Hot Papercraft How-Tos

How To: Make paper look 200 years old using coffee

In this tutorial, we learn how to make paper look like it's 200 years old using coffee. First, take a regular piece of copy paper and then use a paint brush to paint a cup of coffee over the entire piece of paper. Use a blow dryer to dry the paper, then brush several more coats onto the paper until the brown looks like it' realistic. To finish, use distressed marks over the paper, then use a blow dry to dry off the entire thing. To finish, apply a couple more coats of coffee to the paper, the...

How To: Make a quick and simple paper booklet without glue

Here's a quick and simple booklet that can be made out of two sheets of paper. It's great paper craft for a school project or just fun. All you need is paper and scissors. Fold both pieces of paper in half hamburger style. Use scissors to cut knotches into your fold. Fold your other piece of paper hotdog style. Follow the rest of the instructions, assemble and you have a quick and simple paper booklet.

How To: Make a paper airplane fly farther

In this video, you are shown how to create a paper airplane and most importantly, how to make it fly farther. You will need a paper airplane, a stapler, and some tape and scissors. You staple the paper airplane all the way to the back without hitting either wing. You create three rows of these staples. This will make the airplane "closed" so it will glide farther. To get even balanced weight which will make it glide further, first tape along the entire top ridge, then you use scissors and mak...

How To: Make an animated optical illusion out of paper

In this how-to video, you will learn how to make an animated optical illusion with paper. First, start off with one ball and copy it five more times so that it goes in a line to the corner. Make sure there are six balls in total. Next, create a striped pattern shown. There are black bars with small white lines in between. One white space equals one sixth of the black space. This is essential in making the illusion work. Once both patterns are printed out in separate pieces of paper, lay the p...

How To: Make a paper flower pot

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a paper flower pot. First, fold your paper into a triangle then crease and unfold. Next, fold the paper in half to make a rectangle, then crease and unfold. Do this on the other directions, making creases for each. Now, flip the paper over and make a triangle, then crease and unfold. As you unfold, push the sides in, the squish down to make a square piece. Fold the open end of the square base to the opposite corner, then fold a triangle from the top in t...

How To: Make a newspaper tree

The Professor of Silliness returns with some paper. Watch this instructional video to make a tall tree out of newspaper. You need an old newspaper, masking tape, and scissors. Simply lay out the newspaper pages from end to end and tape them together. Then roll it up at a diagonal, starting from one corner, and pack i it into a compact tube. Use tape to keep the tub intact Use the scissors to cut vertical lines half way down the newspaper tube. Pull out the inner most layer and turn your recyc...

How To: Make a playing card gift box

What's a better way to give a gift to a magician than to present it in a gift box made of playing cards? This video tutorial will show you how to make this playing card gift box, fold after fold. So, get out that deck of cards, count out 21 of them, and start bending and folding for the perfect card gift box.

How To: Make a get well / sad face card with Stampin' Up!

If you're looking to cheer up someone who is sick with a homemade Get Well Card, follow this video for steps on how to make a Get Well card with Stampin' Up. Crafter Dawn takes us through the steps of how to create this card with the Pick-a-Petal stamp set. Be creative and use whatever color stamp pads you want to add a personal touch. By following Dawn's simple arts and crafts steps, you can cheer up anyone with this Get Well card with a smile and a thoughtful, handmade gift.

How To: Use a desk paper embosser

Sue at Paper Source demonstrates blind embossing, a technique that raises an image without color. Think braille. It adds finish to an envelope or personalizes stationary. Watch this video crafting tutorial and learn how to use a desk paper embosser.

How To: Throw a paper airplane far

This video will teach you the three most important tips which you will need in order to throw a paper airplane far. First, you will need to use your dominant or stronger hand. Next, you will need to throw the airplane as if you were throwing a baseball, taking a slight forwards step as you throw it as well. Finally, you will need to make sure that you release the paper airplane at the proper point of your throw, at the maximum part of the arc and not when your arm starts arcing downwards. By ...

How To: Make a papier mache skull

Learn how to make a papier mache skull by first learning how to mix papier mache and then how to make a jaw bone. Part 2 of this informative craft how to for making a cool papier mache skull starts with building from the jaw bone in part 1 the project continues with the making of the skull. Part three shows the details, sculpting, painting and completion of this cool papier mache craft project.

How To: Make a floral bow or tying ribbon

This video teaches the secrets of making a floral bow or tying a ribbon in simple steps. First take a piece of ribbon, make a loop, twist and hold it. Now make a loop to the side, twist and hold and make another loop to its opposite side. Now make two more loops in the same way and hold it tightly. Secure the loops made in the ribbon by using a wire. Finally pull out the loops to make a floral pattern and finish.

How To: Make your own rub-on transfers for card design

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make their own rub-on. This allows users to transfer any designs onto card stock. Users will need to first print the design onto a sheet of acetate. Simply place the acetate paper over the card stock. Then use any kind of tool and simply rub it over the design on the acetate. The transferred design will be lighter in color than the original. Make sure that you if you want to use letters or numbers, print it backwards. This video will benefit those ...

How To: Apply a burnt edge look with distressed ink

This video describes how to use distress ink. First we have to take a paper that we want to work on. Next take the distress ink colors. Spread the lighter colors first on the paper. Take the first color and spread it on throughout the paper. Next take the vintage photo and work on the edges with it. Next take the spiced marmalade ink and spread it on the edges again. Next take the paper and apply the paper edges directly to black soot ink pad. Next wait for sometime until it dry. Next take th...

How To: Make an AK-47 paper gun

Don't play with guns, kids... unless their homemade paper guns! Check out this three-part video tutorial to learn how to make an AK-47 paper gun. This somewhat realistic replica gun is the perfect hobby for a young gun enthusiast. What better a gun than the AK to start out with?

How To: Make a handmade shaker card

This video teaches us how to make shaker cards. These are cards that have a sort of window where you can see glitter or confetti moving about when you shake the card. You start off with your card base. A good size is 6" by 8". You take your front image, either a picture you have or stamp one yourself. Attach this image to the front of your card base. Line your image with thick double sided tape. Don't leave any gaps or your glitter will leak out. Next you cut your window. This will be the ver...

How To: Make Day of the Dead paper mache sculptures

In this tutorial, we learn how to make day of the dead paper mache sculptures. First, you will make the paper mache sculptures into different body shapes, then use a sharp knife to carve along the sculpture. Use different paints and colors to make the characters more believable and realistic. Use a thick paper mache when making these, because you will lose a lot of layers when you are thinning it down and shaving it into shape. When finished, you will attach the different pieces of body parts...

How To: Make a paper flower pop-up card

Watch this video to see how to make a paper flower pop-up card. To make things even better, you only need one piece of paper to accomplish this pop up paper card flower. Just grab your one piece of paper, some scissors and some glue and you're ready to make awesome flower cards.

How To: Make a two sheet paper airplane

This video is about making a two sheet paper airplane. You take two pieces of white paper. Line them up so that they are overlapping, about a quarter of the paper. Make them even. Take the right side of the paper and fold it half way. Crease it. Take the fold halfway so that the two pieces meet in the middle. Crease it. Fold the paper so it meets up the middle. Fold right to meet the left. Make wings. Make them as even as possible.

How To: Make a paper blowgun with a 50 foot range

Training to be a deadly assassin? Why not practice on something a little less dangerous, and make a homemade paper blowgun to begin with? In this two-part video tutorial, learn how to make a sturdy paper blowgun that shoots steel-top darts, and can shoot up to fifty feet. To make this paper weaponry, you will need: An old school notebook, scissors, tape, a hot glue gun, a soda bottle, and 2 paper clips.

How To: Make a View Master greeting card

This greeting card tutorial video will give you tips on how to make a greeting card that spins and shows various images in its little window. This is a take on the old view master toys that children used to play with. Your friends and family will definitely think this greeting card is awesome.

How To: Use PVA and methyl cellulose glues

Sue at Paper Source demonstrates how to glue like a pro. PVA is a great paper glue, while methyl cellulose extends drying time (which is perfect for precise adjustment) and is also reversible (making it really handy for archiving). Watch this video crafting tutorial and learn how to use PVA and methyl cellulose glues.

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