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Paper Project: Award Ribbons

Award Ribbons

Got a spouse/son/daughter/coworker/roommate that is Crafty, Smart or Rad AF? Spring is a great time to give someone you love a huge THANK YOU and a nifty homemade award for the great work they do every day.

What You’ll Need:

• Selection of cute card stock (you can choose to handwrite your message, or you can choose one our options. Print the page right on your cardstock – this one is for grown-ups, this one is for kids)!
• Hot glue gun (or craft glue)
• Scissors
• Pen or pencil
• Ruler
• Safety pin (optional)

award ribbon materials

1. Choose one of your decorative papers for the fringe around your award ribbon and cut two 1.5 x 8″ strips.

ribbons step 1   ribbons step 2   

2. Fold each strip accordion style trying to keep the folds a narrow consistent width.

Ribbons Accordion fold

3. Glue the two accordions together to form a ring.

hot glue ribbon Ribbons Accordion fold  

4. Make the center of the award ribbon by cutting two circles of different diameters out of different card stocks. (1.5″ and 2″ circles.) If you’d like to use one of our sayings (rather than handwrite your message) you can print some options out here > (print them right on your colored cardstock). This page is for grown-ups, this page is for kids! 🙂

 trace circle

5. Glue the circles together.

 cut larger circle

6. Attach the center circle by applying plenty of glue to your accordion fringe.

glue outside

7. Hold the circle in place while the glue cools.

8. Choose a new paper for the “legs” of the ribbon. Snip the end of the strips off at an angle and glue these together, and then to the back of the ribbon.

cut legs glue legs

9. At this time you might want to attach a safety pin to back so that your award can be worn! This can be secured to the back of the ribbon with a strip of paper.

attach safety pin

10. “Smart,” “Crafty,” “Strong…” What will your award say?


Kristin Anderson
Kristin Anderson had a blast putting this spring’s paper project together! She is a Luther Grad from Des Moines where she designs graphics, paints, eats, and dreams of owning a vegetable farm. To see more of her work check out her webpage!

How to Make Paper Plants

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By Martha Hall, Summer 2016 Inspire(d) Intern

Fall is coming, and the leaves will soon turn brown– but these plants will last all year long. These fun paper plants add pops of color to any space and require no maintenance. Simply print out our templates on cardstock and you’re ready to go!

What you’ll need:

Cardstock, scissors, hot glue gun, colored pencils/markers/crayons, lentils or rice, and 3 plant pots (candle votives also work well).

Print out these plant templates on colorful cardstock of your choosing:
Leafy Plant Template
Medium Cactus Template
Tall Cactus Template

PlantMaterialsBefore you start, put the lentils or rice in your container. This acts like the soil for the plants!

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Leafy Plant

20160813_2320 copyCut along the black lines to cut out the leaves.

LeafFoldingOnce all the leaves are cut out, fold them vertically in the middle. This helps the leaves’ stability and makes them look more realistic.

ColoringLeavesColor your leaves! You can follow the fold down the middle of the leaf to make it symmetrical or make your own fun design.

PlantLeavesStart putting the largest leaves around the rim of the container. The smaller leaves go in the middle of the container.

FinishedPaperPlantMess with the leaves until you like the arrangement (it’s just like arranging flowers) and you’re done!

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Small Cactus

CuttingCactusCut out the cactus pieces along the black lines. Make sure to cut along the black line in the middle– this is where the two pieces connect.

CactusSpinesDraw on both sides of the cactus pieces. I drew little spines!

Cactus_AssemblyTime to put the cactus together! Take the piece with the cut from the middle to bottom and place it into the slit of the other piece.

GluingCactusPut the cactus in the container, burying the bottom of it into the lentils or rice. Adding a dot of hot glue in between the pieces at the top helps the cactus retain its shape and stay stable.

foldTime to make the flowers! Fold a small square piece of paper in half both ways (horizontally and vertically). Unfold it, then fold it horizontally on the fold you already created.

FlowerFoldingPush the ends of the paper together, and you’ve got a little flower!

20160813_2403Add a dot of hot glue to the top of the cactus and press the flower on top of it.

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Tall Cactus

20160813_2407Cut along the black lines and draw on both sides of the pieces.

20160813_2417Next, attach the two cactus pieces together by sliding the piece with the cut from the middle to bottom onto the slit of the other piece.

20160814_2272 (1)Add a drop of hot glue on the top of the cactus and place a flower on it. The flowers are the same as those for the smaller cactus. Add as many as you like!

 

Make a Paper Gnome Hat (Plus Beard!)!

Supplies:

Scissors
Stapler
Tape
Two rubber bands
Paper hole punch
Gnome Hat and Beard template (download here)

*Sorry about a couple of out-of-focus one-handed pics! I hope you enjoy the fun!


1. Cut out the hat and beard.

2. Tip: Get your pieces of tape ready before you start! You’ll need six pieces total.

3. Bring the flat edges of the hat together and tape (the more even the bottom, the better).

4. Tape a spot at the bottom of the hat above where each ear will be (it will strengthen the area that is connected to the rubber band) and using your paper hole puncher, put holes through the tape

5. Take your beard and fold the tips (that will go toward your ears) and tape them down (I thought of this later, so this isn’t photographed very well, but again, it will strengthen the area that is connected to the rubber band).

6. Punch a hole in each beard tip through the tape.

7. Cut each rubber band once (you’ll then have two long pieces instead of two rubber bands).

8. Attach the bands to the beard by tying them, and to the hats with a staple (stapling the beard might hurt you, but the staple at the hat seems to make it stronger).

9. PUT IT ON AND GET EXCITED! I know I did.