SMP Craft
26 Sep

DIY Mini Origami Animal Mobile


Origami Animals and Creatures: swan, rabbit, elephant, crain

When my friends gave birth recently to baby Vivienne, I gifted practical items from their registry like diapers, which babies go through by the boatload (I’ve been told). But diapers alone don’t cut it for me. Something specially handmade was missing. So I decided to make a hanging Mobile of Mini Origami Animals.

I purchased a metal clip photo mobile for under $15 and a packet of multi-colored origami paper at Michaels. I chose the mini clip mobile, intended for hanging photographs, for its versatility; it would allow my friends to change up the elements with different origami animals (I made extra origami animals with this in mind) or even hang sweet dream wishes and sure, even photos. The possibilities are endless!


Metal Clip Photo Mobile: $10 – $15

Despite being an origami beginner, I chose 2″ x 2″ colored origami paper–challenging to put it mildly. But my vision entailed mini animals and I stuck with my plan. Larger animals would likely be equally beautiful. A mix of sizes glorious.

I warmed up with the simple animals I already felt comfortable making, like this swan, owl, bunny rabbit, and dog face.


Origami Swan


Origami Owl


Origami Rabbit


Origami Dog Face

I followed a few YouTube tutorials to make a giraffe and, today, with Origami Zoo: An Amazing Collection of Folded Paper Animals by Robert J. Lang and Stephen Weiss, I’m going to grow my animal kingdom with other  animals like a praying mantis, goose, penguin, and even the mythical creature, Pegasus.

I hope to finish this weekend. But there’s something addicting in the cathartic process of folding origami–and find it hard to stop making just one more.


Mini Origami Animal Mobile

Fortunately, it’s beautiful in NYC, pushing me to put the finishing touches on this project as quickly as possible.

Have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting!

Order Origami Zoo at your favorite bookseller


Barnes & Noble
Powell’s Books

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26 Jun

DIY Hanging Plant Holder


For those of us who live in the city, in “cozy” dwellings and with no access to a backyard, roof, deck, or balcony to grow plants or a vegetable garden, how do we bring nature and all the endless benefits that go with it into our small living space?

Where do we put it? We use the often forgotten area above our heads to maximize our space and find ways to hang things from the ceiling.

Like this DIY Hanging Plant Holder.

With just four leather shoelaces, a flat metal disk from a generic ceiling light, and the double overhand stopper knot, we’ve made a simple, stylish, minimalistic perch to showcase our plants without sacrificing limited square footage.

Total Cost: under $15. Assembly Time: 30 minutes

Currently, we’re hanging one of our favorite low-maintenence, no soil, drought-tolerant airplants. Earlier, we hung this medium sized terracotta potted aloe vera plant on it.


Here’s what it looks like from the underside:


Here’s how to assemble it:

1. Make sure the lengths of your laces are even.

2. Using a double overhand stopper knotstart with attaching each lace, equally spaced, onto the disk. Try to make the knots as similar as possible–same size and tightness–to ensure your disk hangs on a horizontal plane.


3. Gather the loose ends of the laces and, using the double overhand stopper knot again, knot all of them together, making one big knot.

4. Hang the holder.

5. If your plant is hanging lopsided, adjust the knots on the disk.

We found the leather laces, 1/8 inch square, at a shoe repair shop, which had them in various colors and lengths–brown, black, blue, red, green, and gray. The metal disk was a surprise discovery and an impromptu purchase at our local hardware store. One of the employees said it was a standard disk used to mount a ceiling light and that you could probably find it at any hardware store or home improvement megastore like Ace, Home Depot or Lowe’s.

For something equally budget friendly though slightly more polished and elegant, try Vintage Revivals’ $15 DIY Brass and Leather Teardrop Planter.


Whatever vessel you choose to make or buy for that matter, when you’re looking for ways to grow an indoor garden with limited space, remember to first look up. Ceilings the limit!

Oh, and that double overhand stopper knot? Well, it sparked a flame. We want to master all kinds of knots now.

Stay tuned!

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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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