DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts: U Complete Me Pillowcases

What is sweeter than loving words to rest your weary heads upon… especially when they spell out something as endearing as “U COMPLETE ME” when placed side by side.  All you  have to do is print the PDF file onto iron-on transfer paper and adhere them to your pillowcases.  Two additional hearts (one large and one small) included with the text file can be ironed onto the reverse or onto anything else that you wish.

What you’ll need: 

  • Two pillowcases (light colors will work best)
  • Iron-on Transfer Paper for light colored fabrics. (tee-shirt transfer paper).  Be sure that it is the correct type for your color printer.  You will need two sheets.(you can find them in Carrefour)
  • Color printer
  • Scissors
  • Iron (no steam)

How to:

 Download the free printable Valentine Iron-on transfer Here

  • Print the PDF onto transfer paper.  Cut out carefully around the text, leaving the letters attached with a small amount of the transfer paper .  Be careful not to scratch the surface of your transfer paper while working.  Note: the text will print backwards.  It will read correctly when applied to your pillowcases.
  • Lay your pillowcases out on a flat surface and line the words and letters up on your pillowcases with the paper-backing facing up (be sure that both sides of your text will line up to read correctly once the pillows are in use).  To give yourself an easy guide for lining up the two sections of text simply fold pillowcases in half lengthwise and insert a pin to mark where the center is.
  • A trick for ensuring that your text is straight before ironing, is to fold the lower half of your pillowcase up to the center (where you inserted the pin).  The bottom edge is now a nice straight guideline for you to arrange your words along. arrange the letters approximately 2 inches away from the outside edge so that when the pillowcase was stuffed the text would still be visible.
  • Once everything is straight iron your text following directions for use found inside your iron-on transfer paper packaging.
  • Allow design to cool for 2 minutes before carefully removing the paper backing.  For optimum usability and softness, wash before use.

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DIY Home: Unique Chalkboard Frames!

What you’ll need:

Bag of small Soldiers or Army Toys

Small Chalkboard

White Chalk

White Paint Spray

Primer Spray

Masking Tape

Glue Gun

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To Start:

Cover the board with masking tape

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Then Glue the small toys on the frame

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Paint them (use the primer first and spray 2 or 3 layers for better results)

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Let dry well then remove the tape

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Now use the white chalk and write whatever you want!

I know i have the worst handwriting ever!!!! -_-

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 Hanged on my wall!

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DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts: Scratch-off Cards

This is a very easy and simple gift that  could be adapted as a Valentine’s Day card for anyone you love.  This would be fun to make for your hubby, your kids, your parents, or even a friend! Everyone loves to scratch off a card, Lottery tickets, Prizes.  Is it the element of surprise that we love?

What you’ll need:

  • Clear contact or sticker paper
  • Silver metallic paint
  • Dish soap
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Your design or you can use the design below:

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You can also download it here

To start:

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Images courtesy of Pinterest

DIY Beauty: How to create that Perfect Smokey Eyes!

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Products Used here:

Nars Smudeproof Eyeshadow Base (used in step 1)

MAC Constructivist Paint Pot (used in step 2 and 3)

MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow (used in step 4)

MAC Soba Eyeshadow (used in step 5)

MAC Handwritten Eyeshadow (used in step 6)

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow (used in step 7)

MAC Crystal Avalanche and Nylon Eyeshadows (used in step 8)

MAC Retrospeck Eyeshadow (used in step 8)

YSL Eyeliner Effect Deep Black Faux Cils Cream Liner (used in step 9)

Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara (used in step 11)

KKCenterHK False Lashes #ES A562 (used in step 12)

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How to:

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Images courtesy of : http://www.missnattysbeautydiary.com

DIY: Velvet Nails

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What you’ll need: 

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You can purchase flocking powder at your local craft store.

in Dubai you can find it in Satwa at Fida or Ribbons or at the craft store Paper Lane in Town Centre Jumeirah.

How to:

1. Apply base coat then paint the color of your choice, but only do one finger first. One coat is only needed, but make sure it’s thick enough to cover the entire nail. Clean the edges after this, if you have to.

2. While the nail is still wet, pour some flocking powder on to the nail (use the tweezers but don’t touch the nail). Make sure that the flocking powder is covering evenly the entire nail. Remember, rather too much of flocking powder than too little.

3. You can brush off the extra flocking powder using an old makeup brush, or just gently blow the powder off.

4. Now repeat the same steps to the other nails – and after that, you’re done

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