Have A Sweet Easter DIY Tutorial

Easter is approaching fast, which means it’s time to bring out your Sunday best and pick up some sweet treats. And if you feel like sharing some of the latter, these DIY milk carton templates are a cinch to put together. Just download and print the template below and follow these simple instructions for a sweet Easter gift for family and friends.

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Materials
– Printed template (cardstock or a stiffer paper stock works best)
– Scissors or X-acto knife
– Ruler
– Bone folder or other tool for scoring paper
– Glue stick or double-sided tape
– Easter treats
– Sticker or washi tape

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Steps

1.  Print out the template. Fill out the “To” and From” portion. Line up a ruler with the corresponding arrows score along the indicated lines (see guide above).

2. Cut out the template and fold along the scored lines.

3. Fold the template into a box and seal side and bottom tabs in place using a glue stick or double-sided tape.

3. Fill with your Easter treats. Gently press in the scored/folded sides of the box to bring the top edges together—exactly like a milk carton!

4. Fold over the top and seal with stickers or washi tape.

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Tutorial and template design by Melanie Kwan.

DIY – Painted Stone Incense Garden

As the summer winds down and the days are long and sunny we all have slowed down considerably. The chill factor has definitely been increased around the office as everyone is enjoying these last days of relaxation, and talk of lazy days, cool evenings and campfires has definitely been dominating our day-to-day. This instinct to slow down is what inspired us to create an incense based DIY.

You will need a large flat dish, some beach stones, some sifted beach sand (a bit of a theme is developping here) and some acrylic craft paint.We painted our stones freehand with stripes and geometric shapes but you can also use masking tape to create a cleaner line. We also used the head of a nail to stamp dots in our patterns, or you can use a gold or silver gel pen to glam up your stones.

 

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Next, fill your dish with sand, this acts as a base for the incense to stick into, an easy cleanup because the ash will just mix with the sand, and prevents a fire hazard; just stick the burning head of the incense in the sand to put it out.

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Then arrange your stones around the edge for decoration, light some incense and enjoy a fragrant sunset.

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DIY: Vintage Soft T-Shirt

Here at Front & Company, we like making the old new again! As a consignment store, we have a soft spot in our hearts for all things old, and love the feel of a pre-loved item! Speaking of soft spots, a soft vintage t-shirt is an item that we can’t get enough of.

There is nothing that beats the softness of a vintage tee. The way they hang on the body is one of our favorite things! The softness of a vintage tee is achieved by many years of wearing and washing, but we were determined to figure out a way to make our new t-shirts feel like they’ve been loved for a couple decades.

To achieve the softness of a vintage tee in your new t-shirts, we’re going to use a salt water bath to speed a process that normally takes decades of wear!

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The process is actually quite simple. All you need is a quart of water and 1/2 cup of salt. Add the salt to the water in a large bucket and dunk your favorite new t-shirt in there. Leave the t-shirt in there for 3 days.

Once the 3 days are up, throw the t shirt into the washing machine and voila! It comes out vintage soft.

With this hot weather, maybe you’d like to cut off the sleeves as well and turn your newly-old tee into a vintage-inspired muscle shirt!

A tee fit for summer! Let us know if you tried this out and how it works for you!

DIY: Celine Inspired

We’re not sure we will ever get over the Celine S/S 2014 collection. The Mondrian inspired primary colour scheme, the painterly effect of brush strokes and charcoal on those gorgeous flowing skirts made such an impression…that of course we had to try it for ourselves. After a little research and testing out different methods, we think we’ve nailed the perfect DIY way to recreate this look.

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We started off by thrifting a woven cotton skirt with a flattering, simple cut. The fabric you choose is important; paint will adhere better to a natural fiber and wear better in the long run, so stay away from polyester and other synthetics. It is also a good idea to choose a heavier weight fabric to support the weight of the paint. Achieving the look of paint-on-canvas is key, and fabric paint will not give you this effect, it will simply colour the fabric. The secret here is gel medium.

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A run down on gel medium for those of us with no art degrees: This product is meant to be mixed with acrylic paint to modify its texture; some thicken it, some change the way it dries, or help it to hold brush marks for extra texture. We used two different kinds of Golden brand gel medium: a heavy gel to give the paint more texture and a fluid gel designed for use with fabric (this will keep your paint from washing off)

First, make a paint mixture that consists of 50% acrylic paint, 25% heavy gel medium and 25% fluid gel. You are almost ready to paint! EDIT2

We used a cheaper quality brush for our application so that it would pick up the paint unevenly and give us a more authentic hand-painted quality, as opposed to a perfect stripe of colour.

After the paint has dried it will need to be set with heat.EDIT3

We used an iron on the cotton setting, on the underside of the fabric (opposite side of the paint application). This is what makes your item washable.
And if you really love it, you will hand wash it and hang to dry to increase its lifespan even more.

DIY: Watering Can

When the sun is out, it’s the perfect time to garden! Summertime is a great season to plant reliable vegetables that thrive in full sun such as lettuce, mescluns, and tomatoes! These veggies are easy to start from seed as well. Planting seeds or growing vegetables is not rocket science so don’t be intimidated to begin! All plants really need is sunlight and water to thrive, and a few hours of your time every week. This summer in Vancouver is supposed to be a dry one so the key tactic to growing a bountiful harvest will be keep your plants watered and moist. A good watering can is an essential tool to keeping your plants happy, and will make sure your plants are getting an even spread of water and that your plants are not trampled! Especially when starting plants from seed, you will want a watering can that has a good pour ratio. In this DIY, we teach you how to make a watering can especially for watering seeds and seedlings! This is perfect in making sure that your seeds will not be displaced from watering nor will they be flooded with too much water! Supplies – Water bottle – Tea Light – Pliers – Thin finishing nail – Sharpie – Scissors – Decorative bits and bobbles such as washi tape wc700   1. Grab a water bottle and use the permanent marker to dot a 5 X 5 grid on the water bottle. 2. Keep marking the bottle with dots till about 1/4 way down. 3 . Light a tea light and using the pliers, pick up the nail and hold it over the flame for 30 seconds. 4. Once the nail is heated up, prick one of the dots on the grid all the way through. 5. Continue heating up the nail and pricking the dots till all dots have been poked through. 6. After the dots have been pricked, turn the bottle to the other side and cut a hole that is the mirror shape of the grid. This hole is where you will put the water into. 7. If you’d like to jazz up your watering can, feel free to do so! We put some cute washi tape on the outside. You can definitely paint the watering can as well; however, be very careful to not get any of the paint on the inside of the bottle as the chemicals from the paint could potentially mix with the water and harm your plants! 8. Now that the hole has been cut, dots have been poked, and you’ve made it look pretty – you can use your DIY watering can for your seedlings! We hope you can put this watering can to use. Let us know what you’re growing in your garden this season! By: Alison Liu Photographed by: Grace Altobar

DIY – Strawberry Wedding Favours

As the uninterrupted sunny weather stretches ahead of us, who doesn’t want to throw an outdoor party? Now’s the time to get everyone together for fireworks, have a picnic, or your dream summer wedding.

Whether you are a DIY bride or just planning an outdoor birthday party, these easy strawberry favour boxes will come in handy as a juicy takeaway for your guests.
You can fill them with strawberry candy as we have, or a starter kit to grow a strawberry plant (seeds, plant food, and some handwritten instructions i.e “strawberries love a lot of sun!”) and display them farmer’s market style at your event.

We used a lovely strawberry template from Oh Happy Day; a party décor blog from San Francisco as a starting point for our favours. You can print it out directly, cut out all the pieces and assemble a strawberry in no time.

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First, fold the little tab at one end and glue it to the opposite side, forming a cone shape.

We punched holes along the top, looped a ribbon through and gathered all the petals in using the ribbon, which we tied in a bow.

This will give you a lovely, round strawberry shape and bonus, a box you can refasten!
(to save some candy for later)