Monday, 26 September 2016

Pleated Paper Shades at Design Museum Danmark

Saw these superb paper pleated lampshades at Design Museum Danmark (Copenhagen). You should definitely swing by if you, too, are lucky enough to go on a hygge hol! :) I believe these shades are crafted by a selection of designers (very sorry - credits photographed blurry). 

If you would like to learn how to create your own paper pleated lampshades, this book should be your first port of call:
Here's a link to my review of Paul Jackson's Complete Pleats.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Lift-Out Cupcake Box

Still channelling cupcakes here! :) Another packaging lightbulb idea today - looks like an ordinary petal-close box. But hey - what's this? Not all the flaps are attached to the box base. Lift the two opposite free flaps to raise the cupcake out of the box. Tah dah.
Look above - the box has a liner with flaps attached.
Here's your freebie cupcake box:


Lift-Out Cupcake Box

1 Print box templates on 160 gsm photocopier card.

2 Score the fold lines; cut out.

3 Stick the flap liners onto the flip side of the top flaps. Match the colours. Glue stick is fine.

4 Assemble the box base, gluing adjacent flaps (or use d/s tape).

5 Lower the box liner into the box at right angles to the flaps on the box itself.

6 Pierce a hole in a corner and tie the gift tag on to the box with craft thread.

7 Petal-close lid: to close the box fold down the flaps consecutively, tucking under as needed. The left side on each flap goes underneath - flower corner on top. 

So there you go.That's a wrap. Happy cupcakes to you!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Decorative Paper Craft, by GMC. Review.

Origami/ Paper Cutting/ Papier Mâché
By GMC Editors
GMC Publications May 2016
Paperback £9.99 UK/ $14.95 US
ISBN 978-1-78494-174-1

Star rating: ***

This title is a pleasant compendium of papercraft projects – sourced from Making magazine. I get the impression that it was compiled a bit hastily (carousel-style memory book looks a bit dated with 2011 labels, lack of spelling agreement, etc.), although for the most part the projects are attractive (as you would expect, coming from Making) and  well-chosen.  

The makes are divided into four categories: Gifts, Celebrations, and For the Home. Projects within each category are a grab bag of papercraft techniques. Confession: I’ve never been a fan of papier mâché. Labour-intensive and results often underwhelming.  Having said that, the projects in this book are very appealing. The Money-Box Bear (polar!) is lightly painted – I love how the newsprint shows through - not fake anything - real pm. Its construction is very clever. The paper mâché teacups are charming and would make sweet desktop storage containers. 

The paper cutting projects are simple yet elegant. The Valentine’s Papercut, Moroccan Cards, 3D Flower Picture, and Papercut Note Cards (stylish Scandi-style bird motifs) are all winners and do-able as handcuts. (Not as keen on the Cutaway Clock.)

Sometimes the how-tos are a bit sketchy. Example: Fans & Windmills. “Attach to a stick” is a bit vague for the nitty gritty of the project – the bit most novice crafters would want a detailed assist on. (How do you attach the papery construction to the stick, yet allow it to rotate freely???)

Other projects include a Rolled Paper Bowl – magazine paper coils – a clever take on recycling (sure to appeal to paper bead enthusiasts). If you are OK on repurposing books, then the Book Sculpture is a simplified take on the book-folding trend - the pages are cut to shape, rather than folded. 

The on-page step-by-steps are mostly fine. Projects are accompanied by how-to photos or detailed illustrations as needed. Templates are back of book – lots of photcopier enlarging to do.

So – a likable mixed bag of papery projects. Might make a fun gift for a newbie.