DIY Tutorial: Dough Ornaments

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Christmas is round the corner! Here’s a quick tutorial for some simple cornstarch dough ornaments you can make from home, be it to hang on your tree or to add a little personal touch to your gift wrapped presents.

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Materials / Ingredients:

  • Cornstarch / Corn Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Cookie Cutters
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Straw / Awl
  • Paint of your choice

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Step 1. Mix 2 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of cornstarch in a pot.

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Step 2. Add 1 and a quarter cup of water to the powder mixture. Mix it till it becomes runny and place it on a stove over medium heat.

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Step 3. Stir the mixture constantly. Once it thickens, it’ll start to form a dough.

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Step 4. Place it in a bowl covered with a damp paper towel and let it cool. Do not attempt to roll it out now as it’s extremely hot inside!

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Step 5. Once cooled, knead the mixture till it’s smooth and roll it out. Keep it below half an inch thick or the ornaments will crack when dry.

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Step 6. Prep your cookie cutters and have fun with them! Remember that you can always knead the remaining dough into a ball and roll it out again when you’re out of space on your current piece. If you’re using them as ornaments, use a straw or awl to create a hole out of the dough.

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Step 7. At this stage, you can choose to let it air dry or bake it in an oven. It’s recommended to air dry for 24 hours but I left mine for about 2 days. The humidity in the air affects the drying process. Otherwise, you can bake them at 160 degrees celsius for 30 minutes on a baking sheet, but they do brown a little in the oven.

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Step 8. Once dried, you can paint them using acrylic or spray paint. Use tapes to create different designs too!

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Step 9. String your ornaments and they’re ready to go!

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Feature: ZAN Magazine

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We’ve found our way to the pages of another local mag! This time, Mindy from Zàn Magazine approached us to share some ideas for some festive home decor as well as Christmas gift wrapping. The 8 (!!) mini tutorials can now be found in the December 2014 issue of Zàn Magazine! It’s all very fresh for us to be reading our own craft tutorials in mandarin (Thank you, Mindy!) and I hope those who are interested can pick up a copy to check out the 4 page spread!

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Learn how to make 3D paper stars, yarn wrapped alphabets, cotton thread christmas trees, metallic straw geometric ornaments, frosted glass candle jars for your home; as well as 3 different gift wrapping ideas to jazz up your Christmas gifts!

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???Zàn is available at 50 FairPrice locations islandwide, which include all FairPrice Finest outlets, as well as all major bookstores, Cheers and ExxonMobil Cheers.

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DIY Tutorial: Upcycled Glass Jars

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While doing a fridge clean out that day I collected a sizeable number of  glass jars from jams, pickled vegetables and other sauces. I also had these mason-jar-lookalike from a previous event and decided that these glass jars could be so much more beyond just storing your spaghetti sauces!

It’s a super cost efficient way to add to your home decor and looks super cute together in a gradient scale as well.

OOH - Upcycled Glass Jars Tutorial Materials

Materials needed:-

  • Empty glass jar (you don’t need the lids)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Jute twine
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors (not pictured)

OOH - Upcycled Glass Jars Tutorial Pour Paint

Step 1. Squeeze a generous amount of acrylic paint into the clean jar. Remove any sticker labels beforehand.

OOH - Upcycled Glass Jars Tutorial Mix Colours

Step 2. Rid the need to pre mix paint by mixing it in the jar! Feel free to get creative with the colours but mix well so that the primary paints don’t show from the outside.

OOH - Upcycled Glass Jars Tutorial Paint Walls

Step 3. Using the paintbrush, spread the paint from the bottom of the jar up on the inner walls. Try to go in the same vertical direction to avoid random streaking.

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Step 4. Do remember to also paint the inner walls near the mouth of the jar. Wipe off any excess paint on the rim. Leave to dry.

OOH - Upcycled Glass Jars Tutorial Wrap Jute

Step 5. After the paint has dried (I left mine overnight!), start wrapping the jute twine where the grooves of the lid used to be. I didn’t use any adhesive and simply tucked the ends in.

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Step 6. Cut another piece of jute twine and finish off with a ribbon!

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Step 7. You’re done! Fill with flowers, branches or use it on your tabletop to keep pens and stationery.

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We’ll be stoked to see your take on this project! Remember to follow us on Instagram at @operationoverhaul and hashtag us at #oohsg :) A series of our own Christmas tutorials are also coming up on the blog so do look out for it as our favourite holiday arrives!

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Inspiration: Ooh, Xmas! Part II

I’m back with more Christmas ideas! This time featuring some amazing gift wrapping ideas I found on Pinterest. Everyone loves receiving pretty present, don’t they? Perhaps some of you will prefer not to spend too much time wrapping presents, but these are easy to pull together in less than 30 minutes, so do give them a try!

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Hand Lettered Wrapping Paper by A Subtle Revelry  |  Paper Holly by The House That Lars Built  |   Sewn Candy Pouches by Peppermint Plum  |  Adorable Felt Tree Tags by Anness

 

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Inspiration: Ooh, Xmas! – Part I

It’s never too early for Christmas! It is only a month and a half away, so start working on ideas for christmas decor, stocking stuffers and gift wrapping ideas! We have been working on several christmas-related projects lately and seeing all these great ideas everywhere, so I thought I’d share them with everyone, just to get you guys all revved up about the festive season. First up, ornaments to have all around the house, none of those tacky decorations allowed!

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Sleek Brass Ornaments by Kristina Krogh  |  DIY Village Ornament Kit by HolidaySpiritsDecor  |  Quirky Face Ornaments by Kate Spade Saturday  |  Felt Christmas Lights by DanielleLondon

 

 

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