12 Tempting Papercraft Kits

Every now and again I enjoy a good prowl around Etsy to check out papercrafting kits. Perhaps scrolling through theses beauties will feel enticing to you.... I know I'm inspired to take up a new-to-me papercraft, but which one?!

linocut rabbit print on paper alongside gift wrappped present


Once upon a time I did lino cutting in school and recall liking the process. Pretty kits that artist Catherine Carmyllie of CreativeCleverHands in Liverpool, England creates have me itching to give it another go. This one for springtime lino printing is attractive with its folk bunny, Easter egg, and daffodil designs that can be turned into delightful greeting cards. 


Her optional gift wrap is proof that a kit would be a beautiful present too. Everything needed to cut and print designs is included - tools, materials, templates (or create your own designs), Lokta paper, and links to how-to videos. This botanical lino kit with leafy designs is equally appealing. 


paper flower kit tools and materials flat lay with examples of paper flowers

I remember making (so called) silk flowers when they were a 70s trend... my local craft store sold all of the supplies individually. In recent years paper flowers have truly come into their own. This deluxe paper flower kit from Shannon Torgerson of WindblownIdeas in Bentonville, Arkansas is great as everything is right at your fingertips.


You'll learn to make SVG file peonies, roses, and daisies. Reviews call the kit high quality and so easy, and one reviewer even proclaimed she would give it ten stars if she could... that's pretty high praise! Fabriano Tiziano and Canson Mi-Teintes papers are included.

colorful, patterned paper flower with a Zentangle-style design

There's no need to hide your love of the Zentangles craze within the pages of a coloring book...

collage image of Zenflora paper flowers with pens for adding color to patterned petals

Chris of SimpleVibesStudio in Montreal, Canada sells a complete botanical papermaking kit for which you select a leaf or flower collection from six nice options. Add them to the paper pulp mixture and pour into the mould. And how nice is this... shipping is included.


complete botanical papermaking kit with mould, paper pulp, leaf and flower additives


Chris also offers this book binding kit via which you'll learn a gorgeous stitching pattern.


bookbinding kit flat lay shows included tools and finished book


Here's a way to spend a relaxing few hours... make a pastel paper flower and tassel garland. Designed by Micheala Childs in London of MayContainGlitterUK, it's a breath of spring. 

pastel flower garland with tassels and leaves

Southern hemisphere friends...her autumnal garland with metallic paper leaves and copper glitter is also beautiful. 


autumn-tone paper garland of origami baubles, glitter dots, and sculpted leaves

Silvina De Vita of MyPapercutForest in Brighton, England is having such nice success with her 3D paper sculpture kits that include a Perspex dome and MDF (plywood) base for displaying your finished masterpiece. There are several styles in addition to the paper plants (below), along with papercutting, cyanotype, and block printing kits.


3D plants paper sculpture in clear dome with base

With the weather just beginning to warm up here in the northeast, it might seem early to think about solar printing, but Google tells me you don't need summer sun to find success. Carla of ElementalLeaf in Healesville, Australia offers this handsome solar printing kit. "Develop in sunshine, fix in water." 


Note that your package may take a few weeks to arrive, but the time is offset by the very nice fact that worldwide shipping is free.

cyanotype kit flat lay with finished blue and white examples, instruction sheet, box, and fern segments

Anne of CraftFantasticDesign in Albuquerque, New Mexico sells popular earring kits. These could be little gifts or host a craft night for a half dozen friends. There are a number of pretty designs/papers on offer. In addition to the washi patterns in the photo, you'll find botanical, porcelain, fruit, bird, and butterfly collections. Earring trays are available with a silver, gold, or brass finish.


six pairs of dangle earrings in circles, oval, and square shapes, each pair made with a different colorful patterned paper

Some time ago my book agent recommended the bookbinding kit that Emily of CleverHands in San Francisco offers and I can see why. Choose from an array of bookcloth colors and patterned end papers. This complete kit receives rave reviews... for example, I was so, so happy with the end product, I can't believe I actually made this!! 

flat lay of complete bookbinding kit shows kit box, patterned endpaper, and completed box

15 examples of patterned bookbinding endpapers


Lastly, Johan Scherft of PaperPerch in Leiden, The Netherlands creates lifelike paper birds that you print, cut out, shape, and glue. While not a kit, I have a thing for hummingbirds so just have to share this link. The minimal purchase includes templates in two sizes... one lifelike (more difficult since hummers are tiny) and a larger one, as well as a how-to video.


model of ruby-throated hummingbird with wings extended, placed on wire inserted into square wooden base

I'd love to know if a kit has ever piqued your interest to the point that the craft became a new hobby. That's the way it was with me and paper quilling.

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