It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.
Paper Day, Part 4: Fold a Paper Wallet
Guess what I learned today?!
Traveling through Morocco and southern Spain, Stregoi fell in love with the Moorish patterns and mosaic that characterize the architecture and spaces
So, he created this amazing pendant lamp inspired by these patterns, and shares his templates so you can make one of your own.
I'm thankful I don't have a caffeine addiction. I really like coffee, and tea, (and, unfortunately, Coca Cola, but I try to avoid it the best I can), but promised myself I would never get in the habit of it defining my morning.
But, I get it, especially in January. A warm, complex beverage to wrap your hands around, and savor. And I think it'd be even better enjoyed in a handmade, customized mug.
So, I kinda love this project by Design Mom. Like, love it a lot. Like, wish I'd known about those porcelain markers so I coulda come up with it myself. Cause if I had, this is exactly what I'd make with one.
I know it sounds weird, but over the holidays, I needed to use Shrinky Dinks for one of my gifts. See, I got my sweetheart a vacation, but you can't really wrap that up and put it under the tree. Plus, even if I put the travel arrangements in a box, that's only one gift, and not how I do things.
So, I came up with a series of clues and hints to slowly unveil what the ultimate present would be. Anyway, for one of them, I needed to make a Shrinky Dink.
I actually know how to make Shrinky Dinks, cause my science teacher parents always made us make our own instead of getting the cool California Raisin or Thundercats ones from the store. Which was pretty annoying when I was a kid, but kinda sweet now.
Today's been a day of snow and special places, so let's finish it up with the perfect combo: a handmade igloo in your very own backyard. I mean, it's cold outside, you've probably got some extra time off this week, and when it's all over, you've got an igloo in your backyard. Oh, and its free.
I actually don't think I like marshmallows. I mean, Lucky Charms are pretty good, and I don't mind a s'more once a year, but I say keep them away from my hot chocolate.
But, admittedly, I've never had real marshmallow. A light and fluffy, just-sweet-enough tasty treat whipped up at home. And looking at this recipe, I'm pretty sure I could be convinced otherwise.
I'm still keeping up with my handmade only Christmas gifts this year, which, if you ask me, means I also gotta create my own wrapping paper. I added a typographic punch to brown craft paper, and made a super fast hand drawn snowflake paper, but decided I needed a little color under my tree. Not wanting to spend a ton of time, I whipped up several sheets of mod hand-printed paper in under an hour.
Here's how to do it:
I'm an enormous fan of bent plywood furniture. The subtle curving shapes of the precedent-setting Eames chairs are amazing:
And while it's not impossible to do at home, it would take a lot of gear, time, and money. Individual layers are steamed and then laminated (glued on top of each other) over two-sided forms, forming curved plywood.
These days, I rarely run into a styrofoam cup. And I'm quite thankful, as extruded polystyrene foam does not biodegrade for hundreds of years, and the its manufacturing process produces a whole buncha junk that no one wants in the air. So, when you come across one, what is there to do but sink your teeth around the rim?
Why, make these fancy shaped vases, of course...
Ever now and again, Dominic Wilcox's clever War Bowls cross my path. I spied them online eight or so years ago, then two years later, one was on display at my local contemporary art museum, then I read an interview with Wilcox in a magazine, and on and on.
When I recently ran into them again, it occurred to me..."Maybe I should make one?" Then, as we all do when we have a light bulb moment, I Googled it.
Rebekah Greiman of Potholes and Pantyhose is all kinds of fun. Her website is a neverending collage of witty images, random bursts of energy, and pretty clever crafty projects.
Like these super sparkly snowflakes, which look like a cross between Sputnik and some dangerous weapon from either 1350 or 3350. One or the other.
This year, I vowed to only make or buy handmade holiday gifts for my friends and family, and I've kept to it so far. But wrapping these gifts in commercial paper didn't seem to make much sense, so I wanted to create some handmade gift wrap to match. I happen to think a gift wrapped in newsprint is actually quite attractive, and love the look of text on a package, but wanted to put in a little more effort. So I came up with a cool option that's clean, masculine, and maintains the typographic look of the newsprint. Plus, it eliminates the need for any "to:/from" tags, as the recipient's name is right there in tasteful type.
Once I figured it out, it was actually quite easy and quick - less than ten minutes per gift. The unbleached brown craft paper is only $1.25 per roll, and the book pages came from 25¢ war novel at the secondhand shop. To me, this beats the pants off of any mass-produced "Ho Ho Ho" paper in both price and style.
Here's how to do it: