Boxing Day and an Index for the Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019

Day One and How to Make a Square Piece of Paper

Day Two and an Origami Bookmark

Day Three and a Menko CD Case

Day Four and Jam Tarts

Day Five and a Modular Star/Wreath

Day Six and a Modular Box

Day Seven and a Little Star Book

Day Eight and an Unusual Christmas Card

Day Nine and a Fabric Square

Day Ten and a Locking Pocket

Day Eleven and some Square-ish Cookies

Day Twelve and a Modular Origami Wreath

Day Thirteen and a Cake

Day Fourteen and a Modular Book Cover

Day Fifteen and a Garland of Squares

Day Sixteen and some Luminaria

Day Seventeen and Some Napkin Rings

Day Eighteen and an Origami Ornament

Day Nineteen and More Edible Squares

Day Twenty and a Tiny Paper Dreydl

Day Twenty-one and a Simple Modular Ornament

Day Twenty-two and Some Napkin Folds

Day Twenty-three and Some Modular Stars

Day Twenty-four and Paper Crowns

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: A Quiet Activity with some Squares

Merry Christmas!

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Twenty-four and Paper Crowns

If you have the kind of festive gathering at which people like to wear paper crowns, you might consider making your own.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Twenty-three and Some Modular Stars

If you have both the time and the ambition, you might want to tackle today’s star. It is a cut-and-fold design inspired by the modular origami of Tomoko Fuse. The completed star measures about 23 cm/9 in high by 24 cm/9.5 in wide.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Twenty-two and Some Napkin Folds

Your life has become too busy for fussing with paper napkin rings, but you would still like your holiday table to look decorative. There are simple napkin folds that can dress up your place settings —all based on square napkins, of course.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Twenty-one and a Simple Modular Ornament

Today’s offering is extremely simple to fold and, because it is made from two squares of paper, offers the opportunity for bi-coloured ornaments.

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Friday Night Flicks: Nicholas Was

Some of you may feel the need of an antidote to a surfeit of seasonal comfort and joy about now, so today’s flick should do the trick. I first posted the video five years ago, but many of you may not yet have seen this animation of Neil Gaiman’s poem.

 

 

You should be mostly recovered from the video by the time the week-end is over, and ready for Christmas when it arrives on Wednesday.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Twenty and a Tiny Paper Dreydl

 

Chanukah (Hanukkah) begins soon —sunset on December 22— so I thought it might be nice to make a paper dreydl. Here’s the first model I made.

It was an inch across, and I decided that it was a bit too tricky to fold, so I designed a slightly larger one.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Nineteen and More Edible Squares

It seemed like a good idea at the time: I thought it would be nice to post a recipe that I remembered from my childhood. Dream Cake –a recipe for what my mother and grandmother called ‘squares’– has strong associations with Christmas.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Eighteen and an Origami Ornament

You can make one of these paper ornaments from a square of paper, a length of cotton cord, and some wooden beads from a dollar store. (The ornament on the left is sometimes referred to as a “German Bell”.)

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