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  • DIY Valentine Gift - Embroidered Instagram Photos

    Happy February! It's also the month where Valentine's/Galentine's Day falls. While we don't have the habit of gifting sweets or flowers to each other on this special day, we love the meaning behind it - spreading love to anyone in any way you can. It is also meaningful to let people you love know how much they mean to you.

    With that, we've thought of this simple DIY that you can make and give your family, gal pals, friends or basically anyone you want to bring a smile.

     

    What you need:  

    • Instagram prints (We printed ours from Parabo. Printforfun is another option you can consider!)
    • Embroidery needle (Or a sharp sewing needle should work too!)
    • Assorted colors of embroidery threads 
    • Pencil
    • Scissors
    • Optional: Sheet magnet

    * We're not affiliated or sponsored by any companies mentioned above and all materials are purchased by ourselves.

      How to make them:

      1. Using your pencil, lightly sketch the design you want to embroider on the photo. The things that you can draw is limitless i.e. a sun on a outdoor sunny photo or a simple heart to express love!
      2. With your embroidery needle, punch holes along your sketches. Remember to space the holes about 2-3mm apart.
      3. Select the thread color you like for your embroidery and start embroidering with a back stitch. You can Google/YouTube how to do a backstitch if you don't know how to :)
      4. We used three threads for this DIY. If you like thicker stitches, you can try four threads and 2 threads for thinner stitches. 
      5. Keep embroidering until you are finished with the design. To end your stitches, tie a knot at the back to secure. 
      6. Optional: If you like to display your prints on magnetic surfaces (i.e. fridge), you can cut appropriate size of sheet magnet that fits your photo dimensions and glue it on the back of the print.

      The bad news is you may prick yourself several times when doing this DIY. But the good news is that these doesn't take a lot of time to do and is very addictive. Once you start, you would want to embroider on any prints you got. Have fun!

      xoxo

    • DIY Unicorn Christmas Ornaments

      We (ok more like just me) are obsessed with all things unicorn. And cotton candy, pom poms and things with smiley face but that's for another day.

      Do you also have a unicorn fan in your inner circle too? If so, you are at the right place! These are the perfect Christmas ornaments that are not just easy but also fun to make! 

      Here are the supplies you need:

      • Clear Irisdescent ball ornaments
      • Kraft paper cones
      • Gold Acrylic Paint
      • Black paint marker or a Sharpie!
      • Assorted stickers (flowers, embellishments, letters)
      • White and pink felt
      • Glue gun or strong adhesive glue

      Lets get started!

      To make the ears, cut out white and pink felt squares. Trim them down to look like ears and sizes proportionate to your ornament size. Glue them together and make a small cut at the bottom to create a "slightly folded ear" look when you stick them on the ornaments.

      To make the unicorn horns, we trim the paper cones slightly shorter as we prefer the horns to look cute on the ornament. Paint them over with several layers of gold acrylic paint and leave them to dry for an hour.

        Once the horns are dried, you can start assembling the unicorn ornaments!

        • Start by gluing the horns onto the ornaments. We place the horn right in front of the ornament cap. We used hot glue but any strong adhesive glue should work too.
        • Arrange the flower stickers around the horn and draw the eyes.
        • Paste the letter stickers on the back of your ornament if you wish to personalize it more.
        • Tie a string or ribbon and your ornament is all ready to be hang on the tree or gifting!

        As always, we would love to see your creations! So if you ever make your own unicorn ornaments with our tutorial, tag your photos #lettersoireechristmas so that we can share the love and joy! 

      • Sharing your best wishes this Christmas

        "Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. 

        -Voltaire"

        From the time we started Letter Soiree, we knew that we want to offer something complimentary every Christmas to facilitate the expression of gratitude we have for our customers. After many rounds of discussions, we decided on designing our own Christmas greeting card. 

        Greeting cards signify our plain'o love for writing sweet notes, the simple gesture of appreciation for one another, and the little warmth you feel within you when reading a card. 

         

        With this card, we encourage you to join us in appreciating the little things in life and to take that quiet moment of reflecting the good memories with the person receiving it. 

        We kept the design clean, minimal and elegant - just like our products and packaging. Each card is pressed with a short Christmas greetings on gold foil line details on luxuriously thick paper. 

        On the back of the card, we had our logo pressed on blind impression at the bottom. We kept the size of logo small so that you have ample space for writing. 

        We'll be slotting this card into every letter board ordered from 24 November to this Christmas. Please enjoy and have a merry and bright Christmas!

      • DIY Christmas Wreath and The Christmas Spirit

        Christmas is coming in 35 days. 

        There are so many things that we love leading up to Christmas; the slightly cooler (and wetter too!) weather, the festive spirits, the sparkly lights draped on equally beautifully decorated trees... The list can go on and on. 

        We spent the earlier part of this weekend shopping for greenery and foliages at the wet market because it is also the season of the year for us to make our Christmas wreath. As it is surprisingly easy to make, we decide to document it down for you to join us in creating a simple but beautiful wreath!

        What you need:

        • A Christmas playlist to get into the spirits - we use Spotify!
        • Assorted greenery and fleurs - we used eucalyptus leaves, baby's breath, leaves that look pretty similar to apidistra & cotton flowers
        • A gold hanging ring - we got ours from Spotlight
        • Floral wire - we got ours from the wet market's florist
        • Scissors or floral scissors - got to be sharp enough to cut the stalks and wire!

        Let's start making our wreath!

        Start by trimming your foliages and laying them out so that you can see each piece's length. Briefly lay out the leaves on your metal ring to plan out where you like them to sit. Once you are happy with the placement, start securing them on the metal ring with the floral wires. 

        Depending on how full you like your wreath to look, you can bundle two similar length leaves together prior to securing them on the leaves. It was what we did as well because we like it to look fuller. 

        Another tip for you guys is to overlay the 2nd stalk of eucalyptus with the 1st so that you can hide the floral wires!

        After you are satisfied with how the eucalyptus leaves look on the ring, you are done with the first layer! We start 2nd layer by making small bundles of the leaves with the baby's breath. For the ring we got, we pre-made about 6-8 bundles. 

        Once that's done, we start slotting each bundle into the wreath depending on where we think are a little emptier than the others. We then tied the bundle on the metal ring with the floral wires. 

        The last and also the 3rd layer would be the cotton flowers. We cut the cotton flowers off the stalk, making sure we cut a little stalk with it. You will be able to stick the floral wire into the stalk and make it easy to secure it on the ring. 

        Similar to the 2nd layer, find spots in the wreath you like your cotton flowers to be and secure it tightly on the ring. There is no hard and fuss rule about the number of flowers to use but general rule of thumb is to go with odd numbers! Trust us, it will look aesthetically more soothing when you choose odd number quantity, i.e. 3 or 5. 

        Now that you are happy and proud of your work, it's time to hang it up! Using a long piece of yarn, make a knot at the top and it will be ready for all to admire! Depending on the choice of foliage and fleur, your wreath will last for quite a while. It will also dry slowly and beautifully by the time Christmas is here. 

        As always, we would love to see your creations! So if you ever make your own wreath with our tutorial, tag your photos #lettersoireechristmas so that we can share the love and joy!