edge left over. I decided to use these strips, deckle and all, to weave paper to use for gift wrap.

Close up of my paper weaving. I love how the deckled edge adds to the character of the weaving.

Close up of my paper weaving. I love how the deckled edge adds to the character of the weaving.

I didn’t worry about making this perfect, as it’s wrapping paper. I taped the edges to secure the strips and cut off the excess.

Three gifts wrapped in woven paper scraps.

Three gifts wrapped in woven paper scraps.

I really enjoyed the look, even if it wasn’t traditional holiday colors.

Happy Holidays, Candy

DIY Paper Poinsettia

These paper poinsettias are easy to make and can be used for holiday decorations, package toppers, table centerpieces or place cards. I made mine in off white and in red, traditional poinsettia colors.

Three Paper Poinsettias surrounded by vintage buttons, which make great flower centers.

Three Paper Poinsettias surrounded by vintage buttons, which make great flower centers.

I started out by folding strips of paper in half lengthwise. Then I cut out 8 boat shaped petals of each of 3 sizes. Photo below shows the paper folded and pencil marks for each of the three sizes of petals along with how the petals look once cut and opened.

The folded strip of paper above the Paper Poinsettias show the three sizes of petals I cut out of the paper to make the flowers.

The folded strip of paper above the Paper Poinsettias show the three sizes of petals I cut out of the paper to make the flowers.

I cut 8 petals of each of the three sizes and a square of card stock to glue the petals to. I drew diagonal lines from corner to corner to help line up the petals. I started by gluing the larger petals around the square (see photo below). The second layer uses the middle sized petals and the last layer used the smallest petals (see photo below). I then glued a button or bead in the center of the Paper Poinsettia.

This shows how I add each layer of petals to make my Paper Poinsettia.

This shows how I add each layer of petals to make my Paper Poinsettia.

For my first Paper Poinsettia, I used glue stick to attach the petals. It worked fine. For the rest, I used a hot glue gun, which I rarely use as I am not very adept with a glue gun. However, for this project, having the globs of dried hot glue actually helped add dimension to the Paper Poinsettia. I preferred the end result of using the glue gun, but any glue will work.

Paper Poinsettia with large pearl bead for its center.

Paper Poinsettia with large pearl bead for its center.

I used a heavy text weight, about 60# to 70# papers. Feel free to experiment with different colors, weights and sizes of petals. Play and enjoy.

Happy Holidays, Candy

My Favorite Place To Buy Paper: The University of Oregon Bookstore

The University of Oregon Bookstore has the best selection of decorative papers I have ever seen. And luckily, it’s about half way between my home and Portland, Oregon, which I visit multiple times a year.

Four binders with lots of paper samples in each.

Four binders with lots of paper samples in each.

I try to time my trips to or from Portland so that I pass through Eugene when the University of Oregon Bookstore is open. This past week. I made sure I left Portland early enough to have a couple of hours to browse through papers in the Bookstore, a trip of about 300 miles.

One of six binders full of paper samples I looked through at the University of Oregon Bookstore.

One of six binders full of paper samples I looked through at the University of Oregon Bookstore.

On this latest trip, I looked through the 6 huge binders which contain samples of decorated papers, each sample in a plastic sleeve. I managed to get out the door with a mere 21 sheets of paper this time. If you love paper and are in Eugene, you’ll love visiting the basement of the University of Oregon Bookstore.

One of the new papers I purchased. I think this will make a great Paper Lotus Flower.

One of the new papers I purchased. I think this will make a great Paper Lotus Flower.

I found some shimmery paper that I think would make great holiday garlands. Look for them to appear in an upcoming blog post.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Halloween Treat Boxes

Every year I give out Halloween treats in boxes that I’ve made. This year I’m using my Truffle Box template to make my Halloween treat boxes.

This box is made from a file folder and covered with fabric. I cut and folded the file folder, then glued the fabric on the file folder.

This box is made from a file folder and covered with fabric. I cut and folded the file folder, then glued the fabric on the file folder.

In addition to making my own Halloween treat boxes, I taught my fellow calligraphers how to make them too. I asked them to bring paper suitable for Halloween boxes and taught them how to make these boxes without the need for a template.

This box was made in my box class. The paper ribbon makes this simple orange box into something very special.

This box was made in my box class. The paper ribbon makes this simple orange box into something very special.

The instructions for making these boxes without a template is a bit too much to explain in this blog, so for those of you reading this blog, you can just download the Truffle Box template and print it on the back of your paper and fold as shown in my blog post DIY Truffle Box.

Another Halloween box made in my class. This was made with scrapbook paper.

Another Halloween box made in my class. This was made with scrapbook paper.

There are many adaptations you can make for the closure of this box. You can see some of the ideas my fellow calligraphers came up with. Think of beads and loops and sticks and wire ribbon and more.

Fall leaves scrapbook paper was used to make this box. This is another box from the class I taught.

Fall leaves scrapbook paper was used to make this box. This is another box from the class I taught.

If you look closely, you can see that this box is made from paper that is black on black. Another box from my class.

If you look closely, you can see that this box is made from paper that is black on black. Another box from the class I taught.

This box, made in the class I taught, uses raffia to hold it closed.

This box, made in the class I taught, uses raffia to hold it closed.

I decided to tie all my Halloween Treat Boxes with raffia. It's easy to open and has a Halloween feel to it.

I decided to tie all my Halloween Treat Boxes with raffia. It’s easy to open and has a Halloween feel to it.

Luckily I don’t get too many trick-or-treaters at my house. All I need is a few dozen boxes which I fill with non-edible treats. I don’t like the idea of giving candy to children, so I give bat and skull rings and other little treats in my boxes.

This Halloween Treat Box is made out of a digital scanned image of one of my paste papers.

This Halloween Treat Box is made out of a digital scanned image of one of my paste papers.

I still have a few boxes from previous years, so I can be pretty confident that I won’t run out of boxes for my treats. So far, I haven’t had that problem.

Another of my scanned digital paste papers made into a Halloween Treat Box.

Another of my scanned digital paste papers made into a Halloween Treat Box.

Another Halloween Treat Box made from one of my scanned digital paste papers.

Another Halloween Treat Box made from one of my scanned digital paste papers.

I love how these Halloween Treat Boxes look together.

I love how these Halloween Treat Boxes look together.

Here’s the information on making these yourself.

Truffle Box template (click to download)

DIY Truffle Box (blog post with instructions for folding)

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Creating Inventory

I am very lucky to have a studio in the Ashland Art Center. What that means, is that as I spent most of August and September working furiously on making paste papers in my garage at home, I was still selling lots of art from my studio at the Art Center.

These are just some of the paper covered pencils I've been making for sale in my studio.

These are just some of the paper covered pencils I’ve been making for sale in my studio.

Sales were great. So, now it’s time to buckle down and get busy making more of my paper art to replace what sold.

Crossword puzzles and sheet music are the most popular of my paper wrapped pencils.

Crossword puzzles and sheet music are the most popular of my paper wrapped pencils.

This past week, I concentrated my efforts on making paper wrapped pencils. I sold out, so now it’s time to make more. Plus, I’m wanting to make some to sell at our neighborhood Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Sale that takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

The papers for these paper wrapped pencils are oriental papers. Most are from the left overs after I made paper lotus flowers.

The papers for these paper wrapped pencils are oriental papers. Most are from the left overs after I made paper lotus flowers.

Although the gold doesn't show up too well in this photo, the papers from these paper wrapped pencils all have gold on them.

Although the gold doesn’t show up too well in this photo, the papers from these paper wrapped pencils all have gold on them.

More paper wrapped pencils with gold on the papers.

More paper wrapped pencils with gold on the papers.

More paper wrapped pencils.

More paper wrapped pencils with an oriental feel to them. The set of pencils on the right were made with origami paper that a friend gave me.

It’s been a busy week, but very rewarding too.

Enjoy, Candy

Octagon Box In Progress

My friend, Sheli, and I are working on making some octagon boxes. My first step was to take apart a Victoria Secrets box a friend gave me a number of years ago. I then made myself a template in Adobe Illustrator.

The opening in the top of my box is a little big, so I used a big bead as a handle to pull up the top of the octagon box.

The opening in the top of my box is a little big, so I used a big bead as a handle to pull up the top of the octagon box. It’s still a work in progress.

My friend, Sheli, purchased some Roylco Painting Boxes from Dick Blick. They are flat circles of paper with scoring and perforations that are painted and then folded into dodecagon boxes (twelve sided boxes).

Roylco Painting Box shown painted and folded. They can be ordered from Dick Blick.

Roylco Painting Box shown painted and folded. They can be ordered from Dick Blick.

The painting should be done on the dull side of the paper, not the shiny side. It’s not easy to fold the box, and the instructions aren’t as clear as they could be.

Roylco Painting Box shown open.

Roylco Painting Box shown open.

I decided that I would play with an octagon based box rather than a dodecagon box first as I assumed an octagon box would be simpler. Simpler, yes. Simple, not really. But fun, definitely.

Octagon Box from Victoria Secrets.

Octagon Box from Victoria Secrets as seen from the top.

The Victoria Secrets box has a ribbon in the center which is used to pull up to open the box. There is a knot in the ribbon that makes it stay in place when the box is closed.

Victoria Secrets Box as seen from the side.

Victoria Secrets Box as seen from the side.

Sheli and I are working on making a template for the octagon box. We’re still modifying and playing with possibilities.

Octagon box before folding.

Octagon box before folding.

I must admit that I haven’t managed to get the folding down quite to my satisfaction yet. It’s not as easy as it looks. I’m hoping to share a template as well as techniques in a future blog post.

One variation of our octagon box almost folded.

One variation of our octagon box almost folded.

Enjoy, Candy

Paste Paper Tools

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the tools I use to make my paste papers. I included a photo of a paste paper along with the tool I used to make the design.

This tool is a favorite of many. I found it years ago in the paint section of a local paint store.

This tool is a favorite of many. I found it years ago in the paint section of a local paint store.

If you are new to paste papers, you can find out more information about them on these links to some of my previous blog posts.
Making Paste Papers – Part One
Making Paste Papers – Part Two

Yes, this is a toilet paper roll. It makes nice marks, especially as it gets used more and more.

Yes, this is a toilet paper roll. It makes nice marks, especially as it gets used more and more.

As you can see, you can make some very nice paste papers using things that are sitting around your house right now. You may, however, want to finish using your toilet paper before using the core as a paste paper tool.

You can find this rubber tool in many art supply shops.

You can find this rubber tool in many art supply shops.

Adding a second or third color using an old paintbrush can make an interesting paste paper.

Adding a second or third color using an old paintbrush can make an interesting paste paper. This is an inexpensive brush. I think I paid $1 for it.

This tool is cut from a piece of packaging insulation. Just about anything that will make a mark can be used.

This tool is cut from a piece of packaging insulation. Just about anything that will make a mark can be used.

This is a foam stamp. I found this in the children's toy section of a variety store.

This is a foam stamp. I found this in the children’s toy section of a variety store.

This is another stamp that was in the same package as the stamp in the photo above.

This is another stamp that was in the same package as the stamp in the previous photo.

This tool can be used 3 ways. I found it years ago in a paint store along with the tool in the first photo in this blog post.

This tool can be used 3 ways. I found it years ago in a paint store along with the tool in the first photo in this blog post.

I believe I got this tool from the University of Oregon Bookstore a year or two ago.

I believe I got this tool from the University of Oregon Bookstore a year or two ago.

I've had this for years. I think it is a comb for women's hair.

I’ve had this for years. I think it is a comb for women’s hair.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Pencils To Match Gift Tins

Last week after sharing my Paper Covered Metal Tea Tins, I decided that each tin ought to have its own set of matching paper wrapped pencils. So that’s what I made in my studio this past week.

I think these gift wrapped tea tins just became pencil holders.

I think these gift wrapped tea tins just became pencil holders.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

Metal tea tin to unique pencil holder.

I just love how they turned out!

Here are links to the tea tins and how I made them, how I wrapped the pencils and how I make paste papers.

link to: What To Do With Empty Metal Tea Tins

link to: DIY – Decorative Gift Containers

link to: DIY Paper Wrapped Pencils

link to: Making Paste Papers: Part One

Enjoy, Candy