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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

Nov 10, 2017

Sliceform Christmas Tree with Angled Slices

Why is this sliceform papercraft tree special?  The slices fan out from the center axis at increasing angles rather than being perpendicular to the center slice.

Sliceform pop up card Christmas tree

Compare to this conventional Christmas tree sliceform pop up card with perpendicular slices.

Assembly is like any sliceform.  Because this cut file is designed to be a pop up card, I have configured the slots to lock the pieces so they won't fall apart even if you turn the card upside down and shake it!

Make it!

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

Mar 14, 2016

Pi Pie Sliceform

side view of Pi Day pie slice

It's Pi Day!  In honor of pi, and pie, I made a sliceform Pi Pie.

Here's the PIE.
top view of Pi Day pie slice form

Are you wondering where the PI is?
See it?

slice form flat to show Pi

How about now?

flattened slice form shows letter pi

Mar 18, 2015

Sliceform Easter Egg

How to make sliceforms

I have cleaned up the files for this paper sliceform egg and added template cutting files for Silhouette Studio and an SVG that works better in Cricut Design Space.

Also suitable for hand cutting using the PDF file.

This is a good beginner project if you have never tried a sliceform construction before.

completed simple slice form egg

Full tutorial and file download link on the original post.

Mar 16, 2015

Peeps Bunnies and Tulips Torus

In this post I am revisiting the torus, a fascinating kind of paper sliceforms, with inspiration from Peeps marshmallow bunnies.

This torus Easter wreath has gone through numerous iterations.  I started with only rabbits, but the front rows covered too much of the back ones, so all you could see were the tips of the ears.  It looked odd.  I tried eggs (terrible) and finally settled on tulips for the inner rounds.

The torus files are in two sizes.  (Note that you cannot scale sliceform templates significantly as the slots can become too wide or narrow.  10% in either direction is probably the limit.)

The smaller one fits 4 template pieces on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of card stock and has a finished size of about 6" in diameter.  This is the size shown in the video below.

The larger wreath fits 2 template pieces per 8.5" x 11" sheet of card stock and has a finished size of about 11" in diameter.  This is the one shown in the assembly photos.

How to make a Bunnies and Tulips Sliceform Torus Wreath

Torus Sliceform Template
Download Cutting Files: PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space), Silhouette Studio.

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Please, please, I beg you, practice by assembling a plain one like this one before you attempt to make my Easter bunny and tulip torus.

Keep calm, and remember you will always slot like pieces together--like pieces from the same side of the two pieces.  So a right-hand smaller bunny attaches to another right-hand smaller bunny; a left-hand larger tulip slots together with a left-hand larger tulip, etc.

Low tack (painters) tape can be your friend!  Once you place a piece you may want to tape across the slots to adhere it temporarily.

I used four colors of card stock.

--For the smaller wreath you need 4 sheets of card stock, one sheet per color.
--For the larger wreath you need 8 sheets of card stock, two sheets per color.

Cut 8 pieces with slots at the bottom (4 each of two different colors), and 8 with slots at the top. Alternate the colors as you assemble the torus.

I started by slotting together two pieces together at the center bunny.

Then a piece to the center bunny of that piece (purple attached to pink).

You will be able to fold the whole thing flat if you are slotting the pieces correctly.

Continue to alternate, adding to the side, then the middle, until you have used all of the pieces.  I do this with the torus flattened, just lifting up the top layer and sliding the new piece into the proper slot.

And now the tricky part, that you more or less need to power through and make it happen in a way that works for you.

Expand the torus, pulling the ends toward each other to form a loose ring shape. Find the two card stock pieces whose large bunnies are still unslotted.  Those two need to slide together.

Once those are hooked it will look like a big mess.  Courage!  Handle it gently, and start looking for obvious places that should slot together.  Look for matching pieces that are near each other and join them.  Resist the impulse to pull things apart and start over.  Most things are still either slotted in the right place or nearly so.

Here is my big mess sitting in my lap.  You can see most of my bunnies have slipped apart, but not completely!  They are still in the correct place, just need tightening.

Work around and around, finding unused slots and matching them up.

For example, here you can see the green and blue tulip are matching up, and behind that the smallest green tulip will slide into the pink. 

Work around and around the circle, joining anything that is still loose. Eventually it will all come together.

 Pull all the pieces until the slots are tight.  Be sure to turn the wreath over and do the other side.

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Mar 9, 2015

Chick and Egg Sliceform Snow Globe

 How to make sliceforms

I had to pull out all my crafting tools to construct this Easter chick and egg sliceform snow globe pop up.

The globe is acetate.  I used overhead transparency film and cut it on my Silhouette Cameo. The base is  Bazzill card stock.

The chick, egg, and snowdrops are vellum.  I cut two sets of everything except the flowers.  I ran them through my Xyron Creative Station (remembering to mirror one of each pair) to add adhesive.

If you print out a copy of the design you can lay the acetate circle on it and use the printout as a guide to placing the pieces.

I adhered the pieces to one side of the acetate circle, then flipped it over and put the matching pieces on the back.  I left the flowers as a single layer to make them more translucent.

The snow dots are white gel pen.

The snow globe template is adapted from a commercially made pop up card I received from a friend. Since it's not my own design, I cannot share it. However, you could easily use this one from Elaine Wolfe.  You would need to modify one large circle--the one with the slots at the top, on the outside edge of the circle--by not cutting out its center.  You want a solid, filled in circle of acetate.

The chick and egg are from here.  You could use any circular designs.  Adjust the size to fit your snow globe circle.

It folds flat for mailing.

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Dec 4, 2014

Sliceform Christmas Tree from Paper Strips

How to make paper sliceforms

inside of sliceform 3d Christmas tree card

This is a sliceform Christmas tree pop up card design I've been muddling around with since last year, when I constructed a more elaborate version, shown below, which you can read about here

large white sliceform tree

I think I like the smaller Christmas tree better!

While drafting this smaller sliceform I realized I needed to alternate some of the slots to make the tree strips stay in place securely.  I found that the large one, as made, tends to fall apart!  The last thing you want is to send a card that arrives semi-assembled.

How to make a paper strip sliceform Christmas tree card

Download cutting files: PDF (suitable for hand cutting), SVG (how to use my files in Cricut Design Space), DXF, Silhouette Studio.

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.

Cut the file.  Separate the strips into pairs by size. 

Slot together the longest pair at the top slot.
Crease the feet on the score lines at the bottom of the strips.

how to assemble the first set of strips

Add the next pair of strips, with 5 slots.  First slide together the end slot of the new strip to the second slot of the footed strip.  Then do the same for the matching strip on the other side.  Last,  cross them and slide their second slots together.  Lift one up, and one down, as you gently criss-cross them, to get those last slots to go together.

how to make a sliceform Christmas tree

Continue adding pairs of strips, in decreasing length, until you have used all of them. Here the 4 slot strips have been added, first on each side, then working across to criss-cross what was already in place.

strip sliceform Christmas tree

The 3 slot pieces have been added.

sliceform Christmas tree

And the two slot pieces.

complete slice form Christmas tree

Make the 3D tree into a pop up card

Create a base card from two 8.5" x 3" rectangles, hinged together with a small strip of paper (my hinge is 1" wide by 2" tall). 

Here is just the front.

snowflake embossed card front

Flatten the tree and lay it on the right-hand side of the open card.  The feet are to the left, toward the hinge.  The exact placement is not critical as long as the top of the tree (at the far right) is not hanging outside the card. 

Mine is approximately where the horizontal centerline would be, but again, it does not have to be precise.

glue the first foot

 Spread adhesive on the foot you can see.

glue on sliceform Christmas tree

Close the card, flip it over, and spread glue on the other foot. 

Close the card.  Weight the card or pinch it with your fingers (you can feel where the tree ends and the feet begin) until dry.

close the card

open up slice form tree

Fits in a #10 business size envelope!
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Sep 26, 2014

Sliceform Lattice Pumpkin Update

How to make paper sliceforms.

This open work pumpkin sliceform folds flat!

Updated template re-posted with full file set :
  Silhouette Studio, SVG, PDF, DXF

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Jul 15, 2014

Cupcake Sliceform

How to make paper sliceforms

Sliceform cupcake that folds flat.  When opened up to 3D it is the size of a standard (real) cupcake and fits into a decorative cupcake wrapper.

finished slice form cupcake

How to make a paper craft sliceform cupcake and cupcake wrapper

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.99.

Download file set: Silhouette Studio, DXF, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space)

The SVG has an 8.5" x 11" rectangle around the pieces to assist with sizing.  (Sliceforms do not scale well as it throws off the width of the slots.)  Once you size your file you can delete the rectangle.

Cut pieces.  Color as desired.

cut pieces for sliceform cupcake

Begin assembly with the medium size pieces.  There are two different slot configurations on the medium pieces.  Select one each of the two different pieces. Slot together using the 2nd slots in from the outside edge.

slotting middle pieces

Add the other two pieces.

slotting middle pieces

Add the larger piece that does not have a stem on the cherry. Slide it into the center slots of the medium pieces that are open at the very top (no tabs across the top of the slots).

adding the larger pieces

Add the other large piece, sliding it into the center slot of the other large piece and the other two medium pieces.  Push the tabs on the medium pieces out of the way as you slide the large piece in.  When the large piece is pushed down all the way, the tabs fit into the small notches at the top of the large piece.

tabs on medium piece

Add the four smallest pieces.  First slide the center slot of the smallest piece onto the outer slot of a large piece.  Twist the smallest piece to the left to catch the outer slot of one medium piece, then to the right to catch the other slot.

Wrap the decorative cupcake wrapper around the base of the cupcake and adhere the ends together.

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