As the holiday season approaches, I wanted to publish a fun article related to these days. I’ve selected my favorite sites with paper craft resources. Enjoy!
Every year, I like to decorate my office and my house with paper figures built by myself. Although the result is not as perfect as if I had bought them in a store, creating them is much more enriching. To design the figures, I often use patterns available on the internet, so I thought it would be a good idea to share with you favorite resources.
Creative Park is the most complete site for paper crafts. Here you can find patterns for making cards, toys, historical buildings, calendars, origami, etc. The quality of the models is very high and in addition of having printable patterns it also contains clear and detailed instructions.
Here you will find very simple ideas, ideal for children or very clumsy people, but there are also very complex resources that require patience, skill, time and good glue.
Mr Printable has less variety of ideas, but their designs are much more modern and cool than those of Creative Park. If you are skillful, you can create really beautiful decorative items and toys. The templates can be downloaded in pdf.
Paper Folds was created by an IT teacher based in Bangalore (India). The quality of the designs is less refined than Creative Park and Mr. Printable, but it has an astonishing variety of projects. On this page you can find original and easy ideas. If you want to surprise someone, no doubt, this is the ideal site. In addition, the Indian origin of the author translates in designs that break with the typical Western style of the other sites.
Attention. Paper Folds has no downloadable templates, but video tutorials. Yet don’t panic, as the steps are very well explained.
Finally, if you are a fan of origami, I recommend you the YouTube site of Jo Nakashima, full of tutorials for creating really cute figures with paper.
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I hope you have fun as much as I do.
We’ll see again in 2017, with an article on the DesignMarket of this year, organized by the Design Museum of Barcelona.