Sunday, December 23, 2012

DIY Holiday Gift Wrap

Every holiday season, I try to come up with a unique gift wrap for all the presents that we end up buying for our loved ones and friends. For the past few years, I opted not to purchase holiday wrapping and instead usually wrap the presents in brown craft paper and then gussy it up somehow. Reason gift wrap is way pricier then buying a roll of craft paper at an office supply store or better yet, online. This year, since I ran out of wrapping paper, I decided to use the brown paper rolls they sell at the local hardware superstore which turns out to be pretty much exactly like craft paper. Score one for me! The only thing left was to figure out what I can do to make it stand out. 

After countless searches on the internet and local blogs that I love, I found one that I thought would be perfect for me. I found the idea on the blog ManMade. Though the name may seem that the blog is solely dedicated to the male species...I am here to tell you that it is not. The blog has amazing and fun DIY tutorials that any do-it-yourself-er will appreciate. 

The tutorial that I chose was the post on how to make Typographic Gift Wrap. It is quite an easy process and you don't need may tools to do it.  I strayed from the instructions a bit just because I found it easier to do certain thing differently than they described in the blog post, but the outcome was pretty much the same. 

The tools I used were:
old magazines
exact-o knife
pair of scissors
double sided tape

I went ahead and made a font template on Adobe Illustrator using the font, NeutraText. In ManMade, he provides three sets of fonts to use that you can easily download onto your computer. I printed the letters onto heavy card stock and then, using an exact-o knife, went ahead and cut each letter out. I now have a stencil to use. I traced the letters that I needed onto pages from an old magazine and then cut the letters out with the scissors. Using double sided tape (Tombo mono adhesive), I pasted each name onto the present. I think they came out amazing and a big thank you to Chris from ManMade for posting the how-to.

Monday, December 17, 2012

A new arrival...

A friend of ours recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, and I wanted to make something special for their new addition to the family.  As usual, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and what I found were instructions for a pair of super cute crocheted baby booties. The instructions seemed easy enough. . These were so adorable, I had to make them for the new little nugget. They were perfect for a novice like me and in no time, I had a pair of booties to give to my friends. I am sure I'll be recreating these again since they were so quick to make. Plus, what new parent wouldn't love a pair of homemade baby booties?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

An IKEA re-do...

Since we decided that Isabella was big enough to graduate from the high chair,  I decided to purchase an Ikea table and chairs. I bought the set in plain white and chose to personalize it when I got home. The reason being, that the table is just painted pine, and once Isabella starts to draw or eat on that table, it will instantly get dirty. I had leftover wallpaper from my recent office renovation and thought that would work perfectly for the top of the table.  The wallpaper is basically contact paper for walls..super easy to clean and wipe off any smudges or food that will eventually fall on it. After realizing I had a few more feet left of wallpaper, I decided to cover the seat of two chairs. The results...well, see for yourself. 

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