Sunday, 2 March 2014

DIY Teru Teru Bozu

diy teru teru bozu

I recently talked a little bit about cute paper craft book Paper Wonderland. Whilst I couldn't try out most of the designs at the time as I didn't have enough printer ink and wasn't about to cut up my library copy of the book (!), I did have a go at making one of the featured projects that didn't require a template - Teru Teru Bozu dolls.

In the book author Michelle describes these as charms you make to hang in the window when it rains, supposedly holding magical powers to help make the bad weather go away. Recently here in the UK there has been a lot of bad weather and so it seemed like we could use a little magic to see things improve. After initially finding the idea in Paper Wonderland I also had a little search around online and found out that they were apparently traditionally made with cloth, can be hung upside down for the opposite effect (wishing for rain during dry spells) and that they are still very common in Japan today.

Below is a quick video I created showing how to DIY a pretty decorated fabric version... I hope you enjoy it!

As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - use the hashtag #eelisediys to share your photos with me!
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