DIY Origami Flowers

I used to love origami when I was little but I always disliked flowers. They die so quickly so there is really no point in keeping them… in my opinion. So, I combined the two and made origami flowers. This way, they can be admired and I can keep them as long as I want. 🙂

I will warn you, this project can take a while depending on the amount of flowers you want to make. I made 13 flowers and it took me about 2 hours. BUT you could do it with your kids or some friends and really cut down the time. If you want to be sure you will get flowers for Mother’s Day then do it with your kids 😉

 

Things you will need:
Any kind of paper
Glue

 

Step 1:

Cut your paper into a square. I chose to rip my paper to give it more of a natural feel but you can cut yours if your would like.

 

 

Step 2:

Fold one corner to meet the opposite corner.

 

 

Step 3:

Now, bring the other two corners to meet each other so that there is a crease down the center of your triangle.

 

 

Step 4:

Bring one of the corners to to the top of the paper. Do the same thing with the opposite corner. Your paper should be in the shape of a diamond.

 

 

Step 5:

Pull one of the folds so that the fold in the middle meets the edge. Do the same thing with the opposite side.

 

 

 

Step 6:

Unfold and pull the center outward so that you have two kite-shaped pieces.

 

Step 7:

Fold the top of each kite down so the top fold is even with the original diamond.

 

 

Step 8:

Now take the part you just folded down and fold it backwards into the kite shape.

 

 

Your paper should currently look like this.

 

 

Step 9:

Fold the edge of each kite inward on the crease in the center of the kite so it looks like this.

 

 

Step 10:

Fold the outer edges together and glue them so your paper looks like the above picture.

 

 

Repeat the above steps until you have a flower.

 

 

Yay! Flowers!

 

Happy folding! 🙂

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Ultimate Pirate Ship Bedroom (14 pics)

“The rope bridge is connected to the top of the jail cell, built to accommodate evil doers, thieves and little sisters.” View the source!

Designer Steve Kuhl fulfills every boy’s fantasy with this insanely cool pirate ship bedroom. The six-year-old occupant from Minnesota chose between a space ship, race car, castle, and pirate ship. Most of us would probably agree, he made an excellent decision.The main feature of the room is the incredible floating pirate ship. Kuhl used 2×12 ribs to construct the hull of the ship, covering them with layers of 1/2 inch plywood to act as the planking. A bomb-proof blend of plaster and epoxy with integrated coloring was used simulate an old ship’s hull.

But that’s not all. The room is also decked out with a rope bridge that connects the pirate ship to the top of a jail cell, and a rope suspended from the ship’s hull provides drop-in access to the closet. There’s also a completely hidden spiral slide, that lets you travel downstairs in a more adventurous way.

Read that exclusive interview here.






















Painting With Sound

Martin Klimas is an awesome photographer. For this series, Martin splatter different colors of paint on a speaker and cranked up the volume. The vibrations from the speaker sent the paint sky high in patterns. For each image, Klimas selected a specific type of music, typically something dynamic and percussive, like Miles Davis or Kraftwerk.

For this series, Klimas spent six months and about 1,000 shots to produce the final images from his studio in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“I Have a (Puzzling) Dream”

Pete Fecteau used over 4,000 Rubik’s Cubes to create this 18′ 6″ x 9′ 8″ mosaic of Dr. Martin Luther King. Apparently Rubik’s-based artwork is a “thing.” There’s Rubik’s Einstein, Lincoln, Sitting Bull, Kathy Lee and Hoda(?). There’s even a name for the genre: Rubikcubism. Visit the source.

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DIY Candle Lamp

A cute (and cheap) decoration for a common room!  I am going to give you two (mini) tutorials today. Both fairly simple. 🙂

 

 

Things You Will Need:

Scissors
Tape (or glue)
flameless tealights
Light scrapbook paper
Long stemmed candle holder

 

 

Tutorial #1 (the easier of the two):

Step 1:

Cut your scrapbook paper in a rectangular shape. Make sure your edges are even.

 

 

Step 2:

Wrap the paper around your candle holder to find the correct size. When you find it, hold the edges tightly and glue/tape the edges to each other. Put a flameless candle into the holder and place the shade over your candle holder. There is lamp #1.

 

Tutorial #2:

Step 1:

Cut your scrapbook paper in a shape similar to the above. This may take a couple of tries so practice on notebook paper is advised. You will want to make sure the edges match up.

 

 

Step 2:

Add in the flameless candle and the shade and you have candle lamp #2.

 

 

 

Happy crafting!