The Kirigami Project - Week 16* - Easter Eggs

*My internal calendar went a bit haywire while planning April's designs and this one was originally scheduled for the Tuesday AFTER Easter. So we're jumping ahead to week 16 and then we'll jump back to week 15 next week.

Designed to look like striped Easter eggs around a flower, I think it's a fun seasonal project to try but also subtle enough that you could make it at any point during the year.

The final design actually reminds me of something else entirely ... though I can't quite put my finger on it. An electric fan? What do you see?

To create your own Easter-inspired kirigami, use the template above and the 6-point folding pattern.

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut.

Washi Tape Easter Bunny Cards

My favourite part of Easter (besides, you know, the Mini Eggs) has to be the sudden abundance of bunnies everywhere you look. Hello adorableness! So I simply couldn't resist crafting up some bunny cards for Easter. Aren't they cute?

When it comes time to shape-specific crafting, it's always helpful to have designer friends. Geri from The Languid Lion whipped up these bunny silhouettes for us. (And she's got even more bunnies for you over here and here! But first... bunny cards!)

Start by gathering your supplies. You will need:

  • Bunny template (download here)
  • Washi tape
  • Waxed/Parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Blank card
  • Pom pom or baker's twine (optional)

Place bunny template face down on piece of waxed/parchment paper and tape in place. Flip paper over and trace bunny shape onto the back of the waxed/parchment paper using a fine tip marker. You want to be able to see the outline through the paper.

Remove template. Flip paper so that marker outline is facing your work surface. Cover bunny shape entirely with strips of washi tape. Make sure that each strip slightly overlaps the one before it.

Flip paper back over and cut out the bunny shape.

Starting from the bottommost strip (the first one you laid), carefully peel the bunny shape off of the paper backing and apply to the front of your card.

Once the basic bunny shape is in place, feel free to customize your card. Try adding a message banner - cut notches out of each end and write your message using a fine tip permanent marker. (Ultra Fine Sharpies are my favourite for writing on washi tape without fear of smearing).

Or why not glue on a cute pom pom tail? I made this one out of baker's twine, but you could simply apply a standard small pom. Here's a clever trick for making mini twine pom poms.

Want more bunny love? Find a super sweet place card project (and another template) over on The Languid Lion - perfect for your Easter brunch. And then pop over to Oh My! Handmade Goodness for bunny gift tags, the finishing touch for Easter treats!

Or perhaps you prefer Easter Eggs to Easter Bunnies? Try this card project instead.

Thanks Geri for the adorable bunnies!

Washi Tape Rain Drops & Umbrellas

Springtime - the season of blossoms and new growth and birdsong.

But, if we're being realistic - also the season of mud puddles and rain. So let's embrace those rainy days with some adorable washi tape raindrop stickers and matching umbrella bags.

I think these stickers would be a sweet way to decorate snail mail, gifts and scrapbook pages. What would you use them for?

To create raindrop stickers, start by applying strips of washi tape to a piece of parchment / waxed paper. Cut out the desired drop shapes.

Of course, if you'd like to share your raindrop stickers, an oh-so-cute umbrella bag is pretty much the best way to do it.

Start with a glassine bag. Add a washi tape handle in the centre.

Cover a piece of parchment/waxed paper with overlapping strips of washi tape. Fold in half and cut out an umbrella shape. There are all different styles of umbrellas, so have fun trying different shapes.

Peel off the paper backing and apply your umbrella sticker to the glassine bag. To finish off your umbrella, add a small piece of washi tape to the top of the umbrella to represent the umbrella tip.

Fill with your raindrop stickers.

Now you can spread a little joy by sharing a little rain!

Happy crafting!