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Printable: Origami Chopstick Holder

printable origami paper for chopstick holdersHave you ever heard someone say, “Itadakimasa” right before they start to eat?  It basically means “let’s eat” in Japanese. It’s comparable to saying, “bon appetit” or “thanks for the food”. With that in mind, I chose to incorporate it into the chopstick holders.  I like that it gives the chopstick cases a bold and contemporary look.

For the origami paper printable, click here.  Print on colored copy paper.  I didn’t add color to the printable so it would use less ink.  Directions to fold the chopstick holders below.
Origami Chopstick Holder Instructionsprintable origami paper for chopstick holders 2

Giveaway: Paper Chains and Matryoshka Doll Sticky Notes

paper chains and sticky notesHave you been to Daiso lately?  They have so many cute things.  These paper chains and sticky notes were a couple of the items that caught my eye while shopping.  As a result, I decided to purchase them for an impromptu giveaway.

To enter, please share in the comments your favorite stationary or craft store. One entry per household. Please leave an email address so I can contact you if you win. The last day to enter the giveaway is Thursday, June 25, 2015. I’ll announce the winner Friday, June 26, 2015 on this post. If I do not hear back from the winner after two weeks, I will choose a new winner.  Contest open to everyone, international friends welcome.

Contest Closed

Congratulations to Meg who is the winner of the giveaway!  Thank you for everyone who entered and shared their favorite stores with me.

Photos + Washi Tape = Cute Gift Wrap

DIY Photo Gift WrapNeed an excuse to use your washi tape stash or buy more for it?  Try out this washi tape framed photo technique that can be used on gift wrap or any flat surface.

Lets get wrapping!

DIY photo giftwrapSupplies:

Printed Photo with a white border that is half the width of your tape (refer to picture)

Washi tape


Parchment paper

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 3Lay a piece of parchment paper down for your crafting surface.  Place your photo on top of it.  Now, place four pieces of tape on the sides of your photo.  The tape should only cover the border and hang half way off the sides of the photo. All four corners of tape should overlap.  Refer to the picture above.

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 4Lift up one corner of the tape and cut the tape corner to corner.  You’re only cutting the tape, not the photo.

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 5After you cut the tape, it should look like the photo above. You’ll now have two little pieces of tape on each side that can be removed.  Carefully peel these off.

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 6When you pull off the two small pieces of tape, you will get a perfect mitered corner.  Repeat these steps for all corners of your picture.

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 2Peel the entire piece off you parchment paper and attach it to your wrapped gift. Done.

Gift wrapping tip –  Keep a roll of white gift wrapping paper on hand so you will be ready for any occasion.  I like to use the white ribbed paper that’s sold at Michaels.

DIY Origami Box with a Printable

Printable Origami Box 6Today’s craft project is actually two tutorials rolled into one.  First, I’m going to show you how to print directly on origami paper with an inkjet printer.  I even made a few templates for you to use.  Second, I’ll be sharing directions on how to fold a basic origami box.  Lets get started.

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How to Print on Origami Paper


Template (click here and print on white card stock)

Bow Template (click here)

Class of 2015 Template (click here)

6in x 6in  origami paper

Washi Tape


Printable Origami Box

1.  Take four strips of origami tape and place them on a blank piece of cardstock. Now, slowly peel them off. This is going to lessen the strength of the tape, that way it will not ruin the origami paper.

2. Tape down a piece of origami paper in the square template.  Make sure none of the tape is peeling up or wrinkled.  You don’t want to jam your printer.

3.  Place paper in printer and choose one of the templates to print (bow or class of 2015).  Make sure you feed the paper into the printer the same way you did with the first template so it prints in the same place.

Printable Origami Box 2

4.  Wait for the ink to dry.  Carefully pull off tape.  You’re now ready to fold a box.

Other options

*Use your own pictures and sayings to print.  Make a basic 6in square template like I did.  Copy that template and add an image to it.

* You could also print one of the templates on colored paper and cut out the square.

How To Fold an Origami Box

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Origami Box Directions

1.  Fold paper in half, unfold (refer to dotted lines).

2.  Fold all corners to the center of the paper (refer to dotted lines).

3.  Your paper should now look like this.  Turn 90 degrees.

4. Fold both sides to center, unfold.

5. Fold the top and bottom of paper to center, unfold.

6. Unfold left and right sides.

7.  Fold the top and bottom of the paper to the center.

8.  Fold according to dotted lines.

9.  Fold according to dotted lines.

10.  Fold top and bottom flap up at 90 degrees.  You will begin to see the box forming.

11.  Fold right and left flaps up and over to create the box.  Refer to dotted lines.

12. Done.

Printable Origami Box 4Use these origami boxes for favors, gifts, and more.

Weekend Roundup

SF Flower MartSan Francisco Flower Mart

How is everyone this Monday? I feel like I need another weekend just to recover from the last. Can anyone relate?

Here’s what tired me out in a good way:

The San Francisco Flower Mart – This is a wholesale flower market and is open to the public Monday – Saturday.  If you’re planning a party or just like flowers, this is a good place to visit.  We found a couple of Mother’s Day gifts when we were there.  One of them may have been for me.

Turtle Tower – Right on the same block of the flower market is a good Vietnamese restaurant.  The chicken pho is popular there.

cookies for Boys DayCookies by Aunt Susan

Our extended family got together to celebrate: 3 Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Girls’ Day and Boys’ Day.  It pretty much felt like Christmas in May.  Pictured above are some of the cookies made for the party by my Aunt Susan.

paperclayMy daughter had a friend spend the night so there was a lot of silliness and crafting going on.  They made little cakes and treats out of paper clay.  They used food molds to make the pint size desserts.  The paper clay molds are by Fuwafuwa Mousse from here.

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