From the Design Desk: Celebrating Halloween with Mobile Art
Occasionally we come up with an idea we love so much, we want to make it ourselves without hiring an author or an artist. It takes extra time, but we love pouring our creativity into our work. I want to share a recent favorite “home grown” of these projects: Mobile Art. Since my coworker Michelle and I designed all the mobiles in the package, I have lots of extra love for this one and am thrilled that it’s finally here for you to enjoy!
To celebrate its release, we thought it’d be fun to decorate our office using the Halloween mobile.
This is the mini dessert table that we set up. In case you want to decorate your office spooky cute, too, here are some crafty ideas that we came up with.
This is one of the 20 ready-to-cut designs included in Mobile Art. It’s one of the more intricate designs, so it takes a bit of patience to cut out all the pieces—but that is the only difficult part. Once all the pieces were cut out, it took me about 20 minutes to assemble them using the glue method (explained on page 6 of the book).
Trompe l’Oeil Doilies
This is a super easy and fun project, especially if you like to draw. Just cut out black paper to the size you’d like and draw to decorate. I wanted a fancy edge, so I sketched the outline on the back of the paper, cut it out, and then flipped it over to decorate the clean side.
Paper Napkin Webs
Any thin paper that you can fold and cut easily will work well for this project. We had paper napkins in the office, so that’s what we used. Start by folding a rectangular piece of paper in half. With the folded edge towards you, fold the bottom corners up, creating a V shape—just like how a gentleman would fold his handkerchief to tuck into his jacket pocket. Cut out lines, not going all the way to the edge so the paper stays in one piece, and voila! It’s a web!
Origami Mouse Treat Bags
I love making these small origami bags for any occasion, especially when I want to offer guests a small party favor. Start by cutting an origami paper in half to create a rectangular shape. Then fold it in half to create a square. Tape two sides closed to make a bag. I wrapped some small snacks in food-safe wax paper and tucked it inside the origami bag. Now, this is the trick: close the open end by meeting the two corners in the middle to create a triangle shape. Add tape to close the triangle. I think it’s cute just as is, but I added ears and drew a face to make it look like an evil little mouse.
Did I mention that Mobile Art includes mobile designs for other occasions like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, wedding showers, baby showers, and more? That was the idea. We love celebrating life’s special moments and wanted to create a product that will help make such occasions extra memorable with a touch of hand-made.
To win a copy of Mobile Art, leave us a comment below stating how you’ll be celebrating Halloween… or any special occasion that you are excited about! We’ll choose one winner at random.
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