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Gift Wrap Idea: How To Create A Bow Using Ribbon

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

 

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What you need:

A gift wrapped with brown wrapping paper

Thick Ribbon

Glue Gun

Glue Stick

Scissor

Pencil and markers

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After wrapping up your gift with brown wrapping paper. Start by placing ribbon around the gift. Make sure it is able to wrap all the way around. Then, stick it to the back with the glue gun.

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To start the bow, use a length of around 12 to 13 inches.

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Fold at the back and seal it with a glue gun.

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The bow should be like this when pressed this way.
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Apply glue gun inside the center and hold for a few seconds until it’s glued together and dry. Clean up the excess strands of glue if there are any.
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Cut off a ¾ inch strap of ribbon
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Wrap the ¾ inch ribbon over the center of the bow. Glue it to the bow with the glue gun.
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Finally, stick it on the top of the ribbon, wrapped on the gift box. gift-wrap-idea-how-tocreate-a-perfect-easy-bow-using-ribbon-brown-wrapping-ideas-wedding-anniversary-birthday-present-hello-island-mama-tutorial-12

Brent and I celebrated our 5-year wedding anniversary this month, so I wrote “Fifth Year” on the top of the gift wrap. You may try writing your husband’s name, anniversary date, or inspiring words instead of your anniversary year. If you are not comfortable doing handwritten words like this, you may find a font that you like. Then, simply print the word/s and trace it by shading at the back of it with a pencil.
Brown wrapping paper or kraft paper is my favorite option for gift wrapping, whether it’s for holiday gifts, birthdays, or anniversaries. By adding some accents, it makes the gift wrap more interesting and exciting. gift-wrap-idea-how-tocreate-a-perfect-easy-bow-using-ribbon-brown-wrapping-ideas-wedding-anniversary-birthday-present-hello-island-mama-tutorial-9

Any favorite gift wrap ideas you have?

If you like this tutorial, share the image below to your Pinterest board 🙂

 

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Whale Themed Baby Shower Ideas

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Whale themed baby shower ideas also perfect for birthday parties! This theme will inspire you to create summer vibes for your baby shower or child’s party.

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Baby showers are always fun to attend; meeting new people, food, desserts, games, and opening of gifts. One of things that also make me excited are seeing themed decor. A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law Suki, had her baby shower and I was in charge of decorating. The theme was inspired by whales, which Suki chose. The first thing I always do when planning for decorations is going to my favorite site Pinterest.  It’s where I love to pin different ideas.

I made this balloon banner a couple of days before the shower because I was afraid that it would take lot of work and time. But it wasn’t actually that hard. Blowing the balloons was much more difficult than making the actual balloon banner! If you’d like to know how to create this, check out YouTube. There are plenty of tutorials there. 🙂

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This whale themed was mostly used with balloons and some DIY art work such as the painted whale hanging from the ceiling. This whale was made in an old cardboard and used acrylic. Here are the photos I snap during the baby shower.

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Baby Shower Favors/Giveaways. These were Hershey chocolates covered with blue paper. The center of the blue wrapping paper was cut out to show the word “He” to show the baby’s gender.

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A Bible verse about children.

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Guess the Size of Mom’s Waist. I was really surprised by some of the guesses for Suki’s waistline size… She is not having triplets or quadruplets. 😉

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Messages to the couple where guests wrote a note of advice or encouragement, for their new journey of parenthood.

 

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Cupcakes made by my sister-in-law Alia. Delicious! Am I the only one who feels excited about desserts in baby showers??!

 

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The couple opening the gifts for their baby boy.

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Balloons to add accents on the other side of the living room. I used thread to attach the balloons together. On the bottom right is one of the guest’s baby girl. She is sooooo cute!!! My kids love her!

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Another dessert made by my mother-in-law. I love how she made the waves so nice and neat.

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Meet the mom-to-be, Suki! If you have seen my blog post about “Smokey eyes for Asian Eyes”? That’s her! You can also check out  behind the scene photos of her wedding where I did her makeup. I can’t believe she’ll be having her first child next month!!

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Me and Suki! 🙂

If you’re having a baby shower, what theme would you like to have? For pinterest ideas and inspirations, check out my boards HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

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Sailboat First Birthday Theme Ideas

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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We celebrated our youngest son’s 1st birthday over the weekend. I can’t believe that he is 1-year-old now! I also can’t believe that he has no reflux anymore! Hallelujah! My son is such a happy boy, he is such a sweet baby boy and patient too. For his 1st birthday, I thought of using a sailboat theme for his party, since his second name “Alon” means “(Sea) Wave” in Tagalog. We had a small gathering with my husband’s family and I made lasagna rolls (love this recipe, but I tweaked the sauce and added ground beef), Filipino BBQ on a stick (my mom’s recipe! YUM!), and some desserts. Below are the D-I-Y decors I made for my son’s birthday party. They are simple ideas perfect for small gatherings, like the one we had. Most of the decor is made of old boxes and construction paper. You can find the materials at most arts-and-crafts stores. Personally, I love going to Hobby Lobby to grab these art materials. It’s like heaven for an artist like me!

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I found this first birthday cake idea from Pinterest while looking for a cake recipe without egg whites. His cake is easy and fun to make. I found the frosting recipe from www.allrecipes.com.

What’s great about these ideas is that they are not only for birthdays! They can also be used for baby showers too! Share and pin your favorite sailboat decor idea 🙂

Have a great weekend and enjoy your 4th of July!!
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“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved — you and all the people in your house….then he and all his people were baptized immediately.” Acts 16:31-34

 

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