Saturday, November 30, 2013

Gingerbread Man Ornaments

I'm pretty sure by this time you already have started setting up your Christmas tree. How about decorating it this year with cardboard ornaments? They're cute and eco friendly! I'll show you how to make them.

You will need:
- cutter/scissors
- cardboard - you can cut your cardboard box into smaller pieces.
- liquid paper correction pen
- ribbon
- glue or tape

First, you need to look for a gingerbread man template. I just printed template this from the internet. Or you can use your gingerbread man cookie cutter. Or you can just hand draw your own design.

I traced the template on the cardboard with a pencil and I used a sharp cutter to cut out the gingerbread man. Then I used a pair of scissors to trim the excess cardboard.

When you're done trimming the gingerbread man, it's time to decorate it with fake icing. Use correction fluid pen to draw the man's face, its clothes, and so on.

The correction fluid pen that I bought dries quickly so I didn't encounter smudge problems and that's good. If you want more color, you can use red and green pens or colored glue. You can also use beads for the gingerbread's eyes and buttons.

Then use glue or tape to stick the ribbon at the back of the gingerbread man so you can hang it on the Christmas tree, or elsewhere.

Tada! All done. It's not only gingerbread people that you can make as ornaments. You can also make Santa, reindeer, gingerbread house, 2D christmas balls, and then outline them with correction fluid pen.

Easy, right? Yay!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Making a Gallery Wall

Hello! This is just a short and quick post. I'm going to share with you how I made the gallery wall in our apartment. My sister and I bought wall art and assigned which ones to put on our living room wall.

First of all, you need to make a mock up with newspaper. Trace the frames on the newspaper and lay them out on the floor. Check which configuration will work best. When you're satisfied with the layout, use tape to hang the newspaper cutouts onto the wall.

Since we're just renting, we are not allowed to drill holes on the walls. So we used 3M Command Strips as hooks instead. They have different kinds of hooks that can hold a certain weight. We also used the strips to hang the full length mirror. Make sure that you clean the wall with alcohol and carefully follow the instructions in the packaging.

And you need to wait for about an hour before you can hang your wall art.

I didn't have proper hooks for plates but I saw somewhere in the internet that you can use hot glue and metal paper clips for small plates. But I also secured it with duct tape just to be sure.

And here is the final product! 

And you're all done. :)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Reindeer Christmas Cups

After drinking coffee from your favorite coffee shop, dont just throw your paper cup away. You can still use them for craft time! This craft project is inspired by the Jingle All The Way Cup from Meri Meri.

 I figured I can make this myself and so I did. :)

Materials Needed:
-    paper cup
-    brown paper (better if in 2 different shades)
-    red and black construction paper
-    white glue
-    scissors

Wrap a piece of paper around the cup and trace the bottom and top of the cup. After tracing, the result should not be a straight line, but two curved lines. This will be your template. Use this for cutting the brown paper.

I sketched my design on my notebook first so I know how to cut the pieces of paper. I even made different deer heads to see which one works.

So for my design, I wrapped the light brown paper around the cup as my first layer. The second layer was the darker brown paper, trimmed to form the nose bridge.

Then I drew and cut circles on red and black construction paper for the eyes and nose. Just use white glue to stick them to the cup.

For the ears, cut the brown paper into two leaf-like shapes and pinch the end. Glue the pinched end to the sides.

Then for the antlers, I traced my design first with a pencil before cutting. Slightly make a crease at the center so that the antlers wont look too flat when you put them on the cup.

Wait for everything to dry before displaying them. Dont use these as drinking cups though! These are made only for decoration purposes. Im not even sure how you can drink with this when the antlers are in the way. :)

I even made him two more friends! The one in the middle was from my previous sketch, and for the one on the left I used the Starbucks paper bag for the deers skin, hence the crumpled texture. Its still cute nonetheless! :)

All done! Wasn't that easy? :)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cardboard Tube Pillow Boxes

If you are planning to give your friends earrings, bracelets, or small items for Christmas, then you can make these cute pillow boxes. And guess what? These are made from cardboard tubes that are found in toilet paper rolls! Way to go to recycle this Christmas!

Materials needed:
- cardboard tubes
- materials for decorating like wrapping paper, ribbons, washi tape, twine

1. You need to collect the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls
2. Flatten it to make creases at the sides
3. Open the tube a bit
4. Press the edge of the tube with your thumb.
5. That's going to be the flap for your pillow box. Now do this on both sides.
6. And you have a pillow box!

I decorated my pillow boxes in three ways (but they all look similar haha)
- Wrapping paper and yarn. I got the wrapping paper at the Rockwell holiday fair.
- Origami paper and ribbon. The origami paper is from Muji while I got the ribbon at the Hallmark sale.
- Washi tape and twine. Of course, the washi tape has got to be in Christmas colors.

It's still a bit early, but I already want to say this to all: Happy (handmade) Holidays!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mason Jar Snow Globe

Hi all! I can really feel the Christmas spirit nowadays. So as early as now, we're going to make crafts for the holidays. Let's start with this mason jar snow globe. This is one of the craft projects that we did in Moonleaf.

You will need:
- glass jar (make sure it's clean)
- glitter glue
- glitter powder
- distilled water. I just learned tap water will eventually look cloudy.
- snowflake template, or pencil, if you want your own design,
- paper
- masking tape

Cut a strip of paper with the width a few inches shorter than the jar's height, and the length should be the same as the jar's inner diameter. This paper will serve as your guideline when you start decorating with glitter glue.

Now, on the paper you can either draw your own design, like Allie:

or you can cut out snowflakes and glue them on the paper, like Annie. I just googled snowflake templates on the internet and printed them on A4 paper.

When you are satisfied with your design, put the paper back inside the jar and secure it with masking tape. Trace your design with glitter glue then wait for it to dry, which will probably take 30 minutes to 1 hour.

That's me in action:

And here's the detail of my prototype:

These are my students raising their glittery jars!

Pour in some glitter powder and fill the jar with water up to the brim. Then put the lid back and start shaking! I've read somewhere that adding glycerin will help the glitter settle more slowly. So if you want more drama, add glycerin.

And then you're done! By the way, if you have a plastic toy or a plastic Christmas ornament, you can use hot glue to stick the toy to the inside of the lid.

Let me know if you have comments or recommendations, like using a special glue that's better than hot glue, or using oil instead of water. :)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Katha Magazine's Craft Workshop with Muni and Moonleaf

Hi guys! Let me share with you how my weekend went at Moonleaf. Muni has invited Katha Magazine to participate in The Better Closet and the launch of Muni x Moonleaf 2014 planner last November 16. It was a busy and tiring day, but all of us had fun!

There were a lot of good finds at The Better Closet. Lando was able to snag a nice wool jacket for P320. Such a good deal! Unfortunately for me, I used my money for shopping at Hallmark that day so I didnt get to buy clothes.

We set up our booth outside and we sold craft items like my pine tree candle holder, Allies stamped post cards, Dreas Merbirds, Gelis cute paper bags and Ayas scrapbooking paper. We were glad that we sold many of our items as 100% of the money we earned were for the people affected by the Typhoon Yolanda.

Aside from that, Katha also put together a free craft workshop. We made upcycled holiday projects, facilitated by yours truly :)

So what were the projects that we did? We made fancy snow globes out of glass jars, glitter glue and glitter powder

we also made pillow boxes from toilet paper cardboard tubes and scrapbooking paper

And finally we made magazine tassel garlands, which you can find my tutorial here. Cai from Moonleaf let us hang our masterpiece at one of their cork boards.

That was my first time to teach in a workshop and I was pretty nervous. But all is well! Im proud of what my students did!

My favorite student was Keisha, our youngest participant. She really loves crafting and didnt really need that much assistance! She got addicted to decorating her pillow boxes with washi tape :)

If you want to know how to make the craft projects that we did that day, dont worry! Im going to post the tutorials here on my blog ;) So stay tuned!

For the mean time, please do check out our catalog and participate on our online auction, Padayon. Just like our booth at Moonleaf, 100% of the proceeds will go to the Philippine Red Cross and it will definitely help the people affected by the typhoon. 

Photos via Katha Magazine

Monday, November 18, 2013

Padayon: Katha Magazine's Auction for a Cause

Katha Magazine, together with Paint Some Happy, will hold an online auction to raise funds for the benefit of relief efforts aimed towards survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda. The chosen organization is the Philippine Red Cross.
The auction will feature works of local designers and crafters who generously donated their works for the cause. The auction catalogue showcasing all works will be released on November 18, 2013, which will also mark the start of the weeklong online auction.
The target amount of the auction is a minimum of Php 15,000. One hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds will be turned over to the Philippine Red Cross.

A total of eighteen (18) donors provided their work for the auction. The donors were given the freedom to create an original and unique work. Each work showcases their ingenuity, creativity and mastery of craft. The starting bid prices, which are recommended by the donors, range from Php 300 to Php 3,500.

Check out more details on the catalog that you can view here on issuu:

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