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Upcycled Cardboard Box August 18 2017

We don't know about you guys, but we have a load of cardboard boxes just lying around the shop. Instead of leaving them to gather dust, we've decided to make a cute upcycled box from it! Keep reading to follow our process.

Materials:

  1. Cardboard box
  2. Sellotape
  3. Sewing scissors (optional)
  4. Scissors
  5. Hot glue gun
  6. Scraps of cloth, or old pillowcases
  7. Pencil 

We had a very basic idea in mind: dress up the plain cardboard box with colourful, bright cloth! At first, we tried putting the box inside of the pillowcase, the way you would do to a pillow, but we discovered that the box was just slightly too big! >:(

We were disappointed but undeterred! We decided to open up the pillowcases so that we were left with a big piece of flat cloth. After we opened them up, we wrapped them around the box and marked (with a pencil) where we needed to cut off the excess cloth.

Ta-da! Now we just need to glue the cloth onto the box. We wrapped the box up, glueing down the edges as we went. We started with the bottom of the box, tucking the edges under the box to hide the raw edges. We did the same thing with the sides, wrapping the cloth around and glueing the edges down, but this time we tucked the raw end of the cloth underneath the hemmed edge, so it looks much nicer and cleaner!

 

Stage one, complete! You can actually stop here if you want a more minimal looking box. We wanted something more vibrant, so we added another old pillowcase with an adorable plaid print! We just followed the same steps: measuring the cloth, marking and cutting off the excess, and then wrapping the cloth around the cloth, glueing it down as you go. But since we can't hide the raw edges underneath the box like we did with the green cloth, we glued down the raw edges with our hot glue gun before wrapping up the box.

And we're done! Super simple, and so cute! We love that little pop of colour the printed cloth gave to the overall look. You can use it as a trash bin, or laundry hamper, or as a storage bin! It's pretty versatile, the only limit is your imagination :) Here are a few shots of the box in action:

We love how it turned out, and we hope this inspires you to make your own DIY upcycled cardboard box! If you do, please share your pictures with us, we'd love to see them. That's it from us this week! Til next time: happy crafting, everyone!


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!


October is all about pink..... October 13 2016

In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are giving away a BCWA mobile strap for every RM80.00 above spent in a single purchase. Get yourself checked if you have not.


CUSTOMIZE NAME TOTE October 11 2016 2 Comments

You can now customize your own tote with your name on it! With 3 different fonts and animals to choose from and 4 colors to choose them in. Great as a gift and for kids to use for their daily needs.
MIA in gold color font
Ziad in silver font
Qaid in silver font