Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Yarn-Wrapped Monogram

Hi guys! I am back with an easy tutorial on how to create a yarn-wrapped monogram for your room. Here's a vignette that you can try on your nightstand: 

Cereal box
3 balls of yarn in different colors

Step 1: Use your pencil and ruler to draft the letter on the back side of your cereal box.

Step 2: Cut out the letter. If you think it's flimsy, you can use thicker cardboard or you can also make your letters 3-dimensional.

Step 3: Prepare your yarn. Select three different colors that you like. For my monogram, I chose cool pastel colors.

Steph 4: Bundle up the three strings and tie a knot at the end. Pull the bundle until you get about 7 yards in length (or how long you want it) then trim it.

Step 5: Just wrap the ends of the letters first so they don't look awkward. Cut 3 inch pieces of yarn and use masking tape to secure them.

Step 6: And also use masking tape to secure the starting point of the bundle of yarn that you will be using to wrap the letter. Don't worry, you will cover the tape when we're done.

 Step 7: And then, start wrapping the letter! And watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones while you are doing this. If the bundle of yarn runs out, make another bundle and tie the new one to the old one just to make it continuous.

Step 8: The middle part probably looks weird and loose when the wrapping is horizontal. So you can just go back and wrap it again, but this time vertically.

Step 9: When you are done wrapping your letter, just tie a knot and trim the end.

Step 10: Look at your work of art and slowly clap your hands. If you want to hang this, you can glue a small piece of picture hook/hanger at the back.

And there you have it! Easy-peasy yarn-wrapped monogram.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Katha Magazine Issue 05

Seeing as all of the Katha founders are women (and with only one male on the entire team), it wasn't really surprising that most of our ideas on features were women/for women. But we thought it was about time to get out of our comfort zone and feature some barely explored territory for us: men.

Check out the brand new issue, hot off the digital press! http://bit.ly/katha-issue05

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

What I Had For Breakfast

Good morning everyone! This post is long overdue, but here's what I had for breakfast (three weeks ago):

Baked baby potatoes, with eggs in capsicum slices. I got the eggy idea from my aunt's Facebook post. But instead of frying them on the pan, I baked them in the oven. Aaand I went a little crazy with the black pepper.

Anyway, if you add herbs like rosemary, it will go well with the potatoes. I hope you like this idea!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Nail Polish on Keys

It's a Saturday morning and you have nothing to do. Instead of painting your nails, why not paint your keys? Transform them from this...

To this!

Here are the things that you will need:
- keys
- colored nail polish
- dotting tool or toothpick
- clear nail polish

First design is the dot pattern:
Just use the dotting tool to create dots in different colors. I used white as base then baby blue, pink, mint, and gold for the dots. When you are done decorating, add a layer of clear nail polish to smoothen your design. 

Next up is the floral pattern:
First paint your base color. Then for the flower, just add blobs of nail polish on selected areas. Wile the blobs are still wet, swirl in white nail polish using a dotting tool. Then use green nail polish for the leaves.

And finally, the leopard print:
I'm not even sure if this looks like leopard print! Haha. Just make bigger blobs, then add smaller blobs on top of the bigger blobs. I guess there are a lot of detailed leopard nail art tutorials on YouTube that you can follow :P

And we're done. I hope you enjoyed making this project as much as I did!

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