Let’s BEAR!

In this section, I would like to introduce simple examples of value-added products that I “bear” by myself or that I learned how to make somewhere. These examples will give you some hints on how to create value added products with resources available at hand. I hope the information here will be useful for you to Be Empowered with Available Resources. Let’s BEAR!

No.6: Cherry Blossom Tray

My mom, Yasuko, is “beary” good at Origami, which is one of the traditional arts in Japan. So, she would like to show you how to make a cherry-blossom tray by Origami papers. You need five sheets of square paper. Are you ready? Let’s make it together!

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No.5: Cloth Scrap Flowers

Today, I would like to show you how to make a flower from scraps of cloth that I introduced on Facebook on May 11, 2013. On that day, my mom, Yasuko, participated in a workshop, which was provided by a fair trade shop called People Tree.

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No.4: Seed Flowers

Do you like pumpkins? I like pumpkins very much. Now you must be thinking of pumpkin pies, pumpkin cakes, pumpkin puddings, etc. When you cook pumpkins, I guess that you throw away the seeds. But don’t throw them away. Today I would like to show you how to make a beautiful flower from pumpkin seeds.

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No. 3: Wheat Ornaments

Wheat is one of the most common grain in the world. Speaking of wheat, the first thing that comes to our mind are products made of wheat, for instance, bread, pasta, or noodles. People add value to wheat by grinding it. But is that the only method of value addition to wheat? When I visited […]

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No. 2: Eucalyptus Leave Flower

In your community, you may have a lot of trees. Tree leaves can be used as petals for ornaments. The following is a flower made of eucalyptus leaves. There are different varieties of eucalyptus in the world. In the following example, I am using eucalyptus leaves found in the northern part of Japan. First, remove […]

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No. 1: Corn Husk Flower

If you have corn husks in your community, don’t throw them away. These husks could be valuable resources. First, collect the corn husks, and wash them. Then, dry them completely under the sun. It may take a week or so depending on the weather. Next, tear the husks into small slender strips. Tear the curly […]

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