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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 produced a...

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...

A Very Quick Gift Bag

Today's quick picture post shows how to make a batch of gift bags Here we used ink-dyed paper from the previous post, but you can use any pretty paper. The paper is wrapped around a soft-cover book as a form.  You could use other solid rectangular shapes like milk...

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...

How to Whip up Chopstick Origami Flowers

I think chopsticks make much better flower stems that eating utensils! This is purely my personal belief because I battle to use them in any way that is significantly satiating to my hunger! Here we used these wooden stems with traditional origami lilies to make a...

Beetroot Beauty

  Beetroot dyeing is quite a beautiful experience.   From Slicing the vegetable, extracting the colour and then infusing the paper petals with the pigment - it evokes a lot of visual colour-rich emotion! Each batch of beetroot dyed paper turns out a slightly different...

Paper Earrings

Freshly Found Heart Shaped Earrings made from recycled book spines And recycled packaging materials... Happy Valentine's...

How to Have a Heart…

I have a love-hate relationship with the heart symbol.  Sometimes I feel it is so common, so predictable, so twee.   At other times I am refreshed by its pleasantness - the gentle rounded top with the exciting angle base, put together with comforting symmetry.   I...

Cotton Print Trees

Christmas Time with bonded paper and fabric squares folded into mini trees. The delicate bright green floral sari prints are all the decorating these simple trees need. They may be folded from a square of normal paper or light cardboard, but here they are made from a...

Modular Paper Tree for Christmas

This year some alternate Christmas decor is up and hanging in our living space. Recycled paper square were folded and suspended to form a modular hanging tree. I love the vibrant geometric textured feel. It is made from individual folded squares of recycled paper, and...

Book Bunting

Freshly Found cut-out and ink-coloured hearts on book paper bunting at the Amazing Alternate Wedding Fair in Durban this weekend.   Visit the Fair between 9 and 3 on Sunday at Upstairs, 202A Florida Road, Durban.  If you would like to make these up yourself - This is...

Botanical Envelope Card

The pleasing grey criss-cross lines on this design come from inside of a security envelope. The girls in my family always put a lot of hand-crafted effort into birthday cards and wrappings.  This was the card I made for my daughter's recent birthday. I made a copy of...

Quick Pair of Greeting Cards

 I often send Freshly Found orders out with a handmade card, so I decided to take some pics and show you how I quickly made a pair of these cards last week. You Will Need:  Some pretty recycled printed paper.  I am in love with the pastel colours of this set of maps. ...

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