Recently my kids' favorite book series has been Origami Yoda, and that has prompted lots of paper folding in my house. Which set me to thinking, since we had many Star Wars-themed folded paper laying around, what might you do with paper to decorate a child's room? I've rounded up 10 fantastic ideas for using paper crafting in a nursery or kid's room. If you prefer, of course, you can stick with Chewbacca and a Tauntaun.
1. Paper Giraffe Folding Kit, $32, at Assembli. You do have to be a bit of a paper folding ninja, but if you are up for it, order this folding kit and end up with your own paper taxidermy. A hippo and rhino are also available.
2. String Light Origami Accordions, at Mini Eco. A great tutorial for making these accordion pieces that you can hang alone or with string lights.
3. Framed Origami Animals, at How About Orange. There are plenty of tutorials online for folding animals, so choose your favorites and frame them. Jessica provides free downloads of the woodland and sea backgrounds.
4. Paper Wreath, at Living Life Lovingly. Choose whatever colors match your child's room, and find one of the many paper wreath tutorials online. This one is slightly more abstract, but you can also find instructions for more traditional paper flower wreaths.
5. Origami Taxidermy, at Madame Citron. The site is in French, but fire up your Google translate, print out the free templates, and get to folding.
6. Wall of Koi, at Instructables. We've seen this idea before; I love the koi, but you can choose whatever animal or motif you want and fold a bazillion of them to stick on the wall.
7. Paper Lanterns, at Tinkerlab. Perfect for a nightlight or simply a glowing decor piece.
8. Paper Birdhouses, at karmuca y cuquino. This one's in Spanish, but the printable template for these birdhouses is easy to fold.
9. Scrapbook Paper Wall Flower, at The Blueberry Monkey. You can make giant flowers or more diminutive ones, and the choices of scrapbook paper are nearly unlimited.
10. Butterfly Branches, at A Helicopter Mom. Paper punches make this craft super easy. All you need are some branches from the yard and paper in your choice of colors.
Have you used paper to decorate in a kid's room? Let us know in the comments!