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How to Make the Most of Your Bokeh Paper

How to Make the Most of Your Bokeh Paper

Posted by Olivia Sum on

The term “bokeh” comes from the Japanese word boke which means “blur” or “haze or boke-aji which means the “blur-quality”.  In photography Bokeh can be simulated by convolving or rolling together the image with a kernel corresponding to the image of an out-of-focus point source taken with a real camera.


This image is an example of a bokeh design made into a greetings card:

I love the colours in this stylish Christmassy design the blue background and the overall effect the bokeh has making it look like the baubles in front are floating in a multitude of colourful pink and white baubles.

Upcycle Some Furniture With Bokeh Paper

One of the easiest things to do with a fabulous unique bokeh effect in arts and crafts is to decoupage furniture.  Using your bokeh paper, which you can find at, simply cover the piece of furniture you choose in the design of your choice.  There are loads of styles of furniture from an old cabinet you want to spruce up, or it could be something simple like a light switch.  Glue the paper to the furniture using a suitable adhesive and then varnish with clear varnish for a long lasting effect. 

How to Make an Easy Handmade Babies Mobile out of Bokeh Paper

You will need

  1. Bokeh paper
  2. String
  3. Scissors
  4. A hanging hook

Cut out the initials of your babies name with the bokeh paper.  Thread your string through the letters and hang by attaching to the hook which is then attached to the ceiling creating a lovely yet simple hanging mobile.  Go to to help find your paper design.

How to Make Paper Ephemera Feathers With Bokeh Paper

You will need

  1. Bokeh paper
  2. Floral wire
  3. Adhesive

Firstly make a sandwich with two pieces of bokeh paper.  Next line one of the sheets of paper with dry adhesive up the middle.  Then take your piece of floral wire and glue the paper and floral wire together.  After this cut into a feather shape and create the feather effect by making cuts along your paper stopping before you hit the wire in the middle.  Do this up either side of your feather.  Lastly take a piece of paper and glue at the end of your feather thus hiding the wire.  Make as many as you want of these decorative feathers as they look great in any room.  Don`t forget to go to to choose from a wide variety of bokeh paper designs.

How to Make Bunting using Bokeh Paper

Bunting is a creative way to liven up any room, I think bokeh bunting with its unique quirky design would look great to match along with your child`s beautifully coloured bedroom.  Just follow these simple steps and away you go.

You will need

  1. Bokeh Paper
  2. Adhesive
  3. String
  4. Cardboard
  5. Scissors
  6. Hanging hooks

Simply cut your cardboard into triangles any size you wish however all matching.  Next cover and glue your bokeh paper chosen from to the triangles creating a fabulous flamboyant effect.  When the glue is dry prick holes in the corner of each triangle and thread the string through each hole.  Now you have your bunting use the hanging hooks to attach to the ceiling and voila your very own whale bunting.

How to Make Customised Nursery Letters Using Bokeh Paper

You will need

  1. Wooden letters cut into the initials of your choice
  2. Adhesive
  3. Bokeh paper
  4. Clear varnish

Cover the letters in your bokeh paper using the adhesive to glue them together.  When this is dry paint over with clear varnish and voila your very own customised name tag.

Wrap your gifts with Bokeh Paper

Tis the season for giving so why not customise any gifts you wrap this year with your own unique gift wrap.  I always think that gifts with that personal touch are a little more thoughtful and special, so using your bokeh paper for gift wrap would definitely make a statement, I`m sure nana would be over the moon with her presents this year knowing the thought that went into it.

Now your mind is filled full of ideas there`s no time like the present to get creative.

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