This little family is currently spending a week in the Northfork, enjoying the last week before school starts again. I’ve reconnected with my younger self and looked up some papier-mâché projects to do with my 8 year old, Ella. Here are some of my favorite finds:
Papier-Mâché Lollipop man (no instructions)
Papier-Mâché Face (no instructions)
Papier-Mâché Turtle with Step-by-step instructions
DIY Papier-Mâché Pencil Toppers (step-by-step instructions)
Papier-Mâché Bowls (with step-by-step instructions)
And then here, slightly creepy personalized DIY papier-mâché pinatas:
Don’t know how to make the ‘glue’? Here’s a round-up of various papier-mâché recipes. What are you going to make?
These brand new Art Supply Tattly by Peagreen Designs make me way happy.
My love for sugru is so big.
Have you watched the sugru founders wonderful 99u talk?
Woah! littleBits just launched a Space Kit, in collaboration with NASA.
littleBits is the LEGO of electronics. It’s a library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun.
I am a fan.
Artifact Uprising is an iphone app that allows you to beautifully tell your story with soft- and hardcover books and postcards. Beautifully designed. Simple. Definitely giving this a try.
(via Chris Glass)
Sipho Mabona has taken Origami to extremes. He’s folded this life-sized (!) elephant out of one sheet of paper. So much respect.
I may have mentioned a similar tutorial before but I am so in love with the idea I had to point to Apartment Therapy’s recent post on how the size and shape of the drum inside a basic washing machine lends itself perfectly to being upcycled into a fire pit.
I shared an Instagram of Ella (7) knitting a few days ago and one of my followers left a comment saying I should look into arm knitting. A quick Google search let me to the above YouTube video. Looks fascinating, no? Also, lots of arm knitting stuff to find on Etsy.
I love the internet so much!
The cool mom of the day award most certainly goes to Angie, mother of 4 year old Mayhem. Together they create elaborate dresses out of paper.
Now here’s a cool crafty project for a rainy weekend: FlipbooKit Moto! The laser cut kit can be assembled with simple hand tools (you’ll just need a screwdriver) and will take you under an hour to complete. No soldering or Engineering degrees required.
Love this so much. Totally want to make one with photos of my kids.
DIY moon clock, with instructions in Finnish. Ha!
The utterly brilliant Kelli Anderson built this good looking (!) convertible stand-up IKEA hack desk with help from metalsmith-extraordinaire Dustin John and Daniel Dunnam. The minimalist convertible standing-sitting desk/storage unit is made from Ikea cabinets, a top from Lowe’s and a linear actuator.
This is the first standing desk I’ve seen that I would let enter my studio. Well done Kelli!
My friend Jen gave me a handmade baby alpaca cuff (like the one pictured above) a few weeks ago and I have been wearing it nonstop. Happy to learn she just launched a small Etsy shop. Yay for handmade with love in Brooklyn!
ps: It’s Jen’s Birthday today! :)
Sugru introduced their first ever sugru kit: It comes in a small tin. Inside you’ll find three packs of sugru (2 for your magnet projects and 1 spare). Below them, nestled in some cleverly cut cardboard, are four fantastic bespoke neodymium magnets. Also included is a great little booklet full of tips and tricks! Those Sugru folks, brilliant, as always! Check out their magnet-kit page for ideas on how to use it.
One of my favorite decorative items in our co-working space is the Sailing Ship Kite by Emily Fischer of Haptic Lab. It makes for an amazing, crafty gift.
Fixing is the unsung hero of creativity. And it really shouldn’t be. It’s the most common, humble and beautiful form of creativity. Sugru wants us to wear that belief proudly. Let’s notice and celebrate these little everyday triumphs, and help others see their value. Sugru made this Fixer’s Manifesto to fuel the conversation about why a culture of fixing is so important.
You can buy a poster of this manifesto here. And there’s a plaintext copy on Github.
I just got my hands on the new Yellow Owl’s Little Prints book. Christine Schmidt, author of the bestselling Print Workshop and the creative force behind the acclaimed Yellow Owl Workshop line of artisan stationery and home accessories, shares her inspired ideas for making easy, yet entirely unique items for kids. It’s full of beautifully illustrated tutorials on using stamps, stenciling, and other hand-printing techniques. Ella (7) will be so excited when she sees this tonight! I see some extra crafty weekends in my future.
Who says you need to carve a pumpkin? These chalkboard painted ones are supercool. Clearly, I didn’t see this DIY Tutorial in time. We went the old-school route this weekend at casa swissmiss.
Just discovered this lovely DIY Fall Decorations post over on the Style Files. Totally going to make some of these this coming weekend.
The latest project of The Letterproeftuin is a mobile printing installation for small posters and books. Would love to have one of these setups in Studiomates.
The folks behind the amazing Paper iPad App teamed up with Moleskine. A match made in heaven. Here’s a sample book. Cool, right?
Totally making DIY Rockets with my kids this weekend. Thanks for the idea and tutorial, Sweet Paul.
I was thrilled when the fine folks over at Etsy reached out to me and asked if I would like to be one of the first bloggers equipped with what they call Etsy Pages. My love for Etsy and what it stands for, is so big, how could I say no? They just launched the project today which means you can now follow my swissmiss Etsy Page to discover some of my favorite and recent finds.
I’d recommend you also check out other curated pages such as Sweet Paul Magazine, Walker Art Center and Martha Stewart Weddings. And here is Etsy’s official announcement of Pages.
Take your analogue DIY experience to the extreme and build your own 35mm plastic SLR camera with the Konstruktor set by Lomography.