IDEA # 4 MODULAR CRAFTS IN FELT

As a design lover, I have a special passion for great things based on simple ideas, or contrariwise! Simple things based on great ideas! Things like low tech objects, that doesn’t need many ressources to make a practical (and nice!) result.

Today I brought you a genius concept based in origami construction, to create a surface in felt. It’s low cost, washable and easy to do! With this matrix you can do trivets, coasters, rugs and other stuff… Take a look…

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Learn how to do this one here:

http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2012/03/modular-felt-coaster-tutorial.html

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Learn how to do this one here:

http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2012/03/make-modular-felt-trivet.html

You just need to cut it right and start to build up your fabric!

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Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

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I love this one, just perfect!:

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And just when I was ending this post I’ve found this fantastic design company Crafted Systems that works specifically this technique. Here you can find not just rugs but also chandeliers, vessels and pannels. Click here if you want to see more:

http://www.crafted-systems.com/

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IDEA #3 envelope

Hello everybody!

Today I bring a new idea that  is definitely in my “to do list”: a leather envelope phone/glasses case.

Very functional and with a look very clean an minimal (as I love).

All the instructions needed to do it, you can find them here:

http://www.swellmayde.com/2011/08/diy-envelope-cell-phone-case.html

I’ll leave you just a eyeblink, to see how easy it is! And can be easier if made in felt or cardboard, so give it a try! I’ll definitely will!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDEA #2 sculptural paper chandelier

Tired of your paper ball lantern that you bought because it was cool and cheap, but  now  it’s vulgar and boring?

I have an idea that you will definitely should try!

Cute, isn´t it?! It appears to be very expensive and made by a design master but it was not! ; )

So here are the steps to achieve this look:

Materials:

  • 100–125  white standard-sized paper cupcake liners
  • 100–125  vertically striped petit fours papers
  • (1) 45–50 cm diameter white paper lantern
  • hot glue gun
  • 1 Hemma Cord for lighting

 

Step 1: Assemble the lantern and place it top up in a wide, shallow bowl to act as a base.

 

Step 2: Put a small dot of hot glue on the backside of a white cupcake liner. Starting about 3/5 cm from the wire ring at the top of the lantern, place the cupcake liner on the lantern and press until it is attached.

 

Step 3: Continue around the ring, spacing the papers so that the circular bases are approximately 2 cms apart, allowing the outer edges to merge and shape.

Apply the cupcake papers around the lantern in rings until you are 3/4 of the way down, and then flip the lantern over and gently place it back in the bowl, top side down.

Complete the underside, and fill in the bottom so that the papers cover the base opening.

 

Step 4: Begin applying the petit fours papers, centering them inside each white paper. Three-quarters of the way up the lantern, flip it top side up. Complete the top side.

 

Step 5: Go back through, gently manipulating the outer papers to an organic shape.

 

Step 7: Drop a light in, and voilà!

An idea by Heather Jennings in http://www.poppyhaus.com/

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