Chapter 4: Paper Laces With Ribbon

So far, we’ve learned how to make basic paper lace in chapter 2 of this idea book, and how to make paper lace using punches in chapter 3. This chapter about how to make paper lace with ribbon builds on the techniques learned in previous chapters.

Here’s How The Paper Lace Looks From the Back After It Has Been Punched. Click This Photo For an Enlarged View That You Can Use As a Guideline For How To Cut and Punch Out This Paper Lace Border Design.

punch art paper lace

This Photo Shows 2 Different Colors of the Same Basic Paper Lace Design. One Was Created Using Craft Cardstock and the Other Was Created Using Plain White Cardstock Colored With Various Colors of Tsukineko Walnut Inks. The Ribbons Have Not Been Added To The Paper Lace Yet At This Point.

punch art paper lace

This is how the paper lace borders look after the ribbon has been woven through the 3 punched rows in the center.

punch art paper lace with ribbon. Colors are brown, kraft, and shades of walnut ink with red, brown, off white, cream and beige ribbon accents.

Wide Symmetrical Paper Lace With Ribbon


Fiskars Hand Punches:

Fiskars Paper Edgers / Decorative Edge Scissors:

You will also need cardstock or patterned paper, adhesive, and graph paper. The graph paper shown has 1/4″ grid lines, and this is what I recommend that you use to create this particular paper lace pattern.

How To Make The Paper Lace:

Cutting Out the Paper Lace Border:

  • Use the photos above for reference. (You can click each photo to see enlarged views.) In the upper photo, you will see what the back (graph paper side) of my paper lace looks like after it has been cut and punched.
  • Attach your graph paper to the back of your cardstock or paper as described in chapter 2. Let it dry.
  • Next you will cut out the border using Fiskars Paper Edgers. Cut with the graph paper facing you so that you can use it as a guideline for cutting. Using the Fiskars Seagull Paper Edgers, cut all the way across the paper. When you cut, pay attention to the direction that the paper edgers are facing so that you get the same effect shown in the photo. If you do it correctly the cut will take part of one grid block.
  • Count an additional 5 grid blocks down and in the 6th grid block, cut across the paper, again using your Seagull paper edgers. Pay attention to which direction the Paper Edgers are facing when you cut so that you achieve the effect shown.

Punching Out the Paper Lace Design With Hand Punches:

  • Next you are going to start punching the lace holes. For this particular pattern, I find it easiest to begin punching in the middle. The middle 3 rows are all going to be punched using the Fiskars square hand punch. The 3 rows of squares are punched slightly offset. Refer to the photo to get a better idea of how to do the punching.
  • The punched pattern for the outer 2 rows is identical, but the holes should be punched in such a way that they offset each other as shown in the photo. You will punch alternating hearts and tear drops. Underneath each heart you punch a 1/16th inch circle.

    • After the punching is complete, you are going to weave narrow ribbon through the 3 rows of square punches. Choose 2 colors of narrow ribbon that will coordinate well with your paper lace. The most prominent color should be used in the center row and then a coordinating color should be used in the other 2 rows.

      You now have a paper lace border that can be used in the project of your choice. It would be beautiful in handmade greeting cards or scrapbook layouts or any other paper crafts project where you’d like a pretty lacy touch. Click here to see some project ideas for how to use this paper lace with ribbon.