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Victoria Pearson

You will need strong paper stock (90- to 140- pound weight), ribbon, and dragees to fill your compote.

1. Cut the paper into a rectangle of any size: The wider the paper, the taller the compote; the longer the paper, the wider the compote (ours measured 11 1/2-inches-by-30-inches). Decide how wide you want the folds; for larger compotes, 1/2-inch folds (like ours) work well; for smaller ones, use 3/8-inch folds. Situate the rectangle vertically. With a ruler and pencil, measure and draw hash marks up both the left and right sides to the top. Now draw two vertical lines, forming a band; this band will determine where the compote's base meets the dish as shown in illustration three. The closer you place the band to the right side of the paper, the higher the dish will be positioned; the closer the band is to the middle of the paper, the lower the dish (ours was 4 3/8 inches from the right). As for the width of the band (ours was 3/8 inches), the wider the band, the steeper the dish; the narrower the band, the flatter the dish. Place the ruler between each set of corresponding hash marks; score with a bone folder. Repeat, until entire paper has been scored. Fold the paper accordion-style until it resembles a fan; lay it flat again.

2. Using the ruler and bone folder, make diagonal scores within the little rectangles created by the vertical lines of the band and the horizontal folds: Starting at the bottom, score from right to left, moving diagonally upward, then score from left to right. Make a zigzag all the way to the top.

3. Keeping the left side of the paper stationary and working with the right side, bend the paper along the scored zigzags starting at the left line of the band; work the paper so that "mountains" of folds turn into "valleys," and valleys turn into mountains. Continue bending all the way to the top; the right side of the paper will bend down as you go. Join the top and bottom of the paper together, aligning two mountains; glue. Orient paper so the dish faces up, and cinch ribbon around the compote. Tie a bow, and fill with dragees.

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Comments (5)

Anonymous
January 28, 2011
If you do an on-line search for ART SUPPLIES (and add your city/location) you should find several sources. I agree with the others: With a project like this, a video would be helpful, but at lest there are illustrations provided.
Anonymous
June 14, 2010
does anyone have an idea of where i can find paper this wide for this project?
Anonymous
April 14, 2010
A video or how-to illustrations would be very helpful.
Anonymous
February 25, 2010
Hello, can you add a video of how to make this, or if anyone have already do this please contact me to give me more details pls. thank you
Anonymous
February 15, 2010
Do you have a video of how to make that would give more detain to the steps. My paper keeps ripping.