Friday, November 26, 2010

Paper Coasters

I didn't have very much time this week to do any crafting or sewing so, today's tutorial is just a fun and super quick way to add a bit of pizazz to your holiday tables.

I got the idea from a Kirigami book I bought awhile ago.  Kirigami is sort of an adult version of making the snowflakes that we used to do in elementary school.  Kirigami can get really complicated and can result in some incredibly intricate silhouettes that you can use for all sorts of things from stencils, to art, to....paper coasters.

Today we'll start with an easy fold and an easy pattern.  For this project I used a fairly heavy handmade paper but this works much better with something not so thick.  (Origami paper works well too!)

Here are the supplies that you'll need:

1)Cut paper into 6" X 6" squares (15 cm X 15cm)

2)Using one square at a time, fold the paper into a triangle

3)Bring the bottom corner up to the top corner and fold again, to create a smaller triangle

4)Fold the top corner down to the bottom one to create an even smaller triangle

5)Now fold back the top layer of the triangle to meet the back

6)With a pencil, lightly draw a pattern onto the paper similar to the below, making sure that the squiggle touches the edges and folds in spots. 

7)Cut along your lines with sharp scissors, making sure to not to cut the curves that touch the edges

8) Open out to see what you made!

Add a wine glass and you're ready to rock...or dine elegantly, whatever your style is.  It doesn't hurt to give it a little press with an iron first.

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Have fun crafting this week!  Special thanks to Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch
who once again sent me the most people through her very popular linky party. 
Check out her site for more fun stuff throughout the week.

Don't forget that Tuesday, November 30th is your last chance to get your name
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As always, I'll be posting this project, along with this week's Show and Tell,
on the linky parties throughout the week.  Check out the
linky party tab at the top of the page for more fun projects! 

Happy Crafting~


Unknown said...

How funny, i just posted something on Kirigami too!! I found a great tutorial for some Peace doves. Love your project took a lot more finesse than mine. I bet that book is interesting!!

Lauren @ 31diy said...

How pretty! I'm impressed - not sure I could do that.

Etcetorize said...

That's the great thing about Kirigami, the end product looks far more complicated than it really is. give it a try. You don't have to tell your guests how easy it was~

Susannah said...

This is really cute. I bet you could use some mod podge to attach them to pieces of wood or something, and add diamond glaze on top so they are re-usable, cheap, awesome coaster!

Unknown said...

This looks very fun! I think I might have to give this a try!

AllieMakes! said...

SO fun! My daughter LOVES making these! We cut a lot of paper doing this :)
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

What a fun and simple idea! Thanks for linking up!

Tru said...

Interesting. Kinda like a snowflake under your glass. Would be great in a table setting.


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