Valentine’s Day Handmade Origami Card (How to Measure Your Paper)

Modern communication and technology tools have revolutionized how we stay connected with others, but I believe that sometimes writing heart-felt message on a pretty sheet of paper along with a nice envelope can be a more romantic and more touching way to communicate with someone. Based on that concept I created this handmade Origami Card…

Valentine Paper Flower with Heart Shaped Petals

I found a roll of cute flower gift wrap with a rose-red polka dot pattern the other day. Many flower wraps available in the U.S. are made in synthetic materials, either mesh or thin tissue or fabric like paper. Despite the delicate appearance, they are durable, flexible and good for various craft projects.   This…

1200 Years of History Through the Japanese Fabric Wrapping

You may have heard the word, “furoshiki” before. It represents a piece of decorative fabric that can be used for gift wrapping, transporting items, interior decorations, etc. The history of furoshiki goes back to the Nara period (710-794) and was originally called “tsutsumi” (to cover or  to wrap).  It was used to wrap and help protect…

A Gift Basket is Like an Amusement Park!

The first gift wrapping project this year was to create a New Year’s gift basket. A gift basket is like an amusement park – many colorful and fun things all in one place! To enhance this excitement I often design gift baskets with vivid and cheerful presentations. Creating a big colorful bow is a great…

Thank you for your support in 2015!

This morning, I am reflecting on my past year on the last day of 2015. I thank you so very much for everyone who watched & commented on my craft videos, subscribed YouTube channel, followed my Facebook updates and participated workshops. I’ve uploaded 35 craft videos to my YouTube channel and conducted total 17 workshops…

Japanese Pleats Gift Wrapping ~Basic Pleating Design~

Japanese Pleating design is one of the great ways to create a memorable presentation for your gift wrapping. Traditionally, odd number pleats are used for happy occasions while even numbers represent sad occasions like funerals. Today, many designers improvise their own pleating styles to enhance the art of gift wrapping. Linear pleating design is the very…

How to make paper napkin flowers (Lotus flowers)

I like to share my newest tutorial video, “how to make paper napkin flowers.” I often create this lotus flower while waiting for my food at the restaurant (excuse my dining etiquette…), at the party and to entertain kids (most of the time, they think I’m teaching them a magic trick). Using just a paper…