Spring Papercraft 2013 Version

(Quick reminder – I am back in school so columns will be catch as catch can.)

It's spring, which means it's time to start thinking about going outside while it is still light. Maybe no more going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. Whether the weather is letting you out of your winter cave or still taunting you from outside, you can still brighten up your residence with some papercraft.

These white paper lilies from HP Creative Studios are elegant. Each pdf has the materials you need to make one flower, so be sure to print as many copies as you want lilies. http://www.hp.com/hho/hp_create/party_kits_decorations-decorations-lily....

If you'd like a little more color in your posies you might prefer these fuchsia flowers, which come in four parts: leaves, petals, stem and tags. http://www.hp.com/hho/hp_create/party_kits_decorations-decorations-fuchs...

The Canon Creative Park (one of my favorite papercraft sites) brings us a new bunny to celebrate the season. It's a Holland lop, which means its ears hang down instead of pointing up. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3157/holland-lop/index.html It's a soft brown with some white. If you'd a white bunny whose ears stick up then try this link: http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3157/rabbit_saito/index.html Here is one more rabbit. This one is brown and white. It's sitting up, either begging or trying to figure out what is going on above it. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3157/03397/index.html Finally, if you would like a smaller rabbit, try this Netherlands Dwarf. It's gray and white and looks kind of surprised. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3157/netherland-dwarf/index.html

The Make Craft blog has a great gift box in the shape of a carrot. It's just the right size to hold a few small pieces of candy, or some marbles, or some change. It is very cute. http://blog.makezine.com/craft/how-to_carrot_treat_boxes/

In the better late than never category I offer this Year of the Snake 2013 papercraft from the faltmanufaktur blog. It consists of five snakes, one a kind of powder blue, one a forest green, a white snake that you can you color whatever hue you like, mostly white with violet bits and pieces and finally a deep red. They are in the traditional Loch Ness monster pose, making nice upstanding loops with their bodies. http://faltmanufaktur.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/happy-new-year-of-the-sna...

From the same source we have some great bunny templates for Easter. You can make a garland of rabbits, place cards, bunny masks (ears and whiskers) for eggs, and some plain old bunny decorations. They range from adorable to surprisingly elegant. http://faltmanufaktur.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/a-freebie-for-easter-bast...

Birds are springlike, right? So it's perfectly legit to make this adorable Angry Birds paper toy. You can shoot the birds up to eight feet, courtesy of Kamibox. The template includes three pigs and three birds; yellow, red and the black bomb bird. http://www.kamibox.de/PDF/Angry_Birds.pdf

If you're in the mood for an ultra complicated bit of papercraft you might want to take a look at this super cute garden shed, which has all kinds of different pieces. Some of the accoutrements include a wheelbarrow, rain barrel, watering can, tiny little gardening tools, and lots of different kinds of plants. https://picasaweb.google.com/papermodel2/Garden

Bonus Treat:
This week's bonus treat is from Gigantosaurus. It is a beautiful story, filled with smaller stories, about Chinese immigrants living in Idaho City in the mid 1800s. Called A Tale of Guan Yu, the Chinese God of War, in America and written by Ken Liu, it jumps back and forth in time and between no nonsense straightforward storytelling to mythology. It's a long read but it still ended too soon for me. I would love to see a full length novel with these characters. It's up for a Nebula award.