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Slip On Emma Simple DIY - Gift Idea for Christmas! November 17 2017

Wow, guys! Can you believe it's almost Christmas? Where did the time go? We're so excited for the holiday season: good food, quality time with our families, and of course, presents! And speaking of presents, if you're not quite sure what to get for everyone on your Christmas shopping list, don't worry, we've got you covered. Keep reading for this super simple Christmas-inspired DIY!

We took one of our Slip On Emma organizers (in pink, of course!) and brought some Christmas bling to the party. It was so quick and easy, but the results were amazing. And since Emma was designed to perfectly fit an iPad, this bedazzled version would make the perfect gift for a trendy student, or a fashionista on the go! Here's what you'll need:

Materials:

  1. A plain coloured bag or bag organizer (in this case, the Slip On Emma)
  2. Some bling! (we used some cute and inexpensive diamantes/rhinestones)
  3. Tassels
  4. Hot glue gun

First thing you want to do is to experiment a little with the placement and design of the decorative elements. There's nothing worse than making mistakes with a hot glue gun!

This was our favourite design (front):

And back:

After that, it's just a matter of gluing down each element into place! Take your time and be careful, they call it a "hot" glue gun for a reason! When we got to the tassels, we snipped off the loop at the top and glued it down the same way we did with the diamantes, and it seemed to work well. We might come back and sew it on, though, for extra security!

Wait for the glue to dry, and that's literally it! Here are a few pictures of our blinged out Emma in action:

How adorable! We love the way the light shines and reflects off the diamantes, and the movement of the tassels. We hope you enjoy this simple and sweet tutorial! Have a merry, crafty Christmas, everyone!

 


Googly Eyes For Halloween! Short & Simple DIY October 27 2017

Hello, fellow crafters! Halloween is just around the corner, and we just love all the creative and creepy themed DIYs we've come across online. If you're looking for a cute, not-so-scary, and kid-friendly DIY for Halloween, you've come to the right place! For this adorable and easy craft, you'll need these materials:

  1. Googly Eyes (we got our at our local craft supply store)
  2. Hot glue gun (or any strong adhesive)
  3. Double sided tape and scissors (optional)
  4. Something you want to decorate!

It's pretty straightforward from here! Simply take your item (a bag, a mug, a vase, etc) and glue your googly eyes directly onto it with your hot glue gun. Here's where the double sided tape and scissors come in: you can use the double sided tape to plot out the position of your googly eyes before gluing them down. Also, if you don't want the googly eyes to be fixed permanently onto the item, you can stop at this step. That way, you can easily remove the googly eyes whenever you want to!

And then, we went a little ga-ga for googly eyes! Here's what our ORGANIZE JACQ and one of our plain CANVAS POUCH looked like with a pair of googly eyes!

But we didn't stop there ;) Here's our SLIP ON EMMA looking very spider-like with a total of 8 googly eyes! We love how the eyes on the outside match the polka dots on the inner lining.

But wait! We still had a lot of googly eyes left over...so we stuck them onto a few of the small vases and pots lying around the shop, and we just loved how they came out. These ones may be our favourite outcome, take a look!

And last, but most certainly not least, we stuck some googly eyes on a coffee mug! It turned out so cute, almost like Chip from Beauty and the Beast, and it really brings the plain white mug to life.

And there you have it! We adore how versatile and easy this DIY turned out to be, not to mention the adorable effect of inanimate objects coming to life! How would you craft with googly eyes? Which items would you bring to life?

Until next time, have a spooky Halloween, and happy crafting!


Simple and Easy Birthday Bunting! August 11 2017

What do you do when you can't find a suitable bunting for your son's birthday? You make your own, of course! Today's DIY is super simple, and a great way to liven up any party without taking up too much time. Here's what you'll need:

1. Coloured paper
2. Pen knife (or scissors)
3. String or twine
4. Hole puncher
5. Cutting mat (optional)
6. Pen or marker
7. Binder clip and paper clips

Before we begin, a party planner tip: follow a set colour scheme, that way your party decorations will have a sense of consistency, but still be fun and lively! In this case, our theme colours were white, red, and blue.

Let's start! First things first: mark out a series of triangles onto a piece of coloured paper.

Next, align all the pieces of coloured paper together, and place the paper with the triangle shapes on top. You can use binder or paper clips to keep the papers from moving around. And then, using your pen knife or scissors, cut out all the triangle shapes. We arranged around 5-8 pieces of papers on top of each other because it saves so much time and effort! This way, we don't have to mark out the triangles and then cut out each individual piece.

Next, take your hole puncher and punch two holes along the straight edge of your triangles, one on the left and one on the right. The finished result should look something like this:

So festive! If your triangles are multi-coloured like ours were, arrange them in an alternating pattern. Take your string or twine and thread it through the holes you made, like so:

And you're good to go! All you need to do now is hang up your bunting. So simple, and so cute! Here's a shot of the bunting in action:

 Referring back to our tip of sticking to a set colour scheme, here are some more pictures of the day's decorations.

And there you have it! A super simple DIY bunting. We just love the way they brightened up the party. What are some decoration tips and tricks you love? Let us know! Happy crafting, everybody!


DIY Envelope Bookmarks July 07 2017

I don't know about you, but our house is simply overflowing with envelopes from banks, and bills, bills, bills! We noticed the funky patterns printed on the inside of the envelopes, and with some awesome inspiration from Stickeriffic (a company that sells cute stickers, decals, and stationary), we transformed our plain, used up envelopes into 2 adorable bookmarks. (Psst, check out the Stickeriffic Facebook page while you're here!)

The first thing you'll need is an envelope! Cut it open with a pen knife or scissors (carefully!) to expose the pretty pattern inside. Next, cut out various rectangle and square shapes to make the bookmarks.

Once you've done that, it's time to glue the two sides together, and decorate! Sticking a quote, and some scrap paper onto the front of your bookmark are simple ways of making it look more interesting.

Here's a nifty trick: instead of using ribbon, use twine! It gives it a more rustic and vintage look to your bookmark. Also, if you're gifting this bookmark to someone, twine is more gender neutral than ribbon. A win-win!

The finished product! Not too shabby ;)

But that's not all! We were on a roll, so we decided to make one of those adorable page corner bookmarks we've been seeing everywhere online. Using some more pieces of envelope from before, we cut out a rectangle. The rectangle, once folded, should be a perfect square (like in the photo below):

Next, turn it so the plain side is facing you, and place your glue in a narrow strip along the top of the rectangle, and only the top! Fold it in half, and let the glue dry.

Once the glue is dried, you should have a square or diamond shaped pocket, perfect for sliding on to the tops of your pages! This next step is optional: we thought the bookmark looked a little plain, so we decorated it with some leftover scrap paper, and we also wanted to reinforce the glued edge.

Here's the wee pocket bookmark in action!

All in all, we're super satisfied with how our bookmarks turned out. How would you make yours? We'd love to see your creations! Happy crafting, everybody!