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Handicrafts with paper - My tips & material recommendations

by Susanne Meixner on April 06, 2019

 

Hi everyone,

Just recently we have launched our first digital DIY template "HAPPYWe have been working on this template for a long time and we are really excited about your first feedback, so be sure to check out the shop 😊.

DIY template - birthday box "Happy

If you would like to make such a birthday box or maybe even have already downloaded the template, then be sure to read on for my most important tips on crafting with paper. So that you achieve the best possible result and your explosion box becomes a real eye-catcher, I have summarized my material recommendations below:

 

 1. Selecting the right paper
If you want to test the DIY template, the choice of your printer paper is very important for the end result - because of course, the box is made of 100% paper 😉. The higher quality and thicker your paper, the better. You should not use paper under 200g for the pages with the design templates, otherwise the box will not be sufficiently stable. Please check the printer specifications to see what paper thickness your printer can handle before you buy the template and printer paper! There can be significant differences here with standard home printers. If your printer allows it, I recommend using 250g paper. Here you will find a link to suitable paper in the strength 250g* and 200g* from papyrus. You can order both papers from Amazon, among others, and have not caused any problems with my multifunction printers (tested with Canon Maxify and Epson Workforce). With paper heavier than 200g, I've found that automatic two-sided printing is more likely to jam. If you switch to manual two-sided printing and reload the paper yourself, this problem is less likely. 

 

2. Selecting the right adhesive
When it comes to choosing the right glue, I would like to warmly recommend two products to you: double-sided tape and paper glue. How so? Double-sided tape provides a strong hold without any drying time. For the birthday template I would only use liquid glue to glue the cake, the balloons and the lid rosette and otherwise use double-sided adhesive tape. In addition to the waiting time, liquid glue has the disadvantage that unsightly waves often form when paper is glued - especially when large amounts of glue are used. Often less is more here. If you have a good adhesive, smaller amounts are sufficient for a good adhesive result. I can recommend the paper glue and the double-sided tape from Rayher (available in our shop).
Adhesive materials - handicrafts with paper
I use this glue myself for handicrafts and I am very satisfied. The double-sided tape is most practical in my opinion in two widths: 3 mm * and 6 mm. I use the 6 mm tape to glue larger areas or for the lid flaps. The adhesive tape is also available in 9 mm or 12 mm width. But I think 6 mm is completely sufficient and you can save some money here. The thin adhesive tape is particularly suitable for narrow bonds, for example for gluing the side pocket. At the beginning I had some problems peeling off the protective layer of the tape. If you feel the same way, get one pointed tweezers* for help, then it's very easy and practice makes perfect 🙂. If you use liquid glue, make sure you have enough drying time before you continue working with the element. I weigh down glued elements with an object until they are completely dry. This means that the molds slip less when glued and seal better. Another adhesive that I like to use to make my paper works look alive are 3D adhesive pads*. The plates are already cut to size and adhesive on both sides. I use them to highlight individual elements or to create a spatial effect.
Adhesive materials Double-sided tape
 
3. Creating a professional crease line (folding line)
It's very simple: put a ruler on the line that is to be bent and lightly trace it with a craft knife. I prefer to use a metal ruler*, because it is robust and cannot be damaged if you cut yourself with the cutter. There are also special craft knives with a narrow tip, which are very suitable for handicrafts and enable precise work (available in our shop).
Drawing a folding line with a precision craft cutter
A completely normal cutter that you probably already have at home will do the same for the beginning. It is best to take a piece of paper and practice a few fold lines before you dare to approach the template. If you press too hard, you will cut the paper or the paper will break if you crease. If you press too weakly, there will be no straight fold line. A few test runs are enough to get the hang of it and the result looks like this:
Folding line
The advantage of this technique: you get a straight fold line and many already have a cutter at home. That's why I recommend this technique in our template instructions. A small disadvantage of folding with printer paper is that a narrow white stripe becomes visible when it is folded. If that bothers you, I recommend one embossing pen* to use instead of a cutter. This is very cheap in stores and the principle is the same: simply place the ruler on the line to be bent and trace it with the marking pen. You can also press a little harder here and don't have to worry about damaging the paper. There are even Craft knife with replaceable tip* where an embossing attachment is included. Here you have both in one and can try out both options and decide for yourself what you can work with best 🙂. Another folding and creasing aid to get a clean edge is a folding stick* which I also use to smooth out.

Handicraft materials for paper crafting

 

 4. Last but not least: Cutting paper elements
You can use simple scissors that you already have at home to cut out your paper elements. With straight lines, you can also simply use your cutter and ruler, with which you would otherwise draw your crease lines. Simply place a cutting mat underneath and push it up a little more firmly. Precision scissors (available in our shop) make it easier for you to cut out smaller elements and curved lines. It is finer, which leads to nicer cutting results with smaller elements. So we come to my last recommendation for today: If you want to save yourself a bit of time and tinker with paper more often, it can be worth considering getting a cutting board.
Cutting material for paper craft projects
I love, for example, my Cutting board from the company Fiskars (small* | big time). It has a practical wire on the cutting device so that you can always see exactly where your paper is being cut. In addition, it can be opened if you want to process larger sheets of paper. It also has an integrated folding device. Here you can replace your cutting blade with a folding blade in one movement. However, you have to buy this separately and the fold line becomes a little wider than if you work with an embossing pen or cutter. If you often do handicrafts and, for example, like to design greeting cards yourself, then definitely take a look at the cutting board. Otherwise, this investment is probably less worthwhile for you. 
Fiskars paper cutting machine - Fiskars' paper cutting board Fiskars Folding and Cutting Board + Folding Attachment - Fiskars' paper cutting board

So dear ones, now you are well prepared for handicrafts with paper and you can get started. Do you also have materials that you like to work with or other tips that I haven't listed? Then feel free to leave me a comment below. I would be happy to receive any additional tips. If you've tried out one of our gift box templates, I would be happy if you shared your finished result with us. Also like to link us on Instagram #suzupapersDIY. I look forward to your photos!

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The IDEE Creativmarkt and Rayher Hobbymarkt are great online stores for craft supplies. Here you will find all the necessary material for your DIY projects: handicrafts,  knitting, sewing or jewelry making - there is something for everyone here! Take a look at the following links *:

 

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