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Design Threads: Paper Puzzles

This week, we have been inspired by the Victorian pastime of paper puzzles.  

Traditionally, Victorians would send these intricate cards on Valentine’s day to the lady or gentleman they may be courting. We think it’s such a simple yet lovely tradition to continue all year round.

Paper puzzles are an origami art form of folding a square of paper so that it opens not once, but twice. These can fold up smaller than the palm of your hand, and expand into a truly lovely surprise for the recipient. 

Each unfolded section can be decorated with illustrations and messages, perhaps questions that allow them to unfold the next section, or simply messages of adoration.

We had a go at creating our own paper puzzle, inspired by the Queen’s recent speech.

All you need is a piece of paper and your coloured pens, pencils or paint. See a diagram on how to fold these creations below. 

Why not create one of your own to send to a friend or loved one.

Please share yours using our hashtag #DesignThreads, we would love to see your creations.

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