Wikipedia defines paper crafting as: Paper craft is the collection of art forms employing paper or card as the primary artistic medium for the creation of three-dimensional objects. It is the most widely used material in arts and crafts.
There are many different things you can do with paper. But here are some of the things I have tried so far and a couple that are on my to do list. (watch for Coffee & Crafts once a month I try a new craft)
Paper crafting is a newish craft for me. I’ve only been doing it a few years. I started out with making cards. I quickly became obsessed with collecting all the stamps I could get my hands on and ohhh the paper!! The pretty, pretty paper! I may have a slight hoarding problem when it comes to pretty paper. I buy it and hate to cut into it so it just stacks up higher and higher. The more I use, the more I can buy, so I am slowly but surely using up my stash.
9 Paper Crafting Ideas
Scrapbooking – This is a method of presenting personal and family history in the form of a box, card or book. It is a ton of fun and can be done for any occasion. Birthdays, family vacations, weddings, graduations, the list is endless. I love the idea of scrapbooking and will admit to starting at least two different scrapbooks for my son. I unfortunately have yet to finish them. But are scrapbooks ever really finished? You’re always making memories so there is always more to add! I will finish my sons baby scrapbook eventually, maybe by the time he has his own kids. (which is not anytime soon I hope!)
Card-making – Card making is the craft of hand-making greeting cards. Now this is my absolute favorite and I could prob talk about it for hours if someone would let me. Just a few years ago I had no idea this was even a thing that people did. I thought card making was for kids. Honestly. I had no idea it was a huge industry of creative people.
Now I make cards for my vendor booth inside a local shop. When I was asked to bring my cards into the shop I will admit that I didn’t think they would sell very well. Who wants to buy my handmade cards when they can go to any drug store and buy cheap ones for $1? But was I pleasantly surprised when my cards started selling pretty regularly. People love well made items and as long as you take pride in your work and produce a great product, people will buy it.
Paper flowers –Paper flowers are right next to handmade cards on my absolute favorites list. I can’t possible pick between the two. You have seen my paper flower tutorial and my template to my paper flower in my shop. (more coming soon!)
They can be made from plain paper, printed paper, cardstock, vellum, crepe paper and even tissue paper. There are so many different types of flowers you can make from a variety of different papers. And I promise you that I will show you how!
Decoupage- I have limited experience with decoupage. I have done maybe a handful of decoupage projects. And probably have another handful on my to-do list.
Decoupage is the art or craft of decorating objects with paper cut outs. Now this could be a photograph, or die cuts, or even paper napkins and wrapping paper. I have lined dresser drawers with pretty wrapping paper successfully with the decoupage method. There are different mediums you can use for decoupage as well. There is mod podge- a glue that dries clear. You can use varnish as well. I’ll show you what I used in another post (Coffee and Crafts, coming soon)
Paper mache – As with decoupage, I have very limited experience with paper mache. I don’t think I have done it since grade school to be honest. Paper mache is a composite material consisting of paper pieces bound with an adhesion such as glue, starch or wallpaper paste. It’s messy and fun!
You can make masks, or pinata’s would be fun to make! Any shape you can imagine can be done with paper mache. My boyfriend makes scary pumpkins for Halloween using paper mache. Maybe I’ll put this on the Coffee and Crafts list as well and have him do the tutorial. Let’s see if I can convince him!
Origami – The Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. The goal is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished shape or sculpture by different folding techniques.
I have zero experience with this to share, to be honest. It looks fun and a bit intimidating to me. Any paper that can hold a crease can be used for origami. But thin paper is best. Washi is the traditional origami paper used in Japan. It is generally tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp.
Paper cutting – Is the art of paper designs with sharp scissors or a knife. It can be simple or intricate, whichever design you choose.
I find this very fascinating and have spent a bit too much time watching videos of artist paper cutting. It takes skill and patience and precision. None of which I have. LOL I have no tried this technique as I’m afraid of cutting my fingers off with very sharp knives. (funny coming from someone who cuts wood, I know.)
Quilling- Paper quilling is on my favorites list as well. I have done a few small greeting cards and make one decent sized heart with this method. And I hope to do a lot more of it!
Paper quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper rolled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs. It’s amazing what you can do with paper quilling. This will def be on the Coffee and Crafts list!
Paper making – And last but not least is paper making. A fun and messy way to create your very own one of a kind paper.
Simply put paper making is the making of paper. I save all my little scraps of paper left over from various projects with the hopes of making my very own paper one day this summer. Paper can be made from various other fibers like cotton, but wood based paper is most common. I haven’t found a technique that I’ll be using yet, but as soon as I do, you all will be the first to know!
Isn’t it amazing how versatile paper is? All the things you can create with paper simply amaze me. Paper crafting is so much fun to learn. I hope you will learn some of these things with me! I’m not hard to please, give me some pretty paper and pair of scissors and I’ll entertain myself for hours! Stay tuned if you want to see all the things I come up with!