Free Printable: Mother's Day Cards, Envelope Belts and Gift Tags

When I was little, I would make cards for my relatives on every occasion. I loved busting out my glitter pens, colored pencils and colorful paper. When I entered my teenage years, that stopped. But recently I've been trying to get into the habit of making them again to give away to important family members. Today I'll be sharing some Mother's Day printable stuff since it's almost that time of the year. I made these in different colors because I have a lot of moms to give this to and I don't really want to have to give the same identical one. Anyway, read on to get to the download!


DIY: Wide Scallop Shorts - Make it Three Ways

I initially thought this would be another DIY fail - for some reason when I try DIYing clothes it always ends up a bust. But thank God it didn't! Haha. I thought these shorts were lacking something, that's probably why I figured I could make it/ wear it three different ways. Read on for the tutorial! :) 


DIY: Free People-inspired Star Wand Bun Picks + another round of BlogHer Hair Sweepstakes!

Who loves putting up their hair in buns? I do! It's so easy and convenient, but sometimes it looks under-dressed or messy or not thought of at all. I made these picks to dress up my hair buns just for that reason after seeing something similar online. And it's so easy and cheap to make - as usual. Read on for the tutorial!


Free Printable: Birthday Cake Banner

I noticed I haven't been sharing printables lately, so when my friend's birthday came up, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make something that I could also share with you guys. I made her a cheesecake and topped it with this cute little topper. I also attempted a dessert buffet with four flavors - vanilla , mocha and coconut lime cupcakes and a whole batch of my favorite blueberry muffins. Sadly, I completely forgot to take a photo of the set-up, or the cupcakes for that matter. Anyway, you're here for the printable so I suggest you read on! :)


DIY: Leather Lip and Moustache Bracelets

I want to say I made this as a nod to pop art culture, but really, I just wanted to make something quirky and odd-(ish) for me to wear. Not that it turned out really odd, but still. I actually thought about this right after I made the scalloped necklace. You know the  feeling when you've done something and the possibilities are endless, kind of thing? It was like that. A eureka moment. Although looking back, it's kinda sad that I use my eureka moments for oddball stuff like this. I question my choices at times.


Hey Guys! Join Cut Out + Keep! :)

A few years back when I was still in college I wasn't interested in crafting anymore because my course focused rather intensely on design and decor (which would kind of puzzle people because doesn't design influence creativity? I guess I was just too burned out). Or rather, I was still interested in crafting and DIY, but I couldn't find the time. After graduating, I had nothing to do, so I started looking around. Cut Out + Keep was the site that fueled my desire to create again - solely for myself and not because of deadlines imposed by professors. That's why I'd love to share with you this magical site, which has been featured recently in Google's recent ad - c'mon, watch it!

Cat has also sent me a link to her Chalkboard Bunting tutorial (the really cute banner you can see on Google's video), which you can see below.  

See Chalkboard Bunting and 1000's of others - or share your own on Cut Out + Keep!

I encourage you to visit the Cut Out + Keep community by clicking here, and maybe register and post some of your projects as well. It's a great place to start delving into the world of crafting - meet friends (although what can I say, I'm too unsociable to meet friends even on the me! No, seriously, make friends with me, lol), make and share your craft projects, have your projects be admired by tons of people, do swaps and the like. They sometimes hold contests and such as well. I promise you, it's fun! Oh, and while you're there, don't forget to follow me if you like - click riiiight here to see my profile (and hey, don't judge me on my earlier projects, lol!). Follow me, leave me a message and I'll follow you back I swear! :) 


DIY: Aztec-Print Gold and Blue Pot

I can finally feel spring - flowers blooming everywhere and everything's much greener. My mother just finished planting some bulbs and I tried planting some too. I don't have a green thumb, so the ones I tried planting died (or at least, they look dead to me). So why am I posting about pots now? Well, I'm still growing spring onions - did you know that when you put the root cuttings in water they grow again? - and I needed a pretty pot for it. I was intending it to be really simple, like, a chevron pattern or some polka dots, but with most of my projects it evolved into something else. Nevertheless, it's still easy to do, so read on to know how!


DIY: Scalloped Bar Necklace

I made this necklace to make me feel better after failing two attempts at refashioning shirts. I don't really have an inspiration with this one, I just incorporated the bar necklace trend with some scallops - a detail that I love so much (yes, I am times). These scallops are made from faux leather - doesn't look like it eh? I don't know how to cut brass sheets (I'll get to there eventually!) so I thought of a way to make it look metal. Want to know how? Read on for the tutorial.


Nail Polish: Gilded Nails

This post has been long overdue - I was planning to post this before Easter, but I had so many things to do I wasn't able to find time to do nail art. But hey, gilded nails isn't just for Easter, right? So read on to find out how I achieved this effect, it's super easy I swear! 


DIY: Ditsy Floral Braided Convertible Necklace/Headband

I'm in the mood for something floral - it must be my inner girlishness and all that spring fever.  I mulled about making this after seeing some inspirations online (this Aquaculture Necklace from Anthropologie & this Hooper Headband from Jack Wills). I loved both, so I got ideas from each and made this. I was originally intending it to be just a headband...but it evolved. Sometimes I just can't set my mind to do just one thing! Haha. Well, I guess it's useful - everybody loves a multipurpose accessory, like those hair ties that double as arm candy. Anyway, keep reading for the how-to!


DIY: Custom Storage Ottomans

Sometimes it just kills me that I can't find decor that fits my current room style that fits my budget - all of them range from the expensive to the nearly ridiculous price range. Most of the time, these pieces can be DIY-ed but admit it, sometimes we don't have the time or skill to make such things. Me, I'm just lazy (plus my fiance forbids me to use the table saw for fear I might cut my hand off). Anyway, I was looking around for decorative ottomans that would store some of my junk while still being stylish. Most pieces that I saw where in the $100+ price range. So I decided to DIY some using foldable ottomans I asked from my dad (since he was gonna throw it out anyway - can you believe that?!). This tutorial will show you how to transform an existing foldable storage ottoman into something more fancy-looking and high end. Read on for the full how-to. 


 Let's start with the top cover. See that there? That's how it looks like at first.

Start by prying off the black part - in most cases, it's attached by a nail gun, so expect quite a few nails. Once detached, you may want to hammer down and flatten the nails or just pry them out altogether. 

Cover with your fabric of choice, stapling it down. I just eyeballed the size, actually. Staple and fold the corners tight. See that hole in the middle? That's where you'll poke your needle to attach your fabric-covered button.

Optional step: Make some fabric-covered buttons and attach them with a large needle (for a tufted look). Make sure to attach it securely, pulling tightly on the thread (without breaking it of course) each time. 

After upholstering it, attach the black part again using a nail gun - or drill it down and attach it with a screw (like what I did here, because I was lazy. Haha! But after thinking for a while, I deduced this to be the better option so switching out the fabric will be easier than having to pry the whole thing off again, right?)

Now on to the part which requires more work - first, try and pry the fabric lining off your ottoman. Don't take the whole thing off, you just want to expose the staples from the original ottoman covering. Just pull a bit and it will come off like in the photo above.  

Next, measure how much fabric you're going to use (ottoman width + depth + about 2-3 inches excess) x (ottoman height + 4 inches excess). Hem the bottom part of the fabric (in this photo, the bottom part is the white strip).  

Wrap it around the ottoman (hemmed edge parallel to the bottom part of the ottoman) and pin. Remove it from the ottoman, adjusting the pins and then checking the snugness by putting it on again on the ottoman. Fold the ottoman before inserting your fabric sleeve - it will make your life easier. :D 

You may want to adjust the pins bit by bit until you get the desired snugness - this took me a couple of tries. As you can see in this photo, the hem perfectly matches the bottom line of the ottoman and the sleeve is pinned tightly. Take the fabric sleeve off the ottoman and sew the pinned side together - you may want to draw a line guide before doing so to ensure straightness.

Check to see if it fits, if it is then you're in luck! Haha. If not, just go over it again taking it in a little bit each time. As always, it's best to fit it on the ottoman each time. 

Cut off the excess fabric, and iron the seam like pictured above.

Now let's attach the top part - fold the fabric once like so.

Then fold it again, folding it inside the ottoman (much like wrapping a gift or folding a hem - haha, what can I compare it to?). Staple it down. I recommend you doing this one side at a time, pulling the fabric tight (but ensuring the hem still lines up with the bottom part of the ottoman) and stapling every few inches. 

After all that, it would look like this. The last step actually is to just take your glue gun and glue the lining down to cover the staples you've made. 

Now you are done! This project didn't take me long to do - about 3 hours for two ottomans, and that's with a ton of breaks. Glam it up more with a tassel as pictured above or something dangling. I used my favorite necklace (pictured below) - gives me easy access and storage to my favorite necklace while glamorizing the ottoman. 

What home DIY have you done in the past few weeks? Talk to me in the comments box below and I hope you have a swell month ahead of you. :) 
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