DIY Sunday: Pom-pom Push Pins

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DIY projects are fun, personalized, and hopefully thrifty! One other box they should check is “quick”, because with phones buzzing and packed schedules, no one really has time for hours at the crafting table.

So if your to-do list isn’t as blank as the one above, this is the perfect, 2-step craft for you. It’ll brighten up your work space in just minutes —I “pom”ise!

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Tools

Pom poms
Push pins
Hot glue gun

Instructions

1. Using a hot glue gun, spread glue on the flat side of the push pin
2. Stick it on to the pom pom and hold down for 30 seconds
3. Repeat until you’ve got the desired amount of pom pom push pins for all of your lists and notes

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That’s all there really is to it! So whether you have a knack for crafts, none at all, have a whole day on your hands, or only minutes to spare, this is the perfect way to get creative.

What’s your favourite DIY project?

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DIY Sunday: Weekly Meal Planner

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Let’s be honest, us gals (and guys) have busy schedules. So busy in fact, that planning out a meal and even more so making one, can be the last thing on our minds. We’re always off to work, skipping over to spin class, or heading out for a night on the town! But with that being said, it’s important to look after yourself –and food plays a big part.

To make things a little simpler in our action-packed days, try using a weekly meal planner. Why? Because  you can have your lunches and/or dinners all figured out before your week even begins (being ahead is never a bad thing). And on top of it all you can list your ingredients so you’re set to grocery shop and stay on track.

In other words, this little guy can not only help you eat better by encouraging you to skip the store-bought and take-out food, but also helps you save money because you pinpoint what you need to buy.

To make your own, select pretty paper and print out my template by clicking here. Make sure you set up the orientation as “landscape”. For a round-up of what you need, see below.

Tools:
7×5 inch coloured craft paper of your choice
Printer
Magnets(if you want to stick it on the fridge)

Once you’re done, you can hang it up on your fridge (because of course, it’s pretty enough to show off), or stick it in your agenda for a quick glance at what’s on your plate.

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DIY Sunday: “You Make My Heart Flutter”Card

Valentine's DIYValentine’s Day is finally here and love is in the air. Whether you’re saying “je t’aime” to your sweetheart or just showing your friends you care, a card is the perfect way to put those feelings on paper.

Of course, you can dash to the store and pick up a printed card with pre-written texts and mass-made designs. But are those sentiments really your own? Be original this year and make a card from scratch. Plus, if you’re in a pinch for time and have special dinner plans tonight, this card should take no time to make. With lots of pretty pink layers, this is the most posh way to tell someone they make your heart flutter!

Tools:

Scissors
Glue
Pink patterned wrapping paper
Pink tissue/stuffing paper
Blank Card

Instructions:

  1. Cut a 12×18 cm piece of the wrapping paper and fold it in half. Draw half of a heart on the side, and cut along the outline. When you unfold, you should have a full heart.
  2. Do the same with the tissue paper, but make the dimensions slightly larger: 12.5×18.5 cm.
  3. Glue layer by layer only at the “seam” (middle or along the fold line) of the heart onto the blank card. Let dry and ruffle up layers once set, to give volume or “flutter”.

That’s all there is to it –three steps and you’re done!

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PS: Berkeley, my cat, decided to crash the photo-op and become part of the picture! Thought it would make a great outtake.

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Unwrapped: The Top Spots for Gift-wrapping Supplies!

I like to rap! Err…make that wrap. That’s right, I may not be able to throw rhymes like I’m straight outta Compton, but I can certainly wrap up a gift. I like it so much in fact, that I have an entire box of paper, cards, and colorful ribbons –hey, you never know when the occasion arises.

But finding the right materials isn’t always easy. The secret to great wrapping is to make it fun. Receiving a gift is nice. Having intricate packaging? Even better. With that in mind, always look for patterns, texture, and shades that go beyond the basic.

Dollarama: the dollar store is a great resource for many reasons –especially the low prices. It has a wide selection of great ribbons, including patterned, striped, and brightly coloured. Make this your go-to for all your gifting supplies.

Michaels: Michaels is known for catering to all things craft-related. From wallpaper to  yarn, you can find it all here (and spend hours doing so). This is a top spot in my books for wrapping paper and ribbons. Keep your eyes on their 2-for-$3 section, you can snag some great finds for so little!

Marshalls/Winners: when you think of these two, the first thing that comes to mind is fashionable finds for less! But on your way to cashing out that fabulous cashmere cardigan for fall, keep your eye on the aisles. Both stores often have boxes of wrapping paper right by the register, and for no more than $4.

Chapters-Indigo: books are not the only items you can buy from this store! Their selection includes gorgeous gift tags, Kate Spade wrapping papers and an array of other brands in eye-catching colours and prints.

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DIY Sunday: Make Easter Glam with Glittered Eggs

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Easter is just a week away and with that holiday on the horizon, it’s time to get crafty. Of course, food, family, and the feast that usually ensues is the focus, but decorating the eggs is often what makes all of it fun. Traditionally, they are to be painted a deep shade of red –the hisotry of which you can read all about by clicking here!

You don’t have to stick to tradition because in certain cases, rules are made to be broken. So rather than putting all of your eggs in one colour basket, try a new look and glam them up with glitter!

Materials:

Hard boiled eggs, white

Egg dyes or acrylic craft paint

Large glitter flakes (not the fine, dust kind)

White glue, dries clear

Egg holder

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Instructions:

1. Colour your eggs with the dye shades you have selected, according to packet instructions. Let them dry. If you are using craft paint, apply it to one side using a sponge brush and let dry, then pain the other side and rest it on dry side.

2. Take your freshly coloured, but dried eggs and place them in an egg holder. With a crafts sponge brush, apply the glue to the top half of the egg I’m a downward motion, sweeping less as you reach the bottom in order to create an ombré effect.

3. Before it dries, sprinkle generous amounts of glitter onto the glue-covered end of the egg. Make sure to place a napkin or paper underneath to catch the flakes that didn’t stick, and re-use them!

4. Place it in the egg holder to dry for at least 30 minutes, with the glittered end facing up.

What are your favourite Easter traditions? Do you have any twists to the classic foods and customs?

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DIY Sunday: Playing Dress-Up with Petals

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Spring has sprung, and one of the sure signs that everyone’s favorite season is here is the abundance of fresh flowers. Whether at the corner store or the city’s flower market, buds in every colour are making an appearance.

But what happens once you bring that bouquet home? Most of us fill the vase with water, place in the stems, and all efforts there. So instead, have some fun and play dress-up with your petals by making them a little lace skirt. They’re great for brightening up your home, and can make stylish bridal shower centerpieces! This is how:

Tools:

1 Mason jar

1 meter of lace

1 meter of twine or yarn

Velcro stickers

Instructions:

1. Measure the mason jar’s circumference, and cut the lace as well as the yarn slightly longer than that.

2. Slip the lace around the jar, place the Velcro at both ends and let it stick in to place.

3. Once the lace is in place, wrap the yarn around the top-end of the fabric to further secure it and add an extra decorative element.

4. Cut all of your flowers to be the same length, and place them in the jar.

How do you arrange your flowers? Do you have any unconventional ideas or decor items to put them in? Feel free to comment or tweet @ThePoshDish.

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