Saturday, December 13, 2008

DIY for holidays

Fun package bows made using recycled shopping bags at Design Sponge

Kate's Paperie has patterns for lovely ornaments and boxes

Carlos n Molinas' site is such fun to browse and has an amazing variety of paper objects, like these paper balls.Instructions here
select "tutorials" and then choose the ball ornament.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Japanese Packaging Design

Ping Mag has some noteworthy posts about Japanese packaging.

Really enjoy this post about packaging that uses and/or imitates nature

And this post on packaged gifts is also lovely

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Lovely origami boxes and instructions

Happened across Fitful Flog today, it features so many lovely origami boxes with crease patterns.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Helpful illustrated Japanese wrapping instructions

Shimojima in Japan has a nice collection of how-to photos and illustrations. It's also a great source for ideas.

Check out their "wrapping clips". They are pdf's with step-by-step photos. The instructions are in Japanese, but the photos give so much info you don't need to read Japanese to find these useful.

Also nice is this page of links to illustrated step-by-step instructions for a few methods of wrapping and creating bows, including on the diagonal (like they do in department stores in Japan.

And for idea shopping, these images of the techniques taught in their various wrapping classes.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Save a trip

Wrap with what you've already got. Wrap Art has lots of ideas. They were recently featured on the cover of Craft Magazine.

Nice furoshiki tips from Kakefuda

Found this nice video where Kakefuda, who makes the most beautiful and modern furoshiki in Kyoto, shows a few ways to tie furoshiki

Also found a few illustrated instructions for tying on their site (instructions are in Japanese) as well as a page with images of them in use:

Petit Bag (seen late in video above)
Drop Bag (as seen in video above)
Shopping Bag(seen in video above)
Notebook Bag
One-knot Wrap
Two-knot Wrap
Four Corner Wrap
Cylinder Wrap
Two Bottle Wrap

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Japanese Furoshiki Video

Appears to have been created as part of the Mottainai furoshiki effort by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment to encourage people to use furoshiki rather than disposable bags.

Note: Some wrapping instructions start about 43 seconds in and end at 1:06.