Tag Archives: handmade card

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

Napkin Fold Card: Part Two (including instructions)

This is how the card looks when closed.

A closed napkin fold card.

You may have seen my post last week about napkin fold cards. I have continued making napkin fold cards since then. This time I used my own calligraphy for the greeting inside the card.

And, as I promised last week, I’ll be showing you the steps involved so you can make one too. But before I show you the step-by-step photos of how to make your own napkin fold card, here are the open and closed views of three of the cards I made this week.

This is the inside of the above napkin fold card. It says "grandchildren are the dessert in life."

This is the opened view of the above napkin fold card at the top of the post. It says “grandchildren are the dessert in life.” 

This is my thank you napkin fold card closed.

This is my “thank you” napkin fold card closed.

Thank you card open. The photos did not quite capture all the gold that is in the paste paper.

‘Thank you’ napkin fold card open. The photos did not do justice to the metallic gold in the paste paper.

This is the napkin fold card closed.

This is the napkin fold card, closed.

The inside of this napkin fold card says, "Take only one day at a time."

The inside of this napkin fold card says, “Take only one day at a time.”

 

And now, as promised, here’s how to make your own!

I start with an 8" square of paper. I suggest you use a light weight card stock to start with. Score and fold 2" in from each side. The photo shows how it should look when you have folded the paper.

Start with an 8 inch square of paper.
I suggest you use a light weight card stock to start with.

Score and fold along each side, 2 inches in.
The photo above shows how it should look after you have made the folds.

 

The next step is to find the center of the paper. With a ruler on diagonal corners, mark the center with a pencil. Repeat for the other diagonal. Note the pencil "x" in the center in the photo above.

Find the center of the paper.
Line up a ruler along two opposite corners and draw a short line in the center with a pencil. Repeat for the other diagonal. Note the pencil “x” in the center in the photo above.

 

Next, fold each corner to the center of the paper using the pencil "x" to see the center. Make a firm crease for each fold.

Fold each corner to the center.
Fold in each corner, using the using the pencil “x” to align it with the center.

Make a firm crease for each fold.

 

This is how your paper should look with all the folds. Make sure the folds are well creased.

Unfold the paper.
This is how your paper should look after you have made all the folds. Remember that folds need to be well creased, because you’re going to be folding them in different directions.

 

2013 Napkin Fold Inst 5

Pinch in the corners.
Do you see how the folds meet at the center of each side? Those are the vertices we’re going to pinch in to the center. This will go against the direction they were originally folded in, so again, make sure they were creased well.

Gently push in each of the four vertices on the sides of the square as shown above. You will end up with a smaller square that looks like it’s made of four squares.

 

2013 Napkin Fold Inst 5-2

As you pinch in all the corners it will look like the above photo.

 

2013 Napkin Fold Inst 5-3

And finally it will look like this above.

 

2013 Napkin Fold Inst 6

Open the center.
Now that you have folded the card closed, you need to open up the center of the card. The four corners of the 8 inch square are now all meeting in the center. Take each inside corner and fold it back to the outside corner as shown above.

Make a firm crease for each fold.

 

Next find some decorative paper to use for embellishing. Cut two 3 3/4" squares and one 2 1/2" square. Cut one of the 3 3/4" squares and the 2 1/2" square along the diagonals as shown above.

Make your embellishments.
Choose some decorative paper to use for embellishing.

Cut two 3 and 3/4 inch squares and one 2 and 1/2 inch square. Cut the 2 and 1/2 inch square and one of the 3 and 3/4 inch squares along the diagonals as shown above. You will end up with one square, four larger triangles, and four smaller triangles.

Also cut a piece of white paper 3 and 1/2 inches square on which you can write or stamp your greeting.

 

2013 Napkin Fold Inst 8

Attach the embellishments.

Now attach the square decorated paper in the middle of your card, white paper with the greeting centered on the decorated paper, the large triangles and the small triangles on four outside corners.

 

2013 Napkin Fold Inst 9

The finished card can now be closed in a variety of ways. I like to use coordinating sheet half inch sheer ribbon.

I made my napkin fold cards with very few tools. I cut my squares on a paper cutter. I did the rest of my cutting with my utility knife. I attached the triangles with double sided tape. I usually use a bone folder to make sure my creases are firm, but it is not necessary if you are careful to make good firm creases by hand.

You can check out last week’s blog post Napkin Fold Cards: Part One.

Enjoy, Candy

Napkin Fold Card: Part One

My first attempt at a napkin fold card.

My first attempt at a napkin fold card.

About a year ago, my friend Nancy showed me how to make something called a “napkin fold card”. Last month, I saw some more she had made and was finally inspired to make some for myself. I still had the template from a year ago, but I had misplaced the instructions that went with it. In a way, this was actually fortunate, because it made me to think for myself rather than follow the instructions of others. As a result, my napkin fold cards have a feel of simple elegance to them that is more in line with my style than some of the highly decorated napkin fold cards out there.

Wishing you a day of little treasures & simple pleasures. Happy Birthday. The sentiment is from a stamp.

This is the napkin fold card open. It says,” Wishing you a day of little treasures & simple pleasures. Happy Birthday.” The sentiment is from a stamp.

I needed to make a sympathy card and decided that a napkin fold card would be perfect. Of course, since I’d been wanting to make this card, any excuse would have been enough to get me started. And, like most of my art projects, I couldn’t stop with just one. Once I had gone to the trouble to figure out all the dimensions (I started with a 8″ x 8″ piece of paper) and gone through my paper scraps, my studio was filled with lots of colorful papers and they wanted to be used.

Loving the paste papers with the bright yellow.

Another napkin fold card closed. Loving my paste papers with the bright yellow paper!

Napkin fold card open. This is the sympathy card that started my adventure.

Napkin fold card open. This is the sympathy card that started this adventure.

Napkin fold card open. I'm thinking Halloween here.

Napkin fold card open. I’m thinking Halloween here. The center is a stamp hand-colored with watercolor pencils.

Silver and blue napkin gold card closed.

Silver and blue napkin fold card closed.

Napkin fold card closed. I'm thinking holiday colors here.

Napkin fold card closed. I’m thinking holiday colors here.

Napkin card open with stamp, Thinking of You!

Napkin fold card open with stamp, “Thinking of You!”

I will post instructions, along with more examples of these cards, next week. I have so many more ideas for these cards.

Until next week, Candy

Check out Napkin Fold Card: Part Two (with instructions)