Thursday, February 5, 2009

Craft Project: Kokeshi Spool

Every time I look at my twine holder it makes me smile. It's just a fun way to store/display twine. It took a couple hours to make, do to trial and error. It might take you less time depending on your painting skills. If you would like to add a little whimsy to your craft storage, this might be the project for you. Simple directions below.


Supplies


one wood bead, peg, and spool - can be found at most craft stores
acrylic paint
Glue - I used Ecoglue
Gloss Varnish - can be found at most craft stores
blush makeup - optional
paint brush

1. Glue bead to peg, refer to picture for placement. Let dry for at least an hour.

2. Paint the peg person(I made mine to resemble a kokeshi doll). I recommend starting with the face first. I added a little blush to the face of the peg. Next paint the bead. I painted it to look like a ball of string. And last, paint the body. Let dry for at least 20 minutes.

3. Paint two coats of gloss varnish on the peg person. Wait 20 minutes between each coat.

4. Glue the peg person to the wooden spool. Let dry.

5. Wind string around the spool and thread the end through the bead. Done



18 comments:

alittlebitofscrap said...

Adorable! Her expression looks like she has a little secret :)

KC said...

I have been through your whole blog and I want to make absolutley everything. You make the neatest stuff and I so appreciate all the tutorials. I am especially excited about the bento boxes - I am thinking that I can make some for my 2 year old daughter. Maybe if I make her food "cute" she will eat better. THanks for taking the time to share!

-Kim

Di said...

How cute! I must let my friend Beth know she loves Kokeshi!

Stephanie said...

I love whimsy! So cute.

Anji Gallanos said...

Very sweet. Great little project

Jodi said...

I love this idea!

Steph said...

Your ideas are simply fabulous! You've got such design flair!

I wish I could live in Japan - I fell in love with Japan 2 years ago when we went for a holiday but they don't make it easy for outsiders to move in :(

Crafty Recycler said...

I love this and really needed this idea today. I've started making plarn (yarn made from plastic bags) and I'm having trouble storing it as it keeps unraveling. This idea on a bit larger scale looks perfect!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

You come up with the CUTEST STUFF! This would make me smile too. Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking to this.

Alexis said...

You are amazing!

Yarni Gras! said...

this is so cute it makes me want to squeal!

Dragon's Dolphin said...

This is SEW cute!!! I love it. ~Shelly~

mayaluna said...

This is phenomenal, sweet and totally ingenious!

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

What a great idea!

Fuji Mama said...

I love how something so functional can be left out to be admired and looked at! Where do you come up with all of your ideas? You never cease to amaze me!

wayfarer said...

Yay, i have everything to make this except the little bead but i think a button would work so am going to give this a go. My twine is really bored on it's piece of cardboard and should love this. :-)

swann said...

aww, she's very pretty!

nerida said...

Thanks for this great tutorial - who knew string could be so cute!