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Recycle Day/1

Peanutbutter lovers, don’t throw those empty containers just yet. Buy a bunch of yarns and hand them over to your kids so they’ll have something better to do during the rainy weekends.

I have a box of empty containers waiting to be recycled/upcycled and a messy collection of ribbons and yarns (given by mom years ago when I thought I’d try my hand on crocheting. Fail!) So what to do? Yarn wrap them all! Let’s start with Peter Pan…

What you need:

  • Empty containers
  • Yarns, thick or thin
  • White glue
  • Scissors


It took me about 45 minutes to finish. A bit time consuming, but surprisingly quite relaxing. Next time we go to the beach, I’ll do this while getting my tan. It’s a great kid’s craft too, just buy the thick yarn so they can finish quickly.

Individually wrapped candies are perfect content for this.

Now, whom shall I give this to?

Easy Upholstered Fabric Monogram

I always wanted a 3D monogram but here in the Philippines, it’s either there’s none or just too expensive. Like the wooden one I found in BO Concept for P3,000! I think Heima has fabric monograms too, I’m just not sure, but even if I knew, I don’t think I could ever afford it anyway. So the only solution to have one is to MAKE one!

Now, I found a lot of tutorials around the blogsphere, often involves glueing cardboards together and paper mache. I don’t have a glue gun yet (but I have glue sticks, I don’t know why I forgot to buy the gun when I bought them) so gluing things just don’t appeal to me that much. I don’t want to use craft glue either because it takes forever to dry.  Not to mention, I’m lazy…

So to all the lazy crafters out there, here’s a super easy fabric monogram tutorial.

What you’ll need:

  • 12x12x1″ styroboard
  • 2 kinds of at least 13″x13″ piece of fabric
  • quilt batting (I got mine from Carolina’s)
  • A LOT of pushpins
  • 3 yards of ribbon (1″ width if you want to cover the entire side or 1/2″ width if you want to show the 2 fabrics like I did with mine)
  • white glue
  • scissors
  • cutter


  1. “M” was pretty easy to draw but if you want a “G” in Times New Roman, you can print it out and trace it on your styro.
  2. When you cut the letter using a cutter, don’t worry about making the edges too perfect. The fabric will cover it up.
  3. I applied glue on the sides before pinning the fabric but after doing one side, I decided not to waste my glue anymore. It doesn’t make a difference, the pushpins are enough to secure the fabric. Plus, it’s less messier.
  4. I originally wanted to cover the entire side but I my 1″ ribbon was short by 3 inches. So I used 1/2 inch instead. It looks ok too since you can see both fabric on the side.
  5. I used white glue to attach the ribbon which took overnight to dry completely, probably because it was raining all night. Don’t use hot glue if you don’t want to melt your styroboard.

Here’s my monogram again showing the other side.

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