How to Make Paper Roses

How to make paper roses | paper flowers tutorial
Photo: Lexy Ward

I  love working with flowers. Fresh or fake, they just make me happier. While not all of us have a green thumb (I am not declaring I do as I am still struggling to keep my plants alive), paper flowers are the easiest way to enjoy some new blooms and keep them around far longer than a few days. And you can learn how to make paper roses in a matter of minutes! Continue Reading

How to Fold Everything in Your Dresser

How to fold everything in your dresser

There's nothing quite like the frustration of trying to find a shirt in a dresser drawer packed full of balled up clothes. There's no order, and everything is kind of just shoved in there. While it may be tempting to just close up your dresser drawers when they start to get chaotic, being able to have everything nicely folded and visible will make getting ready in the morning a million times easier. So, rather than just tossing that tee in the back of the drawer, fold it properly the first time so you can find it when you need it.  Continue Reading

How to Fold that Hoard of Plastic Bags that Lives Under Your Kitchen Sink

Life Hack: The quickest and easiest way to fold plastic shopping bags

I am pretty good about remembering to bring my reusable shopping bags with me when I pick up groceries. I walk in the store with my canvas bags, and I leave with my groceries and only those bags (and usually a pint of Ben & Jerry’s – don’t judge me). No matter how hard I try, plastic shopping bags still seem to magically appear under my kitchen sink. While tiny bags are handy to have around (fellow pet owners may agree with me here), keeping them from looking like a literal wad of trash is tricky. Continue Reading

How To: Fancy Towel Folding

created at: 09/27/2011

What a clever and inviting way to add a little style to a guest bathroom. And did I mention it’s FREE? Basically, the idea is folding one of our existing hand towels to construct an attached pocket, then fill the pocket with, well, whatever you want. A sprig of greenery, fancy little soaps and packets of toiletries or–my favorite–a ruched face cloth. We can find folding directions over at The Red Chair Blog. 

Make a Folded Felt Gift Box

created at: 11/04/2010

So a few months ago I spotted these DARLING felt, flatpack breadbaskets from Teroforma, and I thought, “Dude, you can totally make that.” My idea, however, was not a breadbasket, but a little gift basket. So I grabbed paper and pencil and came up with plan.

First, the supplies:

  • one 8″ x 11″ piece of heavy felt from the craft store, NOT the flimsy kind
  • a scissors
  • craft knife and cutting mat, optional but helpful
  • doo-dads to decorate the box
  • a pencil
  • the PDF template

Second, the how-to:

Print and then cut out the template to create a pattern. Continue Reading

How to Make Folded-Paper-CD-Case Art

decor de foret

These folded CD cases come to us from Studio Lo. The paper is provided, and you do the folding and arranging. As Studio Lo’s site is primarily in French, I’m not sure if the cd cases are available for sale. 

decor imprimée

HOWEVER, I found a 6-sided folded paper CD holder how-to for a DIY attempt that could work.

CD Template

To make ’em, you’ll need the following:

  • a computer printer (I’d just print it out once to use as a template so I could use the paper of my choice)
  • legal-sized paper (that’s 8.5″ x 14″)
  • stickers, to seal, but I’d opt for a type of closer for repeat access
  • this PDF, courtesy of evie s.
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Build a Folding Table

created at: 2009-11-06

A folding table can come in very handy. This little fellow comes to us from Handy Man Wire, who says that it can be constructed out of any wood of your choosing. (Because the maker is using his table on a porch, he built it out of cedar. Stainless steel and brass hardware was chosen for the same reason.) Since you can make it in an afternoon or so, it would be the perfect weekend project. Continue Reading

How to Make Window Stars

These lovely, colorful paper stars come to us from Duo Fiberworks, who tells us they’re ‘a bit fiddly’ but easy to construct. To make some, you’ll need to gather up the following:

  • kite paper, which is much stronger than tissue paper
  • white glue
  • a few toothpicks
  • a sharp paring knife or scissors
  • a plain piece of white paper

To see how to put them all together, head on over to this post at Duo Fiberworks.  Continue Reading