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Cool Adult Inspired Marimekko Crafts and DIYs

It is no secret that the patterns and designs of the Finnish design house, Marimekko are my favourite. Here I’ve curated a collection of the coolest Marimekko crafts for adults.

The first thing you see when you open my front door is a flight of Marimekko wallpapered stairs with matching pendant lampshades. It doesn’t end there either. If you carry on and walk through the house to the back garden, you will spot my pretty Marimekko painted shed.

And if you were particularly observant, you would have spotted many smaller Marimekko crafts in my home. I have included all my Marimekko inspired crafts and DIYs in this roundup, along with those of other bloggers.

Selection of Marimekko paper napkins

The Iconic Marimekko Patterns And Designs

Marimekko is a Finnish textile and design company, founded in 1951, in Helsinki.

I think what appeals to me with Marimekko is their bright and simplistic clean Nordic designs. My favourite print of theirs is the most famous, the iconic Unikko poppy print.

This design is over 50 years old (first printed in 1964), but is still on trend today. That’s probably because Marimekko is continuously updating the pattern and bringing out new colourways every year.

As well as producing textiles, clothes and homewares, Marimekko print many of their designs onto paper napkins. This is great news for crafters, as these paper napkins can be used for decoupage. And are an affordable way to get Marimekko style in your home.

Every time I go into kitchenware or Scandinavian interior shops and I spot Marimekko paper napkins, I can’t help buying a pack. I have several packs of the Unikko poppy design in several different colourways just waiting to be crafted with.

Adult Inspired Marimekko Crafts and DIYs for that Nordic Look

A collection of beautiful fun adult crafts and DIYs inspired by the iconic Finnish design studio Marimekko.

Many of the crafts below use one of their stunning and colourful pattern designs. Whether it’s with paper napkin decoupage, upcycling with their wallpaper, or even just painting Marimekko inspired designs.


If you enjoyed these Marimekko craft ideas then you will probably also like these Mid-Century Orla Kiely crafts and DIYs. There is also a large range of cool adult craft ideas on the blog. Make sure your craft room is stocked with these crafting essentials.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

These designs are so bright and colorful and such fun. I can see why you love using it so much in your projects and in your home. Thanks so much for sharing the ideas. #HomeMattersParty

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 20th of May 2021

Thank you, their bright cheery designs do bring a smile to my face.

Suzie Olsen

Saturday 15th of May 2021

Marimekko patterns are so bright and pretty. Thanks for the ideas!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 15th of May 2021

Thank you so much glad you enjoyed them

Amy Anderson

Monday 1st of August 2016

Thank you SO MUCH for including DIY Candy! I will share!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 1st of August 2016

Your welcome, love your Unikko inspired wreath.


Sunday 10th of July 2016

The macarons, wow what an idea! I saved those crocheted Unikko's in my mind for future use, would be great as christmas gifts to some of my relatives. :)

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 10th of July 2016

Yes the macaroons are gorgeous.

Glen Buchanan

Saturday 9th of July 2016

Hi Claire- I love Pillar Blue and that it comes from Britain. I have a lot of UK email friends, we're all T.Rex/ Marc Bolan fans. Some terms however aren't familiar to me in Canada. What is PVC glue?

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 9th of July 2016

PVA glue is just a white glue like Elmers or Mod Podge. Thanks