Join me in making a 5 foot paper Santa using A3 cardstock of 130 lb!!
To start you will need a printer that can print big paper like canon pro 200 or you can also use a laser cutting machine like Glowforge. Perhaps a CNC machine or also the new large format die cutting machine like Cricut would work.
You can also just buy the kit from either us or your favourite 3D papercraft designer.
If you want to make sure your Santa can stand for a while, I recommend at least 130 pound paper card stock. You will also need some very strong double side tape, the industrial kind, and I like to reinforce the inside seams with packing tape. If you can and have the inclination you could also use resin epoxy once you are done. This would basically turn your cardstock Santa into a plasticized version if you will.
I have also posted some more pictures and videos on my Instagram and TikTok channel @sofsdesigns
Have fun, take your time and watch your Santa come to life!
In the video above you can see the start of the process and my studio helper Mr .Toby the big Cat.
I use this double side tape which is awesome and you can tear it so no need to cut every little piece. For big project like this one however, ! also use packing tape on the inside seams as seen above.
Here he is finished!! He's 4 feet tall and sooo cute! Even my 'other' Studio helper Salie, the chocolat lab, loved him right away.
I'm thinking he would be cute upside down trying to go through the chimney or propped up on a chair adding ornaments to your tree. Any which way, he will delight the whole family.
Thanks so much and please don't hesitate to ask questions if you get stuck.
Have fun, Cheers,
Yes you read correctly- make it out of Beer CANS or Pop CANS!
This Pop Can Art sculpture will be an awesome decoration for your home, office or garden. The crafting process can be challenging, requires considerable time and patience, but will be very rewarding and result in a unique and impressive piece of art, you will be proud of!
We collaborated with Daniel Eglito from Australia to offer you this very cool project. Daniel modified our Peace hand template so that you can make it out of Cans. Daniel started to make these types of Can sculptures during the Covid-Lockdowns (which he says were long and brutal here in Australia). He started doing a papercraft tiger head with my daughter and then was looking for a more challenging craft to recycle an abundance of beer cans after a backyard BBQ. Over time he has created more sculptures as home and garden decorations and have sold some when moving house recently. This was when he realized how much people like the sculptures and would like to craft them themself.
He was right, see photos, its amazing! Daniel wrote to us and we loved his idea right away. His instructions are detailed and clear and you will be able to recycle and reuse those great aluminum cans! You can make them and sell them if you wish as well.
You can use all kinds of cans, e.g. beer or soda drink cans; the chosen color will make the sculpture unique and there are various options for your you when designing the craft. You might choose the same color for the full sculpture or you could mix and match different colors for distinguished features or it’s also possible to use the inside of the car (silver side) for the entire or parts of the sculpture.
There are just simple tools and material required (glue isn’t one of them!):
● Knife or box cutter
● Strong and paper scissor
● Protective Gloves
● Sticky tape
● Templates printed on A4 paper or letter size
● Aluminium can of your choice (seen in pictures are Australian Beer Cans)
The Peace Hand Can Pop Art Craft 3D is one pdf file, containing detailed instructions with important tips, tricks and security warnings. The templates contain 27 parts, requiring about 25 aluminium cans. The dimension of the final sculpture will be about 34 x 20 x 18 cm.
Take your time, have fun and show us the results by posting your makes on Instagram @sofsdesigns #sofsdesigns
Cheers, Sofs and Daniel
The dreaded last piece of your papercraft has got you frustrated?
Here is an amazing trick! *refer to the images below for a visual.
On our patterns there are some notes that help you orient yourself as you make your Papercraft. One of the note will say last piece. It will also sometimes say something like ' cut a hole so you can reach inside for easier assembly' This always helps as you can actually reach inside to glue your last few tabs however depending on your preferences, yo might want to have a fully 'closed' Papercraft. This is where this trick will be your new best move!!
Where it says last piece, print the piece twice. (If you received your Papercraft Kit already printed by mail, just keep the remaining left-over pieces of same color cardstock aside.)
Cut your first last piece so you can finalize your make and then using the second piece (which should not have any tabs) just glue in place on top! (if you have remaining same color cardstock instead just cut a piece similar to the hole you made but a big bigger and glue on top of your hole).
Recently you might have seen some of the results of my experimentation with AI (artificial intelligence). I put together some new books using my AI Art. See here !
I started using AI at the end of 2022 when an craft and art platform (called Creative Fabrica) that I really like and am member of, started offering this new tool. I debated a bit at first as there are some opposing opinions about the ethics behind AI. However, after learning more about what the tool actually does and how the final art is created I found that, for myself, if I was not using 'prompts' (I will explain what that is below) that would specifically target other peoples art by name, I was able to create completely new, never been seen unique styles of Art pieces.
To be able to produce good AI pieces, it took me some practice and I needed to learn how to use these new tools, just like I would with any other design tools. Part of the learning is knowing how to create prompts that will work with AI. What are prompts you may ask? Prompts are essentially the language (words or a sentence describing what art you want the AI tool to spit out for you) that is used when you are asking the AI tool to produce something you want. There are lots of work being done and tools created just for prompts alone as it is essentially the motor of AI Art since you need to know how to use words to create Art.
I learn a bit more recently about how AI uses its data bank to create new images using prompts. In a very simplified way of describing it, it basically scrambles images and re-draws using the 'noise' left by the scramble. You can read more about it in the article recently posted by Make
I feel I have still so much to learn and experiment with, as a maker and designer this is very exciting!
For now, the next phase of this adventure, is to use the images generated to create real life DIY 3D papercraft patterns!
Can you tell which is Artificial Inteligence and which is our real pattern image?
Ultimately I want to see if I can use these AI generated paper art pieces to inform and inspired my next 3D papercraft pattern collection.
You probably already guessed that the image on the left is AI and one the right is ours but as far as creating a cute plant creature, I am thrilled with this first result!
Normally, I get inspired by what I see and experience around me combined with my imagination. When I started playing with AI, I could actually put down into words what my imagination was telling me and I created prompts telling AI what I was seeing in my head. I was able to generate really cool 3D papercraft graphics that I wanted to share hence why I published the inspiration collection books mentioned above.
Now, one step further, I am actually just created my first AI 'imagined' piece in real life! To celebrate this new adventure and collaboration between 'Artificial Intelligence' (AI) and 'Sofs Intelligence' (Sofs I) (hahaahha) I want to offer you my first AI inspired pattern ! If you ever end-up making it, please share your makes on insta with #Sofsinspirations
If your walls could talk, what would they say? If you're looking for a way to add some dimension and spice up your home décor, textured wallpaper is the way to go. These new, embossed wallpapers come in a variety of colors, patterns, and styles to fit any home. https://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/sofsdesigns
Textured wallpaper from Sofs designs is not only a great way to add some pizzazz to your walls; it's also a great way to cover up any imperfections. Whether you're looking for something to cover up cracks or nail holes, or you just want to add some dimension to your walls, textured wallpaper is the way to go.
So what are you waiting for? Add some dimension to your walls today with these new embossed textured wallpapers!
If you're looking for a way to add some dimension and visual interest to your walls, you may want to consider using our affordable 'faux' embossed textured wallpapers. These wallpapers are currently on trend, and for good reason. They can add a touch of luxury to any space, and can also be used to create a variety of different looks.
They can be used to create a variety of different looks, from modern and sleek to traditional and ornate. You can also find a wide range of colors and patterns to choose from, so you're sure to find something that suit your taste. Our wallpaper won't break the bank and will make your space look amazing!
If you're looking for a way to add some wow factor to your home, our collection of faux 3d embossed textured wallpapers are a great option. They can be used to create a variety of different looks, and can add a touch of luxury to any space. What's also awesome is that you can get matching fabric to make your coordinate your home decor.
You know the days... It actually starts right when the pumpkins get put outside! Time for the squirrels to get their fill and get big enough to last during the freezing winter months. Halloween contributes to the survival of our beloved Canadian squirrels!
To ease off our Halloween buzz, here is a fun post-craft celebration activity, free for all you little ghouls, witches and monsters! We need to keep our hands busy so we don't eat al our candies at once.
Here is a video tutorial on how to use our 3D papercraft patterns with your Glowforge.
When I bought my Glowforge laser cutter I didn't know about the discount 'codes' can you believe it!? I could have saved 500 bucks. Well, just so you don't make the same mistake, here is a code for you!
If you purchase your laser cutter through this link, you'll get pretty great discount and I'll get a little treat! Let me know how you like it! I feel like I am still discovering the magic of my machine...its awesome!
Oh and to get you started here is a free laser cutting template pattern to play with!
Have fun making stuff,
Much love from Sofs
In the world of papercraft we see all kinds of things, and we also see giant things! If you’ve wanted to try to make a bigger size papercraft for a long time, but weren’t sure how to, here are some tips.
Here is my journey: Little by little I researched the ways to do it and especially the necessary tools and materials. The rest is easy.
When I say easy, let me explain: Once I've equipped myself with the right paper (130 lb cardboard) and a large format printer, the rest is a matter of DIY.
You can use our Kits (already printed on the right size and thickness paper). Here is what you will need to get you set-up!
Construction of the beautiful 6-foot bear:
And so here is what I needed: template (see here) Polar Bear
A blade about $12 (I bought at staples)
A self-healing cutting mat that cost me about $45 (staples)
Gluing Method #1 :
Also, lately I changed my technique and use double sided tape with a
double sided tape dispenser. It's a bit more expensive with a value ranging from about $50 to $75. I also bought 'heavy duty' tape.
For most projects, regular double side tape works but bigger needs stronger tape. The cost of the tape is significant and I bought that at uline.ca
Gluing Method #2:
On the other hand, a stick of glue at $4 does the trick too! My favorite is the red, the pritt. Here you will have to tape your seams once the glue dries (from the inside with packaging (clear) tape). This is the less expensive method and it takes a bit longer but works!
And that's it, the rest is manual but simple. You have to do a little every day or set-up a weekend aside. The pattern pieces are cut and 'scored ' (I take the back of the knife with a ruler and I slide on the dotted lines.) By the way, scoring the lines to fold is an important part.
A bit annoying but folding will be much better!
The rest, well, it's like a mix between making a puzzle and painting by number. Just find the numbers that go together, so 1 with 1, 2 with 2...and glue them!
HERE is the result: breathtaking every time!!
Wanna have your 3D Papercraft last ? You have young ones that like to touch and play with your Lowpoly Paper models? NO PROBLEM! They are sturdier then you might think.
You can harden your models with resin epoxy ( see our other post) but you can also stuff them like you would a plush fabric toy. You can use plush or you can also use crumbled newspaper to add strength. In the photo below, I added polyfill to the legs of my flamingo. It stands without but some of the models will be used as model displays so I reinforce them.
Maker, owner, diy enthusiast, designer, artisan... Sofs is actively engaged in the pursuit of making it happen.