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Helen Hiebert

Helen Hiebert is the author of five how-to books about paper: Playing With Pop-Ups, Playing With Paper, Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker's Companion, and Paper Illuminated. Helen has appeared on Sesame Street, has produced two films, and writes a weekly blog about all things paper. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally and runs a studio near Vail, Colorado. Helen's e-mail address is

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About this course

Shadow Ornament

Light filtered through paper is captivating, and this project is inspired by the Japanese shoji screens which do a lovely job of dividing space and creating a beautiful atmosphere in a room. Shadows are fun because they change, depending on the light source.. Hang this shadow ornament on the Christmas tree, in a window, or package it in a ring box as a gift.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to create a simple balsa wood frame
  • How to work with shadow and light
  • Skill building for future illuminated paper projects

You will need the following supplies:


  • Card stock 2” square 
  • Plain translucent paper 2” square 
  • Sand paper 
  • (4) 1/8 x 1/8” balsa wood strips approx 2” long 
  • Thread (2-strands of embroidery floss or sewing thread 
  • Decorative Punch & Beads (optional)


  • Needle 
  • White glue & brush 
  • Cutting mat 
  • Craft knife