Tag Archives: DIY

PEW PEW PATCHES

We’re so proud to be carrying a curated selection of Pew Pew Patches, especially when they are created and designed by Dawn Bey – one of the members of our Little Man team in our early start-up days! Named after the sound of lasers, Pew Pew Patches aims to reinterpret the hot item of the ‘80s in the voice of the millennials today while bringing back personality into mass produced identical-looking clothes.

pew-pew-patches1

​In collaboration with her partner, Danny Kostianos, the patches are designed and produced in small quantities so once they are sold out, they are never reproduced again. How fun are these cute iron-on patches! And they now come in a sticker version which our little tots (and ourselves!) absolutely love decorating their notebooks with. Spruce up your old jeans or denim jackets or even your tote bags. There’s endless cool possibilities with these little patches!

pew-pew-patches2 pew-pew-patches3

Explore the world of Pew Pew Patches today on instagram with #pewpewpatches and shop our selection here.

PAPER BEAUTY

We’re always on the lookout for DIY ideas and inspiration for our next project or pop-up store. And while researching on some paper origami, we came across this artist that blew our minds away with something so simple and a total reflection of how we can find art in our everyday life.

paper-flower-04

Paper Flowers was created by Japanese designer – Haruka Misawa. Inspired by spirals of pencil shavings, these paper beauties were created using layers and layers of paper with color gradations, to simulate shavings from a pencil sharpener. A closer look reveals the thinly sliced, multi-layered paper which can form different variations depending on how thick it is ‘sharpened’.

paper-flower-05100117_2-102006-paper-flower-08

Beautiful aren’t they?

Image Source: StrictlyPaperHaruka Misawa

WINDOWS – DEC.14 // SPARKLE & SHINE

WindowsDec14

There’s no better time to get crafty than Christmas! DIY ideas don’t always have to be complicated and difficult; with simple star cutouts and festive twine, your craft project can achieve the same festive look as our current window display!

WindowsDec14-WIP

If you’re looking for more cutout ideas, we think reindeer garlands make just as cute an idea. Complete your decorations with little embellishments like acorns, snowflakes or twigs and you’re ready to ring in the festivities. We’ve also got a bunch of gift ideas for the season as well as delicious cookies from our favorite Plain Vanilla Bakery in-store! Happy Holidays from all of us at Little Man!

PVCookies

2014 PRINTABLE CALENDAR

Oh-My-Superfly-1

There are plenty of sites offering free calendar printables but this one’s our favorite by far! Designed by Fanni, (blogger behind Oh My Superfly!) a freelance art director and lifestyle photographer, it’s cool, stylish but best of all, you can add your own DIY touch with stickers, glitter and all that jazz. Just our kinda thing!

Download her 2014 desktop calendar here.

Oh-My-Superfly-2

WINDOWS – DEC.13 // XMAS D.I.Y

WindowDec13-01

Ooh… December just crept up on us and caught us by surprise! Trees are starting to pop up in homes all over the world and the streets are in full glitz mode, decorated with pretty lights and beautiful Christmas decorations. Our windows aren’t spared either and the Little Man crew have been working hard on our Windows and in-store displays! Just like last year, we decided to get crafty and make our own trees (view last year’s paper trees DIY video here) with a little help and inspiration from Apartment Therapy.

All you need are paper plates or scrap paper, a stapler, scissors, twine rope, spray paint & fabric dyes and sturdy heavyweight paper to make a cone-shaped base. Here’s a step-by-step DIY easy guide we’ve put together to help you along.

WindowDec13-02

STEP ONE
Dye the paper plates or scrap paper (to recycle) using green dye or any other color you fancy. Soak them in the pail of color dye for at least one minute. Sandwich the plates between paper towels and let them dry. When the plates are fully dried, roll them into a cone and staple down.

WindowDec13-03

STEP TWO
Using different shades of green spray paint, or your preferred choice of color, spray the bottom (wider) edges of the rolled cones in a swift manner. Different shades of green will give a nicer gradient color for the ‘leaves’ of your tree. We also sprayed another layer of gold glitter to give a nice shimmery finishing touch to the ends. Once dried, punch a hole through the top of the rolled paper plates and thread through the twine rope.

WindowDec13-04

STEP THREE
With the sturdy heavy weight paper, make a huge cone-shaped base according to your height preference. Tie the string of threaded rolled paper plates around the base in layers until you have the entire base covered. Have extra rolled paper plates on hand as you will need to staple them to the ones tied on the base to fill in the gaps. Top it all off with a Christmas ornament and it’s all done!

WindowDec13-05

We hope you’re liking this year’s Windows and if you’re having a little trouble getting last minute gifts for your loved ones, visit our Holiday Gift Guide here! Have yourself a merry little christmas and let the feasting begin!

Special thanks to the LM Crew – Christine, Ruifen, Cheryl, Juwaidi, Jiaying & Kristine for working so hard on this one!

MADE BY HAND // SERIES.04

Pumpkin carving is always a must for us during Halloween season! It’s a fun activity to do with your friends, family or kids, and we love having that smug and satisfied feeling when we’re all done! But be warned that it’s not easy, and little kids shouldn’t attempt this without your mom & pops helping you out. Also, be prepared to get down and dirty with all that scraping and pumpkin gooey-ness spilling all over.

We’ve put together a short DIY video of how to carve your own pumpkin with a simple stencil design. And when you’re done and want to know more about preserving your carved pumpkin, read on below for some simple tips & tricks.

Created and produced by Little Man.
Special thanks to: Ian, our man for doing the dirty job.

You will need:
1. 1 Large pumpkin. Choose one that sits nicely on the ground with less marks all over.
2. Carving knife set and a compass. (You can also use a small, sharp, swiss army knife)
3. Scooping spoon / professional pumpkin scraper.
4. Pen for marking + a bowl / circle template.
5. Printed stencil designs for your pumpkin.
6. Cleaning cloths, bathroom cleaner with bleach, large pail for soaking.

Tips & Tricks for preserving your carved pumpkin:
1. Soak your carved pumpkin for 4-6 hours in a pail of cold water & bleach (clorox). Pat dry and place in the refrigerator to dry out completely.
2. Using a bathroom cleaner with clorox (bleach) in it, spray in the insides and cut edges of your carved pumpkin. Let it dry and do the same every morning.
3. Rub petroleum jelly all over the cut areas and the insides.

Although many websites do advise with similar tips above, some including the use of pumpkin preservatives, stating that it’ll get your pumpkin to stay ‘alive’ for at least a week, these tricks don’t work for a hot & humid climate like ours. We’ve tried the soak method and the bleach method but our pumpkins didn’t last past 3 days.

We’ve also tried doing nothing at all but refrigerate our pumpkin in the refrigerator while not in use, and it actually worked out better, lasting for 4 days before it started to rot away. If you have more useful tips, do share and comment below!