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: Fashion Paper bouquet

I wanted to make this project for a long time but I encountered a bit of trouble the first time I tried it. I knew it wasn’t hard but it needed time and patience.

I like real flowers but I have a problem with changing them or throwing them away. Also, I have lots of old magazines just laying around the house so now was as good a time as any to start work. The blue vase is from IKEA and I filled it with decorative sand in two colors – white and pink. I didn’t think I had to fill it  but the paper bouquet was pretty heavy and the willow twig wasn’t strong enough to hold it in the center.

So this is my version of a flower bouquet, meant to brighten your day!

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Project: Asian B-day Card

After creating the first pop-up card for my friend and partner, I got a special request. I had to make a birthday card for a friend that is fascinated with Asia. The only building that I had a diagram for was the Golden Pavilion in Japan built in 1397 as a retirement home.

So the card was supposed to be colorful so I decided to use a glossy anniversary exterior and glue some cubist wrapping paper to enhance the golden pavilion. Hope you like it!

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Project: Willow nest

I really love the shape of trees, especially when it is used in stencils and in jewelry so I decided to make…something.  It’s actually not related to any of the two categories mentioned above but I did it anyway.

Last winter, I was walking through my parents’ garden and I saw the branches of a “curly” willow. They looked perfect as they were, just sitting in a vase. But then I thought something was missing so I made a few white origami flowers to attach to the branches.

After a few days I bought an electric blue paint and I thought the contrast between it and the flowers would look awesome so I decided to color the wood (It took forever because I had to use a brush to avoid the already-glued flowers).

Then I found this amazing white bird in a hobby store and I decided to adopt it and place her in the willow nest. Now, this arrangement sits on my living room table.


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*Photographing this project actually made play around in the light graffiti department.

Project: Butterflies on the runaway

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I starting making butterflies a few years ago for my sister’s wedding. I had to create 120 pieces with 12 different models, so I choose the prettiest but also the easiest ones.  I haven’t gotten to this final stage of a butterfly before now, because I made my own variation of the main blueprint so I can still get that “awwww…that’s so cute!” effect without spending 30 minutes on one.

I liked the model so much that I decided to make something wearable. I used a red/purple waxed paper and double taped it. I found some nice material from my mum’s secret stash and covered it.  I have to say it wasn’t a picnic,  I had to make the finish touch using a super glue so the wings could stick to their position.

I could say: blood, sweat and tears were shed, but I would be lying 🙂 I will improve my project and come back with better results.

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