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Washi Wise Men Card


Never throw away scrapes of patterned or colourful paper and you can make sweet little paper dolls.  I have been really inspired recently by washi ningyo, these are little Japanese paper dolls (washi means Japanese paper and ningyo means doll).  To me they seemed to lend themselves to making a nativity scene (coming soon) and I created this card using the wise men design.  This does not need to be done with washi, any patterned or colourful paper will work.

Washi Wise Men

You will need:

  • White, light-weight card
  • A selection of patterned/colourful paper (small scraps can be used)
  • Any embellishments you choose (I used beads, gold and silver pen, felt-tip pen and embroidery thread)
  • Glue stick or double sided tape
  • Blank card

What to do:

    1. Print or trace the body template onto the white card.  Cut out as many as desired.
    2. To make the robe:
      1. Cut paper 4cm x 8.5cm.  Place so it is taller than it is wide.
      2. If desired, fold down the top of the paper a little to make a collar.
      3. Place the paper right side down and then place the body on the centre, so the head is above the top of the paper.
      4. Fold one side down over the shoulders and crease along the edge of the shoulders but no further.
      5. Fold the rest of this edge along the vertical side and ease the paper where the angle changes.  So that the fold is almost horizontal.  Carefully stick to the body.
      6. Repeat on the opposite side.
      7. Add any decorations you choose.
    3. To make the turban:
      1. Cut paper to 7cm x 2.5cm.  Place so it is wider than it is tall.
      1. Fold the long sides in so that they almost meet in the middle.
      2. Fold in half length ways so you have a long thin strip.
      3. Place it behind the head.
      4. Fold one side up over the face at an angle about 45° and repeat with the other side.
      5. Fold the uppermost strip down behind the turban and tuck into the strip at the back of the head and repeat.
      6. Carefully stick to the head and decorate as you please.
    1. To make the star:
      1.  Cut paper to 2cm x 2cm.
      2. Mark the central point and fold the corners in so they meet in the middle, creating a smaller square.
      3. Pull the corners out again and fold so that the points stick out.
      4. Turn over.
    1. Arrange on the blank card and carefully stick down.
    2. Add any other decorations you desire.

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