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DIY of the Week – Keyboard Wrist Rest

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Ola! We’re back, and unfortunately with a little hint of carpal tunnel. The woes of working constantly with a laptop. But we’re not too worried, because this week’s DIY project is just what the doctor ordered! (Well, maybe not in so many words, but you get the point, right?)

Let’s get started so that we can do our next blog piece with a little bit more comfort.

 

What you need:

1. Cotton fabric of your choice

2. Needle and thread

3. Rice (approx 3 cups)

4. Dried lavender, basil, oregano (optional)

5. Scissors

 

What to do:

Step 1

Lay your cloth across the length of your laptop/keyboard and cut the cloth to that length, with approx 4 inches in width.

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Image source – LiveLaughLovePost.com

 

Step 2

Fold the cloth in half across the width, with the design side towards the inside of the fold, and stitch close one of the side edges and the full length of the cloth, creating a pocket.

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Image source – Right Where I Left Off

 

Step 3

Turn the cloth inside out using the open edge of the pocket you have sown. Now fill it with rice. (If you are using the dried herbs, mix them into the rice before filling the pouch).

Image source - The Artisan Life

Image source – The Artisan Life

 

Step 4

Once the bag has the right amount of rice depending on firm or loose you want the wrist rest to be, sow the final open edge closed.

Image source - The Artisan Life

Image source – The Artisan Life

 

Step 5

Keep the finished pouch in the freezer for 24-48 hours to ensure that weavels or other bugs do not nest inside the pouch due to the rice. (Or you can add bay leaves to the rice)

 

And it’s all ready for use! And it makes a great gifting option for friends and family too.

 

PRO TIP:

You can make a matching wrist rest for your mouse too! The length of the cloth will be shorter, but the rest of the process is the same.

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Image source – Updates from the Copper State

 

Happy crafting!

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.

Image source - Crafthubs

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.

Image source - Pinterest

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.

Image source - Sarah Skeen

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.

Image Source - YouTube

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!!

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

Image source - Pinterest

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.

Image source - Instructables.com

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.

Image source - Instructables.com

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.

DIY of the Week – Upcycled Mobile Charger Holder (Method 1)

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Isn’t it an awkward struggle to hunt for a table or some other such surface near a plug point every time you want to charge your phone? You can’t possibly leave your phone just hanging off the charger wire, can you? Well, of course not. But instead of constantly searching for supporting furniture, wouldn’t it be great if your charger itself could hold your mobile up? Ah yes, the stuff dreams are made of.

But wait. What if we told you that not only was it possible, it was also completely doable from upcycling stuff you probably have lying around the house? Don’t believe us? Too good to be true? No, no. We’re very serious. This week’s DIY (and next week’s too) is on how to make a mobile charger holder meant to hang on to your phone while it charges. The first method, which we’re doing this week, show’s you how to do from a regular plastic shampoo or bath wash bottle. And it’s super simple too!

 

Method 1 – Plastic Shampoo Bottle

Image source - Easy Life Hacks

Image source – Easy Life Hacks

 

What you need:

1. Old, wide plastic bottle (shampoo or large hand wash works fine)

2. Scissors

3. Marker

4. Washi tape (or whatever other method you want to use to decorate it)

 

What to do:

Step 1

Take the selected bottle and remove the sticker from both sides, then ensure that it is completely washed and dried out.

 

Step 2

Take the marker and create a horizontal line across the width of the bottle about three-fourths of the way up the bottle. Then, create an extra handle-like protrusion on one of the wider sides, above the line you just drew.

Image source - Fab How

Image source – Fab How

 

Step 3

Take your scissors and carefully cut along the line you just drew. Now placing your charger base against the extra protrusion, mark out its size. Cut along (from the inside) of this section.

Image source - wikiHow

Image source – wikiHow

 

Step 4

All that’s left now is to cover the bottle with washi tape (or wrapping paper, or colored paper, paint, markers, or whichever way you want to decorate it). And there you have it! You’re all set with your brand new mobile charger holder.

Image source - So Creative Things

Image source – So Creative Things

 

Come back next Monday to see the second easy method to make your very own upcycled mobile phone charger holder. Hint Hint – Whether crafting is in your genes or not, it can definitely be in your jeans!

DIY of the Week – Cereal Box Organizers

Monday, September 17th, 2018

If you read one of our previous posts about decluttering, it’s a genuine possibility you’re considering it. But how to you get more sorted? The intentions are there, but who wants to buy more things, just so that you can store the old things? Because sometimes, those craft supplies will be randomly stuffed into a couple of drawers. And sometimes, your magazine pile will be just that – a pile. So should you be heading out to the stationery store to buy organizers to file away those magazines neatly, or buy drawer separators to organize your supplies better? Nope. You just need to stock up on your favorite cereal!

This week, we’ll show you how your cardboard cereal box is the perfect thing to help you get a teensy bit more organized, and keep it classy and personalized to your liking too. So, let’s get this show on the road!

 

What you need:

1. Cereal boxes

2. Scissors

3. Tape

4. Wrapping paper

5. Glue

6. Ribbon, if required

 

What to do:

Step 1

Once you have decided on what kind of organizer you would like to make, cut the cereal boxes based on the photos you see in this post. Remember, if you are making drawer organizers, keep the height of the box a quarter of an inch shorter than the height of the actual pull-out drawer. If you are making a magazine holder, make sure the slant of your cut goes low enough that you should be able to read the names of the magazines. Hold the magazines against the box for an ideal height estimate.

Image source - Kix Cereal

Image source – Kix Cereal

 

Step 2

Once cut, arrange the separate boxes in the order you would like them and stick them in place with the tape.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Step 3

Once done, cover the exposed part of the cereal box with fancy wrapping paper. You can add to the design with colored or washi tape, or even ribbons and bows.

Image source - One Good Thing

Image source – One Good Thing

 

 

 

DIY of the Week – Folded Corner Bookmarks

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Whether you love going out in the monsoon season or not, you have to admit, it is absolutely the perfect weather for staying in, curling up in your favorite chair with a hot cuppa and a great book! To honor that, we’ll be dedicated the DIY projects this month to making the perfect bookmarks for our favorite books.

We’re kicking of the first DIY of September with these lovely (and incredibly easy to make) folded bookmarks, that you just need to stick on the corner of the page you take a break on.

 

What you need:

1. Origami colored paper (regular paper or chart paper can be used to, if you so wish)

2. Ruler

3. Scissors

4. Markers / paints

 

What to do:

Step 1

Measure and mark a 6 x 6 inch piece of the paper and cut it.

Image source - JAM Paper

Image source – JAM Paper

 

Step 2

Fold the piece you have cut, following the steps shown in the figure below. Take your time, the first few times, as it can get a bit confusing.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Step 3

Take your markers or paint, or even other colored paper, and make your design, and there you go – your bookmark is ready!

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Image source – dltk-kids.com

 

The only limit to the kind of designs you can make or create is your own imagination. From animals, to superheros, to monsters, try a new one for each new book you read! P.s. they make great gifts for fellow readers too. Here are some photos for extra inspiration -

Image source - Namaste Switzerland

Image source – Namaste Switzerland

 

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Image source – Scraplisters.com

 

Special Bonus:

If you’re looking to try your hand at a different shape, you can try this heart-shaped bookmark too. Just take a paper of the color of your choice, and fold away!

Image source - Funstitch

Image source – Funstitch

 

Happy Reading!

DIY of the Week – Rock Tic Tac Toe

Monday, August 27th, 2018

As another month draws to a close, we leave this last Monday with possibly the easiest and simplest DIY yet! No memory of childhood is complete without the ever-favorite game of tic-tac-toe, and this easy project gives you its handmade version, small and compact enough to carry with you wherever you go. Not only are the things you need simple and easy to find, the actual process takes just two steps, and these are so easy that even kids can do them (so no excuses left for you!)

Well then, let’s get this show on the road.

 

What you’ll need:

1. Ten small, smooth rocks

2. Paints of your choice

3. Paintbrush

4. Canvas drawstring pouch (you can make your own too)

 

Image source - Eighteen25

Image source – Eighteen25

 

What to do:

Step 1

Clean and dry the rocks completely. Once done, all you have to do is paint half of them with X, and the other half with O. If you feel experimental, you can always change it up by painting the two sets of rocks with different colors, or even different designs altogether.  Let dry.

 

Step 2

Take the canvas pouch and create the tic tac toe base design on its outside. You can do this with a permanent marker or with basic black paint.

 

Step 3

As promised, there is no Step 3! Once you’ve done the above two steps, your very own portable tic tac toe game is ready for a game or two. Once done, all you have to do is store the rocks back in the pouch, and off you go!

 

Image source - Wonderful DIY

Image source – Wonderful DIY

 

Happy playing!