Friday, December 13, 2013
In keeping with my recycled Advent Calendar theme, today I dressed up a paper bag to wrap up a package of Tootsie Rolls
aka I ran out of ideas for cute box packaging at this point.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
For Day 11, I spotted this bottle of matte polish at Daiso! I actually use this very brand myself and it works really well at matte-fying? glossy polishes, so you won't have to go out to buy specific (and expensive!) colors of matte polish. I also had this little Kraft cardboard jewelry box that I had saved from a previous present; the bottle barely fit but I was able to make it work :P
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I remember pretty clearly that Debbie was the one who introduced me to Shock Tarts when I was little, resulting in much rawness of the tongue after consuming one too many of these. When I initially saw this, I thought it was a weurd off-brand wannabe of the original Shock Tarts, but apparently they're called "Shockers" now. Today's tutorial really isn't much of a DIY, since the steps are exactly the same as Day 8's sequined tube just in a different color, so click here for the tutorial!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Picked up this adorable metal honey dipper / egg scrambler from Daiso after Debbie mentioned that she thought it was cute. Due to its odd shape, I decided to package it in a tube again but in a slightly different way :)
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I myself haven't had a Sweet Tarts in years but for some reason, I had a strong nagging feeling that Debbie once told me she liked them. I wanted to wrap these in a way that wouldn't immediately give off the fact that it was a roll of candy. Toilet paper rolls (clean ones!) and some leftover sequined ribbon to the rescue! This is perfect for holding long, awkward objects such as writing utensils. It may seem like a long and complicated tutorial but I wanted to be as thorough as possible with my steps, so don't worry!
Saturday, December 7, 2013
As you may or may not know, I'm a huge fan of the 99c store. They surprisingly have some pretty decent, good quality stuff like these nail stickers I found. This set of 20 of sparkly ombre light to dark gray was one of the more plain designs, which I thought would fit Debbie's taste. They also have all sorts of patterns including checkered, zebra, and leopard print for those of those interested. I packaged these with a simple gold dotted envelope topped off with a little toothpick flag.
Friday, December 6, 2013
What rhymes with six? TWIX! Twix is actually my favorite candy bar as well so I had to resist the temptation to sneak one for myself :P Got this a mini pack of 6 around Halloween for 99c! I designed a box with a scalloped-edge cover but since I used this same technique to decorate it, the scalloped edge didn't really show up that well :(
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Spotted this awesome find at Joann's: Coral-colored, chevron, Washi tape, on sale...what more could you want? I've seen so many Washi tape crafts floating around so I hope Debbie will find a project that could put this to good use! Today I don't have a template for you to download since I can't take credit for the box design; I had bookmarked this awesome origami folding box template from this Korean website Tweety Atelier for a while now, so do head over there for the template!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
For Day 4, I found this lovely elongated geometric diamond necklace at Forever 21 on sale for 99c (but which had a further 50% off reduction, so 49c)! I packaged it in a mini envelope adorned with a four-pointed star bow (for day number four!) out of old book pages :)
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
It's Advent Calendar Day 3 here at Cafe Craftea and I'm super excited to show you what I made! Today I made Debbie a tassel phone dust plug charm using a bead cap, some chain, suede lacing, and assorted beads (tutorial will be coming soon, promise!). I packaged it in a handmade matchbox, perfect for holding teeny things!