smith.inquiries@gmail.com  
              

Posts in “DIY”

DIY cute container for the pantry with FREE printable

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DIY container for pantry FREE printables name tags 10

DIY container for pantry FREE printables name tags (5)

As much as I like the extra space where we live in Galveston, we have limited storage for our groceries. I decided to start cleaning up and organizing our cabinets for groceries. I used a DIY container (similar to the container for our laundry room) to hold coffee, baking ingredients, and sugar. The cool part about these homemade containers is that you can put whatever you want in it. Plus, you can label them with the FREE printable name tags, which you can download below! Keep scrolling for a tutorial on how to create this simple container option for your kitchen.

Materials:

Boxes

Scissors

Fabric of your choice

Twine

Pencil

Hot Glue

Cutter

FREE Printable (download here)

DIY container for pantry FREE printables name tags (6)

I used small boxes from Target, but you may use larger ones depending on your pantry needs.

DIY container for pantry FREE printables name tags (8)

Remove all the sleeves from the box and start to cover it with fabric, using hot glue. Make sure the fabric fits well before you glue it onto the box. DIY container for pantry FREE printables name tags (4)

I also added a separate, folded fabric on the front of the box’s top edge. It adds some simple style.

DIY container for pantry FREE printables name tags (1)

For the name tags, I made them from leftover cardboards (probably a little bigger than a business card). I made rectangular cutouts with spaces in the center. I then glued some big twine rope around the edges to decorate it.

DIY container for pantry FREE printables name tags (3) Again, simply download these FREE printable name tags. I also shared other tags that say things like: Asian food, sweets, seasonings, crackers, etc. to use for your own pantry.

DIY container for pantry FREE printables name tags (7)

Here are the before and after images of our pantry. If you liked this, you may also want to check out my DIY coffee-stained serving tray tutorial.

SHARE Share

XOXO Banner (FREE Printable)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

hello island mama x pink blush valentines day hero

Do you ever use “xoxo” at the end of your emails or messages? I barely use it, but I thought it’d be cute to use for this Valentine’s Day banner decoration. I used this banner in my previous blog post titled Cultural Differences (When filipina meets Kano). I added my kids on that post’s images as cupids! This banner is now hanging on my workspace to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit! Today, I wanted to share this easy and cute “xoxo” banner, that is a perfect addition for your decorations. Whether it’s for a Valentine’s Day party with friends, or to surprise the special person you love, it’ll add a nice touch to your decor. Scroll down for a FREE printable!

 

xoxo printable letter banner helloislandmama 3

Materials:

Printable XOXO

Printer

Colored Pink Paper (Dark and light)

Scissors

Style of string you prefer

Tape

First, download this free printable of XOXO letters and print it. You may print as many as needed depending on how long you want your banner to be. Cut out the letters. Tape string behind the tops of the letters, to connect them. Leave some slack between each letter so that when you hang them, they won’t overlap. If you want your banner to have a more rigid design, paste the letters on top of cardboard and cut them out again. That’s it! It’s so easy and fun to make for your upcoming Valentine’s Day.

xoxo printable letter banner helloislandmama 5

Off Shoulder Black Dress from Pink Blush and it’s on SALE!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

SHARE Share

11 Favorite Books for the Baby + DIY Book Container

Saturday, January 6, 2018

favorite baby books DIY book toy container no sewing1

If you come to our place, you’ll see the books of my kids everywhere. Brent and I love to read books to our kids, especially before naptime and before bedtime. It’s part of our kids’ routine and it’s one of our favorite bonding time activities. Books have been my life saver too when my two toddlers need to have quiet time or a calm-down moment (this is also to help me 😉 ). Since my baby is turning 5 months, he’s showing some interest at the pages of the books I’m browsing through and reading to him.

Here are 11 of our favorite books for our baby, which my two toddlers loved when they were babies too.

  1. Can you choo choo!
  2. Good night Moon
  3. I love you stinky face
  4. First 100 Words
  5. Red Truck
  6. The very hungry caterpillar
  7. Dear Zoo
  8. Baby Einstein: Mirror Me!
  9. Toes, Ears, & Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book
  10. Peek-a-WHO?
  11. The Beginner’s Bible All Aboard with Noah!: A Lift-the-Flap Book

favorite baby books DIY book toy container no sewing 2

I also thought to make a book/toy container out of an Amazon box without sewing. I have a thing with cardboards, it’s hard for me to let them go. 😉 Check out my other works using cardboards such as DIY Playhouse, DIY Play Kitchen, and more.

Materials:

Box

Fabrics (for outer part and for the inside of the box)

Natural Jute Rope

Glue Gun and Stick

Scissor

favorite baby books DIY book toy container no sewing 5 favorite baby books DIY book toy container no sewing 7

Instructions:

Start by folding the upper flap of the box inside and seal with tape. Choose the main fabric you want for the outside of the box. Cover it with that fabric and trim the excess. I did some folding as shown in the image shown above. Make sure to pull the fabric as you stick it with hot glue so it won’t get loose.

For the interior, I used a free canvas bag that Brent brought home. I removed the zipper part and handle, and covered the inside of the box with it. Again, trim the excess fabric. I left about a ½ inch of fabric to glue over the top edges of the box

Lastly, use a natural jute rope to put an accent and add natural charm to the container. That’s it! You can also use this container for diapers or small toys.

favorite baby books DIY book toy container no sewing

I hope this tutorial inspires you to recycle some boxes and make them useful at home. 🙂

SHARE Share

Dream Big, Pray Big. Free 2018 Calendar.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

free 2018 calendar

Hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve! My family and I a had a totally great one with our good friends from church, although we didn’t stay up late until midnight. We watched fireworks and had a great meal prepared by the Bilnoski family. Speaking of New Year’s Eve, it’s so funny to know that most of my American friends on Instagram had no plans to wake up their kids or let their kids stay up until midnight. On the other hand, most of my Filipino friends on Instagram planned to celebrate with their little ones. If you haven’t seen how the Philippines celebrate New Year’s Eve, here’s a video taken in Manila.

Since it’s the first week of 2018, I wanted to share to all my readers a simple and inspiring calendar, to use for the new year of 2018! It says “Dream Big, Pray Big” and encourages me to trust God more this year. I also included a Bible verse too! This printable calendar is nice to use for your workspace, post on the fridge, on your school binders, or you can attach it to a clear clipboard like I did.

What you need:

FREE printable of 2018 Calendar

Clear Clipboard

Corner Rounder Punch

 

free 2018 calendar 2

All you have to do is print out the free printable 2018 calendar. Then, use a corner round punch to have it perfectly fit a clear clipboard. That’s it! I love having this in my workspace!

free 2018 calendar 1

Dream Big. Pray Big. Whatever your dreams are, use the most powerful tool you have: praying and trusting Him. God knows what is good for us, and in His time.

Happy New Year, friends! I can’t wait to see how 2018 is going to be!

 

CATEGORY DIY, Faith
SHARE Share

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas Hello Island Mama Photo Card DIY hello island mama Christmas family photo 2017 a

Merry Christmas everyone! I can’t believe there only 2 days to go before Christmas. I hope everyone finds peace and embraces the season with loved ones, even if it’s one of the busiest time of the year. Since I rarely post my whole family’s faces on my blog and Instagram to set some boundaries, here are my beautiful boys who always make my day so alive (starting at 6:30 AM or earlier…) and my man. Having family and kids makes my Christmas more meaningful and exciting! One of the other reasons I love Christmas now is that we can have a family photo session, even though it is quick (like I shared some editing tips in my previous blog post). Obviously, our baby was photoshopped since he sleeps unpredictably. 😉

Thank you for continuing to stop by my little blog. I hope everyone has a safe trip if you are traveling for Christmas.

Have a wonderful Christmas time with your family and loved ones!

SHARE Share

Star Wars Inspired Gift Wrapping Tutorial

Monday, December 18, 2017

Star Wars Inspired Gift Wrapping Tutorial Free Printables Darth Vader 5

My husband Brent has always been a fan of Star Wars. I remember the first year we were married, he tried to have me watch Star Wars and I fell asleep… 😉 There is a new Star Wars movie out this month, and I will accept his invitation to watch it with him. I think that will be my gift to him. 😉  With the new movie out, I wanted to share a Star Wars inspired gift wrapping tutorial on my blog. You can use it this Holiday season for your presents to loved ones, who are avid fans of Star Wars. Whether you’re wrapping a gift for Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, etc., this idea is totally fun and easy to make.

Materials:

Kraft Paper

Darth Vader Photo (saw this free printable from this site and made a layout (See below) for you to print for your gift wrapping)

Scissor

Twine

Tape

Red Straw

Black Paper

Glue

Star Wars Inspired Gift Wrapping Tutorial Free Printables Darth Vader 1

STEP 1 Wrap your presents with kraft paper and seal with tape.

STEP 2 Use this FREE printable Darth Vader layout with a standard sized paper and cut the image out. It comes in two sizes, so that it will work with small or large gifts.

STEP 3 Glue the Darth Vader print out and place on top of the gift wrapped item.

Star Wars Inspired Gift Wrapping Tutorial Free Printables Darth Vader 2

STEP 4 For the lightsaber, cut the red straw in half and cover the bottom with a piece black paper, using glue to stick.

Star Wars Inspired Gift Wrapping Tutorial Free Printables Darth Vader 8

STEP 5 Wrap twine around the gift wrap and stick on the DIY Darth Vader lightsaber.

Star Wars Inspired Gift Wrapping Tutorial Free Printables Darth Vader 3

Star Wars Inspired Gift Wrapping Tutorial Free Printables Darth Vader 4

STEP 6 This is optional: You can paint the initials of the person you are giving the gift to on the bottom of lightsaber, to serve as the name tag.

Star Wars Inspired Gift Wrapping Tutorial Free Printables Darth Vader 7 Star Wars Inspired Gift Wrapping Tutorial Free Printables Darth Vader 9

Star Wars Inspired Gift Wrapping Tutorial Free Printables Darth Vader 6

That’s it! Easy and fun to create for Star Wars fans out there.

Have you watched the new Star Wars movie already? Please convince me to watch it. 😉

Check out more of my DIY gift wrapping ideas: Christmas Wreath Inspired / DIY Christmas Wrapper / Santa, Reindeer, Star Wars 

SHARE Share

Baby’s First Christmas Shoot + Photo Editing Tips

Saturday, December 16, 2017

babys first christmas shoot photo editing tips (3)

Our baby will be celebrating his first Christmas in the next few days!! Since our baby arrived last summer, he has given us so much joy, especially for his older brothers. Having another baby taught Brent and me to be more mature, though it is really hard most of the time. However, we can’t wait for all of them to play together next year!! It will be awesome… And loud! 😉

We had our Christmas family photoshoot last week and it was the quickest shoot ever (less than 15 minutes). I wanted to share with you all a DIY Christmas box that we used as a prop with the boys. My friend Sabine suggested wrapping a box to use as a prop, for a family shoot. It was a great idea for the toddlers to make sure they stayed in the same place. Since I love doing fun and creative photo manipulation, I thought to apply some editing for our baby’s photos. I thought it was cute!

Here is a simple and quick DIY gift box to try for your Christmas family shoot.

babys first christmas shoot photo editing tips (4)

Materials:

Kraft Paper

Ribbon

Scissor

Hot Glue

Tape

I used a medium sized box in which ideally, my baby would fit inside. I did not put him inside though and I don’t recommend that you actually put your baby inside either. 🙂 Wrap up the box with kraft paper or any Christmas wrapper of your choice. I wrapped the box on the inside as well just in case the camera can see the inside of the box. I used thick ribbon and hot glue to make sure everything was set for the shoot. That’s it!

babys first christmas shoot photo editing tips (1)

babys first christmas shoot photo editing tips (2)

If you ever use Photoshop or are planning to learn about this software for your Holiday card, here are some tips from yours truly:

  1. Take a lot of shots of you and your props from different angles. I also use a tripod and remote to make sure everything is in the same frame and to make the shoot fast and easy (before the boys wake up!).
  2. Take photo of you and your baby in the same location to get the same lighting.
  3. I like to use a vector mask so it’s easy to remove the background or to undo it. Sometimes, I also use the pen tool.
  4. I consider the shadow of my baby as well to make it more realistic, when I overlap him onto the main image.

babys first christmas shoot photo editing tips (5)

babys first christmas shoot photo editing tips (6)

P.S. I also love to style myself, wear a pretty sweatshirt from Pink Blush, and put some makeup on (I love this brand! 100% natural that works! ). Santa hats are also cute to add for the shoot! 🙂

I hope my little man brightened your day today! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram.

God bless, friends!

 

 

SHARE Share

Christmas countdown 2017 (opening a book)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas countdown 2017 opening a book Christmas countdown 2017 opening a book 2 Christmas countdown 2017 opening a book 4

Cheers to the first day of December! It’s that time of the year again for the Christmas countdown with my kids. Last year, we would open a paper bag with notes inside and draw one out of the bag everyday until Christmas. Each note contained a Bible verse about Christ and activities for the day (see our Christmas countdown last year) to teach them more about the true meaning of Christmas. This year, I decided to start the countdown by opening a book each day, which has been used by some moms and grandparents out there for kids. I’ve been looking for Christmas themed books that talk about the birth of Christ and/or about sharing and giving. I was able to see fine a few of them online. I’ve also included non-Christmas themed books that still talk about kindness and giving, as we as parents try to teach these values to our kids. My two and three-year-old boys love to listen during storytelling and I’m sure they will be excited to do this every morning, especially unwrapping the books. Here are a few books that are perfect for Christmas reading.

1 The Giving Tree

2 Did I ever tell you how lucky you are? By Dr. Seuss

3 God gave us Christmas by Lisa Bergren

4 The mine-o-saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

5 The Pine Tree Parable by Thomas Nelson

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

SHARE Share

Welcome to Hello Island Mama! I love to share about motherhood, makeup, DIYs, home styling and faith. Based in Houston, Texas. Originally from Philippines. Thank you for your time to read and don't forget to subscribe above! - Em

"I can do all things through him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

follow me!

          

Everywhere

Categories