I love crafting with paper. Maybe it’s the precision of being able to measure and cut things precisely, or something about the ephemeral nature of the medium that makes it so special for me. Here are some papercrafting ideas that are inspiring me this weekend:

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  • Need a reminder of your innate wisdom? ‘Sculpt’ a dimensional owl from layered paper to hang on your walls with this tutorial at Skip to My Lou from mmmcrafts. There’s even a sleeping daytime owl version to create and frame for a matched set.
  • You don’t need fancy printed, colored or specialty weight paper to craft something wonderful. These gift bags are created from the daily news. Use the foundational instructions at How About Orange to create custom packaging in whatever custom size you need,maybe highlighting special events or days for your recipient.
  • Ah, the Chicago skyline, an architectural marvel (and if you’ve never done the riverboat architectural tour, put it on your summer to do list; it’s simply fabulous). Celebrate the Second City with these first-class notecards of Chicago’s skyline (pre-Trump Tower) cleverly designed and shared by Merriment Design.

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  • No fat, no sugar, no dairy….but you can’t eat it either. Create one or many of these delicious-looking paper cake slices for party favors, decorations, or modify the template to create a little gift box. Different colored papers to create “flavors”, or combine 10 slices to make a whole cake for a centerpiece. (from the creative folks at one of my favorite shops, PaperSource)
  • Love these origami lotus flowers. As Swami Satchitanda tells us: “The lotus is considered to be a very holy and divine flower. Not just because of its beauty, but also because of its qualities. A lotus flower grows in very shallow water, usually in a muddy area. Though it comes out of the mud and mire, it rises as a beautiful flower that lives in the water without being affected by it.”1 Fold Something shares video tutorials for 4-petal6-petal and 8-petal variations so you can make your very own water-less garden full to meditate peacefully upon (via How About Orange).
  • Looking for a special way to package a small gift in a hurry? Just print up one of these pretty 2-inch gift boxes created by Don’t Eat The Paste. In addition to several color options, these downloadable templates are available in a higher resolution of the design above, a stripes and spirals pattern, as well as a shorter and wider polka dot decorated box ( 2.8″ x 2.8″ x 1″ deep) that closes with interlocking semi-circles.

1 Sri Swami Satchidananda, The Golden Present (Virginia: Integral Yoga Publications, 1987), July 1 reading

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