Sometimes I use the paper and ribbon that I have hoarded.

resolutions, 2012 version

Here’s the plan for next year as far as the blog is concerned:

  1. Better photography – I need to stop using my cellphone as a camera for blog posts. I have a shameful reason why I haven’t been using a good camera to document my projects – I can’t find my battery charger.
  2. More sharing – I feel bad that I never post the Christmas tree template. =(
  3. Regular posts – I’ve tried to post every other day, but I think maybe a Mon-Wed-Fri schedule will work out better.
  4. Tutorials – I’m going try my hand at explaining things in detailed steps, instead of just mentioning general steps.

My non-blog-related resolutions:

  1. Lose weight – I know, so original! But the weight has creeped up on me, and I just don’t feel good about myself anymore. I was surprised to receive a text message this morning from the bf saying “You are not a fatty” – apparently, I had texted him about how I was a fatty. I do not recall sending this text, but it was in my sent box. My subconscious is now texting people about what a fatty I am.
  2. Run more – This is how I plan to accomplish the above. I have signed up for a 5K in February, a 10K in April. And I will be signing up for a half-marathon in August/September.
  3. Be less bi-polar – Not to knock on people with serious diagnosed mental conditions, but I really need to get a hold of my temper/emotions. My annoyance about things apparently reads as “super pissed off” to most people.
  4. Be less wedding-crazy – Two friends got engaged over the holidays. We all know about bridezilla, but have you heard about friendzilla? That’s me – the friend who gets too involved in the wedding details. I need to back off. Oh also, I need to stop dropping hints about the bf putting a ring on it, because who needs to get nagged into proposing?
  5. Stop leaving the house looking like s**t – I’ve been rationalizing this behavior by keeping some make-up in the car. But really, there is no excuse. Also, I will curl my lashes daily and pluck my eyebrows more than every two weeks.

I’m really not an overweight slob with poor hygiene even though I totally just made myself look like one.

Ciao dear reader/s. See you in the new year!

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deconstructed star

I received one of the red stars that Starbucks used to decorated their stores for the holidays. I am pretty confident I can take it apart and figure out how to remake it with paper.

I have a whole year to get this done, so it’s going to happen for sure.

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These mini-suitcases are presents for a trio of sisters. I thought it would  be fun to echo the triple factor in the ribbons. I feel almost splurge-y for using three different kinds of ribbon for each item, but not really because I only paid $1 for six yards of satin ribbon and $1 for nine yards of sheer ribbon. (I drop by the dollar store periodically to check out the ribbon selection.)

The layered ribbon look makes things look pretty festive, don’t you think?  I like to tie bows on presents that don’t need to be wrapped.

Pro: easy, no tape needed

Con: you need to be a ribbon hoarder collector

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bow cheat


You probably can’t tell, but that is just a simple bow tied on top of a present. This is my default way to embellish a present. I tie up the box twice for extra oomph and then tie a bow.

I purposely only use curling ribbon so the ends curl a little bit o9n their own. (Plus curling ribbon is cheap, so I feel like I can use more of it.)

Sometimes, I add an ornament or two or a 3D sticker depending on my mood.

Pro: easy, no tape needed

Con: needs lots of ribbon

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belted flair

I layered two different types of ribbon to create this look. The best part about this is that I used ribbon scraps. I have a habit of hoarding storing extra bits of ribbon that I come across.

I taped the ends of the wider ribbon at the bottom of the box. Then I knotted the curling ribbon on top. I also trimmed the ends so I could add it back on and have four curly ends instead of just two.

The bottom layer doesn’t lay flat on the package due to the wire edges, so a less stiff ribbon will be flatter I think. I could have also glued the edges down too – but then that means the ribbon can’t be reused.

Alternatively, a non-curling ribbon could be used for the second layer and just tied into a bow.

Pro: uses ribbon scraps

Con: bottom of the package may not look so pretty

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loopy loops

Here’s a simple bow that adds a lot of flair. It’s really made up up two parts: the circular loop that goes on top, and the flattened loop that goes on the bottom.

I used double-sided tape to make the initial circular loop. I made the diameter to be less than an inch because this was a small present. An added bonus to using double-sided tape (instead of a stapler) is that  you don’t see the staples, so it looks cleaner and prettier.

For the second loop which gets squished in the middle, I used a stapler because it seemed like that would flatten than middle more than tape would. I just eyeballed the proportions. (Maybe when I am bored one day, I can work out proportions.)

I used Zots to fasten both loops to each other and then more Zots to stick it to the gift-wrapped present – mostly because I couldn’t find the double-sided tape. (Later, I found it under the table.)

Here’s a version with three loops – I just added a longer third loop to the mix.

Pro: simple, easy to make

Con: needs other tools (stapler, scissors, double-sided tape, Zots)


wrapping presents

Dear Reader,

Tomorrow, a post on adding bows to presents!



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decorating with ribbon

Other than increasing the size of my stash, I haven’t done anything with ribbon lately. Here is my paltry attempt at Christmas decor using ribbon.

I don’t even know what the thought process was on this one. I didn’t even bother to trim the folded-over end. Also, I didn’t bother to tie a proper bow.

I am all “whatevs” about this though – which is not normal. Normal me would have fixed the problem. I’d like to think that I am just saving up my creativity for wrapping presents. But really, it’s probably my self-diagnosed ADD kicking in.

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self-standing trees

Here is a quartet of self-standing Christmas trees. I came up with the idea of making trees that stood up by themselves while I was out having dinner with my boyfriend. He was very skeptical of my idea, but he semi-grudgingly agreed to help me.

He is much more adept at using PhotoShop than I am, so I asked him to draw me a Christmas tree. Like a good engineer, I listed some constraints:

  • swoopy branches
  • pointy top, not curved
  • defined tree trunk
  • bottom branches at same level as the bottom of the trunk for support
  • must be symmetrical along the mid-line

After a few weeks of waiting and with some gentle prodding and maybe some “why won’t you help meeee” whining, I got my tree!

When I cut it out, I realized I should have also addressed aspect ratio in the design phase to maximize paper space, or to lessen wasted paper when cutting. But then I realized that not all my trees have to be in the same proportions – I can make skinnier or fatter trees!

Three tree shapes make up one tree, fold in half, glue the backs together and the branches will fan out by themselves. I’ve found that it’s best to line up the tips of the branches first before aligning the trunks.

I was going to post this tree shape file here, but then I realize it isn’t in printer-friendly format. I’ll have to convert it into an outline first. Which really means I need to ask/bribe the bf to do it for me – but he may not want to help me out because we have a dispute about who designed this tree. He claims he designed it. I claim it was MY idea and he executed it.

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3D paper ball tutorial

Here is my attempt at a tutorial for the 3D paper ball in my previous post. I’ve noticed that “connect the pieces using the slits until you get a ball” is  not enough information.

It takes twelve pieces to make one ball. I like to think of it as as two end pieces, and the remaining pieces make two “rows” of five pieces each.


  1. Take one piece and insert five other pieces into the slits of this first piece.
  2. Connect the five pieces to each other. At this point you should have something that resembles a cup.
  3. Repeat steps one and two. Now you should have two cups.
  4. The open end of each cup should have ten open slits. The tricky part is to make sure each half is offset by one slit when you put them together. So basically, match up the “edge” with a flat part on the other half.
  5. It will get a little awkward as you keep going, don’t pull too hard or you’ll tear the paper.
  6. You may want to gently pull the slits together, to make the ball rounder.
I’ve noticed that when I use smaller pieces, it is a little bit harder to make the ball. The paper just isn’t as flexible. I haven’t tried to make these using cardstock, but I am guessing it might be better to cut out larger pieces.

Et voila! You have a 3D paper ball.

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