There are many incredibly cool objects that can be made with nothing more than paper and some sort of adhesive. The great thing about using paper products for your arts and crafts projects is that you can make cool stuff with a minimal cost for supplies. By learning a few simple techniques for creating interesting objects from paper, you can make gifts, decorative items or even gallery pieces, limited only by your creativity.
Things You'll Need
- Card stock
- Colored craft paper
- White glue
- Craft knife
- Glue stick
- Spray adhesive
- Mat board (optional)
Make paper boxes as a way to personalize gifts or as a decorative object. Use heavier paper like card stock to make a durable box. To make a simple, cube-shaped box out of card stock, use a ruler to measure and draw a perfect square for the bottom of the box with a pencil. On each side of the bottom square, measure and draw a box of equal size. Using scissors, cut out the plus-shaped box pattern. Hold your ruler firmly against the lines to create a sharp fold and repeat with all sides of the box. Once you secure the sides with tape, you can decorate your paper box with a collage, decorative paper or applied objects like beads, ribbons or charms.
Make paper people sculptures. The cool thing about these sculptures is that you can make them look like anyone, from favorite celebrities to friends. Start simple by using colored paper to create tube-shaped sections for the body, limbs and head. Cut circles of paper and use small amounts of white glue to cap the ends of the tubes. Once the body parts are glued together, use colored paper and a craft knife to create clothes, hair and facial features. Use a toothpick to add white glue to tiny parts like pupils, eyebrows and individual locks of hair.
Create a paper cut. Traditional paper cuts are usually intricately laced pictorial silhouettes, but there are simpler types of paper cuts as well. Purchase brightly colored paper in complementary shades. High quality paper in a wide variety of colors is available in the scrapbook supply section of craft stores. Use a solid color like black as the background for your paper cut. Cut out interesting shapes in various colors with the craft knife and arrange the pieces on the background until you have a cool looking design. Use a glue stick to attach the design elements; glue sticks will prevent warping and lumps in the design.
Tips & Warnings
- If you decide to attach your paper cut to a mat or one of your paper boxes, spray adhesive creates a strong bond and prevents warping and curled edges.
- Photo Credit color paper sample #34 image by stassad from Fotolia.com
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