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.
– Printed template (cardstock or a stiffer paper stock works best)
– Scissors or X-acto knife
– Bone folder or other tool for scoring paper
– Glue stick or double-sided tape
– Easter treats
– Sticker or washi tape
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.
Tutorial and template design by Melanie Kwan.
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.
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.
Then arrange your stones around the edge for decoration, light some incense and enjoy a fragrant sunset.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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