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