44 easy 5 minute crafts with paper

Here's 44 easy 5 minute crafts with paper so you can be entertained all week long. Read on to discover interior, stationery and fashion projects.

5 minute crafts with paper

We know how much #molliemakers love papercraft which is why we’ve gathered 44 easy five minute crafts with paper just for you. There’s everything from jewellery to décor, fashion to scrapbooking. If you’re in need of some funky papers to get making then check out our downloads section which is full of papers illustrated by designer-makers.


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1. Geometric snowman pal 

Christmas is fast approaching so get prepared by making some easy five minute papercraft décor! This little snowman by Mini Eco would look fab sitting on your window shelf.

2. Paper face boxes

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Papercraft queen The House That Lars Built has this free papercraft DIY up on her blog. Treat boxes for any occasion!

3. Floral wall hanging

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Issue 108 of Mollie came with this free floral wall hanging which was designed by Laura Reed Designs. You can still pick up a copy of the mag here and watch Laura’s Instagram takeover, where she shows you some tips and tricks to making the gift, here.

4. Origami stars

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Bloomize’s blog shows you how to make all these different stars. Since they’re so easy to make and only take five minutes we’re going to make a whole bunch in time for Christmas.

5. Bipyramid paper necklace

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Ever heard of a bipyramid? Nope, us neither, but Mr Printables’ blog shows you how to make them and how to make them into this rather funky necklace.

6. Mini Christmas crackers

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Mini Christmas crackers are a must for the festive season. Luckily issue 110 comes with everything you need to make these little characters. Designed by Suzy Ultman, they’ll look great on your table, tree or tied to presents. Pick up a copy of 110 here.

7. Papercraft bow garland 

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This string of papercraft bows by Elizabeth Kartchner will add a gorgeous touch to any room. You could even make them in festive colours and string them up for Christmas!

8. Christmas gem decorations

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Our paper gem tutorial is up on our blog for free and makes an excellent Friday evening craft.

9. Floral centrepiece 

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Liven up your table with Lovely Indeed’s floral papercraft centrepiece.

10. Hibiscus journal 

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Jazz up your notebooks with Maritza Lisa’s hibiscus papercuts. This easy five minute craft with paper will make you study harder because everyone knows that pretty stationery makes everything better.

11. Pink papercraft cactus

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Kill every plant you own? Then craft yourself some using Lia Griffith’s cactus templates. Plus you won’t prick your fingers on these.

12. Papercraft bow tie

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Papercraft bow ties anyone? This easy five minute papercraft is one you can sport out on the town, providing it doesn’t rain…

13. Paper craft mobile

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Make your own colourful weather mobile with Thomas Poad’s free tutorial.

14. Animal bookmarks

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Easy five minute crafts for kids? Tick! Make these adorable animal bookmarks using Lia Griffith’s PDF template and tutorial.

15. 3D Halloween pumpkins

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Homey Oh My is providing us with the Halloween papercraft we all need. These minimal pumpkins will make great décor for those of us who aren’t a fan of the spooky.

16. Origami bird mobile

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Martha Stewart’s bird mobile is a beautiful and easy five minute craft with paper. How lovely would these look at a wedding?

17. Matchbox birthday cards

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Perhaps the most obvious easy five minute craft with paper is birthday cards. We love this twist on the traditional by Oh Happy Day. You could pop all sorts of treats in that box.

18. Geometric envelopes

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Of course, every birthday card need an envelope! Camilla Styles’ geometric envelopes are a funky take on the plain old ones you buy in the shops. This five minute make is super practical as you can make up a bunch and get them out when all the birthdays come at once.

19. Festive paper birdhouses

Karmuca y Cuquino’s blog features these colourful birdhouses you can make entirely from paper! Head to the blog to find the birdhouse template.

20. Papercraft fortune cookies

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The Unsophisticated Cook’s paper fortune cookies will bring entertainment to any parties you’re throwing. It’s a five minute craft with paper you might want to store until your New Year’s Eve bash.

21. Autumnal papercraft wreath

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Damsaka Love’s blog shows you how to make this easy five minute autumnal wreath. We’re in love with the ombre effect of the leaves.

22. Frida Kahlo cut out

Who wouldn’t want Frida Kahlo gracing their walls? This one will take longer than five minutes but if you cut out little sections every night you’ll have a fully assembled portrait in no time. Buy a copy of 102 on the Mollie Makes app for Sarah Louise Matthews’ tutorial.

23. Thanksgiving mini honeycomb turkeys 

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For anyone celebrating Thanksgiving, these mini honeycomb turkeys by Minted will be a fab addition to the dinner table.

24. Papercraft gem nightlight 

Almost Makes Perfect’s nightlight is a five minute make that’ll help you sleep soundly. You could choose any shape or design you like.

25. Origami candle holders

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Origami tea light holders (strictly fake candles unless you want to burn the house down) by Ameba.

26. Paper star trinket bowls

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Hold all your trinkets, jewellery and pennies in Paper Kawaii’s star b0wls. Their video tutorial is over on their blog waiting for you to start making.

27. 3D paper dragonflies

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Papershape’s 3D dragonflies would make a beautiful wall piece in the home, or you could make them into a garland to take out into the garden on sunny occasions. Once you get the hang of the technique it’ll only take you five minutes to whip one up in any colour you choose.

28. Paper landscape earrings

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Instructables’ silhouette earrings are quick to make but look amazing. Easy five minute crafts with paper that turn out beautiful results – what a dream!

29. Paper pocket fan

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If things are getting a little too hot for you then make Glue Sticks’ pocket fan. They’ve made there’s using kids’ drawings which we think is just adorable but you could make yours using any paper you like.

30. Paper plant covers

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Kailo Chic’s paper plant covers will disguise ugly pots and show your plants off in their true beauty.

31. Recycled card party garland

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Use Miesje Chafer’s tutorial in issue 110’s mini-mag to turn all your old cards in a garland. Get these out over and over again for the ultimate sustainable project.

32. Paper cake topper

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Coco Cake Land teach you how to add a statement to your cake with their circular topper.

33. Recycled paper pencil tray

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Made from recycled cardboard boxes, Oh Oh Deco’s nifty pencil box will keep all your stationery in place.

34. Floral paper crowns

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Bespoke Brides have created a super easy five minute craft with paper over on their blog. Make some crowns as fancy dress for parties, kids or hen dos.

35. Woven paper décor

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We love Gathering Beauty’s woven paper artwork. You could mix and match your papers from Mollie Makes for this five minute papercraft.

36. Paper vases

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Issue 109 of Mollie saw a designer collab in which Molly Egan‘s retro prints were made by Sarah Louise Matthews into paper vases and decorations. Pick up a copy of 109 here for the tutorial and the papers.

37. Paper party blowers

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We’ve got another papercraft by Minted and this time is party blowers! Any excuse to celebrate…

38. Paper utensil holders

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Keep your picnics neat and tidy with The DIY Dreamer’s utensil holders.

39. Butterfly push pins

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We Are Scout’s DIY butterfly push pins are a five minute paper craft that’ll improve your working space to no end.

40. Tissue paper lantern

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These colourful tissue paper lanterns are by Tell Love and Party and are the decoration every one needs.

41. Paper disk bracelets

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Studio DIY have come through with another easy five minute craft with paper! Stacking bracelets are an outfit essential.

42. Paper ice cream wraps

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No Biggie’s ice cream wraps add a bit of fun to your summer treat. You could cut whatever words you’d like into your wrap – personalised names, places or dates!

43. Japanese book binding

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Instead of making new notebooks use Flax & Twine’s Japanese bookbinding tutorial to make your own personalised pads.

44. Paper fascinators

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If you’re feeling extra daring why not try making The House That Lars Built’s paper fascinators. There’s three styles to choose from.


For more papercraft inspiration check out our Pinterest board and our blog posts below.