Guest Designer: Margery McDonnell
Skill Level: Intermediate
It’s summertime and I’ve got the beach on my mind! Follow along with me as I show you how to make this layered paper sculpture of a lifeguard stand!
- Project Files to download and print:
- 8.5x11” cardstock
- 8x10” shadow box
- Glue pen
- 8x10” mat with 5x7” opening (Optional)
Step 1: Print (4) pages of the Layers 1-4 file, and (4) pages of the Layers 5-8 file.
Step 2: Trim off the outside edge of your pages (along the outer line) to cut your pages down to 8x10”.
Step 3: Start cutting! Using your OLFA No. 11 AK-4 Art Knife, cut layer #1. Leave just the sections labeled 1, as in the photo above. For your next paper, cut layer 2, leaving the areas labeled 1 and 2. Then cut layer 3, leaving the areas labeled 1, 2, and 3. Repeat like this for all 8 layers!
Step 4: Time to take a step back! This photo shows you what 8 layers looks like, but you can also print and cut additional layers to build more dimension in your paper sculpture.
Step 5: Using your glue pen, glue all over the printed side of layer 1, then affix layer 2 to it. Then repeat - glue all over the printed side of layer 2 with your glue pen and affix layer 3 to it. Repeat until you’ve glued all of your layers together!
Step 6: Glue a plain sheet of 8x10” cardstock to the back, printed side of your layered paper sculpture.
Step 7: Place into your 8x10” shadowbox, with a mat on top if you choose!
Don’t be afraid to try out cardstock, frames, or mats in different colors! Check out how adorable this paper sculpture looks in blush tones!