Paper Arts: Simple Folded Frame
Paper folding! I love this simple design that has many ways to make the design more complex. These frames are lovely for holding photos, little artworks, quotes, and poems. We are making a bunch and hanging them on the tree in front of our house for neighbors to take. What will you do with yours?
You will need:
*squares (you may use origami paper or scrapbooking papers which are already in squares, or any paper you cut into squares) I encourage you to try a variety of sizes. AND/OR
*rectangle papers (remember all those papers you painted, stamped, and did texture rubbings on? This is a great time to pull those out!)
* if you are starting with a rectangle of paper and cutting it down to squares, you may want one of these, though not required:
* ruler or other straight edge
* paper cutter
*Optional Additional Supplies:
* bone folder or popsicle stick for making sharpest creases (not necessary to have these tools, just if you want or need them)
* glue stick (sometimes a dab of glue is helpful for holding down folds)
* magnets and glue (unless they are self adhesive)
* hole punch and string
Prepare your space:
* clear your work area if needed (I always need to start with clearing off my busy table!)
* have several pieces of paper ready to work with
* if you are cutting down rectangular papers, have a straight edge or scissors handy if you are planning to use them
* keep drinking water nearby
* music? light? whatever makes it your ideal creative workspace, do that!
* Begin with your square of paper in front of you, color side down
* fold in half into a rectangle, crease well
* open paper, keep color side down, and fold the opposite direction to make another rectangle
* open paper, keep color side down, fold each corner into the center
* turn paper over and fold each corner to the center again
* turn BACK over and fold each corner up.
* This is your frame! You may want to tuck those last triangle folds under and into the pocket beneath them.
* play with different ways to fold those final triangles to make your frame interesting
* play with opening and reversing folds to change the frame design
* place a magnet on the back of your frame
* put a hole in one corner and make it an ornament or hanging art piece
Have Fun! Be kind to yourself and each other.