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Sunday, August 16, 2015

DIY Follow Your Dreams Wall Hanging

All it takes is 10 minutes to put this happy plate up. no messy ceramic nails and no need to worry about the ceramic plate breaking into pieces should it drop.

A paper plate
A blob of blue tack
Markers/colour pencils/crayons whichever colouring materials you prefer

1. Draw
2. Paste on wall
3. Done!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Weekend DIY Neon Planter

Trending now, macrame planters! They are not as daunting as they look and you can try it yourself. It took us all of 30 minutes to make this the first time round. Discover a new way to hang your plants.

What you need:
- 8 pieces of paper/cloth twine, each measuring 1m  (we bought ours from DAISO for $2; see image for reference
- 4 pieces of tape about 3 cm each (masking tape/scotchtape/MT tape; this is just to tape down the sections later)
- Scissors
- Plant Pot
- 6 - 8 Drinking Straws (any colours)
- A Plant :)

Time Taken: 30 minutes

Step 1 - Get your materials ready

Step 2: 
- Tie the 8 pieces of twine together with a simple knot, ensuring all pieces are all equal length when tied.
- At the longer ends, divide the 8 pieces of twine into sections of 2. Then tape them down lightly. (as shown).

Step 3: 
- Cut your straws about 1 inch long to form the base support for the planter
- Put the straws through each piece of twine as shown. You will end up using 8 pieces of 1 inch straws.
- Tie a simple knot for each section of 2 pieces of twine as shown
- Try to tie close to where the straws end so that the base is sturdier
- Tape down to secure sections in place cos it can get messy
- You have completed the base! Hooray!

Step 4: Section 2
- Add 8 new pieces of 1 inch straws to each piece of twine.
- We used the blue straws for illustrative purpose for Section 2. You can use any colours

Step 5: Re-section - Section 2
- Tie 1 piece of twine with dark blue straw and 1 piece of twine with light blue straw and tie a simple knot
- You will end up with a V-shape section. Total 4 sections as shown

Step 6: Section 3 - That's the end!
- Add another 8 pieces of 1 inch straws to each of the twines
- We used pink and yellow straws for illustrative purposes
- Tie each of the twines with pink and yellow straws together, creating another V-section as shown. Total 4 sections

Step 7:
- Turn the base over as shown. In case you have not noticed, we've been working the planter from the top down
- Place your pot dead center, pull all the twines up, tie a final simple knot depending on how long you want your planter to drop and you are done!

   Original Instructions adapted from Brit+Co

Sunday, July 05, 2015

DIY Coasters for the Home

Make these coasters as gifts or hang it up on the walls as a decorative accent

All you need are:
- Cork coasters (IKEA Singapore has them cheap, 10 pcs at a few dollars, we bought the circular ones)
- Acrylic Paints (We bought fluorescent yellow, fluorescent pink and white. Buy whatever colour you fancy!)
- Masking Tape (Try to use the thinner ones, perhaps 0.5cm in width. These will be used for colour blocking
- Paint Brush (Any type will do)
- A water container to rinse your brush
- A paper plate/palette

Time Required: Approximately 30 minutes

Makes 5 coasters

Step 1
Mark out the areas you want the cork surface to show up. We used polka dotted tapes to illustrate this. Try to use the thinner masking tapes. We realised more colours showing up seems to be more impactful.

Step 2
Start Painting. Have fun. Explore. You may want to wait for each coat of paint to dry before painting the next coat. We realised that cork seems to absorb the acrylic paint so it may take a few coats before the paint becomes opaque and that's when the cork surface stops showing through.

Step 3
Remove the masking tape. Here comes the fun part. You are done. Some folks recommend a sealant but as long as you don't wash the coasters under running water, you should be fine!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Saving unfinished cross stitch pieces... one at a time

Here at EXCESSIVE WONDERS, we labour over cross-stitch pieces which lay unfinished for various reasons. Send your 'half-way there' or 'not even there' pieces to us and we will help you realise your work. Contact us at 92274074 (Agnes) or at for a quick quote.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The talented Ek Thongprasert and Noon Passim S. - Silicon necklaces

So clever! Finally, neck pieces that won't break our necks, but which will break our banks. Why??!!! Shop here for the full range of silicon necklaces by the talented and witty duo at Ek Thongprasert and Noon Passama S.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Sartorially Speaking :: HALF/HALF

HALF HALF is cute, artsy and creative. Look out for this duo from Sydney. Come back from your hiatus soon! Shop here.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Geometric Inspiration :: BEND ::

Trust the good folks at BEND to come up with designs inspired by barns and Lucille Ball. Pure inspiration. Shop here. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

INSPIRATION :: OYYO - a study in contrast

Beautiful, exquisite things. Modern Geometry. Shop here.

-- From the OYYO No 1 Page --

'In Oyyo simplicity meets boldness and a strong love for prints and patterns, while refined craftsmanship and global modernity are coupled with an innate passion for design – a design that, rather than instruct, aims to inspire.  

Oyyo is an independent design studio and a brand with a unique personality that produces interior design related objects. Founded in autumn 2011 in Stockholm (Sweden) by Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén, the studio works in nomadic ways, exploring the convergence of cultures, design and fine craftsmanship.'

Sunday, January 18, 2015

DIY No. 1 :: 180114 :: Make your own tissue box cover with maps

For the longest time, we were toying with the idea of replacing our tired tissue box cover. Guess what, we finally got to it. Armed with a map, foolhardiness and a sense of adventure, we did it. Try this yourself! We guarantee instant gratification :)

Time Required: 20 - 30 minutes

Stuff You Need: Scissors, an old map, a tissue box (do base it on a size you usually purchase), tape, pencil, ruler

Step 1: Wrap the tissue box entirely, much like how you would wrap a box-shaped package. Try not to over-lap the ends of the map too much when you are closing the ends. This will make it easier to cut the bottom out so that you can fit the cover on any tissue box in future.

Step 2: Mark out the bottom of the tissue box edges on the map, using a thin line. Cut off the rectangular bottom and you get this.

Step 3: Mark out a little opening at the top of the cover using a pencil. We chose a rectangular opening. Cut out the opening according to your pencil marking.

Step 5: Carefully reinforce all edges of the cover with some tape so that it will last a while.

Step 6: Done! Step back and admire your handiwork!

A Cup of Finnish Goodness - SAMUJI

Trust the Finnish for timeless designs, in this case, SAMUJI. No words. Just pure beauty. Shop here

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Inspiration 2015: Hand embroidered works of Sam P Gibson

Forgive us for the hiatus as we re-organise for the new year. This year, we resolve to learn more, and discover more folks who use their hands to sew works, one teeny stitch at a time. Although laborious, hand-sewing is immensely satisfying.

Here, we bring you the works of Sam P Gibson, whose works we admire. Simply because she was also taught to sew since young, and has since produced amazing works.

More here and here.

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