Tag: origami

You’ve got to know when to fold ’em. And by that, we mean awesome origami art prints.

Origami will always be cool, but some of us will never progress past making hats. Now you can display crisp, fancy origami creatures proudly, whether you actually possess intricate paper folding skill or not, thanks to these modern-style origami art prints. Our pals at Noodlehug–surely you remember the I Like Big Cups and I Cannot Lie print?–now have a quintet of prints featuring origami animals combined with typography and shadows that would look lovely in a nursery or office. They currently have a bear, a fox, an owl, a crane, and a jolly green dragon, each archival printed in a variety of sizes. And,...

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Gorgeous accessories we bet no one else will have

One of the many things I love about online shopping is that you can find all sorts of cool hidden gems in faraway places without having to actually go there. And that’s exactly what happened when I stumbled upon The Little Drom Store. Now, if you happen to be in Singapore, you can pop into their storefront, but if you’re like me, you’ll be shopping from their online shop, which is full of gorgeous, unique baubles. I’m completely smitten with these fabulous knitwear necklaces (though they’re not actually made of knit). What a cool style statement over a white...

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Future’s so bright, I need posh origami shades

There comes a time in every parent’s life when the cat knocks over the cheapo 10-year-old lamp in the nursery and it’s time to make a tough decision. You want something sophisticated, but still soft. You could pick something like the last lamp, or you could see a shade this gorgeous and splurge on a very bright future. This stunner collection of Moth origami lampshades from Studio Snowpuppe is handmade in the Netherlands. They’re attracting us like, well, moths to light. Available in a range of solids, color blocks, and delicate gradations, each piece is hand-folded from special Butterfly...

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How to learn origami? The ultimate resource

My daughter came home the other day asking to learn origami. Sadly, all I could remember from my youth was how to make a butterfly. And then I realized after about six tries that…um, I didn’t remember that either. After much searching, I’m so happy to have found Origami Club, or at least that’s what I think it’s called. If it looks intimidating, just skip right to the page called Easy Origami, and find a truly terrific resource for rainy-day craft projects with the kids. You’ll find tons of origami projects sorted by shape, style (like food, Christmas, or...

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Origami has never looked better

When I was a little girl, my dad would create the most beautiful origami creatures for my brothers and I. Of course they only lasted a few hours before we demolished them with one good move. I’m sure my dad really appreciated our care and concern for them. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I first discovered design studio Dottir & Sonur, because now you can decorate with these modern and cool shapes–without worrying about them being pummeled. Dottir & Sonur have created a product line that is whimsical and colorful, leaving lots of room for...

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Turn those kiddos into busy bees

Spring break is on its way, and I’m making plans. But my spring break plans don’t involve beaches, bikinis, or beer. Instead, I’m looking for ways to keep my kids busy. (Besides cleaning the bathroom, my standard fallback response to the cry of boredom.) If you’re in my same boat, crafty DIY site WhipUp.net has a cool solution. The inaugural issue of the Action Pack Mini-Mag is all about paper and beeswax, with instructions for making origami boats (dipped in beeswax so they really float), beeswax candles and lip balm with printable labels, plus how-to steps for drawing bees,...

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Star power

‘Tis the season for lots of neighborhood parties and gatherings, and you know what that means–lots of hostess gifts. I have a closet dedicated to “cutesy gifts gone bad,” like dozens of fancy soaps. (I’m a pump dispenser girl.) Personally I think a hostess gift is to show appreciation for someone’s effort, so I like gifts that are thoughtful, unexpected and won’t break the bank. And we found a fab one. Check out these paper Origami Star Ornaments from rigmarole. The stars are 4” and come with wire eyelets so they’re ready for hanging. Don’t expect snowmen or reindeer...

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Three dresses for Mother’s Day

Despite our incredible devotion to tracking down the most awesome Mother’s Day gifts around here, we recognize that not every family is gift-y. Sometimes it’s indeed the thought that counts, and that a beautiful card inscribed with a heartfelt sentiment goes a long way. The origami dress Mother’s Day cards from Kitty Kat Kards are just the thing to make more of a statement than your typical off-the-shelf card. Each of the three dresses are hand folded with love in Maryland, and subtle rhinestones are the finishing touch. It would be the perfect accompaniment to a donation to her...

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It’s a bird! It’s an origami!

I love the idea of decorating your baby’s nursery like it’s a real room and not a clearinghouse for fluffy lambs and bright colored safari animals. Not that I don’t love baby decor, but in this economy, when you’re trying to get the most of the room for a baby that who quickly become a toddler and eventually a kid, why not decorate your child’s room to grow with your child? So instead of the typical wind-up baby mobile playing the tinny, robotic music, we love this gorgeous one-of-a-kind origami mobile from Roundhouse Designs. Using dainty bamboo sticks, wooden...

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Keeping them in the tub without having to sing

I don’t know about you, but I can only reprise the entire Annie soundtrack for so long without wishing for amazing tricks to keep my daughter motivated to scrub. And now, I can. By whipping up amazing dinosaurs (yes, dinosaurs) with Jurassic Towel Origami by Alison Jenkins.  The author of the original Little Book of Towel Origami expands her focus to plesiosaurs, pteranodons and saber-toothed tigers in this step-by-step instruction book complete with helpful photos and educational little factoids about each prehistoric creature. All you need is milk cartons, buttons, and you know — towels. – Rita Find Alison...

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