Recycle Cardboard Tubes into Loom Rubber Bands Organizer

The loom bands-making phenomenon has already invaded the Philippines and it has been causing a massive hoarding purchasing of tiny rubber bands being used for loom band projects/creations. With lots and lots of colorful rubber bands, from solid colors in different hues to rainbow-like or two-toned combinations, no wonder that my unused beads organizer container, which I lend to my daughter, is now full of loom rubber bands.

I have been looking for the same organizer/container from crafting shops to bookstores and department stores but I haven’t found any yet. I was in the brink of giving up in organizing these tiny rubber bands until a light bulb moment when I remembered I have those toilet paper cardboard tubes stashed away waiting for another recycling project. Perfect! 🙂

Cut to size cardboard tubes then glue one side to scraps of cardboard/paper.

After thoroughly dried, cut to size again to have cardboard containers.

I have decided to use my washi tapes to decorate my cardboard containers.

The circular cardboard containers fit well inside my stash of rectangular plastic containers. I’m so happy! 🙂

Here’s the loom band-making stash of my daughter:

And she’s still asking me to buy more bands of other different colors. Yikes.

Now, here are some of her loom band creations, most of her previous creations were already given to her favorite grandmother, and friends (don’t tell her that I’ve told you that she was the one who maid these):

Just like most of us, she also taught herself to make these loom bands via video tutorials on Youtube.

See you here again soon for another recycling project! 🙂




Watercolor Weekend Getaway 2014: Flowers, Typography and Lettering

I have been hoarding purchasing a bunch of watercolor supplies, brushes and all, and been wanting to join a workshop about doing watercolor art for a couple of years now, but the ones I saw from online posts were kind of far away from my place. That’s why when I saw this poster from Vatel Manila‘s Facebook account about a watercolor workshop to be held in Tagaytay City, I immediately jumped in for a chance to join it. One, Vatel Manila will be providing the flowers for the workshop and I can’t wait to see the selection. I have always been a fan of Vatel Manila’s choices on flowers long before I have become his Administrative Assistant. I love, and I mean LOVE, his creations of wedding bouquets and event styling. Two, I’ll get to see Ms. Alessandra Lanot of Life After Breakfast in person. I only saw her from a guesting on Listed (a what’s in-and-what’s up TV show on the Lifestyle Network channel) showing Ms. Karen Pamintuan how to make art out of your simple doodles and also transferring those doodled images on fabric. I was very much fascinated and inspired by that episode. And, the best thing about it all is I get to join the watercolor workshop for FREE. *jumping and doing a Snoopy’s happy dance* Super thanks to Vatel Manila and Life After Breakfast! 🙂

Day 1, we did the watercolored flowers workshop.

Of course I took a LOT of photos of the flower selection. I love how the natural afternoon light from the glass window is peeping in.

Here they are in close-up and with their watercolored lettering labels made by Ms. Alessa while I was helping with the flower arrangement.

Here are the items included in the watercolor color kit provided by Ms. Alessa:

Here’s Ms. Alessa, teaching us the basics:

And here’s what happened when she said that we can go and pick our flowers that we wish to copy/paint using watercolor:

Yes, it was a riot but it was FUN! 😉

This is my bouquet, using leftover flowers from the riot (because I was busy taking photos):

Not bad, eh? The variety of colors of the flowers are really lovely and inspiring.

And so we started painting our flowers…

Some of us took a photo of our flower selection then Ms. Alessa made a photo print of it using her portable Canon Pixma printer. (I want one of those portable scanner-printers!)

I started by doing a light sketch of my bouquet to use as a guide. Spell newbie. Ha ha!

Then goes the underpainting process…

This photo was from Life After Breakfast blog. I took borrowed it because that was me trying to finish my work in time but failed. LOL

I finished my artwork at home and here it is! IMG_2690

Day 2, we did the watercolored typography and lettering workshop.

I love this new watercolor kit for typography and lettering from Ms. Alessa:

With these three primary colors, the possibilities are endless.

And the following photos are my newbie attempt in lettering with watercolors. Ha ha!

Barely doing some good lettering myself when Ms. Alessa announced that we will be making a postcard with a favorite or inspirational quote which later on will be given to another classmate before the end of the workshop. Waaah! *panic*

Conquering my fears, I made two simple postcards, written with two of my favorite quotes. Then Ms. Alessa scanned and printed copies of the postcards, using her portable scanner-printer Canon Pixma, for us to be able to keep the original postcards and give the printed copies to our “babies.”

And this beautiful postcard with a quote from Albert Einstein I got from my “mommy”, which is an architecture student:

I super duper agree to this quote! *giggle*

These are the colorful craftermath that we, my lefty seatmate and I, parted with after the workshop. Too bad though that we didn’t get to take home the little ceramic dishes because we thought that those belong to Taal Vista Hotel. Apparently it was also included in our kit for that workshop. Boo for us. 😦

Thanks to this watercolor weekend getaway I am now brave enough to create some watercolor artwork myself. I’ll be posting some of it soon. 🙂


{project V} Quick and Easy Valentine’s Day Rustic Flower Vase

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! 🙂

This project is perfect for last minute preparations for a dinner date at home.

All you need are empty wine bottles, paper doilies and a decoupage solution: equal parts of water and all purpose glue. Or you can use Mod Podge, too.

Let them dry completely and viola!

By the way, this craft project was inspired by this post from Craftiments.

Enjoy! 🙂



{project V} Valentine’s Day Note Cards & Banner

For my next Valentine’s Day crafts, I have made a couple of very easy-to-do projects: framed note cards and banner. You can also use this as a Valentine’s Day advent calendar.

Both of them are made from free printables so you will need your reliable printer and a bunch of good quality cardboards.

For the framed note cards, I used the printable Valentine’s Day labels by Lia Griffith.

For the mini hearts banner, I used The Crafting Chicks‘ printable Valentine banner.

I used a 3×3 yellow Post-it as a scale on how small I made the banner for this project.

Put them all together and you will have something like this:

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 🙂


{project V} Valentine’s Day No-Sew Fabric Flowers

{project V} is Valentine’s Day craft projects. I am starting off with an easy-to do, no-sew fabric flower inspired by this blog post from Homemade Gifts Made Easy.

For this particular fabric flower, I used the following materials:

~ fabrics of choice

~ a pair of pinking shears

~ glue gun & glue stick

~ complementing buttons or beads

See the illustrated instructions from this blog post and you will have something like these:

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 🙂


{project 50} #03 Christmas Wall Ornaments


Only three days until Christmas! I am sharing here another easy-to-do project to use as your wall decor.

First thing to do is make templates of ornament shapes using cardboard (I used cereal & cookie boxes here):

Then trace them at the back of a variety of Christmas gift wrappers (old or new ones), cut and paste them on your walls like wallpaper.

I used a silver non-permanent marker as “strings” for the wall ornaments.

I hope you like them. One more tip: to remove the wall ornaments just soak them with warm water using a rug, let it sit for a couple of minutes then wipe them off the walls.

See you here again soon! 🙂