3 Artsy Things You Never Thought to Make With Paper

Things to Make With Paper
There are so many things to make with paper, that you will be spoiled for choice. Provided below are some easy paper craft ideas.
Those who are into crafts, know that paper is the best medium to work with. It is versatile, and can be transformed into different products. Among the most popular things to make using paper are greeting cards. However, there are many gifts made out of paper, such as lamps, bookmarks, and paper mâché containers. Another benefit includes availability of paper in many textures and prints, and hence, one can create absolutely anything with little effort and relative ease.

Easy Paper Crafts

Paper Mosaic:
To make mosaic patterns, you will need a paper plate, colored paper, a pair of scissors, white glue, water, and a small brush. Before you start, look at pictures of mosaics for inspiration.
  1. To start this activity, select a simple picture such as a boat, and sketch it out on the back of the paper plate.
  2. Check the colors that are part of your picture, as you will need sheets of paper in all these colors. Ensure you have at least three different shades of paper for each color.
  3. Cut all the paper into strips, and then further into small squares. Don't worry if the square aren't perfect, for they will add to the flavor of the mosaic. You will also need few triangles for the corners.
  4. Combine equal parts of white glue and water, and lightly brush the plate with it.
  5. Fill up the picture using little squares. Apply another coat of the glue mixture to seal the picture, and let it dry completely.
Snowflakes:
To make these easy window decorations, you need pencils, cookie sheet, waxed paper, and dimensional fabric paint (suggestion: scribbles brand in glittering crystal).
  1. Draw a snowflake template. You need to draw three lines, all about 5 inches long, and they should intersect at their respective midpoints. On the ends of each line, draw an arrow, followed by a 'V', followed by a '-' at the base of the 'v', like an underline.
  2. Once your template is ready, place it face-up on the cookie sheet, and keep a waxed paper over it.
  3. Use fabric paints to trace the snowflake design on this paper. The paint should be in the form of a thick line; all the lines must be connected.
  4. Let it dry for 24 hours, and the next day, carefully peel it from the waxed paper, and stick it outside a glass window.
Tissue Paper Flowers:
The simplest of all things to make with tissue papers are flowers. You will need a pack of multicolored tissue or crepe paper, a pack of green pipe cleaners, and a pair of scissors.
  1. Take four to five sheets of multicolored tissue paper, and place them in a pile. Now, crop them into 8 inch squares.
  2. Holding one set of sheets at an end, fold them into an accordion pattern, till you are left with a thin rectangle.
  3. Snip a small v-shaped notch on both sides at the center of the rectangle. Twist the end of the pipe cleaner around the notch.
  4. To create the flower, slowly ease up one layer of tissue into the center. Do the same with the remaining layers, one at a time.
  5. Now that you've done one side of the flower, use the same technique to do the other. Once you are finished, fluff the layer for it to take on the appearance of a carnation.
With a little research, you will find many more similar ideas. If you need paper art and craft designs for kids, start with easy projects such as lanterns and greeting cards.