“Papel picado (“perforated paper”) is a decorative craft made out of paper cut into elaborate designs. Although it is a Mexican folk art, papel picado is used as a holiday decoration in many countries. The designs are commonly cut from tissue paper using a guide and small chisels, creating as many as forty banners at a time.”
Serene came over yesterday and we had a delightful time making making these snowflakes.
Here’s a little how to for you mimomito folks in case you are willing and wanting to do your own!
Here is an easy holiday garland you can make out of Girard’s popular paper girl design.
First get your image to the size you like and print it out on printer paper. Not too small – because it’ll be tough to cut.
I decided to go with 5 inches. Don’t worry if you get it a lil’ pixelated on the print-out – iz just going to be used as a stencil.
Cut out the image, or slice out using an X-acto knife.
Trace the image onto the back of the paper of your choice. Wrapping paper, craft paper, whatever. Just make sure it’s a little bit taller than your tracing (in my case, approximately 7″) and as long as you want your garland to be, around 20-30″ unless your paper is so thick that it would be difficult to cut through.
You know what I like? LARGE ART! Big. I’m talkin’ gargantuan. Only problem is, large art is usually pretty expensive. Even at thrift stores they can be a bit on the pricey because of their scale. I’ve found some well priced Marushka (a Michigan-based print company) prints which I’ve snapped up, but I wanted something similar to Marimekko (a delightful Finnish textile company) prints.
- Marimekko Kaiku Wall Hanging
Almost a year ago, I found a patterned bed sheet from a Stockton thrift store for $3.99. At the time, I had no idea what I’d use it for, but that I really liked the pattern. So it was purchased and then stuffed into a tupperware full of other fabric I collect and do nothing with.
Fast forward to last year, where I got a short stint as a Production Artist at a poster and print shop and learned how to stretch canvas prints. After that experience, I realized how completely easy it’d be to just make my own art prints.
What you’ll need:
- Large piece of fabric of your choosing! (Preferably a fabric that is not too shear, so you don’t see through it once it’s hung – and won’t rip apart once stapled)
- rubber mallet, or some sort of smackin’ device that won’t dent soft woods
- Heavy duty staple gun & staples
- FOUR canvas stretcher bars (I got mine from University Art on J street. They are between $2-5 depending on the size.)
- Wood glue
- Needle-nose pliers (in case you mess up and need to pull out staples. WHICH I DID.)
Mimomito reader Dianna (who is also a seller of beautiful refinished pieces of Midcentury furniture on Craigslist,) sent us step-by-step photos of her reupholstering a sad slumped in couch, into a beautiful rejuvenated treasure!
Read on to see the finished product!
I am real happy to be able to share this wonderful creative how to from David! David, was able to convert an old sewing machine table into a vanity for his sink. Big big thanks goes out to him for sharing his project with us. It is pretty wonderful.
We recently moved into a new apartment, and our latest living room comes with an expanse of fabulous windows. We have big heavy black-out curtains to keep us warm in winter and cool in these damn hot summer days. But during the day I wanted to let the light in and get some cheap drapery holdbacks.
If you’ve ever wandered through the Ikea or Target curtain section, you’ve seen the hideous curtain holdbacks they have for sale; big and cartoony, swooping metal eye-sores. I was looking for something that resembled the Eames “Hang it all” coat rack.
Basically something clean and simple with a ball-shape on the end of it. After searching and comparing prices online, I found what I was looking for at Anna’s Linens online store.
A clean simple tiny piece of hardware that comes relatively cheap, ($9.99 for two on the website, but I found the item through Amazon for $8.00 at the time.) and has that ball I wanted on the end! I ordered three sets (for the three windows in the living room) and they arrived two days later. I couldn’t unscrew the ball pieces, so I had my boyfriend Alan just spray paint them all one color. This is how they turned out!
If I wasn’t so frantic to get them up on the windows, I would have liked to take the time to spray paint them different colors with the white base for that super Eames colorful pop o’ freshness. I am very happy with how they turned out, though. They are a neat little detail in the room, and make opening the windows a breeze. (PUNS!!) Maybe YOU can try this at home and send us some pictures, huh?
My friend Jenn W. sent me this photo via Conversation Pieces. I guess you can buy these cat beds on Etsy, but I’m not tryin’ to spend $60 (+$30 shipping). As you’d guess, my house it very mid-century inspired, so it is only appropriate that our only housemate has some darn cool things, too.
Here’s what you’ll need (besides a flat head screw driver):
Vintage luggages are found at every thrift store and they are very reasonably priced. I believe this one was $5. I chose the largest one available because my cat Yosha is a big boy.
Some tapered legs. I found mine at a thrift store for .40 cents each, but you can buy yours online for $2.90 a piece at Home Depot.
Here is a list of where to find gorilla glue nearest you.
A clean towel or paper towel to clean surfaces.
These magnets are super simple to make. They’ll help add a little color to your kitchen and some sweet nostalgia. Ya’ll like that type of thing right?
Photo transfering is probably one of the most easiest things a person can do in their life. Me, you, everyone could possibly do this. :]
If you’ve been thrifting for awhile you have probably noticed the delightful amount of Coffee Pot Decanters that you come across. Then after this beautiful recognition there is this other heart breaking realization that possibly you will not know what to do with them. You’ve already got a fancy tea-pot/beverage vessel that serves your guest. (DILEMA! Nah nah we got this)