DIY origami wreath tutorial

DIY: origami wreath tutorial - I was so pleased with how this herringbone origami wreath turned out that I asked the wonderful people on Instagram whether they'd like a tutorial for one - and they did, enthusiastically. Drawing origami diagrams can be hard, so I decided to make a video tutorial instead!

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This wreath is made with 16 fairly simple units, but you can use more for a larger wreath. The hole in the middle just gets bigger and so does the diameter. I used 20 cm squares of herringbone print gift wrap for a 24cm diameter wreath. I also added an eyelet for the ribbon hanger, but you can skip it and just make a hole for the ribbon using a hole punch, or tie the ribbon around the wreath.

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Whether or not you need to glue the wreath units together depends both on the paper you use and how much wear you expect the wreath to go through (will you be handling it a lot? kids? outdoor/indoor?). The gift wrap I used has rough enough surface for the wreath to stay together just fine without any glue in our grown-up home. If you decide you need glue, finish the wreath first and round it in your hands, and only then use a toothpick to insert glue under the little 'pocket' flaps.

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The individual units are easy to make once you get the hang of it, but assembling the wreath may require some patience if you're not familiar with modular origami. If you've got nimble fingers, 3,5cm squares make great little wreaths for earrings! I used 18 book page units for 4,5cm diameter wreaths. My earrings are still waiting for a coat of waterproof lacquer and earring hooks, but I'll make sure to share them on Instagram once they're done!

Now, grab some paper and click play:

I hope you enjoyed this quick little origami wreath tutorial and make beautiful wreaths yourself! As always, I'd love to see what you make, so feel free to tag your photos with @paperiaarre on Instagram or Twitter.

DIY super simple advent calendar tutorial

DIY: super simple advent calendar - For all you last-minute people out there: here's a tutorial for a super simple advent calendar. You can easily make adjustments and make it as fancy or as simple as you want! All you need is paper (A4 size), some blank cards (A6=10,5x14,8cm), tape, printer/pen/other mark making method, mini wooden pegs, and some twine for hanging. And if you're short on supplies you can skip the pegs and hanging altogether, and place the envelopes in a box or a bowl instead.

I made a grown-up version of an advent calendar by choosing a poem for each day, but you could hide any type of messages or drawings inside yours. The folded envelopes can also hold flattish treats. I used a typewriter with white transfer paper (the type used in transferring sewing patterns) sandwiched between black paper and a lightweight sheet of waste paper to create white text on black paper. This level of sophistication is entirely optional - you can use either lighter colour paper and print/write/draw on it, or use white gel liner pen on black paper, if you, too, are a fan of the white on black look.

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I then printed the numbers 1-24 on some blank kraft cards. You can download a printable pdf for the number cards here, including that number 25 that's unnecessary to us Finns, but feel free to skip the printable and just do the numbering by hand in your chosen technique (i.e. calligraphy, collage, papercutting, or simply write the numbers with a pen like any normal person not looking for extra difficulties would). Some printers can't even handle cardstock, so don't despair - just work around it. The number cards are reusable, so once you get them done, next year's advent calendar is almost done (maybe not quite, but it's a start anyway)!

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The technique I used for folding the poems is the same I shared with you earlier in my folded envelope tutorial, with the flaps wrapping up the other way on this one. I made a quick instagram video to show you how it's done, but for more detailed description view both the video and the written and illustrated tutorial and adjust the flaps accordingly. Use a sheet of A4 waste paper to create a mock-up and check how the numbers on your cards line up (or better yet, if you're doing the numbers by hand, do them only after you've folded the papers, so you know exactly where to place them).

Once you're done with folding your calendar messages, it's time to hang them up in a nice row (or a messy one). As we celebrate Christmas on the 24th already, I got away with typing just 24 poems I like for one reason or another (it took me a while...). Had I chosen only short, small ones, I could've gone with half the size for a super cute mini calendar, and less than half the typing time. If you'd prefer to make the smaller version, choose A5 paper (14,8x21cm) and A7 cards (7,4x10,5cm).

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At this tender age of 32 neither I or my dear V are impatiently waiting for Christmas, so this advent calendar is more like a 24-day-long Christmas present than a countdown to a magical day. Material gifts have become less and less important to us, and many others, making this type of advent calendar a great alternative way to celebrate the holiday season. Have you come up with ways to spend a grown-up Christmas while still perhaps holding on to some traditions? Who would you make an advent calendar for? Your kids, your spouse, your parents? What would you hide in their calendar?