Origami Wall Art

Origami Art What do I hang on the walls? That is the question I’ve been asking myself since we’ve moved into our new house.  Currently I have a few pieces of art scattered around the house.  But besides that, my walls are blank.  I feel like I’m living in a house with no soul.  So to remedy the problem, I decided to make a few origami pieces for a large blank space in our living room.  The origami art pictured above is just a quick-look into the project. It’s not a lot but it’s what I’ve been up to.

How about you guys?  Did you make anything interesting over the weekend?

*The directions for the stars can be found in the book Origami Paper Motif Pattern by Tomoko Fuse.

Craft Trend: Woven Wall Hangings

DIY Woven Wall HangingsHave you noticed in just the past year how popular woven wall hangings have become?  It seems like every time I pick up a design magazine or scroll through Pinterest I find one.  There are so many great designs out there to make and buy.  But since I’m partial to DIY, I’ve put together a list of tutorials for woven wall hangings.

Starting Top Left Clockwise in Image:

1. Black & White Wall Hanging by A Beautiful Mess – You’ll also find a couple other tutorials specifically for wall hangings.

2. Tassel Wall Hanging by Honestly WTF – they use a frame as their weaving tool

3. Macrame Wall Hanging by Brit + Co – all you need is a wooden dowel and some jersey fabric to start making this

4. Bold and Colorful Tapestry by The Gathered Home – this tapestry is made by using latch hook techniques

Japanese Craft Book: Mizuhiki Arrangement

Mizuhiki Craft BookWhile at the Kinokuniya bookstore in San Francisco, I came across a new mizuhiki book.  I’m sure there are a many Japanese mizuhiki books available but I rarely see them. So of course I had to get it. I liked that the book had a good balance of traditional and contemporary uses for mizuhiki.

For those not with familiar with mizuhiki, it’s a cord made out rice paper. They come in a variety of colors and sometimes stripes.  The cord is often used to make decorative knots that are found on cards and gifts.

Mizuhiki Craft Book 2mizuhiki flamingos

Mizuhiki Craft Book 4Decorative knots as embellishments

Mizuhiki Craft Book 3These knots were used for napkin rings, utensil holders, and wine glass charms.

For those interested in Mizuhiki Arrangements, the ISBN # is 978-4-7678-1653-1.

Printable Origami Paper

printable origami paperHave you ever noticed that most of the origami paper sold is either “traditional Japanese patterns” or solid colors? Solids and traditional prints are nice but sometimes I want something more contemporary.  So, I decided to make my own origami print.  I call it, “mini washi tape”.  It’s bright, fun, whimsical and free to download for all. Enjoy.

printable origami paper 2Click here for a PDF of the “mini washi tape” origami paper

DIY Pom Pom Rug

DIY Pom Pom Rug 3I finally finished the pom pom rug for my daughter’s room!  I can’t tell you how good it feels to have this rug finished. And through the process, I learned a few things about these rugs. For starters, there’s a reason they’re usually small in scale.  The pom poms take a long time to make and it takes up a lot of yarn.  So if you want to make one, keep this in mind.  Pom pom rugs are not a cheaper alternative to regular rugs unless you have a very large stash of yarn you want to get rid of.  And with that said, on to the tutorial.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 5I’ve seen a few tutorials that suggest using a non-slip rug mat as your base.  I don’t recommend this because they are made out of flimsy rubber and rip easy.  If you’re going to go through the trouble of making a pom pom rug, I recommend Latch Rug Canvas.  I purchased this one on Amazon.  You can probably find it at fabric and craft stores as well.


Pom pom maker

Yarn –  wool is always best but very expensive.  I made mine with a soft acrylic


Latch Rug Canvas

Masking Tape

DIY Pom Pom Rug 11.Make the desired amount of pom poms for your rug.  Leave about a 6in tail to attach the pom poms later.

I made my pom poms in two colors and two sizes to achieve a variety of texture.  I also made my pom poms full by trimming them down.  For a more shaggy look, trim your pom poms less.

* I was able to get about 10 full pom poms (2 inches in diameter) from a 5oz ball of yarn

DIY Pom Pom Rug 72.  Thread the tails of you pom poms trough two different squares on your latch rug canvas.  Tie a knot on the back side of the canvas.  I made a triple knot for good measure.  Continue to do this until all your pom poms are attached to the canvas.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 6This is what the back looks like. I trimmed the tails to one inch after I made the knots.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 83.  To finish the back of the rug, cut the canvas into sections.  Refer to the black dotted lines in the top figure.

4.  Fold the sections over and tape down with masking tape.  Make sure the canvas is not showing in the front of your rug.

* Alternative to steps 3 & 4 – You could just cut away the excess canvas.

DIY Pom Pom Rug  4This pom pom rug measures 32in x 23in and took about 150 pom poms to make.

*I recommend making some extra pom poms to have on hand in the event that a pom pom comes apart.

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