This multipart workshop from our NH-DI Roundup newsletter is all about paper and cardboard! We’ll show you how to make your own paper, use origami techniques to fold paper into fun creations, and use recycled cardboard to create sculptures, backdrops, and other kinds of structures.
Part 1: Paper Making
Learn about the invention of paper and its history, and make your own paper at home by following our step-by-step instructions.
Part 2: Origami
We’ll show you how to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting.
Thanks to NH-DI volunteer Craig Richardson for developing this workshop!
Part 3: Cutting Cardboard
Many Destination Imagination teams use recycled cardboard to create props and costumes, and often use utility knives to cut the cardboard. There are much better (and safer) tools available for this.
Part 4: Sculpting and Carving Cardboard
Even if you can’t draw especially well, you can create some impressive looking works of art using these techniques, because you can start with a photograph. You’ll just need to be able to trace lines, and have the time and patience to carefully cut up a LOT of recycled cardboard.
Part 5: Bending and Folding Cardboard
We’ll show you how to cleanly bend and fold corrugated cardboard, and why it’s important to understand what’s inside each sheet.
Part 6: Connecting Pieces of Cardboard
We’ve shown you lots of ways to cut, bend, and fold cardboard. Part 6 is about ways to connect all of the pieces!