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Have you heard of kirigami?  It's a variation of origami that includes cutting.  I'd never heard of it until I stumbled upon this wonderful site called Zakka Life and saw how easy it is to make these.  Check out the easy instructions!  

Using origami paper, or any lightweight paper square, you can create really fun "paper-doll-like" patterns that make wonderful decorations.  In addition, the negative cut-out can be used as a stencil!  I used some slightly stiffer fingerpainting paper to trace and cut my stencils.  Because my paper was thicker, I couldn't get really tiny details to show up, but they're not really good for stencils anyway, so it really didn't matter.

While I was at it, I cut apart one of the circles of leaves and traced around them, preparing both the positive and negative images to use as stencils.  Next week I'll show you what I used these stencils for!   

All posts on this project:

Leaf fabrics - part one

Leaf fabrics - part two

Quilt instructions - part one

Quilt instructions - part two
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Oh what fun! Reminds me of making the snowflakes we used to when I was a kid... I am going to to check out the site!
Cyndi L said…
That's really all they are...sophisticated snowflakes :-)
Genevieve said…
I also did the snowflakes as a kid, and I recently rediscovered these. I'm going to try to do them with freezer paper to make stencils.
I remember kirigami! I used to do a lot of origami and kirigami with the kids when I taught special ed. The creations never ceased to amaze my students ... and they improved their eye-hand coordination and perceptual skills at the same time.
Cyndi L said…
I ran out of freezer paper when I made these! Bad timing, but the finger-painting paper worked well too, and it actually did stick to the fabric a bit when ironed...just not as well as freezer paper does :-)
MB Shaw said…
These are very cool! Especially since I just happen to have some origami paper on hand. And I agree they do remind me of very sophisticated snowflakes which I always *adored* making as a child. Thanks for a great blog.