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A Papercraft Christmas

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by Erica Webb (subscribe)
Erica is a writer and yoga teacher based in Melbourne.
Published November 29th 2011
Christmas: a time of good cheer, gift giving, delicious food, and - papercraft.

Even if you don't think you have a creative bone in your body, making your own Christmas cards, gift tags and voucher envelopes is easy - and fun.

What you'll need:

* Old Christmas cards (just the fronts)
* Christmas themed scrapbooking paper
* Plain coloured paper
* Scissors
* Craft knife and cutting mat (optional but good for more
intricate cutting)
* Paper cutter (optional, but helpful for cutting straight lines)
* Double sided tape
* Double sided foam tape
* Any other embellishments you like - for example: ribbon,
buttons, stickers etc.

You should find all the supplies you need at your local specialty scrapbook store, a craft shop or a large chain store. With a quick Internet search you can also find plenty of online suppliers.

Recycled Christmas cards.
Plain and patterned Christmas scrapbook paper.
Useful paper cutting devices and double sided tape.

Christmas Cards:

There's lots of ways to make beautiful cards - let your imagination and the paper and embellishments you have to work with guide you.

Cutting out images from an old Christmas card.
You can use plain or patterned paper for the base of the card, then cut out various shapes and words from your paper or old Christmas cards to decorate the front.

Use double sided tape to stick the cutouts down. Foam tape is great to give a '3D' effect.

Tape a lightly coloured piece of paper on the inside of the card for writing your Christmas message.

A couple of completed Christmas cards.

Christmas Gift Tags:

Some completed gift tags.
Again, create what you can with the materials you have. Some scrapbook materials make it really easy for you - all you have to do is cut out the individual 'tags' and you're done.

Otherwise, just like with the cards, arrange images and words on small bits of card using double sided tape.

Gift Voucher Envelopes:

Fold the bottom third of your paper up to form the 'envelope'.
Completed gift voucher envelope.

Using a piece of plain or patterned scrapbook paper (for smaller envelopes, just cut the paper down first), fold the bottom third up and secure with double sided tape. This is where your gift voucher will go.

Then fold the top third down to make the 'flap' and decorate with a strip of plain or patterned scrapbook paper.

You can also add ribbon, buttons, stickers and other embellishments to the flap.

Use your imagination and make it unique!
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Why? For a crafty Christmas
When: Anytime
Where: In the comfort of your home or get together with a few friends
Cost: Depends on materials purchased - as cheap or extravagent as you please
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