Top 10 Papercraft Projects for Beginners
Getting into papercrafting can be pretty daunting for beginners. We all remember it — there’s the lack of confidence and confusion about where to start. Unless you surround yourself with creative people, it isn’t always easy to find creative support. We want to help novice crafters find their love of creating, so if you’re new to papercrafting and need some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing, here are our top 10 papercraft projects for beginners.
The first thing to consider when you start out in crafting is the type of project you’d like to create. Do you find yourself buying lots of cards for loved ones? Or perhaps you’re looking to decorate your home with original wall art? Then there are save-the-dates. Whatever your motive for getting your craft on, we have a wealth of beginner papercraft projects for you.
If you’d like to keep your wedding stationery up-to-date with current trends, this bohemian save the date card is perfect for you – and simple to make! Find the Cricut Bohemian Save the Date digital cartridge in your Cricut Explore‘s Design Space, then customise the text to suit your wedding. This beginner project gives you six easy to steps to complete, utilising the machine’s standard grip mat, scoring stylus and Moccasin pen. Finish with vintage brads.
Create your own cute woodland setting for owls to dwell in, sitting beautifully in a picture frame. All you need are Xcut Nesting Dies, a die-cutting machine, an Owl stamp, border dies, Create and Craft Printed Wood Paper, embellishments, foam squares and glue. Use this fun design to decorate a nursery or child’s bedroom – they’ll love the different textures and layers! If the woodland isn’t for you, you could base the design around the jungle or a farm.
What symbolises birthdays more than candles? This card is somewhat reminiscent, taking us right back to our childhood. To create the simple ‘make a wish’ sentiment, you simply need to find a typewriter font on your computer, type out the phrase, position it on the page, then print onto a Kraft card blank. Alternatively, write out the text. The candles are cleverly constructed from patterned paper and embroidery floss, which are then affixed to your card.
Treat your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife with their very own coupon book! This quick and easy papercraft project predominantly requires the Cricut Explore Machine with Cricut Design Space Software. Print and cut the ‘Book of Love’ design in cardstock, then write little coupon treats on each page. You could offer back massages, a candle lit dinner, or a relaxing bubble bath. Stack all the cards and then hold them together with a clip. Simple!
This enchanting card has been designed for birthdays, but the sentiment can easily be swapped out for any other occasion you’re crafting for. Get lost in a whimsical secret garden, matted and layered onto a lovely lavender card base. This fantastic beginner’s project only requires a handful of materials and even includes a free download of patterned papers and a design sheet. Other than that, you’ll need a white card blank, glitter, ribbon and flowers.
Papercraft is more diverse than most people imagine. If cardmaking isn’t really your thing, why not use card to construct blooming beautiful ombre dahlias? This striking wall art is sure to brighten up any room — and they won’t break the bank! This project includes step-by-step instructions with photography, teaching you how to cut a circle base using the Xcut circle cutter, roll cardstock into cones and shape the edges with the Xcut border scallop punch.
Astrology is pretty popular right now; many of us love to hear about our zodiac sign and how those traits relate to us. What better card to make a great friend than one encompassing part of their personality? If the zodiac isn’t your thing, these cards can be used for educational purposes — you could teach a child the shapes of common constellations! All you’ll need is a Cricut Explore Machine with a Cricut Mat, white card, a printer, and lacing strings.
This bunting perfectly emulates the look of lace, but it’s made out of paper. Perfect for vintage-style weddings, this staple decoration could be pinned to the top table, hung around the reception room, or used to dress the outdoor location of the wedding. This design may look incredibly intricate, but all you need is a Cricut Explore with Cricut Design Space Software, a standard grip mat, paper (whatever hue matches your wedding) and ribbon.
If you’re looking for a quick card project that has the wow factor, this kimono dress card is a winner. Craftwork Cards’ Kimono Collection contains all the papers you need to create the kimono itself, attach a geisha head, and add background interest. You’ll even get a variety of sentiments to stick on top! Aside from this, all you need is a card blank and All-Stick glue. The project features illustrated instructions, making it so easy to complete your paper folds!
Channel Andy Warhol with this fun pop art-inspired card project! The great thing about this colourful card is that you don’t need loads of supplies to make something artistic. Draw grid lines on a card blank using a pencil and ruler, then stamp the Altenew Painted Rose base in four colours. Mask around one flower at a time and block in a contrasting ink colour. Remove the tape and stamp another smaller layer of the Painted Rose in a complementary tone.