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Real Simple Paper Constructions

Since 2005, paper constructionist Matthew Sporzynski has filled the pages of Real Simple with his interpretations of everything from cupcakes to campgrounds. Check out these themed galleries of his awe-inspiring creations. (We don't know how he does it, either.)

Paper Work

Two reasons artist Matthew Sporzynski's paper petals are better than the real things: They're thorn-free and they last forever.

Artist Matthew Sporzynski covers culinary delights—from soup to nuts.

Paper construction of kitchen by Matthew Sporzynski

Home and Garden

Cleaning, cooking, and organizing may not be your most tempting to-dos, but artist Matthew Sporzynski manages to make them look quite appealing.
Photo: Monica Buck

Paper Sculptures: Fashion and Beauty

Artist Matthew Sporzynski tackles stylish subjects from head (hats, scarves) to toe (heels).
Photo: Monica Buck


These symbols of love by artist Matthew Sporzynski will stand the test of time. Just like your marriage.
Photo: Deborah McClinton

Money and Politics

Yes, actual greenbacks were used in some of these patriotic creations by artist Matthew Sporzynski.
Photo: Monica Buck
Paper construction of kitchen by Matthew Sporzynski
Paper construction of a jewelry box by Matthew Sporzynski
Paper construction of a wedding bouquet by Matthew Sporzynski
Paper construction of The White House by Matthew Sporzynski

Crafty Ideas

Dryer Lint Elephant

58 Crafty New Uses for Old Things
Creative transformations for ordinary household items.

Children drawing and making cards

13 Homemade Thank-You Note Ideas
Clever ways to give thanks.

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Craft Supply Checklist

Keep these supplies on hand so you can tackle your next DIY project with ease.

  • Scissors. Store them apart from your kitchen shears to keep them sharp.

    Related: The Best Scissors

  • Utility knife. For cutting along a straight edge or around places your scissors can’t.
  • Self-healing cutting mat. Protect your tabletop while working on a project.

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