Craft therapy has been a lifesaver for me as I shelter in place this Spring. I wanted to share an ultra-simple project on a Zoom call that used materials anyone can get their hands on. Link to video

Eons ago, I discovered the Creative Play series of a book in the library stacks. I’ve collected copies for myself and turned to them for an instant creative boost. I opened Creative Paper Craft by Ernst Röttger and there was my project. I grabbed an empty pizza box from last night’s dinner and a few other materials …

I loved using the discarded pizza boxes for this project, and brushing on Neuland ink to one box in this high-contrast project. But that’s the beauty of this project …

I’m a big fan of the graphic feel of the black and white (or off-white/kraft color). You do you. And make multiples to see what happens!

Grab these materials and craft alongside me.

And if you just paused and thought, “38:40? I ain’t got time for that”, there’s a shorter edit of the basic steps on my website, no creative coaching in between.

Heck, if just watching the demo gives you some relief in stressful times, great. But I do hope you will make one or two of these for yourself.

It’s simple and satisfying. And while we’re surrounded by uncertainty, having a little bit of control over some cardboard, scissors and glue is a mighty fine thing.

If you post your project online, tag it #startwithashape so we can see it!

Stay home, stay healthy.

You need:

  • An empty food box
  • Neuland ink, item no.: 8044.0100
  • Scissors, item no.: 8080.0100
  • An old brush
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • And a bowl for the ink

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