Introduction: Swaying Cubby
Learn to transform a square sheet of card stock into a hanging two-sided paper basket with two cubby-holes. Thanks to some origami magic, this 3 dimensional piece can be made in minutes. Make it bright and bold or light and airy. Add some treats and hang it on a neighbor’s door knob, or make several and hang from a tree.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
- Paper (square). For best results use a quality card stock. For this sample, I used a pad of colorful 6 inch double-sided patterned paper. I made several different sizes from 3 inches to 6 inches.
- String. Any string will do. I used waxed linen for the samples. Other ideas include embroidery floss,hemp, twine, or nylon cord.
- Hole Punch. Use a good-quality punch that can go through 4 layers of card stock. Hole size must be big enough for 2 layers of string to pass through.
- Bone Folder. This is used to crease and smooth the paper for the origami folds. If you don’t have a bone folder, you can just use your fingers. Note: I have found that using an old credit card works well as a bone folder substitute for lighter-weight cardstock. However, it tends to tear heavy weight cardstock.
- Alligator Clip or Binder Clip. Used to secure the folds in place while punching the hole.
- Scissors. Used to cut the paper and string.
Step 2: Fold
- Lay your paper on your work surface wrong side up.
- Fold Diagonally.
- Fold diagonally the other direction to form an X.
- With right side up, fold in half.
Step 3: Pinch in Sides
With right side up, pinch in sides. Note that the outer folds peak like a mountain and the inner folds recess like a valley.
Step 4: Pinch and Punch a Hole
- Continue to pinch the valley folds so they overlap with each other.
- Hold in place with your alligator or binder clip.
- Use your hole punch to punch a hole in the middle through all 4 layers.
Step 5: Add String
- Cut your string to a 12 inch length. Fold in half and tie the ends together in a knot.
- Tie a larks head knot to secure the layers together. First, pass the loop through the holes.
- Take the knotted end of the string and pass it through the loop.
- Carefully tighten by pulling up on the string.
Step 6: Make It Your Own
Now that you have learned the basic folding technique for this project, experiment with different papers and embellishments. Here are a few ideas.
Add beads to the string before knotting.
Decorate artist paper with inks or acrylics before folding.
Use vellum for a transparent feeling. Add battery tea lights in the cubbyholes, and hang on a tree for some cool hanging luminaries. I did this for Halloween and it looked pretty cool.
Step 7: Additional Shapes
Since I have an electronic cutting machine, I have used the same technique using other shapes. Using a circle gives it a smoother look. Using a curvy heart, makes a great valentines hanger. See my bio to access my website where I have more examples and a Scanncut cut file.
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