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Recently, I threw a farewell party for a friend who was leaving to pursue a career in Singapore. She wanted something to remind everyone of her, and because we had very little time to make something from scratch, we came up with simple customizable gifts to give out at her party: forget-me-knot journals.
We found these great faux leather journals in Daiso which came with long cloth closures to bound together. We drew hearts on each cover, and cut them out. Then we painted the first page of the journal with pink acrylic, and just glued the cover to the first page once the acrylic dried. She wrote a simple message onto each heart for every friend, and that’s it! Super fast to make, super sweet to receive, this forget-me-knot journal is sure to remind that loved one of your love!
Happy DIY Wednesday, guys!
So sorry for the shortage of posts this week, we’ve been busy running around finalizing some new products and preparing for a big project that we’ve completely lost track of time! Still, we took a little time to DIY to ease our minds from the stress that has seemingly enveloped us and is squeezing us into an airless room made to torment claustrophobics with. Okay, I exaggerate… but I’m sure you’ve had those days. Anyway, back to they DIY. We bought some chalk paint, got busy painting some mini jars to organize our desks with, and now we have cute little chalkboard jars! Easy peasy! This would be the perfect customizable touch to your party treats or kids packs, although we must remind you to replace glass with plastic for fear of them dropping the jars!
Happy DIY Wednesday!
As a small family that likes to travel, keeping our necessities organized and compact while maintaining easy cleanliness as well as durability is a daunting task. My beauty bag, which was once filled with beauty products and skincare, now fits four toothbrushes and a two travel size toothpastes. Because the bag wasn’t made for toothbrushes, it ruins the bristles and stretches the bag. The other issue I had were the water stains that came along with rushed packings in the morning to make it on time for hotel checkouts.
So today, I decided to resolve this traveling problem of toothbrushes, and teach you guys how to make your own towel toothbrush roll.
The most important item required for this project is a towel. You could opt for an old bath towel that needs a little saving, or some kitchen/hand towels that you have lying around. I found these argyle hand towels at Daiso, and decided to sew them together to form a length long enough for my toothbrushes.
The first thing you have to do is sew the towels together. Or if you’re using a long bath towel, just measure and cut double the length of your toothbrushes. I started with a line across both towels, followed by a flattened seam inside to neaten the seam.
The next step is to fold the bottom bit of the towel upwards, using your toothbrushes as markers. Once you’ve established your big pocket, pin the side seams together to keep that pocket in place. Then, take a few toothbrushes and line them up according to your required measurements. Since I normally carry four toothbrushes with us on trips, I decided to go with a balanced number of five slots (one extra for guests). Of course, you could make more slots, and the more you add, the tighter your pockets will become, keeping the toothbrushes from moving around.
Mark your measurements with a fabric chalk, and insert two long pieces of ribbon on one side of the roll. The ribbons will be your opening. Ensure that they are sewn only on one side and not the other, and align them on top of one another while sandwiching about 1cm allowance between your side seam. Now, sew the side seams together first (aka the big pocket) before sewing straight lines downwards to make each toothbrush slot.
To use your roll, simply insert your toothbrushes into their individual slots, fold the excess fabric down to cover the toothbrush heads, and roll the towel sideways towards the ribbon. Then just make a pretty bow, and you’re done! This DIY would also make a great gift for visiting guests, or as a kids slumber party pack. The best part is that the towel can still be used as a towel, and can easily be thrown into the laundry upon arrival home. No water stains! However, for art brushes and kitchen tools, a cheaper and faster solution to organizing them for travel would be to purchase our Tootsie Roll ^_^
Happy DIY Wednesday, and thanks for popping by!
Easter is fast arriving, and we’re happily decorating some eggs to be hidden around our office for the little bag gnomes to find. Yes, we have bag gnomes that help us – with much enthusiasm, not pressure – to make great quality bags and organizers so that all of your bag needs are well taken care of. And what unappreciative hosts we’d be if we didn’t lay some eggs around (both chocolate and real) for our little guests and helpers to celebrate with? Granted, their bunny friends might find it odd that they’re associated with eggs, but nonetheless, they’d surely get the same kick and pleasure out of scouting for hidden treasures.
Anyway, it’s the school break, so if some of you moms are looking to entertain your kids, we’ve compiled some of our favorite Easter DIYs below that are a step above the basic egg colorings.
This is such a super easy project for the kids! Just print out or draw some bunnies on cards, and give them mini colored pom poms to stick as tails. Too cute! You can check out the full post via Poppytalk.
Quirkily unique and amusingly adorable, these photo print easter eggs via A Subtle Revelry would bring a smile to anybody instantly! This would also be a great idea as seating markers for the guests to run about looking at at an egg-related party.
If you’re looking for an affordable and simple project to bring some joy to the neighborhood kids, then we strongly suggest you check out Oh Happy Day’s bunny ear bags. Too easy, too cute!
Lastly, who doesn’t love a piñata? Even better, a bunny piñata? And what beats a bunny piñata? An egg treats-filled bunny piñata! This fun project by Studio DIY is a pull-only project that allows the kids to be, well, less violent to bunnies.
Tell us if you have some favorites that you would like to share!
Canvas totes are fast becoming the best alternative to party packs. Instead of giving out the plain canvas bags as they are, why not jazz it up with a little help from a short scarf? I used a mini version of our Gin & Jacqie Tom the tote, along with a vintage scarf I had purchased on Etsy. I also made belt loops out of scraps I had lying around. Simply by sewing belt loops onto my plain canvas tote, I am now able to opt for a chic waste bag look with the use of the scarf, and I love the fact that it resembles an upscale gift bag. Of course, you can also achieve this without the belt loops, but I liked the ease of having them set in place rather than moving about whenever I did.
Now I can bring my tote out on those grocery shopping trips in style! Happy DIY Wednesday, peeps!
During the weekend, I couldn’t help but pop by Daiso for that quick fix of crafting materials. I spotted some foam-based A4 cases in our favorite colors, and picked them up with a customization idea in my head. Upon rushing home, I whipped up one of the above for each of the girls in the office, and can’t wait to give it to them!
Here’s what you need to make your own customized name A4 foam case:
1. A plain foam case from Daiso (they have quite a great variety of colors!)
2. Styling tape that’s generally used as draping markers on mannequins
3. A needle and thread
4. A fabric chalk
If you’re a newbie in sewing, don’t fret… this one’s a pretty easy starter to the fun of sewing, and if you’re really afraid to try, then you can opt for a glue gun to assist with the work instead. I didn’t want to use glue for fear of smudges, and I do find sewing rather therapeutic (although I did bleed from a needle wound on one of the girls’ case, but I hid it well enough that they’ll never know ;p). You can purchase styling tape – also available in an assortment of colors – at any haberdashery.
First, draw a draft of your font on an A4 piece of paper. Once you’re satisfied with your layout, draw the same onto the case itself with a fabric chalk. Pin the styling tape all through the design (you can also use regular cello tape for this because the foam case tends to run even when pinned), and just hand stitch your styling tape over the lines with a matching color thread. I wasn’t planning on using buttons, but since two names in the team (excluding mine) included ‘i’s', I decided to adorn theirs with some gorgeous fabric buttons I had purchased from Hong Kong.
And that’s about it! You can use this idea on baby onesies for those adorable customized shower gifts, or even on your man’s tees for that added love, or even better, on one of our Tom the tote as party packs for kids and adults alike! Of course, a Sharpie could be as easily used to draw designs right onto any of the above, but I like having textures on my things… it just feels so right. ‘Til next Wednesday, happy DIYing!
We’re always on the lookout for new spaces, especially those that were created for the sole purpose of creating. Meet The Canvas, a hidden gem of a rental space located in Damansara Perdana that caters to those looking for a fresh way to brainstorm and gather creative minds together.
The space may be marketed as a blank canvas, but there is more than meets the eye. Quirky mismatched furniture adorn the floor with possibilities that extend past their intended roles, and 550sqft specially-painted walls play great whiteboards. A 100″ projection screen helps home image and movie streamings, while the flexible layout of the entire space is kept easily transformed.
A little rustic, a lot modern, The Canvas is a refreshing change from your boring meeting room.
This is the most adorable reinterpretation of an old wedding tradition ever! Designed by Chris Trivizas, this wedding invitation comes in a tin can. Inside, some string and instructions on how to attach the tin to its string is found, along with the simple request to bring your tin can to the wedding ceremony. Super cute!
On Christmas day, the toddler and I made some easy peasy snow globes with things we found around the house. These are relatively mess-free, and require no actual skill but the ability to maintain composure when superglue leaks all over your hands… I failed tremendously, and now have two completely white and stiffened palms as well-earned “scars”.
All you’ll need are some small toys, some jars (could be mason jars, could be recycled baby food jars, it depends on the size of your chosen ornaments… I used Ikea seasoning jars because they’re the ideal size for my toddler to hold), colored glitter, superglue, and general purpose silicone.
Begin with carefully applying superglue onto the bottom of your toy, then sticking it onto the inner middle of your jar cover. While the glue dries, sprinkle some glitter into the empty jar. I used a mix of green, red, and gold glitter. Try not to put too much glitter into the jar, otherwise you’ll end up with a very cloudy globe. Once that is done, pour water into the jar (you can also pour a little baby oil into it for a slower “snow fall” effect), leaving about half an inch of empty space to give room for better shaking, as well as to insert the cover and toy in without overflowing. Put the cover on, and tighten the lid carefully. Try shaking your snow globe; if it leaks by a little (usually barely a drop), take the sealant and trim the edges around your lid. The silicone takes quite some time to dry.
Our snow globes turned out very bright and vibrant (not to mention a tad too green thanks to the toddler going crazy with the green glitter), but otherwise perfect! These will also make really creative souvenir for parties, given the right theme. Of course, there are far more delicately planned DIYs for snow globes out there, and here are three of our favorite ones: Creative Mama’s Gift Card Snow Globe, Our Best Bites’ Photograph Snow Globes, and Bakerella’s Coca-cola Cupcake Snow Globes. Enjoy, enjoy!!!
Yes, our DIY posts normally fall on Wednesdays and today is Monday, but since Christmas is our favorite time of the year, we actually got carried away with DIY craft projects! So here’s an additional one for this week, just because it’s only Christmas Eve and there’s still time for one more project! My 2yo and I were looking at ways to customize our tree decorations, and decided to make some Santa ornaments out of handprints. With some art block, red and white non-toxic watercolors, cotton balls and cotton sheets, and glue, we had such fun starting an entire factory of Santa handprints!
Use your child’s handprint as the base of your Santa figure. Once the red paint has dried, have your child paint Santa’s face out in the form of a rough circle. Then use the same red paint and paint over the top of Santa’s head so that it covers over as his hat. Paint white stripes over each arm and leg for costume detail, and draw eyes with a basic black pen. Lastly, glue the cotton ball onto the tip of his hat, and fold the cotton sheet into a triangle to be glued as his beard. Cut around your Santa figure, and punch a hole on the top of his head to insert a ribbon or thread. After that, all that’s left to do is hang your kid’s Santa handprints up with pride!
These would also make adorable gift tags as well as Christmas greeting cards. Have fun!