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Jun 23, 2015

Tiny Pleated Star

If you enjoyed making the larger (3") pleated paper star, try this one!  It is tiny, but it's not ridiculously tiny. 

pleated star size compared to quarter coin


Perfect to use in a grouping on the front of a card or as a scrapbook embellishment.

small pleated stars with jewel centers

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.




Assembly is the same as for the larger accordion pleated star.

I added a small silver sunburst and a jewel to the center of each of mine.

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










Dec 10, 2014

Five Pointed Origami Star Cutting File

I have created a new cutting file set for the five pointed origami paper star made from a pentagon. This is an older project that previously had only a PDF printable pattern.

You can cut it from plain paper, double sided paper, sheet music, book pages, wrapping paper....

Here are some origami stars I made.  The blue and red are double sided origami paper.  The next one is cut from a Where's Waldo book, and the last one is sheet music.


5 pointed origami star from pentagon



five pointed origami star













origami star ornament





















Download file set: Silhouettte Studio, SVG, DXF.

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


File can be scaled to fit any paper size.  Adhere your paper to your cutting mat with the right side up!  Note that the file is mostly score lines so it does take a while to cut.

Follow the directions from this origami star post.  It's much easier to fold with the crease lines started for you! 

 
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May 6, 2014

Coldplay Origami Paper Stars

Have you seen the Target ad with Coldplay folding these five pointed origami stars for A Sky Full of Stars? Heck, we just missed the giveaway, but click through for a tutorial on how to make your own origami star from a piece of paper pre-cut into a pentagon. 

Coldplay origami folded paper star



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Apr 4, 2014

Star Accordion Flip Card

Last week I made an Easter egg version of this accordion flip card.  This week I tried a star shape, which was much more challenging to design. 

3d star accordion flip card


How to make a Star Accordion Flip Card

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 files: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG, DXF.

I also have a circle shaped one here and a scalloped frame one here.

Decide how many  pop up card panels you want.  Use the chart below to determine which pieces you need. You will assemble the numbered panels in the order given, from left to right.

2 panels: pieces 1,2
3 panels: pieces 1,2,3
4 panels: pieces 1,2,3,4
5 panels: pieces 1,2,3,4,3
6 panels: pieces 1,2,3,4,3,4
For longer cards keep adding additional pieces 3 and 4 to the right-hand end of the card.

Cut panels.  Cut panel liners and star liners as desired.

Lay out the panels in order.  Glue panels together using the long vertical panel tabs.

3d pop up card star flip accordion


Decorate the panels with panel liners. (I didn't use any.)

You can add some of the star liners now. Cover all of the star fronts. Cover the backs of the stars on the far right and far left panels.  Hold off adding the other star liners until the star tabs are adhered so the liners will cover the tabs.

3d pop up card star flip accordion
Front of Card

3d pop up card star flip accordion
Back of Card


Fold the card into a zig zag, creasing at the panel joins. The crease between panels 1 & 2 should come forward (mountain fold) and the crease between panels 2 & 3 folds to the back (valley fold).


 Pre-crease the swivel folds at the top and bottom of each star. Crease all star tabs.

3d pop up card star flip accordion

Glue the single tab connecting the stars on panels 2 & 3.  The tab is glued to the back of panel star 2.

Front of Card


Glue the double tabs connecting the stars on panels 1 & 2, and 3 & 4.  Again, glue the tabs to the backs of the stars.  Repeat as needed if you have more than 4 panels.

Back of Card

Cover the remaining star backs with star liners.

Need more detailed instructions?  Check out the Easter egg version for more photos, and a link to video instructions.








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Nov 21, 2013

Twist Top Star Box

This five sided little box closes with a twist to form a star on the top.
star twist box
Easy for hand cutting if you leave off the cut-outs on the star points, or use a punch!

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






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

Assemble in the same manner as the snowflake box and the holly box.

twist top star box
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Nov 16, 2013

Quick Christmas and Winter Projects

Quick Christmas and winter cards and paper projects for machine cutting, that is. Some are fast and easy for hand cutting, too!

Ornament Window Card

Window style pop up card made from dingbat font shapes.

ornament pop up card

Five Pointed Origami Star

This origami star is one of my most popular projects ever. It's lovely made from sheet music or book pages. Very little cutting required.

origami star

Pop Up Snowflake Cards

Four different snowflake cards cut on one page and have only a couple creases each.

snowflake pop up card

Twist Top Snowflake or Holly Box

Two fun little boxes for packaging a little treat.

snowflake box

holly box


Gingerbread Man Pop Up Card

Cute and a bit retro 8-bit gingerbread man card.

gingerbread man pop up card

Star Box

Depending how fast you can do print-and-cut you may choose to hand cut this star-shaped box.
star box


Incire Christmas Tree
Simple and stunning paper tree that's probably easier to hand cut than machine cut, if you're using thin origami paper.

incire tree


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