Score, fold and stick your way to statement art with Sarah Louise Matthews’ hanging
Create striking wall art using paper shapes
A4 paper, 135gsm, six pieces each in yellow and peach, five pieces each in mint and gold, four pieces in orange and three pieces in rose gold (we used G.F. Smith Colorplan) Embossing tool Cutting mat Ruler Craft glue Fishing wire Marker pen Crimp beads Flat-nosed pliers Tapestry needle Five two pence coins Double sided tape Wooden pole, 40cm (15 "), 2cm ( ")
Update your home with a crafty make that ticks all the right boxes – easy to whip up, visually pleasing and inexpensive. Clean lines and crisply-folded shapes tap into the homeware trend for all things origami, while the zesty colour palette brings all the summer feels to any room.
Sarah’s waterfall of geometric shapes uses a combination of matte pastel papers and shimmering metallics to add to the sense of movement – just think how lovely it’ll look when it catches the sunlight. Follow the main image for shape placement and colour combos when putting your version together, or create your own layout with papers from your stash.
If you don’t have an embossing tool or a bone folder, use a butter knife or similar to lightly score along the dotted lines instead.
Print or photocopy the templates on page 99 onto your papers. Cut out each shape – there should be 55 different shapes in total. Working on a cutting mat, use an embossing tool (or a bone folder) and a ruler to score the dotted lines. Fold along each scored line, making sure to keep the printed lines on the inside of each shape.
02 Glue each tab to the underside of the adjacent edge to form the 3D shapes, leaving one side open, except for the icosahedron (the 20-sided shape), which needs two adjacent sides left unglued.
03 Cut a 150cm (591/ 8") length of fishing wire. Starting 25cm (97/ 8") from one end, use the marker pen to make eleven marks along the wire at 10cm (4") intervals.
04 Thread a crimp bead onto the wire, positioning it over the first mark, then use the pliers to squash the bead closed. This end of the wire is now the top.
05 Use the main image as a guide to the order in which the shapes need to be threaded on. Take your first shape (this will sit at the top of the wire) and pierce two holes through two opposite faces, or points, with the needle. Thread the top end of the wire into the first hole and out of the second, then glue the open side of the shape closed.
06 Push the shape down towards the bead, then thread on a second bead from the top end of the wire. Use a pair of pliers to squash it closed as closely to the shape as possible, so it has a closed bead on either side to secure it in place. Only the first shape requires a bead on either side; all other shapes only need a bead beneath.
07 Pierce two holes in your second shape – the second shape down –
as per Step 5. From now on, you’ll be threading everything onto the bottom end of the wire. Thread the wire through the two holes, then glue the shape closed. Thread on a bead and crimp it closed over the next mark. Repeat until there are ten shapes in total on the wire, each separated by a bead.
08 Hold the final shape against the length of wire, aligning the bottom of the shape with the final mark. Use the pen to make a new mark on the fishing wire, in line with the top of the shape.
09 Pierce one hole in the shape, then thread the wire through. Thread on a bead below, crimping it over the mark made in Step 8, then trim off any excess wire. Glue a two pence coin to the inside of the shape to weigh it down, then glue the shape closed. Repeat Steps 3-9 to make five strings of shapes.
10 Mark the first string 5cm (2") up from the top shape. Repeat for the third and fifth strings. For the second and fourth strings, mark 10cm (4") up.
11 Thread a bead onto the top end of the first string. Feed the top of the wire back down through the bead again to make a loop, but don’t secure it in place yet.
12 Place the wooden pole through the loop and tighten the loop so the measured mark sits tight against the pole. Crimp the bead and trim off any excess wire. Repeat with the remaining strings, making sure to keep them in order so the top shapes sit at different heights.
13 Cut a 75cm (29 ") length of wire and use a bead to make a loop at one end as per Step 11. Tighten the loop around the pole between the end of the pole and the first string. Make another loop at the other end of the wire and secure at the opposite end of the pole in the same way. Trim off any excess wire, then use this loop for hanging.