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When we started Folding Trees, back in June 2008, paper crafts were often neglected among today’s crafters. We saw the need to showcase that there’s so much more to paper crafting than just scrapbooking, and our goal was to collect the best tutorials we have found on the net, inspire you by highlighting amazing paper creations from talented artists and crafters, and share our own paper crafts and tutorials.
Since then, we have written close to 600 posts and found a loyal following of well over 5,000 readers per day. We’re so grateful to all of you who have returned to Folding Trees every day to see what new delights we’ve uncovered! We have also established the thriving Folding Trees Flickr group which is full of beautiful paper art and crafts made by our talented readers.
Here are a few of our most popular original tutorials:
Now we feel that we’ve accomplished our initial mission to bring modern, stylish paper crafts to the world. The variety and relevance of making things from paper have been more widely recognized, and most of the other big craft blogs have picked up on this and are covering paper crafts too, with more time and resources than the two of us can afford. We have therefore made the difficult decision to step back from Folding Trees for a while, to allow us to spend more time with our families and to concentrate on our small businesses.
With Folding Trees, we have compiled a valuable resource as a source of inspiration and tutorials, and we hope you’ll continue to visit us: all our previous posts are archived by categories in the right sidebar if you’d like to browse for inspiration, or you can use the Search box (also in the right sidebar) if you’re looking for something specific. If you’re looking for new papercraft ideas in the future, try visiting blogs such as One Pretty Thing, CRAFT and WhipUp for daily posts on all types of craft including papercraft, and of course our Folding Trees Flickr group, which we hope you’ll continue to post pictures to, with links to your tutorials for the things you’ve made!
Thank you for all your support, and keep on crafting with paper!
Heather from The Paper Place contacted us about their Great Origami Giveaway. She says “We are giving away a prize pack consisting of one of each of the 75 different origami packs we offer in our online shop” – wow, what a great prize! The contest closes on the 15th of December so hop over to The Paper Place for more information on how to enter.
What a great response we had to our contest! Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks to Brooklyn5and10 for generously sponsoring this giveaway.
There were 96 entries, and random.org chose #58 as the winner, so that would be Katie O., who said:
Ooooh! Teeter Totter, please! :0)
Katie, I’ll email you to get your address so we can mail your Teeter Totter kit to you. Congratulations!
For everyone else, don’t forget all the Saka Karakuri kits and more are available to purchase from Brooklyn5and10.com
Don’t forget, our giveaway sponsored by Brooklyn5and10.com ends at noon EST tomorrow! If you haven’t yet entered to win your choice of these 3 amazing moving papercraft kit models by Saka Karakuri, there’s still time!
To enter our contest, leave a comment on the contest entry post (NOT this post!). We’ll be randomly picking a winner tomorrow – good luck!
The contest will close on Tuesday, November 3rd, at 12pm EST. Good luck!
Today on Folding Trees we’re very excited to present a giveaway for a papercraft kit from Brooklyn5and10.com, an online shop offering a selection of affordable whimsical gifts, growing kits and craft projects. The prize will be your choice of Saka Karakuri paper animation kit, delivered direct to your door! (Retail value $9.95 plus shipping).
|Teeter Totter by Saka KarakuriThe first steps of a budding ‘bot
This is Saka’s most popular model. The adorable robot walks as the crank is turned. Kawaii!
|Climate Change by Saka KarakuriA penguin attempts to escape the thawing tundra!
Turn the crank and the penguin helplessly repeats his attempts to lift-off. Sadly, our darkly humorous penguin is not equiped to fly.
|Doomed by Saka KarakuriTurn the crank and this fish flops helplessly on the cutting board. Sad, but darkly humorous.|
A little more about the prize… These kits are original Japanese karakuri or “trick mechanism” by Keisuke Saka, one of the world’s best paper engineers. Saka’s beautiful designs use only a few moving parts, yet produce elegant (and darkly humorous!) movement. Saka paper automata models are easy to do with complete illustrated instructions. Just cut out, fold, glue and assemble. Recommended for ages 12 and up (younger with adult help).
To enter our contest, click through to Brooklyn5and10 and take a look at all their cool papercraft kits, then come back here and leave a comment on this post saying which of the 3 kits pictured above you’d like to win!
The contest will close on Tuesday, November 3rd, at 12pm EST. Good luck!
UPDATED: The contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered – we’ll be announcing the winner later today!
Photo by Flickr user: ma-rissa
Happy Monday! Today I wanted to give you a quick reminder of all the places where you can find Folding Trees and June and Me of course. Obviously you can see our (mostly) daily posts here on Foldingtrees.com. We are also on Facebook so please come and have a look and join the Folding Trees page. In the right sidebar you can see our latest status updates.
Also please feel free to join our group on Flickr with 340 member and almost 1000 pictures posted, there is always something to feel inspired by. Don’t forget to post some of your own projects; they do not have to be from a tutorial from the site but we do ask you to keep it a) paper related and b) limit the amount of photos you post for other people’s viewing pleasure.
Please do not forget that if you find some amazing links that are interesting for us to post on the site you can visit the SUGGEST A LINK page or if you would like to contribute to Folding Trees have a look on the SUBMISSIONS page.
Hope you have a lovely day!
I’m so excited to announce that my first papercraft book and kit, Paper Chains & Garlands, is now here! It’s available to purchase exclusively through Barnes and Noble.
Front of box
I was hoping that I’d be able to sell signed copies through my website, but it turns out that the shipping costs for me to receive author copies from the US make that an impossible dream. So, instead, if you’d like to buy my book, I’d be very grateful if you’d click through from the links on my site, so I can make a tiny commission from your purchase!
Back of box with pictures of all the projects down the left hand side
For those of you without a magnifying glass, the back of the box reads:
Paper chains and garlands make everything more festive! Turn your next celebration into a creatively crafted occation to remember. Create delightful decorations on themes that range from the seasonal (snowflakes, autumn leaves, cherry blossoms) to the decorative (pleated flowers, pinwheels, elephants). The illustrated instruction book by expert crafter June Gilbank shows you how to fold, cut, unfurl, and string chains and garlands like a pro. With tips on how to cut simple paper dolls as well as elegant Chinese lanterns, Paper Chains and Garlands is the perfect craft kit for expert crafters as well as beginners.
Inside the box: the book, 4 rolls of paper chain paper and 10 sheets of double-sided garland paper
The book has full illustrated instructions for all 14 projects and includes full-size templates.
Inside the book: pretty colours, and full instructions & illustrations by me!
I hope you’ll enjoy Paper Chains & Garlands. It’s a sweet little book and kit, and would make a perfect Christmas gift, if you’re thinking that far ahead!
If you’d like to buy it, please click through to Barnes & Noble now. It’s a total bargain at only $9.95, so don’t miss out! Thank you for your support
This week marks the first birthday of Folding Trees! When we started a year ago, Eve and I had no idea how successful our little site would become. We’re so grateful to all of you for checking in every day to see what paper delights we have found for you!
Here’s a recap of our most popular original tutorials over the past year:
- Kusudama Ball (part 1 and part 2) by Eve
- Lucky Wishing Stars by June
- Tissue Paper Carnations by June
- Balloon Lights by Eve
Here’s our original mission statement:
Our aim with Folding Trees is to collect the best tutorials we have found on the net, inspire you by highlighting amazing paper creations from talented artists and crafters, and share our own paper crafts and tutorials.
We’ve written over 400 posts in our first year, and hope we’ve succeeded in bringing our missions statement to life on this site. Of course, we’d like to do even better in future! If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see more (or less) of at Folding Trees in the coming year and beyond, please leave us a comment or e-mail us.
We’re also looking for new tutorial/printable submissions, so please let us know if you have a great papercraft idea that you’d like to share with our viewers.
Looking forward to year 2 and more paper craft delights… We hope you’ll be a part of it!
June & Eve
It’s not very often we feature a website that is actually not specifically about paper-craft; but I love the idea behind CraftFail.com. We all know that it sometimes takes 10 (or more!) crafty fails to produce 1 thing you want to keep. Definately worth a look.
Would you like to write for Folding Trees? It’s a great opportunity to get your name more widely known, and have your tutorial seen by an audience of over 5000 visitors each day!
We are currently looking for contributors to write original tutorials for us. Interested? Please see our submissions page in the left sidebar, or click here: http://foldingtrees.com/submissions/
Image taken from our Lucky Wishing Stars tutorial
Image taken from our Kusudama tutorial
If you have any questions about a potential submission, please feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com and we will be happy to help.
We are really excited to be able to feature even more fabulous paper crafts, and we look forward to receiving your submissions!