Oh yeah, I know — not another wreath, please!!! Sometimes too much of a good thing can just make you blurry-eyed. But I really fell in love with those book page wreaths that I found first at Living with Lindsay . I found other versions here and here and here
Well, I did post a
lousy photo a while back of a wreath I made from the little foil snack bags but I was able to get a much better picture this time (but I saved it for almost last). I had already made a few of the wreaths from the book pages using Lindsay’s tutorial. Here they are:
Anyway I had all these little plastic foil snack bags that I wanted to use, so I thought the bright colors would make a great wreath. Again, using Lindsay’s tutorial as a guide, I cut the bags open then cut them into three (almost equal) pieces across the length and proceeded to heat up the glue gun. One thing I discovered while gluing these in place was that the plastic foil gets extremely hot and you have to hold each piece in place a bit longer than with just paper. My fingers were one major mass of tenderness for about 2 days. It’s difficult to see in this photo, but I had enough pieces to put 2 rows around the outside edge and another 2 rows around the inside. That left me with a big white space in between, so I filled it in with telephone book pages (probably a good thing – tone down that shiny glare from the foil) and then added some foil-lined wrapping paper that I cut to look like a tinsel garland (that’s the blue & white frilly-looking stuff in the middle). Still needed something, so I glued in two different kusodama flowers I had laying around and splashed some acrylic bluewash onto the phonebook paper. Not sure I like the way it looks in this photo, but it actually looks pretty decent hanging on the wall.
Okay, so I saved the best for last. When I showed my friend Nik how to make a kusudama ball with the origami flowers, she played around with them and came up with this cute wreath. It’s about `12 inches across. I love it!! How about you?
I want to show you my new gift box. It’s eco-friendly (made from old newspapers) and it’s handwoven. We have these sitting under the tree(s) in the shop and they are getting plenty of attention from everyone who comes in to browse around. They sell so quickly, we just had to hire a couple of school kids to fold a supply of strips for us so we can just keep making them.
Okay, we’ve all seen the handwoven baskets make from old newspapers — matter of fact, that’s what got me started on this tack. I ran across Jeffrey Rudell’s basket tutorial last year and made a few of those (much smaller versions – like tabletop catch-alls). But I have this shop and sell handmade ornaments. So I thought maybe I could make custom size gift boxes for them. So, after experimenting a bit, these are what I came up with. Of course, I also had to check them out with different colors. They’re cute as is, but look fabulous with some ribbon and a fabric flower or other embellishment.
What do you think? Better with..or without? I also tried some with a wood stain finish…(pardon the poor quality photo)
I’d love to get some feedback on these little boxes.
Nik and I made these cute recycled package decorations that can double as ornaments. We embellished them with a bit of ribbon and metallic cord.
Just cut your shape out of a piece of cardboard (cereal box is good); for the butterfly we cut only the two wings. Then we took some old (cleaned) foil and fitted and glued it to the cutout shapes. For the butterfly’s body, take a strip of newspaper and twist and shape it until you have the body shape; wrap and glue on the foil, then make two slits along the side for the wings and glue them in. Embellish to your heart’s delight!
These are pretty sturdy, so can be reused.
So I became intrigued with the cardboard tube stars/flowers/snowflakes I saw posted all over the web and tried to do some of my own. These are some samples:
The two larger ones are wrapped with fabric scraps I had left over, then covered with a semi-sheer fabric, and I coated the edges with glitter. The white one is just painted silver around the outside and then I glued on some white lacy trim.
I kept thinking there must be other things I can make with this stuff, then – lo and behold! – as I was playing around with them, a dragonfly took shape. But I didn’t want to cover the wings with fabric, so I tried using the coiled foil designs I had used for the lotus sculpture. These are a few of the results:
The one on the left is cardboard tube frame with cardboard backing; the fill for the wings and body is quilled foil paper strips, and the outside is foil wrapping paper. The red dragonfly is ribbon-wrapped cardboard with kanzashi-folded red Asian motif and gold mesh fabrics; edges trimmed with gold cording. On the back I used the same red fabric, but just glued it onto the frame and cut to shape.
Well, gotta get back to work. I’m trying to finish a rush order, but needed a short break. More next time. Let me know if you like these. And Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Okay, I’m not a treehugger — never have been, never will be. That said, I do delight in nature’s clean fresh beauty. Living in Bali has brought me a new appreciation and awareness of my eco-surroundings, and inspired me to make better use (or reuse) of materials that would otherwise contribute to our still semi-primitive waste disposal problems. Today’s post is basically just a few words and some photos about some of the crafts I’ve been working on within that context for my business for the past few months. I’d like to get some feedback and welcome any comments on these. The first one is my Lotus sculpture:
My assistant, Nik, provided the inspiration for my Lotus when she presented me with her Yoga Meditation sculpture:
Isn’t that awesome! — she’s so creative. But that wasn’t all…
We do mostly handmade Christmas items – ornaments, garlands, etc. – so Nik made these one day.
We call them Origami Drops, and sell them in a 12-pack assortment. They’re really cute, and have become quite popular.
Hope you like these little creations. More to come.