Let's Make Spring Papercraft

It's raining as I write this. Yesterday was a glorious spring day complete with masses of robins and flowering trees but today is dreary, wet, and chilly. When it's too cold and wet to enjoy visiting the spring flowers it's time to bring the spring inside with a little seasonal papercraft.

Niku-Mansei has some amazing patterns available, including their Japanese Spring Festival trio, which includes a flowering cherry blossom tree, a backpack (to celebrate the start of school) and a lantern. Here is the link to the pdf http://www.niku-mansei.com/contents/image/05club/pdf/harugyouji.pdf and here is the link to the html page with instructions and lots of images of the crafts being put together. http://www.niku-mansei.com/contents/05club/papercraft/paper_harugyouji.h... Sadly I only read English so I can't vouch for the usefulness of the instructions, but it looks like you can figure them out just from the pictures.

Yamaha brings us a gorgeous scene straight from a spring poem; a bush warbler singing on a plum branch, surrounded by blossoms. The bird looks somewhat complicated, but luckily these instructions are in English, so if you can read my column you should be able to figure out how to put this lovely scene together.


This lily from the Canon Creative Park is lovely and can be joined with several other pieces, to create a bunch of flowers in a basket. You'll find links towards the bottom of the page for a rose, a gerbera, random leaves and the vase, which looks like a basket to me.


There are also some fantastic items on their Mother's Day Gift page, including some cactuses (for the more prickly mothers among us I assume), an individual carnation, an individual rose, a gorgeous bouquet of tulips, and a bouquet of roses. If you're not in the mood for flowers and you scroll further down the page you'll find three adorable animals from the paper zoo; a giraffe with a very cute neck, a happy blue elephant with spring trunk and legs, and a lion that just went to a very cutting edge salon for a haircut. There are also three teddy bears, directions for 3D decoupage of a rose and a 3D paper mosaic with more roses, which appear to be the flower of the day. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/event/mother/giftitem/index.html

As long as we’re building bears, elephants and lions, why not continue the motif and make some circus horses? The Canon site also offers some beautiful prancing circus ponies, one rearing and one kneeling. They come with someone who helps them execute their tricks and a platform on which to perform. They're not guaranteed to run through your dreams, carrying you on their back to a grand adventure but you might be able to talk them into it.


Spring is also a fantastic time to head to your park, zoo, or theme park to ride the carousel. Don't have a merry-go-round near you? Why not build your own? This wonderful papercraft version is also from the Canon Creative Park and would splendid on your mantel. The horses go up and down as you turn the base. It looks massively complicated, but also full of awesome, so well worth your time if you're up to the challenge.


This paper tiger leaping through a ring of fire is also pretty nifty. If you're making the horses and the elephant you may as well make the complete set, right? It comes with two clowns, which of course you don't have to make if you suffer from the ever popular fear of clowns. If you do make them, they'll raise their flags when you pull the lever.

Of course no circus is complete without sea lions. These don't have any horns to blow but they do have a ball and a squashed clown that looks weirdly like a cannon. Will they balance the clown on their noses? Only one way to find out.


And finally, definitive proof that the cake is a lie.

Portal Cake PDF pg 1-2 fixed by ~billybob884 on deviantART

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