I don’t know about you, but I get sort of aggravated with papercrafting projects that call for some special punch or some other doo dad I don’t have. It would be great if I could afford to just go out and buy whatever little tool I saw, but reality sucks that way and my account balance brings me back down to Earth. Fortunately, for many projects, there are ways to make your own little embellishments without too much fuss. Today I am going to show you how to make chevrons 2 ways. One way requires NO extra tools and the other way requires one tool, a scoring board. Chevrons are hot. I see chevrons on everything lately. Wallpaper, fabric, home decor, etc etc. I thought now would be a perfect time to share this tutorial with you.
What You’ll Need:
- paper of choice. I used scrapbooking paper scraps
- adhesive. I used an acid free glue stick
- scoring board (for the second method)
Making a Chevron: Method 1:
- cut out a handful of paper squares. I cut 1 inch x 1 inch squares for this post
- Cut the squares in half diagonally.
- Refer to the above photo, it’s easier than trying to explain it. Lay the paper triangles on your paper, with the flat parts pointing down.
- arrange another triangle underneath where the two triangles meet. See photo above.
- Keep doing this all the way across and you’ll have your chevron!
- Cut a piece of paper 2 inches wide and as long as you want your chevron to me. Mine pieces were 8.5 inches long
- Lay your paper on the scoring board horizontally.
- Score at 1 inch and at every inch marker until the end of your paper
- turn your paper so that the short side is butted up against the top of the scoring board
- score at 1 inch all the way down the length of the paper
- hold your paper horizontally and cut at a diagonal angle from the “center” score line to the nearest 1 inch line. I’ve posted a photo of these steps so it makes more sense
- angle your scissors down and cut to the center line at a diagonal again. You’ve made a triangle. Keep going until you get all the way across the piece
- Once you’ve finished the top, go back to the end you started on and cut from the bottom corner UP on a diagonal to the center line.
- turn your scissors and cut down on a diagonal to the bottom. You’re basically mirroring what you did on the top.
- Do that all the way across.
- Voila, you have a chevron!
I’d love to see your chevron projects. Feel free to post the links to them in the comments. Until next time, happy crafting!