Craft + DIY

Christmas Presents

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This Christmas, I really wanted to bake some sugar cookies, but wasn’t sure if it was a good idea. With a possibility of us spending Christmas in the hospital if baby decides to arrive earlier, baking was out of the question. But I still wanted to make something simple at my 8-month pregnancy mark. Saw some cute Santa-belt wrapping ideas online and got inspired to make these for Christmas.


Part 1: Popcorn
MagicTime microwavable popcorn – Jaya Grocer
• Red/white cotton twine – AliExpress
• Glue tape roller – Lazada
• 100pcs Red/gold Felt drawstring bag – Baked With Yen (Kota Damansara branch)


Part 2: Belt
• 1” satin black ribbon
• Gold shimmer A2 cardstock


We ordered custom shirts and bags for our families with Famsy and wrapped them in a similar way.

It was a lovely, quiet Christmas with our families – a day after coming home from the hospital.

It was a lovely, quiet Christmas with our families – a day after coming home from the hospital.


Baby Announcement

I felt better around week 14 and started thinking of ideas to announce to our extended family and friends. While browsing, I came across some really adorable baby booties origami and this awesome tutorial by PaperMade - Origami & Crafts. (Scroll down for tutorial). Perfect for a couch-lounging-DIY project (my current state – 90% of the time at home). Started experimenting with 6 x 6 inches scrapbook paper and soon realised I need thicker card stock. When it’s too thin, it rips at the front fold and if it’s too thick, it gets trickier with the folding. After multiple failed attempts, I found that vellum worked wonderfully! I had a textured A4 white vellum and cut it down to 8 x 8 inches. Paired them with some mini eyelets and brads as I found them to look more elegant, compared to satin ribbons.

For our baby announcement photo, MingHan did a home photoshoot with our wedding sneakers. Can’t believe how tiny it looked till it was photographed with our shoes!

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First attempt

First attempt


Framing it up
After the shoot, I wanted to frame it up and place it in the baby room. The RIBBA frame from Ikea was the perfect size! To add contrast to the white shoes and white frame, I used an illustration from Hsulynn Pang as a background and stuck the shoes with some heavy-duty mounting tape. It’s now part of the deco in the baby’s room!

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Table Fan Makeover

Did this project a few months back, and I took these footage as an experimental project to learn more about video editing. Recently, I revisited these clips on my desktop and decided to try and put these footage together on iMovie, which ended as a tutorial video :) Knowing the basics now and limitations to the programme, I think it's time for Premiere Pro! 

This was an experimental video using spray paints, and I love it! This project definitely gave me a whole list of items I would love to try and work on someday. Have fun!


Makeup Brush Drying Rack

I've never fuss much about my makeup brushes in the past. I'll wash my brushes and lay them on a piece of towel to dry overnight. But recently I came across the lovely Benjabelle Brush Tree while surfing on youtube and thought it was a great way to dry the brushes. These quality beauties range from $19.95-$39.95. So, I thought I would try and design one with some familiar materials. If you would like to know how this was constructed, read on :)

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There were many DIY projects that people have done; in fact, many done in half the cost, time and they work just as well. Google/ Youtube 'DIY Brush Rack' and there are many tutorials out there. But I was still very attracted to the Benjabelle's Brush Tree and wanted something closer to that. (There's a pic of it below)

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Project inspired by the Benjabelle Brush Tree Materials used: A rack, 2 circle templates, Magnets, Anti-slip mat Tools used: Hot Glue Gun/ Superglue, 1/4" double sided tape, Blade, Ruler, Artline250 marker.

(Scroll down for more information about each material used)

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1. Circle Template | Art Friend - RM11/pc (member price) The thicker it is, the better. If you have more thinner brushes, you would want to find one that has smaller circles.

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2. Foldable Rack | Daiso - RM5 Ideally, get something that has the same base dimension of your circle template. Thankfully, this rack fits the circle template I bought beautifully. Daiso has all kinds of things under one roof, so you can definitely try this place!

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It was a great bonus that this was a foldable rack and also a magnetic one. This allows the pieces to be detached and stored away when not in use.

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3. VARIERA Drawer Mat | IKEA - RM19.90(roll) Alternative: Any bendable material like a foam sheet/ similar material will work well. You will only need a small piece from this entire roll :)

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4. 1cm Round Magnet | Art Friend - RM5 (member price) You will only need 4 pieces.

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Step 1 Turn the rack upside down; we will be using the bottom as the top.

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Step 2 Place one of your circle template onto your mat (on the smoother side). That's the exact amount you will only need.

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Step 3 Using a marker (I used a black Artline 250 Permanent Marker), trace out each of the circles and also the sides of the circle template.

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Step 4 For each circle, you will divide them into 8, like cutting a cake.

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Step 5 Now we will remove all the ink marks. I used some makeup remover on a cotton pad and rubbed it over the entire surface.

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Step 6 Tape each of the sides and inbetweens with 1/4" double sided tape.  You would then tape this to the mat, and tape the other circle template on top of that. You would end up with a sandwich (circle template - rubber- circle template). Make sure you press the sides till they are fasten tightly together. We will now call this the 'top'

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Step 7 Place the 'top' on the rack to determine where the magnets should be placed to be fasten. Attach the magnets to the bottom of the 'top' with a hot glue gun / superglue and leave it awhile for it to set. Once dry, go ahead and plop it up on the rack. The magnets allows you to remove the top and fold up the rack if you want to store them away.

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This rack has 34 holes (2 are way too small to fit any brushes), but they managed to hold up to 40+ brushes- ranging from large handles to thin ones - all these below.

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If you notice after hanging all of them on it to dry, it can get rather heavy in the middle. Thus I used a bookend to hoist it up. Other than that, it held each of the brushes very well, it's easy to use and now all my brushes dries the same time! *I use brush guards to keep the shape of my brushes while drying. Found a cheaper alternative to buying loose pieces of makeup brush guard covers is to buy a roll of it and cut it into your desired sizes. (I got mine for RM5 and one roll is enough for about 14 brushes) You can get some here.

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What's helpful is that some larger holes can fit a few thin brushes as well.

And that's my take on making a drying rack for my makeup brushes :)



Turn a Placemat into a Bag

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Over this Hari Raya holiday, I got an order request to create a 16-page scrapbook and a suitable packaging was necessary. In my unsuccessful attempt of finding a suitable box for it, I walked around Daiso and found a really beautiful placemat which brown polka dots, which was a similar pattern as the scrapbook and turned it into a bag for it. Here's a simple way that you may be able to do the next time you have trouble finding a packaging for your gift :) Here's the finish product and click CONTINUE READING to read the entire tutorial on it.Most placemats are a one-piece, but I manage to find a cotton placemat that happened to be 2 pieces of fabric sew together. (one side plain and the other with polka dots). Snip off 1 cm off the top of the placemat to remove the stitches. This saves the hassle of unpicking the stitches. Now you see how this can be a bag! That bit that you just cut off will be the top of your soon-to-be bag One quick fix instead of taking out the sewing machine is to use double sided tape to secure it down. Put a strip of double sided tape and fold it down. Repeat that step so that you will have a clean finishing with no thread fraying. This is how the bag should look from the inside (front & back). Create a little tag with your message on it. I used a 'Best Wishes' rubber stamp with some silver ink, cut out a circle and distress the sides with some black ink. Now use a ribbon/ yarn to gather the fabric together and viola... you are done -pic below :)