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Paper Scrap Light / Chandelier

It’s a whopping 70 degrees in Brooklyn right now, so I’m going to get out from under the pile of packing boxes in our house and get some fresh air. Before I head out, I wanted to share this beautiful (and totally genius) DIY light project that graphic designer Gabrielle Guy created for a friend. After moving into a new house and finding an old lantern left behind, Gabrielle decided to cut strips from scrap paper and glue them onto the shade. Two days later, the result was an incredibly stunning artichoke-like lamp that looks expensive but cost close to nothing. I’m so impressed with this project that I had to share it as inspiration for the weekend. Here’s to everyone making something beautiful out of what they have around them. Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:

http://www.designsponge.com/2011/03/weekly-wrap-up-paper-scrap-light.html

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Paper Onion Garland I made these map garlands as a special request for a customer and they have proved rather popular. The map colours glow in the light – all those blues and green smoosh together into something very pretty. This is the style I call ‘paper onions’. I don’t know what else to call them! These are paper hearts, strung on twine. sculptural paper orb lights It’s wonderful to see so many DIY projects that take advantage of the humble paper globe light. Just when I think I’ve seen them all, I come across a new one that I love, like this version created by Heather Jennings of Poppy Haus. While browsing her local Anthropologie store, Heather was inspired by two things: the ingenuity of the displays, all made with simple, everyday materials, and the Rhododendron Chandelier. Adorned with handmade, sculptural paper flowers, the chandelier is amazing, but at $898, Heather thought it would it be the perfect candidate for a DIY variation. Luckily, Heather stumbled upon decorative cupcake liners with an optical, graphic print that provided the perfect amount of depth and texture.

Everyday Mom Ideas: Scrap Paper Tree Centerpiece Tutorial (Featured guest blogger) Hi there! I'm Sharon from Two Girls Being Crafty, and I am so delighted to be today's guest blogger on Everyday Mom Ideas! Thank you so much, Julia, for having us. My co-blogger, Tristin, and I create fun and inexpensive crafts that anyone could do. Our goal is to inspire. So come check us out!

Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art Well that’s a mouthful! So the time has come, it’s Pinterest Challenge time again! Every season Sherry from YHL and Katie from Bower Power throw a little link party to get people to stop pinning things and actually start making. Creative Kismet » Blog Archive » little guiding stars Since the new year has started I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more kind to my self. Especially when that nasty gremlins try to creep in and stump me. I remembered this origami star video on You Tube and had to get them involved in my plan.

Series 7 - Ornament-ED Finale: Heart House Ornament I have been feeling some feelings lately. Like, feelings of well-being. Like, spontaneous-breaking-into-song-and-general-wonderfulness-type feelings. I know... It sounds pretty floofy, but I can't help it. PB Knock Off Candles Look what just showed up in my brand new Pottery Barn catalog - music candles. Lovely, but $29 for the largest one? Really? {every}nothing wonderful: Tutorial: Recycled, Repurposed Ruffles (Scrap Embellishments) A funny thing happened...the post about making envelopes from magazine pages? It got a pretty wildly unexpected response rate. Glad you seemed to like it! Here's a fun idea for a next-step: ruffles! If you are using your repurposed envelopes for gift giving or hand-delivered mail a little embellishment can go a long way.

3D Paper Owl from mmmcrafts The gifted Larissa from mmmcrafts is here sharing her amazing talents with an unbelievable 3D paper owl. Larissa writes… Left: art made with this tutorial, Right: art made with alternate colors (see note at the end of the tutorial) Hey, Craft Campers! I’m delighted to participate in this summer kid-craft lineup. Valerie Zimany Delicious. I love the organic, anamorphic quality these abstract pieces have along with the gorgeous glazing. This is also an instance where I am happy to see evidence of the mold making proccess, usually I think that is something that should be left in private, like overgrown nose hairs or toenails. Pay attention to future On Etsy posts. Zimany has two very distinct bodies of work, of which these sculptures are one and delightful vessels are the other which I hope to post about soon.

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