Coasters and Trivets: The Magic of Modular


created at: 03/13/2012

When I was a little girl, my grandpa would keep us spell-bound by inexplicably pulling off his thumb and putting it back on again.  I remember when he revealed the secret that his thumb was simply bent and hiding behind his other fingers.  I suddenly could see the illusion (and realized that's why his actual stump of a ring finger could never be put back together!) and it was easy to replicate his little trick.  

When I saw these modular coasters from How About Orange, it made me think of good ol' grandpa and his finger trick- except this time, it is all in felt.  

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How to Make Folded Paper (Kirigami) Christmas Trees

Bruno Bornsztein

Kirigami paper Christmas trees are a quick and easy way to add a festive decor to your home.

A few weeks ago my mother-in-law, Lin, showed me how to make these really cool Kirigami (which, unlike Origami, includes cutting) paper trees. They're super easy, once you get the hang of them, and look really nice in bunches. Plus, you can get creative with the paper you use (Lin's incredible hand-marbled paper is a good place to start) for different effects. 

There are lots of tutorials on the web about how to make these...

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Origami Up the Wall

Mod Home Ec Teacher


What could be cheaper than using beautifully colored origami paper to make perfect wall art? It's geometric, it adds texture and, if you can make it look this good, it's practically free. A series of designs could be hung to give your wall an art gallery feel. But you need that wall for storage? Well, look what we have here - a giant sized origami wall unit that can multi-task as both art and storage...

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Holiday How-To: Origami Box Ornaments.

Chris Gardner

I think Creature Comforts wins my very, very unofficial award for best DIY holiday projects this year. Nearly every day of the yuletide work week this December, they've offered some very fine holiday how-tos, many with free printable patterns and art, as well as all kinds of free alternative gift wrap options and gift tags.

So, to give Ez and crew a final round of applause, one more great project from Creature Comforts: DIY Origami Box Ornaments...

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How to Make Toilet Paper Origami

Diy Maven

Toilet paper origami, also called 'toilegami', is practiced in upscale hotels. Basically, the cleaning staff folds the first piece of toilet paper on the roll into a shape. The most popular is the triangle fold, and it's a great way to greet your guests when they visit your bathroom. I do this so-simple -it-doesn't-really-need-instructions fold all the time. But now, thanks to Origami Resource, I'm going to step my toilet paper origami up a notch. From easiest to hardest, here are their TP

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