When I was in fifth grade we didn't have Twitter, we had elaborately folded notes. So I thought it would be a cinch to recreate the star-like paper valentines featured in Jane Campion's production scrapbook.
As mentioned in an earlier post, my plan was to copy the shape, not the heart decorations, and use the folded notes as holiday gift tags. Originally I liked the idea that the paper stars (or pinwheels) cost almost nothing and aren't wasteful, but do require a certain amount of effort. For tutorials, I turned here, here, and here.
Did I say effort? On the first go round, these can be brain teasers, hence the less than stellar results above. No wonder these are called "puzzle purses." Without the Regency-era handwriting, it remains to be seen if these intricately folded pinwheels will be as interesting on packages as I had initially hoped. (I may rubber stamp pretty initials.)
At least now if I'm ever asked about paper folding history, I know where to find the mother lode of information. But if you are searching for an inventive way to attach a romantic or mysterious note to a gift, this could be a fun option.
Credits: Rubber stamp set image via Kate's. Images two, three and four are from Jane Campion's production scrapbook.