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Fine Paper Projects

Our beautiful handcrafted papers can be used every day. From lining envelopes, making stationery, wrapping presents, or even displaying it as wall art! These uesful tips will inspire you to be creative with fine paper.

Colorful Rosettes

Paper Rosettes

Materials:
Fine Paper or
26 x 20 Solid Color Paper or
Tissue Paper
Linen Thread or Twine
Super Tacky Tape
Scissors
Bone Folder
Ruler
Hole Punch

Paper Rosettes

Rosettes can be created in a variety of sizes. Keep in mind the length of the paper should be at least three times the width to ensure the rosette fans out properly. One sheet of paper will yield 2 rosettes measuring approximately 20" - 24" in diameter, depending on paper chosen. For a step-by-step to create the base rosette shape, follow these instructions.

Step-by-Step

  1. Cut sheet of paper in half as shown (A).
  2. Accordion fold strips, approximately 1" intervals, using bone folder to crease folds.
  3. If desired, unfold paper and use hole punches along edges.
  4. Tie linen thread or twine around the center of each folded strip (B).
  5. Use scissors to cut ends into a round or pointed shape if desired.
  6. Fan out strip and use tape to adhere sides together creating a circular rosette (C).


Frame Art

Fine Papers Framed as Artwork

Materials:
Decorative Paper
Scissors or Soft Grip Knife
Tape or Super Tacky Tape

Decorative papers are beautiful pieces of artwork - lovely enough to frame and hang on a wall! Framing tip - if using a frame with a mat, tape the paper only along the top of the mat and allow it to hang. This will prevent it from buckling over time as the paper hangs.




Paper Lampshade

Paper Covered Lampshade

Materials:
Decorative Paper
Lampshade Form
Super Tacky Tape
Scissors

The easiest way to create a paper covered lampshade is to use an existing white lampshade form. This is also helpful because an existing form already has a flame resistant coating. The instructions below can be applied to a round, conical or square lampshade form.

Step-by-Step

  1. Lay your decorative paper face down on a large working surface.
  2. Place your lampshade form on its side on top of the paper, so that one edge of the shade is flush to the paper surface.
  3. Apply Super Tacky Tape to one edge of your decorative paper.
  4. Select the part of the lampshade that you wish to be the "seam" and adhere the Super Tacky Taped decorative paper edge directly to the lampshade to create the seam.
  5. Wrap the decorative paper all the way around the shade until the other end of the decorative paper meets the seam. Please note: If the lampshade is smaller than one sheet of paper, you will need to trim the paper. Larger lampshades may require 2 pieces of paper and therefore 2 seams.
  6. Apply Super Tacky tape to adhere the edge of the decorative paper to the seam.
  7. Trim excess paper all around the lampshade at the top and bottom, leaving about a ½” of paper to wrap around the top and bottom of shade.
  8. Apply Super Tacky Tape to the 1/2" excess trim at the top and bottom of shade.
  9. Wrap the excess trim around the lampshade form.


Paper Table Setting

Fine Paper Table Setting

Materials:
Decorative Paper
A7 Flat Card
8 1/2" x 11" Text Paper
Place Card
Super Tacky Tape
Gold Uniball Pen
Gold Cord
Chopsticks

Step-by-Step

  1. Menu: Print a menu sized to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" – this will fit 2-up on and 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of text paper. Trim printed menu to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" and mount onto an A7 flat card. Trim decorative paper to 1 1/2" x 11" piece and wrap as sash around the menu. Tie sash with gold cord.
  2. Place Card: Cut piece of decorative paper 1" x 3 1/2". Use super tacky tape to adhere paper over the fold of the place card. Use Uniball gold pen to write a name on the place card.
  3. Chopstick Sleeve: Trim decorative paper to an 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square. Fold in half diagonally and then open. Turn paper so it is diamond shaped, with fold line vertical. Fold 4 corners into the center of the napkin to form a square. Open the left triangle flap. Fold the right panel in toward the left panel, and then fold the left triangle on top of the left panel. Secure with a small piece of Super tacky tape under the triangle. Tie with gold cord and slide chopsticks inside.


Paper Party Flags

Paper Party Flags

Materials:
Decorative Paper
Scissors
Super Tacky Tape
Ribbon or Twine

Paper party flags are an easy and colorful way to decorate for a party!

Step-by-Step

  1. Create a triangle template from scrap paper, and be sure to add a tab that will fold over the twine.
  2. Trace template onto various decorative papers and cut.
  3. Fold tab of triangle over the ribbon or twine and adhere with tape.
  4. String and have a festive celebration!


Paper Mache Bowls

Paper Mache Bowls

Materials:
Decorative Paper
Methyl Cellulose Glue
Circle Punches
Paste Brush or Foam Brush
Balloons


Step-by-Step

  1. Use circle punches to punch 20-30 circles of a decorative paper.
  2. Blow up balloons, but keep slightly under-inflated so they are soft.
  3. On a piece of scrap paper, brush both sides of the punched circles with Methyl Cellulose.
  4. Layer and overlap the circles on the balloon, beginning in the center of the balloon and working outward until just about half way over the sides of the balloon.
  5. Once the circles are applied to the balloon, add one additional coat of Methyl Cellulose on top of the layers to seal the entire bowl.
  6. Place balloon in a cup, bowl or container to keep it standing up, and allow to dry 24 hours.
  7. Once the bowl is dry, flip the balloon over and grab it by the knot. Pierce a tiny hole with a pin and allow the balloon to leak the air slowly rather than popping the balloon.
  8. Gently pull the balloon away from the sides of the bowl edges. Remove any extra dried Methyl Cellulose film along the edges with your fingers.


Paper Party Hats

Paper Party Hats

Materials:
Decorative Paper
Solid Paper
Dinner plate to trace or Circle Cutter Deluxe
Scissors
Super Tacky Tape
Ribbon

Step-by-Step

  1. Cut 9" circles from decorative patterned paper and solid paper - either using a circle cutter or a dinner plate. For smaller hats for kids, cut 7" or 8" circles.
  2. Cut a 3" x 11" strip of solid paper and fringe cut the entire length, leaving a 1/4" at the bottom so it can remain in one strip. Roll the strip and adhere together at the end. Curve and curl the fringe pieces outward for the hat top.
  3. Adhere 1 solid and 1 decorative patterned circle together around the fringe top.
  4. Punch a hole to thread ribbon through.


Paper Covered Boxes

Paper Covered Nesting Boxes

Materials:
Decorative Paper
Craft Boxes
Scissors
PVA Glue
Paste Brush or Foam Brush
Ribbon or Twine




Step-by-Step

  1. On a sheet of scrap paper, turn a box base upside down, and wrap the decorative paper around the box to measure how much width of decorative paper you will need. If the box is large, you may need to use 2 sheets of paper. For smaller boxes, trim the paper so that there is a 2" excess of trim to overlap the paper.
  2. Next, trim the height of the paper so that there is enough paper to wrap onto the bottom of the box.
  3. With the box still upside down, start at one edge of the box and cover one panel of the box with PVA glue. The paper should be flush with the box opening and the excess should be at the base to wrap onto the bottom of the box. Apply the paper to the first edge, and then apply PVA and wrap the paper around all four sides of the box, smoothing the paper as you go.
  4. Apply PVA to the base of the box and wrap the paper onto the base of the box, triangulating as though wrapping a gift.
  5. Next, to wrap the lid, place the decorative paper face-down on the scrap paper. Apply PVA glue to the entire box lid top and sides and place onto decorative paper. Wrap the paper around the sides of the box, again, wrapping as though wrapping a gift box. Apply a small amount of PVA to the inside of the box lid and wrap paper around the inside to secure.
  6. Allow to dry overnight before placing box lid onto the base.
  7. Tie with a beautiful ribbon for finishing touch!


Paper Covered Frames

Paper Covered Frames

Materials:
Decorative Paper
Craft Boxes
Scissors
Soft Grip Knife
PVA Glue
Paste Brush or Foam Brush




Step-by-Step

  1. On a sheet of scrap paper, place a sheet of decorative paper face down, and place the frame (glass and backing removed) on top of the paper.
  2. Trim the decorative paper so there is an excess of 2" on each side.
  3. Place the frame onto the decorative paper and lightly trace the position of the frame on the paper.
  4. Use the soft grip knife to cut a 45 degree slice in the paper from each corner of the frame, on both the outer and inner panels. Cut out the center portion of the decorative paper so there is an excess of 2” paper trim on the outer as well as the inner.
  5. Apply PVA glue to the front of the frame, and place back onto the decorative paper, lining up to the traced line positions.
  6. Smooth paper onto the front of the frame. Apply PVA to the excess trim and wrap around the back of the frame.
  7. Allow to dry overnight.


Paper Dress

Paper Dress

Materials:
4 sheets of Decorative Paper
Metal Ruler
Soft Grip Knife
Super Tacky Tape
Masking Tape or Packing Tape

Another creative option is to use a dress pattern intended for sewing and use paper rather than fabric.


Step-by-Step

  1. Dress skirt: Lay two decorative papers side by side lengthwise, and adhere on one edge to create one wide panel of paper. Fold the entire panel in a box pleat pattern (shown) or accordion pattern if desired. Turn panel over, and cinch at the top to create a waist, adhering with a strip of tape (masking tape or packaging tape works best).
  2. Dress bodice: Measure waist of dress skirt and fold another sheet of decorative paper to match the width of the waist. Trim top to create neckline and arm holes. Turn bodice over and adhere to the dress skirt on the back using masking tape or packing tape.
  3. Dress waist band: Cut a width of paper 4" wider than the waist of the dress and 6" high. Accordion fold across to create a cumberbun piece. Wrap the cumberbun waist piece around the waist in the front and fold and adhere on the back of the dress.
  4. Dress straps: Fold decorative paper into 1" wide strips measuring 14" in length. Staple or tape the straps onto the dress bodice in the front and back, folding over to create an open strap that can be hung on a hanger.
  5. Decorative trim for waist, front & collar: Cut 1 1/2" strips of paper and accordion fold. Staple or tape the decorative trim as desired on the collar, waist and front of dress.
  6. Hang on a hanger for display and enjoy!


Paper Covered Alphabet

Paper Covered Alphabet

Materials:
Decorative Paper
Kraft Letters
PVA Glue
Scissors and Soft Grip Knife
Cutting Mat
Glitter


Step-by-Step

  1. Select a Kraft Letter and the decorative paper you wish to cover it in.
  2. Lay the paper face down on a cutting mat, and the letter face down on the paper.
  3. Trace and cut about a 2" area around the letter to allow space to wrap the paper around the letter.
  4. Apply PVA glue to the front of the letter and place it onto the paper. Turn the letter over to smooth the paper onto the front of the letter.
  5. Place the letter back onto the cutting mat, and using the soft grip knife, make cuts along the curves and edges of the decorative paper that will allow you to fold the paper around the edges of the paper.
  6. Apply PVA glue to the sides of the letter and wrap the paper around the sides and onto the back of the letter, smoothing the paper as you go.
  7. If you wish, you can finish the back of the letter by tracing the letter onto another piece of the decorative paper, and cut just inside the tracing lines.
  8. For glittered letters, apply PVA adhesive to the entire front and sides of the Kraft Letter, then apply glitter.
  9. Allow letters to dry about 2 hours.