The Kirigami Project - Week 34 - Foliage


Anyone else wondering where summer slipped away to? We're already seeing a hint of Fall in the leaves (and feeling it in the air) but before Summer fades entirely, let's celebrate the lush greenery this season brings.

Full of leaf shapes, this design is a bit intricate but the cuts themselves are fairly simple.


To create your own leafy kirigami design, use the template below and the 4-point folding pattern.

Want to try all of August's designs?


This month's free printable templates are now available!


Click on the image above to access and print the templates.

Happy crafting! If you try these paper cuts, make sure to share your versions with the tag #thekirigamiproject so we can see them too.

The Kirigami Project is collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri turns them into printable templates. Each week in 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut. Find the treasury of designs here.

Getting To Know - Polkaros


The Getting To Know series over on Oh My! Handmade Goodness features interviews with makers, artists, designers and small business owners at all different stages of their careers. I'm always interested in how other adventurers in the world of creative entrepreneurship run their businesses, get inspired and how they got started in the first place.

My latest interview is up - this month we're getting to know Ros Lee of Polkaros - a Tokyo-based lifestyle goods company with the cutest products that you're sure to love. Come meet Ros!

Make Origami Envelopes


Cute paper envelopes combine origami paper and washi tape in one sweet package - no fancy folds or tricky techniques required! A few folds, a bit of tape and some simple cutting and you can transform your favourite patterned papers into handy little envelopes.


Choose a subtle combo of tape and paper or something a bit bolder. I think these pretty floral papers and simple polka dots are a perfect pairing!


To make your own, all you need is origami paper, washi tape and a pair of scissors. Here's how:


1. Mark the bottom centre point - just a small fold or a little pencil mark will do! Fold the right side in to meet the centre. Crease firmly.


2. Fold the left side in to meet the centre. Crease firmly.


3. Apply a strip of tape along the centre seam. Leave about 3/8" (1cm) at the bottom and 1" (2.5cm) at the top uncovered.


4. Fold the bottom 3/8" (1cm) up. Crease firmly.


5. Apply a strip of tape to secure the open end of the bottom fold. Trim off excess tape at the sides of the envelope.


6. Fold top 1" (2.5cm) down. Unfold. Make an angled cut from the left side of the fold to about 5/8" (1.5cm) in on the top edge. Repeat on the right side.


7. Cut off the extra paper flaps at the fold. Ta dah! You've made an envelope!


These cute envelopes are lovely for dressing up a handwritten note or to package a gift card. Adjust the size of the envelope by choosing larger or smaller sizes of paper.

Happy crafting!

Woodland Washi Tape Animals

Every once in awhile I like to throw practicality out the window and try making things out of tape just to see if I can. This is one of those projects!


Raccoons have been all over the news here lately and as I watched some particularly cute ones frolic across the TV screen last night, I got the urge to make one out of tape. As you do. The graphic grey, white and black seemed pretty conducive to tape craft.


Of course, I couldn't stop there. I had to try a wolf as well.


And a fox too!


The animals are constructed as stickers using overlapping strips of tape which are then cut into shape. Details like eyes and noses are added last. I always separate the picture into parts, create them separately and then combine. Using a waxed paper or parchment paper backing behind your tape makes cutting much easier.

But what would you do with a washi tape sticker animal? I think they're pretty great for dressing up basic blank notebooks!


Have you ever tried drawing with washi tape like this? Hope you try!

The Kirigami Project - Week 33 - Curves


Curves, swoops and round corners give this design its simple yet special flavour. I can't quite decide what it reminds me of... there's a bit of octopus in there, though more in the template than the final design, and a hint of Hawaiian quilt design. No matter what it resembles, I must admit to being a bit smitten with this one!

Sorry for the back-to-back kirigami posts! I usually like to keep them spaced out a bit but August is managing to be both slow and fast. The end of summer is sneaky like that.



To create your own Curvy design, use the template below and the 4-Point Folding Pattern.
Happy paper crafting! If you make your own, I'd love to see it on social media - use the tag #thekirigamiproject

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.

The Kirigami Project - Week 32 - Directions


Ever find yourself at a crossroads with just a few too many choices. Life feels like that sometimes, don't you think? A bit like a roundabout with all these exits but you're not quite sure which exit to take so you go round and round and round. Sometimes you just have to pick one and go (and hope for the best)!

This design feels a bit like that - a bit of a choose your own adventure - though, to be honest, is really just the result of playing with arrow shapes. I love how graphic it becomes when created out of bold black paper. I do find that each paper cut takes on a different personality depending on the colour of paper you choose.


To create your own Directions kirigami design, use the 4-point folding pattern and the template below.

I'd love to see your version of this design! If you do make it, please share on social media using #thekirigamiproject

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.

Wrapping With Origami


Do you ever make something other than origami with origami paper? Cute patterned paper is lovely for crafting up sweet packages.


And these papers are particularly cute! Don't you love that fruit print?


Why not fold a piece of origami paper over a clear bag when packaging up treats and small gifts? It's super easy and looks great!


Or how about making small envelopes? You could use a template or create your own with a bit of folding, a few cuts and some washi tape. (I'll show you how soon!) Slip a note inside or use one as a gift card enclosure.



And if you're looking for an extra-cute idea, these triangle pouches are always fun! A DIY tutorial on how to make these is in the works too.

What would you use these cute origami papers for?

The Kirigami Project - Week 31 - Pop Heart


I called this design Pop Heart as the hearts feel a bit like they're popping up or flying at you. It's quite a fun effect! While the final paper cut is quite simple, that long cut can be a bit tricky - after shaping the outside edge, it's best to start with the cut closest to the fold and then the one that runs parallel to it. Remove that piece and then carry onto the heart and finally the triangular shape near the point.



I'm rather partial to the 4-point patterns as the larger folded triangle allows room to add more details or to give each section a bit of breathing space. The resulting designs are often more graphic whereas the 5-point or 6-point versions usually resemble flowers.

To create your own Pop Heart Kirigami, use the template below and the 4-point folding pattern.

Happy paper cutting!

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.