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Quick Crafts For My Home Office

IMG_4768My home office is still a work in progress and I’m still not ready for a final reveal. There are still a lot of unfinished details which I will post as soon as I get them done. So far, here is a couple of quick projects that I did weeks ago.

Washi tapes are great for adding pops of color in your personal space so I decided to use some of my old stuff for this makeshift holder. I have this shallow vase that I bought from Uniwide for P30. It would have been a perfect planter for succulents but I’m not yet ready for a live one so I used it to “grow” wash tapes instead.

I simply used a small piece of styrofoam to hold my driftwoods, cover it with decorative stones and added a bit of plastic grass. And because I don’t have any more tapes to display and two sticks simply look weird, I stuck an old paint brush upside down as a signage! Haha!IMG_4747And here is my burlap-wrapped cork boards. I painted the middle cork board with the same yellow I used on my office walls and glued a sisal rope around the edges. To attach the round boards on the wall, I simply used some heavy duty double-sided tapes. IMG_4756Still got lots to do here and I hope I can finish everything including the kids bedroom before the year ends.

Let Your Kid Make His Own Toy

coverBryce is now four and half years old and we know that children that age are easily influenced by what they see around them. For the past week, he had been asking me if I could buy him clay (which he saw from his cousins and now he wants his own). I don’t like buying stuff that I know I can easily make. I bought him a couple of jars of Play Doh before but a week later, it was nowhere to be found, probably ended up in trash. What a waste of money!

So, I told him we will just make one and he can make it himself too. My reasons for doing this aside from me being cheap:

  1. I want him to be aware that not everything can be bought (I know it’s being cheap… No, being practical!).
  2. I want him to learn how simple toys, such as play dough, are made.
  3. It is one way to keep him off the computer.
  4. Fun play involves experimenting and discovery, thus promoting creativity. Computer games don’t have these benefits.
  5. Since Kenya’s exclusively breastfed, I get to spend less time with Bryce. So this is our chance to bond.


There are many methods for DIY play dough, but this one a no-cook version so Bryce can actually do it with minimal help from me. The dough will only last for 3-4 days though which is alright since I know Bryce will get tired of it after a day. processIt’s that easy! Mix the flour and salt first then add 1/2 cup of water, adding a bit more if necessary. Keep kneading until there are no more powdery lumps. I added half a teaspoon of vegetable oil, by the way, to make kneading a bit easier. Divide they clay into 4 or 5 equal pieces and put a drop or two of food coloring, adding more to make the colors brighter.


I used McCormick but our clay didn’t turn out as bright as I wanted it to be. We’ll try the other method next time. So far, Bryce is happy with his home-made clay. I think Kenya knew that we were doing some fun stuff because she kept screaming as if calling me to get her so she can join. Wish granted, although she didn’t look too happy in this picture. I guess she wanted to knead the clay herself. Few more months, Kenya. Few more months…. 🙂bryce-diy clay

Yey, Bryce! The messier, the better. Just keep those clay bits off the rug and sofa. 🙂


DIY Driftwood Vase

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Most people collect shells and sea rocks when going to the beach. I collect driftwoods so I especially like going to beaches after a storm or to beaches which haven’t been thoroughly cleaned yet. I got a bunch of small ones during our last trip to Playa Laiya. I wanted to fill an entire bag but I only managed a couple of handfuls.

I’ve seen these vases in Pinterest and I’ve always wanted to have one to call my own. So here’s what I did using an empty plastic container.
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For the past few weeks, I’ve been so addicted to Stick-O. The first container was given to Bryce by his Grandpa and I ate most of it. Bought two more, one small and a big one and I still can’t get enough of it. 🙂 Anyway, I was supposed to do two vases but my driftwoods aren’t enough.driftwood vase-how2

I wrapped the container using a decorative adhesive paper which I bought from Landmark for less than a P100/roll a couple of years back.  If you’re in the mood, you can peel off the sticker instead. But I’m lazy so I just wrapped it instead. Then to cover the mouth of the container, I wrapped some jute string (bought from Daiso in Waltermart, Muños for P66) using my good, ol’ glue gun.driftwood vase-how3

Still using glue gun, start sticking the driftwoods on the container. Most of the pieces were shorter than the container height but it doesn’t matter since i have a decorative paper underneath which seems to add to the design. The others were taller though, but they make the vase even more unique which I love. And that’s it! Tie a raffia for finishing touches. 
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By the way, the two round vases are actually candle holder which I got from Uniwide Warehouse for P39 each. I simply dipped in my yellow left-over paint which I used for our dining area walls.

I can’t wait for another beach trip so I can replenish my driftwood collection.

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