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The Best Nordic Crafts Inspired By Marimekko Designs

Explore a curated collection of DIY Scandinavian and Nordic crafts featuring Marimekko’s vibrant patterns. This guide offers easy-to-follow tutorials for creating stylish and elegant decor, perfect for adding a touch of Nordic charm to your home all year round.

Many people incorrectly assume that Finland is part of Scandinavia. Finland is a Nordic country but not a Scandinavian one. Although Finland borders Sweden and Norway, the language is very different, while the climate and cultures are similar.

However, the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark are also Nordic.

A Fabulous Collection Of Marimekko Crafts & DIY’s


If you didn’t already know, Marimekko is a Finnish textile, homewares, fashion, and design company that has existed since the 1950s. The company is famed for its simple, bold, and colourful designs.

It is also one of my favourite design companies; some might even say I’m obsessed. The most famous Marimekko print design is the Unikko poppy. This iconic print is featured on many of the company’s products and comes in many different colourways.

Even though the Unikko poppy is over 50 years old (1964), it hasn’t dated. The bold flower design is just as popular today as it has always been.

Every time I walk into a Scandinavian interiors store, I can’t help but walk out with a pack of Marimekko paper napkins. My collection of Marimekko paper napkins is quite extensive, especially the Unikko ones.

marimekko unikko napkins

These Marimekko paper napkins aren’t just to make my dining table look pretty. I also use them for crafting and DIY.

Unfortunately, I have never been to Helsinki, Finland (the home of Marimekko). I would love to visit one day. Having fallen in love with the other major Nordic cities (Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen), I know I would love Helsinki.

There are no longer any Marimekko stores in the UK so I think this is a valid reason for a city break to Helsinki.

Plus, Finland is the home of the Moomins, so it is a must-visit.

Scandinavian and Nordic crafts with Marimekko

The Nordic & Scandinavian Crafts

Another famous Nordic company is IKEA so if you are looking for more Nordic crafts you may want to check out my IKEA hacks. Or my collection of Mid Century Modern Orla Kiely crafts and DIYs.


Tuesday 27th of August 2019

What a fun and colorful assortment of projects! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 27th of August 2019

Thank you, I like colourful bright decor.

Michelle Leslie

Wednesday 21st of August 2019

I would love to visit your home, Claire. You have the most deliciously, unique ideas around. They're all so fun and "happy". There's a better Afrikaans word for it - LEKKER. Love your crafts and I so wish they sold Marimekko here in S Africa. I think I'd be a little obsessed too.

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 21st of August 2019

Aww, thank you, Michelle. I do love a bit of colour and pattern to brighten things up in the home. I don't know why but Marimekko prints just make me smile that is why I love them so much. If you ever happen to be in Bedford your welcome to pop in.

Sylvia | Grace for a Gypsy

Saturday 17th of August 2019

I have never heard of Marimekko before but I love the design!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 18th of August 2019

Thank you, they are iconic.


Friday 16th of August 2019

How fascinating! I hadn’t heard of Marimekko. I can certainly see why it is one of your favorites!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 17th of August 2019

Thank you, Michelle. I've loved their designs for years so bright and happy.