I am a braille transcriber and I have been creating and sharing braille designs for many years. I design the patterns just for fun and share them freely here.
People sometimes ask about the size of the braille paper that is required to make these braille drawings. I have created this chart to guide people who wish to try making these braille designs.
For reference, 29 braille cells are accommodated on an 8 ½ X 11 braille paper, while 40 cells are accommodated on an 11 X 11 braille paper. Colored large paper can be purchased where scrapbooking supplies are sold.
All patterns were developed on a 40 cell width paper. The used cells may be reduced by subtracting the number of unused cells at the beginning of each row. I have noted the amount to be subtracted on the designs which can accommodate 29 cells on the instructions.
Note: Some shorter designs may be accommodated on 8 ½ X 11 if the paper can be turned landscape (sideways) in the brailler. The 8 ½” paper accommodates 17 rows. An example of this accommodation is the bat.
Just for Fun Design 
Used Cells 
29 Cell Adjustment: Small Paper 
Angel  29 
29 cell adjustment:
Subtract 3 spaces at the beginning of each row

Apple  24  None needed 
Bat  37  29 cell adjustment: Landscape on short paper 
Bird  18  None needed 
Birthday Cake  30 
29 cell adjustment:
Subtract 2 spaces at the beginning of each row
Eliminate last cell on row 15
(Alternant method Landscape paper)

Birthday Cake Slice  12  None needed 
Boat  40 
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper  Tight fit

12  None needed  
Candy Canes (Double)  22  None needed 
Christmas Tree  28  None needed 
Computer  39  Cannot be accommodated 
Darth Vader  40  Cannot be accommodated 
Dinosaur (TRex)  26  None needed 
Dragon  38  Cannot be accommodated 
32  Cannot be accommodated  
Duck on Pond  40 
29 cell adjustment:
Eliminate last cells on last row

Easter Basket with eggs  30 
29 cell adjustment:
Subtract 3 of beginning spaces on each row;
Row 3: eliminate 1 of the first “g”s;
Rows 415: eliminate one space in middle of each row;
Rows1623 subtract one full cell from each row

Easter Eggs  12  None needed 
Elf  31 
29 cell adjustment:
Subtract 4 spaces at the beginning of each row;
Eliminate last cell on row 7;
Eliminate last 2 cells on rows 8 & 9
(removes ball on hat)

Flower in a pot  18  None needed 
24  None needed  
31 
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper  Tight fit


Menorah  40  Cannot be accommodated 
Pie (This is done sideways and then turned.)  13  None needed 
Pirate Ship  39 
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper  Tight fit if you eliminate the first 4 rows

Pot of Gold  37 
29 cell adjustment:
Subtract 3 spaces at the beginning of each row;
Eliminate end of row 16: make “with”, make 2 full cells, make “of”;
Eliminate end of row 17: , make “er”, make 2 full cells, make “q”, Space 1 time, make “with”, make 2 full cells, make “of”;
Eliminate end of row 18: make “er”, make 2 full cells, make “q”,
Eliminate end of row 19: make “with”, make 2 full cells, make “of”;
Eliminate rows 20 & 21
(removes all but one fallen coin)

34 
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper  Tight fit


Pumpkin  Small  29  None needed 
Santa  35  Cannot be accommodated 
Scarecrow  34 
29 cell adjustment:
Subtract 4 spaces at the beginning of each row;
Eliminate row 13;
Eliminate any extra ending cells that do not fit
(Not as nice looking, but good enough)

Shamrock  24  None needed 
Smilie Face  17  None needed 
Snowman  40  Cannot be accommodated 
Spider  40 
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper

Star of David  34  Cannot be accommodated 
Tow Truck  24  None needed 
Treasure Chest  38 
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper

Tulips  40 
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper

Turkey for Dinner  36  Cannot be accommodated 
Turkey  37  Cannot be accommodated 
Two Doves  22  None needed 
Witch  37  Cannot be accommodated 
Yoda  39 
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper

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