If you are living in Canada like me, chances are you feel like Spring will never ever arrive, but I still have hope for Mother Nature!
In Japan, hanami (cheery blossom viewing) season will soon begin and I still miss it very much. In an attempt to make our home feel a little more like hanami, I decided to make a bunch of mini origami sakura from small origami paper and my stash of Japanese washi/chiyogami.
If you would like to make these adorable origami sakura for a fun Spring craft, check out the diagram below, or check out the Origami Club animated instructions here: http://en.origami-club.com/flowers/sakura2/anime-sakura/index.html
You can arrange these sakura blossoms on cards, canvases, hang them up, dress up mirrors/windows, create jewelry -anything you can think of!
Check back soon to see what I did with my mini sakura origami. I hope you love it!
I love all kinds of crafts. Normally, I love to try intricate and difficult craft projects, but most days, I just feel like making something quick and easy.
For those of you wanting to recycle magazines or scraps of paper, here’s a sweet and easy envelope that you can make out of a heart shape.
You will need:
- Scrap paper (magazines, newspapers, gift wrapping…)
- Double-sided tape or glue stick
How to Make It
Start with your piece of paper. Any size will work, but just remember that the bigger your piece, the bigger the envelope.
Fold the paper in half lengthwise.
Draw half a heart shape from the folded edge (the folded edge should be the middle of the heart). Cut it out.
Open it up.
Flip it upside down and fold in the sides (about one quarter in).
Fold the bottom end up (about one third). Secure the sides with double-sided tape or glue.
Fold the top third down.
There you are, quick and easy envelopes with a cute sweetheart design when the envelope is opened up.
Make them from excess wrapping paper to match gifts, use up interesting pamphlets, flyers and magazines or decorate some plain scrap paper for a more personal touch.
My Christmas budget is quite small this year, so I decided to get creative for home decorations. I looked around the house to see what kind of materials I had on hand and managed to gather a few empty cardboard boxes and old yarn. This is what I ended up making:
Each hanging wreath was cut out of an empty cardboard box and then covered with yarn. All I did was secure the end of the yarn with a knot and wrapped the wreath until it was tightly covered.
These lovely little bells are from my old Christmas decoration stash, so I decided to use them in this arrangement instead. I only looped them on the top of the wreath so that I have the option to take them off or swap decorations without fuss.
Here is a closeup of the lettering. The word ‘Noel’ is also cut out from an empty tissue box, then wrapped up with yarn. They may look a bit imperfect, but it’s my handwriting, so I think it looks more authentic *^_^*
If you have any fun holiday decorations that you would like to share, please send me a message or comment below! You can also get more ideas from my Pinterest page!
Here are a few small boxes that I decorated as “goodie bags” for my Birthday (yes, I still enjoy giving goodie bags and I think I always will).
The plain kraft paper boxes are approximately 10cm x 10cm x 5.5cm and only cost $1 each.
I tied them up with plain string and added a mini card made from Japanese paper.
I adore these boxes because they were cheap, helped me use up craft string that I already had at home and scraps of my favourite type of paper. Afterwards, the boxes can be reused in the same way or decorated with a collage, paints or even gold leaf.
They are simple and have a soft nature theme, which is exactly what I love.
As many of you may already know, I’m one of those people who can’t throw certain things away. I wouldn’t call myself a hoarder because I fairly regularly clean house (toss, donate, give away), but there are so many things that I know I can recycle or repurpose as a craft project. The main problem is that I never get around to actually making any of these wonderful crafts…. hence the pile up of boxes, bags and other random objects. It has become my crafting Everest.
In order to use up most of my mountain, I’ve decided to make a children’s play castle. I have lots of different ideas for this project, so I’ll have to create a general plan to stay on track, otherwise it may become the never ending castle craft.
Here are some of the materials that I have to work with:
The majority is empty mail boxes, tissue boxes and I’ll add a few scrap cardboard paper and fabric for the finishing touches.
I’ll try to post my progress when I can and please send over your suggestions for making it better/different!