top of page
Search
  • Writer's picturevashtiart

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:

* paper

*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

* scissors

* 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!


The work:

* 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.





Extensions:

* 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.



32 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Comments


Post: Blog2_Post
bottom of page