This month's Whisker Graphics Design Team submission
was supposed to be paper lanterns to celebrate Chinese New Year. But as with many of my projects, that turned into a fail, which then leads to inspiration which leads to more fails and finally awesomeness. I remembered how much I loved A Subtle Revelry's diamond party garland
and thought to myself 'Self, that looks easy; I can do that with my Bitty Bags'.
Since I've already made origami trees
, why not diamonds?
Her post even leads to a how-to video. How hard can it be? They made it look so easy. And it was, once I got the hang of it. The folding was fairly straight forward, it was the joining that took a bit to figure out. You will know instantly if you did it wrong because it falls apart. Instantly.
But by all that is holy, after pausing the video 16,000 times I figured it out. Then again, it was late at night. I blame that.
But they are so cool and perfect for every occasion, that they are totally worth the cursing at 2 a.m.
and Bigger Bitty Bags
coordinating Divine Twine
small hole puncher
- I trimmed my bags down square; the larger pink and blue polka dotted diamonds are made from Bigger Bitty Bags which trim down to 6 1/4" square and the rest are from Middy Bitty Bags, trimmed down to 5".
- Whichever size you choose, it will take two bags of the same size to make a diamond.
- Origami paper (as used in the tutorial video) is thinner than Bitty Bags. To get nice, crisp folds, which is crucial, smooth your folds with the bone folder.
- Once done, I punched a small hole at the top to hang with Divine Twine.
I feel you may see these again real soon in other paper for St. Patrick's Day...don't want my new-found skills to go to waste.
How perfect would these be in gold, red and white Bitty Bags strung up as a garland or hanging over your party table at your viewing party for the Academy Awards this weekend? If you do that, please send me a few photos!
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