Create a Tea Light Topper to illuminate the shortest day of the year and celebrate the return of the light.

Click here to watch the tutorial on YouTube.

Please bring the following tools & materials:
  • 8-1/2 x 11″ sheet of thin, translucent paper, 35-90gsm in weight. You’ll find a selection of papers that would work here, but pick those that fall into the weight range. The paper must hold folds. I do not recommend vellum. Feel free to fold a model with me in copy/computer paper, before choosing a fancier paper.
  • Glue stick
  • Bone folder
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat (with grid if possible)
  • Craft knife (just in case)
  • Battery-operated tea light
You will:
  1. Learn how to choose paper for a project: I will share specific paper recommendations with you, since this is one of the most common questions I get. It takes experience to develop a feel for paper, and we explore paper qualities through the projects in The Paper Year.
  2. Discover some of my favorite tools.
  3. Be introduced to how I think about variations on the project.
  4. See my favorite battery-operated lights.
Find out more about The Paper Year:

The Paper Year is an annual subscription club – a year-long online class – featuring a new paper technique every month. Get inspired with video and written project instructions designed to spark ideas that keep you creating for the rest of the month; explore creative paper techniques, including origami, pop-ups, paper weaving, book arts, paper cutting and more; and join our growing community of paper lovers online to learn and share in a warm, encouraging, supportive, creative community. Learn more about The Paper Year. Registration will be open 12/20/23 – 1/9/24.