For the Dog Days of Summer: Free Paper Pups Project

August 01, 2013, 09:53 am  Posted by Lark

At Lark we require little cause to celebrate the canine. We’re a dog-loving lot. Since the steamiest part of summer known as the Dog Days* is well under way, some canine-related craftiness seems in order. Perfectly apropos: A free project from Paper Pups: 35 Dogs to Copy, Cut & Fold by origami whiz Hiroshi Hayakawa. Easy-to-fold templates of nearly every breed imaginable are included in this delightful book: Boxer, Dachshund, Beagle, Lab, the list goes on. You can also make props for your pups—a fire hydrant, a house, or a Best-in-Show badge (undoubtedly deserved!). The projects in Paper Pups are simple and accompanied by illustrations that show you precisely where to cut and fold.

To make the free Mutt project shown below, all you need are a few basic tools (scissors, a ruler, a bone folder, and a craft knife) and some cardstock. If you want to customize your pup—give him a dappled coat or shaded tail—use acrylic paint, colored pencils, or pastels. Click here to design your own canine: Mutt project. Happy Dog Days! 

You can find Paper Pups: 35 Dogs to Copy, Cut & Fold at Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.

*This curiosity of the calendar can be traced back to the ancient Romans, who attributed the spike in temperatures to the pairing of Sirius, the Dog Star, and the sun, which, from July 24 to August 24, rose at about the same time. A dog date worth noting: August 16, the feast day of Saint Roch, patron saint of canines.




Paper Pups: Inside Peek

May 06, 2013, 08:00 am  Posted by Lark

Are you a Poodle person? Does your sweet Shih Tzu rule the roost? Do you love a Mutt pup with an endearingly mysterious pedigree? Paper Pups has you covered.

Learn how to use a combination of origami and kirigami techniques to create 35 paper dogs that are three-dimensional, freestanding, and full of expressive details, from a graceful Greyhound to a roly-poly Pug. With illustrated step-by-step instructions for every project and a Basics section that explores the tools and materials you’ll need, Hiroshi Hayakawa guides you through the processes of cutting, scoring, and folding paper to create these pups. Just photocopy any of the book’s full-size templates onto cardstock and follow the assembly instructions from start to finish, including the personalization of your pup with simple paint embellishments. In addition to 35 projects, Paper Pups offers readers eight dog accessories including a Best in Show ribbon, a sweater for the Chihuahua, a doghouse, and more. With Hiroshi’s guidance and only a few tools, you’ll find dozens of ways to turn paper into heartfelt, friendly pups, sure to get your tail wagging. Check out some of the canine craftiness below!


GIVEAWAY: Craft Your Life & Needlearts Collection!

November 14, 2013, 06:00 am  Posted by Lark

I’m supposed to be doing a sewing book collection giveaway, but when I went to choose the titles I simply couldn’t limit it to just the one subject! There are knitting, crocheting, sewing, doodling, crafting with kids, paper folding, quilting, and jewelry making titles. Keep the entire collection for yourself, or gift the titles that are already on your bookshelf.

We’re offering up the entire 16 title collection pictured below to one lucky person. To enter for a chance to win simply leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 19. One winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday, November 20. Click here for the official rules. Good luck!  This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Rene!

One + One Hats

One + One Scarves

Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond

Aimee Ray’s Sweet & Simple Jewelry

Crochet Garden

Pretty in Patchwork Holidays

Adventures in Pompom Land

Crochet Boutique

Stitched Blooms


Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go

Stuffed Animals

Crochet Love


Hand in Hand

Paper Pups