crafts

Father’s Day Re-purposed Gift

It’s Father’s Day and I made a little sumthin’ sumthin’! I’m playing with faux leather just because. I haven’t really fully explored the art of leather crafting but it has been on my mind for some time. Aside from not being able to find a source for quality leather yet, I am still very much involved with paper and eraser-carving. So this really is just a preview of the possibilities with leather! (click on the link if you want to learn about leather)

LeatherPaperBagClutch

 

Now, why am I calling this a re-purposed project? Well, ‘coz I did just that. I took an old phone pouch, which I used only once, cleaned it up and turned it into something new!

holder

The before pic was my phone pouch then I turned it into a toothpick holder (of course the photo is not to size, it’s much smaller than that). The gift receiver happens to be obsessed with toothpick and he’s always in need of it, even when he’s not eating. I thought a toothpick holder you can insert in your wallet or keep in your pocket would be a perfect gift! I used these tools. (more…)

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Two-Way Kirigami

What I love about kirigami is how it can be easy to do but can also be as complicated as you want it to be. I will be showing you two methods of doing kirigami, one involves paper folding and scissors, the other requires patterns and a craft knife. I prefer the latter because it allows me more options for pattern design. But the first one is perfect for making snowflakes!

snowflakes on etsyOn to the first method. I used an origami paper I got from Daiso, scissors, and a pencil. You can follow this link for an easy diagram of folding your origami paper. Once you’ve done that, take your pencil and draw just about any pattern you like. Keep in mind that when you cut, those lines you created have to be interconnected so that when you open up your paper it’ll form a chain.

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Functional Origami

I love origami! It amuses me that such a simple act as paper folding can create something mind-blowing. I’m of course referring to those origami masters who take paper, fold it, and bring it to another dimension, making us simpletons feel rather simple. If you’ve been researching what you can do with origami then you know that it is not only to create paper animals to amuse little kids or things you can hang on to a mobile or to pass time in case you’re bored in a meeting or in chemistry (although that’s practically what I use it for ;p).

Here, let me first intimidate you with this awesome art I found on etsy.

3d Origami Jewellery Box (big)

So yah, we are not going to do that. Like I said origami can be turned into something mind-blowing but you don’t have to be an expert to do that. What we are going to do is something simpler but still as functional and flexible enough so you can create your own design. Let me first show you ze end product of my little project.

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