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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....

Book Print Roses

We’ve been making these for years, but a fresh batch still fills us with delight. Pictured here against an unplastered feature wall in our new home. These are a few of the historical Freshly Found Roses… Wall to Wall Roses Record Sleeve Inner roses Art...

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...

Paper Apples – handcrafted from books

We are keen to explore new directions in our paper work for clients, and were delighted to make up some paper apple prototypes from recycled books.  The apple shape, is a bit like the heart shape – familiar, simple and pleasing with soft curves. We were very...

Paper Strelitzia Buttonholes from Painted Book Print

Paper Strelitzia Buttonholes The Strelitzia is a vibrant indigenous South African flower – also known as The Bird of Paradise Flower or the Crane Flower.  It’s name suits it’s bright and angular appearance! It was lovely to make a set of buttonholes...

Rose Bouquets – Paper Blooms for a Very Special Occasion

We have been commissioned to create a number of paper rose bouquets for an upcoming wedding. It has been such a delightful process for a  few reasons – Roses are beautiful blooms to create Adding some red paper to the book print paper has created a fresh vibrant...

Stage Design – Curtain of Paper Leaves

Recently I was involved in designing a paper installation for an exciting stage backdrop. The stage decor team at my church CityHill Hillcrest, decided on a paper leaf theme to coincide with Autumn and to have an beautiful opportunity to recycle discarded office...

Mini Paper Proteas – Freshly Found Showcase

Over the past 6 months, we have navigated 2 house/office/studio moves.  We are happily settling down into our new space which has a magnificent view over the Krantzkloof Gorge.  Despite the upheaval, we’ve managed to produce a few pretty freshly found goodies,...

Baby Shower – Paper and Sari Decor come to the party!

It was so much fun to host a baby shower for my daughter a few months ago.  Together, her sister and I put together a special day, with the help of some family andfirends.   We made  sari bunting, tissue paper wall flowers, paper pin-wheels and photo-props.  A great...

Multi-coloured Paper Proteas – A Bright Way to Start the Year

It’s been a joy to start the year off with such a bright and cheerful order for a client – These paper proteas are an old Freshly Found favourite interpreted in a new way.  It’s always a pleasure to paint those petals, and assemble the layers to...

Puzzle Wreath – Piece Together a Christmas Welcome

This year I created a Christmas wreath for our home from puzzle pieces.  A friend of mine had some children’s puzzles with fairly large peices, which made ideal building blocks for this circular decoration. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to cover all the...

Peg People

Peg people – a quick fun project.  Make up a community of useful helpers. Here’s How to DIY: Click on the link below, and download the pattern. Print it out and cut out the peg strips. Leave plain or decorate. Glue the strips to the peg with wood glue....

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...

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...

Chat Sticks – DIY Game

Making and connecting in community.  I love to give something handmade whenever I give a gift.  Just recently I made this game to give to a friend on her wedding day. These chat sticks are a simple fun project to make together and use.  They are conversation ignitors...

Design Indaba Creative Collab Durban

Tonight is the opening of the Creative Collab Durban.  An exciting exhibition with some amazing local talent. I’ve been setting up the Freshly Found display. The focus of the stand is the bespoke design installations we do.    To showcase this, we’ve...

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