Donuts, etc. 🍩

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The second best thing after the soft, spongy goodness of a donut is




wait for it







Yes! Today on A Bright Canvas you all will be treated to the smooth, bubbly goodness of a soap. 

Before we start baking – oops, melting is what I meant – I just want to tell you a couple of things. |1| For the glycerine soap required, DO NOT and I repeat ABSOLUTELY DO NOT take commercial soap. They will melt in your double boiler after AGES, but when they’re ready they won’t be the right consistency and what’s worse is that they will have burnt. Please take a trip down to your local DIY store and buy their glycerine soap blocks. |2| Once you have created the soaps, DO NOT place them in the fridge again – they tend to go all soggy. |3| A microwave works just fine for the DIY too. Just keep pulling your container out at short intervals and stir the mixture.



white glycerine soap | donut mould(s) | soap color of choice (donut + icing)

  1. Cut the block of the white glycerine soap into tiny pieces. Place the pieces in a double boiler and wait for the soap to melt. Since it is white, when it is completely melted, it should look like “thick” milk.

2. Now I chose to keep my donut white. But if you want to make it brown, then add brown color into the melted soap. This can be followed by an essential oil (safe for skin of course) of your choice. That is optional, however.

3. Pour the mixture into your moulds and set them in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. Save a teensy bit for sticking the halves together.

4. Close to the 17 minute mark, begin to melt the teensy bit of soap you saved.

5. After 20 minutes, pop the donuts out of their moulds and stick the halves together by applying your melted soap in the center. (Tip: You might want to use up all of your saved liquid as none of the brown soap with be used further. If you, like me, picked a white donut then you definitely want to keep more of the liquid as you can now stain it pink for the icing.)

6. Place the stuck-on donuts in the fridge for a couple of minutes, while you melt more soap for the icing. Follow the same steps and instead of the brown color (if you added any) stir in your icing color.

7. Once the “icing” is the right consistency, remove the donuts from the fridge and dip one side into the icing. Et, voila!


grater | your choice of cupcake sprinkles

If you wish to garnish your donut and make it look like an extra-something, then you can garnish it in multiple ways.

The easiest approach would probably be getting out your cupcake sprinkles and going crazy.

Another cute look is taking some solidified brown soap that you created at the beginning and grating it on top of the donut.

And of course, you can opt for even cooler ideas like using your liquid-y soap colors to paint stripes, polka dots, etc on the donut. It is your bright canvas! (get it? hehe 😀 )










So, I know we only talked about donut soaps today. But taking the title into consideration, y’all might be wondering what the “etc” refers to. Well, today I plan on giving you more than just the donut. Scroll below to find out the recipes for the other two, yes TWO, soaps in the picture above!












clear glycerine soap | red soap color

  1. For this, repeat the whole soap melting and pouring into mould process described in the donut soap making. But instead of adding brown or your icing color or choice, add a red soap color into the clear glycerine soap.
  2. Then of course, pour the mixture into your mould. Leave it in to fridge for 15 minutes.
  3. At the 15min mark, remove them, pop em out and run like crazy to the bathroom for a shower.
  4. For this soap, using a soothing rose scented essential oil would be PERFECT.


Roly-Poly Rosy


bowl shaped chocolate mould | rose shaped chocolate mould | clear glycerine soap | red soap color

  1. Before you begin, ensure that your rose is big enough to cover the flat side of your “bowl” shaped mould.
  2. After you are convinced, repeat the Rose soap making process again. Like, all of it. But pour plain glycerine soap (with an essential oil if you like) into your egg container.
  3. Place both the rose soap and roly-poly soap in the fridge for 15-ish minutes.
  4. As your timer is close to ringing, cut out a tiny bit of soap and melt it. This will be used to stick together your rose and the roly-poly, so make sure it is just a TINY bit.
  5.  Stick the two halves together, stick them in the fridge for 2 minutes or so and then go take a nice bath!

Tip: I didn’t have any “bowl” shaped chocolate moulds lying around. The ones I did have very either too small or too shallow for the look I wanted. So I instead chose to use some egg containers. It was a bit hard to remove the soap since I couldn’t simply “pop” it out. So, instead, I used a spoon at its edges to make it go a bit softer and thus easily remove it. This created small marks on the side of the soap, but overall, I didn’t have to compromise with the look, so I was happy!


If you decide to recreate this then I would be more than eager to take a look at your creations. Simple post your creations on instagram with the hashtags: abrightcanvas and abrightcanvasdiy OR if Facebook is more your thing, then tag us (@A Bright Canvas) in your pictures / comments 🙂

Happy Creating!





DIY Macarons

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Ok, so since I can’t surround myself with macarons all day and have them with me EVERYWHERE, (oh, how amazing would that be!) — 

— I decided to spend my Christmas weekend creating polymer clay macarons. Close enough, non?

So here’s how ya do it:

What you need:

macaron (5)

pliers | toothpick(s) | eye pin(s) | plastic caps in various sizes | polymer clay in the macaron color of your choice, LOTS of white, and green | glue gun/ E600 glue | clay roller | enthusiasm

I searched a lot for polymer clay in pastel colors – just like macarons – but couldn’t find them anywhere. But, when you take a dark color and knead it with white, you get a much softer color. That’s why I advise you to have LOTS of white at hand.

What you do:

  1. Take a chunk of clay and treat it as per the instructions on the packet. Mine asked me to knead it well before using it. If you plan to mix white and any other color, do it while you’re breaking the clay down so that you don’t get sore thumbs like mine.
  2. Roll your colored clay into 2 equal sized balls. Make sure that the amount you take initially is large enough for the size of macaron you have in mind.
  3. Use a clay rolling pin to flatten out your ball. Make sure that it is equally rolled all over or you will have an uneven macaron.
  4. Pull out the cap of any bottle or a small box that you already have in the house and press down on the rolled out ball to get the top of the macaron.
  5. Repeat that once again for the bottom.
  6. Now, roll out your white clay and repeat steps 3, 4, and 5. You might want to make your ‘filling’ sliiiightly bigger than your macaron so that it shows outside. In this case you should take a cap that is slightly larger than the one you chose for your macaron sides. If you can’t find a cap with such a small difference in diameter, you can go ahead and use the one you used for you macaron sides. It’ll look totally fine. 🙂
  7. Take one side of the macaron and fray the edges by poking small holes and slashing it with a toothpick. Move from top to bottom and inwards to outwards. Repeat with the other side.
  8. Draw out random horizontal lines on the white clay to create a textured ‘cream’. But this it completely optional. macaron
  9. Place the ‘cream’ between the sides and press gently but firmly.
  10. If you opt to skip the rose and leaf, please continue to STEP 16. If not then continue the steps below.
  11. Use the smallest cap available (I used a pen cap) to stamp small circles from your kneaded and not-too-thin rolled out white clay. Create 5 of them.
  12. Place the white circles slightly overlapping in a line.
  13. Flatten them very lightly and start rolling them into a cylindrical form from one end.
  14. Roll all the way and you have made yourself a rose!
  15. For the leaf, knead green and white clay together to create a lighter shade of green. Flatten it out with a clay roller. Use a toothpick to outline a leaf in the clay. Draw the veins and pull it out. Pinch in gently on one end and bend it a bit outwards when attaching it next to the flower for a more realistic effect.
  16. Place the rose and leaf on the macaron and you’re done! If you feel that the rose is not steady on the macaron, use a teeny-tiny blob of pink clay to help it stick on the macaron.
  17. Stick an eye pin in your macaron.
  18. Bake as per the instructions provided on your clay packet.

And there you have yourself a macaron that you can take EVERYWHERE! It is a good idea to put drops of appropriate glue around the hole created by the eye pin to secure it and avoid the macaron slipping off the pin.

It is optional to add varnish on your macaron. It might make it look unnatural. I applied varnish on the larger one and not the smaller one. Here are the results:

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I have used the smaller one in my keys!


Happy creating!



Frozen ❋

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Recently, I had the honor of working with a family in designing their little one’s birthday party. I absolutely adore theme parties and was so excited to learn that the girl wanted a Frozen theme. Her mother insisted upon her full engagement with the preps even after my help. So I came up with DIY ideas that not only helped them save money, but also fully involved the family in the work that led up to the event.

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We organized two games: Pin the Nose on Sven and Turn into Olaf.

Pin the Nose on Sven

blindfolds | red noses | tape

The children were each handed a red nose with a piece of tape stuck to the back. Each was asked to write his/her name on the nose. They were each blindfolded, spun around twice and then asked to locate the reindeer and pin the nose at the correct spot. The one whose nose was the closest to the Sven’s, won the game. The noses handed to the children were hand painted and Sven was both hand drawn and colored. It was such a fun process for the family and great bonding time too!

Turn into Olaf

a pack of tissue rolls | orange carrot shaped noses | black buttons | tape

The children were asked to get into pairs. One of them was chosen to be Olaf. The other one wrapped him/her in white tissues and covered the whole body. Once finished the children were handed the (handmade) noses and buttons to stick on the body. The ones that finished the first and had a well-made Olaf won the game.

For filling the kids’ tummies we offered popcorn, cupcakes, salted chips, cookies, candy, chocolates, tomatoes, green grapes, mini bananas and pizzas in Frozen themed disposable plates.

The kids had such a blast with the Olaf game and we had the whole floor covered in tissues. It was great to see them have so much fun!

P.S: I have removed certain details in pictures in compliance with the wish of the family. I apologise for the lack of clarity in some of them as a result of the blurring/whitening.

Have a party to organise and need help? You know where to contact me 😉



DIY Clay Plates

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For the crafty and artsy souls, this DIY is hours of fun. Quite literally. It is as simple and complicated as you’d like to make it.

All you need is:

1. clay (I used the air-drying sort, but bake ones will do as well)


2. knife – for cutting and shaping

3.  water – in case you want to add more moisture to the clay when working with it.

4. paints

5. a sprinkle of creativity

All you do is:

1. Cut a slab of the clay and take as much as you need.



2. Flatten it out in the form of a shape.

3. Use your knife to shape it into anything you like.

4. Cut the excess (or take more) clay into equally wide strips for your border. (As an alternative, you could increase the width of your plate itself and give shape to a border from that.)

5. Shape, mould and perfect your idea.

6. Leave it to dry for about 24 hours (in the bake clay, do as instructed on the pack!).

7. Paint the plate as you’d like it. (the cloud is mine and the heart my sister’s)



8. Leave to dry.

9. et voila!

10. Fill with any and everything you like.



Play around with different sizes, shapes and styles. Maybe create a door hanger, or a proper plate, let the creative juices flow and add creative designs to a large plate and put it up for display.

And if plates aren’t really your thing, why not go for a cute bookmark, or maybe little figurines. The key ingredients to this activity are clay and creativity! 😉



These Empty Walls

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Empty walls in a perfectly styled home can be quite…disappointing. While you have styled the rest of the house to perfection, this one blank wall will keep nagging at you and demand your attention.

But they are also a great way to add color and pep up your living space. Be it in your kitchen or your bathroom, you can cover an empty wall up and actually make it the best part of your house.

This time I will stay dedicated to kitchens and focus on their blandness. We simply don’t know what to put on those large barren walls that is appropriate and goes with the theme of the house. I personally know I would not go for a painting or anything; it’s a kitchen for heaven’s sake! But I also know that I would want to turn those barren parts to a bright canvas ;).

So after spending some time planning on what I could use to spice the kitchen up, I finally found something that would not only look adorable, but also add splashes of color to my walls. Like I said, a bright canvas!

Original watercolor Painting Mojito Cocktail by MilkFoam on Etsy



The method is utterly easy:

1. Print a picture that you like onto good quality paper.

2. Place the cut-to-size printouts into cute, matching frames.

3. Hang the frames up on the empty wall and see the blandness transform!

The best part? They aren’t actual paintings, like Picasso or Van Gogh paintings I mean, but they still do the same job. Only better!



DIY: Twist and Tie ’ems

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Aaaand yet another activity for those boring, blazing hot hours that aren’t long away. With rolls of tape and ribbons starting to pile on my table I had to find a way to use them up. This idea kind of came from the twisties we use to tie our hair with.

The process is almost too simple and it takes barely minutes to make just one. Trust me, once you make one, you keep going (like I did. That too in the middle of the night! 😛 )



Here is what you need:

1. Ribbons or tapes – both Washi and Duck (?) work well

2. Jewelry making wire

3. Fabric glue (if you’re using ribbons or cloth)

Here’s what you do:

First straighten out the wire, removing as many kinks as possible. Then cut it to a length that you want to use.

For Ribbons:

1. Cut out two equal length pieces of the ribbon

2. Apply the fabric glue on either one or both the pieces

3. While it is still wet, place the pre-cut wire in the center of one of the ribbon pieces. DO make sure that you leave at least a centimeter on both ends. This ensures that the wire doesn’t stick out through the ends.

4. Place the other piece of ribbon over it.

5. Wait for it to dry and voila! (Also, you can cut off equal triangles at both the ends to achieve the look in the picture at the top.)

For Tapes:

1. Roll out the length of the tape to as long as you want your twist-and-tie to be.

2. Place the wire in the center. (This is one is a bit easier since the wire sticks to the tape!)

3. Roll out more of the tape to cover up the original length. DO make sure you leave at least one centimeter on both ends.

4. Stick both the pieces on each other and voila!

For wider tapes, place the wire at about the 1/4th mark (of the width) of the tape. Then fold the tape in half and match the edges (the mustache and pink with branch print ones in the top picture)

Repeat this for as many patterns as you wish to have.

They can be used in various ways like:

1. Tying your cookie packets

2. Sorting those annoying wires 3. Book marks 4. Tying ponytails

5. Armbands

6. Leave more than a centimeter at the top when placing the wire, punch a hole at the top and use it as a cute key charm.

7. Tying anything else that comes your way with something cuter than elastic bands and twine! 😀

Happy making and keep that creativity going!


DIY: This Summer

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summereditFor most of us, summer is just round the corner. We all know how boring two empty months  – with the heat shining on us –  can often be. A fun way around the boredom is creating these Summer Jars up until the summer arrives and spending the empty days of those months completing activities from your Summer Jar.

All you need is

1. A candy (or any other) jar – as long as it is large enough to house all your plans

2. Paper – both plain and colored

3. Any other decor material you might want to use.

The best part about this Summer Jar is that you can decorate it as much or as little as you please.

What you need to do is decorate the jar to your heart’s content and take a minute out – whenever you have it – to pop in an activity you think will be cool to do over the summer. I would personally save activities that I don’t get to fit in my everyday schedule but would really love to spend some time on. It can be as crazy or as “routiny” as you like. No barriers – just fun.

I prefer pen and paper over print-outs any day, but another alternative would be printing out the notes instead of writing them out.

Some ideas to get you started

Here’s a little peek into what I am planning to spend my summer on:

summerlistI am really looking forward to this summer and I don’t think I can wait for it! Aaaah 😀

P.S: You’ll probably be seeing some of my activities blogged before the official start of summer. 😛

Keep looking out!