Tag: arts & crafts

The Art of Origami

5W22125-393The ancient art form of origami has been handed down from parent (or relative) to child through many generations, all over the world. The word origami comes from the Japanese words “ori” which means “folding” and “kami,” which means “paper.” To make origami, paper is folded in many different ways to form beautiful creations. Origami art is a highly revered art form in Japan. It was once taught in schools, but today, children learn the craft at home.

Origami served as inspiration for our newest collection, particularly on our Boy’s Origami Graphic Tee. The graphic on this tee is of a origami crane. The crane is perhaps the most well-known origami model. It is also the international symbol for peace. While it may look hard, origami just takes some practice! Learn how to make an origami crane and pass the art form down to your little citizen.

DIY Advent Calendar with Petit Collage

lorena_advent_4We’ve long been fans of Petit Collage, the SF-based creators of “modern decor and playthings for homes the world over, all influenced by a mid-century aesthetic and healthy dose of playfulness”. Their products feature DIY masks, puzzles, toys, beautiful wall decor for nurseries and beyond! When we were first introduced to the founder, Lorena Siminovich, we knew immediately that she embodied the Tea spirit. This holiday season, we’re celebrating big gatherings, small moments and the traditions that connect us all. Originally from Buenos Aires, Lorena offered to share a holiday tradition she grew up with and continues with her daughter. Here, Lorena shares the story behind her holiday tradition of the DIY Advent Calendar.

DIY Hand Loom Designs

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The traditional craft of South American weaving has been passed down through generations of descendants. Today, the tradition lives on throughout Argentina and Bolivia… and the world! During our travels, we’ve seen hand-woven pieces in many countries. Our designers right here in San Francisco even do it as a hobby. Want to know how you can make these in your home? Follow our steps below to create your own hand-woven piece of art, DIY gift toppers and ornaments, just in time for the holidays!

5 Ways to Wrap Presents with Furoshiki

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We travel all over the world for inspiration, and we always find such unique beauty each culture. Long ago in Japan, we fell in love with furoshiki (“foo-roe-sh-kee”)—a traditional wrapping cloth used to carry gifts or clothing. Modern Furoshiki can be made from a variety of fabrics and colors. After years of our furoshiki only available in Tea’s signature brown, we’re so excited to announce that you will now find the cloth in three new colors — navy, light blue and red! We love furoshiki as an elegant, versatile and earth-friendly way to wrap or transport a gift. It can even be re-used as a scarf, a kerchief, a headband, a cape!

Have you ever thought about wrapping gifts in something other than paper? During the winter holidays, 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags are thrown away. Wrap your gifts the eco-friendly way with our signature Furoshiki Gift Wrap, inspired by the artful Japanese tradition of wrapping gifts in beautiful swaths of cloth. Your giftee can re-use and re-purpose the cloth gift wrap any time of year. Read on to learn how to wrap your presents 5 different ways (in all shapes in sizes!).

DIY Paper Rose Wreath

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Tango and roses seem to go hand-in-hand, so it’s no surprise that when we set out to shoot our holiday catalog, our set was filled with flowers. Their beauty brings you to the tango halls of San Telmo, Buenos Aires and evokes the romance and spirit of the music and dance. Inspired by the propped roses, we decided to take our original spiral roses one step further and create a wreath! Follow these easy steps and you’ll have a rose-covered wreath in no time.

DIY Camera Strap

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While most of our personal photos are snapped on iPhones these days, we never travel abroad without our “big” cameras (a name fondly created by our own children).  They help us capture the special details we find along our travels that inspire entire collections. With each SLR camera comes a unique camera strap. Ask our travelers about their camera straps and you’ll hear all types of stories… some were passed down through family members, some were bought during college travels and others were made by hand.

While on our trip through Argentina and Bolivia, we were quick to take note of the embroidery that were carefully stitched through many of the textiles. We came across these embroidered belts knew we had to bring them back to share with the team for inspiration. How do you give life to an old embroidered belt? You give it a new use and turn it into a camera strap!

Follow the instructions below for an easy 4-step DIY camera strap, inspired by the belts we found in Bolivia!

DIY Sunprint Activity

sunprint graphicAt Tea, we’re print obsessed. When traveling to a new destination, our designers spend days pouring over print techniques that are native to the country we are in. We love finding new and interesting designs to share with you! For this summer’s Citizen Blue collection, we designed our Sunprint Garden V-neck Dress with a design of a dandelion. Learn how to make a sun print using fabric printing, in your own backyard!