Sometimes we need to step away from the computer and get crafty in the analog world. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your desk, remind your family that art school was worth it, or send a non-traditional gift to clients this time of year, have a little fun letting your creativity loose with these springtime paper crafts.
In case you don’t know what Pappersägg are, instructions are provided in English, as well as Swedish.
Paper Carrot Boxes
If anyone makes these, I would LOVE getting some of them filled with black jelly beans.
The clever folks in the Martha Stewart camp suggest re-purposing these pastel Passover placecards as bookmarks for the Haggadah.
Origami? Bunnies? Yes and yes! And as a bonus, you can actually blow them up like a balloon—an adorable paper balloon.
These are so easy, even I couldn’t mess them up. A commenter suggests using them as placecards.
If you’ve run out of candy dishes AND coffee, then put those leftover coffee filters to good use. That Martha Stewart is always thinking.
Plague of Paper Frogs
As a long-time sufferer of ranidaphobia, I probably won’t be making these myself. But don’t let that stop you from having fun with them. Hop to it!
If you want to hide from co-workers in style, or just have an excuse to eat chocolate and behave like a kid, this craft shouldn’t take too much of your time.
This ambitious spring colored wreath is NOT for the impatient.
Bird’s Nest from Book Pages
Here’s one that will make your local librarian shudder. If you’re not a fan of glitter, you could always opt for a jelly bean egg!
Paper Egg Lanterns
Is it just me, or does anyone else want to put tiny LEDs inside these?
Paint Chip Egg Garland
The local paint store might wonder why they have to re-stock the sample chips so often. I’m thinking I just found a use for my old PANTONE books, too!
I hope if you attempt one of these adorable crafts, you’ll let me know in the comments. Happy Spring!
Stained Glass Kites
When I was a kid, I loved when the weather got warm enough that we could take our kites out flying. These “stained glass” kites made with tissue paper will do better as a window decoration, but they still say “Springtime!” to me as much as the ones I flew as a kid.
Make and Takes
And, lest you think all spring flowers are frilly and dainty, this tutorial details how to make your own slew of springtime succulents. As a recent newcomer to the desert, I’ve discovered that even pointy and prickly things explode with colorful blossoms in the spring.
French Decoupage Eggs
If you want Easter eggs that have a vintage charm to them—literally, they have a charm attached—put these little gems in your basket. Made from foam eggs and covered with prints of music or text, these eggs will bring a little Victorian flair to Easter. Not that Victorians would have been amused by flair, but still.
Crafts ‘n Coffee
Woven Paper Basket
If I thought the paper dahlia wreath above was not for the impatient, that goes double for this craft. That’s why it’s a perfect choice to have your children work on it. As a kid, I would have loved to make this woven basket made from paper bags. Nowadays, I’m good if the basket gets filled with chocolate and a grown-up beverage. Thanks, kids!
Watercolor Effects with Bleeding Tissue Paper
While the finished product here isn’t exactly a paper craft, the tool used to create the finished piece is paper. Bleeding tissue paper to be exact. When the “art” tissue paper gets wet, it’s akin to working with watercolors. It looks like messy fun, and right up my alley after consuming large quantities of chocolate and grown-up beverages.
Crafts by Amanda
Let’s bring a little class back to the discussion here, before we wrap things up. The actual plans for creating these paper lanterns are geared towards serious crafters who have a specialized paper- and vinyl-cutting machine and Ms. Griffith’s premium file downloads require a $5 monthly membership. If you plan on making paper crafts for every occasion, that might be for you. Otherwise, do what I do and use it for inspiration.
First published Apr 10, 2014Tags