Saturday, October 18, 2014

DIY Yarn Pom-Pom Art


Confession: This project kind of messed up. Lol. Don't get me wrong, I like the way it turned out -  a lot but as I was starting this, I had the vision in my mind that it's going to be quick easy, and kick-ass. I kinda struggled with making look a little bit more fun and playful but in the end, I was able to make something better than my glorified vision. 

Back story: I've been wanting to try to make DIY pom-poms just because I think they are cute but when I actually tried out the tutorials I saw on Pinterest, I found that the techniques were not very accurate. Example, when using the fork technique - it's actually very hard to tie the loose yarns together to cinch the middle section of the coiled yarn. I ended up with a flat, stubby bundle that just won't work. The cardboard technique on the other hand was - well, nobody got time for that. So I thought of just using my fingers to roll the yarn into a bundle, used elastics/rubber band to cinch the middle part and then just trimmed the edges to give the pom-pom its cuddly look. I documented it down for you:


As for the pom-pom art, this is what used and did:
Yarn - of course
Canvas Board
Elastics
Sharpie
Glue Gun
Acryllic paints (not in the photo)

After I have done all the pom-poms that I was going to need, I started to work on the board. I just drew imperfect vertical lines to serve as the stem. (I was going for Dr Seuss trees). Then I wanted to soften those lines a bit so I sprayed alcohol over them and it did get diffused. Way diffused so I ran the sharpie down the imperfect lines once again just to give it a nice outline. (I, of course waited for the alcohol to dry before I ran my Sharpie there.)




Next, I used my glue gun to glue the pompoms in place. Careful not to stick the glue part on the rubber band because it will snap and it will just be a depressing mess. I learned it the hard way.


And then, it looked bland. So I decided to use some acrylic paint and did a little bit of Picasso moves to create a nice pastel-ly background.


Pretty pleased with how it turned out. 



For the finishing touch, I then added freehanded writing to make it look more adorable.


Finished! Let me know if you like it? Have a great weekend ahead guys and keep safe! 



Saturday, September 27, 2014

DIY: Personalized Washi Tape

Confession: I am not always thrifty. But when I am, I try to make it fun.

I have never actually bought those wonderful and dainty looking washi tapes that are available in the market today simply because I find them a little over my budget. I was given a jarful of teeny tiny washi tapes before but I think they are for kids - I find them lovely, don't get me wrong, but I kinda want the "artsy" and "hipsterish" looking kind for my personal use. So instead I gave those to my daughter and left myself just drooling over the the fancy ones sold in that fancy store.

BUT!

In my obsession over them but still no budget to spare, I thought of just making myself one.

--> Cue in Wonderwoman music<--

AND!

Thought of sharing it with you guys!
Warning: this is very easy to make and slightly addicting. So, without further ado, I present to you this super easy DO-IT-Yourself Washi Tape!

What you need:
Gift wrapping paper
Ribbons (optional)
Tissue wrapper
Double-sided tape
Cutter



I just got these from my local bookstore  - Hallmark brand

                            

                            

I've had this roll of ribbon since forever, was keeping it for future gift wrapping purposes.


These can be bought in gift shops or book stores. Note, however, that these double-sided tapes are the film kinds and are not the ones with foamy centre. But hey, if you want to try those out, don't let me bust your bubble. =)

So, here's what I did:


First, I lined and stuck they sticky side of the double-sided tape against the back of the wrapping paper. 


Trick is to make sure that you stick as close as possible to the very edge of the paper just make the cutting part easier. Also, this makes it easy to align the tape along the paper - serves like a guide, if you know what I mean.


Next, I just cut all the part that has the tape on it and cut as exactly as I can at the very edge of the tape.


That's all there is to it! Told you twas easy!

Now onto ribbons... Same principle...


Easy-piecey!



But let's not stop there. I thought of making it personalized since we've already exerted all efforts anyway:


I thought of doing your own doodle, writing your name, your child's name, or whatever else you could think of and turn them into washi tapes too!


Don't throw the endless artwork that your child makes, turn them into washi tapes and use it to label their toys, their notebookk, books, etc!


These were really easy to make and such a joy to look at when they are all done. Those fancy and expensive washi tapes got nothin' on these sexy babies. Lol! 

So I hope you guys like it and find this post useful. Comment and share if you do, will appreciate it a ton! See you guys soon! and keep safe!





Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How To: DIY Indoor Terrarium

Confession: I am terrified of frogs. Extremely. And because of this, even though I adore flowers and plants, I can't bring myself to garden in a real garden. I'm always scared that there might be my archenemy lurking inside the bushes and ready to jump on me at any moment. See - it's already giving me goosebumps just thinking about it.

So.

Instead of going outdoors to garden, I'm bringing my garden indoors in the form of terrariums. Yay! I've been wanting to do this for so long now and it's only now that I got myself to do it - finally. Happy I did it and now I'm hooked! This idea has been around for a long time already but it plateaued   sometime in the 90's and it is now making a fabulous comeback! Now, this is my first attempt in doing this - so don't judge! There are a lot of terrarium ideas circling around the net and I can't wait to get my hands on those designs! Anyways, without further ado, I present to you how I did my lovely indoor garden.



What you need:

Let's get started!


So first, get your rocks or pebbles and place them at the bottom of your glass cylinder. This method will serve as the drainage so it's important that you do this.


Next, you add the charcoal. This is to keep your terrarium from smelling funky. The soil and the moisture from watering your plants can create a humid environment for the terrarium and this can be a little smelly.


Then add the pebbles. These are small coloured stones that I got from a garden shop.


Add your soil. You need to put a height with this because you want to make sure that your plant/s have enough living space.



Add your plants. Then top it with your coloured stones and your good to go!


Isn't it pretty? 


If you want to work with sand, you can do that too. Just do the same layering with the rocks, charcoal and soil, plant your succulent and top it off with store-bought sand!




VOILA!


Place it anywhere except under direct sunlight, water it once a week, leave it at peace and admire. This can seriously update your room or work space plus it really has a calming effect. 



That's it. I hope you enjoyed! I'll post more terrarium updates soon as I pan to do this a lot! Send me a shoutout if you have comments or suggestions, I'd love to hear from you! See you guys next time and stay safe!











Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DIY: Wooden Tray Upcycle - Chevron Pattern

Confession: This project that I'm going to share with you is long overdue.

Before I go any further, I would just like to greet everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wohoo! From the bottom of my heart, I really wish you all a great one and that all your goals, dreams and wishes start coming true this year! I'm so excited for 2014 - I just couldn't wait for the old year to be over - and I firmly believe that this year is going to rock - in a good way of course.

Anyhoo, back to this project. I started this on November of last year (2013), and it took me a while to complete the whole thing because I had to wait for the paint to dry for at least a day... But the problem with waiting is it tends to turn into postponing what you're supposed to do for the next day. And then postponing turns into pure procrastination until I really didn't provide time for it anymore. My bad. So here it is - My very own upcycling experience with a gorgeous wooden tray.

What I used:
Wooden tray - which I got from a garage sale that costs nearly half of what you'd pay for a lollipop. I was thinking - get it, get it right away and never let it go!
Sand Paper
Rug for wiping
Enamel Paint (for wood): White and Black
Paint brush
Scotch Tape
Pencil
Towel or your shirt
Ruler
Garbage bag for protecting your furniture from the paint



First thing I did was sand the tray. It didn't have any varnish or whatever coating but I wanted to make sure that the paint I'll apply won't bubble or peel off so I sanded it like a boss.





After that I just wiped all its surfaces with a damp cloth to make sure that I rid of all sandy particles that are just awful to point over.



Once I think all the surfaces are clean enough, I start with painting - my favourite part. 

Ok, here's the deal, this is my first time painting anything so I concentrated on making the whole experience fun. A.k.a I didn't really put that much effort into it like making sure I was using the right paintbrush or if I'm doing the right stroke or applying the right pressure. What I made sure I was doing right though was the paint I'm using. Enamel - which is what is used for painting on wooden surfaces - dries out glossy. I also learned that it takes 2 whole days for the paint to completely dry. I'm saying this now because it's important to ensure that everything's completely dried out especially if you'll be painting another colour over it.


So once you open the paint can, it kinda has a coating that sits on top of the actual colour of the paint, so I used a popsicle stick to mix it up until I see a solid colour.


So instead of primer - I didn't apply some because well, I forgot to buy it - I just painted the whole thing thinly first with the same enamel paint. and this is what it looked like after I was done.



I waited for this to slightly dry for about 30 minutes, before I painted another thin layer on top of it.


After the second layer, I waited another 30 minutes before I applied my third coating. I wanted a full colour so I didn't stop at the second one.



A beauty, isn't it?

Ok, so from here I just waited 2 days for the paint to completely dry. And by dry, I mean not a-little-bit-sticky-still dry, but smooth-and-not-at-all-sticky dry. By 2 days, I really mean I procrastinated for a whole week. But I checked the paint and it did completely dry up in 2 days.

Now, on to applying my second colour for the chevron pattern I have been itching to do.

But first, I had to create an outline that I can follow for the pattern. You see, you can't really do a chevron pattern without creating an outline for yourself. I pondered on doing it manually by hand but I re-thought the idea because I didn't want to ruin the initial paint job I did. So I used a scotch tape, a pencil, a ruler, and a towel to make this work. It's easy and hard at the same time. Here's how I did it:


First, I measured the width and length of the tray and made boxes according to the size I came up with. 


I think I was able to make a 7x5 grid. It's important to make sure that all the sizes of the boxes are even, otherwise the chevron pattern won't be as nice.

Next, as you can see in the photo below, I just made V patterns using the corners of the grid. I still used a ruler to make sure that the lines I make are straight and nice.



Once all the lines are set, I wrote "F" on the areas that I will be painting on; "F" meaning fill. 



Now here's the hard part, applying tape exactly on the line I created. 

Here's a tip that my gorgeous-of-a-man husband told me: in order to protect the paint from cracking or peeling wherever you'll be sticking the tape on, stick the paint on cloth first before you apply on your surface. This way, the tape won't be as sticky and it'll be easy to take off. Just like so:

See the fiber stuck on the adhesive? That's what will prevent the tape from being too sticky.

This is what it looks like after I applied all the scotch tape:


Next, I mix white and black together to make grey. Parts are: 70% white, 30% black.



And then paint!



Take off the tape while the paint is still wet. Carefully peel each layer out and be patient. 

I got something a little like this:


So it's not perfect, but I think I did a great job considering that it's my first time doing something like this. I'm extremely happy with how this turned out. 


I plan to go over the white area with white paint again just to make it cleaner and nicer but all in all, I think it looks gorgeous. I think I'll hang this on the wall.



So I hope you like it and as always, I hope you share with me what you think. Again, happy new year! Until my next post!