My first 3D shadowbox Pok√©mon TCG card – Sinistea!

Anyone who’s into any trading card game will have lots of spare cards lying around. I’ve heard some stores will take your spares but in bulk only – you have to sell a lot of cards in one go to make it worthwhile!

Shadowbox TCG cards have been emerging as a great way to turn old cards into something cooler. You can add depth by turning multiples of the same card into layers. The best tutorial I’ve come across is this one by TheJWitzz on YouTube.

I did a much simpler version without the paints for my first attempt. I chose Sinistea from the Sword and Shield set. Ideally you want to choose something with defined easy-to-cut objects.

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Origami spring flower wreath

Wreathes are a fantastic craft to make at home as you can use just about anything as your medium.

For my base I’ve used copper garden wire – it’s very soft and malleable, and it has a similar effect to branches. I looped a circle a few times, then wrapped wire around three locations – including the part at the bottom where the wire ends are. They will be hidden eventually!

I also looped some twine around the top as it will be hung on a wall.

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Origami carambola flower bouquet

I previously touched upon carambola flowers in my last blog post. After a bit of trying and searching, this excellent video by ZIZ origami helped me understand how to fold one properly. I highly recommend you check it out!

I made a bunch of flowers out of three shades of blue. The paper was cut from 12cm squares, then cut into pentagons.

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Mixed purple origami bouquet

When you look up origami bouquets, you might see images of different types of origami flowers, folded from patterned or themed paper, and tied up neatly and used as a decoration or even a bride’s bouquet. Most of the bouquets I’ve made before have all been one type of flower but in different colour shades, so I spent a bit of time trying to do this.

The most popular flowers are lilies, tulips, and kusudama flowers. I mixed up lots of colours and patterns. I added some carambola flowers later too – I had to learn how to make these from a video but I may do more with this in a different project!

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