Monday, October 5, 2015

Bento Box by dreamesh LIVING

Especially for you who are looking for a cute, unique and very useable gift (for others, and even yourself!) or goody bag, do take a look at our bento boxes.

 I first made these bento boxes for Kutri’s party goody bags. I chose the colors of Sesame Street (green, red, yellow) and its custom tag.

They make a really sturdy lunch carrier making sure that your kids’ lunch does not tip over and slide out. Better yet, you can custom order them in a color swatch you want and you can also embroidery names on them. Super cool and personalized! As usual, send us an email to make an order. Thank you!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

How To Train Your Dragon Party

It was another day decorating for an awesome party! Nala’s Viking Birthday Party was something I myself never thought of. But unquestionably I would never let my doubts turn down an idea. Rather, I would turn those doubts into inspiration that sometimes ends up further satisfying than what I thought I could do. Yes, am talking about that cardboard boat you see in the picture... So happy I took the jump!
                                                          The entrance. Welcome!
                                                              The photo booth

Other than the photo booth props, there was also a gold dragon egg piñata made from paper mache. Here’s the tutorial!

What you need:
-    A full-blown balloon in medium size
-    Newspaper
-    Sheets of gold paper
-    Glue
-    Double tape

How to make:
1.    Paper mache your balloon with newspaper. If you have never tried paper mache technique, this is how it is: cut or tear several pages of newspaper in pieces, then make a pot of glue (make the glue mixture in a comparison of 1:1 water and glue). Stick the pieces of paper onto the mold (balloon), part by part, until the whole mold is covered. Brush over the surface with lots of glue mixture and start sticking again making sure that it sticks and leaves no gaps.

2.    Give the paper mache at least a good three layers so that it won’t easily break once it is dry.

3.    Let the shell dry thoroughly and feels hard. Make a small hole at one bottom of the shell and cut the inner part (balloon) to fill with goodies.

4.    Cut the gold paper into squares and round the edges. The smaller the square the more you need, the bigger the less.
5.    Use the double tape to stick the gold squares diagonally by each other starting from the bottom moving up to the top and all around the shell.  Make sure you overlap and stick in between two squares for a nice pattern.

6.    Don’t forget to cover the hole with one of your gold squares.
7.    Hang the piñata with string before you let the egg ‘bling’ the crowd!


Monday, September 21, 2015

DIY: Student Card Photo Prop

When decorating for themed parties, I always try to make the photo-booth as inviting as possible. One of my ideas to this was to create student cards to add to the photo-booth props for that extra fun! Of course, this particular prop should be in line to the main theme – like what I created for the Monster University Party and the 25 years reunion party for Trisakti University.

                            Student Card for 25 years Reunion Trisakti University 

                          Student card and details at The Monster University Party!

If you think your party might need a face peekin’ here and there, student card or the similar, here’s the tutorial!

What you need:
A design, a print, a large sheet of styrofoam, glue, cutter.

How to make:
1.    Prepare your design of the card along with the square where the photo is usually placed. You can use illustration softwares if you are familiar to it, or draw it yourself. Any design you like!
2.    Enlarge your design to around 60 cm in length and 40 cm in width (A2 size) and print.  Any printing office should do the job.
3.    Glue your large card on the styrofoam, then cut around the cards’ edges until smooth and neat.
4.    Using a cutter, cut through the photo space for people’s face to show through. Make sure it’s done neatly too for the prefect result… and you’re done!


Friday, September 18, 2015

My Activity Room Project

I was invited by Scotch® Tape to challenge myself on how I could use their exciting range of Scotch® Expressions Tape to decorate and be extra creative. I’m telling you, it’s not that hard if you are handed with such pretty fun washi tapes to play around with. Here’s my kind of crafting and ideas on how I used them!


Revamp your boring everyday 'gadget' (at least for us, mommies). Scotch® Expressions Tape makes my washing machine look so much better! Don't you think? Waiting for my washing to be done won’t be that dull at all.


Make the upcoming religious celebration extraordinary. Why use the usual ingredient if you can use Scotch® Expressions Tape? Take a look at my version of weaved ketupat this year!


I always let my children think out of the box. Today, they decided to make their dolls feel better by decorating bandages with Scotch® Expressions Tape and stick one to its forehead. Cuteness overload!


Who dare says our culture is boring? Never! Try making Wayang with a touch of Scotch® Expressions Tape to give it an extra ‘oomph’ – like I did.


Oh, how fun lunch is when your lunch box is this colorful? The more color, the more stylish! Lunch time is more fun now with Scotch® Expressions Tape! Decorate your kids’ lunch box, spoon and fork, with extra color and style.


Kutri, my daughter, loves playing tea party with her troops, meaning her little pony and Yuara’s toys. So it was just natural to invite these royal friends to drink high tea wearing royal crowns made out of cardboard and Scotch® Expressions Tape.


Yuara always has the urge to make his own story book. So when we went to Japan, I gave him a disposable camera so he could capture the moments we had there. Back in Jakarta, we printed them so Yuara could stick all of his pictures on his self-made book using Scotch® Expressions Tape. Don't you just love how it turned out?


Any toddler would love playing with musical instruments - including this simple mini drum made from scratch! All you need is cardboard, straw, twine, beads, and of course Scotch® Expressions Tape. Kutri won't take it down for just one sec!


Planning on a picnic trip this weekend? Then you must make these mini containers for all those cookies and wafers you take! Just fold a regular paper plate and cut the two sides. Don't forget to decorate with Scotch® Expressions Tape. Instant cuteness, right?


Yuara might already know our extended family members one by one, but I feel that Kutri sometimes is still confused. So I decided to make a family tree using Scotch® Expressions Tape on her closet.

Wrapping the bases of these DIY Wrapped Word Wall Art for my Summer Club workshop at Club Kembang won’t be the same without Scotch® Expressions Tape!

You can also check #myactivityroom for other projects that friends and crafters also made using Scotch Expression Tape. Let’s get crafty!


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Personalized Silhouettes…

… printed on our dreamesh LIVING’s bags. Order yours now!

All you need to do is go to to choose your bag. Once you have placed your order, send us a portrait facing the side of the person’s silhouette you want to print. How more personal can it get? Do e-mail us for price.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Watermelon Galore

There’s something about watermelons… they are fresh, bright and fun to play with. At least for me! But look at these pictures, don’t you agree?

(foto)@ador.alby asked me to decorate their booth for the @marketmuseum at Kemang Village a few months ago. Their theme was Tropical Runway, so I immediately thought about a giant watermelon slice which would fit perfectly. I decorated the giant watermelon slice with pastel-colored dipped pineapples too. Tropical and cute all at the same time!

Here’s a quick DIY how to make the giant watermelon slice that can function as a pinata too!

What you need: large cardboard boxes, poster paint, tape.

How to make:
1.    Draw and cut out your slice of watermelon the size you want. Make sure to make two sides for the front and back.
2.    Now, cut long pieces of cardboard with a width of 15cm for the sides and bottom.
3.    Attach the sides to the front and back pieces and seal with glue gun.
4.    Paint the watermelon with the color of your choice. I painted mine dusty pink for the flesh and mint for the skin base.
5.    Once the paint has dried, paint seeds on both sides using black paint.
6.    Don’t forget to paint the sides and apply seeds to the sides as well.
7.    Let it dry thoroughly especially if you choose to use it as a pinata, then you will need to cut open the top to fill with goodies and seal it back again with transparent tape.

Now what about these watermelon tea towels? Well, now you can print your own design on dreamesh LIVING’s tea towels – just like this. Great for souvenirs, eh? If interested, do send me an e-mail or just leave a comment!


Saturday, September 5, 2015

DIY: Felt Necklace

Here’s a little tutorial for the felt necklaces we made a long while back. I hosted a little workshop for the kids at Yuara’s school to give to their moms for Mother’s Day. It’s an easy project for the little hands, no need for too much fuss and can mean a lot for whoever they make it for. Why not try?

What you need:  Thick cord string in any color you choose (mine is this braided strips of shirts I found at the local market), felt sheets in different colors, craft glue.

How to make:
1.    Cut your string in the length you want. Some kids made extra long necklaces. Note: the longer the necklace the more space you get to decorate with.
2.    Start cutting out shapes you want to place on your necklace. It can be a circle, square, rectangle, etc. Note that the shapes will be folded in two when attached to the cord string. So a circle will look half circle, a square will look rectangle and a rectangle will be more like a square.
3.    Cut a pair for each shape you choose to place symmetrical on your necklace. Actually, it doesn’t have to be balanced. Just be creative and do as you wish!
4.    Now time to glue! Fold the pieces with the cord in the middle and glue the felt together. Keep on going till you get the shapes in its places.
5.    Last, tie a knot to the end of the cord and your necklace is ready to wear!



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