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Create a Playing Card House

You need 21 playing cards to make a cute card house.  Its a great way to use up a pack with a missing or damaged card, You will be able to make 2 houses from 1 pack of cards. The whole process requires no cutting and no glue.  All you need is the cards, and a scoring...

Book Fold Candle Holder – DIY Bibliogami Project

Bibliogami is the art of making useful or beautiful objects from books.  In this project Candle Holders are made from roll-folded books.  The Book Fold Candle tea light holders have the imposing appearance of decorative pillar candles.  A few can be created from 1...

Book Paper Tree – Decorated with Pressed Garden Leaves

A simple book paper tree, with a low impact on the budget and the environment.  This genus is easy on the eye, and is recreated from 3 recycled books - (which originally came from trees themselves). This one has been decorated with pressed leaves from my garden.  The...

Dip Dyed Serviettes – A Quick Dinner Decor Project

This is a fun and super quick way to give a dinner party a vibrant hand-crafted touch.  Quickly dip-dye paper serviettes (or napkins) in diluted food colouring, allow to dry and use! (Pictoral and video Instructions for making the dip dyed serviettes below) Dip dyed...

Geometric Paper Desk Set

Stationery Storage - Desk set.  This is a variation on the paper terrariums from last week.  Follow the instructions, but cut out only 2 of the windows. This allows easy access, while partially obscuring the contents. I used paper from an old atlas.  It's really good...

Paper Terrarium DIY

It's been very pleasing to see beautiful angular terrariums in so many places lately.  The vibrant geometric shape softened by the fresh green leaves of the resident plants makes a great decor item. A paper terrarium is an innovative variation of the original -...

Painted Vintage Cutglass

My granny loved cut-glass.  I remember her visiting our home, and as a huge favour to my mom, she would wash the cut-glass collection that decorated the sideboard in our diningroom. I remember the sense of pride we all had as the pieces were placed back all bright and...

Crochet Tablecloth Waistcoat DIY

A quick fun project with a really rewarding outcome - DIY instructions to convert a circular charity-shop-find tablecloth into a trendy draped-front waistcoat. Rectangular crochet tablecloths are great for reusing as throws or bed covers, but circular ones are a...

Safety Pin Earrings

Safety pins possess good qualities as material for jewellery, being shiny, delicate and easy to come by.  In my endeavours to live a more artisan lifestyle, I gathered some beads and bits and pieces to make myself a few pairs of earrings. ...

Workshops and Courses

The Story... Freshly Found began it's life as a blog in 2007.  Quite soon it branched out into an etsy store, and then a few years later the online store was born at freshlyfound.com.   We ventured from our online platform to wonderful face-to-face contact at local...

Crochet Bud Vases DIY

These soda vases are a great way to re-cycle glass bottles.   They are covered in a simple parcel string crochet.  The string can be left plain or dip dyed to create a gradient of colour. (You can create this yourself with the free crochet pattern at the end of the...

Upcycled Cardigans

Today's story - Upcycle sweater - Tutorial  Here's how it happened in real life to 2 warm and fluffy pullovers.  They have been converted into cardigans - projects perfect for our chilly Southern Hemisphere weather right now. The first is  family heirloom Angora...

Button Thread Bracelets – DIY

Finally!  The tutorials are up for these button bracelets.  They are a fun, quick project and a good way to use up a leftover buttons and crochet cottons.  I've  shown a few variations of colour and techniques.  Mostly, I've used crochet cotton like J&P Coats...

Tissue Paper Daisy Chain DIY

Daisy garlands bring to mind images of freedom,  fun and dancing in a summer field.  The design of these light paper daisies linked to form a delicate paper daisy chain hopefully evokes the same feelings, and can be made any time of the year. The design is made from...

Crafted Book Art Vase

This week, I am going to show you how to fashion a vase - not from clay, but from a book!  A bibliographic vessel - A Crafted Book Art Vase! It's a fairly quick to make, and quite attractive.  Good for storing water-less flora like dried grasses and flowers.   These...

Paper Shibori Plaid

I've been keen to get into some Japanese Shibori work.  So as a very first step in that direction, I decided to make some blue paper plaid ☺ Traditional plaid is a pattern on cloth of stripes with different widths that cross each other to form squares (Merriam...

Daisies in the Grass – DIY

The Rose has but a Summer reign, The daisy never dies. James Montgomery  The daisy's for simplicity and unaffected air.  Robert Burns  I'd like to introduce you to a freshly found paper batch of those simple long lasting flowers that the quotations above describe so...

Bright Leaf Stencil for a Garden Wall

I can verify the truth of rumour I've heard. Putting your house on the market suddenly means that you make time to do so many of the tweaks that you've been meaning to do for years. That's us for sure. It's been fun. It's been HARD work. It's been so satisfying!  A...