For all of us who have lingered at the windows of Anthropologie stores, admiring displays created from everyday items — coat hangers, paper cupcake holders, books — and dreamed of creating something similar at home, there is Paper Made! 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper.
The book came out last week from Workman ($16.95), and the author is Kayte Terry, who leads a team at the Anthropologie retail chain's corporate offices in Philadelphia. The team came up with those eye-catching visual ideas for the stores.
Terry (her first name is pronounced like Kate) will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at The Mall at Lexington Green on Sunday to sign her book and lead customers in a crafting workshop.
Sharing the experience is just part of the fun of creating, Terry says.
"It's so nice to have everyone come out and to have a good time and just make something," she said.
Don't think of discarded newspapers, magazines and cardboard boxes as trash, Terry writes in Paper Made!, which features step-by-step instructions for crafted jewelry, gift wrap, home décor and more. "Most of the projects are pretty easy, and the illustrations are incredibly easy to follow," says Terry, who says she wanted items in the book to be not just nice to look at but functional as well.
■ Twisted sheets of newspaper, thread and decoupage are transformed into a fruit bowl.
■ A cardboard box becomes a chandelier with a little cutting, paint and wire.
■ A roll of raffle tickets becomes a bowl or a place mat.
■ Old books become wall shelves or pockets for stowing mail.
The book includes lessons on paper crafts, including Japanese origami and German scherenschnitte, or scissor cutting, and resources for great paper to use in crafts.
Growing up in a family of artists, Terry writes, "it seemed like magic, the number of things that could be made from a new pad of paper."
And maybe that is why crafting itself just keeps growing, inspiring blogs, books, magazines and TV shows devoted to the pastime.
"It just keeps getting bigger," Terry said. "Once people started discovering the different things they could make, no one ever wanted to let go of that."