Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saturday Link List - using paper every day

Paper beads from the Storybeader
If you've visited my Etsy shop recently, you've see some of the paper beads that I’ve hand rolled.  This is something I started doing after I stopped making jewelry.  But I wondered, what other things are out there, that craftspeople are making with paper?

Origami Crane Mobile

Origami was the first thing that came to mind.  MadeByJo (on Etsy) has lots of origami creations and chiyogami tile pendants.  I thought this crane mobile was so sweet.  I love Japanese paper and have used them for my journal covers.  

There’s also a lot of opportunity to buy and learn how to make paper flowers online.  Whether it's for a special party or just to brighten up a room, pick your favorite colors and start folding!  Besides using regular paper, try tissue paper, like Leanneja did at organizeyourstuffnow :

Paper Pom Flowers

Paper flowers are especially useful for weddings.  Courtney (BookCraft) sells beautiful wedding bouquets and matching boutonniere sets on Etsy, made from books.  Don't forget the confetti!

BookCraft's paper flowers

Other paper items I thought of right away were lamps and different kinds of luminaries.  Before attempting anything myself, I wanted to check out what others were doing.  Again, off to Etsy, the "hamdmade capital of the internet!”  Allison (Zipper8Lighting) makes all kinds of lamps and wall sconces.  Here's my favorite lamp shade from her shop, what she calls an Artichoke Mixed Book Page Pendant Light:   

Artichoke Pendant Light
Isn’t it beautiful?  

DIY Luminaries tutorial

If you want to make a luminary of any type, you'll be needing some vellum; I'm thinking that the vellum is not as likely to catch on fire, but I‘m not sure why it‘s recommended.  If you know, please tell me/us!     Vellum was traditionally made from calf skin, but nowadays you can buy it made from vegetables.  Here's a box shaped luminary with instructions by Sarah, on a blog called "DIY or Don't".

Just think of all the different designs you can print on your vellum.  BTW, there are great printing instructions in the directions here, with lots of handy tips.  

Hope you found something you’d like to buy or make!  And if you’ve seen a good link list this week, feel free to add it into your comment for others to see.


memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I love the paper flowers by BookCraft!
Vellum has a see-through quality, so that is why it's great for luminaries :)

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Cool stuff! I made some paper beads a year or so ago. They were messy to make (at least the way I did it), but are kind of fun, too. I made my daughter a bracelet.

Other cool stuff here, too!

Stopping by from Etsy Blog Team

Rose said...

Another awesome idea for a round up! I recently wrote a hub about uses for scrapbook paper and was blown away by all of the ideas I found. Since then the list has continued to grow. Thanks for the great resources. :)

BeadedTail said...

So many lovely things made with paper! I really like that luminary! Thanks for the links!

Kathleen said...

Wow! Great links - what amazing creations out of paper! So many ideas to try. Thanks for sharing!

Judy Nolan said...

I love seeing what people do with paper; it is one of the most flexible materials! I especially like the Artichoke Mixed Book Page Pendant Lights in this post.

Leovi said...

I really like these compositions with paper, true works of art. Greetings.

Splendid Little Stars said...

These are wonderful paper items and links! inspiring!

Nancy said...

Gorgeous ideas! I really like those text roses...but I've often thought it would be too hard to rip up a book for this!!

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