Papercraft doesn’t have to be limited to cardmaking and scrapbooking — there are hundreds of off-the-page projects that can be used to decorate your home, as party décor, or as a small gift. This origami dress tutorial is the perfect example. Wouldn’t it be lovely to give your best friend one of these in a random act of kindness? Of course, these dresses would also make great card topper or scrapbook embellishment for the fashionista in your life.
This project was created and written by Kathy Hodson, Trimcraft.
Skill Level: Beginner
Time to Make: 5 Minutes
You Will Need:
The best weight paper for folding is 120gsm or 150gsm. Kiss and Make Up papers from Dovecraft are ideal. The kit also includes embellishments to glam your dresses up. You don’t need double-sided patterned paper for this project as only one side will be visible at the end.
At every step, make sure that you fold the creases well; a bone folder tool can help.
Start with a square of paper. Any size works fine but obviously the bigger the square you start with, the bigger the finished dress will be.
Fold the paper in half side to side and open out. Fold each of the long edges to the centre using the first crease line as a guide. Open out and turn the paper over. Fold the outside creases to meet the centre line. When you open it out, you will have a fold that has a kind of gulley down the centre.
With the paper in portrait format, fold the bottom edge up so that it slightly overlaps the top edge. Fold back so that the centre crease is now about one third down from the top edge.
Gently pull the sides away at an angle on each side. This will create the first pleats of the dress. Make sure the pleats are well creased with your bone tool.
Turn the dress over and, with care, bring the top centre of the paper back so that you create a V shape at the top. It will help to watch the video for this bit. This is the trickiest step of the whole project so once you’ve mastered this, you’ll be making hundreds of these!
Fold the rectangles either side of the collar back and at the same time tease another pleat into each side of the skirt. As you fold the sleeves back the pleat will start to form by itself, so just ease it into place each side.
Create little cap sleeves for your dress by folding back a triangle on either side of the neckline.