Tuesday, December 22, 2015

DIY Craft: Carving Your Own Rubber Stamps

Buying rubber stamps are expensive. Carving your own rubbers for your scrapbooking projects and decorating your journals is different, fun and economical. So, while I am organising my photos from my last beach holiday, I carved out some rubber stamps to make them extra special. =)

Carving Your Own Rubber Stamps

Carving or making your own rubber stamps is very simple. All you need to do is to invest in a linoleum cutter and some rubber blocks and you are ready to start.
This is what I use:
  • A set of linoleum cutter
  • Soft rubber / eraser block
  • Ink pads
  • 4B pencil
  • Paper
This is what I do:
  1. Have an idea of what you want to make and draw / sketch your idea out onto a piece of paper with a 4B pencil.
  2. Stain your rubber block with an ink pad. This will make carving much easier as it will allow you to see that areas that you have craved out. Allow time for the ink to dry or you can stamp the stained rubber block on a piece of paper a few times to fast track the drying.
  3. Transfer your image from the paper to the rubber block. You do this by laying the paper faced down onto the rubber block and rub the back of the paper with your finger tip.
  4. When you have the whole image traced onto the rubber block, start craving with the linoleum cutter. Start with the thinnest cutter first to carve out the lines of your image. Follow with the thicker cutters to complete the rest of the carving / stamp.
  5. Ink your completed rubber stamp and start stamping! 
Carving Your Own Rubber Stamps

Carving Your Own Rubber Stamps

Tip when buying your linoleum cutter: buy one that is comes with stainless steel blades. I bought a cutter does not come with stainless steel blades that they rusted upon contact with air. I can still use the blades but it makes the carving experience so unpleasant.

Rubber stamping is a great way to personalise your notes, bags, photos, scrapbooking projects, etc. For the materials needed for this project and detailed step-by-step instructions, tips and inspiration, check out our DIY Rubber Stamp Kit listed in our shop. Have fun!
Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)
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    Tuesday, December 8, 2015

    DIY Craft: Suede Tassels

    Suede tassels are great accessories for your bags and bookmarks. Here is how you can DIY a few to brighten up your world! =)

    Suede Tassels

    What I used:
    • Four strands of suede strings, about 90 to 100 centimeters long for each strand
    • One strand of thick thread, about 10 centimeters long
    • A bit of super/strong glue
    • One large cord end
    • One small round ring
    • One keychain hook
    • A pair of scissors
    • Ruler (optional)
    suede tassels

    What I did:
    1. Cut each strand of the suede string into 4 equal parts. I used 4 strands of suede strings, so that gave me 16 short strands. You can use fewer strands (12 maybe?) but I like my tassel to be fat, thick and abundant. =)
    2. Use the thick thread to tightly tie all the short strands together, tie them slightly to one side of the middle. I used a ruler to help me estimate the middle and moved about 0.5 centimeter to one side of the middle. Cut off the extra thick thread.
    3. Fold the longer ends downwards to cover the thick thread.
    4. Put some super glue to the folded end of the suede strings.
    5. Squeeze and push the folded end into the large cord end.
    6. Trim the ends to make them neat.
    7. Secure the tassel to the keychain hook with a round ring.
    8. Done! You can also skip the keychain hook if you are planning to use the tassel for other purposes. 

    I love the suede colors! Have fun making your own suede tassels.

    If you need the materials like the suede strings or the cord ends, drop us a note at hello@wahsosimple.com.

    Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)

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    Thursday, November 26, 2015

    DIY Craft: Rubber Stamped Fabric Bag

    Here I go again .. wanting to carve rubber stamps and obsessing with getting my handbag organised. =)
    I carved out a couple of rubber stamps and started stamping away on my plain fabric bags with a fabric ink pad. Now I have 2 of these bags for my knick-knacks! =)
    DIY Craft: Rubber Stamped Fabric Bag

    This is what I used:
    • A set of linoleum cutter
    • Soft rubber / eraser block
    • Fabric ink pads
    • 4B pencil
    • Tracing paper
    • 2 fabric bags
    DIY Craft: Rubber Stamped Fabric Bag

    This is what I did:
    1. Have an idea of what you want to make and draw / sketch / trace out your idea out onto a piece of tracing paper with a 4B pencil.
    2. Stain your rubber block with an ink pad. This will make carving much easier as it will allow you to see that areas that you have craved out. Allow time for the ink to dry or you can stamp the stained rubber block on a piece of paper a few times to fast track the drying.
    3. Transfer your image from the tracing paper to the rubber block. You do this by laying the tracing paper faced down onto the rubber block and rub the back of the paper with your finger tip.
    4. When you have the whole image traced onto the rubber block, start craving with the linoleum cutter. Start with the thinnest cutter first to carve out the lines of your image. Follow with the thicker cutters to complete the rest of the carving / stamp.
    5. Ink your completed rubber stamp and start stamping! 
    Rubber stamping is a great way to personalise your notes, bags, photos, scrapbooking projects, etc. If you are interested, shop for your DIY Rubber Stamp Kit here. Have fun!
    Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)
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    Monday, November 9, 2015

    DIY Craft: Shrink Plastic Bag Tags

    An idea for your next shrink plastic project. This possibilities are endless! =) 
    You can make bag tags with shrink plastic. No more mixing up of bags!
    DIY Craft: Shrink Plastic Bag Tags

    This is what I used:
    • A sheet of shrink plastic
    • Sharpie Permanent Markers
    • Scissors
    • One-hole puncher
    • Ball chains
    • Oven
    DIY Craft: Shrink Plastic Bag Tags

    This is what I did:
    1. Draw and colour images on the shrink plastic. Now, remember that the plastic will shrink to about a quarter to half of its original size, so we have to make our images and words big. As the plastic shrinks, the colours will become more intense, so using lighter and brighter colours would yield better results.
    2. Cut the shrink plastic to shape. Punch a hole at the top to string the ball chain later. 
    3. Now to the shrinking part ... To shrink the plastic, pre-heat the oven to between 175 degree Celsius and 180 degree Celsius. When the oven is heated, place the shrink plastic onto a piece of aluminium foil and place it into the oven. The side of the shrink plastic where we have coloured on should be facing upwards.
    4. Watch the shrink plastic while it is in the oven. It will first curl up and then flatten out. Wait until it has flatten out to remove from the oven. Once it is out of the oven and still hot and pliable, quickly place it into a flat surface and put a book on top for a few seconds to completely flatten and set it hard.
    5. String the tag with a ball chain.
    6. Ta-da! Ready to be attached to your bag!
    If you are interested in shrink plastic, check out our DIY Shrink Plastic Kit in our shop! =)

    Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)
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    Monday, October 26, 2015

    DIY Craft: Earphone Cord Holder Made with Air Dry Clay

    When I saw the earphone cord holder / keeper on Pinterest, I got really excited! This is exactly what I need to keep my earphone cord neat. I always squish and squash my earphone cord into a small bag and when I need it, it is almost always tangled up in knots. Then I have to spend a minute or two untangling it before I can use it. This is too much work for me. Hope my new clay earphone holder can help to keep the tangles at bay! =)


    DIY Craft: Earphone Cord Holder Made with Air Dry Clay

    This is what I used:
    • Air dry clay
    • Rolling pin
    • Clear sheet of transparency (or you can use any type of smooth surfaces to roll your clay on)
    • Clay slicer / pen knife / cutter
    • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
    • Drinking straw
    • Alphabet stamp
    • Sandpaper
    • Acrylic paint
    • Tape
    • Paint brush
    • Paint palette
    This is what I did:
    DIY Craft: Earphone Cord Holder Made with Air Dry Clay

    1. Shape: Knead and roll the clay on the clear transparency sheet to about 3 to 5mm thick. Use the cookie cutter to cut out a heart shape. Then use the drinking straw to pierce 2 holes about 5mm away from the edge and use the cutter to cut from the holes to the edge (see picture above). Gently remove the excess clay.
    2. Stamp: Use the alphabet stamps to stamp in your name or words to make your holder more interesting. This is optional.
    3. Dry & Sand: Gently lift the clay off the transparency sheet and place it at a safe place for overnight drying. Let the clay dry for about 24 hours or until it becomes dry and hard. Once the clay is dry and hard, use a piece of sand paper to smooth out the rough edges, if any.
    4. Paint: Paint the holder in any colour you like with the acrylic paint. I have chosen to paint one in pink and gold and the other in blue and silver. I used a piece of tape to help me keep the line between the colours neat.

       I hope you will have fun making this!
      Till the next blog post, craft something with your hands! =)
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      Friday, October 9, 2015

      DIY Craft: Air Dry Clay Dish

      Here's a DIY craft idea to help you stay organised! =)
      Have you ever had the experience of opening up your dresser drawer and all your stuff (ear rings, bracelets, coins, keys, buttons, etc) are in an unorganised mess? And you cannot find that red bracelet that would go so well with your outfit today? Sounds familiar? I also have the same problem with my dresser top. I pile everything up and clear it up when I cannot tolerate the mess. New year resolution is to get organised so I decided to make some clay dishes to organise my stuff and make my dresser top look pretty at the same time.

      DIY Craft: Air Dry Clay Dish

      Time to whip out the air dry clay that I bought months ago and my acrylic paint to make some clay dishes! This is what I used:
      • Air dry clay
      • Rolling pin
      • Alphabet stamp and cookie cutters
      • Clay slicer  (or you can use a knife)
      • Clear sheet of transparency (or you can use any type of smooth surfaces)
      • Small dishes (I used sauce dishes)
      • Acrylic paint
      • Paint brush
      • Paint palette
      • Sandpaper
      DIY Craft: Air Dry Clay Dish

      This is what I did:
      1. Open up the pack of clay and take some out. Store the remaining clay in an airtight container. The clay will feel slightly wet and when it dries when you are working with it, it will stick to your finger tips. So, it will help if your fingers are slightly wet when you are kneading and rolling the clay and have a damp towel at arm's length.
      2. Knead and roll the clay on the clear transparency sheet to about 3mm in thickness. Place your small dish bowl upside down over the clay and cut around the edge of the dish with the clay slicer. It will be good if you can do the cut crisp and straight so that your edges will look neat.
      3. It is time to be creative! Stamp in any words that you want or use your cookie cutters to create some designs.
      4. Gently lift the clay off the transparency sheet and place it into the dish. Gently push the clay into the dish until it lightly touches the bottom. Smooth the edges with your fingers. Tip: please do not push the clay too hard into the dish, it may get a bit challenging to pop it out of the dish tomorrow.
      5. Let the clay dry in the dish for about 24 hours or until it becomes dry and hardens.
      6. Gently pop the dried clay out of the dish. If the edges or any part of the clay dish is not smooth, sand it down with some sand paper.
      7. It is time to be creative again! Paint the clay dish in any colour you want with the acrylic paint. 
      8. Let the acrylic paint dry and TA-DA! you have your own clay dish now! =)

      Hope you will enjoy making these clay dishes. My dresser top is certainly much neater and prettier now!

      Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)

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      Friday, September 25, 2015

      DIY Craft: Print Your Own Wrapping Paper

      Want to make your gift wrapping unique from others? Consider this simple DIY craft of printing your own wrapping paper with hand carved rubber stamps and acrylic paint. =)


      DIY Craft: Print Your Own Wrapping Paper

      It is quite simple to do ... All you need is some brown paper, a rubber, some acrylic paint, a small container to hold and blend your paint and a paintbrush.
      I used a cookie cutter to get my rubber to a heart shape and used a cutter to to cut out some diagonal lines to give the heart some texture. Blend the paint to a color that you like, use the paintbrush to smear some paint on your rubber and start stamping away. Easy as ABC, right?


      Add in a ribbon and I am done. Finally, my gift can be the unique one that stands out from the crowd.
      The blue and yellow gift tag is made with oven baked clay. Check out how you can also make one here.
      Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)
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      Wednesday, September 9, 2015

      DIY Craft: Oven Baked Clay Gift Tags

      DIY Craft: Oven Baked Clay Gift Tags

      If you like DIY crafts and baking, you will love making things with clay. Both need kneading and rolling, both need cookie cutters, both need some attention to detail and both bring smiles to people’s faces. =)
      Give your gifts that extra loving care, have a handmade gift tag. 
      All you need is some Sculpey II Oven-Baked Clay (any 2 colors will do), alphabet stamps, some kitchen supplies (cookie cutters, toothpick, drinking straw), some super glue and your creativity.
      All you have to do:
      1. Warm the clay in your hands by rolling it in your hands.
      2. Using the rolling pin, roll the clay out to about 3mm in thickness. 
      3. Create your tag with the alphabet stamps and kitchen supplies.
      4. Place the tag onto a baking tray lined with a baking sheet or aluminum foil. 
      5. Bake the tag in the oven as per the instructions on the Sculpey packaging - 130oC or 275oF for 15 minutes. Please do not microwave or exceed recommended temperature and baking time.
      6. After the tag has cooled and hardened, super glue the parts together if needed.
      DIY Craft: Oven Baked Clay Gift Tags

      If you are interested in crafting with oven baked clay, check out our Word Clay Magnet Kit at our shop. Practical and fun! 
      Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)

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      Friday, August 28, 2015

      DIY Craft Kit: Hand Make Your Own Rubber Stamps

      When I am stressed, I find working with DIY crafts to be very therapeutic and relaxing. It takes my mind off my stress and I just concentrate on getting my piece of craft done. I get a sense of happiness and achievement when my craft piece is done. One of my favourite craft / hobby is handmaking my own rubber stamps. 


      DIY Craft Kit: Hand Make Your Own Rubber Stamps

      I started off with carving on soft rubber blocks or erasers with a regular pen knife but that did not turn out well. I can only do straight lines and that is quite limiting. So, I invested in a set of Linoleum Cutters and I tell you, it is really worth it!
      This is what I use:
      • A set of linoleum cutter
      • Soft rubber / eraser block
      • Ink pads
      • 4B pencil
      • Tracing paper

      DIY Craft Kit: Hand Make Your Own Rubber Stamps

      This is what I do:
      1. Have an idea of what you want to make and draw / sketch / trace out your idea out onto a piece of tracing paper with a 4B pencil.
      2. Stain your rubber block with an ink pad. This will make carving much easier as it will allow you to see that areas that you have craved out. Allow time for the ink to dry or you can stamp the stained rubber block on a piece of paper a few times to fast track the drying.
      3. Transfer your image from the tracing paper to the rubber block. You do this by laying the tracing paper faced down onto the rubber block and rub the back of the paper with your finger tip.
      4. When you have the whole image traced onto the rubber block, start craving with the linoleum cutter. Start with the thinnest cutter first to carve out the lines of your image. Follow with the thicker cutters to complete the rest of the carving / stamp.
      5. Ink your completed rubber stamp and start stamping! Super for your scrapbooking projects!


      Visit our shop and check out our Rubber Stamp Kit!

      Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)

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      Tuesday, August 4, 2015

      Event: Laneige Meets Fashion

      23 July 2015 was an exciting day for WahSoSimple! We were part of the PR launch event in Singapore for Laneige Meets Fashion, an annual venture which showcases collaborations between Laneige and up-and-coming fashion designers in South Korea. For 2015, Laneige is collaborating with PlayNoMore, a new playful, funky fashion brand. Guests at the event included friends from the media, the talented Make-Up Artists and beauty bloggers. 


      Laneige Meets Fashion shrink plastic suede tassel

      WahSoSimple designed and handmade the bag charms for the press kits. We made suede tassels in 4 different colors (pink, orange, light blue and cyan) and used inkjet shrink plastic to pre-make the 'Laneige Meets Fashion' tag.
      For the charms, we drew 4 design options. Guests at the launch event chose their favourite designs and personalised them with their creativity. The creations were simply gorgeous and one of a kind!
      Laneige Meets Fashion shrink plastic suede tassel

      WahSoSimple then baked the coloured shrink plastic designs on the spot and put them together as a beautiful bag charm. Everyone left happily with a personalised bag charm hooked on their press kit.

      Laneige Meets Fashion shrink plastic suede tassel

      We had tons of fun preparing for the event and at the event itself! We wish #laneigesg all the best for their launch #LaneigexPlayNoMore =)
      Till the next post, make something with your hands! 
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      Tuesday, July 21, 2015

      DIY Craft Kit: Magical Shrink Plastic

      I visited a fair featuring stationery and DIY crafts in Seoul recently and guess what I found there? I found the magical shrink plastic! Growing up in Singapore, I have not been exposed to this before, so imagine my surprise when I saw the plastic shrunk in a few seconds while heated up. I am so excited that I bought a few packs of the shrink plastic home to play with. I love DIY crafts! =)


      DIY Craft Kit: Magical Shrink Plastic

      I did some researching and found out that it is actually made made of #6 plastic (mineral water bottle is #1 plastic) and once it is popped into the oven for baking, it shrinks to about a quarter to half of its original size and will become harder, thicker and very durable. There are so many things that you can do with this!
      After a few tries with my newfound craft, I took a big leap and made a hanging mobile (inspired by those hanging baby mobiles that we always see in baby departments) consisting of 4 pieces of shrink plastic and joined together with ball chains.
      This is what I used:
      • 1 letter-sized sheet of shrink plastic
      • Sharpie Ultra Fine Permanent Markers
      • Scissors
      • One-hole puncher
      • Ball chains
      • Oven
      DIY Craft Kit: Magical Shrink Plastic

      This is what I did:
      1. Draw and colour images on the shrink plastic. Now, remember that the plastic will shrink to about a quarter to half of its original size, so we have to make our images and words big. As the plastic shrinks, the colours will become more intense, so using lighter and brighter colours would yield better results.
      2. Cut the shrink plastic to shape. Punch holes at places where we intend to insert the ball chains. In my case, I have punched the holes at the bear's eats, the tip of the rocket, top of the cloud, etc.
      3. Now to the magical part ... To shrink the plastic, pre-heat the oven to between 175 degree Celsius and 180 degree Celsius. When the oven is heated, place the shrink plastic onto a piece of aluminium foil and place it into the oven. The side of the shrink plastic where we have coloured on should be facing upwards.
      4. Watch the shrink plastic while it is in the oven. It will first curl up and then flatten out. Wait until it has flatten out to remove from the oven. Once it is out of the oven and still hot and pliable, quickly place it into a flat surface and put a book on top for a few seconds to completely flatten and set it hard.
      5. Join the pieces up with ball chains.
      In place of the oven, I found that I can also use a simple toaster if you can control the temperature.

      DIY Craft Kit: Magical Shrink Plastic

      The picture on the left above shows the size of the shrink plastic before shrinking. After shrinking, it is about quarter to half of its original size. Magic, right? =)

      DIY Craft Kit: Magical Shrink Plastic

      I really enjoy this craft. It is very easy to do and the payoff is fantastic. In our upcoming blog posts, we will share more shrink plastic ideas. 

      Visit our shop and check out our Shrink Plastic Kit.

      Till the next blog post, make something with your hands!

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      Friday, July 10, 2015

      DIY Craft: Easy DIY Coasters

      This is a super easy DIY craft to do on a rainy day at home. It makes a great gift to brighten up someone's day!
      Acrylic paint + cork board + your creativity = COASTERS WITH YOUR OWN EXCLUSIVE DESIGNS! =)
      Easy DIY Coasters

      This is what I used:
      • Cork sheets / boards
      • Scissors
      • Tape
      • Acrylic paint
      • Paint brush
      • Paint palette
      This is what I did:
      1. Cut the cork sheet to size.
      2. Paste the tape on the cork sheets to create the design of your choice.
      3. Paint the areas that are not covered by the tape. Be creative with your colours.
      4. Wait for the acrylic paint to dry.
      5. Remove the tape.
      6. Ta-da! Coasters with your own exclusive designs!
      Easy DIY Coasters

      Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)

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      Monday, June 29, 2015

      DIY Craft Kit: Word Clay Magnets

      Jazz up your fridge and notice boards at home or in the office with magnetic clay words! I love written messages but sometimes I like to be different and add some colors to my messages. These word clay magnets are very easy to make. =)


      DIY Craft Kit: Word Clay Magnets

      This is what I used:
      • 2 blocks of 2-oz Sculpey Oven Bake Clay
      • Alphabet stamp
      • Clear plastic sheet or transparency
      • Rolling pin
      • Sharp cutter
      • Magnet tape
      • Scissors
      • Superglue
      • Oven
      (I did not manage to take pictures while doing this batch of words, so I have used pictures from a previous project.)
      DIY Craft Kit: Word Clay Magnets

      This is what I did:
      1. Roll the clay out on to the clear plastic sheet to about 3mm in thickness.
      2. Using the magnet tape as a guide, cut out strips of clay with the sharp cutter.
      3. Stamp as many words onto the clay strips as you like, cutting them out as you go along.
      4. Arrange the words into a baking tray and bake the clay in the oven as per instructions on the Sculpey packaging - 130 degree Celsius or 275 degree Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes. My oven is a bit hot and so I baked mine for about 12 minutes.
      5. After the clay has cooled and hardened, attached the magnet tape to the back. For extra security, I put 2 tiny drops of superglue at each end of the tape to ensure that the magnet sticks to the clay super well.
      For the materials needed for this project and detailed step-by-step instructions, tips and inspiration, check out our DIY Word Clay Magnet Kit here.
      Till the next blog post, craft something with your hands! =)
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      Wednesday, June 10, 2015

      DIY Craft: Handmade something simple for a friend

      My preschooler and I had fun making some clay magnets over the weekend as I taught him his alphabets with my alphabet rubber stamp set. Learning his alphabets was fun amidst him kneading the clay and stamping the letters onto the clay. He helped me make this magnet for his Auntie Sophia who went "Awwwww..." when she laid her eyes on it this morning. =)


      Handmade something simple for a friend oven baked clay magnet

      Till the next blog post, craft something with your hands! =)

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      Thursday, May 28, 2015

      DIY Craft Kit: Glass Marble Magnets

      Making glass marble magnets is my favourite and easiest DIY craft to make for various occasions. I have made these glass marble magnets for teachers appreciation day, going away gifts, spicing up my fridge, documenting my latest vacation, etc.

      DIY Craft Kit: Glass Marble Magnets

      This is what I use:
      • Flat glass marbles (Get the better quality ones. There are some cheaper ones that has air bubbles inside and you want to avoid these.)
      • Mod Podge
      • Craft paper / photos
      • Sponge brush
      • Magnets
      • Super glue
      • Scissors
      • Small container for Mod Podge
      Make this DIY craft in 6 short simple steps:
      DIY Craft Kit: Glass Marble Magnets

      DIY Craft Kit: Glass Marble Magnets

      DIY Craft Kit: Glass Marble Magnets

      DIY Craft Kit: Glass Marble Magnets

      DIY Craft Kit: Glass Marble Magnets

      DIY Craft Kit: Glass Marble Magnets

      If you are interested, drop by our shop and take a look at our Glass Marble Magnet Kit.
      Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)

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      Friday, May 8, 2015

      Event: Love Thy Earth! Upcycling Craft With Glass Marble Magnets!

      Upcycling Craft With Glass Marble Magnets!

      We spent a lovely afternoon with Project Earth Day at United Square on 25 April 2015. It was a meaningful initiative organised by the National Environmental Agency. 
      We gave old magazines a new lease of life by up-cycling them to make pretty handmade glass marble magnets. Together with the many children who came to our workshop, we flipped though the magazines looking for the prettiest prints. We also added heart shapes cut-outs which we had cut out from used red packets from Chinese New Year which went by just 2 months ago. It was really fun as we worked together with the children to make their handmade with love ,magnets for their mummies.
      Upcycling Craft With Glass Marble Magnets!

      It was indeed a meaningful and fulfilling afternoon as we see the little ones, the guardians of our Earth in the future, scoot off with their handmade up-cycled glass marble magnet craft. We know that they had learnt through to the workshop, how they can do their part to help love and appreciate our resources and how they can make pretty gifts with them.


      Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =) 

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      Tuesday, April 21, 2015

      Craft Workshop: Shrink Plastic Key Chain for Their Mummies

      Craft Workshop: Shrink Plastic Key Chain for Their Mummies

      29 cheeky young endearing hearts. WahSoSimple had an awesome afternoon with them recently. An old friend working at CARE Singapore, an amazing organization who helps children at risk, asked if we were keen to craft with their children. We eagerly agreed; excited and nervous at the same time - not knowing what to expect. 
      We spent the afternoon making key chains with Shrink Plastic for their mummies for the upcoming Mother's Day. The kids were utterly excited moulding their creation. It was exceptionally sweet to see them dedicating their favourite Slugterra slugs and Hello Kitty characters to their mummies as they drew, traced and coloured. They went the extra mile to ensure mummy loved it as they had added hearts in their creations next to the slugs. This is the only place we get to see the saccharine sweet slugs wrapped in the embrace of hearts.

      It was really entertaining both ways. We were tickled watching them, as they huddled obediently at the toaster watching in utter amazement, as their creation were shrunk into size. The unchained melody of 'oohs' and 'ahhs' was hummed like a choreographed orchestra. 
      Time went past in a haze with 29 unique masterpieces handcrafted with love. The eager hearts tore out of class, wearing a grin as wide as the rainbow and a gift in their palm, bursting with excitement to give their labour of love to the woman who means the world to them - their beloved mummy.
      Happy Mother's Day to the 29 mummies out there! You mean the world to your children and they adore you more than anything else, in-between their mischief.
      Till the next blog post, craft something with your hands! =)
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      Wednesday, April 8, 2015

      DIY Craft: Paint Your Own Fabric Bag

      I am not an artist or painter but I love DIY crafting with acrylic paint. It is very versatile as it works with many types of materials (wood, fabric, glass, plastic, paper, etc). And when you buy a box of acrylic paint, you have a lot of it and when you have a lot of something, you experiment and have fun. =)
      I also love small bags to keep my stuff organised. I have a small bag for my on-the-go toiletries, a small bag for my tech stuff (chargers, wires, thumb drive), a small bag for my stationery and the list goes on. 
      Acrylic paint + small fabric bag = My Own Customised Bag!! I am so excited!
      DIY Craft: Paint Your Own Fabric Bag

      This is what I used:
      • Fabric bag
      • Red acrylic paint
      • Stencils
      • Paintbrush
      • Paint palette
      To make, just place the stencil on the bag and start painting away! 
      I love the bag. You know what? I am going to give this bag to a friend of mine who is always jovial and positive. 'Laugh lots' fits her so well. Hope she will like it!

      DIY Craft: Paint Your Own Fabric Bag

      DIY Craft: Paint Your Own Fabric Bag

      Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =) 

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