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Word Spin Poster… a Biggie Project!

Clever Engineering, Colorful Design

overview

this one gets super technical. take your time! once you get the hang of how to measure and cut the stacked shapes, you’ll be off and running (or spinning)!

30 minutes

maker checklist

  • large white cardstock (3-4 sheets)
  • ruler + pencil + eraser
  • scissors
  • push pin or toothpick (helps!)
  • brad (paper fastener)
  • pens + markers 
  • other crafty bits (optional)

instructions

create & cut the squares

1

cut an 11×11 square from an 11×17-inch sheet of cardstock.

2

measure the center points on each side of the square, and connect them. then draw diagonal lines that connect the opposite corners, creating 8 triangular sections. use a ruler for accuracy.

3

pierce a small hole in the center of the square using a push pin. expand the hole with a toothpick.

4

lay this square on a sheet of cardstock and trace the outline. make a dot through the center hole, and set the top square aside.

tip!

before piercing the hole in the center of each square, make sure that your mark is placed correctly. you can do this by connecting the opposite corners and confirming that the dot is at the intersection of these lines.

5

use the pencil outlines of the larger square to create a smaller square that nests inside it. do this by connecting the center points along each side so the second square fits perfectly inside the first square. cut out and pierce a small hole in the center.

6

repeat step 5 until you have created five to seven squares that nest neatly inside each other, with a small hole in the exact center of each.

stack and assemble the set

1

stack the squares together, aligning the center holes and securing them with a brad.

2

twist the squares gently so that they loosen slightly around the brad. the goal is for the paper squares to move easily without tearing while also holding their positions when placed in shape.

3

arrange the squares into a desired layout. this will be the starting point of your poster. 

4

tape each square in place – gently! – with a small loop of tape underneath each layer. (tip! don’t press the tape firmly. you want the layout to stay in place while you draw your design, but you want to be able to remove the tape easily once you’re done)

draw your design

1

choose a short phrase, good message or call-out to something you love.

2

sketch it onto your poster in pencil, using big, bold letters. the design should stretch over multiple layers of paper. go slowly, this can be tricky!

tip!

pencil/marker moves smoothly from the top-most layer towards the bottom layers, and not the opposite direction.

3

color in your message with markers! 

note! only remove the tape when you’re completely done with the desgin.

4

frame your poster by attaching the bottom layer to a large piece of color cardstock or watercolor paper.

5

rotate each square layer a little bit to scramble the words and turn your text into an abstract work of art!