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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 29 May 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216209
  • Stock: 23 in stock
  • Size: 222x222 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £10.99
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Paper Craft Home


25 beautiful projects to cut, fold and shape by Sarah Louise Matthews (Author)

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Book Description

Papercrafting is a perennial favourite among crafters it’s creative, accessible, and inexpensive, making it perfect for gifting. A blank sheet of paper offers limitless possibilities and unexpected ways in which it can be cut, scored, creased, shaped, and glued to transform an everyday material into something extraordinary and precious. In this book by renowned paper engineer and papercut product designer Sarah Louise Matthews, you will discover 25 gorgeous papercraft projects for home décor to make for yourself or as gifts for friends and family. Start by learning the essential techniques, including papercutting, scoring, folding, shaping, and glueing, then dive straight into the myriad beautiful designs from pop-up cards and cake toppers to lampshades, fairylights and even a cuckoo clock! For the more complex designs, templates have also been printed in the book which you can scan or trace for a quick and easy start to your papercutting journey. Papercutting is one of the most popular crafts around, and no wonder with just a few tools you can draw beautiful designs with your scalpel and experience the relaxing, creative and rewarding experience of paperworking.

About the Author

About Sarah Louise Matthews

Sarah Louise Matthews is a paper engineer and papercut product designer based in Nottingham, UK. With a degree in Textiles Surface Design, she has worked with various brands to create all manner of bespoke paper-engineered objects for photo shoots, visual merchandising, and events. Alongside this, Sarah designs and makes her range of contemporary paper-cut stationery, decorations, and artwork, which she sells online. Her innovative and playful paper designs explore cutting, folding, gluing, and interlocking, and take inspiration from nature and architecture.

Sarah’s work has appeared in print and online in magazines including Mollie Makes and Uppercase, and was featured as part of Etsy’s 2013 Christmas Campaign. For further information go to www.sarahlouisematthews.com


Customer review

If you love working with paper and card this paperback book is a must. This is such a cheerful, contemporary book containing 25 projects, written by Sarah Louise Matthews who has a degree in textiles. Each project is either for a beginner, intermediate or advanced level, so you can teach yourself by following the clear instructions, even if you are a complete beginner. The instructions are easy to follow and the materials are easily accessible. You do not require a lot of equipment to produce the work in the book which is extremely well illustrated with both the stages of the process and the finished piece of work in pictures. Basic techniques are explained at the beginning of the book, such as curling, scoring and even bow tying. If you enjoy working with paper then there are ideas for topping your gift wrapping, table decorations, gift bags and favour boxes, trinket pots and cards. There is even an origami lampshade, a paper chandelier, garlands and paper flowers. Ideal for special days, celebrations and weddings in particular. I think that as you hone your skills, you can develop the techniques to make your own ideas. For instance, by looking at the swan project, you could adapt the techniques to make the flamingo which is pictured in the book but is not explained as a project. Highly recommended for anyone who can use a craft knife.

Customer review

I've really been getting into my paper crafting lately so decided to get 'Paper Craft Home' by Sarah Louise Matthews. Most paper crafting books only have a few projects or ideas I like so I was pleasantly surprised by how much was in this one that I would actually make or have a go at. I LOVE the layout - it is fresh, crisp and clean. It has an instruction page at the front for the types of project and level of difficulty, as well as a materials and *must haves* page, like tools, etc. She describes each of the techniques that you might use in a project with full colour photographs. Some of the pictures in the tutorials are a bit small but they do the job well enough. The finished items are big photos and show clearly what you can make. I love the advent box - perfect for Christmas! The flower pop up card and flower garland are beautiful too - so many great ideas in this book! You can even make a cuckoo clock! I would give this book 9/10 for the excellent photography and fantastic, original ideas. Go and get yourself a copy!

Customer review

Paper crafts WITHOUT having to purchase any expensive equipment. Various projects to suit most crafters. The templates included are easy to use and equally good for beginners. Loved the Gem Garland an alternative to usual 'Bunting". And what about the House Gift Box and lantern, really need to get cracking in time for Christmas. All in all, a great book.

Craft Focus Magazine Dec 2018/Jan 2019

Written by renowned paper engineer and product designer Sarah Louise Matthews, this beautifully illustrated title features new and unexpected ways to cut, score, crease, shape and glue paper, turning it from an everyday material into something extraordinary. The book features essential techniques that will help the reader make everything from pop-up cards to cake toppers, lampshades, fairy lights and even a cuckoo clock. 

Customer review

Lovely book that would be useful for discussing techniques within like minded groups.

Customer review

The book papercraft at home is a fantastic book with lots of new ideas and templates. The instructions are so easy to understand even for a beginner lots of pictures to help you along the way. I couldn't fault this book in any way. I highly recommend it for papercrafters.

Postcard Reviews

So this a book I really loved.
25 projects which range from pots for pencils and plants, to flowers for decoration, cards and much more are beautifully demonstrated and simple to make. Some care and patience is needed, a few of the projects are intricate, but this adds to their stunning effects, and I spent a whole morning having fun making a card that will definitely brighten someones day. Paper Craft Home is visually impressive. The instructions are simple to follow, with pictures and words guiding you along. The templates are included, some will need to be enlarged, and this makes them completely adaptable. This inspiring book is perfect for advanced crafters. The projects are delightful, which makes ideal gifts or to prettiful any room or event


Fill your home and delight your family and friends with these fun papercraft projects.  You wont need a die cutter or any expensive tools; just basic items, a steady hand and some patience.  The results are twenty-five lovely, professional looking and very contemporary pieces from pictures to gift boxes, garlands, planters, decorations and ornaments. I love a book which uses traditional, simple materials and comes up with something that looks totally modern.  If you are already a papercrafter you wont need to buy anything new and if you are not then scissors, a craft knife and plenty of plain, colored paper is mostly all you require.  There are lists of what you need at the front but the emphasis is on the making rather than the buying.  A helpful guide to the layout of projects is included so you get the most out of them, plus a list of symbols denoting techniques used and three skill levels.  Before the projects there are several pages where beginners can learn the skills they need.  Cutting, curling, folding, scoring and tying a perfect bow are all covered with staged photographs.  Each project also has these; either square or prettily shaped like hexagons recalling bee hives giving the pages an attractive layout. There are some imaginative and unusual pieces in here including a swan gift bag, a vase of twigs sporting cherry blossom, summer festival floral crown, a wonderfully elaborate Polish paper chandelier decoration, faux cuckoo clock and my own favorite a string of LED fairy lights with metallic paper flower shades.  Some of the templates will need to be enlarged but mostly most of this book will be doable as soon as you receive the book.  Papercraft for the 21st century.

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The author of this delightful new papercraft book, Sarah Louise Matthews, studied textile design. Her training is evident in the graceful shapes of her papercraft designs she must be great at floral prints, as evidenced by her wonderful floral papercraft creations. The projects in the book are imaginative and exhibit lots of variety although the books title is pushing the envelope a bit.The projects are decorative accessories and not really permanent homeware, paper being best suited to temporary, not permanent makes. Having said that, all the designs are extremely appealing you will want to make them. 

Cutting, scoring, and folding are required to make most of the projects.One of my favourites is the facetted Minimal Vase, which to pop over a drinking glass. Genius. Theres a Swan Gift Bag (wouldnt be surprised if it was inspired by Bjorks famous red carpet dress), a very giftable Flower Pencil Topper, Floral Cake Toppers (ideal, with home baking so very popular). Looking in on another design trend, the facetted Paper Pineapple is great fun (but not functional). And the Cactus Desk Tidy will bring a smile to succulent fans. 

As you progress through the book, the projects gradually ramp up in difficulty (theres a Cuckoo Clock, complete with working mechanism). On-page photography step-by-steps are supplied, and templates are given back-of-book (many do require enlargement)

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