DIY & Videos

2016 Promises to myself- Video

I’m talking promises and goals for 2016.  Hope you get inspired to make 2016 the best year yet!

Thanks for watching!

xoxo, Panda

 


My first Youtube video!

So, I finally took the plunge and uploaded a video. I am officially a YouTube Partner. How official does that sound?! It’s all about an event I went to in February 2015 for Essence. I know, right? I figured better now than never. I hope to produce more great content for you all in 2016. If you have any suggestions for videos, comment down below!

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xoxo, Panda

 


 

DIY Frosted Beer Mugs

Hello all! I’m here with my first DIY post! This is so exciting! What’s even more exciting is that it is a gift I made for my significant other’s birthday- custom etched glass beer mugs. I was so excited to give them; I barely waited after midnight to give them to him. He could tell I was excited. Here is a process I used to make these super personalized and inexpensive mugs.

Items used:

  • Glassware
  • Etching cream
  • Soft bristle paint brush
  • Stickers
  • Tape
  • Gloves

First, get your glassware. I found these great beer mugs at the Dollar Tree. One thing you’ll learn about me is I LOVE a good dollar store. I just went to Daiso for the first time ever a week ago…WOW. I will be going back soon. Trust.

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I borrowed this etching cream from a classmate (she made us all personalized shot glasses. She’s so sweet!) I already had the paint brush.

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When I watched YouTube videos on how to do this, I saw people making their own stencil from vinyl stickers (hyperlink the sorry girls). That way the wording is all uniform in size and placement. I also saw the use of pre-made stencils. I decided to use his nicknames for the wording on the mugs and did not have access to making vinyl stickers or the time. So I improvised! I have some scrapbooking stickers I have been saving for a project that hasn’t materialized yet, so I used those. I couldn’t find my painters tape, so I used clear movers tape. A little more sticky to take off afterwards, but I worked very well in keeping the etching cream from ruining the areas I wanted to stay clear.

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For the first glass, I lined up the stickers encircling the glass, eyeballing for straightness. For the second glass, I blocked off a rectangle around a group of stickers in order to create an etched label. For the third glass, I placed the stickers on the glass and nothing else. I was going to create a fully frosted glass.

This is where patience comes into play. I had to take my time to ensure the etching cream doesn’t go in areas i don’t want it to go. I also had to make sure I covered each area thoroughly and evenly. The directions online say 1 minute is enough time to leave the cream on before watching off with warm water, but the longer you leave it on, the more of a frosted look you’ll get with your finished product.

I washed the etching cream off. I took off the stickers once the cream was washed off. I then took off any tape at this time as well. At this point, I was so excited! I couldn’t believe how easy it was. He couldn’t believe that I made them myself. Applause all around for this craft!

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Now you can use frosted spray paint, but it’s not permanent or dishwasher safe. It is a temporary alternative though!

So go ahead and give it a try. I would love to see what you create. Tag me in your creations on Instagram (@wellhellopanda) and twitter (@hellopandaLA) .The possibilities are endless!

 

xoxo, Panda

 

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