Gift Ideas: Shadow Box Bank

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Happy Valentine’s Day! This may be a little late to make as a Valentine’s day gift, or not, or you can make it for other occasions as well. I made this for my boyfriend because he has never really traveled and he never had a piggy bank! Here are the steps of how I did this.

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Shadow Box: Target $19.99

(Hopefully you can find a more inexpensive alternative elsewhere)

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This was my first time using a drill! I still need to sand the edges.IMG_9499

I made this on Photoshop with the clipping mask tool. You can use this tool for objects or for type. If you don’t have Photoshop on your computer, you can probably borrow the school’s computer or use Microsoft Word.

Hope this helps! If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment! Or let me know how you recreate your version!

xoxo,

– kritsida.

@kritsida_k

I’m Graduating! Part 2: Creating Your Own Invitation

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Sure, you can get the professional invites made that come with the package, but how lame is it that you have to pick from templates that have been done multiple times? Making your own graduation invite shows your creativity, style, and it’s a lot of fun! Creating this was not easy, and I had A LOT of help from my friend, but since I wanted to learn how to use Photoshop and Illustrator, it was a good first project. It was fun to pick my own fonts, layout, and finally seeing everything come together. If anyone is interested in learning how to use Photoshop or Illustrator, it would be good to start off with smaller projects like this one.

Be creative & step out of the norm.

– k.

DIY Clutch #2 Spray Paint

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Home Depot Spray Paint, Scotch Masking Tape, Thailand Leather Clutch

This was my first time attempt to decorate a leather clutch with spray paint. I had the intention of making this for my friend’s birthday, but I had some success as well as unexpected failures along the way. Here’s why.

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I first used masking tape to tape down areas that I wanted to spray paint.

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My original idea was to only spray paint the bottom, but mistake #1 not taping down the newspaper to the unwanted area. Therefore, paint misted to the top half and left me painting that area as well.

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This was the finished product, and I later added some studs to the strap (see DIY Clutch #1) However, mistake #2 not checking if the spray paint is compatible with leather material. The paint left the clutch really sticky although it is done drying. I’m not sure if it’s because the type of spray paint that I bought or that I’m missing a finishing spray. But the purse came out pretty darn nice though!

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This is some of my DIY gift ideas, including the mustache mug I made awhile ago. DIY gifts are the most thoughtful and intimate gifts in my opinion. And I tied along the gift with some of her favorite products to personalize it even more.

If anyone can help me solve the mystery of how to get rid of the stickiness, please comment below! I hope this DIY gave you some ideas or inspiration to seek your own DIY projects, or even to help you learn from my mistakes.

Happy Monday!

– k.

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DIY Decorate Your Clutch for Under $7

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Since finals are over, I finally had some time to do my DIY projects. I thought it would be a great way to start my summer off with this flashy black clutch with some pyramid studs. The instructions are extremely simple, but the price of the total project even took me by surprise.

I bought the black leather clutch from Thailand for about $2 and I got the pyramid studs from Amazon for $1.44 and shipping was probably around $2-3. So technically, the price without shipping is less than $5! Alright, let’s begin!

1. I started off with estimating the measurements of each side and placing the tape at what I thought was the middle. If you want to get accurate, you may use a ruler, but I like the rugged unevenness of this. Also, it would be smart to use a masking tape, but I didn’t have any and I was not willing to buy some just for this project, so regular tape did the job.

2. The studs have sharp ends, so I poked it through the leather and bended the tips to secure it. Surprisingly, that did the job and no other tools were needed.

3. The design is completely up to you, but I just went with the simple vertical 3 rows studded look.

4. After I finished the first row, I used tape to align my second row. And then the process continues until your piece is complete!

Warning! The studs don’t always go through straight, so you would want to get it as precise as possible. If you want it really straight, tape everything for measurement! If you look carefully, the studs in the middle are not very aligned, but it adds character so I don’t mind.

Caution! Your nails will most likely be messed up as well! So, don’t go getting a manicure before the project. Consider yourself warned!

Happy project!

xoxo

– k.