I am pretty good about remembering to bring my reusable shopping bags with me when I pick up groceries. I walk in the store with my canvas bags, and I leave with my groceries and only those bags (and usually a pint of Ben & Jerry's - don't judge me). No matter how hard I try, plastic shopping bags still seem to magically appear under my kitchen sink. While tiny bags are handy to have around (fellow pet owners may agree with me here), keeping them from looking like a literal wad of trash is tricky. I'm here to share with you a folding technique to beat all others. It's by far the fastest, and definitely the easiest, way to fold a plastic shopping bag.
I love working with flowers. Fresh or fake, they just make me happier. While not all of us have a green thumb (I am not declaring I do as I am still struggling to keep my plants alive), paper flowers are the easiest way to enjoy some new blooms and keep them around far longer than a few days. And you can make this version in a matter of minutes! So hunker down with that hot glue gun and let's get to work.
What a clever and inviting way to add a little style to a guest bathroom. And did I mention it's FREE? Basically, the idea is folding one of our existing hand towels to construct an attached pocket, then fill the pocket with, well, whatever you want. A sprig of greenery, fancy
So a few months ago I spotted these DARLING felt, flatpack breadbaskets from Teroforma, and I thought, "Dude, you can totally make that." My idea, however, was not a breadbasket, but a little gift basket. So I grabbed paper and pencil and came up with plan.
First, the supplies:
- one 8" x 11" piece of heavy felt from the craft store, NOT the flimsy kind
- a scissors
- craft knife and cutting mat, optional but helpful
- doo-dads to...
French clothier All-Tribes created this awesome, short video that shows us how to create a tool for perfect and super fast t-shirt folding.
These folded CD cases come to us from Studio Lo. The paper is provided, and you do the folding and arranging. As Studio Lo's site is primarily in French, I'm not sure if the cd cases are available for sale.
HOWEVER, I found a 6-sided folded paper CD holder how-to for a DIY attempt that could work.
A folding table can come in very handy. This little fellow comes to us from Handy Man Wire, who says that it can be constructed out of any wood of your choosing. (Because the maker is using his table on a porch, he built it out of cedar. Stainless steel and brass hardware was chosen for the same reason.) Since you can make it in an afternoon or so, it would be the perfect weekend project. Here's your shopping list!
Check out the FREE downloadable PDF of this minimal yet elegant paper dock for iPhone and iPod Touch.
These lovely, colorful paper stars come to us from Duo Fiberworks, who tells us they're 'a bit fiddly' but easy to construct. To make some, you'll need to gather up the following:
Just LOOK at this darling matchbox! Rachel provides free templates and instructions so we can make our own--both the regular kind of matchbox and the more sophisticated European variety. You can find PDFs and folding instructions for both on this page.
Bored at the the laundramat waiting for your undies to dry? Try biding your time with some strategic folding to create expressive faces and profiles to entertain your fellow laundry doers. Crooked Brains blog has
Capture a breath of spring with these gorgeous origami cherry blossoms. Although the blossoms themselves are folded paper, the stems on which they are attached are curly willow.
Origami Club has no less than 12 (13 if you count the witch's broom) folds perfect for a little Halloween cheer. Each example includes a diagram AND and animation of the folds, which is perfect for beginners.
Shelly at Paper Forest shares her technique for making these glorious pop-up garden greeting cards. Just follow her link to a PDF, which includes the cutting pattern, a list of materials, and hints and directions. Image courtesy of Paper Forest.
Make It: Printable "To Go" Pie Boxes - via Curbly
Kids bored already now that school’s out? Tired of reconciling your WENUS? How about folding some paper people just for the fun of it? I’m particularly fond of the harmonica player. Note his Dickies shirt!
Okay, I’ll admit it. My folded fitted sheets look more like rectangularly shaped pillows rather than neat squares. Here’s a 4 stage method to help me make folding these confounding pocketed contraptions do-able, which will also make my linen closet look more orderly. The steps, according to BHG, go something like this:
“1. Folding fitted sheets works best on a flat surface, such as a table or bed. Lay the sheet right side down, elasticized corners...
Jack desribes the process of using a computer layout program (like Photoshop, or even Word, if you're clever enough) to arrange the photos, and with a few clever folds, you've got a perfectly attractive and handmade memory.
To honor this most holy of holy days, let us join together in the creation of a symbol of our joy: the baseball mitt.
What You’ll Need
A section of newspaper. (I’d suggest the sports section.)
Optional: a Sharpie
What You’ll Do
Fold 1/4 of the way in as shown below.
Fold corners to center.
Fold corners to center, again.
Fold up bottom about 2 inches three times.
Fold tip down and tuck into band.
Fold side as shown, tucking it into tip just...