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Star Shape from Snowflake Fold
Mar 4th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

Folded up paper and cutting holes in it to create a beautiful star or snowflake shape is a popular craft for a great reason. It is worth knowing a few different ways to fold up the paper to make the most of this technique to create some exciting different results!

This fold is called the snowflake fold.

Fold a square piece of paper in half diagonally.

Fold the two sides across so they point up and cross each other like below. I am sure you could measure to get some precise place to fold, but I don’t think you need to. I did gently fold the long side and pinch at the half way point to mark it with a crease so I knew where to start folding the two sides across. Then I just lined them up across each other roughly before pressing the folds.

Turn over and draw some cut lines or just start cutting. Drawing does help plan where you are going but there is value in just cutting without a plan to start with to see what happens, this will help knowing how to plan the cuts.

Cut out the shapes.

Gently unfold and you have a beautiful star shape.

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Kirigami Butterfly Card
Jun 13th, 2010 by Craftylocks

kirigami_butterfly_card2I thought this was cool as it combines two pop-out shapes on the one card. It is also nice and easy to make.

When the card is standing the butterfly is bent over looking as though is fluttering down to check out the flower. I thought it was a clever idea – but it is not my idea! I found it in a book on Kirigami by Karol Krcmar. Kirigami is a form of Origami that involves cutting the paper as well as folding it. A great version of this paper craft for children as it enables a lot more flexibility.

kirigami_butterfly_card1 To make the card, cut the shapes out as pictured. Do not cut where I have added the red lines, they will be the folding part of the card.

We also crafted another Kirigami piece, a Kirigami Wind Crown.

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