Monday, December 19, 2016

Craft Workshop: Making Marbled Clay Dishes

On the 26 November 2016, WahSoSimple run a private craft workshop for a group of creative friends. We made marbled clay dishes from oven baked clay and personalised the dishes by stamping on them. Some dishes were stamped with happy messages, or simply 'Merry X'mas' while many had a hint of loved ones (including cats) in them! So sweet! =)



If you are interested in having a craft workshop with your friends / colleagues / family at a birthday party or office, feel free to contact us at hello@wahsosimple.com and we will work out something fun for you. =)

Till the next blog post, craft something! =)

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Craft Workshop: Fun With Shrink Plastic at The Art Faculty


On 26 November 2016, WahSoSimple conducted a public Fun With Shrink Plastic Workshop at The Art Faculty. We shared with participants on how they can use chalk pastels, acrylic paint, colour pencils and permanent markers to create their own shrink plastic pieces. We had fun while watching the plastic shrink to permanent masterpieces.

The workshop space at The Art Faculty is fantastic! Though it is set at the cafe area, it is quiet and spacious. We love the windows which allowed plenty of natural lighting to come through. 

We made emoji and Pokemon shrink plastic masterpieces!

Till our next blog post, craft something! =)

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

DIY Craft: Decorating Your Notebooks With Washi Tape

Following our previous blog post on how you can monogram your notebook with washi tape, here two more ideas for you. Love the washi tape combinations. Enjoy! =)




Till the next blog post, craft something! =)

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Monday, October 31, 2016

DIY Craft: Upcycling Pre-Loved Clothes to A Useful Rug

I have lots of old clothes in my house. This is what I get with a growing child. He outgrows his clothes and I would have to either trash or donate them. I decided to upcycle some of clothes to make a rag rug.

This a relatively easy DIY craft project but it takes time. It took me about 6 hours over 4 days to complete this rag rug. Old t-shirts work best for this project. I used about 3 t-shirts for this rag rug that measures about 30cm by 40cm.

DIY Craft: Upcycling Pre-Loved Clothes to A Useful Rug

All you need for this DIY craft is a few pieces of old clothes, a piece of anti-skid mat, a pair of scissors and time.

I first cut the t-shirts into small pieces that measure about 10cm by 2.5cm and then tie them into knots to a piece of anti-skid mat. Simple? Yes, very simple. But it takes time to tie the knots. =)

DIY Craft: Upcycling Pre-Loved Clothes to A Useful Rug

When I am tying of the knots, I have to remember to randomly tie the knots in a mix of right-over-left and left-over-right. If I do not do this and tie all my knots in one way, then the rug will look too neat. I prefer my rug to look more shaggy. =)

DIY Craft: Upcycling Pre-Loved Clothes to A Useful Rug

I completed the heart with my pink and purple shirts first before working on the white.

DIY Craft: Upcycling Pre-Loved Clothes to A Useful Rug

As I was tying the knots, I realised that I can actually take a shortcut and skip some of the 'holes'. The rug was turning out to be quite 'puffed' up, so not tying the knot in some of the holes is perfectly alright. This is the back view of the rug. Do you see some of the holes that I have skipped?

DIY Craft: Upcycling Pre-Loved Clothes to A Useful Rug

It was fun making this rag rug. The greatest payoff is seeing my old clothes on the floor, in a rag, having a new lease of life. =)

Till the next blog post, craft something! =)

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Friday, October 14, 2016

DIY Craft: Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

I like collecting washi tapes. It is impossible not to fall in love with the variety of prints on these rice paper tapes. Here is how to personalise your own notebook - hand make a pretty monogram on the cover with washi tape. 
This is what I used:

  • Washi Tape (With so many pretty designs to choose from, deciding on which to use is indeed tough!)
  • A pencil for tracing
  • A pair of scissors and/or a penknife
  • A cutting mat
  • Baking paper 
  • A notebook with a plain cover
  • Printer

Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

This is what I did:
1. I had decided to make a B letter Monogram notebook and I print a mirror image of the alphabet.
2. Trace the mirror imaged printed letter on the baking paper. Taping some washi tape on the baking paper over the printed alphabet helps keep the baking sheet in place when tracing.
Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

3. Flip the baking paper with the traced alphabet right side around and paste the washi tape over the alphabet, covering up the entire printed alphabet. Washi tape picks up lead/ink stains easily and so the tape must not be pasted on the side where the alphabet has been traced. This explains why the printed alphabet needs to be mirror imaged. Start pasting from the bottom of the alphabet and move upwards as the tape is pasted. It is also important to ensure that the washi tape overlaps as each new piece is placed over the previous piece. This ensures that the Monogram does not break apart when we peel it off the baking paper.

Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

4.  Flip the baking paper with the alphabet all covered with washi tape back to the mirror imaged side so that the traced alphabet can be seen. Cut out the alphabet.

Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

5. Slowly peel the washi tape off the baking paper from the bottom of the alphabet and paste it on the cover of the notebook and it is all done!

Washi Tape Monogram Notebook

Till our next blog, make something with your hands!
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Craft Workshop: Making Marbled Clay Dishes with Beauty Consultants

In late August 2016, WahSoSimple run a craft workshop with a group of beauty consultants. The craft workshop was held at the end of a 3-day meeting and ended the meeting on a fun and creative high note. We had beautiful marbled clay dishes coming out of the oven!

Craft Workshop: Making Marbled Clay Dishes with Beauty Consultants

Craft Workshop: Making Marbled Clay Dishes with Beauty Consultants


If you are interested in having a craft workshop with your friends / colleagues / family, feel free to contact us at hello@wahsosimple.com and we will work out something fun for you. =)

Till the next blog post, craft something! =)

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Monday, August 29, 2016

DIY Crafts: Use Cloth, Not Plastic ... Tutti Fruitti Fabric Bags

Say, you are about to go leave your office for lunch. What do you do? You grab a small bag and put in your wallet, your hanky and perhaps an umbrella.
Say, you are about to take a quick trip to the nearest hawker centre to buy some breakfast. What do you do? You grab a small bag and put in your wallet, your hanky and your keys.
Here at WahSoSimple, we love these small environmental-friendly bags. So love them that we hand-painted our small fabric bags with tutti fruitti designs. =)
Use Cloth, Not Plastic Tutti Fruitti Fabric Bags

Use Cloth, Not Plastic Tutti Fruitti Fabric Bags


If you are interested in hand painting these bags and would like to organise a private craft workshop or get the supplies for this craft, please feel free to contact us at hello@wahsosimple.com.
Till our next blog post, make something with your hands! =)
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Friday, August 12, 2016

DIY Craft: Wooden Beads

We are totally in love with wooden beads. The things we can make with them are just so many. Here are 2 craft ideas which you can consider. We have used 16mm in diameter wooden beads for both the crafts featured below. 
Key Chain: If you love to add some colour to the beads, acrylic paint will be just what you need. You can paint the beads with various patterns, string them together with a suede string and you have your very own handmade keychain! 
Love the splash of pastel green on the beads

Glass/Cup Coaster: If you love the natural wood colour, you can skip painting them. Thread 5 rows of 5 beads. Glue them together with a hot glue gun and lightly burn the ends of the cords to prevent it from fraying. Your coaster is all ready for use. 
A handmade glass/cup coaster

Till our next blog post, make something with your hands!
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Friday, July 29, 2016

Craft Workshop: Mosaic Art with Seniors

Mosaic is the art of creating images by assembling small coloured pieces of materials. It is an art which calls for immense patience as the creation is put together piece by piece, with precision to ensure that the tiles are properly place. Together with the help of the student volunteers, a group of seniors created their own mosaic art piece - The Gentle Owl, at a customised craft workshop which WahSoSimple had designed. 
The usual chatter in the room were replaced with an air of quiet focus and concentration. The seniors painstakingly combed through the coloured tiles, matching the colours with the template. There were occasional bursts of laughter as they exclaimed for help from the volunteers - with their mosaic pieces unintentionally placed too far apart, resulting in their owls looking like an aftermath from an earthquake. It was good fun piecing the owls together, tile by tile.
Mosaic Art with Seniors
The Gentle Owl
Mosaic Art with Seniors
Arranging the mosaic pieces a tile at a time
Mosaic Art with Seniors
The owl taking its shape in the patient hands of the seniors

Till our next blog, make something with your hands. =)
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Craft Workshop: Making A Merlion Shrink Plastic Keychain with Suede Tassel With Seniors

Making A Merlion Shrink Plastic Keychain with Suede Tassel With Seniors

The iconic Singapore Merlion roared to life at our craft workshop with the seniors. We coloured the Merlion which were drawn on shrink plastic with the rainbow selection of Sharpie markers. Lovely hues of assorted colours on the Merlion were created and the seniors watched in amazement as their creation shrank in size when baked in the oven.
Together with the student volunteers who spent the morning crafting with them, they handmade suede tassels to complement the Merlion keychain. Their completed creation was an authentic made in Singapore keychain!
Making A Merlion Shrink Plastic Keychain with Suede Tassel With Seniors
Matching the colours of the Merlion with their handmade suede tassels
Making A Merlion Shrink Plastic Keychain with Suede Tassel With Seniors
A 100% Made in Singapore Keychain

Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Craft Workshop: Painting Tropical Fruits on Fabric Bags with Seniors

Painting Tropical Fruits on Fabric Bags with Seniors

Nobody can resist a wedge of red juicy watermelon nor a ripe and golden pineapple, especially with the recent hot and humid weather. We handpainted our favourite fruits into vibrant designs on drawstring fabric bags at our recent customised craft workshop  - specially designed for our student volunteers to bond with the lovely seniors over an afternoon of craft session. 

Stroke by stroke, we created the ripe and juicy fruits together with the seniors with the help of the student volunteers. Painting is indeed an avenue of unique self expression and no two creations were the same; as we gazed around the room at the dozens of painted watermelons and pineapples fabric bags. We found the sight amazing as the bags from the same set of stencils and shades of acrylic paint.

Painting Tropical Fruits on Fabric Bags with Seniors
Happily painting and chatting away
Painting Tropical Fruits on Fabric Bags with Seniors
The completed creation
Painting Tropical Fruits on Fabric Bags with Seniors
Every painted piece we saw was a unique creation

Till our next blog post, make something with your hands! =)
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Event: Upcycling Glass Marble Paperclips

We had a great time holding an upcycling craft workshop at the Farmers' Market event at the Enabling Village on 28 May 2016. This is part of the initiative by Central Singapore CDC with Project UPcycle; sharing with the residents the beauty of upcycling.
The sweltering heat did not hamper our enthusiasm as we combed through past editions of magazines, looking for the perfect prints to hand make some glass marble paper clips and magnets. 
You look at everything around you with a fresh perspective, as you ponder if you can give them a second lease of life with upcycling. It is a very empowering feeling, turning yesterday's trash into today's treasures.
Upcycling Glass Marble Paperclips
We made Large Paper Clips and Fridge Magnets with Old Magazine prints and Glass Marbles 
Upcycling Glass Marble Paperclips
Flipping through the old magazines for the perfect prints
Upcycling Glass Marble Paperclips
Putting the finishing touches to the paper clip
Upcycling Glass Marble Paperclips
The upcycled beauty - Glass Marble Paper Clip with prints from a used red packet

Till our next blog post, make something with your hands! =)
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Monday, May 9, 2016

DIY Craft: Shrink Plastic Ideas

Sharing some shrink plastic ideas. You can convert your shrink plastic pieces into pins, tags, bracelets, necklaces, bookmarks .. anything that you fancy. =)


Shrink Plastic Ideas


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

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DIY Craft: A Bookmark for My Planner, Suede Tassel with Shrink Plastic

 A Bookmark for My Planner, Suede Tassel with Shrink Plastic

My version of a planner bookmark. =)
The flamingo and rainbow tags are made from shrink plastic (click here to learn more about shrink plastic). I bought a stack of inkjet shrink plastic from Amazon recently and wanted to put it to good use. The rainbow visual is from #MissTiina and I cannot remember where I downloaded the flamingo visual. 
Now I do not need to fumble to find my last written page in my planner. Love the bookmarks! 
A Bookmark for My Planner, Suede Tassel with Shrink Plastic

Till my next blog post, make something with your hands! =)
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Friday, April 8, 2016

DIY Craft: Handmade Rubber Stamps, Planner Stamps

I am not much of a planner girl or a planner addict. I keep a small notebook to jote down notes, ideas, to-buy/to-do lists and the usual boring stuff. I do not make an effort to make it pretty ... until recently ... I saw a friend with this sugar sweet (pink!) Kikki K planner and in it, it is filled with dividers with inspiration quotes, cute stickers, paper clips, journal cards, etc and then suddenly, I am hooked! I started to research on what people do with their planners and am amazed at the creativity! Overnight, I have become a planner girl! =)
I love making my own rubber stamps and carving stamps to accessorise my planner is now my latest 'it' thing. =)
Handmade Rubber Stamps, Planner Stamps

Personalising my planner with rubber stamps makes me happy and also forces me to write neatly versus my usual illegible handwriting which I cannot even read sometimes. =)

Handmade Rubber Stamps, Planner Stamps

Handmade Rubber Stamps, Planner Stamps

Handmade Rubber Stamps, Planner Stamps

Handmade Rubber Stamps, Planner Stamps

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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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Event: Personalised Wedding Favours With Glass Marble Magnets

We were really excited to be part of the intimate wedding of Aldrich and Laraine, held in stunning Boracay, Philippines. They wanted a small and personalised wedding favour for each of their guests.  We handmade sets of personalised glass marble magnets for their guests. 

Personalised Wedding Favours With Glass Marble Magnets

The wedding was simply perfect; with gorgeous skies, raptures of laughter and tears as close family and friends came together to make beautiful wedding memories for the couple on 10th March 2016. We are honoured that our glass marble magnets were part of their wedding celebrations. 
Congratulations Aldrich and Laraine and we wish you a lifetime of bountiful joy and eternal bliss as you journey through the days of your life together.
Wedding Photography Credits:
Enrico Nepomuceno Photography and Cinematography

Till our next blog post, make something with your hands! =)
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Friday, March 11, 2016

DIY Craft: Shrink Plastic Bunny Accessories for Easter and Everyday

Hello! Easter is coming up and Easter crafts are on fire now! =)
At WahSoSimple, we have also crafted out some bunny accessories using shrink plastic for Easter. But really, you can still wear these cute accessories anytime of the year. The accessories that we have made are hairpins, brooch pins, rings and necklaces. 

Click here to read more about how to work with Shrink Plastic. The only thing that I have done differently this time is to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on the coloured side to prevent the colours from being scratched off.


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