Copyright (c) 2020 en-us CraftStylish - Jeff_Rudell's posts CraftStylish - Jeff_Rudell's posts Tue, 21 Jan 2020 16:51:45 -0500 CraftStylish - Jeff_Rudell's posts CraftStylish - Jeff_Rudell's posts <![CDATA[How to Make Paper Ornaments]]> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 How to Make Paper Ornaments Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Ah, Labor Day, when a young man's fancy turns to ornaments. Ornaments?! Yes, it's time again to begin crafting for the holiday season (three months away and counting). Here's the recipe for one of my favorite (and easiest to make) tree-trimming decorations. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make a Beautiful Paper Lantern]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0500 How to Make a Beautiful Paper Lantern Posted by Jeff_Rudell
A single sheet of paper and some thoughtfully added cuts and folds will yield an eye-catching lampshade for a votive candle. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make a Paper Gift Box]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:05:00 -0500 How to Make a Paper Gift Box Posted by Jeff_Rudell
I write a lot about craft ideas that make great gifts, but what often gets lost in such articles is that I wrap a vast majority of the gifts I give in my very favorite box of all time. Download the pattern and you'll see that it is beautiful, sturdy, versatile, and a pleasure to open. I always have one or two boxes precut and ready to use. ]]>
<![CDATA[Repeated Rewards: Make Paper Party Decorations]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 07:00:00 -0500 Repeated Rewards: Make Paper Party Decorations Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Many crafts rely on repetition of relatively simple operations to produce complex (or complex-looking) results. Knitting, crocheting, and quilting spring to mind. Working with paper is no different, of course, as card-making, wood-block printing, and gift-wrapping prove. ]]>
<![CDATA[DIY Paper Projects Perfect for Your Next Party]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 12:05:00 -0500 DIY Paper Projects Perfect for Your Next Party Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Learn how to make a paper flower cake wrapper and a branch coral-shaped paper napkin ring. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make Simple White Paper Flowers]]> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500 How to Make Simple White Paper Flowers Posted by Jeff_Rudell
These elegant flowers look like a million but cost only pennies to make. A careful choice of materials and attention to creating graceful shapes combine to make this my favorite paper centerpiece. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make Perfect Paper Daisies]]> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 06:00:00 -0500 How to Make Perfect Paper Daisies Posted by Jeff_Rudell
These cheery paper flowers are a breeze to make and, best of all, they never wilt or need watering. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make a Garland with Punch]]> Tue, 08 Dec 2015 09:05:00 -0500 How to Make a Garland with  Punch Posted by Jeff_Rudell
This week I take up the old reliable paper garland of my elementary school days but with a twist: Bands of paper glued end-to-end become rings of paper glued edge-to-edge. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Claw: How to Make an Unusual Halloween Mask]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:10:00 -0500 The Claw: How to Make an Unusual Halloween Mask Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Say goodbye to the black plastic cat-eye masks and the ill-smelling latex hoods. This year, show off your skills by crafting a relic straight from the crypt. ]]>
<![CDATA[The "Times" They Are A-Changing: How to Make a Basket from a Newspaper]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0500 The Posted by Jeff_Rudell
A plump issue of the Sunday New York Times, a gray and rainy day, and perhaps one too many cups of coffee turned out to be the perfect combination of ingredients for a fast and fashionable recycling project. Pour yourself a cup of joe, finish the crossword puzzle, and get busy weaving. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Print Flowers with Flowers]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:05:00 -0500 How to Print Flowers with Flowers Posted by Jeff_Rudell
A simple blossom is pressed into service as both ink and printing plate. This fast and easy process gives new meaning to the term "botanical print" and is a wonderful way to capture the fleeting beauty of flowers. ]]>
<![CDATA[Oeuf Couture: How to Dress an Easter Egg]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 -0500 Oeuf Couture: How to Dress an Easter Egg Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Who says every egg has to take the same color bath, year after year? This Easter, I'm keeping all of my eggs au naturel but wrapping them in as much color as I can muster. ]]>
<![CDATA[Crumpled Up: How to Make Paper Flowers ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0500 Crumpled Up:  How to Make Paper Flowers Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Take a break from the straight and narrow and free yourself up to make some mistakes. Today, try setting aside your scissors and focus, instead, on torn paper, soft edges, and coloring outside the lines. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make a "Bloomin' Box" for Spring]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:45:00 -0500 How to Make a Posted by Jeff_Rudell
This clever origami project looks like a box but easily transforms into a cheery springtime blossom with just a few simple pinches of the paper. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make a Snowstorm]]> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 08:00:00 -0500 How to Make a Snowstorm Posted by Jeff_Rudell
When the weather outside isn't helping you get into the holiday spirit, create a snowstorm inside the house. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make a Pencil Box Bouquet]]> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:05:00 -0500 How to Make a Pencil Box Bouquet Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Send a beautiful bouquet of flowers to your favorite office worker for the price of a few postage stamps. This simple and colorful tutorial gives new meaning to the term "fresh-cut flowers." ]]>
<![CDATA[How To Write About Crafts]]> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 09:04:27 -0500 How To Write About Crafts Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Author Jeffery Rudell talks about some of the basic skills needed to be a craft contributor. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make a Valentine from an Onion]]> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:00:00 -0500 How to Make a Valentine from an Onion Posted by Jeff_Rudell
When I was single, I used to hate Valentine's Day: the cloying emotion of store-bought cards, the exaltation of all things couple-oriented. Then I wised up and created my own tradition. Here is a Valentine for single people everywhere. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Decoupage a Tray]]> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 00:05:00 -0500 How to Decoupage a Tray Posted by Jeff_Rudell
A simple paper technique (with a fancy French name) helps turn inexpensive objects into a luxurious, one-of-a-kind object d'art. Our paper guy shows you how to dress up your home accessories without breaking the bank. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make an Egg Dish]]> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:05:00 -0500 How to Make an Egg Dish Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Use up your leftover egg shells in this creative decor project. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Brighten a Rainy Day Brunch]]> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:05:00 -0500 How to Brighten a Rainy Day Brunch Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Inviting friends to brunch in no way guarantees that the weather will cooperate. When the forecast for an event calls for rain, rain, and more rain, try "spring showers" as a theme and go to town. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make a Surprisingly Simple Paper Wreath]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:05:00 -0500 How to Make a Surprisingly Simple Paper Wreath Posted by Jeff_Rudell
"Show me something I can make in an hour that isn't going to cost and arm and a leg and won't leave me frustrated and discouraged by the time I finish it." Enough said. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Relentless Urge to Create: the Work of Earl Joseph Martell]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:05:00 -0500 The Relentless Urge to Create: the Work of Earl Joseph Martell Posted by Jeff_Rudell
The Home Depot is the last place on earth I expected to make the acquaintance of an artist. That he was mixing my floor paint at the time of our meeting just added a further strange dimension to the situation. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make an Impression: Extraordinary Thank-You Notes]]> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:05:00 -0500 How to Make an Impression: Extraordinary Thank-You Notes Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Art is for the ages, but paper is for the here and now! Embrace its ephemeral nature and even turn it to your advantage. Putting a little time into something that's not meant to last can yield wonderful results. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make Paperless Origami]]> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 09:00:00 -0500 How to Make Paperless Origami Posted by Jeff_Rudell
It's white. You can fold it. You can crease it. You can even wash it! But, it's not paper; it's fusible interfacing. And, if you're making large-scale origami this holiday, it is the perfect paper substitute. ]]>
<![CDATA[Make It Pink: How to Make a 'Millie Box']]> Wed, 07 Oct 2009 10:00:00 -0500 Make It Pink: How to Make a 'Millie Box' Posted by Jeff_Rudell
A woman I hardly knew, with a disease I hardly understood, taught me one of the most important lessons of my life: that compassion dissolves fear. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I offer a belated thank you to Millie Barnett for introducing me to the big "C." ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Create a Community (a final tutorial)]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2009 03:17:59 -0500 Jeff_Rudell
After a year of writing about all things paper for the time has come to say goodbye. But before I go three things have to be said, Thank You, Goodbye, and Hello. ]]>
<![CDATA[Paper Fiend: Inspirations, Obsessions, and Curiosities from the Web to Nourish the Soul of a Paper-Lover]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2009 00:05:00 -0500 Paper Fiend: Inspirations, Obsessions, and Curiosities from the Web to Nourish the Soul of a Paper-Lover Posted by Jeff_Rudell
The fact that I enjoy cutting intricate shapes is only one manifestation of my "fiendish" obsession with paper. When I'm not cutting and folding on my own, you can find me surfing the Web for evidence that there are other people just like me out there with paper on their minds. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to "Scrapbook" a Box]]> Mon, 06 Apr 2009 01:50:00 -0500 How to Posted by Jeff_Rudell
I have never been inclined to join the tribe known as "scrapbookers," but that doesn't mean I don't have an inkling for nailing down my memories and sharing them with others... ]]>
<![CDATA[Dodecahedron: "Baby, You're A Star"]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2009 00:05:00 -0500 Dodecahedron: Posted by Jeff_Rudell
For this week's project, I found myself revisiting my high school geometry notes. What was a seemingly simple idea in theory turned out to be a challenging exercise in precision when put into practice. However, challenging work offers satisfying rewards. Learn how to make this 3-D star now. ]]>
<![CDATA[Ouef Couture (Part II): Still Dressin' Eggs...]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2009 00:05:00 -0500 Ouef Couture (Part II): Still Dressin' Eggs... Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Easter's still three weeks away, but my exercise in holiday decor has morphed into what seems like a graduate-level exploration of paper forms...and I'm fine with that. ]]>
<![CDATA[Wait 'til You Hear This...]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2009 00:05:00 -0500 Wait 'til You Hear This... Posted by Jeff_Rudell
You may know her as the editor behind, but what she does when she's moonlighting at her secret, second job is another story altogether... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Tiny Extravagance: Merchandising in a Down Market]]> Mon, 09 Mar 2009 00:05:00 -0500 A Tiny Extravagance: Merchandising in a Down Market Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Jobs are scarce, budgets are shrinking, and competition for work is at an all-time high. Luckily, merchandising creativity in a down market requires less money than you think (but as much imagination as you can muster.) ]]>
<![CDATA[Crafting Editorial Props: A Case Study]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:05:00 -0500 Crafting Editorial Props: A Case Study Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Being creative requires only thought, curiosity, and a willingness to fail (and yet not falter). Being creative is only half the job; making a living at it is the other half. ]]>
<![CDATA[Wall to Wall Paper]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2009 00:05:00 -0500 Wall to Wall Paper Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Tasked with the challenge of designing a trade show booth for, a group of the site's contributors decided to practice what they preach: reuse and restyle! ]]>
<![CDATA[How to "Waste" Paper]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2009 00:05:00 -0500 How to Posted by Jeff_Rudell
If necessity is the mother of invention, then poverty must be its father. Here, frugality, utility, simplicity, and creativity join forces to create a handsome trash can from a handful of trash. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2009 00:05:00 -0500 How to Make Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings Posted by Jeff_Rudell
A mayfly has a longer life span than most brown bags. Why do so many of these sturdy containers end up being disposed of long before they've lost their usefulness? A little design modification attempts to rescue the humble brown bag. ]]>
<![CDATA["100% Trash, So You Know It's Good!"]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2009 00:30:00 -0500 Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Dive into a dumpster, rescue some refuse, and get ready to make gifts out of garbage. This week we look at protecting our natural resources, and the most natural resource we have (in need of the most protecting we can offer) is the one called "creativity." ]]>
<![CDATA[DIY: A Manifesto (of Sorts) in Four Parts]]> Mon, 29 Dec 2008 00:05:00 -0500 DIY: A Manifesto (of Sorts) in Four Parts Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Because it is convenient to do so, the craft world is often divided into myriad categories: from those who knit and crochet to those who make jewelry or do decoupage or scrapbook or quilt. In truth, though, one of the most compelling divisions between crafters is rarely mentioned at all: the division between those who craft because they can and those who craft because they must. ]]>
<![CDATA[Living on Scraps: The CraftStylish Interview with Jeffery Rudell]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2008 00:05:00 -0500 Living on Scraps: The CraftStylish Interview with Jeffery Rudell Posted by Jeff_Rudell
CraftStylish talks with our paper blogger; and he talks...and talks...and talks...right back to us. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make a Contemporary Creche]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2008 00:05:00 -0500 How to Make a Contemporary Creche Posted by Jeff_Rudell
CraftStylish member suggestions are behind this holiday project. Easy to make, easy to display, and easier still to package and mail to a loved one far away, today's project is a modern take on the most traditional of Christmas traditions. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make the Perfect Hostess Gift]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2008 00:05:00 -0500 How to Make the Perfect Hostess Gift Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Call it "Season-ings" Greetings (if you must), but your spice rack is hiding one of the best (and easiest) decorations of the holiday season. Learn how to make this innovative wreath now. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make a Paper Chandelier]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2008 09:05:00 -0500 How to Make a Paper Chandelier Posted by Jeff_Rudell
A total of 765 distinct pieces of paper, 10 feet of dental floss, 15 glue sticks, 6 ounces of white craft glue, and hours of trial and error come together in a frothy bagatelle just right for a holiday window or perfect for a DIY wedding. ]]>
<![CDATA[Ideas for a Creepy Little Photo Book]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2008 00:05:00 -0500 Ideas for a Creepy Little Photo Book Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Just because I'm a crafter doesn't mean I insist on making everything by hand. For me, half the fun is finding ways to use tools and technology in new and unique ways. Take for example the common photo book... ]]>
<![CDATA[YOU Be the Client: An Open Call for Paper Projects]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2008 08:45:00 -0500 YOU Be the Client: An Open Call for Paper Projects Posted by Jeff_Rudell now has more than 5,500 members. In honor of this milestone, our paper blogger turns the tables and puts our readers in the client seat. This week Jeffery is soliciting project ideas from the community. Here's your chance to put this amazing paper engineer to work for you. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make Scrap-Paper Mosaics]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2008 00:05:00 -0500 How to Make Scrap-Paper Mosaics Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Scraps of paper, remnants, and junk-mail catalogs are the raw materials for these exuberant collage portraits. The old adage, "Sometimes good enough is good enough," applies: Approximate the shapes you want, select tonal values that are close, and you'll likely capture a likeness. ]]>
<![CDATA[Portrait in Paper: It's Not What You Think!]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2008 09:00:00 -0500 Portrait in Paper: It's Not What You Think! Posted by Jeff_Rudell
The question I get from crafters more than any other is, "How do you come up with fresh ideas?" For me, I had to free myself from the tyranny of the medium before the ideas really started to flow. The truth is, you can do more with paper than you think is possible. ]]>
<![CDATA[Unusual Embroidered Paper from India]]> Sat, 09 Aug 2008 22:55:18 -0500 Unusual Embroidered Paper from India Posted by Jeff_Rudell
A company in India is treating paper like fabric and offering a stunning line of beautifully embroidered (Yes! Embroidered!!) papers to the U.S. market... ]]>
<![CDATA[Save Yourself]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2008 21:40:56 -0500 Save Yourself Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Crafting is great fun but a studio can be a very dangerous place... ]]>
<![CDATA[Impression Prints]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2008 00:40:00 -0500 Impression Prints Posted by Jeff_Rudell
When drawing an image is either not practical or not possible, and when collage simply won't do, these simple Impression Prints may be the answer to your craft challenges. ]]>
<![CDATA[Depth Charge: How to Make a Splash and Get Paid for it.]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 08:00:00 -0500 Depth Charge: How to Make a Splash and Get Paid for it. Posted by Jeff_Rudell
"You cut and fold paper...that's your job?!" I get the question a lot, usually asked with a tone somewhere between incredulity and jealousy. I never tire of the answer, always offered with a smile, "Yes, that's my job." ]]>
<![CDATA[Crafting My Life with Paper]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Crafting My Life with Paper Posted by Jeff_Rudell
Paper was my first playmate, my constant companion, my catechism in graphic design, and fuel for my imagination. Like most crafters, I have the-many-who-came-before-me to thank for generously sharing their ideas and techniques, and now I’m thrilled to have a chance to continue the tradition and pass along some of my own ideas. I hope you enjoy them. ]]>