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10 Creative Paper Craft Hobbies to Try

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Posted on October 23, 2021 by Zeldi Smulders

Once you’ve tried paper crafts, you’ll know why it is so popular. Working with your hands (with a little help from the digital world) and creating something that can be shared with others is not only fun but it’s also good for your mind. Cut it, tear it, glue it, style it, and create a papercraft masterpiece to show off or gift to your friends and family. The best part is that these hobbies can be inexpensive enough if you stick to basic tools and you can always choose the level of difficulty you feel comfortable with. So, what are you waiting for?

Here are 10 paper craft hobbies to try:

Scrapbooking as a paper craft hobby

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  1. Scrapbooking

If you are a collector of photos, notes, artwork, and other similar items, and you want to show them off, then scrapbooking might be the hobby for you. This hobby revolves around keeping memories and doing so in style. You create scrapbook pages to preserve the memories and make them look their best. Then you keep it all together in an album or even frame it. You can use a store-bought album with pockets for the different pages to slide in or you can make your own album.

The idea is to arrange your different elements in a presentable way so that it highlights the memories you wish to keep. The pages can follow a template, or you can create your own layout. By using embellishments and different techniques, you take it from a page with a few photos stuck on it to a work of art. Finish it off by writing descriptions of the events or important details to remember. 

Making cards as a paper craft hobby

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  1. Card Making

Not just for holidays anymore, card making is a hobby that works to the advantage of the creative gift giver friend, family member, colleague, or basically anyone just who wants to show someone a bit of love. When you make handmade greeting cards for events like birthdays or weddings, or just to say “get well soon”, “congratulations”, or “good luck”, you are sharing some of your time, effort, and creativity with the receiver. The advantage of making your own cards as opposed to buying them in-store is that you can personalize it so that it fits the person you are giving it to. You can also write a message in it that reflects exactly what you want to say.

To make it easier for beginners you can use pre-cut base cards or pre-defined templates to save time or help the creative process along. Use different layers of craft paper, try interactive card techniques, and include your favourite embellishments to make a card that will make someone’s day!

Multi-coloured paper quilling as a paper craft hobby

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  1. Quilling

Paper quilling is perfect for someone who doesn’t mind spending time on finer details and working towards a bigger picture. You start by rolling long, thin strips of paper and shaping them to create different types of swirls. These pieces are usually used in a bigger design that is glued onto a surface, but they can also be used on their own. Placing the different quilled paper shapes you created in a specific pattern or design will result in a complete picture of paper filigree with a 3D effect.

The soft paper used for quilling is paired with a special quilling tool that can be used for various techniques. By using different coloured paper strips, you can create different effects in your overall design. Other techniques include working on how loose or tight you are rolling the paper or deciding the shape it will be formed into afterward.

Decoupage on a Christmas box for a paper craft hobby

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  1. Decoupage

Want to breathe life into plain objects using basic craft items? There is a hobby that does exactly that! Decoupage involves sticking decorative paper to objects like boxes or frames to decorate them. After the surface is prepared and the paper is cut to size, the selected paper is attached to the object with several coats of a special type of glue. With this, you can also use painting or sanding techniques to amplify the look. Thereafter, varnishing the object will protect the work you have done.

The most popular type of decoupage glue is called Mod Podge and that is why this hobby can also be referred to as Mod Podging. However, there are many other brands or alternatives available. You can decoupage various surfaces like wood, metal, or glass, but it is recommended to test a small area first. Play around with the type of paper you use – try decorative serviettes, wallpaper, wrapping paper, or magazines. 

Intricate designs cut out using die cutting as a paper craft hobby

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  1. Die-cutting

If you like making patterns or using various shapes in your crafting projects, you will know the frustration of having to cut out the same thing numerous times. Luckily, you can stop wasting your time with scissors, stencils, and craft knives by looking at the craft of die-cutting. With this hobby, you cut paper into certain shapes and designs by using a machine rather than cutting by hand. You can create the same shape or design over again using a die, which has a predetermined shape or design to duplicate.

The types of machines can be split into manual tools where the paper and metal die is pressed between two plates and rolled, and machines that make use of digital products that determine how they will cut. After selecting the paper, it is often taped down to keep it in place. You then have the option to use the cutout shape as well as the leftover paper for all kinds of crafts. That makes die-cutting a great hobby to use in combination with others.

Origami elephants made as paper craft hobby

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  1. Origami

If you are someone who likes working with paper by folding it (and having something amazing to show for it), you can consider taking on Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper. The paper is folded into decorative shapes and figures that can be displayed in various ways, like hanging it or using it as a centrepiece on a table. You can make the forms of animals, people, and most other objects can think of, depending on your level of expertise.

With this hobby, you do not cut, glue, tape, or even mark the paper. Kirigami, on the other hand, is similar but it involves cutting and you are allowed to use glue as well. While this hobby takes some practice, it can be a great way to develop fine motor skills. Nevertheless, there are origami projects that range from suitable for beginners to more advanced, detailed folding.

Floral paper made for a paper craft hobby

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  1. Paper Making

Can’t find the right paper in-store, or just tired of the mass-produced paper available to you? This specialised craft called paper making can be done by hand at home. Although the process can take up to a few days, it pays off as you can create a product that is unique.

Paper making is considered a sustainable hobby because it involves recycling paper. A pulp is formed by ripping paper, soaking it, and blending it. This is then put in a sieve. When it is ready, it is dried and ironed. The best part is playing around with different colours, textures, and other additions. You can achieve a rustic look for the paper or make it look flatter. You can even add elements like flowers or leaves. 

Binding books with leather as a paper craft hobby

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  1. Bookbinding

This hobby is ideal for someone who enjoys writing, scrapbooking, or anything to do with books. Bookbinding involves binding stacks of paper. The once loose materials can be bound in different ways, from stitching with thread or using glue, to using more advanced equipment and tools.

Securing the pages within a cover makes them more secure and stable, and you can choose whether you would like a hard cover or a soft cover. A cover can be made from various materials like vinyl, cloth, or leather. Usually, a bookbinding project doesn’t require a lot of practice if you follow the steps correctly, and the result is a unique book that can be gifted or kept for personal use.

Gift wrapped with grey paper for a paper craft hobby

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  1. Gift Wrapping

This hobby is a must for those who believe the presentation of the gift is just as important as the gift itself. Gift wrapping is exactly what it sounds like – wrapping a present in decorative paper (that you can make yourself if you want to). People have been doing this for many years and it seems more like an everyday task than a hobby, but attempting a gift wrapping project as a hobby can take this mundane task to a whole new level. That is why you even get professional gift wrappers!

From perfecting folding techniques to creating a flawless bow, this hobby is all about the things you can do with wrapping paper and the items that come with it. Dive into your stash of strings, tags, and tissue paper, and start adding a personal touch to your gifts, making the whole experience extra special.

3D Christmas box created for a paper craft hobby

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  1. 3D Crafting

For all the crafters who like to build something out of paper, try 3D crafting out for size! Although the custom shapes you create are usually assembled using certain guidelines, this hobby still allows a whole lot of creativity. You can create a 3D craft without any digital assistance, but choosing the latter makes it so much more convenient.

Choose a design, print it out, cut it (with the help of cut lines), fold it, and glue it (with the help of fold and glue lines). From making gift boxes and shadow boxes to other interesting shapes and ornaments, these creations can be used for decorations or even as a gift!

Try one of these creative paper craft hobbies today to improve your crafting skills and have fun doing it. Paper is a versatile product, and with the help of digital products and services, you can make the process easier for yourself and open up a whole new world of possibilities.

Which paper craft will you choose?

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