Project: Rose paper bouquet

I always wanted to make some paper flowers using my origami skills and materials but after a full day of trying I realized that if I wanted to make some realistic flowers I should:

  1. Travel to China for some advanced origami courses, buy or make my own paper and then use a large square to make a very small flower after a few hours of work
  2. Look for an alternative method on the web and discover that I never thought about crepe paper since kindergarten.

I took the second option as you probably would have guessed and a whole new world opened for me, where the crepe paper was the queen and king. I googled some tutorials and I eventually found out that the most popular flower was the rose.  So for my first trial I went for a rose bouquet. I bought gardening wires, paper tape and crepe paper. It’s very easy to make but it’s time consuming (maybe because I‘m new to this). I made about 17 roses for this project.

I will try some other types of bouquets to see which is the best one but in the meantime I will leave you with this project to judge and comment on.


Project: Wedding treats for special guests

One of my dear and old friends has gotten married recently and besides the gift I wanted to give her,  I offered to create something special for the ceremony.

So the tradition is to give some sort of souvenir to all participants so that they can remember your wedding. A few months ago I talked to the future bride and after an hour, we almost decided not to make anything. We concluded that besides your family and maybe very, very close friends, nobody keeps the souvenirs they receive at someone else’s wedding.

But after years of ceremonies with souvenirs we couldn’t help but consider a wedding without them, some sort of bad luck.  The brainstorm began and the final idea was to give them candy, but in a more fancy way.

So this how the Chinese boxes were born. All 186 of them. The color of the box was picked by the bride to match her dress tone and the red paper inside was chosen to match the color of the ballroom (they had a huge red chandelier). The wax seal I used was also red to complete the look of the box and the two hearts were just perfect for the event.

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Project:Sand filled syrup bottle

Yes, as I wrote in the title I used a syrup bottle from IKEA :).  I think it was cranberry flavored. I really liked the bottle and I wanted to keep it, but not in a functional way but rather in a decorative one.

First, I tried removing the labels but apparently IKEA doesn’t want you to do that because after five different methods I was only able to remove the paper but not the glue. It looked awful and I had to find a solution  – wrap it with string. I bought a nice dark grey string with just a bit of colored thread in it.

My vision of using curly willow branches is never ending and this project is no exception. I bought a turquoise spray so I can color more and easy. As you can see, I was so psyched about it that I even colored some sand I found (FYI, I learned this is not the way to obtain colored sand).

It seemed it was missing something, so I added some origami cherry blossoms, made from  patterned paper. For filling, I used 3 types of sand (white, black and handmade turquoise).

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Project: DIY Missoni inspired shoes

Customize ALL the things! This seems to be the rule by which we live our life lately. Joking aside, a while ago, when it was too cold to even dare to think about leaving the house without a pair of boots or wellies, I found this awesome R29 DIY tutorial here. As I was previously drooling over the real deal Missoni for Target shoes but knew that I could never get my hands on one pair I knew I had to try this DIY project.

If you want and have the patience to make your own pair everything is explained step by step on Refinery 29’s website so there would be no use for me to waste any more words.

All that I will say is that you’ll need a pair of simple, white canvas trainers and some textile markers. I found my pair of shoes in New Look and they were a bargain. Sadly, I can’t find them on their website, maybe they are sold out. Anyway, you can find something similar in H&M, like these babies over here. I actually didn’t use textile markers as I couldn’t be bothered with going out and buying some, so I used Sharpies instead.

Now, all I have to do is put some shoelaces on them, take them out for a spin ’round town and pray that it won’t rain. If it will rain I’ll make sure to tell you all about how I ruined them.

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Project: Colorful bow dress

Let’s start with a disclaimer: this dress was not made by us, we just pimped it 🙂 We thought we should start small and begin with a half done project. This dress was perfect because it was simple, two-colored and made out of cotton.

My single and most important problem was that the top was see-through and the only location I would wear such a thing is to beach. (maybe it’s just me). On a trip to IKEA we found this cool colorful material which we bought not knowing exactly what we would do with it. Until we bought the dress. The two, clicked, made love and produced the dress shown below.

Our idea was to create a dress that would be different from 80% of the dresses out there. After seeing the front you would have thought, “oh, it is ok but not special”, but when you saw the back: “hey, that’s pretty :)”.

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Project: Wire necklace with a touch of turquoise

Apparently turquoise is my favorite color. If you would have asked me what my favorite color was, I would not have said turquoise, but then again what do I know.

So, for this necklace I was inspired by a bracelet I own, the metal wire was thicker but mine did the job pretty well, I think. The beads are plastic and they cannot be put on a wire, so the only way to use them was to glue them.

The actual shape of the wire wasn’t really thought through or planned. I can describe it as a curly-golden-thin-wiry hair.  Hope you like it.

The best part of this project is that it can be worn in two different ways: as it is shown in the pictures or around the neck (the material is flexible and light so you don’t have to worry about suffocating yourself 🙂 ).

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Project: Turquoise Hourglass

After (only) 4 months I decided to use my metal wires which I bought from a Chinese market.  My stock included gold, green and blue so I decided not to discriminate and use them all. I didn’t have a clear idea what I could make but I was watching TV one night and I began braiding them. After I finished one I decided to make a cage and fill it with beads.

Well, as you can see the cage was transformed into an hourglass 🙂 I glued the beads together so they  don’t  fall out.

I hope you like it.

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