Tutorial > Making new friends

January 18, 2012

This is something I learned in first or second grade and ever since I have loved doing this! Time to share it with you.

First, fold paper and write names on them.

Cut around the letters (leave the folded part uncut).

The name still folded.

The name unfolded.

5 different names. I wrote Sandra, Johan, Camilla, Victoria & Lisen. I love the shapes even more without illustrations on them.

Write full names for even more detailed shapes.

Fun, don’t you think?

Here & here are some I did a few years ago on patterned/coloured papers.

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  • Reply Hopscotch January 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I looooove all of them!!!!!!

  • Reply wood & wool stool January 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    i love your new friends! (I'll 'figure out' how shapely figured my friends will look)

  • Reply EvaForeva January 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    How fun! Thanks so much Sandra! Love it~!

  • Reply Marlou January 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    this is so much fun 🙂

  • Reply Saga January 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Åh, de är fantastiskt fina!

  • Reply mette / ungt blod January 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Ha! I have never seen this before and I really really like the idea! så fine de blir!

  • Reply lisen January 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    hahahah åågud va fina! så simpelt o genialt på samma gång. gjorde också såna som liten, men har helt glömt! tack för piffig påminnelse! vilken är lisen?? klurigt!!? känner mej mest som den längt t.h…haha!

  • Reply Samantha January 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I love that. How fun!

  • Reply Julia January 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Awesome!!! My full name would be too long, though. It could be acaterpillar, or a sausage dog ;D

  • Reply Chapter 9 January 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Great idea – my kids are going to love doing these!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply karen January 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I love this! Thanks so much for sharing….

  • Reply Mr. Spoqui January 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Great idea! <3

  • Reply soona January 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    so cute! All looks rabbit to me.

  • Reply Floor Number Four. January 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    This is a genius idea, I love it. I will definitely try it this week!

  • Reply Bohème Circus January 18, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I like this idea, it is creative and funny at the same time !

  • Reply niki January 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    sehr lustig!!!!!!!Gute Idee!!!

  • Reply Karen Barbé January 18, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    so beautiful!

  • Reply handmade romance January 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    such a lovely idea. the shapes are wonderful and your handwriting is too! thanks for sharing this neat thing to do with us : )

  • Reply Ariane Reichardt January 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    dear Sandra,
    its a really fantastic idea… I'll try it with my kids, too. Will be fun!

    Thank you very much!


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  • Reply ●• Thereza January 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    what an ace idea! i love it Sandra 🙂

  • Reply Laura January 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Great! No wonder Sweden is at the top in design, with such creative things you do at school!

  • Reply his_girl_friday January 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    That is just the coolest, cutest thing ever.

  • Reply chadebergamota January 19, 2012 at 12:36 am

    great!!! i'll try it for sure!!!

  • Reply Ana January 19, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I love this! I'm totally doing this, thanks!

  • Reply BCshutterbug January 19, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Those are very cute! And a great idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply la_sale_bete January 19, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Wow! This looks so fun! I can't wait to try it with my students.

  • Reply in dreams January 19, 2012 at 3:49 am

    omigosh that's such an amazing idea! i've been looking for something cute/artsy to give to my friends that's light enough to be mailed, and i think that's it… 🙂

  • Reply nina corvallo January 19, 2012 at 7:31 am

    love it!

  • Reply Christelle January 19, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Super fun!
    And love you new design 😉

  • Reply Marjolein Pfeffer January 19, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Great idea to make with my students at school when they have finished early!

  • Reply Julie Bourdais January 19, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I love it ! Thanks !

  • Reply lotte January 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    coole idee!!

  • Reply allesistgut January 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Wow, that is cool! I love it. I'll try it immediately! Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Rachel January 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    wow! i love this, my kid loves this. we're doing it today!

  • Reply misako mimoko January 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I LOVE IT!!! 😀

  • Reply Laëtitia January 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Wow ! I love this idea ! thanks ^_^

  • Reply Taller Maminas January 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Great!! lovely! 🙂

  • Reply Esti January 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    i'm making some with my kids right now. Thanks for sharing Sandra 🙂

  • Reply lanusa January 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Really really lovely and adorable!

  • Reply Sofie January 20, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Love the new look on your blog. The header is love at first sight!

  • Reply isoinpapu January 20, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Thank you, thank you! This is just so great! I made our familyportrait right away. It´s in my blog, if you want to see. http://puhti.blogspot.com/

  • Reply colorlili factory January 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Love your blog!!!

  • Reply Andrea Deal January 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Sandra, thank you for sharing this delightful project!

  • Reply Flora January 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I will try it and show you -with my name it will look like a funny centipede! Happy week-end Sandra! xx

  • Reply Ella January 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    What a super idea, cannot wait to try it for myself, so simple.
    I have been reading your blog for over two years now, and I just wanted to say thank you because reading your blog makes me smile everyday, such beautiful photos, very inspiring.

  • Reply Cassandra Allen January 20, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    This is so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Linn January 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing. It's so much fun. http://maliqu.tumblr.com/post/16186635113/paper-work

  • Reply Cat Moody January 21, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Brilliant 😀
    Look forward to trying

  • Reply Cals Yarns January 21, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Gorgeous, divine, lovely. Will be sitting down with the kids today to fill in a few Sunday afternoon hours.

  • Reply linn January 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

    dessa är helt fantastiska. så inspirerande!
    jag är helt okunnig om illustration och så, och är nyfiken på vad du använder för pennor, t ex när du färglägger dessa?

  • Reply Sarah January 21, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Delightful! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply at swim-two-birds January 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

    gorgeous!!! I will try this with my little niece.
    thanks for sharing :^)

  • Reply alessandra January 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks Sandra, will try this later with A. 🙂
    x have a lovely weekend.

  • Reply Patrik January 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Ich mag deine Handschrift! Zu der Idee kann ich nur sagen, dass ich darauf nie gekommen wäre. Sehr cool. 🙂

  • Reply Jay January 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    what a cute idea.

  • Reply Britt-Marie Oskarsson January 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

    jättekul…vilket höjdarpyssel!

  • Reply Atelier Cagoules January 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Ganz ganz tolle Idee!!! Merci.

  • Reply See Hear Say January 25, 2012 at 6:51 am

    aww this is so cute and so much fun!

  • Reply nata January 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Oh oho !!! So great ! I'm going to show that to my children. So cute. Thanks.

  • Reply Katilein January 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I am a teacher and will immediatly use this with my pupils. Greetings from Finland!

  • Reply Katja Pellikka-Mikkonen January 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Good idea, thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Zosia January 27, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Thank you! This is great! It could be a nice Valentine's gift – a personalized portrait for your Valentine.

  • Reply one little journey February 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    this looks too fun to miss. am gonna to try it real soon. thank you!

  • Reply nata February 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    My pupils made it ! They are 3,4 or 5 years old. They enjoyed, thanks a lot. It was great in the classroom !

  • Reply Mervi February 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I loved this!!! Thanks for the idea… I just had to try it! See here… http://www.memmus.blogspot.com/2012/02/little-fun-with-names.html

  • Reply Jane Cabrera February 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Dear Sandra, Thank you so much for this. My daughters school has made one each (80 children) for their Art exhibition. They are selling them with profits going to charity.

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