— whollyKao


01-whollyKao-jamJarFavor Last month, my friends Thuy and Andrew tied the knot. They had a couples shower back in June, and I volunteered to make the party favors. We wanted something that was edible, but something that the gluten-free bride could enjoy. So I decided to make jam.

It was my first time making jam by myself. And boy, did I have a lot to learn. I botched up my first batch (the fruit-to-liquid ratio was off), and learned the hard way that the rubber seals for mason jars are one-time-use only. I think I ran to the store 3x in a day because I kept messing things up. Needless to say, after a couple attempts, I ended up with 36 pretty spiffy-looking jars.

I covered the lids with pieces of fabric (they were cut to circles), and then designed a tag to go with them. I used a flag-shaped paper punch to get the little banner shape.

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. And now that I’ve got some jam making experience under my belt, I’d be open to making some more…but just in smaller quantities next time!

I’m still in shock that it’s mid-May! During these past few weeks, I’ve been busy traveling (more on that later!) and making these fun DIYs for the Crafts Unleashed blog.

If you’re looking for a fun tea party idea, why not make this tea storage box? 01-hero-notag


Also check out my washi tape dispenser tutorial! It’s a fun way to store all those rolls of washi tape you’ve got. 13 01b

What have you been crafting up this month? I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

01-heroB If you’re on a washi tape craze like I am, then you’re constantly looking for new ways to use it. I came up with this easy way to make festive drink tags with it. It’s a quick way to glam up your next shindig. You can also use these as nametags for your guest’s glasses too. Check out the full tutorial on the Crafts Unleashed blog!