Category Archives: DIY

Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Sixteen and a Game of Tic-tac-toe

Tic-tac-toe —or Noughts and Crosses, or Xs and Os — is a widespread game, usually played on a scrap of paper with a pencil or pen. More permanent boards for Tic-tac-toe or similar three-in-a-row games have been made for centuries.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Fifteen and a “Hidden Page” Book

More and more instruction in the book arts has been moved online because of Covid-19. For those of us who live far from major centres, this has been a real bonus. In April of this year the Minnesota Center for … Continue reading

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Fourteen and some 3D Ornaments

We were given these paper angels by one of David’s brothers more than thirty years ago. The ornament was made by stitching together two pieces of paper, folding the ‘pages’ along the stitching line, and then cutting through all four … Continue reading

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Twelve and Some Thaumatropes

This is a new version of my thaumatrope post from September 17, 2017. I have updated the printable files, and included more instructions on how to make a thaumatrope with your own drawing. ***** While doing research for a post … Continue reading

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Eleven and the Third Iteration of some Gift Stars

I first posted the pattern for these stars on the first anniversary of this blog.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Ten and a One-Sheet Book

I originally posted this little one-sheet version of my artist’s book IF as a gift to my readers in June, 2015. (I have updated a broken link.) The book is another of my favourites. *****

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Seven and A Magic Wallet

It’s time for another re-post today: the instructions for making a Magic Wallet which were originally posted on April 28, 2019. *****

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Six and a second Interlace Star

Today’s post features a second interlace star, this time made from five strips of card stock.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Five and a Tangram

You have probably encountered a tangram at some point. You may even have played with one as a child. Today’s post will show you how to make a simple, inexpensive version.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Four and my Favourite Origami Star

This one is a straight re-post of my favourite folded star. These make lovely solo decorations, or they can be strung together into garlands. Warning: I found folding these to be a bit addictive. The final tuck, when everything snaps … Continue reading

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