When it comes to gifting things to the people we love, we are

sure you won’t feel any surprise at all to learn that we’re

massive fans of making things ourselves whenever we can. Of course,

we also value the thought that goes into store bought gifts,

whether we are giving or receiving, but we just get such a great

sense of satisfaction watching our friends and family’s faces

light up when they open something we made for them ourselves!

Sometimes, however, a gift that we purchased rather than something

we made is simply the best idea, but that does not mean we can not

get crafty with the gifting process in some capacity. Lately, we

have been completely obsessed with the idea of making our own gift

wrap, particularly when it comes to gift boxes!

If you are going to go to the trouble of making

DIY gift set

and homemade gift box, would you rather go all out and make it

incredibly special, like something the recipient might want to keep

and continue to use? Then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at

how creative ideas made this stunning closing box features layered

tiers for different gifts and trinkets. Besides that useful

feature, the way they decorated the outside of the box with lace,

pearls, and flowers is nothing short of gorgeous! If we received

this box, we’d use it as a jewelry box and place it on our


By now you’ve probably seen one of the most popular trends for

coloring hair: hair

! From runways and music festivals to Halloween and fun

nights out with friends, hair chalk is a go-to for adding a quick

dab of color to hair both easily and affordably.


chalk pen
is a stick of color, similar to regular chalk, but

is given its color by mixing a variety of ingredients together.

While hairstylists and suppliers have their own process of making

it, the typical ingredients are mixed with dry pigment, some chalk,

and a binder, according to Thaneeya McArdle, a pastel artist at Art

Is Fun. While you theoretically could use regular chalk on your

hair, it wouldn’t have the same colorful effect or work the same

way chalk made specifically for hair works.

Whether it is occupying the kids during school holidays with

rock painting or just decorating everyday household possessions,

acrylic paint marker

pens have huge appeal. In fact, some prefer them over traditional

artist acrylic painting using a brush and palette. Why is this so?

And what makes a good acrylic paint pen set?

You will have come across oil-based paint pens if you’ve ever

used a pen where you have to vigorously shake the pen so the ball

bearing can mix the paint with the oil before use. Being oil

solvent based, these markers leave a strong odour and are,

therefore, not ideal for (or around) children or for use in poorly

ventilated areas. Oil-based markers will take much longer to dry

than acrylic ones. Though they can be used on similar surfaces to

their acrylic counterparts, oil-based markers will behave slightly

differently. The paint tends to sit slightly better on porous

surfaces and offers the advantage of not having to be ‘sealed’

(more on this later). That said, on non-porous surfaces, such as

paper and card, they are more susceptible to bleeding on the


Acrylic is a favored painting medium for both beginners and

professionals alike for its easy setup, quick-drying properties,

and malleable nature. Made out of pigments suspended in acrylic

polymer, acrylic paint is water-soluble but becomes water-resistant

when dry. A highly flexible paint medium, acrylic will provide a

crisp, graphic paint edge that can be easily used to create thick

paint strokes or thin washes, and it is suitable for use on a wide

range of surfaces. Depending on your project ambitions, you will

want to consider key factors such as color saturation and

selection, permanence and finish, as well as viscosity and

malleability. Our picks below will help you find the right acrylic

paint set for your


For beginners looking to hone their acrylic painting skills,


acrylic paint set
of two dozen 12-milliliter tubes of paint

from Colore is ideal. Providing an excellent selection of colors,

this student-grade paint is suitable for use on a wide range of

surfaces including canvas, paint, wood, fabric, and rock. Featuring

a smooth texture for easy blending, this paint is quick drying and

durable, with a glossy finish.

Liquid chalk set

s are small but mighty. They can be used for a wide range of

purposes, varying from decoration to personal or even business