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Dec 1, 2016

3D Twisted Origami Tree

Here's a nifty papercraft, an origami Christmas tree made from a map.

3d Christmas origami tree

The base is square and the folds spiral around, tucking in at the top.

3d tree origami


I looked through a discarded atlas to find a map with a lot of green.  You can boost the color by sponging some green ink on the map if you need to.  You will see a tiny bit of the back side of the paper at the very tip of the tree (the beige part on my tree).

The finished size of the tree depends  of course, on the size square you start with.  I used a 9" square of atlas page and ended up with a 3" tall tree.

The origami tree fold was designed by Jannie van Schuylenburg.
Link to folding directions by Leyla Torres.






3d Christmas tree atlas page

I've made a bunch of other projects from one discarded atlas--the Dutch apple sliceform, and this rolled rose wreath.  (THAT took forever to assemble, but I love it.)

papercraft rolled roses wreath







Aug 29, 2016

Dutch Apple Sliceform

I posted a lattice version of a sliceform apple years ago, but somehow missed putting up the solid version!

Recently I was messing around with map pages making paper roses, and came across the page for the Netherlands, a beautiful green.  So, with a wink, I call this the Dutch Apple sliceform papercraft.


How to make a solid sliceform apple


Aug 24, 2016

Back to School Papercrafts

The weather at my house turned cooler yesterday, and it's back to school soon here in the northeast.

Here are some school-themed papercrafting projects from the archives.


Box of Crayons Pop Up Card
This might be my favorite box card of all time!
24 crayons box


French School Room
Fair warning: this school pop up card is challenging and time consuming.

French school pop up


Pleated Apple Box
There's also a pumpkin version of this little container.

apple box pleated lid and base






Sliceform Apple
Surprisingly easy to put together.

Sliceform apple, lattice version


Little Red Schoolhouse
Put a tealight in this little house and set it on your shelf.

vellum shelf village school

Jul 27, 2016

New Pop Up Instruction Book



Oh no!  Thanks to a reader from Germany for bringing to my attention that this may be an unauthorized abridgment of Duncan Birmingham's book.  (See her comment below). Please buy the real deal instead, Pop-Up Design and Paper Mechanics: How to Make Folding Paper Sculpture
Big news!  Duncan Birmingham, has written a new "quick start" manual to pop up design.  It's a 48 page crash course in the basics.  

Buy Pop-Up Design & Paper Mechanics now for only $6.02 (a 39% discount) with free shipping from Book Depository.


Or pre-order from Amazon
Pop-Up Design & Paper Mechanics: 18 Shapes to Make
(It's not available to ship from the USA until October.  Book Depository ships from the UK.)

Duncan Birmingham pop up design 18 shapes



Birmingham is the author of Pop-Up Design and Paper Mechanics: How to Make Folding Paper Sculpture which is #1 on my list of recommended books about how to make pop ups!

Duncan Birmingham pop up design book