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Origami ball by Hvass & Hannibal

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Hvass & Hannibal is a multi-disciplinary art and design studio based in Copenhagen. One of their most striking pieces is this beautiful hanging origami ball, which was taken into a dark wintry forest to create the design for Turboweekend’s latest album. The 3D origami ball was made from 270 pieces of paper, and colorful . . . → Read More: Origami ball by Hvass & Hannibal

Lace balloons

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(courtesy of instructables.com)

If lightening ever strikes and I find myself getting married, I will spend the entire week before the wedding making these lace balloons.

Instructables has a tutorial (by MariaCraftMedley) showing how to create these ethereal globules using papier-mache techniques.

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Crocheted book sculptures by Phiona Richards

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UK based artist Phiona Richards uses traditional needlework techniques like crochet and embroidery to build these unique book-based sculptures.

On her website, Richards writes, “Having been brought up with a ‘make do and mend’ mentality I tend to collect and gather materials including books near the end of their existence and regenerate them into pleasing tactile structures . . . → Read More: Crocheted book sculptures by Phiona Richards

Unusual display ideas for lace doilies

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Lace doilies make my heart race. Here are a few ideas I’ve been collecting about how to display them. (starting from the top and going clockwise)

1. Lace doilies hung in embroidery loops clustered in a window at the Mercy store in Oakland, California. (flickr)

2. A table runner. Simply gorgeous. (pinterest)

3. A . . . → Read More: Unusual display ideas for lace doilies

Lamps shades made from re-purposed crochet doilies

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Here are some ideas for using up those old crochet doilies as lamp shades. They cast some amazing shadows!

(top left) Four lamps shades made from doilies.

(top right) A bohemian-style lamp shade.

(2nd row) Rustic tea lamps made from recycled glass jars.

(3rd and 4th rows) An exquisite pendant lamp composed of vintage . . . → Read More: Lamps shades made from re-purposed crochet doilies

Chandeliers made with test tubes by Pani Jurek

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This is one of these “wow! I wish I could make one of these” ideas.

Using test tubes inserted in a circular frame, this chandelier brings the garden inside your home. Or if you don’t want a garden, fill the detachable test tubes with colored water, aquarium rocks, or even leave them empty.

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Creative DIY plant display ideas

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I’ve been collecting these creative ways to display plants/flowers for a long time. Here are four of them listed in clockwise order.

1. Light bulb vases. A unique and charming way to display flowers. See Free People for a tutorial. (atypicaltypea)

2. Flower display stands by designer Aurélie Richard. Take a few wood . . . → Read More: Creative DIY plant display ideas

Unusual knitted goods: egg warmers, a pie chart and a hangover mask

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1. Egg warmers by Latvia based Imali.

2. The Cutie Pie Chart by London-based Dawn Finney. The “perfect companion for the lonely mathematician or statistician” is available to purchase on Etsy.

3. Hangover masks by New Zealand based Heather Barnes. Barnes was commissioned to make these masks for Saatchi and Saatchi for use in a beer . . . → Read More: Unusual knitted goods: egg warmers, a pie chart and a hangover mask

Wigs made from Lego blocks and knitted yarn

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There’s no reason for a bad hair day when you can cover your head with Legos or with knitted yarn. Just check out these hairdos that would make even the homeliest girl sparkle!

The wooly hair pictures are by Louise Walker. The next time I take out my knitting needles, instead of making a . . . → Read More: Wigs made from Lego blocks and knitted yarn

Design Finds: container gardening for small spaces

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1. “Fluidity” dish rack and planter. Designed by Milan-based studio DesignLibero, this dual function dish rack directs excess water into the sections where the plants are placed. An elegant solution for small kitchens. (via)

2. Plastic Bottle Garden. I love this idea of presenting plants using upcycled plastic soda bottles. It was designed by Brazilian . . . → Read More: Design Finds: container gardening for small spaces