Playing with Paper Parties

playing-paperHave Fun!

* Host a girls night out, kids party, throw a party for a friend or loved one or plan a team-building event.
* Everyone goes home with something special they’ve created with their own hands!

How It Works:

* Select the location (or come to my studio)
* Contact me to reserve a date and time (most projects take 2 hours to create)
* Choose a project from my book, Playing With Paper, and I’ll do the rest, providing all tools, materials and instructions.
* Invite all your friends! (Don’t forget refreshments!)


$50-$100/person including materials (price varies depending on the project); 6 -12 people can come

No Experience Necessary!

*Just show up!
*Enjoy a relaxing and creative time with friends

Below are pictures and descriptions of some of the projects we can make at your Playing With Paper Party!

window-star 1. Window Stars:

Reminiscent of kaleidoscopes and cut paper snowflakes, these stunning light catchers brighten your windows, even on overcast days.This is a great family project – just a few simple folds and some glue. Display a grouping to ward off birds trying to fly through a crystal clear window.

party-light 2. Party Lights:

These lanterns are a simplified version of the collapsible chochin lanterns, which were originally hung outside of small shops in Japan. The paper technique for this project falls somewhere between collage and papier-mache. It doesn’t take long to make one of these simple designs, but finessing the collage can turn it into a work of art.

ring 3. Interchangeable Ring:

You can make several of these ring toppers in different colors and swap them out to match your mood. A small magnet holds the ring topper in place but allows you to customize the piece for variety.

table-runner 4. Woven Table Runner:

Weaving paper is much faster than weaving cloth, and with so many decorative papers to choose from, it is both fun and easy to come up with a paper combination that will match any type of home decor. The wavy lines of the warp and weft, and teh tiny cutout windows make this project a step up from the paper weaving most of us learned in elementary school. Paper can be woven to create wall hangings, window coverings, coasters or place mats. Ideas abound!

folding-screen 5. Envelope Folding Screen:

Envelopes are fun to work with because they come in a variety of colors and sizes and other papers can easily be slipped into the pockets. This adapted piano hinge allows the panels of the mini folding screen to flex in both directions, enabling the screen to be display in a variety of ways or even folded into a box-shaped lantern. Cut out patterns reminiscent of stained glass, slip decorative papers inside, and set the screen in a spot where it can catch some light.

envelope 6. Envelope Photo Album:

The piano hinge binding was developed by Hedi Kyle, a pioneer in the field of book arts who has developed many innovative binding systems and unique folding methods. I gave it m own twist by using envelopes becuase the double layer of paper means the hinge is built in. And because envelopes are rarely used for mail anymore, here is a creative use for them!

inflatable 7. Inflatable Ball Sculpture:

Balls are a familiar and universal object, enjoyed by people (and animals) throughout time and across cultures. This ball is fun to play with because it is lightweight – simply fill it with air and inflate it like a balloon. Unlike rubber balloons, however, this one can be partially filled and shaped because the paper isn’t elastic and can hold its shape. Or fill it with birdseed or ride to make a paperweight (or a sculpture that isn’t likely to be blown away or knocked over).

shadow 8. Shadow Ornament:

Light filtered through paper is captivating, and this project is inspired by the Japanese shoji screens that do a lovely job of dividing space and creating a beautiful atmosphere in a room. Shadows are fun because they change depending on the light source. Hang this ornament on a Christmas tree or in a window, or package it in a ring box as a gift.