5 paper crafts that will keep you connected with friends, family, and yourself


You’ve been searching all nooks and crannies of your home for books, games, and craft supplies to keep entertained. You’re looking for fresh ideas to unwind on your own or connect with your kids. We’re here to help! Whether you’re a parent looking to entertain your kids or you want something a little different for your next Zoom call with friends – our printable crafting templates are suitable for all ages. All you need is a piece of paper. 

We’ve created 5 printable paper crafting templates that will invoke feelings of nostalgia, positivity, and connection. Studies have shown that crafting can alleviate feelings of loneliness, anxiety or depression. Crafting releases dopamine in your brain. Your brain will release this feel-good chemical from both the feeling of personal accomplishment and the praise you receive from the finished product. Don’t forget to brag!

If you’re in the mood to try these paper crafts to connect with friends or family – we’ve made templates that make it easy for anyone to follow-along from home. Try creating origami with family or video call your far-away niece to decorate paper animal masks together. Get your paper and pencil crayons out and pick out your paper craft below.

1) Build a paper airplane 


Supplies: 
– Paper. 
– A printer (optional). 

Find some paper scraps around the house and get building! If it’s been some time since you’ve created a paper plane, that’s okay – we’ve made each fold easy-to-follow. Our paper plane template marks all of the cuts and folds – print it out or use it as a guide. 

Get competitive and see who can build their plane the fastest. Initiate a throwing competition! Add personality to your plane by giving it a name or creating your own fictional pilot. We’re confident that decorating your plane will help it fly faster than the rest. 

Get started
1) Grab your piece of paper! 
2) Open our paper plane template – print it out or use it as a guide.  
3) Follow along with the folds and voila!
4) Do your best Maverick and Goose impression: 
Maverick: “I feel the need …”
Goose: “… the need for speed!”
5) Let it fly!
6) Take photos or videos for social media and tag us @TPHCanada. We’ll repost. 

2) Easy-to-build origami 

Fortune teller craft

Supplies: 
-Paper. 
– A printer (optional). 

If you had fun building a paper plane, try our easy-to-build origami. Emphasis on easy. Start building our origami paper heart or fortune teller craft. 

Get started
1) Grab your piece of paper! 
2) Open our origami paper heart or fortune teller template. Print it out or use it as a guide.  
3) Follow along with the folds and voila!
4) If you chose the fortune teller craft – add your fortunes in the marked areas.  
5) Admire your work, gift it to someone you love, and ask others to play along! 
6) Post it on social media and tag us @TPHCanada. 

3) Create funky bookmarks 

Supplies: 
– Paper. 
– A printer. 
– Pencil crayons or markers. 

If reading books has been keeping you or your kids busy, why not make some colourful bookmarks! 

For the parents, this might be the way to motivate your child to dive into a book. By personalizing their bookmarks – they’ll want to put them into use. Suggest your kids make one specifically for mom or dad. 

This activity isn’t just for kids. Colouring is a great relaxation technique. Release your inner Picasso as you try to stay within the lines. 

Get started 

1) Print out the bookmark templates.
2) Cut them out. 
3) Colour them in! 
4) Share your work on social media and tag us @TPHCanada.
5) Find a home for your bookmark in your favourite story. 

4) Design your own t-shirt 

Supplies: 
– Paper. 
– A printer (optional). 
– Pencil crayons or markers. 

We’ve created a paper t-shirt template that’s ready for your creativity! Unleash your Michelangelo and draw us the next Sistine Chapel (or a really nice picture of your cat – we accept all levels of artistry here). 

Get started 
1) Grab your paper. 
2) Print out our t-shirt template (optional). 
3) Grab your markers or pencil crayons and create your t-shirt design. 
4) Brag about your artistry on social media and tag us @TPHCanada.
5) Print it out on a t-shirt or sweater (optional). 

5) Colour animal masks 

Supplies: 
– Paper. 
– A printer. 
– Pencil crayons or markers (optional). 
– 
Yarn (optional). 

Break out the markers or pencil crayons and start building or colouring your animal mask! Print, cut-out and decorate your bear or fox mask. 

Get started 
1) Print out our pre-decorated or blank canvas animal masks!  
2) Cut them out. 
3) Colour them in (optional)! 
4) Tie your mask on with yarn or hold it to your face like you’re at a masquerade. 
5) Give us your best bear or fox noise (what does the fox say?) on social media and tag us @TPHCanada. 

What paper craft was your favourite? We’d love to see photos and videos of your creations. Tell us how this helped you connect with loved ones or reconnect with your creative side! Tag @TPHCanada and we’ll re-share your masterpieces. Happy crafting! 

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