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Mar 25, 2018

Accordion Fold Card in a Box

Happy Birthday accordion fold card in a box

This accordion birthday card comes in a little box and unfolds into a surprisingly long card. The "Happy Birthday" letters flip up from the accordion pleats in opposite directions, like a flag book.

The finished size is slightly larger than 2.5" x 3.5";  and 5/8" tall.

accordion fold card in a box size with ruler

accordion fold card in a box,  size of box

Don't mind the funky color scheme of the sample.  I used contrasting colors to help you see the construction of the box and the birthday card.

How to make an accordion fold card in a box

Mar 17, 2018

Spring Tulips in a Basket

Long ago at the beginning of this blog I created a sliceform basket and "filled" it with puppies.
This updated (new files!) slice form basket is bursting with spring tulips, a perfect flower basket for Easter.

finished sliceform basket with tulips front view

How to make a spring basket of tulips sliceform

Jan 16, 2018

February Tent Calendar

Desktop trifold tent calendar for February 2018

February 2018 tent card

The heart design is edge cut at the top fold, and backed with white, allowing the calendar to show through the window cut-out.

front of tent card calendar

back view showing white cardstock backing on calendar

How to make a print and cut standing calendar for February 2018

Download files.  

Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space).

Files download for free. A huge thank you to the many readers who support my site with a small contribution when downloading.  Pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. 
Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.

Print and cut calendar backing page 

Silhouette Studio: use registration marks.

Video  showing how to set up this page for print and cut in Cricut Design Space.

Cut heart page

Green lines are score lines / dashed cut lines.

In Cricut Design Space, click each of the top four green lines in the layers menu and change to score.  Select all layers.  Attach. Cut.

Assemble Tent

Crease card on score lines.

red cardstock cut

Apply glue around the window, the letter cut-outs, and the heart cut-outs.

glue diagram for tent calendar

Adhere white piece to the back, matching heart edges.

February calendar glued in place

Spread glue on the long tab.

glue for tab on February tent calendar

Glue calendar into a tent shape.  I used a ruler to hold the tab down while it dried.

ruler holding tab in place

Optional: adhere small heart to center of large heart.

optional center heart on calendar

Jan 6, 2018

Pile of Hearts Pop Up Card Files Updated

The cutting file set for this old favorite has been updated to work better with Cricut Design Space and newer Studio versions.  Check it out!

Pile of Hearts tutorial and cutting files

This Valentine pop up card is surprisingly easy to make.

Apr 5, 2017

Flower Pot Bunny Pop Up Card

Just in time for Easter, a bunny in a flower pot pop up card tutorial.  This pop up is a six sided flower pot with a rabbit, eggs, grass, and leaves.

This pop up card utilizes the pop up mechanism you may remember from my leprechaun hat pop up card, which in turn was adapted from my coffee cup pop up card.

How to make a flower pot Easter pop up card

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

Feb 23, 2016

Crayon Box Pop Up Card

twenty four pack crayons birthday card pop up card

Crayon box birthday card, free template, cut files, printables for a cute and colorful card-in-a-box type of pop up card. It folds flat!

This papercraft 3D crayon box can be machine cut or hand cut.  Finished size approximately 5" tall.

How to make a crayon card-in-a-box

Jan 26, 2016

Pull Tab Valentine Pop Up Card

valentine pop up card front

Pull tab in the center of this valentine heart papercraft and the paper stretches apart to reveal your sentiment.

pull tab valentine heart card

Strategic cuts on the pop up card create a net from the concentric hearts, with a surprise message underneath.

side view valentine net card

How to make a pull tab valentine

Dec 15, 2015

Cute Retro Christmas Card

My Christmas cards are done!  I made more than 130 this year.

Two of the designs I made used this Etch-a-Sketch base.

You can use any suitable black and white line drawing, or stamp a seasonal design.

retro Christmas card etch a sketch frame
How to make an etch-a-sketch inspired card

Oct 16, 2015

Spider and Web Accordion Garland

This crisscross spiders and spider web papercraft garland is a mash up of paper chains and cascade cards.  Great for Halloween!  Hang them vertically in your doorways or swag them on your chandelier. 

The intricate cutting is best done by machine. Easy to assemble once cut!

How to make a spider garland

Oct 5, 2015

Maple Leaf Card

Sympathy cards are always tough to make!  I like the quiet autumn colors of these papers.

The arrangement of the design elements is a common one using the rule of thirds.

Once the maple leaves are cut it goes together very quickly.

This particular maple leaf is from the Silhouette Store.  I did not want the veining, so I cut only the outside edge (from solid colored papers).   I created an inside offset and removed the stem from it and cut the offsets from patterned papers.

Jun 17, 2015

Pleated Heart Embellishment

I'm sure I re-invented the wheel when I designed this file.  Mostly, it was an exercise to help me understand how to create shapes in pleated form.

how to make a pleated heart

See this post for a pleated paper star (and scroll to the bottom to learn how to make any pleated paper shape).

how to make pleated shapes

How to make an accordion pleated paper craft heart

Suitable for hand or machine cutting.

Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space).
Files download for free. A huge thank you to the many readers who support my site with a small contribution when downloading.

 Pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. 
 Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.

The file set includes two sizes of pleated hearts.
Finished, the large heart is 3" wide, and the small heart is 2" wide.

The heart pieces look like a fish!  The "mouth" end is the top of the heart and the "tail" end is the point of the heart. The grey-outlined hearts indicate the finished size and the black-outlined hearts are the backing pieces.

Download, cut and score.

If you are hand cutting, score first, then cut.  The score lines are 1/4" apart for those of you who have a score board.

pleated heart template diagram

Adhere the pieces together at the top of the heart (the mouth end)using the glue tab.
(This photo is from the star, but the tabs are the same).

pleated heart glued

 Here are the two pieces glued together at the top of the heart. Pleat the entire piece, starting with a mountain fold (bump up) at the center.

how to pleat heart
Using the other glue tab, adhere the pieces at the point of the heart (the tail end), forming a ring. Arrows point to where the pieces are glued together. You should have a mountain fold at this join at the heart point.

glue point for pleated heart

Flatten the heart. The straight edge forms a center circle.

assemble pleated heart

Now comes the fun part.  You need to squish the heart until the center circle is as small as you can make it, and while holding that, simultaneously glue on a backing to hold the pleats in place.

Spread a generous amount of glue on the backing piece.  I used a circle that I cut freehand.  You have a heart-shaped backing included in the file set.

pleated shape glue backing

Push the pleats in, working around and around the heart.  Once you have them the way you like them, slap that glue-covered backing onto the back.

pleated heart collapsed

I like to turn it to the front and continue to push and adjust until I like the way it looks.  Use whatever you have (bookends are good) to support the edges until it dries.  I usually put something flat and not too heavy on top, too.

front of pleated heart

I like to add a little jewel in the center.

completed pleated heart with jewel

Jun 13, 2015

Pleated Star Embellishment

This accordion pleated paper star can be challenging because you feel like you need about 6 extra hands to hold everything in place as you glue it together.

completed accordion star

Use as a card embellishment or scale it up to make decorations for the 4th of July.

Suitable for hand or machine cutting.

Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space).
Files download for free. A huge thank you to the many readers who support my site with a small contribution when downloading.

 Pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. 
 Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.
Download files.  If you are hand cutting, score first, then cut.  The score lines are 1/4" apart for those of you who have a score board.

You will have two pieces to pleat, a large star that is the finished size (which is about 3"), and a small star and circle (use either as your backing piece).

template accordion star

Glue together the two pieces using the glue tabs, forming a ring.

glue point pleated star

Ring shown here, after pleating.  The arrows point to the glued points.

 glue points on accordion pleated star

Pleat the star.  To get the pleats going the right directions, start with the points.  Pleat each of these as a mountain fold (the bump is up). 

Arrows pointing to mountain folded points.

pleats on accordion pleated star

 Next pleat each of the shortest pleats as a mountain fold.  Accordion crease the pleats in between.

Spread glue generously on either the small star or the circle.

 glue backing to pleated star

Collapse the ring with the points to the outside.

collapse pleated star

Working around and around, push the points to make the star smaller.  The center will become a tiny circle.   (This shows the front.  You would still be working from the back at this point.)
 front of pleated star shape

Affix the backing to the back of the star.  Continue to arrange the points to your satisfaction while the glue is wet.  This is where an extra pair of hands is helpful.  Use whatever you have lying around to the brace the star points, and put a small weight on the top of the star to help it dry flat. 

I like to add a small jewel to the center.

completed pleated star

How to draft a template for any pleated shape

When a reader posted a card with a pleated heart to the Extreme Cards Facebook page I started thinking about how to draft a template for any shape.  You could start with a pleated circle and, by brute force method, cut the shape and refine it, but there's a better way!

A pleated circle is made with a piece of paper that looks like this, a strip of paper with a series of score lines.

how to make pleated shapes

Here is the key concept: the length of each score line is equal to the radius of the circle.
Let me say that in a different way.  The length of each pleat line is equal to the distance from the center to the outside edge of the shape.

So, if you pleated the piece shown above, and held together the pleats at one end to form a fan shape, it would make part of a circle with the pleats like this.

how to make pleated circle

 Okay, are you with me so far?

Now let's look at the star.  The line segments from the center to the outside edge are different lengths.

how to make pleated star diagram

If you transfer those lines to the pleat base (1/2" wide rectangles), it looks like this.

pleated star template

Each red line is the top of one pleat.  That is, if these are your pleats  ^^^^ the red line is the top of each.  We will add the bottom of the pleats in a bit.

You can see that this pattern is half of one star point.
By duplicating and mirroring it's easy to fill in the rest.

Once all the red pleat lines are duplicated, draw a cut line by connecting the dots--the tops of the red lines, and then a horizontal line along the bottoms of the red lines.

Halfway between each pair of red lines draw a green line.  These are the score lines for the bottom of the V of each pleat.

Divide template as needed to fit on the page, and add glue tabs.

template for pleated star

I've made a pleated star, heart, and flower so far.  Heart template in the next post!

pleated star and pleated heart valentine