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Desk organizer: paper weaving

Hello friends.. From the time I have started quilling, I  have fallen in love with all kinds of paper.  I have been constantly browsing the web to learn new techniques and crafts with different types of paper. My latest fascination has been with the paper weaving technique which is trending among the DIY crafters these days.

I tried making a desk organizer with the paper weaving technique using old newspaper and below is what I could come up with. The whole structure was made with just 2 sheets of a daily newspaper.

I painted the woven structure with in black with acrylic paints and embellished it with quilled rose and leaf.

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I totally am impressed with the outcome.. Do let me know how you like it…

Happy crafting !!!

Quilled Frame: Spring Yin-Yang

Hello friends…

Spring is here!!  Spring is here!!

How do you think I know??

I just saw  the colorful blooms..

That is how I know!!

This is my version of the famous song The Spring is Here written by Lorenz Hart for the musical I Married an Angel (1938).

Going by the mood of the season, I tried making a spring yin-yang quilled frame.

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I used old invitation cards of red and  ivory colors to cutout the base.

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Then I transfered the yin-yang clip-art template onto the base using a brown carbon paper.

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For the roses I again used red and ivory colours to set the contrast right. I used the colour green extensively for the leaves and swirls.

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For the border, I used some spare beaded gold lace which I had at home. I had bought it a few months back for my silk blouse and a dew inches of the lace was remaining.

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I made a white cardboard frame  with black background which worked as a perfect contrast for the red, ivory and gold colours on the yin-yang. You can see the tutorial for making the cardboard frame here

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Below are some more pictures I took from different angles.

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Do let me know how you like the Quilled Spring Yin-Yang..

I have entered this  quilled frame in the below challenges:

IQCG #15: Quilled rose 

CSCC #13: Anything Goes

BGC #67: Spring Green with Spring Elements

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DIY: Maple Leaves Wall Decal

Hello friends…

Here is something new and different from the regular quilling projects I am posting on my blog. I have been thinking about diversifying the content of this blog for some time and here comes the first post in the new category “DIY Projects”.

I have always fancied having a beautiful wall decal on the plain wall in my room. That was the time when I had just ventured into online shopping for household needs. ( I always like to handpick the items from local shops).  I browsed through numerous online stores like amazon, fabfurnish, jabong and lot more for some wall decals. The more I explored , the more I felt that the shops were charging a bomb for the stuff. Even a simple wall decal costed not less that Rs 500. The ones I fancied to buy costed somewhere form INR 1500 to INR 2500. Staying in a rented house, I did not want to spend so much on the decals. I also learnt that the wall decals are actually stickers which stick to the wall and would peel off the paint when tried to remove. I was no sure if my house owner would be happy with such a thing sticking on the wall. This was one more reason which kept me from buying the wall decal stickers.

I had some handmade paper in assorted colors lying in my wardrobe from quite a few months. I had bought them when I had visited the local market  ( Chickpet ) in Bangalore. The beautiful colors and the cheap cost had made me instantly pick them from the shop though at that time I did not know what I will be doing with that paper.

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Determined to do something on the plane wall, I took out the handmade paper  and starting working on it. I cutout multiple maple leaves using the brown, orange and red paper. I used dark green paper for the the branches. I cut the branch in multiple segments which I stuck together to get the final look.  I arranged all the cutouts on the floor to  check how the  final look would be. Since the leaves in red, orange and brown all indicated falling or old leaves the total picture was giving me  a negative feel. So I added a hint of regrowth  with green maple leaves. The few green leaves that I added to the final arrangements brought  a new feel to the picture.

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I used a tape with adhesive on both sides to stick the paper to the wall. I had to prepare the wall by cleaning it with a damp cloth to remove any dust or loose paint particles. Once the wall was dry again, I put together the branch first and later added the leaves . In no time, I had a beautiful wall decal in front of me. I totally loved the final outcome.  Since I had used only a small amount of adhesive tape to stick the leaves, the paper leaves curled at various angles to give a 3D effect  on the wall.

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The bright colors on  the wall brought a fresh look to the room. The handmade paper had added a texture of real leaves to the cuttings. A plain paper would never have resulted in this look.

Do let me know how you like the decal. To get regular updates on more DIY projects, follow the potpourri blog by clicking the follow button on the top left corner.