Certified Poptastic 31: Zakka-inspired Wedding Crafts

Among my favorite things to shop for in Tokyo are kimono fabric, decorative paper, washi tape with super-cute and funky patterns, and brush pens and nibs in every size. Back in the day I had a lot of time for turning the items into something pretty & useful but since committing myself to this wedding blog, I usually just find myself taking the stuff out of storage every now and then *just to* stare at them lovingly. Sad, I know. Let me just put it in writing that I will return to my crafty self, make cool new handmade stuff, and share the how-tos with you guys.

The truth is our recent Japan trip reminded me of how much I love Zakka style crafts.

zakka style

For the uninitiated. Wikipedia defines Zakka as a fashion and design phenomenon that has spread from Japan throughout Asia. The term refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and appearance. It is often based on household items from the West that are regarded as kitsch in their countries of origin, but it can also be Japanese goods, mainly from the fifties, sixties, and seventies. The word itself stems from the Japanese “zak-ka” meaning ‘many things’.

To tide you by until I get my act together I’ve gathered some Zakka-inspired crafts from all over the internets for you to take inspiration from when crafting your wedding details.

handmade brooches

Handmade Brooches

Why not make cloth-covered button or fabric  flower brooches for your bridal party? (L-R: Zakka retro button brooch via Zakka Talk, Zipper flower brooch with tutorial via CraftyStylish, felted flower brooch with tutorial via Betz White)

tiny tissue flowers

Tiny Tissue Flowers

Scatter these little paper blooms all over your guest tables, stick them onto string to make a string curtain backdrop, make garlands out of them – the possibilities are endless. Photos and tutorial via Zakka Life.

origami flower bowls

Origami Treat Bowls

Craft pretty dishes and bowls out of paper and use them for serving treats during cocktail hour. Photos via Origami Mommy + lots of tutorials here — star box, star box variationcandy dish, cherry blossom dish, pleated box, rose bowl, 8-pointed box.

zakka pouch

Patchwork Pouches

Gift your bridesmaids with small patchwork pouches sewn from pretty-patterned fabric scraps. This style works best for vintage/shabby chic weddings wherein bridesmaids are wearing mismatched dresses!  Photos via Craft Joys, Zakka pouch tutorial here.

washi tape rosettes

Washi Tape Rosettes

Like the tiny tissue flowers above, there are so many things you can do with these rosettes — scatter them all over your guest tables, use them to decorate table numbers or wedding stationery, mount them on sticks and use them bouquet alternatives, etc. Photo and tutorial via Super Lovely.

washi tape cupcake flags

Washi Tape Cupcake Flags

Sticking washi tape on toothpicks make quick and easy (not to mention adorable) cupcake flags! You can stretch this idea further and make washi tape wine glass markers. Photo and tutorial via Super Lovely.

origami necklace

Origami Necklace

For informal weddings or parties, you can make your own jewelry out of paper! Photo and tutorial via How About Orange.

Do you like the Zakke style? Have you made any projects inspired by it? Please do share them with us by posting the link in the comments below!

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