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Biscuit Packet ClosureYou deserve a bit of a break, having folded lots of designs. So brew up a nice cup of tea, grab a packet of biscuits, and eat a few. As any confirmed biscuit fan knows, you want your treasures in prime condition. What generally happens is that you put the packet away and the contents go soft. Here’s an exciting design by Edwin Corrie to keep your biccies fresh!

1. Carefully open a packet of biscuits and eat at least half the contents. Press two opposite sides together.

2. Fold the flap over to one side.

3. Fold the sides in to meet in the centre.


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DRAGON Eric Joisel is world-renowned for his expressive and artistic paper sculptures, but he’s also a master of the classic bases. He uses the slightly obscure blintzed fish base in this model.

A blintz base reduces the working area by half, so use a larger square.

This model has a number of subtle techniques, such as the crimp in step 19 and the formation of the nose in step 20 – persevere with these to feel more in control of them. You can practise techniques like these by using a separate sheet and only folding the relevant area of the model; for example, you could practise step 15 on a kite base.

Try folding a blintzed kite base and see if you can design anything new – many wonderful new creations are discovered by adapting existing designs. (Remember to credit your inspiration if you produce diagrams.)

1. Start with a square, white side up. Book-fold in half both ways.


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  • 2 (12 × 35-inch) wooden shelves (GORM series, IKEA)
  •  2 (20-inch) lengths 1×4 lumber
  •  1 (12 × 19-inch) cookie sheet
  •  2 (12 × 12-inch) cork tiles
  •  3 (4½-inch) square wooden boxes
  •  3 metal label holders
  •  1 (11½-inch) galvanized ledge
  •  1 (22-inch) towel bar
  •  1 decorative hook
  •  4 spring-type clothespins
  •  Hooks, pushpins, magnets


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MATERIALS For the pink model:
  •  Glass lamp fixture; mine is 10 inches in diameter × 3 inches deep, with 3 mounting holes
  • 14 gauge galvanized wire
  •  3 (24-inch-long) strong wire double-ended hooks
  •  Hanging hook (must be able to fit over branch)
  •  Tumbled white glass
  •  Glass lamp fixture; mine is 12 inches in diameter × 4 inches deep, with 1 hole at bottom center
  •  2 (6-foot) lengths lightweight black chain
  •  Small black hook
  •  Hanging hook (must be able to fit over branch)
  •  Tumbled glass, mixed greens and blue
  •  Chandelier crystals


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  • Planting container with drainage holes; mine is 16 × 16 inches
  •  Scrap paper
  •  Pencil
  •  1 bag (16 quarts) potting mix
  •  Small pebbles or dry sand (optional)
  •  30 to 35 rooted boxwood cuttings (Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’); exact amount depends on design and maturity of the cuttings
  • Gravel or grit topdressing
  • Hand trowel
  • Scissors


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  • Concrete paver, mine is 12 × 12 inches; or a bucket of gravel
  •  Frost-safe, water-tight, glazed container; mine is 28 × 24 inches with an 18-inch diameter
  •  Metal plant stand; mine is 22 inches tall
  •  Glazed saucer, roughly 1-inch smaller than the opening of your container
  •  Submersible, re-circulating pump, 115 volt
  •  3½ feet vinyl tubing, 5/16-inch inside diameter
  •  Weighty decorative rock or chunks of glass
  •  Outdoor grade extension cord


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  • 1 piece heavy gauge rock screen; mine is 15 × 54 inches with a 3-inch grid
  •  2 heavy-duty 4-inch hex bolts, ½-inch diameter

1. Position trellis. Measure rock screen grid and determine spacing for bolts so the top of your trellis hangs level and with its weight evenly distributed. Drill pilot holes for bolts 8 to 10 inches apart. Using wrench, tighten bolts, securely anchoring them 2 inches into the supporting beam with the remaining 2 inches and head of each bolt sticking out.