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Sizzix’s Debi Potter looks at the 2018 key papercraft trends

05 Oct 2017

Papercrafting has become such a versatile craft. There’s so many different options for makers, whether its quilling, origami, diecutting, cardmaking or creating unique home décor pieces. We’ve seen the key high street trends from 2017 influencing many of the craft and papercraft trends from this year. It’s set to be the same in 2018, with some of the forecasted retail trends to make a big impact on the papercraft world. The new trends forecasted for 2018 projects range from simplistic Scandi style to lots of fun metallic, glittery elements adding a bit of extra glamour to papercrafting. At Sizzix, we’ve noticed these key trends coming to fruition ready for the start of 2018:

Everlasting flowers

Papercraft flowers have been increasing in popularity over the last few years, especially with brides choosing everlasting bouquets as a memory keepsake of the big day. Papers come in lots of beautiful colours that can add tonal elements to bouquets, which can be tailored to any colour scheme. Whether it’s a delicate pastel pink or the palest tones of lilac, the bouquet can be made to look as natural as possible. The flowers that can be achieved through hand or die-cutting are every bit as delicate and eye-catching as the real counterparts, with the added advantage of being an ever-lasting memento of the special day.


Personalisation is going to continue as a key trend across multiple crafts, including papercraft. Adding a personalised element to a gift or home décor piece can be an inexpensive way of creating a priceless item. Whether it’s adding someone’s name or a personal sentiment, it can turn an everyday item into something really special.


Next year’s colour schemes are going to be heavily influenced by the high street trends forecasted for 2018. The key colour trend for 2018 will be combining pastel tones with metallic and glitter elements to create projects. The trend for all things sparkly is set to carry on throughout 2018 which will heavily influence the hard craft industry. I’ve also noticed a shift in colours as the seasons are changing. Colour schemes are becoming much more neutral and muted as we come into the Winter Season. This brings me onto the next key trend of Scandinavian style which is heavily influencing the UK retail market.

Scandinavian style

Scandinavian style has had a bit of a revival in home décor trends recently with its stylish simplicity. We’re likely to see the style impact papercraft trends for handmade home décor pieces, cardmaking and gift wrapping adding a simplistic and natural element to crafter’s projects. We’re loving the trend for creating three dimensional paper houses for decoration. They look especially lovely when battery tea lights are added to them at night as small lanterns. Another Scandi papercraft which is proving popular from the trend is hanging paper stars which look really effective when dangled from ceilings.


Geometrics seem to be standing the test of time in the papercraft industry! We’re seeing the popularity of the unusual shapes rise as people look to add handmade decorations to their homes and parties. Boxes and gift wrapping have become more interesting with angular shapes in hexagons and stars. Geometric papers have also been adding a fresh detail to projects. The detailed patterns give a textured element to projects which can be enhanced with metallic tones.

Printed gift wrapping

Adding a personalised element to a gift can make the recipient feel really appreciated by the efforts made! We’ve been loving the trend for single prints on natural papers using a handmade or rubber stamp and we think it’s going to be popular in 2018. To add extra elements, wrapped gifts can be decorated with found objects like feathers, sprigs of foliage, wool pompoms or ribbons to add contrasting colours and a rustic feel to your gifts.

The craft industry is in a really exciting time of late, with more and more people becoming involved in crafting as a hobby. I’m really looking forward to seeing the amazing papercraft projects the craft community create, whether its simplistic Scandi-themed home décor pieces or bright and glittery papercraft creations.

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