The Wabi-Sabi Home: Learn to Embrace Imperfection and Authenticity

Wabi-sabi home

I used to own this cup and saucer set. It was white with a yellow border – I found it at the thrift store. The handle of the cup was comfortable, and the saucer large. I loved it. I loved it in a way that it seemed to make my coffee taste better in the morning. One day, my yellow cup met a fate that many ceramic dishes face. It was dropped, and the cup cracked. Continue Reading

How To Make Your Own Japanese Printed Bowls

diy japanese printed bowls

Japanese printed bowls are the perfect vessels to hold jewelry and other small trinkets. You can buy them at shops like Anthropologie and West Elm, but why not give it the old DIY try?      

 The author of my new favorite blog, The Lovely Drawer, shares how she created Japanese printed bowls by painting on different patterns. And they’re stunning! And the tutorial looks really easy! Visit The Lovely Drawer for the full how-to with step-by-step pictures! Continue Reading

5 Amazing Japanese-Inspired DIY Projects

The Japanese aesthetic has been hugely influential in Western art since the time of Van Gogh.  And, you guessed it, this aesthetic continues to be a powerful force in the mainstream DIY and craft culture, even beyond the ubiquity of gorgeous Japanese washi tape and origami.  From traditional techniques aimed at solving quotidian challenges to those pushing the limits of modern craftmanship and art, Japan offers incredible inspiration for DIYers and design lovers.

The DIY geniuses at Honestly…WTF tried their hands at shibori, a textile dying technique, with fantastic results.  Continue Reading

Pattern Tape for Awesome DIY Picture Frames.

Fun Frame DIY

I don’t know how it happened, but somehow, I ended up on the HappyTape blog, subtitled “pretty, pretty tape, imported from Japan.” Apparently, some cats in Japan are making some amazing patterned, re-stickable tape, and it’s going by the name…you guessed it, Japanese tape.

A little further reserach found this post from Decor 8, on using the stuff to create easy frames for pictures and art. Now, this I can get into.

Make Japanese Kusudama Paper Flowers

These exquisite flowers come to us by way of Folding Trees. In this tutorial, we’re introduced the art of Japanese kusudama, which, traditionally, are used to make balls into which are deposited incense or potpourri. I actually prefer the look of the individual flowers, but if you’re interested in assembling them into a ball, Folding Trees provides that tutorial as well.

To make 12 flowers, you’ll need:

  • 60 pieces of paper cut into squares. FT suggests each piece should be 7 x 7 cm or 3″ square
  • Glue

To see how to make the individual flowers, go here. Continue Reading

Tutorial: Noren – Traditional Japanese Fabric Dividers.

Japanese sewing machine company Janome offers a great tutorial and a bit of info on noren (æš–ç°¾) : traditional japanese fabric dividers that are hung on walls, windows, doorways, or in between rooms. Simply join the pieces, hem, then reinforce by sewing a triangle. They provide tips for adding traditional embroidery, but I think they look mighty sharp in a basic mod fabric, as below, from Whip Up.