DIY Gifts #4

I’m back as promised and have a DIY gift to share. I made it for my friends on Valentines’ Day this year and thought there might be a few points that I could share to those of you who like this idea. So for this gift, the tutorial is over at Crème de la Craft and she provides a step-by-step guide on how to create it.

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Her guide is pretty comprehensive, and the gift is relatively easy to do especially since the materials are easily available. This is a really sweet gift cause it is filled with so much wonderful memories! Some points that I could share would be as follows:

  1. So the printer I have at home doesn’t exactly print out well and so I went to get my photos printed at the shop, in 4R. So for those who are going to get them printed in 4R size, your pictures would be at 4″ by 4″ and your cardstock should be 8″ by 4″. It’s still a good size and
  2. For the chipboard, you’ll be wrapping it up anyways, so it can be any cardboard. I used cereal boxes and cut them at 4.5″ by 4.5″.
  3. Something to keep in mind when wrapping the chipboard is that the edges have to be presentable too. So you might want to take note the overlapping wrapping paper.
  4. When measuring the length of the string, make sure it is done when the book is closed. If not, the string might be too short!
  5. When pasting the chipboard onto the book, you might want to note that if you place it right in the center, opening the book could be a bit of a problem cause the spine would overlap. Therefore, pasting it a bit more outwards might be better.

That’s about all I have to share for this lovely momento. If you have any questions or something to share, please feel free to! ((:

DIY Gifts #3

Today, I’m back with another DIY gift I made for my dance friends. We just had our annual concert back in September and I wanted to make them something. So, I decided to re-create the Hershey’s Kisses Flower and Hershey’s Shamrock. I have had this idea pinned on my pinterest for ages but never had the occasion to do them! And I thought this would be a great time to finally do it and so here they are!

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I had tons of fun making them and you can click on the links above to access the detailed tutorials. Qbee’s Quest has done tons of these Hershey’s chocolate related gifts and I believe you will definitely find one suitable for your needs! ((: I decided on this mainly cause it’s a dance production and people usually give flowers and chocolates. I thought this was a great take on the typical gifts, allowing the flowers to last forever and the chocolates to be kisses too! ((:

Some points that I would like to share:

  1. For a pack of 340g of Hershey’s Kisses, there are about 72-74 kisses. I completely over bought cause the salesperson gave me a wrong estimate, so I thought this bit of information would help! ((:
  2. For the middle slot, you might want to consider cutting it slightly more than half an inch in. What happened to me was that the slots did not align properly, so there were paper sticking out and I had to keep cutting them deeper so that they would turn out better.
  3. Having a template to start is really important! The template made my life so much easier cause I could use a pair of scissors and cut the slots rather than measuring them one by one and using a ruler and penknife to cut the slots out nicely. ((:
  4. I made a number of extras and I find them to be really great gifts to people, like to show them my appreciation for favors they’ve done for me! ((: So maybe you could keep a stash for these ’emergencies’.

I believe that’s all I have to share for now. If I think of anything else, I’ll leave my comments! ((: Hope you all have enjoyed this post and find it useful should you decide to attempt them! On a side note, I’ve started to do my Christmas cards, and am really excited to share them here. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to it soon!

DIY gifts #2

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My dance group went to Bolzano, Italy in July, to participate in an international dance competition. Since May, we have been burning most of our weekends to practice for this competition and I really thank God that all the hard work paid off. So, to commemorate this trip and experience, I decided to make them some cups with their initials on.

I got the mugs from Ikea for $3.90 each, and I used the GLASpainter from Marabu that I bought from ArtFriend to dot the background.

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So, as you can see from the picture, I pasted letter stickers onto the mug first, then dotted the surrounding area. I used green and red mainly cause the flag of Italy consist of green, white and red. Once the ink dried, I peeled of the letters, and baked the cup for approximately half an hour at 170˚C.

Some things that you might want to note and could be improved:

  1. When I tried to peel off the sticker, some of the dots came out with it, causing me to lose the shape of the letters. So it might be better to use a penknife and try to cut those dots that are overlapping the sticker first. But you would most likely still have to touch up.
  2. The letter stickers shouldn’t be too thick. I thought mine was a bit too thick and would have been nicer with thinner letters.
  3. It is important to make sure the dots nearer to the letters are denser/more concentrated. This would help give a better effect.
  4. One of the batches that I baked, the heat was too strong, causing the red to change to orange. However, once it cooled, the color changed back to red. I thought you might want to know that so you won’t freak out like I did. ((:

That’s about all I have to share. If you have any other concerns/enquiries, feel free to leave a comment or contact me! ((:

DIY gifts

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(picture from Shanice)

I made these small gifts for my dancer friends about a year ago, and I thought it would be nice to share. We did an item related to mannequins, so I thought of giving them something that would reflect some resemblance. I stumbled upon these dress die cuts and the idea of making bookmarks with jumbo paper clips. I managed to find the paper clips at Daiso, and so, I was ready to create the gift!

I used the template to cut out the dress shape onto various craft papers in the multiple of 2 for the back and front. For each ‘mannequin’ I used ribbons and pearl embellishments to decorate the dress. I glued the paper clip onto the dress shapes and used foam adhesive between the papers for a 3D effect.

I got the notebooks from Daiso too, for $2 each, but I’m sure you can easily find notebooks of various sizes depending on your preference elsewhere. I wrapped the notebooks using the dancer wrapping paper bought from a store at Takashima, NBC.

And so the picture shows the final product! ((: