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Paper gems (+ templates)
This has got to be one of my favorite projects to date…which is a good job because I nearly broke my brain putting the templates together!! I’m not so good at maths and figuring out angles (my lovely Mum is a retired maths teacher so I should know better!). By the way this project is quite fiddly so more aimed at grown-ups or older kids.

You can use these paper gems as hanging decorations (for your Christmas tree) or you can incorporate them into a mobile or garland. I would love to make about a hundred and string them up in front of my window…however there is a limit to my patience!!

If you spray them lightly on one side they look very pretty and a bit more crystal-like! (Not very eco-friendly but I found it hard to resist). Skip below the jump for pdf templates and instructions.

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  • minieco-paper-gems.pdf 101 KB [ Download ]
  • Step 1

    Download the template.

  • Step 2

    Print template onto a sheet of coloured A4 paper.

  • Step 3

    Cut out the templates. (Cut along solid lines. Score and fold the dashed lines).

  • Step 4

    Stick together using a gluestick. (There is probably a better kind of glue to use…I would love to hear recommendations from any paper-crafters out there!)

  • Step 5

    If you want to spray the gems, lie them on an old piece of newspaper and lightly spray the top-side of the gems. (I think they look better sprayed on one side only).

    !!If you want to hang your gems then thread a piece of cotton through before sticking the pieces together!!

    Due to it’s fiddly nature, this project is not really suitable for kids.



Becca S.
Becca S. · Bloomington, Illinois, US · 1 project
This fall (2019) I'm a long-term substitute teacher for middle school science and the 7th graders just started a new module text chapter about minerals. This will be a cool integrated project to have them create! STEAM= science/crystalline structure, engineering/folding, art/folding and possibly if we add paint, and math/angles and shapes....THANKS for sharing!
Jen T.
Jen T. · 2 projects
how do i do no.1?
Allie · Canutillo, Texas, US
Printing the patterns on maps would be neat!
Kayla M.
Kayla M.
So happy I found this, I'm doing a moogle cosplay and was desperately trying to find how to make a diamond for it.
kathleenserene · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 40 projects
Ah! These are fab!

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