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How-To: Fold-Up Fresnel Reflector

Uwe Oehler has written a simple program that prints out fold-up paper templates for the conic sections that make up the reflective surface of a Fresnel mirror. Cut the templates out of cardboard, cover the cardboard with aluminum tape, fold up the sections, and apply them to a flat backing. Show More Summary

Season's Greeting 2011: The Grand Advent-ture

Holiday Greeting 2011--May Your Days Be Merry & Bright! (Mini advent tree card shown opened and displayed on the built-in pop-up stand.) It's that time of year, when we can share what we came up with for the holiday season's greeting. Show More Summary

New Crop of Daisies

Last years' thank you notes after the holidays were simple punch blooms with pineapple twine stems on scallop postcards from Paper Source with brown bag A2 envelopes.(Not a paid endorsement, we just like them.)

Fresh as a Daisy Thanks

Couple years back's thank you cards were white pom poms centers over embossedpaper petals stitched onto hand cut cardboard flats with green thread. The stems were kept simple, made of long thread stitches that a thumbcut tag could slide onto. Matching kraft paper envelopes and using a green ink pen finish thequick-to-make set.

More Quick Thanks Ideas

The first thing I do after the holidays, is to make about a dozen thank you cards for the generous friends and family that have gifted us that year.This year I found a sale at Paper Source on "so hideous--they're fabulous!" neon green...Show More Summary

Thank You Season

What's after the holidays? Thank you cards! I always look for something hand-crafted to make that is primarily quick enough to make a couple score at once as effortlessly as possible. And they should still convey our genuine appreciation...Show More Summary

Butterfly bookmark and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

What I’ve done recently and a link to a very simple butterfly bookmark.   Pdf Diagrams Simple Butterfly Bookmark:  img003-1 creative commons applies as usual.  

Enormous Cardboard Banana

Starting with a photo of a flattened banana peel, Cologne Institute for Architectural Design students Marc Over and Moritz Winkler created an enormous cardboard banana using Rhino for drafting and a Leica cutting plotter. When they finished...Show More Summary

Gift Singular: The Event Horizon

We hope you enjoyed our gift guide coverage this year and our Kit-A-Day Giveaway. We had some 20,000 comments/entries all total and well over 3000 social media reposts. We gave away 28 days worth of kits, including five MakerBots. Congrats to all of the winners.


the first chameleon I've ever seen in the wild in Beersheva, I saw this morning climbing the Etrog tree in my garden a healthy specimen--- naturally I confronted him with an unfair comparison he was utterly speechless

Teleporting Yourself to Dinner

Maybe we finally DO live in the future. I had to call my mother-in-law a few days ago to deliver the bad news that we wouldn't be able to make it up to New York/New Jersey for our annual post-Christmas dinner. "Hey, maybe you could send 3D print-outs of your heads," she responded

Paper Arduino Leonardo

This Arduino Leonardo clone by Inigo Zuluaga is the latest example of PaperDuino, where an Arduino is created using a paper printout as a wiring diagram, bill of materials, and construction pattern. [Via Dangerous Prototypes]

Make: Live Holiday Giveaway 12/14/11 (video)

Make: Live's holiday episode features some fun project ideas for this festive time of year! See a skirt light up when you dance, a brass rocking horse ornament,and connect your Christmas decorations to the internet. Above, Ben Light demonstrates his technique for these mini paper stars, which fit onto your Christmas lights to create a strand of festive glowing stars.

The Great Viking Holiday Giveaway!

Jared Andrew Schorr is an amazing illustrator and paper artist with an Esty shop called Super Cool Spy Club and a website designed from his charming paper cut art at He’s also one of the thirty artists included in PUSH Paper ! Lark Books is hosting a giveaway of: Jared’s original papercut Viking artwork. Show More Summary

Brooklyn 5 and 10 Paper Pulp Novel Giveaway

This plantable paper novel from Brooklyn5and10 is a fun little stocking stuffer. Inside the 'pulp novel' jacket are sheets of plantable paper pages. Planting the paper is easy: lay on soil, lightly cover and water. Fun. And you lovely...Show More Summary

Origami DNA

This picture is from an entry by Instructables user General Eggs in their ongoing Hot for Teacher Contest. Eggs shows you how to lay out the template manually using a pen and a ruler, before folding. In point of fact, this is a common...Show More Summary

Loomi Light Kickstarter Project

Here is a fun little Kickstarter Project. The Loomi is a crafty little light by David Sosnow made of paper modules that can be customized by your artistic talents. There are many configurations and because it is made of paper there are all kinds of options to finish it however you like. Take a look at the video and support the project here.

Give Me Mora!

In case you don't know her, multi-talented, muti-media, multi-nationed (Cuban-American) admirable artist and person, Elsa (Elsita) Mora, has a special way with paper cuts. It's one of the many types of materials she uses to create her...Show More Summary

Inside the Storybook Cupboard

Supreme paper artist Helen Musselwhite has done it again! This time she's taken her charming storybook style of paper cut outs and installed them into a simple old-fashioned cupboard, completed with marvelous light effects.She has a touch with layers and sense of space that bring me right into the world she's made. Brava! to Helen.

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