Ohnik Studio News / diy
Thinking back on our wedding preparations, some of the best memories involved having friends and family over for a barbeque dinner and then a waffles brunch -- our bribe for their labour before and during the wedding. :)
There were also a few nights (right before the big day!) where we had to stay up late and finish a few last minutes crafts (yes... we procrastinated...). Huge thanks to everyone who helped make our day so perfect!
Here are a few super easy DIY crafts we made for the wedding (that saved us lots of money):
*Psst... also check out our other wedding blog: "Help! How do I dye my white veil ivory?"
1. Lace-trim votive candle
Votive candle -- we purchased by the dozen at a craft store
(Fabric) Lace tape -- available at dollar stores and craft stores, or check out this beautiful lace trim on burlap if you want a rustic look.
Put lace tape around the votice candle, cut, repeat. That's it!
2. Air Plant Centrepiece
Though we wanted to use air plants for our guest table centrepieces, we decided against it in the end because green was not one of the wedding theme colours. We have since then made a few of these for ourselves and our friends. :)
Air plant (big gardening store or online)
Moss (in bags, cheaper at craft stores; or online)
Soil (from your own garden or gardening stores)
Stone (dollar stores, your garden, park, beach...)
Glass container (small; available at dollar stores or gardening stores)
1. Put a thin layer of soil on the bottom
2. Neatly arrange moss and stone on top of soil
3. Put air plant in the middle
3. Wedding Program
Ok, I have to admit this was actually not a very easy project... at least for someone like me who has little graphic design experience! Luckily, it wasn't tooo time-consuming (it took me about 4 hours, but this varies depending on what you want to create).
Graphic Design Tools at Canva (a free web resource!)
Thick paper stock (at craft stores, stationery stores or online)
1. Create your wedding program using tools at https://www.canva.com/
2. Save the file as pdf
Tips: If you have a nothing-fancy home printer like mine (or, you can get one with duplex printing function, though many seem to not handle thick paper stock well), experimenting how to print double-sided and fitting two programs onto one piece of paper could take some time.
Here's what I've learned:
1. To fit two programs onto one piece of paper, duplicate the front page image (I did this in the Mac program "Preview")
2. Put all your paper stock into the paper tray, or the feed tray if the paper's too thick
3. In "Print", select "Print 2 images per page", then type in the number of copies you need. (i.e. You'll print all copies of the front page at once)
4. Put your paper stock (now with the front page printed) back in. (*Note: Experiment! Should you put in the paper face down or up? Text to the left or right?)
5. Print the back page (duplicate the back page image, select "Print 2 images per page", and type the number of copies you need).
Good luck and happy crafting! :)
Check out our other wedding blog: "Help, How do I Dye my White veil Ivory?"
As I mentioned in my other healthy living blogs, I'm always on a quest to find natural and toxin-free personal and household products. An extra bonus is those natural, homemade products almost always end up cheaper than store-bought products! Kin's been using the 3-ingredient coconut deodorant for 2 years and he hasn't purchased a single deodorant since.
Today, I'd like to offer some of the other natural products we use in and around the home. Enjoy :)
1. Car air freshener: coffee grounds
Who doesn't love the smell of coffee? What you might not know is coffee grounds makes an excellent natural air freshener for your car! Apparently you can use used coffee grounds as well, but we've been using fresh hazelnut coffee grounds. Oh, the possibilities with all the amazing flavours out there!
How: put 2-3 tablespoons (30-45 mL) coffee grounds onto a piece of tissue paper. Wrap it up with a ribbon like a pretty gift.
2. Dry Shampoo: cornstarch
For those days when you simply don't have time to wash your hair, dry shampoos are great to freshen things up. Did you know cornstarch works very well as a dry shampoo? No more aerosol bottles! I keep my dry shampoo cornstarch in a spice shaker in the washroom.
How: sprinkle some cornstarch on greasy ends of hair. Leave for 1 minute. Pat away the cornstarch with your hands.
3. Oven cleaner: baking soda, salt and water
For those who have the unfortunate experience of liquids (or solids) spilling onto a heated oven floor, you know how difficult it is to scrub the burnt food off. A quick fix is to use the super-hot self-clean function in most modern oven. I have reservations about using the self-clean function too often, so I usually try to naturally clean the oven myself. This is definitely not the most effective recipe (you still need to use a fair amount of elbow grease), but everything in the recipe is edible, which gives me peace of mind over the types of gases store-bought oven cleaners can release.
How: use equal parts baking soda, coarse (kosher) salt, and water to form a paste. Apply with a scrubbing pad.
4. Pot cleaner: baking soda and water
Burnt food not only get stuck on ovens, but sadly, also on pots and pans. This method is great for stainless steel and also enamelled cast iron pots and pans (love my Le Creuset Dutch Oven. I seem to cook and bake everything in it. Can't believe I never had one till this year!). It's gentle enough not to make any scratches.
- Bring a small amount of baking soda and water (more than enough to cover the bottom of a pot) to a boil.
- Watch the carbon dioxide fizz and work for you!
- Add more baking soda if necessary.
- Scrub off burnt food with a wooden spoon.
5. Window Cleaner: vinegar & water
Who knew just vinegar & water can give windows a brilliant shine? Check out other natural window cleaners here.
How: 1/2 cup (125 mL) vinegar + 4 cups (1 L) water
6. Bug repellent: citronella oil
I'm always wary about the combination of sunscreen and bug repellent. Citronella oil is a natural alternative, though some people, especially children might be sensitive to it.
I also avoid putting on sunscreen if I can (many toxic chemicals there!)... I try to wear hats and cover up well when I am outdoors for an extended period of time.
About a year before the wedding, I realized how expensive it was to buy a veil in Vancouver. So, I decided to buy one online on Taobao. (Sadly, you need to be able to read Chinese to use this website.)
There are also many beautiful and reasonably-priced veil on Amazon, like this gorgeous cathedral length veil. Or how about this lace-bordered veil with comb? At less than $20 per veil, you really can't go wrong!
The veil that came was beautiful... just what I wanted, with a lace trim. The only problem was... it was white!! Almost bright paper white... whereas my dress was ivory. My Maid of Honour noticed it right away. While it wasn't a huge issue, I wondered if there was a way I could dye my dream veil into my dream colour -- using a natural dye.
After some help from Dr. Google, I figured I could! What I did was largely based on Miss Gator's and Miss IndianaPRolis's posts. Since I had more than a year to go, and I could always order another veil online, I decided to go for it (though it was still pretty scary!):
Dying Veil with Tea (from White to Ivory):
2 x Lipton Yellow Label Tea Bags
10 cups x Water
1 x Measuring Cup
1 x Stock Pot
1 (or more) x Test Tulle/Fabric (I didn't have a scrap piece of tulle, so I just used a white piece of fabric)
1 x Veil
1. Boil (more than 2 cups of) water.
2. Steep 2 tea bags into 2 cups of boiling hot water (I used a measuring cup... couldn't take risks with my veil!), for 2 minutes. Keep the teabags completely submerged by using a clean spoon (I made the mistake of using a not-so-clean wooden spoon in my first trial... oil started floating to the top. I wasn't going to put my veil in that!).
3. Pour the 2 cups of tea into a large stock pot.
4. Measure 8 cups of cold water. Pour into the stock pot. Mix.
5. Wait a while till the tea is completely cooled.
6. Rinse your test fabric in cold tap water, until it's completely wet (this is important so that the dye is evenly distributed).
7. Put your test fabric into the pot of tea for 2 minutes. Make sure it's completely submerged the whole time (I kept it down with my hands).
8. Rinse your test tulle/fabric in cold tap water so all the excess tea is gone.
9. Gently wring out the water, and hang your test tulle/fabric dry.
10. If the dry test tulle/fabric came out with the colour you want, repeat steps 6 - 9 with your veil. Otherwise, adjust the amount of time you submerge your test tulle/fabric and test again.
11. After you've dyed your veil, hang it to dry. Make sure it's not bunched up or stuck to another piece to ensure an even colour (though if you've rinsed it well enough, it shouldn't make too big of a difference).
**If you have a trim like mine, make sure the trim is laid out as flat as possible, too. I also went back to check on the veil again when it was about half dry to straighten things out (trust me... it's worth it!).
*** A word of caution: after dying (so wetting and drying), the lace trim on my veil needed to be ironed out. The little pieces of threads were never quite as straight as before.
So, on my second try (on a second veil), I made sure the trim as laid out very flat when it was hung to dry. Much better result!! :)
Hanging the veil to dry
Test fabric: before and after
Veil: before and after (first veil)
My Veil from the Back
I was really happy with how it turned out. :)
Don't forget to check out our wedding planning page for tips and advice!
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Hi Everyone! This is Evy here. :)
I've always been interested in healthy eating & living, and as a Science teacher, I get asked tons of weird questions daily and love to share what I have learned (and continue to learn!).
Three years ago, I read a book called "Never Be Sick Again" by Raymond Francis. It's a book that has made a significant impact on my life. Sadly, yes, I've been sick again since reading the book, but I don't exactly follow everything it says either (oops!). I love the simplicity of the book's premise: there are only 2 reasons cells (and thus we) get sick: deficiency and toxicity. Deficiency comes about when we don't consume enough nutrients (Do you eat enough fruits and vegetables daily? Is there enough variety? I know I'm still guilty of not eating enough "colours"!). Toxicity comes not only from the food we eat (think about all the pesticides!), but also from our new cars, furniture, and household items. The book began with the story of how the author was once severely allergic to many things... including the smell of ink from a newly printed book. That really made me think. If that smell could make someone so sick, it can't be good for me, can it?
Anyhoo, there is my very long introduction to this blog post. The book mentioned how many toxic chemicals are in deodorants, so making a homemade deodorant was suddenly on top of my to-do list. Kin has been using this for more than two years now, and he loves it! I love the fresh scent of coconut. Sexier than those body sprays! ;)
This amazing recipe came from Clotilde's Chocolate & Zucchini Blog. I've made some minor adaptations to make it easier to make and use. And if you don't mind getting some beewax and essential oil, you can make a temperature-stable and thus travel-friendly version!
Coconutty Natural Deodorant
Prep Time: 10 min; Ready in: The next day (overnight refrigeration needed)
This lasts one person 2-3 months.
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons starch of your choice (we've always used corn starch, but you can use arrowroot powder, potato starch, or tapioca)
3 tablespoons (35 grams) organic virgin coconut oil, softened (available now at most food stores, including Costco)
1. In a small bowl, combine (2 tbs) baking soda and (2 tbs) starch.
2. Add the (3 tbs) coconut oil. Stir until smooth and creamy.
3. Use plastic wrap to line a separate small bowl. Pour the creamy mixture into the plastic wrap. Gather and twist the plastic wrap at the top. Kin likes to shape his like an oval soap.
4. Keep the wrapped creamy mixture in the small bowl to refrigerate overnight or until hardened. Voila!
5. Rub it on as you would with a normal deodorant. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge to maintain its shape. Alternatively, keep at room temperature and use it like a lotion.