Projects

DIY Floral Phone Case

by Kate on August 18, 2015

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-floral-iphonecase-1I recently attended the wedding of some very close friends of mine at the Headlands Center in Marin, and as one of the local guests I was allowed to take home a couple of the table centerpieces at the end of the evening. Designed by Studio Choo, the floral arrangements were spectacular, full of tea-colored roses and aubergine ranunculus. Had I discovered this awesome floral phone case tutorial from the Etsy blog a bit sooner, I would have certainly used the leftover flowers to make a few of these cases. Alas, those bouquets have since perished, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be trying this project immediately.

The steps are wonderfully simple, and this would make the perfect project for a party or gathering with friends. The most challenging part is also the most enjoyable: creating the botanical arrangement. In my opinion, the best designs are the ones that utilize the negative space of the white case, but it’s hard to make a wrong decision here. To see the full project and find links for purchasing supplies, visit the Etsy blog here. Happy crafting!

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DIY Wooden Comb

by Kate on August 4, 2015

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-comb-1I love discovering things a short time after they’ve first appeared. It’s a feeling akin to rediscovering an old favorite book, or a great photo from a trip you forgot you had taken. This wooden comb created by Caitlin of the Merry Thought is one of the best DIY projects that I’ve come across; she published the tutorial for it last winter.

The comb is simple, functional, and makes an excellent gift—though you’ll undoubtedly want to make an extra one to keep for yourself. The process will take a little time, especially sanding your comb to give it that smooth texture. But you’ll be rewarded with a handmade object that looks remarkably elegant and refined. And if you’ve never used a scroll saw before, this project is a great excuse to try it out!

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melanieabrantesYou’ve seen them in magazines and on blogs: an assemblage of beautifully crafted everyday items that when arranged just right, make for an exquisite display in a home. Personally, I’ve been considering starting a collection of wooden spoons, but I just haven’t come across the spoon to kick off my new collection.

Well, thanks to Melanie Abrantes spoon-carving kit, I can actually make that spoon myself. Which is kind of exciting to think about, and may be just the thing to get my collection going. The kit includes a hardwood spoon blank (you choose from poplar, cherry, walnut, or mahogany), a Japanese spoon gouge, a Mikikicha carving knife, handwritten instructions (charming!) … and even a band-aid (ha). Oakland-based Abrantes also sells individual blanks—perfect if you get hooked on the craft and want to make an entire collection. (That’s probably going to be me.)

I’m also super tempted to snap up one of Abrantes’ great designs, like her wood-and-cork candlesticks or cork bowl with rope handles.

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{ Images via Melanie Abrantes }

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DIY Felted Cushions

by Kate on July 14, 2015

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-cushion-1Lately, it seems like I’ve been working a lot with materials that really take their physical toll. This is not to say I don’t love working in wood or concrete or plaster, but sometimes—after a long day of sweat, sawdust, and splinters—I feel the desire to switch gears to something softer. Felted wool is one of my favorite fiber forms. So when I find a project that requires a nice, quiet afternoon of knitting or sculpting wool, I’m ecstatic.

This simple DIY project from the German lifestyle blog Lebenlustiger is a great example of how luxurious and beautiful felted wool can look all on its own. With warm earthy tones and plush texture, these super-simple knit cushions can totally transform an ordinary chair or stool into an elegant sculptural object. The key is the large scale of the knit, so be sure to go chunky with the wool: For these cushions, 500 gr samples of un-spun wool roving was used; it can be found online and usually at specialty yarn shops as well. My fingers are rejoicing at the prospect of making these. Happy crafting!

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Stuffed Hipster Emblems

by Nancy on June 4, 2015

Anthology-magazine-blog-MimiOChun1I can’t remember how I found Mimi O Chun’s website, but I immediately saved her link in my special bookmarks folder after being on her site for almost an hour. Mimi received her MFA in Graphic Design at Yale University, and has worked as the design director at General Assembly. She is currently working on “Stuffed Hipster Emblems“—plush replicas of  iconic goods built around craft. (The above grouping references Saturday mornings at the popular San Francisco spot The Mill.)

As I clicked through each soft sculptured good, I was amazed by all of the detailed stitching and texture. Every photo left me wanting to know more about her process.

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