|Paper beads from the Storybeader|
|Origami Crane Mobile|
There’s also a lot of opportunity to buy and learn how to make paper flowers online. Whether it's for a special party or just to brighten up a room, pick your favorite colors and start folding! Besides using regular paper, try tissue paper, like Leanneja did at organizeyourstuffnow :
|Paper Pom Flowers|
Paper flowers are especially useful for weddings. Courtney (BookCraft) sells beautiful wedding bouquets and matching boutonniere sets on Etsy, made from books. Don't forget the confetti!
|BookCraft's paper flowers|
Other paper items I thought of right away were lamps and different kinds of luminaries. Before attempting anything myself, I wanted to check out what others were doing. Again, off to Etsy, the "hamdmade capital of the internet!” Allison (Zipper8Lighting) makes all kinds of lamps and wall sconces. Here's my favorite lamp shade from her shop, what she calls an Artichoke Mixed Book Page Pendant Light:
|Artichoke Pendant Light|
Isn’t it beautiful?
|DIY Luminaries tutorial|
If you want to make a luminary of any type, you'll be needing some vellum; I'm thinking that the vellum is not as likely to catch on fire, but I‘m not sure why it‘s recommended. If you know, please tell me/us! Vellum was traditionally made from calf skin, but nowadays you can buy it made from vegetables. Here's a box shaped luminary with instructions by Sarah, on a blog called "DIY or Don't".
Just think of all the different designs you can print on your vellum. BTW, there are great printing instructions in the directions here, with lots of handy tips.
Hope you found something you’d like to buy or make! And if you’ve seen a good link list this week, feel free to add it into your comment for others to see.