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.

Supplies:

Pom pom maker

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

Scissors

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.

Printable: Origami Kokeshi Doll

Origami Kokeshi DollEvery year I create a special post for the Japanese holiday Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day or Doll’s Day, March 3).  Usually it’s a tutorial or a round-up of crafts relating to Girls’ Day.  This year I decided to make an origami kokeshi doll for the occasion.  You can make one too with the PDF file provided below.

Origami Kokeshi Doll 3Click here for the PDF.  You’ll notice in the PDF there’s a copyright stamp on the image.  When you fold up the doll, you will not be able to see it.

Print image and cut out with scissors.

Kokeshi doll origami instructionsKokeshi Doll Instructions

1.  Start with print side facing down.

2.  Fold edges to the center of the paper. Flip paper over.

3.  Using the bottom of the white rectangle as a guide, fold the paper down (refer to fig. 3).

4.  Your paper should look something like fig. 4.  Fold the paper up using the bottom of the white rectangle as your guide.

5.  You should now be able to see just the face and body (no white).  Refer to fig 5  Flip paper over.

6.  Fold flaps in and unfold.  Refer to fig 6.

7.  Begin to fold flap over to the right.  Refer to fig 7.

8.  Continue to fold until the flap meets at the center.  Refer to fig 8.

9.  Your paper should now look like fig 9.

10.  Repeat on right side.  Refer to fig 10.

11.  Fold all four corners in.  Refer to fig 11.

12.  Fold left and right sides in.  Refer to fig 12.

13.  The back of your doll should look like fig 13.  Flip image over and you’re done.

Origami Kokeshi Doll 2You can make your doll stand up if you pull the back flaps out a little.  It takes a little finessing to get it to balance.

Cute Sticker Flakes

kawaii sticker flakes 2Snow Globes & Animals by Amifa

Have you checked out the latest designs for stickers lately?  The other day I was doing just that and was taken aback by all the unique and detailed images.  There were a couple of brands that really stood out to me and I thought you might like them too.

Pictured above are stickers form Amifa.  They are also called “sticker flakes” or “seals”.  This just means they come as separate pieces and not on one sheet.  What makes these stickers special is they’re designed to overlap.  The snow globes are clear and you place them over the animal stickers.

kawaii sticker flakes 4Here’s another set of Amifa stickers.  I found these for sale on My Risu.  They’re little sticker frames designed to place over pictures or art.  The picture with the cat demonstrates this.

kawaii sticker flakes 3These clear little bottle stickers are made by Mind Wave.  The top picture shows the full assortment of bottle stickers and the picture below it gives you a better idea of what they look like up close.  As you can see they’re transparent which means you can place them over drawings and pictures.  These would be great for art journaling.

kawaii sticker flakesAny boba tea fans out there?  If so, these cute little stickers by Beagle Cakes are just for you.  They’re illustrated by Maggie who is the owner of Beagle Cakes.

What are your favorite sticker brands?  Please share in the comments.

DIY Washi Tape Bookmarks

DIY Washi Tape BookmarkFeel like doing a little crafting today?  Grab a couple rolls of your favorite washi tape and try your hands at this simple bookmark.

Supplies:

Used envelopes

Scissors

Washi Tape

DIY Washi Tape Bookmark 11. Cut the corner of an envelope off.  Refer to dotted lines.  You can also use the other corner for a second bookmark.

DIY Washi Tape Bookmark 22.  Your triangle should look something like the image on the left.  If you cut it correctly, it will be a little triangle pocket.

3.  Start covering the triangle with washi tape.

DIY Washi Tape Bookmark 34.  Once the entire triangle is covered, cut off the excess tape.  Refer to orange dotted lines.

5.  Flip over the triangle and repeat steps 3 and 4. Done

Now you just need to find a good book to read.

Craft Book: Cut Out + Keep

Craft Book - Cut Out + KeepCut Out + Keep: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects

If Cut Out + Keep sounds familiar to you, that’s because it’s also a very popular craft community site.  Now the owners of the site (Cat Morley and Tom Waddington) have written their own craft book.  But it’s not just a craft book, it’s also a  journal of their travels through each of the 50 states!

Craft Book - Cut Out + Keep 3For each state there are pictures from the places Cat and Tom visited.  They also share about what they did and thought of each state.
Craft Book - Cut Out + Keep 4In Cut Out + Keep you will also find a craft project inspired by each state. The state of Wyoming was the inspiration for this Jackalope Jewelry Holder.

Craft Book - Cut Out + Keep 2Cut Out + Keep also includes a few recipes.  This recipe stood out to me because I’ve always wanted to try a pie shake.  Maybe I’ll make one now that I have a recipe for it.

Overall, this book has a good variety of projects including, crochet, jewelry, sewing,and more.  The tutorials are easy to understand and there’s a lot of step-by-step photos.  I could see this book really appealing to teenagers (high school age) for its more edgier crafts.  To learn more about Cut Out + Keep, you can visit Laurence King.

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