Yesterday, you saw the results of Handimania’s 3D Paper Snowflake displayed in our windows. I was a glutton for punishment, and thought, “Hey, now that my CS100 final presentation is over, I have time on my hands. Heck, why not make some more paper crafts?” I know that’s what many of you would be thinking when you have time on your hands.
It took a bit longer than I thought with those 3D paper snowflakes, so I decided to maximize space and leave them stapled in half. This is the result of 3D snowflakes cut in half. Hope the kids don’t mind so much at their class Christmas party.
3D Half Snowflakes
Let me show you what it’s like when you have time on your hands:
What then do you do with leftover scrap paper? You make miniature versions!
SEMI-TUTORIAL: 3D Minipaper Party Garlands
1. Aleene’s Tacky Glue 2. Leftover Colored Paper 3. Scissors – minus ruler!
Step 1. Fold Paper, once to meet perpendicular edge.
Step 2. Cut paper as shown below.
Step 3. Fold paper one more time.
Step 4. Cut three slips on folded paper edge. Be sure to not cut where the second fold is. These garlands are so tiny, I personally don’t think you need a ruler or pencil to get these lines cut. This will cut your time significantly when working on these mini paper garlands.
Step 5. Open folded and cut paper to look like the photo below.
Step 6. Here’s where the semi-tutorial begins. There will be four pieces that you can glue together. Handimania’s version calls you to fold and glue together matching triangular pieces, alternating on either side of the paper. The paper was so tiny that it was difficult even for my little fingers to work through the inner pieces, so I came up with only doing half of the work.
Step 7. Two triangular pieces are glued together. I decided to stop there because they looked so darn cute.
But if you have your heart set on making a whole bunch of these tiny little snowflakes, then by all means, go ahead and enjoy.
Aren’t these little guys cute?
SEMI-TUTORIAL: Class Christmas Party Banner
But what party would be complete without a class party banner? It’s a must!
1. Three-hole punch 2. Class Christmas Party banner 3. red construction paper 4. green colored paper 5. blue colored paper (not shown) 6. paper cutter 7. curling ribbon 8. glue 9. scissors
Step 1. Print out Christmas Banner. You can get your free downloadable Class Christmas Party Banner here.
Step 2. Decide on color scheme. I went with my trusty red, free, white, and blue color scheme, and then I chose my colored layered effect.
Step 3. Use paper cutter to cut paper down to size. I tried to minimize the cutting work. Fortunately, the red construction paper was 9″x12″. The green, blue, and white color paper was 8.5″x11”. This means I only need to cut my blue and white paper down to size.
Cutting blue paper down to size was easy: cut 1/2′ off from both the top/bottom and left/right margins. This give a 1/4′ green border when you glue the blue paper onto green paper.
The tricky part was cutting my lettering pages down to size. I finally chose the following cut off markers. Cut off 1″ from the top margin. Cut off 1/2″ from the right margin. Cut off 4/5″ from the left margin. Cut off 1/2″ from the bottom margin.
Step 4. Begin layering process. Glue papers according to your color scheme.
Step 5. Punch holes at top. Center each banner between two holes in hole puncher.
Step 6. Thread curling ribbon through each letter. I separated each word out, creating three banners. If combined together, the weight of the paper would bring the banner down. On the plus side, you have more options to place your banner around the room.
Step 7. Voila! Project complete!
The whole family is attending Piano Man’s class Christmas party today, so stay tuned for photos from the party. I’ll be going over how the kids and I learned about a British Christmas tradition, Christmas crackers!
From my hometown to yours,