DIY Craft idea: Paper Plane Mobile with Maps
Paper planes! They are magical and bring us back to our childhood. This DIY project gives a nod to nostalgia with a fresh new take on paper planes… a way to recycle and re-purpose otherwise wasted materials: maps. Our paper planes are made with re-purposed Atlas pages. To create this look, search your home for old maps or look for vintage maps on ebay or a local antique shop for an especially nostalgic look. The colors, graphic details and reference to travel make maps the perfect medium for paper planes.
When starting your own DIY paper plane craft project, you can select the map pages with your child…choosing maps of special places you’ve traveled to…or places you dream to go.
Once we created a variety of paper aircraft, we strung them together with fishing line. You may choose to display planes against the wall as a piece of art too, like we did for our All Seasons Design Guide…
Or, as streamers in a window…
For our Young America showroom we created a mobile using a plane propeller from Authentic Models as the base and hung our paper plane garlands from it. We especially love the natural movement mobiles create. What do you think?
Happy paper plane-making! Whether you choose to decorate with them or just PLAY!
DIY Craft Project: Tissue Paper PomPoms
Brighten up any room with these colorful Tissue Paper PomPoms. Choose your favorite color combinations, combine with them lanterns, and create varying sizes and textures for visual oomph.
Girls (of all ages) will love this Young America DIY PomPom craft project. It’s easy to do and creates original, pretty room décor; they’re playful in a baby nursery too. Pick color combinations like pink & purple, teal & lime green, orange & yellow. Create varying sizes and textures. Shown here with a Young America Sleigh Bed.
Tissue Paper (20 inches x 30 inches)
Choose 1 to 3 colors, or similar shades of the same color, to keep things simple
Monofilament (fishing line)
1. Stack 6 to 10 sheets (or more) of tissue paper, depending on how puffy you want the PomPoms to be.
2.Fold the sheets into 1.5-inch accordion folds, all the way across.
3. Cut a round or pointy shape at the ends of the accordion shape, to give them a flower petal look.
4. Cut a 10” to 16” length of floral wire.
5. Wrap the wire around the center of the folded tissue and twist it tightly.
6. Fold the accordion shape in half.
7. Here’s the fun part! Pull apart each layer, separating it from the center one piece at a time.
8. Measure the length you’d like to hang your pom-pom from and cut a piece of monofilament accordingly.
9. Knot the monofilament to the floral wire and hang.
10. Make some more to create a Tissue Paper PomPom wonderland.
Reasons to love Louis Philippe furniture? It’s simple, elegant and free of frou-frou
Louis Philippe. That’s French, right? Have you ever wondered who Louis Philippe was and why we still talk about him today in the same breath as we describe furniture?
As it turns out, Louis Philippe, King of the French during the mid 1800s, had quite an influence in his day. History tells us he was popular for not being as pretentious or lavish as his predecessors; Louis Philippe famously preferred simplicity over ornamentation. His distaste of fancy details and frou-frou opened doors for designers to create elegant furniture with playful, lively contours. Mostly in the darker woods of his day.
160 years later, the simple, pleasingly soft, rounded lines of the Louis Philippe-inspired furniture endure and the style is as popular as ever - for children and adults alike. Louis Philippe has quite a legacy indeed. One we’re proud to carry on.
The Young America All Seasons Collection is a modern day interpretation of dear old Louis Philippe’s style. Simple, pleasingly elegant, no-frills children’s furniture built to happily and heartily withstand the test of time. We named the Louis Bed in his honor. It’s a very good example of what we’ve set out to describe here. It’s just right for children today.
Handsome in classic wood finishes (shown in Cinnamon), the All Seasons Louis Bed is also striking with a contemporary Young America color treatment. A Louis Bed in Surf Blue, Sour Apple, Cotton Candy or Peach becomes a childhood confection. One with personality that enlivens a room with joyful spirit. We carry the torch (and fly a kite) for Louis Philippe and feel certain he approves. View the All Seasons Collection and discover why it’s a parent and child favorite.