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DIY Crafts: Folded Paper Gem Décor
This is one of my favorite crafts! I love how they look when strung up or scattered around. These gems look much more exciting than 2-d crafts. And wouldn't you know it - while they do take some time to fold, they are fairly simple to create.
This craft requires few materials - they may be be things that you already have at home!
Thick paper - I've used some colors from a pad of scrapbooking paper that I purchased at WalMart for $5. You could also use something like cardstock or construction paper!
Double sided tape
Step 1: Tracing a Pattern
Select a few colors of paper that work well, and get ready to trace a pattern on! I've included some of the patterns that I used at the bottom of this page - feel free to use them too. If you're interested in more patterns, there are tons out there! Just look up paper gem templates and you can find a bunch more.
Honestly, I just held my paper up to my computer screen and traced the patterns on. It would probably be easier to print, but tracing worked just fine!
Step 2: Cutting
This is the easiest step! Just make sure you cut the angles precisely, or else the gem may not fit together. Once you're done cutting, stretch your little finger muscles - it's time to fold!
Step 3: Folding
As with cutting, make sure you fold precisely. Folding with your hands won't create a sharp enough edge though, so I suggest grabbing a pen or pencil and pressing over the fold. This will ensure a crisp edge, and will help the final product to look much more gem-like!
Step 4: Taping
Get out your double stick tape! I cut it into smaller pieces, since the flaps on the gems weren't that big. Once you've folded the shape, there should be no question about where to tape what - everything will go into place.
Taping at first is easy, but once you get to the last bits it's kind of hard. Since you can't reach the inside of the prism any more, you can't secure the tape. To remedy this, I poked a needle through one of the corners near the final, closing flaps. I used the needle to push the two sides together, so the tape would stick securely.
Display Ideas and More
These would look fabulous in a dish or jar, to be used as a centerpiece. Additionally, they can be hung from a mobile or garland. I haven't decided how to use mine yet, so for now I'll just scatter them.
If you liked this craft and you're interested in more, check out some of my other DIY tutorials! Everything is very cheap, and the crafts range in difficulty. I've even got some holiday themed crafts up!