Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What Would Boys Do for Valentine's Day

Hey, boys!

Yup, we're talking to you! Do you already have gifts in mind for the 14th? If not, don't worry because we've got you covered. Show the important women in your life your appreciation and love with these handmade gift ideas! Before you say no and dismiss this as another craft project only girls can do, we already challenged six boys to show that it can be done! Yes, and it takes no more than 10 minutes to make them. We also made sure that all the materials are readily available and not to mention affordable. :p

Before you can back out and say that crafting is just too hard for you, watch Harry, Gomer, Carlo, Robins, Mawsy, and Seb make their own gifts. We invited these gentlemen to the shop and let them try out some simple projects and show us how it's done.

1. Letter Herb Planter for Your Mom
We're sure your mom will love this one! Imagine her 3D initials turned into something she could use at home. Here's Carlo to show us how to make a letter herb planter  for your mom.

Handmade Gift for Valentine's

Things You Need:

DIY Planter

Hey Kessy Washi Tape
3D Monogram Letter
Herbs
Soil
Xacto Knife
Mod Podge
Scissors

Steps:
1. Cut open the 3D letter using Xacto knife.

Handmade Gift for Valentine's Day

2. Get your mom's favorite washi tape design and use it to add color to the 3D letter.

DIY Planter

DIY Planter

3. Apply several coats of Mod Podge on the outside and inside walls of the letter. This will make it more durable.


DIY Planter

DIY Planter

4. Put soil inside, and carefully plant the herbs.

Handmade Gift for Valentine's

5. Don't forget to water it before giving it to your mom!

Handmade Gift for Valentine's

DIY Planter



2. Paper Quilled Heart Letter for Your Sister



Handmade Card for Valentine's Day

Handmade Card for Valentine's Day

Things You Need:

DIY Card

Colored Paper
Card Stock
Scissors
Pencil
Slotted Tool (available at our shop in Katipunan)
Glue

Steps:
1. Use scissors to cut the colored paper into thin strips.
2. Coil the strips of paper using a slotted tool.

DIY Card

Handmade Card for Valentine's Day

3. Put glue on the tip of the strip so it won't uncoil.

DIY Card

4. Draw a heart shape on the card stock and put glue on the surface inside the heart shape.

DIY Card

5. Stick the quilled paper strips onto the card stock.

DIY Card


Handmade Card for Valentine's Day

Handmade Card for Valentine's Day

DIY Card


3. Paper Flowers for Your Girlfriend
Flowers come first on every VDay gift list, right? So why not give flowers that your girlfriend can keep forever! Let's see how our kiddie intern Seb helped Robins made a paper flower bouquet in just six easy steps.

DIY Paper Flowers

Craft Project for Valentine's

Things You Need: 

Craft Project for Valentine's

Hey Kessy washi tape
Crepe Paper
Paper Straws
Wire
Jute String
Gift Tag
Markers
Scissors

Steps:
1. Cut the unfolded crepe paper into smaller pieces, about 3 and 4 inches in height.

Craft Project for Valentine's

Craft Project for Valentine's

2. Unfold a piece, and fold it into itself repeatedly while keeping a firm grip on the bottom part.

Craft Project for Valentine's

3. Seal the flower at the bottom using a small piece of wire.

Craft Project for Valentine's

4. Attach the paper straw onto the paper flower using washi tape.

Craft Project for Valentine's

Craft Project for Valentine's

5. Make more paper flowers, and, using some jute string, put them together for a bouquet.
6. Use a marker to write your message for your girlfriend on the gift tag.

Craft Project for Valentine's

4. Paper Heart Kisses for Your Teacher
Don't wait for the next Teacher's Day to show how thoughtful and appreciative you are to your mentors!

Handmade Gifts for Valentine's

Handmade Gifts for Valentine's

Things You Need:

Handmade Gifts for Valentine's

Hey Kessy Washi Tape 
Chocolates
Scissors
Pencil
Card Stock
Toothpick

Steps:
1. Draw a little heart shape on a card stock.

Handmade Gifts for Valentine's

2. Ask your kuya to help you cut the shape.

Handmade Gifts for Valentine's

Handmade Gifts for Valentine's

3. Color it with washi tape or write your message on it.

Handmade Gifts for Valentine's

4. Use a small strip of washi tape to attach a toothpick on the back.

Handmade Gifts for Valentine's

Handmade Gifts for Valentine's

5. Stick it in the chocolate.

Handmade Gifts for Valentine's

Handmade Gifts for Valentine's

And that's it! Easy to do, and yet your gifts look special.

So, nope, girls are not the only ones who can give handmade gifts on VDay. Boys can do it, too!
We can't thank enough Harry, Gomer, Carlo, Robins, Mawsy, and Seb for accepting our challenge. How sweet they are for spending a whole morning with us and making these special gifts. ♡

We're so excited what you'll be making for VDay, so don't forget to tag us in your posts. Oh, before we forget, we have another special surprise for boys for VDay. Stay tuned! We'll post more details on Instagram.

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PS We have Leather Crafting, Papercutting (Dumaguete), Slab Pottery, and Resin Jewelry Workshops! Go to workshops.heykessy.com to register. 

PPS We invited some of our favorite local brands to join our special VDay Pop Up! Visit our shop at 71B Esteban Abada St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City, to check out their products. :)

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

Hey, crafters!

It’s a brand new year! Amazing how we can all enjoy a clean slate at the start of each year. New Years are, after all, for the hopeful.

2015 was a really great year for us at Hey Kessy! We met new friends and fellow crafters, traveled and shared our creative ideas to people outside Manila, while learning from them as well. We even got to organize art events! For 2016, we want to expand our horizons by sharing more - not just our usual DIY projects, but also other experiences as we go along doing arts and crafts.

Here are our favorite happenings for Hey Kessy in 2015! Raise your hand if you were there!:)

1. Katipunan Art Festival

It’s always a good idea to work with creative people from different backgrounds. We definitely learned a lot from everyone who was there with us to celebrate Katipunan last October! From crafters to designers, makers to street artists, potters to furniture designers, as well as musicians and wordsmiths.  It was day of craft workshops, art demos, exhibits, and music, all while spending time with friends and family to appreciate art!

Katipunan Art Festival

Katipunan Art Festival

2. Robert Alejandro x Hey Kessy Washi Tape Launch

All we can say is that we love kuya Robert’s washi tape design! Every Filipino would definitely appreciate how he infused local culture to his design – there was a jeepney, taho, palamig sellers, even the usual cat who hang out by the street. This year, we’ll come up with more collaborations like this, so stay tuned!

Hey Kessy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy Washi Tape Launch

3. Craft Exchange
One of the goals we had when 2015 began was to bring in a new kind of inspiration and something that had not been done before! Luckily, we were able to do it!
 
A few years back, we had a papercutting workshop in the Letter J Supply Studio in Singapore. Last year, the owner, Joanne, who happens to be one of Singapore’s top calligraphers, flew in and taught a brush calligraphy workshop in the studio!

It was definitely amazing to be with artists and creative from other places. We got to learn ways of thinking and came up with fresh ideas!

The Letter J Supply

Hey Kessy Craft Exchange

Hey Kessy Craft Exchange

Hey Kessy Craft Exchange

4. Bacolod and Iloilo Workshops

Bacolod is such a lovely art paradise. We were left in awe of how Art was everywhere! And of course, how can we forget how kind and warm the people were! Not to mention that their food was one of the best we’ve ever tasted! Watch out for our Bacolod Workshop blog post soon.

We also had a mini Papercutting Workshop in a lovely craft shack in IloIlo. The lovely macramé artist Anna Jimenez and our dear friend Marga Koopmans made this dream of starting something new outside the big city and meet crafters from other parts of the country, come true!

Craft Workshops in Iloilo

Craft Workshops in Bacolod

Craft Workshops in Bacolod

Craft Workshops in Bacolod

Leaving 2015 with a happy heart and a sweet smile! We’ll be updating our blog more often now, so hope you guys tune in as we share new experiences, events, and craft projects!

PS Since it’s the start of the year, here’s a link on how you can organize your craft tools!
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