These mini tetra charms are super quick and fun to sew (they are also pretty addictive). All you need is a tiny scrap and a little stuffing and you are minutes away from a completed charm. I have no real plans/reason for these yet but I love making them. There is something so satisfying about the shape and size and variety of colors together. They are lucky charms or bookmarks (on a longer string) or garlands or jewelry.
I came across a tutorial years ago on the mairuru blog (she has lots of great diys) but got around to trying them just lately.
I made charms in two sizes – very mini – using a rectangle 2 ½ by 1 ¼ inches and a larger size using a rectangle 2 by 4 inches.
Cut your rectangles and follow the diy here.
You can also make an even larger version for a pincushion or pattern weight. Start with a rectangle twice as long as wide.
The name, tetra, comes from their shape – tetrahedron- a triangular pyramid. The construction is magical and simple. You can also make little paper packages with pretty much the same technique. Check out this vintage tetra milk carton. So cool, but it apparently did not stand the test of time…
I also made the packages in 2 sizes. The smaller size is made using a 4 ½ by 6 inch rectangle and the larger with a 6 by 8 rectangle. If you’re using heavier paper like card stock the larger size is best. For the little one I used kraft paper. a shopping bag is ideal.
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Roll the paper into a tube, overlapping the edges and tape or (glue stick) them. I used washi tape. Double sided tape is also great for the join.
Fold the edge over twice. You can glue or staple or even sew the edge. It also does not need to be folded – you could trim the edge instead. Put treats or surprises (or little tetra charms inside).
Close the other end with the taped join on the side instead of the middle, fold and staple.
And we gotta talk about the stapler. Who new staples could be so charming? It was a Christmas gift and everything about it is appealing, the box it comes in, the midcentury design and the tiny staples. You can find it here * this is an affiliate link meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through the link.
I love the simple little packages! You can find more variations of them and other simple and sweet packaging ideas on my pinterest packaging board.