I’m always looking for ways to brighten the dark nights. This charming cottage lantern, made from easy-to-use wood veneer—my new favorite craft material—will add a warm glow to your home all year long! It’s like a gingerbread house that lasts forever.
Flowers are very important in the celebration of Swedish Midsummer. On Midsummer’s Eve everyone makes flower crowns to wear in their hair. A tradition says that if you pick seven different flowers from seven different fields on Midsummer’s Eve and place them under your pillow, you will dream about your true love. I wanted to make a flower decoration that wouldn’t wither in a couple of days. This origami flower wreath is made of paper and will last forever!
Sometimes you have a plate that you can’t use everyday. Perhaps it has a hairline crack, or means something special to you or your family. Whether you want to use a plate for decoration or make a special gift for someone who loves ceramics, you have lots of options, including this wall plate.
Paper marigolds are not hard to make, as paper flowers go. The marigold is iconic, with its ruffled, dense, orange and yellow heads, so even when made with just a tuft of orange tissue paper atop a crude green stem, a paper marigold is unmistakable.
Paper-flower maven and author Tiffanie Turner shares her gift for turning paper into vibrant flowers and foliage that will last all year long. These leaves use a wonderful technique, and it is one of my favorite tricks in my book. Using the dye from one crepe paper to stain another makes for very convincing and natural shades of brown. These shiny, burnished leaves are gorgeous on a table, a mantle, tied to a package, or just tossed in a bowl.