Archive | October, 2014

DIY Glass Etching as Gifts

30 Oct

One of my co-worker’s birthday is coming up and I wanted to put together a thoughtful gift for her (big surprise :p). She’s also a fella baker like me, so I thought, what would a baker want as a gift. Maybe it’s just me, but whenever I bake anything to a party, I always either forget the tupperware or it mistakenly gets taken by someone else, thinking it’s theirs. So I started researching how difficult it would be to make a DIY glass etching tupperware for my co-worker. Turns out, it was extremely easy, and I can’t wait to start etching more things!

This is how the finished product looks:

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–>> Materials <<–

1. Tupperware of any size (some etching cream says Pyrex doesn’t etch… I used a pyrex and it worked out fine)

2.  Armour Etch Cream ( I bought mine here for about $13 for 3 oz, but that’s plenty for what I’m using it for)

3. Large popsicle sticks (can get these anywhere – walgreens, target, Michaels etc)

4. Paper Towels

5. rubber gloves (optional) – if you don’t want to get the cream on your hands

6. Contact paper (bought mine from Target for $6)

7. Exacto knife and a cutting mat (if you decide to cut your own designs)

 

–>> Tutorial <<-

1. Trace the outer corners of your tupperware (by placing the contact paper under the tupperware). *this will be important later. Then sketch out your design on the contact paper – depending on where you want to etch on your tupperware, the design might need to be reversed. You can also buy stencils of visual designs from Michaels or any art store. Since mine is a customized gift, I decided to just cut my own design.

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2. Carefully cut out your design and make sure to save the little pieces from special letters like “A” “D” “e” (especially in this case, since I wanted the letters to show up clearly.

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3. I then cut each section out (while keeping the round edges that I traced from step 1) so it’s easier to apply onto the tupperware without forming giant bubbles between the tupperware and stencil. simplisticreations_DIYGlassEtching2

4. This is where the outlining your tupperware comes in handy. I then followed the rounded corners to carefully line up where I want my message inside the tupperware.

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5. Then I got to use this bad boy – Armour Etch with large popsicle sticks to apply it. I didn’t want to use a brush because I was afraid it would strip my cream too thin and the letters wouldn’t etch properly. Though I read some other tutorials and they used brushes, so it’s really a personal preference. Try not to breath in too deeply when you’re doing this though, it definitely has a stink…

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6. Apply away! Make sure you’re generous with the cream so your etching designs don’t end up blotchy. simplisticreations_DIYGlassEtching5

7. The Etching Cream says to wait 1 minute and rinse. But I decided to wait 5 minutes just to be safe. And it turned out great! So once your 5 minutes was up, carefully rinse your design under warm water with a sponge with the stencil still on.

8. Once the cream is all washed off, carefully take your stencil off and rinse your tupperware again with soap. Clean off the glass and now it’s ready to be wrapped & gifted!

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Stay tuned for more photos of my Dios de los Muertos costume tomorrow! We’re having a giant party at work and I can’t wait! (I do work for a Halloween e-commerce company, after all) Happy Early Halloween kids! :p

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DIY Dios de los Muertos Costume

26 Oct

Hey guys and gals! I’ve been busy the past week putting together my costume for Halloween. This year, I was torn between Medusa and Dios de los Muertos sugar skull and I ended up having more ideas on how to make the sugar skull costume instead. So this is going to mostly a tutorial on how I made the tutu and the headband. There will be a later tutorial on how I painted my face, so stay tuned for that! Otherwise, it took me less than a day to put this tutu together and 15 minutes to make the floral headband.

The overall cost of this costume was about $50 (mostly because the makeup and socks/ gloves I bought were more expensive than I thought. The tutu and headband materials cost less than $20 for everything from Joann Fabrics.) In hindsight, I probably could have just bought this costume, instead of spending the time to make it… but most costumes are super short and too revealing…. Not exactly what I’m going for. :p

I only managed to put together a tutorial on how I made the headband, I got way too excited to make the tutu and didn’t get a chance to document my process. But I found some fairly good ones that you could check out! Instead of using ribbon, I used elastic so I can just slip it on. The tutu is a little less than 24 inches because I wanted a longer tutu, since I’ll be wearing this to work. Check out the tutu tutorials here.

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 Headband tutorial:

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Stay tuned for my Dios de los Muertos makeup tutorial later this week!

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Halloween Party Ideas – Reblog

23 Oct

As Halloween gets closer, I’m sure many of you are attending Halloween parties, whether it’s a costume party or a Halloween themed dinner party or even a family/kid friendly Halloween bash. For those that are hosting the parties, but still want more ideas on how to decorate, check out some of these lovely ideas reblogged from Hostess with the Mostess. **Please note that I did not take these pictures or create any of these decoration ideas – all are reblogged from Hostess with the Mostess, one of my greatest inspiration blogs for DIY ideas!

Monster Bash (Kid Friendly)

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Source: http://blog.hwtm.com/2013/10/terrifying-cute-halloween-monster-bash/

Wicked Witch Party (Kid Friendly)

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Source: http://blog.hwtm.com/2014/10/wickedly-sweet-witch-inspired-halloween-party/

“Bone Appetit” Halloween Dinner (Adult Party)

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Source: http://blog.hwtm.com/2013/10/bone-appetit-halloween-dinner-party/

Dios de los Muertos *My Favorite* (Adult Party)

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Source: http://blog.hwtm.com/2014/10/dia-de-los-muertos-day-dead-party/

What do you guys think? Which one’s your favorite? Or please share another idea you’re planning that I haven’t shared yet!

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#EtsySwap2014

15 Oct

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One of my favorite things about being a blogger is having the opportunity to expose myself to meeting other fellow bloggers and seeing others who are as passionate about handmade goods as I am. For those who’ve been following when I used to participate in CaraBox Exchange, I joined something similar this past month! It’s called EtsySwap (or for this specific one, it’s #EtsySwap2014, where we buy something via Etsy to support handmade goods and artists! Check out what I received from my partner Wendy! I love it so much!

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Check out the next EtsySwap here!

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Mini Bottle Bouquet: DIY Gift baskets

15 Oct

Hey guys! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted! This coming Thursday is National Boss’s Day (thanks to my handy dandy weekly calendar) and since she’s been having a tough month, my department decided to put together a little something for her, a mini bottle bouquet!

These were my inspirations!

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It was actually fairly simple to assemble and make pretty. Check out my final results! On average, cost me about $25 and less than 30 minutes to assemble! I bought a mason jar water bottle from Target, so its actually reusablr after all the booze is gone!
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