Tonight while dining out with some friends, I found myself doing something I have done since I was a little kid. Almost without thinking about it, my fingers started fiddling with the paper napkin ring that was lying on the table, and after a minute or two a tiny paper crane flapped out of my hand. Yes, I am that girl – the one who leaves random bits of folded paper on tables for the busboy/girl to clean up. Maybe they bring a moment of pleasure to whoever finds them and find their way into someone’s pocket – or maybe they land in the trash. I don’t know. I just like to make them.
I love to play with paper. When my local library puts out a new paper crafts book – especially one that includes paper folding – I squeal. Usually out loud, to the dismay of nearby patrons. (You may remember my glee in February over Trash Origami!) Recently it has not been books that have gotten me worked up over paper, but blogs. I keep finding the coolest paper crafts on blogs I stumble across.
On Jessica Jones’ fabulous blog How About Orange I found her instructions for a 3D paper ball. I’ve only cracked the surface of possibilities with my first try (shown above), using plain old printer paper – but I have in mind a pile of 3D balls made from the pages of a picture book that is falling apart. Should be brilliant.
Fellow book blogger Bellezza of Dolce Bellezza recently wrote about her Christmas tradition of folding a new origami ornament every year. After myself and a few others asked for the directions she had used to make this year’s ornament, she obliged us. I was filled with Christmasy joy when this little 5-pointed star came together with such lovely results.
Finally, just tonight my geekery reached devilishly delightful new heights. Having taken knife to pumpkin in October in pursuit of the ultimate geeky jack o’lantern, it seemed only logical to take knife to paper in December in pursuit of the ultimate geeky snowflake! Between Anthony Herrera, Matters of Grey, and my little Gerber knife I produced these beauties.
Ah yes, now the festive spirit of the holidays is decking my halls – and windows. Once the tip of my middle finger regains some feeling (having gone numb from pressing my knife through layers of paper), I’ll have at it again and make a few more snowflakes. Might design some Doctor Who related ones. Speaking of which, since I apparently never posted a picture of my jack o’lantern circa 2011, here it is:
It’s the little things in life that make me happy. Like Cyberman o’lanterns and snowflakes from a galaxy far, far away. And paper – lots and lots of paper.