craft interests: gifts, holidays, home decorating, memory making, paper crafts
Member Since: 06/02/2008
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.
A single sheet of paper and some thoughtfully added cuts and folds will yield an eye-catching lampshade for a votive candle.
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.
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.
Learn how to make a paper flower cake wrapper and a branch coral-shaped paper napkin ring.
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.
These cheery paper flowers are a breeze to make and, best of all, they never wilt or need watering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When the weather outside isn't helping you get into the holiday spirit, create a snowstorm inside the house.
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."
Author Jeffery Rudell talks about some of the basic skills needed to be a craft contributor.
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.
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.
Use up your leftover egg shells in this creative decor project.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
After a year of writing about all things paper for CraftStylish.com the time has come to say goodbye. But before I go three things have to be said, Thank You, Goodbye, and Hello.
Paper Fiend: Inspirations, Obsessions, and Curiosities from the Web to Nourish the Soul of a Paper-Lover
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.
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...
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 3D star now.
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.
You may know her as the editor behind CraftStylish.com, but what she does when she's moonlighting at her secret, second job is another story altogether...
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.)
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.
Tasked with the challenge of designing a trade show booth for CraftStylish.com, a group of the site's contributors decided to practice what they preach: reuse and restyle!
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.
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.
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."
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.
CraftStylish talks with our paper blogger; and he talks...and talks...and talks...right back to us.
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.
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.
A total of 765 discrete pieces of paper, 10 feet of dental floss, 15 glue sticks, 6 ounces of white craft glue, and hours of trial and error eventually culminate in a frothy bagatelle just right for a holiday window or perfect for a DIY wedding.
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...
CraftStylish.com 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 CraftStylish.com community. Here's your chance to put this amazing paper engineer to work for you.
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.
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.
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...
Crafting is great fun but a studio can be a very dangerous place...
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.
"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."
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.