Freshly Found Tutorials

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Paper Origami Shirts – DIY

A quick tutorial to fold Origami Shirts  - just in time for Father's Day.  This pattern is based on the well-known Origami Money Shirt.  Do you remember?  We made a whole set of them a while ago from Monopoly Money.  However, this version is made from plain printer...

Christmas Puzzle Wreaths from Recycled Papers

This set of Christmas Puzzle Wreaths were a delight to create from recycled materials.  Can you tell just what I used?  The puzzle pieces used for the round wreathes are obvious.  The book paper, used for the bow decor, was washed in paint - to mask the print and add...

Handcraft An Authentic String Mop

We decided we needed a larger, stronger mop at home. We were not able to find one that was substantial enough to clean our home filled with tiles. A strong wooden handle was also a better option than the thin plastic and metal option that store-bought mops...

Vintage Embroidered Linen Brooch – DIY

This is the ideal handcraft to preserve the essence of sentimental embroidered family heirlooms.  The table cloth with a mould stain, or frayed serviettes make ideal material. If you're clearing out and nobody wants Granny's linen - why not make each member of the...

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

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

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 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

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...

Crochet Bud Vases DIY

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

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

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

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

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...

Freshly Found DIY Inspiration

Twist Dyed Tablecloths with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – DIY

What a wonderful opportunity for free creative expression.  A friend asked me to help her create a number of Twist Dyed tablecloths for a function.  Neither of us had tried it before.  We put in some research, and were delighted with the result.  It was a great...

Collecting – Rose Gold Glass with Copper

Rose gold is the term I used to describe the colour of this collection of vintage glassware.  We collected bits and pieces over the past few months for a special family wedding.   Now that the memories of a wonderful day are safely packed away, I am enjoying the...

Crochet Stars – A quick handcraft project for Christmas

It's so good to be making again!  We have just finished moving house, studio and my husband's office into beautiful temporary space.  I'm making some last minute Christmas favours. Crochet Stars for Christmas. I followed crafter and crocheter - Matt's clear...

Sari Tarpaulin – Simple Event Decor Idea

My passion for collecting saris is no secret.  I have a huge collection, neatly coiled into shelves in my studio.  I have used saris to make bags, to create furoshiki wrapping, to make necklaces and brooches, tablecloths, cushion covers...

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...

Botanical Bottles

We have made a huge decision - to put our house on the market.  With that has come a mix of emotions  -  the heartache of leaving a much-loved home full of memories behind and the excitement of the adventure of finding something new. It has also resulted in action,...

Annie Sloan Painted Proteas – Dried and Re-invented

Proteas from a couple of gift bouquets I received were left to dry for a few weeks.... - and then brought back to life again with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I painted the petals with Emperor's Silk Red and then dipped the centre stigmas into a thinned down...

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Project

I've been doing a number of small paint projects at home, using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  According to the website, it is very easy to work with and rarely requires any prep, such as sanding or priming.  It can be used on just about any surface - from wood to metal,...

Kanzashi Necklace – Flower Jewellery

Japanese styled fabric flower necklace created from local vintage sari fabric.  Threaded with a hand-twisted cotton cord and finished off with touches of crochet. Kanzashi Necklace - Available as a Boutique Limited Edition option from Freshly Found More colour options...

Azuma Bukuro Bags – Japanese Craft

Azuma Bukuro Bags - Quite a mouthful! A  clever and simple traditional Japanese style bag. Also called a wrap bag or triangle bag. [I believe Azuma means East and Bukuro means bag or wrapping] It's made from a rectangle of fabric that's cleverly folded and stitched. I...
Button Bracelets with Cotton Thread

Button Bracelets with Cotton Thread

I made these button bracelets for myself.   I did not want the buttons to be the star of the show, rather the pattern formed by the thread as it dipped in and out of the button holes. I hope to try out some more and document the process.  Update - Tutorial here ☺...

Wooden Collection – the Same yet Different

Wooden Collection – the Same yet Different

Wooden Collection Story - There is something so pleasing about having collections of similar things - Similar shapes, Similar sizes, similar uses and similar colours.   For a while I have been collecting wooden goodies - spoons, apples, egg cups, bowls, knife handles...

Paper Earrings – Heart Jewellery

Paper Earrings – Heart Jewellery

Freshly Found Shaped Heart Earrings made from recycled book spines And recycled packaging materials... Happy Valentine's Day! Paper Jewellery for the Win!

Recycled Tapestry – FOUND! Tropical Parrot

Recycled Tapestry – FOUND! Tropical Parrot

This pretty polly was a stray from the SPCA.  I knew I could give her a happy place to stay, so took her home with me, and set her free from the mouldy frame she was trapped in.   She brightens a corner of my living room now.  I can leave her cage door open and don't...

Needle Art Jewellery

Needle Art Jewellery

Embroidered Jewellery originating from Vintage Table Linen! Vintage embroidery work, cut out and hand-stitched onto a felt backing.

Book Paper Trophy

Book Paper Trophy

I have been focusing largely on paper art and craft lately  There are some gorgeous goodies in production at the moment.  I am loving the challenge of seeing just how much can be done, with vintage book paper in particular. Last week I received an enquiry about a...

Confetti..

Confetti..

Confetti - A multitude of pieces of paper... Things have been quiet on the social media side, because I have been so busy with a multitude of Freshly Found projects and orders. This custom made confetti from differently textured papers is the most recent one to be...

Pressed Leaf Art – Light, Leaves, Paper and Wax

Pressed Leaf Art – Light, Leaves, Paper and Wax

I had some fun mounting leaves between sheets of wax paper. These small samples are mounted on my window with my Washi Tape. I believe the leaves will be fairly well-preserved and maintain some of their colour. I made some autumn leaf panels too and soon I will...