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19 Mar

How To Make an Origami Bookmark

I’m the kind of reader that hates dog-earing a page on a book or highlighting a quote, or any kind writing of in a book that’s not the original text, period. I am always collecting bookmarks every time I visit a new book store or anywhere I go. So when we were thinking of something quick and easy to make for one of our How-To’s, we thought of making a fun bookmark!

We came across this quick and easy tutorial on Origami Tutorials, and knew we’d hit the jackpot!

A bookmark that marks your place AND saves your corners from curling?

It was too good to be true. However, look at how well they turned out.

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(For the complete steps and instructions visit Origami Tutorials.)

Best part about it is that you can make as many as you’d like over and over again.


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25 Feb

How To Doily Up Votive Candles

This craft project couldn’t be more simple, functional, eco-conscious, and decorative! I found initial inspiration via Craft Gossip!


I had leftover doilies from a GALentines Day brunch. But I didn’t have colored votive candles. So instead, I grabbed my trusty highlighters and went to work.

Time: 9 minutes


  • doilies
  • highlighters/markers (optional if you’re a purist)
  • glue guns

It sounds bizarre that it only has three steps, but it does! It is the simplest project I’ve done yet.

Step 1:

Find the right size doily for your candle.

Step 2: 

Color your doilies. If you’ve got color candles, you’re set.

Step 3:

Wrap the doily around the candle gently and using your glue gun, glue along the borders and shaping the doily as you go.


Doily Votive Candles

 Because no picture is complete without a cat and a Paris snow globe.

 Get creative with your votive doily candles and you can even use them as decorations when not in use!


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28 Jan

How-to Tuesday: Origami Box Edition

They must really like me over here because Team SMP Craft asked me – the intern – to come up with a how-to post for this month. (Or maybe that means they don’t like me? It could go either way…) Unfortunately, I am rather limited in my crafting abilities but I did master the art of folding paper back in kindergarten and go through an Origami phase in middle school so I decided to play to my strengths and return to my favorite form of ancient Japanese art.

First things first: don’t think you have to spend money on fancy Origami paper to make this small box. For this project I used a simple CD/DVD envelope. I’ve even made miniature boxes out of Post-Its. The material just has to be a square and able to hold creases. If you’re using an envelope like I did make sure to either fold the flap into the case or tape it down.



Fold each corner into the middle so you have four triangles.



Fold a triangle so the straight edge meets the middle.
Release and repeat for remaining triangles.



Open two triangles on opposite sides.



For me, this next step is always the trickiest.
Fold in the sides of the triangle to make the corners of the box.



Once you have your corners creased, fold the triangle over the corners
so it aligns back with the triangles in the center.



Repeat on other side.



Voila – a small box made from an inexpensive, common item!20140121_135501



(Feel free to make some more and find yourself a hillside…)

 After you have mastered the box and wish to go
onto more challenging Origami projects,
check out Origami to Astonish and Amuse for ideas.

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!



Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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