PRINTABLE GIFT BOX WITH MAKE AND TELL

DIY eye, lips and hand gift boxes

While I’m off galavanting around Europe (tough times!) I have the lovely Steph from Make and Tell blog sharing this super awesome printable gift box idea. Obsessing over these prints!! Steph is a fellow craft blogger from my home town Sydney – you might remember the printable donut bags she shared here before?

If you’re interested, you can keep up to date with all of my travel adventures over on my Instagram account, and stay tuned for a bombard of posts here when I return! Until then, stay cool friends and over to you Steph….


I don’t know about you, but I can never have too many gift wrapping short-cuts at the ready. I’m always doing things last minute (eek!) and often find myself rushing out the door, unwrapped gift in one hand and a roll of gift wrap in the other (intending to wrap said gift in the car, which never turns out well).

DIY eye, lips and hand gift boxes

As you can probably tell then, having a stash of boxes on hand for those last minute gift-wrapping situations is essential for both my presents and my sanity. And I’ve been loving the eye/hand/lip print trend, so I just had to design these little guys with lots of bold prints. These boxes are super easy to make and the end result is bright and fun, so why not grab some cardboard and follow along!

Materials

DIY eye, lips and hand gift boxes

Step 1

Download the gift box printable and print it onto white card. Cut out each of the boxes using scissors or a craft knife.

DIY eye, lips and hand gift boxes

Step 2

Using a ruler and scorer, score along the white lines on each box and then fold the box along the lines you scored.

DIY eye, lips and hand gift boxes

DIY eye, lips and hand gift boxes

Step 3

Stick down each of the side tabs using glue or double-sided tape.

DIY eye, lips and hand gift boxes

DIY eye, lips and hand gift boxes

DIY eye, lips and hand gift boxes

DIY eye, lips and hand gift boxes

Once you’ve stuck the tabs down, your gift boxes are done! I have to say, with these babies on hand my gifts should look a lot better than the wrapped-in-car-mess that they usually turn out to be. I hope you find they come in handy for when you next have a birthday party to go to!

xx Steph

MY 30TH BDAY + 6 TIPS FOR THROWING A HOUSE PARTY

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Hi all!

You might have seen from my earlier post or via Instagram that I had my 30th birthday party recently, so I wanted to share some more snaps of the party prettiness for you!

After spending too many days looking for the right venue to throw a party which ticked all the boxes, I decided to keep it simple and host a lil party at home before heading out to dance to glorious 80′s and rnb tunes. It was so the right decision and meant I could decorate up a storm, including all of these pretties from Poppies for Grace. (How great are foil number balloons and honeycombs by the way?? Can’t go wrong!) 

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The confetti scattered on the table + the fringed tissue paper garland backdrop is also from the lovely folk at Poppies For Grace. I picked up the mason drink jars from The Reject Shop at a bargain price of $1.25 each (I know!) If you like them make sure you check out my pineapple cocktail jar tutorial here.

The little fruit toppers are from my paper goods business The Chaos Club too – was fun getting a chance to play with them properly!  I also transformed a wicker basket into a champagne ice bucket with a bit of gold spray paint which worked a treat. You can check out more pics of this here.

I can’t remember the last time I threw a house party but I was determined to make this one my most organised event in history.  As the universe would have it, I ended up getting a head cold of epic proportions and everything turned out to be a bit of a last minute frantic mess, but the good news is I learnt a few things which will be golden tips for next time, and for anyone looking to throw their own house party soon!

6 Tips for throwing a house party

1 – GET THE CLEANING DONE EARLY

I TOTALLY underestimated how much extra time it would take to clean a house to be 100% perfect in every nook and cranny.  Get the house spotless at least a few days prior to the party, then you only need to worry about touch ups on the day.

2 – BUY LOTS OF BOOZE, AND THEN BUY MORE

If you’re providing all the drinks, stock up your shopping trolley until you think you have too much, and then add lots more. Also, house parties have an uncanny way of making people want to do many many shots – don’t forget to pick up something ready for spontaneous celebratory moments.

3 – DECORATE EARLY

It’s amazing how long it can take to set up decorations. They look so innocent in the box all pretty-like, but don’t be fooled friends. Especially things like honeycomb clusters and photo backdrops/wall coverings! I did all of this the night before the party and still spent hours the day of.

4 – PREPARE A PLAYLIST

Don’t just wing it on the night and listen to random playlists. You’ll end up like me, finding yourself listening to Christina Aguleria accidentally and suddenly having grave concerns for your street cred. Spend half an hour and put 50-70 songs into a new playlist. If you use Spotify too it really is so super easy.

5 – PRINT YOUR COCKTAIL RECIPES

I had grand plans to make some delightful cocktails and actually spent quite a bit of time researching recipes and made sure to buy all the right ingredients. But on the night the cocktail jugs turned out to be a fruit punch reminiscent of my backpacking London times because there was so much going on. Printed cocktail recipes would have definitely worked a charm.

6 – NEVER UNDERESTIMATE FAIRY LIGHTS

I bought a huge string of 500 fairy lights from Bunnings and hung them inside and also from the celing and balcony rails outside, and it totally transformed the space into a sparkly happy land. I can’t recommend them enough.

Hope these little tips help you with a house party one day!

Well I’m off now on a 3.5 week holiday around Europe (eeee!!) so the posts may not be too frequent this month, but you can stay up to date via my Instagram account for all the travel shenanigans!

Fiona x

PINEAPPLE COCKTAIL JARS

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I had my 30th birthday party last weekend and these mason jars from The Reject Shop were such a hit! They worked out to only $1.25 each and were super fun to drink cocktails from – even the guys got on board.

The jars are rather awesome on their own, but in my standard style I wanted to add a fruity touch so have transformed some into little pineapples! They’d look so great all ready to go on a party table filled with pina coladas, don’t ya think?

I also really wanted to make a champagne ice bucket that was a bit different. I found these lovely wicker storage baskets at The Reject Shop too for only $20 and with a bit of gold spray paint around the bottom and a bucket inserted inside, it was perfect. (and bonus, I can now use this as a plant pot holder around the home!)

wicker champagne ice bucket

Check out the step by step guide below to make your own pineapple jars and for more pics of the party + tips for throwing your own house party, check out my other post here. 

Fiona x

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • Mason Drink Jars from The Reject Shop ($5 per pack of 4)
  • Green paper
  • Green paint + paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

Start by painting your lids the same colour as your paper. I gave mine two coats and let it dry in between.

pineapple cocktail jars

Cut a strip of paper which is approx 6cm wide, and start snipping into it from one side to start forming wide leaf shapes which are around 2-3cm high. Don’t worry about making it perfect, pineapples leaves are supposed to look uneven! Make each leaf touch at the bottom like this, and leave yourself at least a cm underneath for you to glue to your lid later.

pineapple cocktail jars

Next make slight fold marks in between each leaf so it’s easy to manipulate later, and also make one long fold line at the base of the leaves. Also snip tiny triangles out from under each fold line – this makes it easier to wrap around later.

pineapple cocktail jars

Now to make a strip of longer leaves. On a strip of paper approx 12cm wide, start cutting long leaves which are around 2 x 10cm. Cut 4-5 of them, then make your paper piece shorter by 2-3cm. Cut another 4-5 slightly shorter leaves, then do the same – cut your strip down by 2-3cm and cut the remaining leaves.

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You should be left with two pieces like this.

pineapple cocktail jars

Now to just glue them to your lids! Make sure your paint is dry first though.

Start with your smaller leaves, in your hand curl them around so they’re ready to be placed.

pineapple cocktail jars

 

Add some glue to the bottom of the tabs and place on the lid.

pineapple cocktail jars

Do the same with the longer leaves, curling it around so the longer leaves sit in the middle of the spiral.

To finish it off, use your finger to slightly curl the paper leaves outward to make them look a bit more like natural leaves.

Fill with your fave tropical drink!  Here’s one of my fave pina colada recipes if you’re interested!

DIY Pineapple Mason Jar Cocktails

DIY Pineapple Mason Jar Cocktails

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with The Reject Shop. I only work with products which I think are totally awesome. Thanks for supporting the brands who make this Craft Hunter journey possible!
 

VELCRO ELBOW PATCHES

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You’ve no doubt seen the elbow patch craze that is taking over, but have you ever thought about adding some to a top you own? I took it one step further this week and decided I couldn’t live with only having 1 colour option. Let me introduce you to, Velcro elbow patches! Ohh yes!

Velcro have a full range of products especially for use on fabrics, and have just released some nifty new some patches which don’t require sewing or ironing (winning!) You literally just peel and stick it straight onto the fabric and it has a really strong, permanent hold.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t 100% sure how this elbow patch project was going to work out, but I’m loving them. You can barely see the velcro and it moves well when you bend your arm. Slightly thicker fabrics will definitely work better for this (for both the actual top and the patches) so I wouldn’t try attempting it on a thin blouse etc but jackets and jumpers will work a treat. The product says it’s most suitable for cottons, polyester, poly blends and nylon. For my patches I went with some scrap leather pieces I bought from Spotlight, and I also did a pink set from just some canvas fabric.

This idea can really be applied to so many other fashion details too – changeable pockets on tops….patches on denim shorts… cuffs on the bottom of trousers…or leather shoulder details!

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • Velcro Sticky Back for Fabrics (Available nationally from Bunnings, Spotlight and independent haberdashery stores)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Thick fabric or leather
  • Jacket or jumper

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GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

velcro elbow patches

Put your jumper on, mark with a pencil where you think the elbow patch should go, then just take off the jumper and use your ruler to measure the distance from the wrist, so that it’s in the exact same position on the other arm.

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Sketch and cut out a template for your elbow patch on a piece of paper. I find if you draw one side first then fold it over, you can ensure all the curves are identical.

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Use this template to draw onto the back of your velcro pieces and cut them out, then repeat onto your fabric.  When cutting out your fabric, give yourself an extra 2mm around the edge so that it covers the velcro when you’re wearing it.

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Now simply peel and stick your velcro pieces to your top and to your fabric! Place the really rough piece of velcro onto the top, and the softer piece onto the fabric. I recommend leaving them to fasten for a few hours before pulling the velcro or wearing the top.

All done and ready for any last minute costume changes!

Fiona xx

Disclaimer: This project was in collaboration with Velcro. I only work with products that I think are completely awesome. Thanks for supporting the brands that make my Craft Hunter journey possible!

GOLD ROPE VASE

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Gold spray paint has got to be one of my favourite things in my craft cupboard. It’s actually amazing how good things can turn out with a bit of gold love!

I’ve steered clear of spray painting projects in the past because I’ve always assumed it would be difficult to get a perfect finish, but whatdya know,  it’s actually super easy! As long as you do multiple light coats, and let it dry in between, the world is your spray paint oyster.

If you live in an apartment with only a tiny balcony like me and thought spray painting wasn’t for you, think again – find yourself a giant box and just spray your items inside the box! Totally mess free.

Quick tip – don’t try metallic spray paint on quite porous materials like cotton rope or fabric though,  as it will never have quite the same chromey gold finish. You could try a primer first but still I would recommend just sticking with things like wicker, plastic, glass, plastic-y rope etc and you’ll be fine.

My latest spray paint victim was this rope vase I crafted up on the weekend. I’m loving the textured effect with the metallic gold and as such have also painted a wicker basket that I had laying around home!

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • Gold spray paint
  • Rope
  • Jar
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

DIY Gold Rope Vase - supply list

 

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

Heat up your glue gun and run a line of glue around the bottom of the jar and hold your rope in place. Then just start wrapping it around, and around, and around.

No need to glue every part of rope, I just dabbed a bit every 10cm or so.

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Apply a good amount of glue for the final row, to keep it all in place.

When you’ve reached the absolute top, cut your rope on an angle so it almost sits flush with the bottom row.

I popped a good amount of glue on the rope end to keep it from fraying too.

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Now for the fun part!

Safety first peeps – always cover your mouth with a mask (or use an old scarf tied around your face like I did) those fumes are nasty.

I placed a lid on top of my jar to protect the inside, but it really doesn’t matter either way as you won’t see the inside once there’s flowers in the vase.

Give it one good coat, allow to dry, then flip it over and spray from upside down – this helps to ensure all bits of the rope are nicely covered.

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Leave it until you think it’s dry, and then leave it longer. Don’t do as I did and get impatient and put it on your table only to find the bottom isn’t 100% dry! (noooo)

And there you have it. A super easy idea and sure beats a plain vase any day!

Have you sprayed some items gold before? Or have I inspired you to give it a go maybe??

Fiona xx

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CORK PLUS SIGN PINBOARDS

DIY cork plus sign pin boards by Craft Hunter Blog

Hi friends,

A super quick and cheap one for you today at a total cost of $5!

I’ve been wanting to make a little pin board area near my entryway for a while and finally got around to it on the weekend. These little dudes were actually just cork pot stand trivets from Ikea which come in a pack of 3 for $4.99 – bargain! Cutting the cork actually worked out much easier and neater than you might think too, the trick is to use a sturdy and sharp knife.

I think they’ve come up really well and are the perfect spot to hang some happy photos and postcards.

SUPPLIES-BAR

DIY cork plus sign pin boards by Craft Hunter Blog

 

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

Sketch up your plus sign onto the cork with the pencil and ruler (you can also do this on a piece of paper and cut it out first if you’re not confident measuring up shapes first go) and simply cut it out with your knife.  I recommend taking multiple trips over the cork rather than trying to do it in one heavy cut, as you may rip the corners of the cork.

DIY cork plus sign pin boards by Craft Hunter Blog

For your 2nd one, just place your first one on the cork as a template and trace around it so they’re all identical in shape.

For hanging, I just used these 3M velcro picture hanging strips so they site flush to the wall – much better than double sided tape as it’s actually stronger and won’t ruin the walls when you want to take them down.

Pretty easy, right?

In other news I’m having my 30th birthday party soon (eeew… I know) so be prepared to be bombarded with party related posts of all forms. Nothing like a good excuse to go crazy with the decorations!!

Fiona x