Introduction: Pop Out Eggs
I wanted to create something for the upcoming easter season. I wanted to use paper, but I also wanted 3D. So after some time contemplating this is what I came up with.
I enter this into the papercontest because after finishing the eggs (loads and loads of cuttings later!) I STRONGLY feel that this project would have been awesome with a plotter.
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Step 1: This Is What You Need:
- crafting paper of your choice ( I didn't have the pattern I wanted so I had to make that first, will show you how in the next step)
- a cardboard cutout in eggshape
- an exacto-knife
- a pencil
- a ruler and a protractor
- I thought I'd need a graphic marker, but then I didn't
In case you don't have any crafting paper that you like, you can just make it yourself. I glued a dotshaped piece of foam to the back of my pencil and put some watercolor on a pane. Then I just dotted and dotted until I liked the result.
Take the eggshape cardboard and draw eggs onto your crafting paper. I drew 4 but ended up only needing 3. Three per color is nicer because I think the egg looks eggier somehow. : )
I marked the fold with lines so that I could easily find the exact half of the egg later. Now you need the protractor. Draw lines perpendicular to the middle line. The distance between the lines is 1/8 inch. Maybe a little more. Continue until all lines are drawn.
Before you start cutting there is one more thing you need to do. You must 'pair' the lines. You need to always have two lines with the same length. After cutting they will be the strips that you pop out. Mark them on your paper. Check the photo for how I did it. After you have done that start cutting.
After the cutting the bending and folding starts. Let me share some tricks that make it work quite nicely. Before you start with the actual bending and folding you can emboss the folding lines.
Be careful to emboss the right lines though!
You emboss the beginning until you hit the first 'pair line'. This will be round shaped later, so don't emboss a folding line on that. Then you emboss the next strip again. Sounds more complicated than it actually is. You basically emboss every other strip. The last line to emboss is from the last pair along the end of the middle line.
To make the next steps easier I inserted a skewer. Two things need to happen simultaniously at this point. You ease the top strip to get the round egg shape and you need to fold the in-between strips. The easing of the round shaped egg part worked really well with a paper clip. Just insert it and move it with a very light pull from beginning to ending. This worked really well with the skewer still inserted. After some bending and folding your egg should look like in the last photo.
Cut around the egg, leave about 2/8 inch glueing space. Add glue to the edge, put the second part on top and wait for the glue to set. I fastened the egg with sewing clips, worked great. Repeat with part two to three and finally three to one.
Variation: The blue egg has a skewer inside. You can put it in flower pots or into bouquets easily that way. To do this insert the skewer before the last glueing and glue tight.
More photos of the eggies.
Have fun recreating and please share your photos!