DIY Pajama Shorts

I love wearing cute pajamas even if no one will see me in them… It’s kind of like wearing cute underwear right? I also love having super unique pjs that no one else will have and having fun with cute prints. DIY pajama shorts is my way of combining these two loves – it’s a cute, simple, and affordable DIY. Once you have the pattern perfected, you can make a whole bunch of adorable elastic shorts in no time at all! Continue reading

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DIY Polaroid Travel Board… without a Polaroid!

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Yes, Polaroids are incredibly expensive, and yes, the film seems even more expensive after you’ve purchased the camera. So thankfully, this tutorial does not require you to own a Polaroid camera or film! You can easily make your own faux-Polaroids to create a cute travel board 🙂

I spent much of 2015 traveling, and along the way I ended up with many pictures of a special travel companion – an origami squirrel given to me before I left. I’ve always felt somewhat narcissistic taking pictures of myself in front of famous monuments, so I decided that I would remember the wonderful places I’d been by taking pictures of my little purple squirrel instead. With some simple photo editing, I was able to transform my iPhone pictures into cute polaroids without the cost and stress of trying to take the “perfect” shot. They whole project took half a day, and was a fun way of reminiscing on my 2015 travels!

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Ready to create your faux-Polaroid board? 😀

The first thing you’ll need to do is edit your photos. I printed my photos as 4”x 6” photos from CVS for 14 cents each, but needed them to be 1.5”x2”. I used Gimp to edit, which you can download for free here.photo editing step

  1. Create a white canvas that is 4”x6” with 300px/in
  2. Scale your photograph so that it is 1.5”x2” with 300px/in
  3. Copy your photograph onto the white canvas and export

Once you have your pictures printed, you can move on to compiling the corkboard!

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  1. Add a white border. I added a 1/4 inch on the top, right, and left, and 3/4 inch on the bottom so I could write a description. I measured out the distance, and then marked with a pencil.
  2. Cut out the Polaroids. Cut along the border, making sure to keep your cuts as smooth and even as possible.
  3. Write the description with a Sharpie. I put the date and place of the picture.
  4. Arrange and pin the photos on your corkboard, and you’re done!

This photo board is both a commemoration of traveling in the 2015, a promise for my squirrel to see more of the world in 2016, and a gift to the person who made me the squirrel before I set off on my adventures. I hope it also encourages you to take pictures of moments in your life that bring you joy, and compile them into a cute collection without having to shell out for an actual Polaroid.

My little squirrel has been to Italy, the Netherlands, Paris, China, and Mexico, and is now tucked away safely back home in the United States…. I wonder where else he’ll be traveling this year? 🙂

DIY Onigiri Coin Purse

Onigiri are rice balls wrapped in seaweed, and I think they are both tasty and cute 🙂 Their round shape inspired me to create this coin purse tutorial. Instead of filling your onigiri with dried plums or shrimp, you can instead stuff it full of coins and the miscellaneous debris that gathers at the bottom of your purse. Continue reading

DIY Patterned Pocket Tee Tutorial

pocket tee cover edited What better thing to do when you don’t feel like studying? Teach your friend how to make pocket tees! My friend who is into streetwear recently asked me to teach him how to sew colorful pocket tees, and I thought it would be a great tutorial to share since it’s simple Continue reading

Lunar New Year DIY: Dumpling Plushes

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Happy Lunar New Year! For me, this time of year is always filled with special memories of family, delicious food, and red pouches filled with money (mmm yes all the money). One of my favorite traditions is making dumplings with my family. These juicy, succulent treats are my dad’s special recipe, and I am especially talented at eating an inappropriately large amount of them. Since I’m now far from home and have to settle for frozen, dining hall knock-off versions, I decided to celebrate the New Year with my own cute plushie version and wanted to share a tutorial with you guys! Continue reading

DIY Tuxedo Heart Valentine

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For all you last minute DIYers, here is a unique little Valentine’s Day project to show some love to all the important people in your life! This charming tuxedo heart neatly holds a small message and adds a personal touch to any box of chocolates. In fact, it’s so cute and classy it’s probably better dressed than your date 😀 Continue reading