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January is a time for fresh starts and clean slates, but once the Christmas decorations have come down, your house may be looking a little bare without all that festive embellishment. If you’re looking to update your living room and give it a New Year’s makeover, look no further than papercraft. You can find hours of entertainment in creating impressive accessories that are stylish and unique, yet don’t cost the earth.
Baskets are a double winner when it comes to crafts for the month of January – not only do they look good, but they’ll help you get organised, too. Even the simplest of weaves can result in a stunning container for your possessions – in particular the little bits and pieces hanging around in your craft room that don’t have a home!
If you’re anything like us, you’ll love the effect of plants and greenery, but you might not want the pressure of keeping them alive. This great tutorial from Carla Bagshaw shows you how to make a number of different succulents, and arrange them beautifully in a box frame. Try switching up the colours with pops of pink and orange for a fun twist on the classic cactus.
Quilling is an art form that has been around for centuries, but that doesn’t make it any less cool! While quilling is often used in cardmaking, a large quilled masterpiece can easily be framed, leaving you with an impressive piece of wall art that will wow your guests! Check out this post for a whole host of quilling inspiration, from aquatic designs to carnival extravagance.
A wreath is for life, not just for Christmas! Get creative with colour to create a door decoration that will work throughout every season, even if there isn’t a particular holiday to celebrate. Remember, January weather may not be kind to your papercrafted wreaths, so it’s probably best to keep them hung on internal doors.
Without a big twinkly Christmas tree in the corner of the room, you may be finding your lounge a little empty. Sarah Cawood has created a beautiful paper tree that will bloom all year long, no matter how dreary the weather is looking outside! The best part about this project is that it’s fully customisable to your current decor scheme – simply choose a size and colour for your petals that complements your existing scheme. All you’ll need is your typical papercrafting supplies, a branch from outside and this handy tutorial.
January evenings can be a little dark, so a project that provides a comforting light is always welcome. A hanging star lantern looks great all day, even when not lit. Try placing a small LED candle inside the star to create a lovely twinkly glow without any safety concerns.
Check out another great project from Carla Bagshaw in the form of this brilliant paper wind chime. If you’re new to the world of papercraft, there’s a beginner’s version of this gorgeous project, or, if you’d like to try something a little more advanced, there is a more complex version to attempt. Delicate floral petals and soft pastel colours provide a subtle hint of glamour to a room, but you can adapt the project however you wish to suit your scheme.