Adorable Animal Crafts: Make Paper Animals!

We adore cute animal crafts here at AllFreePaperCrafts, and there’s really nothing like the spring season to inspire us to craft any paper animals we can think of! From precious figurines you can make with your kids to charming free printables, these tutorials will teach you how to make paper animals for a variety of purposes.

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Adorable Animal Crafts

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These animal bookmarks are totally cute! They take little to no time to make because they are available as a free printable. Simply print and cut!

Printable Woodland Creature Bookmarks

Printable Woodland Creature Bookmarks

We know Easter has passed, but bunnies are cute always! Make this precious craft with your kids.

Woven Paper Bunnies

Woven Paper Bunnies

This beautiful quilled bird looks like metal when completed! For the paper filigree aficionado, this craft is a must-make project.

Quilled Bird Necklace

Quilled Bird Necklace

Perfect for summer, this origami tutorial will get your kids excited for a trip to the zoo!

Awesome Origami Giraffes

Awesome Origami Giraffes

Owls are popular and cool, and you can learn how to make an owl out of punched shapes!

OWL-Fully Cute Paper Punched Owl

OWL-Fully Cute Paper Punched Owl

These birds are so adorable. Add wire feet so they stand on display. The polka dot paper and plaid wing are cute touches.

Paper Love Birds

Paper Love Birds

This hedgehog stamp is adorable, and you can learn how to color it with alcohol ink markers like a pro!

Creative Colored Hedgehog

Creative Colored Hedgehog

These printable animal friends would be perfect in a child’s room!

Printable Animal Friends

Printable Animal Friends

One of the most popular crafts on AllFreePaperCrafts, these cat bookmarks are free printables that kids can color!

Cool Cat Bookmarks

Cool Cat Bookmarks

These adorable owls will make great party favors for any birthday.

Free Printable Owl Treat Bags

Free Printable Owl Treat Bags

For fans of the honey bear, make a beautiful Winnie the Pooh figurine.

Printable Winnie the Pooh Paper Doll

Printable Winnie the Pooh Paper Doll

These adorable printable puppies are so fun to put together!

Adorable Printable Puppies

Adorable Printable Puppies

For an adorable paper animal craft, make this elephant with your kids.

Cute Cardboard Elephant

Cute Cardboard Elephant

Leran how to make paper pinwheels and turn them into fishies for party decorations!

Funny Fish Paper Crafts

Funny Fish Paper Crafts

This paper plate craft is a must make for summer.

Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Use an old egg carton to make these lovely ladybugs.

Cute Carton Ladybug Crawlers

Cute Carton Ladybug Crawlers

Perfect for toddlers, this lion is totally handsome.

 “Hand”some King of the Jungle

Make any animal you’d like out of thumbprints with this bookmark tutorial.

Thumbprint Animal Bookmarks

 Thumbprint Animal Bookmarks

Adorable! This cute giraffe is made out of toilet paper rolls.

Adorable Cardboard Tube Giraffe

 Adorable Cardboard Tube Giraffe

Grab two paper cups and some paint to make this charming owl.

Owl Paper Cup

Owl Paper Cup

Bonus: Violet Crush Collection Giveaway!

Violet Crush KaiserCraft Collection

Win the Violet Crush Collection from Kaisercraft! This gorgeous collection includes beautiful paper and embellishments. Contest ends 5/11/14.

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What is your favorite animal?

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Flowers, Bows, and Lace: Pretty Paper Craft Ideas

Some paper crafters love chipboard, and some love stickers. What are your favorite craft embellishments? We at AllFreePaperCrafts love flowers, bows, and lace, so we’ve put together a few of our favorite crafts that feature these embellishments. Whether you need a cute idea for a handmade card or scrapbook layout, these embellies are must-see projects.

Flowers, Bows, and Lace

 

Paper Flower Crafts

Beautiful Paper Gardenia

Paper flowers are endlessly popular projects, and it’s no surprise why! Flowers are so much fun to make, and they can be used for literally anything. Create centerpieces, bouquets, hair accessories and more with these flower projects.

DIY Bows with Ribbon and Paper

Too Cute Two-Toned Bowties

There are so many unique ways to use bows! Make them out of a variety of materials when you visit these project pages. A personal favorite is the Hello Friend Twine Bow Embellishment. Bows add a charming and girly touch to any paper craft.

Craft Lace Ideas

Sunflower and Lace Birthday Card

Speaking of girly, do projects get any more feminine than lace crafts? Add a swatch of lace to any paper project for a feminine flair. These tutorials will help you decide on perfect placement for your craft lace.

 

Perfect Layers Mini and The Perfect Little Cutting Mat

Enter to win the Perfect Layers Mini and The Perfect Little Cutting Mat! The Perfect Layers Mini will give you perfect photo borders every time! It is perfect for small projects like card making and photo matting. You can win these tools! Contest ends April 27, 2014.

 

 

 

 

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Which is your favorite: flowers, bows, or lace?

 

 

 

An Abundance of Colors! Make Beautiful Paper Crafts

Get inspired! It’s quite the colorful time of year with spring here and summer just around the corner! Nothing quite says warmer weather like gorgeous colorful paper crafts. Whether you’re a fan of ombre or you like bold contrasting colors, we have a colorful craft for any cardmaker, scrapbooker, or paper crafter! Say hello to radiant with these gorgeous colorful projects.

An Abundance of Colors

Color Fade StationeryCard Making Ideas

If you need to make a card for a loved one’s spring birthday or you want to get a head start on a Mother’s Day card, these projects are marvelous for inspiration! The best part about these handmade cards is that you can learn a variety of brand new paper crafting techniques! Sure, some of these cards are free printables, and those are marvelous for those last minute ideas. In the meantime, create your very own handmade cards with die cuts, ribbon, flowers, and color!

 

You Make Me Smile Majestic Morning LayoutScrapbook Page Ideas

Document your favorite spring and summer memories! These scrapbook page ideas are fabulous for recording major life events, such as weddings, new babies, birthdays, vacations, and more!

 

Too Cute Two-Toned Bowties Paper Craft Ideas

Flowers, bows, and all sorts of pretty paper crafts are perfect for spring and summer! The more colorful a paper craft, the prettier the project and the more festive for the warm weather. Enjoy making your very own flower garden, chocolate covered strawberries, beautiful bows, and more! These lovely crafts can be added to many projects, and they can even stand alone as well.

 

 

What’s your favorite color?

 

 

Say Hello To Spring With Handmade Greeting Cards

This tutorial is brought to you by Latrice Murphy from Any Occasion.

Hello crafters! Spring is finally here and I’m excited to start crafting for Easter. I love sending cards to friends – it’s a great way to add a smile to their mailboxes! I’ve been die cutting lots of patterned paper into super fun flowers, which I love doing. This creates visual interest when the main image is the pattern. Here is the card set I’ve created for you today.

Materials:

  • Solid cardstock (both color and white)
  • Patterned paper
  • Die Cutting machine (I used a Silhouette)
  • Border punch
  • 3D adhesive
  • Buttons
  • Glossy Accents
  • Stamps or sentiment stickers (Mine are SRM Stickers)
  • Sewing machine (optional)

These cards are super easy to make. You pretty much create a simple base and let the die cut flower do all the talking. First, choose your cardstock and patterned paper.

Cut first piece of patterned paper down to 5” X 3.75”, border punch the bottom and adhere to card front.

Next trim down a piece white cardstock to 4.25” X 3.25”, add sentiment sticker and then add 3D adhesive to the back. Adhere this to your card front.

Next using more 3D adhesive adhere your die cut flower to the white cardstock.

Get your liquid adhesive and add a button to the flower center.

Lastly finish the card off with a single line of stitching above the scallop.

Time to Celebrate! Make Homemade Birthday Cards

13 Homemade Birthday Cards

Birthdays are the only holidays that takes place year round. If you’re like me, you have people to shop for at least once a month. May is a particularly busy month for birthdays in my life, but did you know that the least people are born in May? NobleWorks has compiled a collection of fabulous birthday facts. Here are some highlights for you:

  • The most common day of the week for baby births is Tuesday. Sunday is the least common.
  • In America, the most common birth date is October 5.
  • The world’s largest birthday cake was created in 1989. It weighed 128,238 pounds, 8 oz. and used 16,209 pounds of icing.
  • Close to 2 billion birthday cards are sent each year in the U.S. alone, accounting for nearly 58 percent of all cards sent.

That last one should make any card maker‘s eyes widen. Not only is two billion a HUGE number, but that’s an easy majority of all cards sent. If you have yet to make a birthday card, now is the time to start. More likely than not though, you’re an avid card maker and you’ve surely made quite a few homemade birthday cards in your time. Well now you can get some new ideas! Get inspired with our collection of 13 Homemade Birthday Cards. Whether you need invitation ideas for your next birthday party or you need to create a new handmade greeting for a loved one, these ideas will certainly inspire you as you make your next birthday greeting.

Invitation Ideas

Surprise Rainbow Invitation One of the most important parts of throwing birthday parties is sending out invitations. After all, if you don’t invite people, no one will come! Invite loved ones to a party in a creative way with the Surprise Rainbow Invitations. These are a personal favorite. They fold into an envelope snugly and then they unfold in a surprise rainbow! SO clever and cute.

Surprise Rainbow Invitations
Ninja Scroll Invitations
iPhone Party Invitation

Card Making Tutorials

Embossed Birthday Card Sure, you could buy a cute birthday card at the store, but why not make something that’s one of a kind? Test your card making skills by making the Embossed Birthday Card. This gorgeous card is dimensional and desirable. Add a floral embellishment to the center and beautiful ribbon bow to give it a fresh and fun look. This card is surprisingly simple to make, and it looks so beautiful when finished!

Embossed Birthday Card
Flowers and Lace Box Card
3D Butterfly Birthday Card

 

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For more beautiful birthday cards, be sure to check out our collection of 13 Homemade Birthday Cards! Find invitation ideas and card making tutorials here, and get inspired to make new and exciting birthday cards for your loved ones every year!

 

Give us an estimate! How many birthday cards do you make each year?

 

 

Paper Crafts to Warm Your Heart

Honestly, the weeks of winter that follow New Year’s Day seem like a waste. Cold winds, snow drifts, icy roads, and no presents to show for it? No, thanks! In my perfect world, we’d fast forward to spring, but unless someone invents a time machine, we’re stuck with this crummy weather for at least a few more weeks. Luckily, there’s a way to stay toasty in these frigid temperatures–in a figurative sense, anyway. These Paper Crafts to Warm Your Heart will keep your mind occupied and your fingers unfrozen. Try out some homemade card ideas and share the warm fuzzies with family and friends. Deck out your home with easy DIY paper decorations, or learn how to quill paper embellishments that you can use on jewelry and cards. So, grab your blanket and get ready to banish those winter blues with these DIY paper crafts.

 

Adorable Origami Heart CardHomemade Card Ideas

Now that most people communicate via text message and email, it’s more thrilling than ever to find a piece of mail in your mailbox. Surprise your loved ones with these homemade card ideas, and who knows? They might be inspired to return the favor. These DIY card ideas also make beautiful homemade valentine cards.

Adorable Origami Heart Card
Fancy Folds Card
Washi Tape Heart Card
3D Hearts Card

 

 

DIY Paper DecorationsHeart Flower

These DIY paper crafts will put a smile on your face as soon as you walk in your door. These projects make marvelous Valentine’s Day crafts, but don’t let that stop you from putting them out all year long! Between an inexpensive paper garland DIY and a simple tutorial on how to make a cupcake topper, you’ll soon see that hearts are appropriate for all seasons.

Valentine Hearts Tabletop Tree
Heart Flower
Easy Hearts Garland

 

 

Quilled Hearts JewelryPaper Quilling Tutorials

Learn how to quill paper hearts and flowers that are intricate, adorable, and totally versatile. You can use these embellishments for a variety of projects, from cards and home decor to wearable paper crafts. With a little bit of creativity, you can look fabulous without spending a lot of time or money.

Quilled Hearts Jewelry
Lovely Quilled Heart Flower Card

 

 

 
Ideas for Valentine's Day: 12 Free Printable Valentine's Day Cards and Other Valentine's Day Crafts Free eBook
For more heart paper crafts, check out our free eBook, Ideas for Valentine’s Day: 12 Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards and Other Valentine’s Day Crafts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favorite way to beat the winter blues?

 

 

 

 

 

Memory Making 101: Scrapbook Page Ideas and Giveaway

When my sister graduated from high school, my aunt gave her a scrapbook. It didn’t look like much at first glance. The cover was plain green and it only had a few photos on it. Inside, though, that book was bursting with handpicked photos, captions, and adorable embellishments. My aunt spent four years learning how to make a scrapbook, collecting decorative pages, stickers, and stamps along the way. Fifteen years ago, scrapbooking didn’t have as much of an online presence as it does today, so my aunt designed the cover, page layouts, and embellishments herself. If online resources like FaveCrafts and AllFreePaperCrafts had been available then, she might not have spent hours struggling to put it all together.

ScTropical Memories Scrapbook Coverrapbook Cover Ideas

Even if you don’t copy one of these templates exactly, these scrapbook cover ideas can make putting together a memory book so much easier. If you’re just learning how to make a scrapbook, take advantage of free printable designs and patterns for covers and layouts. You can make your scrapbook look like it was made by a professional without actually paying one.

We have great cover ideas at FaveCrafts, and one of my personal favorites is this Tropical Memories Scrapbook Cover. I can’t help it; when it’s snowing outside, all I want to think about is the beach. This cover is especially fun because it incorporates several different media, including paint and glass, to achieve its summery look. AllFreePaperCrafts has some wonderful scrap book cover ideas, too, whether you want your scrapbook to be classy and chic or cute and whimsical.

 

DIY Scrapbook EmbellishmentsBlooming Scrapbook Flowers

My sister’s scrapbook was absolutely amazing and perfectly suited to her hobbies and interests. Because she spent a lot of her time at music department rehearsals, concerts, and other events, my aunt dotted the pages with notes, instruments, and marching band shakos.

Scrapbooking has become even more popular, so you can find embellishments to fit almost any theme. If you can’t find what you need in a store, there are tons of ways to make DIY scrapbook embellishments for only a few dollars. Take these Blooming Scrapbook Flowers, for instance. All you need is paper and a thumbtack to make one of these beautiful blooms.

 

Budding Stars Scrapbook LayoutScrapbook Layout Ideas

I’d occasionally flip through the pages of my sister’s scrapbook, wondering what the layouts for my book would look like. “Here’s where she’ll put the newspaper clipping from the play I’ll star in,” I’d think. “This would be the perfect layout for my Junior Prom photo with my super cute boyfriend!”

I finally made it through high school–without auditioning for a single play OR attending Junior Prom–and at my graduation party I could hardly wait to open my aunt’s present. I opened her gift box to find a hoodie from my college-to-be. It was a sweet gift; it just wasn’t the gift.

My aunt was so worn out from putting together layouts for the first scrapbook to even consider making one for me. Luckily, I can make my own cute pages with the help of scrapbook layout ideas like this Budding Stars Scrapbook Layout. Pink is my favorite color, so if I had starred in a play, this is definitely the page I would’ve chosen for that newspaper clipping.

 

Timbergrove Scrapbook Set

BONUS! We’re giving away one Timbergrove Scrapbook Set, a fabulous kit filled with coordinated paper and stickers. It also has some helpful tips on how to make memorable scrapbook pages and greeting cards. Check out our giveaway page to enter. You have until February 11 to enter to win this fabulous scrapbook set, so try your luck today!

 

 

 

Have you ever been absolutely positive that you were going to get a certain gift? What did you get instead?

 

 

 

 

12 Handmade Card Ideas: How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards

The holiday season has come to a close, but there are plenty of occasions to celebrate in the coming months. Give the gift of a handmade card that fits any season. At AllFreePaperCrafts, we have tons of great handmade card ideas for those times you want to send birthday greetings to friends, notes of thanks to helpful neighbors, or well wishes to family members who live far away. Whether you’ve been making your own cards for years or you’re new to paper crafting, our collection of 12 Handmade Card Ideas: How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards has something for everyone. Ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced, this round-up of DIY card ideas is sure to challenge and entertain.

 

Make Your Own Greeting Card

It’s nice to be reminded that someone is thinking of you. Create a message that is as sentimental, funny, or quirky as you like to send to a loved one. You can plan ahead and craft a handful of these homemade card ideas in advance. That way, you can send well wishes to your friends and family at a moment’s notice. You’ll feel good knowing that you brought a smile to someone’s face.

All Purpose Quilled Greeting Card

 

Birthday Card Ideas

Instead of showing up to a birthday bash with a card that anyone could buy, try one of these handmade birthday cards. When it’s time to open gifts, these clever and cute birthday card ideas will keep the atmosphere fun and festive. You can even learn how to make a paper airplane that doubles as a birthday greeting!

Paper Airplane Birthday Card

 

Thank You Note Ideas

Show your loved ones how much their help means to you with some DIY thank you cards. Our collection of handmade card ideas includes elaborate cards as well as simple ones. The thing that makes them all special is the heartfelt message you write inside them. You can’t put a price on gratitude, and these thank you note ideas are absolutely priceless.

Clean and Simple Thank You Card

 

For even more gorgeous handmade card ideas, be sure to check out 12 Handmade Card Ideas: How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards. Your loved ones will cherish these beautiful handmade creations.

 

After you read your greeting cards, do you throw them away or keep them?

 

 

Butterflies, Flowers, and Hearts: Creative Romantic Ideas with Easy Paper Crafts

Just because we’re in the middle of winter doesn’t mean we can’t think of spring. Try a few paper crafts ideas that were inspired by warmer weather, and you’ll stay cheerful even in these chilly temperatures. Now that it’s past New Year’s, the countdown to Valentine’s Day begins. This year, we at AllFreePaperCrafts want to give you a head start on your Valentine’s Day to do list. We’ve put together a sampling of some of the most adorable homemade valentine cards and homemade valentine decorations you’ve ever seen. These simple paper crafts are an inexpensive and fun way to show your sweetheart how much you care.

Whimsical Wings: How to Make a Paper Butterfly

Test out some of our butterfly craft ideas to keep a smile on your face when the days are short. Check out some of our easy tutorials and learn how to make paper butterflies. You can use these adorable accents on almost anything from greeting cards to home décor. Plus, we have some super cute valentine treat ideas that were inspired by our fluttery friends.

Super Sweet Butterfly Treat

Forever Florals: Making Paper Flowers, Rain or Shine

Learn how to make paper flowers that will never fall victim to a cold snap. Homemade paper flowers come in all colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. We have a great collection of DIY paper flowers, and, like our butterfly craft ideas, you can use these floral embellishments all year. You can make flowers that will lay flat in a scrapbook, or 3D blooms with folded petals for a fancy card. These projects may look intimidating, but they’re actually as easy as they are elegant. When you start cranking out enough paper flowers to fill your snow-covered garden, the world of Valentine’s Day crafts won’t know what hit it.

Funky Heart Flower

Happy Hearts: How to Make a Paper Heart

Most people learn how to make a heart out of paper in elementary school. Give yourself a refresher on this childhood skill with some heartwarming paper craft ideas for all occasions. You can use these embellishments to make garland, cupcake toppers, and more decorations for Valentine’s Day. After all, there’s no quicker way to say “I love you” than with this iconic shape.

Washi Tape Heart Card

 

Which of these crafts would you like to try?

 

Print it Out! 17 Printable Paper Crafts

Do you have a printer? Do you have two minutes? You can print anything! These printable paper crafts are fantastic craft ideas if you want to make something in a snap. Seriously, the variety is insane. When was the last time you printed out a Printable Paper Doll or put together a flower bouquet entirely from a computer template? I’m telling you, anything can be printed. Do you need new recipe cards or thread bobbins? How about some Christmas ornaments for the upcoming holiday? Our latest collection of 17 Free Printable Paper Dolls and Other Printable Paper Crafts will give you an idea of the amazing variety of printable paper crafts on AllFreePaperCrafts.com.

17 Free Printable Paper Dolls and Other Printable Paper Crafts

 17 Free Printable Paper Dolls and
Other Printable Paper Crafts

 Free Printable Paper Dolls

Printable Paper Doll

These free printable paper dolls are great new toys for kids. They are so fun to play with, and they won’t cost you a penny. Kids can have fun putting the dolls together and dressing them in different outfits. Whether they want a decorative Winnie the Pooh doll for their bedroom or a new toy to play with, there is a paper doll that any child will love in this collection.

  1. Printable Paper Doll
  2. Adorable Printable Puppies
  3. Printable Winnie the Pooh Paper Doll
  4. Printable Cute Baby Seal
  5. Printable Woodland Creature Bookmarks

Other Printable Paper Crafts

Precious Printable Thread Bobbins

I’m not kidding you when I say the variety is endless. From home decor to organization to Christmas ornaments and more, there is an amazing variety with these other printable paper crafts. Age the paper with distress inks to create faux Pottery Barn Apothecary Jars (a reader favorite!) or give gifts in wrapping that doesn’t break the bank with any of our amazing printable gift wrap ideas. Need recipe cards, winter decor, pocket page journaling cards, or garland? Truly, you will believe you can print anything once you are finished viewing this collection.

  1. Paper Mums Wedding Bouquet
  2. Pottery Barn Apothecary Jars
  3. Easy Mod Podge Ornaments
  4. Dazzling Snowflake Window Clings
  5. Precious Printable Thread Bobbins
  6. Sheet Music Magnolia Ornament
  7. World’s Best Gift Bag Printables
  8. Free Recipe Card Printables
  9. Santa’s Favorite Sweets Garland
  10. Little Wine Bottle Greeting Tags
  11. Festive Fall Project Life Cards
  12. Printable Chalkboard Mason Jar Art

 

Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers

 

 For more great ideas, be sure to download our printable collection of craft tutorials titled Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers. Download this collection here.

 

 

 

 

How often do you use your printer for paper craft projects?