Maybe it’s a rainy day or you just need something creative to do with your hands. Paper crafting is really easy, inexpensive, and best of all, accessible to everyone! You can cut and fold your way to personal fulfillment, or as a gift for a loved one. Best of all, it’s one of the easiest ways to upcycle any loose paper you may have lying around. Let your imagination run wild; the possibilities for paper crafts are limitless.
Turn that pretty paper into a gift box
If you have some leftover wrapping paper or some scraps hanging around from scrapbooking, you can easily put that decorative print to good use. With just a few folds and cuts, use the paper to wrap small gifts, trinkets, or party favors. Even better if there’s a unifying theme – bridesmaids’ gifts, bachelorette party, or small party favors for a child’s birthday. Also, checkout our easy tutorial for making this easy paper box.
Try out quilling
Quilling is the art of rolled paper, but you don’t need to buy fancy paper or spend a lot of time cutting out strips. Collect those empty toilet paper and paper towel tubes, and create a unique, handcrafted ornament, wall decor, or even a thoughtful card. Color the tubes with whatever you have on hand – crayons, markers, or paint. This is a great way to get little hands involved too!
Once the tubes are colored and dried, cut the toilet paper tubes into strips of varying sizes. You can cut widthwise, so that you’re left with loops, or lengthwise to have longer strips to work with. Use these various colors and shapes to create a beautiful-one of a kind arrangement that’s certain to brighten up any face and room.
You can never go wrong with origami
The paper art of origami has lasted for hundreds of years for good reason. There are seemingly endless shapes, colors, and designs for everyone of all ages to explore and enjoy. Even better, you don’t necessarily need fancy origami paper to start! Video tutorials are ubiquitous on the internet, but you can also find easy kits and books at your library, used bookstore, or big box retailer.
Challenge yourself (or your children if they’re itching for an activity) to create something as simple as a boat or butterfly, or as striking as a beautiful lotus made up of several individually folded sheets of paper.
Plaster and paper mache all day
You can create upcycled plaster using just glue and recycled paper. With your upcycled plaster, the possibilities are truly endless. Create a one-of-a-kind vase, make inimitable jewelry, or even give a gift that can’t be found or bought in even the most boutique shops.
Don’t forget about tissue paper
Tissue paper allows for a new light texture that opens a whole new world to paper crafting. It doesn’t need to just be relegated as stuffing in a gift bag. Give it new life as a paper lantern or as a festive party decoration at your next gathering. Wow your loved ones with an exceptional homemade card, one with a dynamic, three-dimensional popup greeting.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there are boundless opportunities for upcycling and crafting with all types of paper. Start a stockpile, and on those especially dreary rainy days, let your imagination run rampant and find joy in creating a wonderfully unique paper craft.
Enjoy this easy tutorial by 5-Minute Crafts FAMILY