Folded Festivities: Honeycomb Paper Decorations

Folded Festivities: Honeycomb Paper Decorations

Tess Wilson
Sep 9, 2011

I don't know about the rest of you, but I could really use a party right about now. Seeing these honeycomb paper decorations, especially the festive peacock, are giving me plenty of party inspiration…

I'm pretty sure that for most of my life, I've considered honeycomb tissue paper to be hopelessly tacky. That's one of the fun parts about growing up, right? You can say to yourself, "Yes, I've believed this strongly for 30 years, but look at those peacocks! And Little Red Riding Hood! Eee! The world is a wonderful place." Actually, I think it was the hot air balloon card in the 6th photo that opened my eyes: over-the-top honeycomb paired perfectly with elegantly restrained French design.

1. According to Ferse Verse, "In the old days in Hong Kong, we used to use paper fold-out objects to decorate desserts like cake and jelly cubes. This beautiful peacock is one of them." Everyone in my life can expect peacocks on their birthday cakes from now on.
2. Vintage honeycomb fruits- apple, radish(!), strawberry, pumpkin and pear- from Japan are large enough (7-inches) to use as a centerpiece, or hang over a table as festive fruity garland.
3. Petite fruits on sticks, on the other hand, are just begging to be stuck into cocktails or cubes of pate du fruits in corresponding flavors.
4. Back-to-school, bobbing for apples, Little Red Riding Hood: somehow, they all go together in a rosy, autumnal way. Host an apple pie party/competition, and put one of these amazing place cards at each guest's spot.
5. When the dance floor heats up, your guests are going to need to cool down with darling vintage fans. Bonus points to the person whose outfit matches the fan- cute!
6. The balloon good luck card comes with a stripey envelope: what could be better?
7. The Honeycomb Tumble, besides being an awesome name for a cowgirl, is a beautiful paper version of the beloved Slinky. It is so, so pretty, and much less likely to become heartbreakingly tangled.
8. Finally, we have the Honey-Pop chair by Tokujin Yoshioka. I saw this amazing, confusing piece as part of "The More Things Change" SFMOMA earlier this year (it is not currently on view) and found it so strange and lovely.

Images: 1.&3.&5. Ferse Verse, 2. Lunaparkfoundry, 4. HelloKewpie,6. Present&Correct, 7. troypuzzles, 8. SFMOMA

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