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).
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!
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!
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.
*Photographing this project actually made play around in the light graffiti department.
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.
This origami figurine was one of my favourites because you could use three different types of paper and you could get a stunning effect with little effort. The tail of the peacock was actually made using the same technique we all use when we get bored and we play with a napkin 🙂
I wanted to create an oversized figurine, the biggest I could make using paper I could find in architecture shops. The body and crown were made from white patterned paper and the tail was actually sold as a wrapping paper. As you can see, there is a big difference between the actual body and the tail and that’s because I didn’t have the heart to cut such a nice and beautiful news print wrapping paper.
I had this gold paper bought for origami projects in general but somehow I couldn’t bring myself to use it at anything. It was so nice that I wanted to be very sure that my project would enhance the “golden beauty”.
A few months ago I found a book about architectural origami (this is a cool way of saying pop-up building book). The designs are ordered by difficulty but I found myself frustrated at the second design which was the London Eye.
The template which you had to reproduce was half of a A4 paper size model. I started cutting and I noticed I couldn’t finish the model because some pieces I had to carve were small and curvy. It was like a surgeon operating on a flea. So I decided then, to take my golden paper and do the Eye on a larger scale.
It took me 3 hours to finish it because of the heavy drawing, cutting and folding. In conclusion, I realised two things:
1. It wasn’t such a good idea to use the golden paper because it was too thin to stay stiff.
2. I can be a hand model now after pressing on a knife for 2 hours.