Starting a Paper Craft Business

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Paper crafts include any sort of craft that is fabricated from paper or a paper-like medium such as cardboard or waste fabric rags. Depending on the time of year, you can market different types of paper craft designs. One lucrative seasonal paper craft is designing and handcrafting holiday decorations. Another is the wedding invitation and place settings market.

Starting a Paper Crafts Business

A paper craft business is one of the least expensive arts and crafts start-up businesses. Basic start up supplies and tools are cheap and easy to find. Paper craft tools and supplies include different types of paper medium, dyes and adhesives, cutting tools and printing tools.

Breaking out seasonal versus non-seasonal paper crafts, seasonal paper crafts include gift wrap, greeting cards,wedding invitations and holiday decorations. Year-round paper crafts include wallpaper, origami, paper mache, popups, scrapbooking, lampshades and bookbinding.

Exploring Different Types of Paper

Like any art or craft, selecting the proper raw material for the job is key. If you are interested in exploring paper crafts, has a very useful reference tool that gives a heads up about the best type of paper for the craft. For example, if you want to handcraft lamp shades, kinwashi, a hemp paper product, is your best bet. It's also suitable for block printing and letterpress designs.

Paper is sold by the sheet and roll. Some are acid or bleach-free, which affects the color and consistency of the paper. Depending on the type of fiber and weaving technique used to make the paper, even the thinest of sheets can be quite strong. While gorgeous paper is available ready-made from many different online and brick-and-mortar companies, making the paper is itself a craft.

Learning About Paper Craft Tools and Supplies

Your biggie paper craft tool is the paper cutter. Depending on the type of paper craft, you might just need a good pair of cutting shears, razor knife or guillotine paper cutter.

Other tools include a ruler, T-square, stamps, adhesives, dyes, ink (one trending method is to make ink from flowers and plants), plastic to cut stencils, and possibly a letterpress. Professional letterpress machines are expensive. They can run upwards to $5,000 for the small business crafter.

Trying out a cheap hobby letterpress first will give you some indication if you want to delve into this type of paper craft. For simple letterpress designs, I cut stencils and print them with a brayer.

Cricut machines are also highly rated by hobby paper crafters and are a good transitional tool from hobby to business. Just keep in mind that most less expensive hobbyist tools are only useful for beginners wanting to learn the basics about a skill. Certainly, to make money in a paper craft business requiring a letterpress, you'll eventually have to invest in professional equipment.

Simple Paper Craft Projects

Thinking about giving paper crafts a whirl for your arts and crafts business? Try out a few simple paper projects first to see if this is a craft discipline that you are interested in developing:

  • Chinese Paper Cut Art: Cut out the Chinese symbol for happiness. You'll need red paper, a ruler and a good pair of cutting scissors.
  • Origami Star Greeting Card:To make this 3-dimensational card you'll need origami paper to make the star design, card stock and an envelope. Don't be tempted to skip the trip to the craft store to buy origami paper, you won't be able to achieve the intricate folding technique.
  • Leaf Print Holiday Wrapping Paper: From craft pro Martha Stewart, this video takes you step-by-step on how to use actual leaves to print paper.