DIY Mondays | 1 Year Anniversary Paper Gifts

DIY Mondays | 1 Year Anniversary Paper Gifts

So, it just so happened to by my one year wedding anniversary on Friday. Yay us! It’s been a great year but I honestly can’t believe that it’s gone by so quickly. We had a destination wedding so a year ago at this time we were on the beach with all our closest family and friends. I honestly had the best time of my life and everything wedding related went perfectly. But a year ago? I can’t believe it, I really can’t. Time flies. That’s why it’s important to take the time to celebrate the milestones. I don’t know if you know this (my husband didn’t) but there are themes for gifts for each year of marriage and year one is paper.

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I immediately thought of origami and what else could I possibly make aside from foxes? If you didn’t know the background behind my blog name, my husband and I are both redheads so I made the joke that we are a couple of foxes, which makes our home like a fox den. That’s why I decided to make a couple origami foxes for our one year anniversary.

Let me tell you something, though. These little guys were so incredibly hard to make. I followed these instructions: Peterpaul Forcer Fox and the first attempt took me no less than three hours. I felt pretty confident in my origami skills going into this and like I’d never folded paper in my life when it was done. Also, the first one looked like garbage.

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This the first attempt. It reminds me of the dog from The Fly 2 after it’s trip in the teleporter.

I was pretty disappointed and really frustrated. I almost scrapped the idea all together but I kept at it and on my fifth attempt I finally made something that looked like a fox. There were a lot of origami forums and Youtube tutorial videos involved, though there weren’t really any great videos. If you guys are interested in making these little guys let me know and I’ll try to make a video for you.

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After the foxes were done, I made an origami heart (get the instructions here) and put them all in a shadowbox that I bought at a local craft store. If anything, this shadowbox was not deep enough, you can tell that the bigger fox’s snout is a little smooshed but we work with what we have.  This is the final result and I think it’s adorable. I also got him a comic book so that he had something other than some origami foxes in a shadowbox.

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For my gift, my husband typed out all the words for our first dance (we combined three different songs), printed it out, tea-stained the paper and burned the edges to make it look vintagey and then framed it. He’s such a romantic. He also got me a time turner! I know, the coolest thing ever, right? “What does that have to do with paper?” you may ask.  Well, the time turner is from Harry Potter, which is a book. So sweet, right? And if you knew how much of a Harry Potter fan I am, you would know how special this is to me.

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What kind of origami would you make for your anniversary?

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16 thoughts on “DIY Mondays | 1 Year Anniversary Paper Gifts

  1. Happy Anniversary, Mel! The mushy side of me loves the paper foxes… the ones that don’t look like The Fly2 😉 The simplicity in the framing is beautiful… so is the symbolism. Two foxes chasing the same heart (love). Fast forward 5 years and this will be a great remember of what you guys found together. Ok, that’s enough from my mushy side… so my manly side just says “That’s cool, yo. Respect.”

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