Category Archives: Papercrafts
You really need to check out Mark Montano’s series of Big-Ass Craft Books as well as his others.
Check out his blog at http://markmontanoblogs.blogspot.com
This man has a great eye for other’s creative works which you can see at his blog. His work is also quite unique. Some of it is so easy you would wonder why no one else thought of it. Other craft ideas are more complicated. He has two BiG-Ass Craft books as well as “Pulp Fiction Perfect Paper Projects,” “The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor: More Than 100 Inventive Projects for Cool Homes Like Yours ,” “Dollar Store Decor: 100 Projects for Lush Living That Won’t Break the Bank ,” “Super Suite: The Ultimate Bedroom Makeover Guide for Girls,” “Pulp Fiction Perfect Paper Projects ,” “CosmoGIRL Cool Room: 35 Make-It-Yourself Projects ,” and “The Big-Ass Book of Bling .”
When you check out his blog make sure you sign up for his feed and his email.
I believe he has recently finished shooting pictures for his next book. Can’t wait.
Mark also has give-aways on Tuesday’s from Krylon and then there is Fiskar’s Fridays.
He has partnered with these companies who both have great products as well as great creative ideas on their Facebook pages and their websites so don’t forget to check them out also.
Enjoy the books and I hope they help you find your own inspiration for unique crafts.
by Ashley Weeks Cart
It was a gloomy, rainy Sunday here in Billsville, so while not ideal for an afternoon hike, absolutely perfect for a day spent inside crafting up a storm. A friend of ours had passed along a link to a DIY Newspaper Basket a few weeks ago, and I was obviously intrigued. This weekend was a great time to give it a go. I saddled up with the discarded Sunday Times, adjusted the directions slightly, and suddenly had a funky place to stash a pile of plastic bags I’ve been accumulating.
Materials: Newspaper Scissors Staples or glue
Directions: 1. Use scissors to cut the seam of the newspaper to create individual 12″x 22″ pages.
2. Fold each individual page lengthwise. First in half, and then in quarters, and then in eighths. The resulting strip should be about 1.5″ thick and 22″ long. I needed around 20 for my basket.
3. Begin weaving the strips together, using a staple or glue to secure as needed.
4. Continue weaving the strips to the size of your liking. I made by basket 5 strips x 5 strips.
6. For the sides of your basket, just fold the strips to a 90 degree angle and continue weaving. Go nice and slow, keep the weave tight, and again, use staples or glue as needed. You’ll need to probably attached strips to one another as you weave the diameter.
7. When you reach the ends of the newspaper strips, fold the ends down inside the basket and secure with staple or glue. I then used another strip of newspaper to border the top edge of the basket. My glue gun broke as I did this, so I used staples to secure. You could also edge with ribbon, if you really want to get fancy. Now go stash something in it!
Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Weeks Cart
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Trash to Treasure Papermaking Book Giveaway
Trash to Treasure Papermaking
by Arnold E. Grummer
Published by Storey Publishing
Reviewed by Karisa Tell
If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to make paper from scratch, this book is for you! Inside you’ll learn a little background behind what paper is made of, including ways to make your very own from old magazines, newspaper, junk mail, and other trash.
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