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DIY of the Week – Mini Pallet Coasters

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

We love starting our week with a little creativity. Using our hands and putting our efforts towards making something to brighten up the spaces we live in, work in. Or even the thought of doing that for someone we care about (we love gifting our creations!).

This week, we make these cute coasters that not only ensure that you don’t leave glass or cup marks on your tables, but are super cute to look at too!

 

What you need:

1. One dozen (12) Popsicle sticks per coaster

2. Scissors

3. Glue gun

4. Ruler and pencil (optional, if you want to measure)

5. Tea or coffee liquid and bowl (optional, if you want to stain the wood)

 

Image source - Doodle & Stitch

Image source – Doodle & Stitch

 

What to do:

Step 1

Mark off all the rounded edges from the sticks so that all would be the same length once cut. You can use a ruler while marking to ensure that they are the same length.

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Image source – wikiHow

 

Step 2

Cut off all the rounded edges.

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Image source – Shared.com

 

Step 3 (Optional)

If you would like to make stained wood pallet coasters, instead of using expensive wood stains, you can make your own DIY staining liquid. All you need to do is make a strong tea or coffee concoction and pour that hot liquid into a bowl, and then dump the sticks in it to soak the color. Place a spoon or fork across the sticks so that they remain submerged in the liquid. 5-10 minutes of soaking is sufficient. Once soaked, remove and allow to dry completely. (They need to be completely dry for the next set of steps.)

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Image source – wikiHow

 

Step 4

Lay down two sticks parallel to each other, and using the glue gun, stick one stick upright on each edge, making a square, as shown in the picture below.

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Image source – Shared.com

 

Step 5

Follow with laying another stick across the center.

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Image source – DIY Projects

 

Step 6

Now lay two new sticks flat across the edges, right above the first two you had placed.

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Image source – Instructables

 

Step 7

Laying a piece flat across the center with the help of the glue gun, proceed to lay more pieces between the center and edge pieces, leaving a bit of space between each stick to mimic the look of a pallet.

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Image source – Make Magazine

 

PRO TIP:

You can further personalize these by painting individual sticks different or alternating colors, or even use washi tape (but do this at step 3).

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Image source – Pinterest

 

Happy crafting!

DIY of the Week – Jar of Love Notes

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Tis the season of love, and as such, how can we not take part! This week’s DIY is all about putting thought and effort into making your significant other feel special and loved. And the best part about it? It’s especially perfect for those of who forgot that it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and need to put together a romantic gift on the fly! Why? Because you can keep jotting notes all throughout the day, and just decorate a mason jar once home and you’re done! So let’s get started

 

What You Need:

1. Mason Jar

2. Strips of paper (colored paper works best, but plain is fine too)

3. A few colored pens

4. Paint and paintbrush, or sharpies, to decorate the mason jar

5. Ribbon

 

What To Do:

Step 1

If you don’t have paper strips, cut regular size A4 paper into strips (If you have a paper slicer, this will be really quick work).

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Image source – Ahem, it’s Emme

 

Step 2

Jot down a different reason why you love your partner on each strip. Do as many of these as you possibly can. And no reason is too small or silly. Remember, this is about the two of you. Everything from they way their hair smells after a shampoo, to their bad off-tune singing, to how they watch your favourite sport with you (even though they hate it), counts!

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Image source – Paper and Landscapes

 

Step 3

Fold the paper strips into little chits. And remember, try to make as many as you can! Even the smallest of reasons, and silliest of reasons, is a reason.

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Image source – About What Blog

 

Step 4

Decorate the mason jar. You can paint it over with designs, or keep it plain with a label reading “Reasons Why I Love You”. Finish off with a ribbon along the neck, pop in all the chits of reasons, and close it off.

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Image source – Etsy

 

While this is simple to assemble, the thought you put into each of those notes is what will be the real gift, and a truly thoughtful one. Don’t be surprised if you get a few happy tears in response! (We’ll agree to blame it on onions).

Happy Valentine’s Day!

DIY of the Week – Map Magnets

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

We’re back to start your week with a great DIY project, and the great news is that this is probably one of the easiest ones yet! Honestly, the hardest part of this will be shopping for the pieces you need. But once you have them and start, discounting the drying time, this is less than 10 minutes of your time, for some cool, personalized magnets for your home fridge or office wall!

So let’s get started.

 

What You Need:

1. Glass rocks (you can find them at most aquarium stores, floral stores, or even novelty stores)

2. A map that you can cut up

3. Scissors and pencil

4. Mod Podge

5. Hot glue gun

6. Strong magnets (ideally just slightly smaller in size than the glass rocks)

Image Source - The Happy Housie

Image Source – The Happy Housie

 

What To Do:

Step 1

Place the glass rocks over sections or cities you like on the map and trace around with the pencil. Then cut up the traced sections.

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Image Source – Pinterest

 

Step 2

Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back (flat surface) of the glass rock, place the cut piece of the map facing towards the Mod Podge, center it, then follow with another layer of Mod Podge on the back of the map piece to seal it in place. Allow to dry.

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Image Source – OFriendly

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Image Source – 2 Bees in a Pod

 

Step 3

Using the hot glue gun, glue the magnet onto the dried back of the map.

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Image Source – The Happy Housie

 

And voila! It’s as simple and easy as 1, 2, 3! Now all you have to do is put them up on display on your fridge.

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Image Source – Riss Home Design

 

PRO TIP:

You can make these in plenty of other variants too. Anything from old family photos, to designer paper, to parts of old books, to even company logos. The only limitation you have is your imagination! (And of course the size of the glass rocks :D)

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Image Source – The Creative Place

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Image Source – Hometalk

 

Happy Crafting!

DIY of the Week – Felt Christmas Tree Decorations

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

With Christmas just around the corner, even we can’t help getting into the spirit. Along with being a time of celebration and family, it’s also a time for decorations, gifting, and of course, rum cake! And we all do love our rum cake, don’t we?

But we digress. This week’s DIY is right on time for Christmas. We’re making Christmas tree decorations from felt. They’re cute, they’re simple, and you can easily keep them hanging around the house all year long.

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Image source – Crafthubs

 

What you need:

1. Felt fabric in the colors of your choice

2. Scissors

3. Needle and thread (of contrasting color from the felt)

4. Cotton for stuffing

 

What to do:

Step 1

Take the sheet of felt, and cut out a Christmas tree shape. You can use any template you find online, or cut it free hand, but make sure to cut two identical pieces, as these will form the tree hanger.

Image source - Crafted

Image source – Crafted

 

Step 2

Thread the needle and make simple star-shaped embroidery. Basically, make a plus sign, and super-impose this with a cross sign, as shown in the figure below. Try it a few times on some scrap cloth, then proceed to make some scattered over the cut tree shapes.

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Image source – The Spruce Crafts

 

Step 3

Once a sufficient number of star patterns are on the two pieces, stitch closed the edges together, leaving the bottom section open. Through this section, push in the stuffing little by little, till the tree looks slightly padded. Don’t over-stuff it, as it won’t end up looking as delicate as you’d like. Once done, finish off the stitch to close the opening.

Image source - Crafted

Image source – Crafted

 

Step 4

Make as many more of these as you’d like. You can go for different shapes, different types of embroidery, and even mix it up with layers of felt, for different designs.

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Image source – Rickshaw Bazaar

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Image source – FamilyHoliday.net

 

Happy Tree Decorating!

DIY of the Week – Tangle-Free Earphones

Monday, November 12th, 2018

We love listening to music, and we know you do too! And while you’ll never see any of us travelling without our trusty earphones, we can all agree that they can be a real pain to dig out of a bag, only to have to spend 5 minutes just untangling them.

But what if we told you that you no longer needed to worry about ever having to untangle your earphones ever again!! (And no, the solution is not to just stop using them. We would never suggest that.)

With a little bit of embroidery thread, some patience, not only get to completely customize those earphones, but you also never have to struggle with ‘The Great Untangling Mess’ again! (Well, at least until you change your earphones.)

 

What you need:

1. Your favorite pair of earphones (you can also do this with headphone or even charger wires)

2. Measuring tape or a ruler

3. Embroidery thread in the colors or shades you prefer (read Step 1 and Pro Tip at the end before purchasing)

4. Tape

5. Clear nail polish (optional, but suggested)

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Image Source – Fashionlush

 

What to do:

Step 1

Measure the length of the entire wire, ensuring that you count each end of the earphones separately. Take at least three times the length of wire measured for each color/shade of thread.

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Image Source – Refinery29

 

Step 2

Tape one ear bud, or the end plug to a table’s edge so that it doesn’t shift, leaving both hands free for handling the thread. Select the thread colors you wish to use to create your design (you can use from 2 to 4 complementary or contrasting colors, or even use several shades of the same color). Tie one end of each of the selected threads on the wire and push it all the way to the edge, to ensure a tight weave.

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Image Source – wikiHow

 

Step 3

Once ready, fan out the wire and threads from the knot, and taking the first color (placed on the left side), lay it loosely across the wire and other threads, taking it towards the right side, then loop it around them as a bunch, finally bringing it back to the left side by pulling it through the loop created between the starting point and the wire and threads you went around. Keep repeating this with the same thread until you achieve the desired length, before changing colors/shades. To change, simply pull the desired next color’s thread to the extreme left and then begin with that color. Don’t loose patience. It’ll be slow going for the first few knots, but your hands will eventually pick up their own rhythm and speed.

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Image source – Pinterest

 

Step 4

Once finished, tie off the ends real tight. Make sure that you have taken the knots to the extreme end, to ensure that the weave doesn’t loose tightness.

 

Step 5

Using clear nail polish, lightly coat the end knots to seal them, so that threads don’t fray or the knots don’t loosen. This will help with ensuring that your weave doesn’t unravel.

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Image source – Sarah Skeen

 

And voila! You no longer have to untangle your earphone wires ever again!

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Image source – campingplatz

 

Pro Tip 1:

Instead of using several colors or shades, and alternating between them at regular intervals, you can easily use variegated thread (single thread that has 2 or more colors mixed in) for a cool and effortless design.

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Image source – ausbeta.com

 

Pro Tip 2:

If you want to add a little extra glam to your earphones, you can thread in small charms at regular intervals.

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Image source – AliExpress

 

Happy Listening!

DIY of the Week – Paint Your Own Diyas

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Diwali from all of us at NSPA!!

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Image Source – Beauty Tips

For this week’s DIY of the project, we’re going to be hand-painting our diyas to jazz and glam them up, right in time for tonight’s festivities. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

 

What you need:

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Image Source – BaazKart

1. Diyas (plain ones are fine, but get self design ones if you want to go the extra mile)

2. Paintbrushes (1 thick one for painting the base, 1 thin one for designing)

3. Paints (pearl color shades will really pop as they have a metallic shine to them)

4. Gem stickers (optional)

 

What to do:

Step 1

Once you’ve bought the diyas, put them in a clean bucket and soak for a minimum of 20 minutes. This will help dislodge any dirt or loose clay, ensuring a smooth paint job.

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Image Source – YouTube

 

Step 2

Lay them out over an old newspaper to dry. You’ll get quick results by putting them in direct sunlight, but if that’s not an option, put them under the fan at full speed. If you’re really short on time, you can always use a hairdryer.

 

Step 3

Pick a color for the base, and paint the entire bottom section of the diya, leaving it upside down to dry. Repeat for all diyas.

 

Step 4

Now paint the front portions of the diya. If there is no design, you can paint them in plain colors, with maybe a contrasting color for the rims, or even create your own designs, like in the picture below.

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Image Source – YouTube

 

Step 5

This step is optional, but if you want to add some extra pizzazz to your diya, you can use colored gem stickers and stick them in a few spots coordinating with the design of the diya. This will give a bit of additional sparkle to your final design.

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Image Source – Shop – Home Marrow

 

Happy Diwali everyone!!

Last Minute Costumes for Trick-or-Treat Time!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

It’s that spooky time of the year! It’s the night when ghosts and witches come out to play with princesses and cowboys. The night of jack-o-lanterns and fake spiders, and lots and lots of candy. While not really an Indian tradition, millennials the country over are lapping it right up, because what’s not to love about dressing up and partying it up with friends (and do we really want to fight such an easy excuse to do so?)

But, we’ll be honest, sometimes the day just sneaks up on us, and before you know it, bam! It’s the end of the work or school day, and you don’t have a costume ready. Oh, what to do? Well, don’t worry, we’ve got you convered. Here are some easy ideas for a last minute Halloween party!

 

Skeleton

One white t-shirt, and one black one. Oh, and a pair of scissors and the willingness to use them. But hey, last minute scrambles for a costume will send you down that path. Holy (Hole-y) costume!

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Image source – CouponCabin

 

Chip on Shoulder

If you’re the funny (or pun-ny) type, then this will be right up your alley. And bonus points because it literally just requires any t-shirt, a pack of chips, and some tape. Seriously, that’s it. And you’re guaranteed to get major eye rolls every time you tell people what your costume is. What fun!

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Image source – Real Simple

 

Bank Robber

Super easy to do. All you need are black pants/jeans, a black and white striped top, a black beanie and a black mask (or just a black stocking with holes cut in for your eyes). Hands up!

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Image source – Styletic

 

Salt and Pepper

If you’re going as a couple, and don’t have a ready idea for either one of you, this one is ridiculously easy. And if you don’t have the fabric paint, don’t worry yourself. Just cut out the letters from black and white chart paper, and stick them on. Tada!

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Ghost

This may be cliched, but it truly is in spirit (see what we did there?) with the theme of the night. All you need is an old, plain white bedsheet, and a pair of scissors, and you’re all set.

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Image source – The Talon

 

Happy Spooking!!!!

DIY of the Week – Gift Bags

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

The ‘Holiday Season’ is here and upon us in all its glory. Yes, with Garba in full swing, and Ravan knocking at our doors (only to be vanquished, poor lad), it is officially the season of lights, sweets, and yes, of course, gifts. And with family members, and friends, and co-workers to hunt up little knick-knacks for, wouldn’t be nice if you could find a pretty, but cheap way to jazz up your delivery of said gift? Well, don’t worry, over the next few weeks, we’ll help you out with some cool gift wrapping and presenting ideas that will be straight from the heart.

This week, we’re looking to make these pretty and vibrant gift bags. And the best part? You can make these in various sizes and colors, and well in advance (you can even start now), and just stick in the gift once you buy it, instead of painstakingly wrapping each individual item last minute. So let’s begin!

 

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Image Source – Gift Ideas

 

What you need:

1. Wrapping paper (we suggest using actual the paper sheets, not only are they sturdier than the plastic wrap ones, they’re also more eco-friendly)

2. Scissors

3. Tape or glue

4. Hole puncher

5. Ribbon or Jute string

 

What to do:

Step 1

Lay the decided size of paper design side down. Now fold in one side towards the center, and the fold the other side with a little overlapping on the first fold. Tape to hold in place as in the photo.

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Image Source -Designertrapped.com

 

Step 2

Now fold over the bottom section. This is the part we will convert into our bag’s base.

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Image Source -Designertrapped.com

 

Step 3

Separating the edges of the folded over bottom edge from the center, fold in the sides as shown in the photo below.

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Image Source – Pinterest

 

Step 4

Now take the protruding sections one at a time, and fold the first down towards the center line, folding the other one up, slightly overlaying it to strengthen grip. Tape along the joint.

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Image Source -Designertrapped.com

 

Step 5

Open out the bag, and now fold inwards lightly the side sections (you might have seen these folds in all paper bags). These will help your bag maintain shape.

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Image Source – City Kitty

 

Step 6

Take the hole puncher and punch two equidistant holes for your handles in each of the wider top sections of your bag. Cut two lengths of ribbon or string to make your handles. Knot the end of one ribbon or string, pull it outwards from one hole and back into the other of the same side, knotting from the inside. Repeat on the other side.

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Image Source – The Penny Hoarder

 

And there you go! Your handmade gift bag is all ready!

 

Pro Tip:

You can make super kitschy looking bags by being creative with your choice of paper. You can use handmade or textured paper, your very own handmade marbled paper (remember how we learned how to here), jazz up plain paper with paints, washi tape, or bows, and even use the comic section of newspapers (looks real good too). It’s all up to your imagination!

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Image Source – yourstruly.com

 

Happy gifting!

DIY of the Week – The Easiest Bird Feeder Ever!

Monday, October 8th, 2018

It’s Monday! And so, we’re back again with a brand new DIY project. This week, we’re going to learn how to make the easiest ever bird feeder in the history of DIY bird feeders ever! (OK, so we might be a little over enthusiastic about how easy this one is to make, but we’re not kidding about how easy it really is)

So, let’s get started then!

 

What you need:

1. Cardboard egg box

2. Scissors

3. Jute thread

4. Bird feed

Image source - Homemade Bird Food

Image source – Homemade Bird Food

 

What to do:

Step 1

Carefully cut the top half of the egg carton off, and proceed to make four small holes in each of the corners of the remaining bottom portion.

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Image source – Pbs,org

 

Step 2

Run the string through each of the four holes, leaving enough length to hang over a tree branch, and tie together at the top.

 

Step 3

Fill each egg compartment with the assorted bird seed.

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Image source – DIY Health Academy

 

Step 4

Head outside and hang your bird feeder. Ideal location would be on a tree branch, but if you don’t have a tree right near your house, you can even hang it in your balcony, or off the grill outside your kitchen window.

Image source - Homemade Bird Food

Image source – Homemade Bird Food

 

And there you go! See? We weren’t exaggerating about the simplicity of this project.

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Image source – greendiary.com

DIY of the Week – Upcycled Mobile Charger Holder (Method 2)

Monday, October 1st, 2018

And we’re back, as promised. Last week, we learned how to make an upcycled mobile charger holder from a plastic bottle. This week, we’re making one with the back pocket of your jeans! (Just maybe don’t try to wear them after the fact).

Not only does your charger no longer need to lie there on the floor while it charges, it also looks great while it charges. And now that old pair of jeans doesn’t need to hide in the back of your closet either, it can finally be put to work!

 

Method 2 – Denim Jeans’ Pocket

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Image source – Pinterest

 

What you need:

1. Old Jeans

2. Scissors

3. Needle and Thread

 

What to do:

Step 1

Cut around the back pocket area of the jeans.

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Image source – Instructables.com

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

 

Step 2

Now you need to make a hangar. To do that, you need to cut the side seam section of the leg of the jeans.

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Image source – Instructables.com

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

 

Step 3

Sew the hanger section into the pocket, and your charger holder is now complete.

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Image source – Instructables.com

 

Now all you need to do is stick your phone into the pocket, connect that charger, and hang it over the charger head.

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Image source – Pinterest

 

Hope you like your swanky new charger holder.