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Origami Windmill

Looks simple, but actually it’s kinda difficult to make. You will need to know how to twist & squash the paper (to do step 2)

April 11, 2010 at 1:20 am 1 comment

How to tie an obi (butterfly style)

May 19th, 2009

o today I learn how to tie obi/sash :) One of the girl in my “chado” class (chado=the way of tea) is very kind to teach me how to do this. I will tell you later about my chado class. I’ve been in this class since last month. I have learned a little bit about japanese tea ceremony.

And today, I wear my yukata again (yukata= a simple version of kimono).

Click! (I’m the one with the yellow obi).

I love her obi because it has 2 colors (red & yellow). So when you have 2 colours, you can play around with your obi, and do several variations. The lenght of her obi is about 3 meters.

And the yellow one, is my obi. It is actually a “ready-to-wear” obi, means I don’t have to fold the obi (to make a shape of ribbon). I only need to attach it to the sash. Just that simple! That’s way I’m not so good at this thing (obi folding).

So these are the steps. It’s not so difficult actually.

April 11, 2010 at 1:08 am 1 comment

Quick & Simple: Collage Kimono Dolls

Easy to make!! & you don’t have to buy expensive materials to make these dolls. You will only need scissor, glue (I use white PVAc), and some old postcards. I use old poscards, but you can also use other papers (from old publication, flyers, etc). So, prepare all those stuff.

You don’t really need patterns to make these dolls. You can directly cut the paper, compose the pieces, and then join all pieces with glue. Now, let’s start

Step 1: cut the paper (make body shape). Also make 2 rectangulars (these are for the sleeves).

Step 2: make a curve on each sleeve. And then, make the head (more like an oval).

Step 3: make hair shape. When you cut the hair, put first the oval head above the hair paper. So you know how big should the hair is.

Step 4: Now all pieces are completed. Time to join them together.

Step 5: glue each sleeve on the back side of the body. Then put glue on the upper side of the body, then you can mount the head on the body.

Step: mount the hair onto the head. Voila! Now you have collage kimono doll!

April 11, 2010 at 12:57 am Leave a comment

How to make japanese washi doll (Temari Girl)

Let’s make washi doll!! Fun to do, and the doll looks pretty :) You can mount your doll onto a cardstock, and you’ll have a uniqe gift card!

Ok, let’s start!

You will need:
– washi paper (patterned). washi is japanese silkscreen paper
– mingei paper (plain washi)
– cardboard (white)
– crepe paper (black)
– fancy paper (red). this will be for the small ribbons

Optional:
You can add flat cotton/foam to the following parts:
– body (cardboard)
– right & left sleeve (cardboard)
– ball (cardboard)
It will create a dimensional effect. Just mount the cotton/foam to the cardboard.

About TEMARI:
Temari is a japanese folk game. The word literally means ‘hand’ (te) and ‘ball’ (mari). It is an ancient japanese folk art dating back more than 500 years.

April 11, 2010 at 12:51 am 2 comments

Let’s make 3D collage dolls (japanese girls)

Another collage doll free tutorial. You can see my previous collage doll tutorial

You will need:
– old postcard, some old flyers
– glue
– scissor

April 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm Leave a comment

DIY cute dolls: “Rebi & Friends”

You will need:
– colour cardstock
– glue
– scissor
– hole puncher
– ribbon puncher (optional)

Brief instruction:
make all part of the doll (based on the pattern), then compose and glue. Make the eyes with hole puncher. Tips: make various model with your own style

New idea:
using the same pattern, you make these dolls with felt

April 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm 1 comment

How to make origami cat

Quick and easy to make. You can teach this model to kids.

You will need:
– origami papers (2 sheets)
– glue

Instruction:
just follow the diagrams

April 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm 2 comments

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