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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How to Attractively Wrap a Gift with a Bow

Whether there is a special occasion or not, it just feels good to be giving gifts to our relatives and friends. Aside from making them feel loved, it also gives us a satisfying feeling since we made other people happy. So if you are the type of person who enjoys giving gifts, here is a guest post about gift with bows from one of our writer friends.

If gift-giving is an art form, then wrapping a gift might be the frame on that piece of art. Just as a great painting needs the right frame, the perfect gift also needs the right wrapping, and no matter how much or how little you spent on your gift, your wrapping can make it look like you spent a fortune.

Read on to discover how to attractively wrap a gift with a bow!

Boxed Gift

If your gift is in a box, that makes the wrapping easier. You don’t have to be an expert with paper and ribbons in order to decorate a box, but you should take a moment to think through your design.

For example, you might choose a simple, single-color wrapping paper — or even brown paper wrapping — and then use a bright and colorful bow to make the decoration pop. Alternatively, use paper with a geometric design or a personalized message and keep the bow to a single color. Of course, since you’re using a box, you can eliminate the paper altogether and let the bow say it all for the most focused impact.

Bagged Gift

Many people prefer to use a gift bag. They are convenient and come in all sizes, colors, and patterns. When using a gift bag, you have a couple of options in terms of a bow. You can tie the bag handles together with ribbon and run them along a blade edge to make them curl or tie the ribbon ends together to create a simple bow.

If your gift bag is a sack without handles, then tie the sack opening with pretty ribbons and tie the ends into bows. Or, for extra secrecy, roll the top enough so you can staple it closed, and then add a fun and easy pre-made bow.

Just a Bow

Some gifts don’t fit in bags or boxes — think car, jet ski, bicycle, or puppy. In that case, you’re going to want a bow that matches the awesomeness of the gift. With any living creature, be careful that the bow doesn’t interfere with movement and make sure the puppy (or kitten or guinea pig) can’t eat the bow because that would be a disaster. A simple collar wrapped with ribbon might be your best bet or you can attach a bow to the leash. Just remember, safety first!

If you’re giving a car as a gift, look online for an oversized bow with a magnet that attaches to the hood of the car. These bows run around $40, but can be worth it to complete the impact of giving such a dramatic gift. Since the bow attaches magnetically, you can use it over and over.


Whether you’re going to a birthday party, a bridal shower, a bar mitzvah, or a retirement party, make sure your gift-wrapping decorations embrace the party theme.

You can find pre-made bows in all the colors of the rainbow and decorated with hearts, polka, dots, stripes, and geometric patterns. You can also make your own bow using a pretty and unique floral ribbon.

Your Personality

Sometimes the gift you’re giving won’t show off much of your personality, but the wrapping still can. For instance, if you picked an item off a wedding registry because it’s the exact vacuum cleaner or place setting the bride and groom wanted, but it doesn’t reflect anything about you or your relationship with the couple, you can use the wrapping to show off your individuality. Incorporate hearts or stars or specific colors that are meaningful to you.

Remember that the gift is for the recipient and should be something he or she will love. If, for whatever reason, the gift doesn’t reflect enough of you, then make sure the wrapping does. You may become your family’s go-to person for gift-wrapping.

Author Bio:
Roy Cunningham is a Los Angeles based blogger with a particular interest in using crafts to add individuality to celebrations and gifts. He’s also an avid hiker, coffee drinker, and dog rescuer.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

How to Paint Your Coffee Mug In Just Five Minutes

Been very occupied these days but today, I am going to share with you a guest post about how to paint your coffee mug. Enjoy!

paint your coffee mug

The more you indulge, the more you can be creative with your mind. There are unlimited DIY tutorials help you in making home décor things. In some c, ses you can make the gifts at home following simple utensils of home.

Personalized coffee mug gift is in fashion now. People do buy printed or personalized coffee mug to give the special gift to one very close to heart. Considering this we have come with the best guidelines for making beautiful printed mug from home only. It’s very easy to make. It fits into your budget and also a good thought for giving unique gift for the extra ordinary people.

If you are planning to buy the gift for your friend or family Personalized gift delivery shop is the best way to find supreme gifts in budget.

Ombre Dots Coffee Mug

paint your coffee mug

Make the coffee drinking time a quality time with ombre dots coffee mug. Imagine when you sip your coffee in the styled coffee mug. Making ombre dot coffee mug at home is easy and simple. You will need small things to apply and use. Look at the complete tutorial, how to make this.

For this you will require dot maker, Mug bisque, stickers, toothpick, paint pod colors, you can choose the light brown (67), Brown (71), dark brown (72) color.

Let’s get started by sticking the “coffee” words in the middle of the mug. Stickers are the easiest ways to get the best designs and paints on the mug. But buy the quality stickers don’t remove easily from the mug. Press the stickers properly. Now time is to make the small dots around the stickers. 

First, start making dots of dark brown with dot maker. Don’t worry about the size just put dots of random size. To get the lighter side now finish the half of the sides with light brown dots. It will create an ombre design from dark to the light side. Once you finish it put it aside for drying. If you want the immediate results you can put this into the oven for 1 or 2 minutes. Now with the help of toothpick remove the stickers. Your ombre dot coffee mug is ready for gift giving or enjoying a home décor.

2- Paint With Porcelain Pens

paint coffee mug

Painting with porcelain pens is so popular in making a coffee mug, flower vase; interesting photo frames and. Here we are going to use the porcelain pens make the different types of designs with a pen. This is going to be very easy task for you to make a gift on your own.

The things you will require is:
1) porcelain pens set
2) porcelain mugs
3) double sided tape
4) scissor

Now let’s start making it. First we will start with making I love you Porcelain mug. First wash the mug in porcelain water and dry it by cotton cloth. Now take one white paper and cut a heart shape with scissor. Now stick the double side tape on the heart shape and stick it on the porcelain mug. 

Now the time is to make dots around that heart with porcelain pens. First shake the pen and press out the color. First use red color pen and start making dots around the heart, now apply different color pen dots like yellow, light green, orange. Now remove the heart shape paper easily. In that empty space write I love you with black or red color porcelain pen.

Following the same procedure you can apply bunny face or any message on this porcelain mug.

3- Diy Color Changing Mugs

paint coffee mug

A DIY magic mug is ready to surprise your child. It can also be gifted to get the amazing gift on auspicious ceremonies. How to make it, read over here

You will need porcelain paint, porcelain color, sensitive pigment easily available on eBay and ceramic varnish. First start making design of heart shape on mug using porcelain pens. You can cut the heart shape and stick it on mug for the perfect outlook. Now use black color pen to paint the border of the design. Now fill this heart with red color porcelain paint. 

Get sensitive pigment and mix it in ceramic varnish liquid. Make the liquid like in ink like consistency. Now start painting the red surface with this sensitive pigment liquid. Let it dry for 10 hours.

Afterwards pour the hot water inside the mug, magical red color from black color will appear as the heat enters in the mug. It remains only for few seconds, after some seconds it will come back in the same black color design. You can also make other designs following the same tutorial.

If you are planning to go for wedding party, birthday party or in any happiest occasion personalized gift for her is the best option to choose for. Here we have guided you complete tutorial about how to make the personalized mug on your own. It is simple and easy to make a gift at home. Hope you will like it and try to make it at home.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Choosing the Right Sewing Machine: What Machines are used in Industrial Settings?

For those who love doing crafts and making their own stuffs at home, here is a guest post that will teach us how to look for the perfect sewing machine.


There are a lot of sewing machine types on the market. Before someone buys such a machine, the person must know what the device will be used for. People use such a device for making clothes and draperies, for embroidery, for quilting, for repairing luggage and for many other tasks. Some of these tasks are very basic, but others may require a lot more complex machines, like the ones used in industrial settings.

While most regular machines are actually doing the same thing, there is a difference between the way they are constructed, their features and the purpose they are serving. The biggest difference exists between machines used at home and the ones used in industrial settings. When someone has to choose a machine, this person must know exactly what project needs to be completed.

Some of the devices people can find work with stretched stitches, while others can have a one-step buttonhole, some have quilting features and others have special feet. Choosing a very basic machine may not be the best thing to do, because it can soon prove to be useless. Basic machines are meant only for occasional and non-complex sewing tasks, as they don’t have an extended life span and their functions are minimal.

choosing the right sewing machine

On the other hand, machines that are used in industrial settings have a very long lifespan. They are complex and heavy duty. Devices that are made for home use are meant for general usage whereas industrial machines are more specialized to perform certain tasks. Many of the regular machines are made of plastic and materials that can break over time; people who want a machine that will stand the test of time should not acquire one. Instead, they should go for an industrial type of machine, even if they don’t own a sewing business.

Machines that serve industrial and commercial purposes are also known as heavy duty sewing machines. Any person who performs a lot of sewing can benefit from the use of such a machine, but not everyone will need one. This platform can be a good, long-term investment for people who want to make clothes and other products that require sewing on a large scale. Minimal maintenance is required for heavy-duty sewing machines, because this platform is highly durable.

The best thing that someone who is looking for a heavy duty sewing machine is to find the best platform for the specific needs that may be involved. Checking the advantages and features of each machine on the market can be a good start. Then, the search will be limited to a small number of platforms, which are the ones that meet the requirements. In the end, one particular sewing machine has to be chosen. People must also consider the price factor. 

The best machines can be the ones that are able to provide a stable sewing environment. A reliable platform is the one that doesn’t skip stitches, because it is the main thing that makes it efficient. A good heavy duty sewing machine weighs at least ten pounds, many of them reaching even twenty pounds. The heaviness is justified in most cases.

People who need to sew many hours a day will benefit from using an industrial machine the most and for years to come. Despite their rigidity, these heavy duty sewing machines can have a free arm that is able to offer custom styling for rapidly finishing any complex project. 

Those who are interesting in buying industrial sewing machines can visit and enter their name, email and phone number to get a free quote.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

How to Make a Hawaiian Grass Skirt

I have mentioned before that Bella was having a Ballet class for summer. I didn't know that they also have Hawaiian dance too. But that is a good thing. It is like hitting two birds with one stone. At least she'll learn two different dances this summer. So, when we talk about Hawaiian dance, we will never miss the grass skirt, the flower crowns and all the floral accessories. It actually sounds fun and exciting to make all of them.

We have to start with the grass skirt. A grass skirt could  be made from synthetic grass-like string like the plastic twine which we will use for Bella's grass skirt. Others use tulle, rafia, ribbons or even paper. But for me, the best material for a grass skirt is the plastic twine. It looks nice when the user sways here hips. Actually, if the skirt is really full, it would sway with minor movements.

So, today, we I will show you how to make a grass skirt through pictures. I'm telling you, this is so easy! You'd surely feel good after making one.

how to make a grass skirt

What You Need:
Plastic Twine (different colors if desired)
Garter ( I used 5/16" garter for mine)
...and plenty of patience and time! lol

What to Do:

1. First, you have to measure around the waist of your daughter or whoever is going to wear it. You have to measure just along or below the belly button. I had a pink garter and so I used it for this. Remember that a garter is stretchable. So, see to it that you stretch a little around the waist and then leave a few inches for allowance. Then, gather your plastic twine.

how to make a grass skirt

2. Measure the length of the skirt. The length of your twine is twice the length from the belly button to the ankle. It is done this way because you would fold it into two when tying it on the garter. Cut your twine with that length. Example: Length from waist to ankle is 18", you would cut a twine with that is 36". Take note that you will still knot it the top, so add a little allowance too. Like you can make it around 37" inches. For this skirt, I measured it a little above the ankle.

how to make a grass skirt

3. Now get your garter. Do not sew or knot the garter together yet. Start tying the twine. Fold your string in half creating a loop at the top. Then bring the twine into the loop. You call this the  Larkshead Knot. Watch here for a video of how to do the knot: Lark's Head Knot Video.

how to make a grass skirt

4.  Now add some more strings and place them side by side. Make sure that you tie them close to each other.
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5. So, this is how the grass skirt looks like after tying plenty of twines. Your grass skirt is about to finish.
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6.  When done, try measuring the skirt again around the user then sew the garter or tie a knot.
how to make a Hawaiian grass skirt

7. Then here is the result. You already have a skirt. Piece of cake!
how to make a Hawaiian grass skirt

8. But it doesn't end there. You have shred the twine. There are two ways to do it. You can shred it manually by hand as shown.
how to make a Tahitian grass skirt

Or you can use a comb in shredding. What I don't like about using a comb is that, some twines are torn and are left in the comb. So, you have to do it carefully. But you will be able to finish shredding quickly using a comb.
grass skirt

For this skirt, I used both methods but I shredded by hand on most parts. You will can see in the above image the difference of the shredded part and the non-shredded twines. the shredded ones are at the top of the skirt.

When you are done shredding, this is how your grass skirt will look like.

how to make a grass skirt

You can be creative with the colors too. And don't forget to decorate it. Add tassels, flowers and whatever you can think of. This is just the basic how-to of a grass skirt. Decorating depends on you. Or I can also post a how to decorate a grass skirt and make other Hawaiian accessories.

Here is Bella trying her grass skirt on.

Hawaiian grass skirt

I'm not going to decorate Bella's grass skirt yet. I'll do that if her recital is already nearing. Lol. Because the tassels and other decors might not look pretty anymore by the day of her recital. You know how toddlers move. But I'll still think of it though. If I am on the mood, I'd decorate here grass skirt earlier. Lol!

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

10 Amazing DIY Bunny Craft Videos To Try Right Now

easter bunny crafts

I can see so many bunny crafts everywhere. It just look so fun and cute to see them all! I guess both parents and kids are into making all these bunny crafts these days because of Easter. I don't celebrate that but it is just nice to see these cute bunny creations. There is really something about bunnies that are so sweet and charming. Do you agree?

So, I searched for some videos in YouTube that could teach you some fun bunny crafts. They may look hard in the final output but they are actually easy to make. Enjoy the videos below!

Here is a Puppet and a Decoration in one. It looks sparkly!

An pretty easy bunny mask for kids. You can ask them to help you in making this.

Want your bunny to be digging the rabbit hole? Try this one.

A Pompom bunny and chicks would look overly cute together. I'm sure you'll agree with me after seeing this video:

Oh I love origami! This one is definitely doable just follow the steps carefully.

These bunny bookmarks are so cute!

When I saw this, I suddenly missed making characters from eggs. I used to make different faces using eggs. I promise to share that to you next time. But I don't used hard boiled eggs. I use egg shells.

Now here is a bunny made from a golf ball!

You can make this bunny basket with your kids. It looks very lovely!

THIS! I always want to try this one and Bella had been asking for stuffed bunny or doll from me. Look at this one, it is so adorable!

So, did you enjoy watching these videos? Which of the above bunny crafts would you try? Me, I'm going to make the stuffed bunny from socks and the bookmarks too!

But before you go, here is a DIY bunny made from toilet paper roll that you can make for your little one. My daughter loves this!

easter bunny crafts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

DIY Craft: 10 Minutes Toilet Paper Roll Bunny

We have many toilet paper rolls that either end up in Bella's toy box or in the trash can. I can actually see these rolls anywhere because my little girl is fond of playing with it. I always wanted to make something from these but I am so busy that I can't do it. As a matter of fact, there are so many ideas in my mind but I just don't have the time to make it.

Until one day, I was able to make one. Before we left for dinner with Daddy, I made Bella a cute bunny from toilet paper roll all for the sake of her storytelling about the Turtle and the Hare. I know we all know that fable wherein the turtle and the hare had a race.

Well, she had a turtle that she made during one of her playdates. To complete her characters, I made her a hare. And she was very happy!

toilet paper roll crafts

It was just a quick craft. If you look at it, you can easily get how it was made. I actually just cut pieces from cartolinas in different colors. Just let your imagination play and you will be able to create your own bunny from toilet paper roll.

Since I didn't have paint and wouldn't have time to paint, I just wrapped a white paper around the roll and glued it inside. Then I cut two pink ears and added a white part to the ears too using paper. The face of the bunny was the next thing I worked on. Two circles for the eyes, six long rectangles for the whiskers, a heart for the nose and a triangle for the mouth with a rectangle tooth. You are actually just playing with shapes!

Toilet Paper Roll Bunny

The last thing I added was the feet. I purposely made it big. And it looked cute when you let it hop! You can also skip the feet part if you want to. It already looked like a bunny anyway.

Toilet Paper Roll Bunny

After making this toilet paper roll bunny, I would be making other crafts using this material because like what I said, they are everywhere in the house! I hope I could make more!

I have actually made some spiders using toilet paper roll. You can headover to it too. It comes with an easy to follow step by step instruction too!

I wish I have taken a video of Bella while telling the Turtle and Hare story. The next time she is in the mood to tell the story, I'll make sure that I have a cellphone or camera on hand. And I will show it to you! Lol. Hope you loved this craft I shared to you today. Don't forget to share it with friends or Pin for later!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DIY Craft: Paper Crown for Your Little Princess

DIY Paper crown

My princess. Bella will always be my princess even if she grows up. We all treat our kids like royalty because of how much we love them. We give them everything that will make them happy and that would make them better individuals in the future. 

And talking about giving them what makes them happy, this little girl of mine had been asking for a heart hat. Yup, anything that she can put on her head with hearts.

DIY paper crown

And so, I made her this very easy paper crown with hearts. I was actually thinking of a different kind of hat of I just thought that a paper crown would be better since she is my princess.

how to make a paper crown

Like I said, making this is very easy. All you need are strips of paper. Make three strips wherein the other one is thicker which would go around the head. First you have to make a ring using the thicker strip. Place it around your child's head to make sure it will fit. Then get the two other strips and cross them on top while taping the edges to the ring.

When you are done forming your crown, decorate!

princess crafts

I knew I didn't need to make a step by step instruction for this because merely looking at the crown will give you the idea on how it is made. And here is a closer look at the crown below.

how to make a crown for kids

You can decorate it using whatever you want. If you wonder where I got the gold paper, it is actually an excess of a paper which I sprayed with gold metallic paint before. Instead of throwing it, I just keep it because I know I could use it. And it went to the paper crown.

paper crown

paper crown

Look at how happy my little princess is with her paper crown! I will still make her another crown soon and of course, I will share it here with you too.

Crowns like this are not just easy to make but is extremely cheap too. You can use whatever paper is available in your home. And just be creative!

So, go ahead and make one! And when you do, don't forget to share it to me through the comment section or in our Facebook Page.