DIY Mother’s Day Craft with Washi Tape

We have a super cute, fast and cheap idea for a very personal Mother’s Day gift: Make a wall decoration with your own silhouette for your mother. It’s a great variation from giving framed pictures of yourself and just takes a few minutes to make. All you need are a couple of Washi Tapes, a side-face picture of yourself, a pair of scissors, a pen and some baking paper. This is how we did it:

1. Stick your picture with some tape on a window, stick your baking paper over it and sketch the outline of your head with a marker or pen.

2. Use different Masking Tapes to stick over the sketch on the sheet of baking paper. Make sure the tape stripes always overlap the outline and always stick it a bit onto the previous stripe, so that all the stripes are well connected (otherwise you’ll have trouble taking your silhouette off the baking paper later).

3. Turn the baking paper sheet around and cut out the silhouette.

4. Carefully remove the Washi Tape silhouette from the baking paper. Be sure you start removing the paper on the first stripe you stuck.

5. Stick the silhouette onto the wall.

Of course you can modify this technique in any way you want. For example you could make two silhouettes (your mother and yourself facing each other) or you could put your silhouette on a card or frame it. We really like the idea of sticking it directly on the wall and surprising your mother with it. You can easily remove the picture to another spot, it will come off very easily without a trace.

Super easy and fast DIY project for Mother's Day. Make a Washi Tape Silhouette

Super easy and fast DIY project for Mother’s Day. Make a Washi Tape Silhouette

You need: Washi Tapes, a side-face picture of yourself, scissors, pen and baking paper

You need: Washi Tapes, a side-face picture of yourself, scissors, pen and baking paper

Sketch the outline of the head with a marker on the baking paper by sticking it onto the picture on a window

Sketch the outline of the head with a marker on the baking paper by sticking it onto the picture on a window

Choose the Washi Tapes for your project

Choose the Washi Tapes for your project

Stick the tapes on the silhouette, make sure the tapes overlap

Stick the tapes on the silhouette, make sure the tapes overlap

Stick tapes onto the whole silhouette and always go beyond the outline

Stick tapes onto the whole silhouette and always go beyond the outline

You can still see the outline super well when turning the baking paper around

You can still see the outline super well when turning the baking paper around

Cut out the silhouette

Cut out the silhouette

Looks pretty

Looks pretty

Carefully remove the baking paper, make sure you start on the top

Carefully remove the baking paper, make sure you start on the top

Stick the silhouette on the wall and you are done!

Stick the silhouette on the wall and you are done!

Fabric lovers: Laminate yourself

This is a pretty cool thing. We get so many requests from customers who ask for a laminated version of their favourite fabric. Now you can just do it yourself. When part of our team went to Japan the last time, they discovered an iron-on laminate foil and were really impressed by the results and the quality. So now you can buy this laminate foil in our shop and just iron it on all of your favourite fabrics. We carry two different sizes, each one either with a very smooth or a little rough surface. This is a really cool DIY-thing if you want to make waterproof things like bags, bibs, aprons, table cloths, wash bags etc.

How to use:

1. Place the foil with the smooth side on the fabric to be laminated

2. slowly iron the paper side with medium heat without steam at 120-140 degrees Celcius. Apply a little pressure

3. Allow material to cool down completely

4. Slowly peel off the paper (If the foil doesn’t stick completely to the fabric, just put the paper back on and repeat ironing)

For everybody who prefers to buy laminated fabrics already, check out our laminate category in our shop. We got some of our popular Robert Kaufman designs in a laminated version recently.

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x52cm rough

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x52cm rough

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x52cm smooth

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x52cm smooth

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x104cm rough

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x104cm rough

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x104cm smooth

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x104cm smooth

Robert Kaufman premium laminate fabric with polka dots

Robert Kaufman premium laminate fabric with polka dots

Robert Kaufman premium laminate fabric red ladybirds

Robert Kaufman premium laminate fabric red ladybirds

Robert Kaufman premium laminate fabric dogs terrier

Robert Kaufman premium laminate fabric dogs terrier

A Unique Christmas Gift Idea For Hobbyists

With every day passing it’s getting one step closer to Christmas. For all of you who don’t know what to give to their friends, aunts, brothers, neighbours, whosoever yet, you can lean back now. For the next 40 days we’ll present you every day a unique christmas gift idea for a very special person. Maybe it will be exactly the right thing, maybe it will inspire you to look for something else.

We start off with a unique Christmas gift idea for: hobbyists

You want to give a present to that person who just does everything himself? Who has gifted hands? Who will never get excited about the things you’ve given him so far as they just were not DIY? Christmas 2011 will change everything, when you give him one of our cool DIY eraser sets. We carry several Japanese eraser making kits with different designs and colours. They all come with different clay colours, several molds and instructions. They can be cute, cool, glow in the dark, glitter and much more. As fun for children as for adults. And after you’ve finished you have unique erasers to use or give away. How cool is that? Check out our many different clay sets and lots of accessories for a good clay experience.

cute DIY eraser making kit Fruits from Japan

cute DIY eraser making kit Fruits from Japan

funny DIY eraser making kit Insects from Japan

funny DIY eraser making kit Insects from Japan

cute DIY eraser making kit Donuts from Japan

cute DIY eraser making kit Donuts from Japan

funny new Eraser Making Kits

Friends of DIY, check this out. We added some cute eraser making kits from Japan to our shop today. You can make fruit, insect, doughnuts, sweets, skulls and more with colourful clay, we got several designs. Among our favourite ones are the kits to make skulls and princess stuff, as those erasers even glow in the dark. How cool is that? We just totally like the idea of making erasers ourselves, it’s just a very unique thing to do. Don’t you think?

funny DIY eraser making kit Skull from Japan

funny DIY eraser making kit Skull from Japan

funny DIY eraser making kit Insects from Japan

funny DIY eraser making kit Insects from Japan

cute DIY eraser making kit Fruits from Japan

cute DIY eraser making kit Fruits from Japan

cute DIY eraser making kit Donuts from Japan

cute DIY eraser making kit Donuts from Japan

cute DIY eraser making kit Princess from Japan

cute DIY eraser making kit Princess from Japan

DIY day in our office

We had a fun DIY day in our office today. Pui Chi, my sister-in-law, came to our office to start her own new project. We work together with her to help her make her own chop collection and she will also make some buttons for our shop. We ordered all the machines and equipment already and today we tried out all of them. She made some really cute buttons with some leftover Hello Kitty fabrics and Japanese fabrics. Then we tried out the chop machine. I was really surprised, the chop making machine is amazing. The quality of the final product is really, really good. I documented our day with some pictures:

DIY day in our office 1

Hello Kitty buttons and strawberry buttons made by us

DIY day in our office 2

cute button made with Japanese Kokka fabric

DIY day in our office 3

first step to make a chop: we designed it on a computer, then printed it on special paper

DIY day in our office 4

next step cutting out the chop sponge and transfer the image onto the sponge with the special machine

DIY day in our office 5

we dropped a few drops of ink onto the chop sponge and started testing. The result is very nice and very detailed.

New Kutsuwa products available

There are new Kutsuwa clay products available in our shop now. We got 2 more clay sets to make your own donuts, macaroons and other sweets and we finally got some glitter, deco stones and more for decorating cellphones, NDS, PSP and more. There is also a yellow Fuwa Fuwa clay in store now. All products are from Japan and have the perfect Japanese quality.

New Kutsuwa products available 1

Japanese DIY clay set for making macaroons and other sweets

New Kutsuwa products available 2

DIY clay set for lots of different donuts

New Kutsuwa products available 3

yellow Fuwa Fuwa clay from Japan

New Kutsuwa products available 4

tiny decoden items

DIY Hello Kitty Curtains

How to make your own Hello Kitty curtains? It’s easy. You only need the right Hello Kitty fabric, a sewing machine and a bit of sewing know-how. A customer of us made some really cute Hello Kitty curtains for her daughter’s bed. She also made matching Hello Kitty bedclothes. Have a look at the pictures she sent us. For a closeup look, please click on the picture.

Hello Kitty Curtains DIY

Hello Kitty Curtains DIY

Hello Kitty Bed Curtains

Hello Kitty Bed Curtains