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DIY – Pinwheel Fold Card

My most popular DIY from last year has been my Pinwheel Fold Card. I decided to repeat it. I originally found a photo on the internet of this card, but no instructions, so I created my own version. The card looked like a pinwheel, so I called it a Pinwheel Fold Card.

One Pinwheel Fold Card open and one closed.

One Pinwheel Fold Card open and one closed.

After I made the card, I decided to google “pinwheel fold card” and found out that other people have made the card and called it the same name. I even found instructions on how to make them on YouTube. My instructions, however, are a bit different from those on YouTube. My instructions allow you to make this card using any size square. My instructions also doesn’t require straight and diagonal folding boards. Once you have made your first one, you realize that they’re really quite deceasy to make.

I made my Pinwheel Fold cards in two different sizes.

I made my Pinwheel Fold Cards in two different sizes.

The basic concept of this card is that there is an inside square and an outside square. The length of the side of the inside square is half the length of the outside square. If the outside square is 8 inches, then the inside square is 4 inches.

Here are the papers I am using to make a Pinwheel Fold Card.

Here are the papers I used to make my Pinwheel Fold Card.

I started with 2 text weight 8 inch squares of paper,  a card stock 4 inch square in gold and a 3.5 inch square with the card message on it. You can see my choice of colors and patterns above. Using two coordinating patterns would work nicely too.

Here are the steps I went through to make my Pinwheel Fold Card.

Here are the steps I went through to make my Pinwheel Fold Card.

Instructions:

  1. Using either a glue stick or double sided tape, glue the two 8″ squares together in the center only. In order to let the papers bend without buckling, make sure the gluing is only in the center of the two squares and doesn’t extend out to where you will be folding (see figure 1 above).
  2. With a pencil, mark with a line the middle of the length and width of the square that will be the inside of the card (figure 2).
  3. Lay the 4″ card stock with the points of the square lining up with the pencil marks that show the middle of the larger square. Glue in place (figure 3).
  4. Fold up the outside paper against the inside square (figure 4).
  5. Repeat around each side of the square. Notice that there are 4 triangles made at the intersection of these folds (figure 5).
  6. Cut out the triangles (figure 6).
  7. Turn the card over. Fold the first pinwheel flap as shown in figure 7.
  8. Repeat for all 4 sides (figure 8).
  9. Turn the card over again and glue the message into the middle of the card (figure 9).
  10. Start folding the sides of the card up, one overlapping the next. Make sure you fold so that the result looks like a pinwheel (figure 10).
  11. When you get to the last flap, insert it under the first, like folding a box lid (figure 11).
  12. The finished Pinwheel Fold Card (figure 12).

In addition to working with the 8 inch squares, I also used some 6 inch origami squares of both printed and coordinating solid papers. Using the origami paper, which was already cut, made the cards go super fast. With the 6″ squares, I used a piece of 3 inch card stock for the inside square.

These Pinwheel Fold Cards were made from 2 sheets each of coordinating origami paper, one print and one solid.

These Pinwheel Fold Cards were made from 2 sheets each of coordinating origami paper, one print and one solid.

Note: The pinwheel folds keeps the two papers together, so no additional gluing is necessary after the first gluing in step one.

I hope you enjoy making your own Pinwheel Fold Cards.

Happy creating, Candy

DIY – Paper Star Card

While I was cleaning up my studio last week, I came across some of my red, white and blue paper start that I made my Star Garland with. I decided the stars would look great sewn on a card, and I was right.

I used left over stars from my Star Garland to make this 4th of July card.

I used left over stars from my Star Garland to make this 4th of July card.

This is one of the few projects that went together just the way I thought it would. Nice when that happens.

I wanted my card 5″ x 7″ to fit an A-7 envelope. So, I cut my paper 7″ wide and 15″ high. I wanted an extra 5″ to turn under to cover my stitching. If you don’t mind your stitching showing, or if you want to paste a piece of paper over the stitching, cut the card 7″ wide by 10″.

My paper is 7" wide by 15" high. I have folded it in thirds so my finished card will be 5" by 7".

My paper is 7″ wide by 15″ high. I have folded it in thirds so my finished card will be 5″ by 7″ and fit into a standard A-7 envelope..

I printed “Happy 4th” in the Bermuda Squiggle typeface and colored in the left side of the squiggle in alternating blue and red. I used a dark blue embroidery thread to sew my stars.

Here I have started sewing my stars on my card.

Here I have started sewing my stars on my card.

I laid out my red, white and blue stars on my card and decided where I thought they would look good. With a white card, I thought two red, two blue and only one white set of stars looked really good together.

This photo shows a finished card and the reverse side of one that hasn't been covered up yet so you can see how the stitches look on the reverse side of the card.

Here is a finished card and the back side of one that hasn’t been covered up yet, so you can see how the stitches look on the back side of the card.

I folded two stars together, then sewed them on the card and then another and another. After I sewed the stars, I folded and glued the flap back to cover up the stitching which made for a clean looking card.

Two finished "Happy 4th" cards ready to be put in an envelope and sent.

Two finished “Happy 4th” cards ready to be put in an envelope and sent.

You could write Happy 4th by hand or use another font. I hope this sparks all sorts of ideas for you future cards.

Happy 4th, Candy

DIY Folded Envelope with Enclosure Card

I’m not sure what to call this little envelope and card. It’s not something that can be sent in the mail, but it’s such a sweet little envelope and coordinating card. I demonstrated how to make these at the Calligraphers’ Guild meeting earlier this week. They were a great hit, so I thought I’d share them here.

The card slips inside the folded envelope.

The card slips inside the folded envelope.

Start with a text weight paper that is 4 times as wide as it is tall. For the envelope above, I used a paper that was 4″ by 16″. For the envelope below I used a paper that was 2″ by 8″.

This is a piece of paste paper that I painted. The paper is 80# text weight Mohawk Superfine.

This is a piece of paste paper that I painted. The paper is 80# text weight Mohawk Superfine.

With text paper it is possible to fold either with or against the grain of the paper, however you will get the best results if you fold the paper with the grain. For information on paper grain and how to tell the direction of paper grain on a piece of paper, see my blog post: Understanding Paper Grain Direction.

Fold the paper in half as shown below.

The paste paper is now folded in half.

The paste paper is now folded in half.

Open the paper back up and fold the left side of the paper to the center fold.

The left side of the paper is folded to the center.

The left side of the paper is folded to the center.

Open up the paper and fold down the top left corner to the bottom of the closest vertical fold.

Why this photo came out black and white, I have no idea. But it's the only one I have that shows the diagonal fold.

Why this photo came out black and white, I have no idea. But it’s the only one I have that shows the diagonal fold.

Now fold the right side of the paper to the center fold.

The right side of the paper is now folded to the center fold.

The right side of the paper is now folded to the center fold.

Now fold a diagonal fold between the center and the fold you just created. See the photo below.

Fold the right side down on a diagonal as shown above.

Fold the right side down on a diagonal as shown above.

Now comes what seems to be a tricky part for people to understand. Look carefully at the photo below for help. Flip up the bottom of the paper below the diagonal fold you just made. You will end up only seeing the back of the paper once the fold is made. See the photo below.

The paper is now folded up so that you now only see the wrong side of the paper to the right of the center fold. See photo above.

The paper is folded up so that you now only see the wrong side of the paper to the right of the center fold in the photo above.

The right side of the paper is now folded over to the left so that you can now see the right side of the paper that you just folded up. You can also now see the diagonal fold that was folded before too.

When the right side of the paper is folded to the left, the diagonal fold and the previous fold up are now visible.

When the right side of the paper is folded to the left, the diagonal fold and the previous fold up are now visible.

The last step is to tuck the left flap behind the diagonal fold. Now the envelope is done.

Once the flap on the left is folded behind the diagonal fold, the envelope is done.

Once the flap on the left is folded behind the diagonal fold, the envelope is done.

 

The flap is now folded behind the diagonal. The envelope is finished.

The flap is now folded behind the diagonal. The envelope is finished.

Next cut a piece of paper to fit your square envelope. It should be twice as wide as it is tall. Then fold it in half to fit in the envelope.

I've chosen an orange paper for the envelope. It is folded in half and is ready to be decorated.

I’ve chosen an orange paper for the envelope. It is folded in half and is ready to be decorated.

I like to decorate the paper I use for the enclosure card. For this envelope, I thought an orange card would coordinate nicely. I saved some scraps to the paste paper and decided to use that along with some black and gold paper to create an interesting design on the front of the card.

Here the card has been decorated.

Here the card has been decorated.

 

The card is now in its matching envelope.

The card is now in its matching envelope.

Here are some photos of the folded envelopes and cards that some of the calligraphers were working on during my demonstration and mini workshop. I thought they would inspire you to think of new ways to make your own enclosure card and folded envelope.

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 16

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 17

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 18

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 19

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 20

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 21

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 22

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 23

 

2014 DIY Folded Envelope with 24

I know Halloween has already past, but this could be something to work on for next year.

This would be great for a Halloween card.

This would be great for a Halloween card.

 

For this card I sewed a white insert inside and tied the threads on the outside.

For this card I sewed a white insert inside and tied the threads on the outside.

Happy creating, Candy