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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 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.

Dec 30, 2017

Matchbox Slider Pop Up Card

Valentine matchbox slider pop up card

This little box is a combination pop up card and treat container or gift card holder.  Perfect for Valentine's Day, a birthday gift,  or any occasion.

Pulling the drawer forward activates the pop up element. 

front of matchbox slider pop up card

When the drawer is closed the pop up decorative element lies flat on the top of the box.

closed matchbox slider pop up card

Video of the completed card showing pop up action.

The inspiration came from a gift card holder made by Danielle of Scrapbook Maven.  She made hers from a commercially available, pre-made box.  Not having such a box in my stash of crafting materials, I made my own cut file version! 

How to make a matchbox slider pop up card and treat box

Jun 12, 2017

Paper Succulents

The succulent craze has hit my household big time.  I made this 3D papercraft bouquet of succulent "flowers" as a Happy Birthday card for my daughter.

Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.

Construction isn't difficult, but somewhat time consuming.

All of the paper succulents start the same way: cut the pieces, sponge on some ink, and curl the edges of the petals a little bit.

Be generous with color.  Layer on greens and browns and highlight with red or white.White adds tremendous depth.

The circular flower-like succulents are made by stacking the layers.
--Cut two sets of petal rounds for each "bloom".  Stack them to your liking.  You won't need every piece, and after gluing the stack use spare petals to fill in bare spots.
--Roll the smallest layer into a loose cone for the center.
--Using dimensional glue dots (foam) to adhere the bigger layers bulks up the succulent.

Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.

The purple trailing plant, which starts as a long strip with leaves on both side, is wrapped around thick floral wire or a skewer or toothpick or whatever you have.  Fill in bare spots with extra leaves.

The blue and the beige sprigs are a pain.  I glued them painstakingly, leaf by leaf, on a toothpick (beige) and small tube of paper (blue).  I'm sure there's a better way to make these.

Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.

I glued the succulents to a 3" diameter styrofoam ball covered with strips of wood grain paper to look like a basket.  The foot of the planter is a snap-together curtain grommet (left over from another crafty project) wrapped with the same paper strips.  After the large pieces were secure, I went back around and filled in empty spots with spare leaves.

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 $2.00.

Mar 21, 2017

Pleated Paper Cupcake

Pleated and and v-folded paper forms this 3D papercraft cupcake.

Add a paper candle or flower and wish someone a Happy Birthday.

pleated paper cupcake

It's not quite origami, but it reminds me of origami baubles or origami Christmas balls.

flower on cupcake

Easy to hand cut, or download file set to machine cut.

How to Make a Pleated Cupcake and Icing

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

Apr 5, 2009

Put All Your Puppies in One Basket

sliceform easter basket
For the last week or so I've been working out an Easter basket sliceform. I made a prototype with a prosaic looking bunny and a bunch of eggs in it (yawn).

I took it into work to show my co-worker who has five (count them, 5) dogs. I don't remember when the *boing* moment came, but the next thing I knew, I was thinking I really needed to put all her dogs in one basket.

Agreeably, she went home for lunch and came back with photos on her phone. So this design is dedicated to Ellie Mae, Rolland, Stanley, Petey, and Maxwell!

How To Make the Easter basket sliceform
Download files: Silhouette Studio, SVG, PDF.  

How to use my 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.

Cut pieces.

Arrange the contents of your basket to fit on the basket contents template. I designed my basket completely digitally, laying the template on top of my picture as I worked, then removing it before printing. If you prefer, you can glue directly onto the template.

On the bottom of the template (the part with the slots) you should keep your design within the width of the template. Most of this will not be very visible. On mine it's all grass pattern.

On the top (the curved part) do not make your design any taller than the template or it won't fit below the handle. You can make a wider design as I did, but you will need to extend the slots upward. The slots will show a bit in the finished design. (On mine the slot runs through Elly Mae's foot).

And yes, I messed it up the first time. Poor Rolland was too far over to the left and the slot cut right through his little head.

Assemble the basket

This sliceform is a little tricky because the slots are angled. Pieces tend to come unattached as you're adding other pieces. As I work I keeping turning the piece and re-seating anything that's coming apart.

1.Contents and inside sides

Fold up the bottom tabs on the contents (shown as a plain purple piece).

Angle the top tab through the center slot of the inside side (yellow), then slide the folded-up bottom tab through. Unfold the bottom tab.

Repeat for the other inside side.

2. Handle piece front and back

You will slide the inner slots of the handle piece (green) and the inner slots of the inside sides (yellow) together. The inner slots are the ones closest to the middle of the piece.

Slide one end of the handle piece onto one inside side piece, then the other end onto the other inside side piece.

Repeat for the other handle piece.

Important! The slots under the bows at the top of the two handle piece must point in opposite directions!

3. Outside side pieces 

Fold up bottom tabs on outside side pieces (purple).

Slide the outside side pieces onto handle (green) pieces: slotting the inner slot of the outside side onto the outer slot of the handle.

Repeat for other side.

4. Outside front and back pieces

Starting on one side, slide the top tab of the outside side piece (purple) through the outer slot of the front piece (blue).

Push the folded-up tab through the slot and unfold.

Work across the piece. In the pictures I am working right-to-left. Slot together the inner slots of the front (blue) and the outer slots of the inside side piece (yellow).

Now the other inner slot of the front and the outer slot of the other inside side piece (yellow).

Finally, attach second outside side piece (purple) as you did the first one, by inserting the top tab first, then pushing through the folded-up tab.

Slot together the outside back piece (blue) the same as the front.

5.Create bow

Crease each bow where it joins the handle.

Slot the bow pieces together.

sliceform basket
sliceform easter basket with dogs

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