The magic is not savoured from watching videos of craft or pinning ideas to a Pinterest board, but from getting your hands dirty and taking the plunge into an unknown project, however big or small.
An object is an object is an object, but a handmade object made specifically by you, or for you by a loved one or someone you know, gets elevated into the special… that repository of collected memories and emotions that give the handmade object a little soul of its own. That is why a fancy plate may find its way to the dustbin after a season of indulgence, but the wonky little card your kid made for you with your name misspelt in glorious blotchy letters, may stay tucked away in a much-loved book, for years and years.
We believe handmade is happiness, and happiness is handmade. What’s better is that you can share what you make, be it a dish you cooked or mushrooms you grew in your attic, or a little piece of paper craft. Making and giving is pretty much the shortcut to happiness.
Our DIY Kits are pre-cut and pre-creased, and do not require cutting with scissors or knives. These kits are designed for all ages. But for children in particular, Paper Craft holds immense possibilities of fun and learning.
So, what really are the payoffs of tinkering with paper?
- fine motor skills improve
- paper craft imbibes the ability to deal with failure, which, we think, is the key to long-term happiness. Unlike video games and digital media, there is no ‘undo’ or ‘restart’ in a paper craft activity. The medium forces a child to be sensitive to the material and process of making
- concentration levels improve.
- social connections develop; the feeling of doing better than others, of showing off your creation, of realising your own abilities vs others
- achievement leads to self-confidence.
- and, the biggest benefit is to have FUN!
Imagine if chocolate was designated only for kids… it’s absurd, right? Adults have every right to enjoy chocolates, and in this case, Paper Craft. Why bother? Well, the reasons are so many that we could go on and on, but here are a couple…
- a sweet digital detox
- paper craft is a mindful activity. In the moment of concentration, all distractions fade away, and one can simply be, rather than think.
- craft is immensely relaxing and stress-relieving.
- the confidence to make, to deal with unknown things, to be able to fix things, only grows with every little thing you make.
- it’s a great ice-breaker! At parties, at conferences, at festivals or pretty much anytime, two or more people making something together, sharing the pains and the joys, leads to fun, laughs and bonding.
- handmade gifts are priceless and endearing, so making a gift for someone is a great way to get them to love you a little more!