Saturday, July 22, 2017

DIY: Small Macrame Plant Hanger


One of our favorite summer crafts is macramé. Small projects like this macramé plant hanger is a portable and easy craft to do while enjoying the outdoors—sitting in the park or on a porch. It makes a charming, inexpensive, handmade gift. It's a great craft for pre-teens and older!

Click the jump below for more pictures, and for a step by step of this cozy DIY.

All supplies are available at collage!

Friday, July 14, 2017

New Products Roundup: July Edition

Now that it’s summer, kids are out of school, and it’s time to keep them busy with crafting! We have a lot of creative kits and supplies at collage to keep the kiddos occupied. We decided to dedicate a post to some bright and fun new products at collage.

Handy comic book kits. We have lots of markers and stamps to accompany these kits too. Available at all collage locations.


New cartooning stencils that help you make robots & more! Great for road trips. Available at all collage locations.
Note, some products may be exclusive to certain collage locations; check photo captions for availability! (It's also a good idea to call the store ahead of time if you have your heart set on a product. Sometimes our kits sell quickly!)

Click below to see more cute new products.

Monday, July 3, 2017

DIY: Perler Bead Coasters

Sunnier days and Independence Day is right around the corner. We have been thinking about some fun projects for outdoor summer parties. On that note, we love perler beads: they are delightful and addictive, and fun for adults and kids alike. These perler bead coasters are great to jazz up a party, or to set your sweet summer treats on. The supplies are simple and available at all collage locations!

Adventure Time coasters and Powerpuff Girls coasters.
Read on to learn more and see our projects!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

DIY: Cyanotype Tote Bags

Cyanotypes are a total treat to make. You can go on a treasure hunt to find plants, press them, and design some adorable prints. Or, you can gather random household materials: utensils lace, doilies, ribbon, etc. and make prints from them. You can also make your own collage or papercut art, or even create a negative from a photograph, and create a print of that. collage has an awesome selection of random ephemera to explore, which make for great cyanotype print. We also have a plethora of surfaces to print on: fancy paper, canvas pouches, tote bags, backpacks, and more!




To create our cyanotype tote bags, we used the two-part cyanotype set by Jacquard. We have several cyanotype options however, like the pre-coated cyanotype paper packs, which are a better option for kids—either way, it’s a great project for a lazy summer day.

Read on to learn more about how to make cyanotypes prints.

All supplies available at collage!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is Sunday, June 18th and swiftly approaching! Sometimes it’s hard to buy gifts for dads. Luckily we have a ton of gift and DIY possibilities at collage. Check out these cute trophies that you can decorate:

Great for kids or adults: decorate these trophies with acrylic paint and anything you can hot glue onto it!

We also have some great gifts at our gift store, the annex, see pictures below. Feel free to also browse our archive of DIYs on our blog for more ideas.

Available at the annex: hats for the dad that loves the outdoors, and lots of goodies for those who love the Pacific Northwest.

A beautiful book for the stylish dad, with profiles on guys from Johnny Cash to Oscar Wilde.

Check out more Father's Day gifts, after the jump.

Monday, June 5, 2017

New Products Roundup: June Edition

We have a variety of new merchandise in at the stores, and we would love to share it with you! From new crafting kits, to new paint pens, we are stocked up for some serious summer crafting fun. 

Stock may vary by location, so be sure to call ahead if you have a certain product in mind!

Cute fish pouches, great for holding pens and other art supplies. Also, check out the backdrop: we carry this beautiful mermaid paper too!

New creative kid kits, including: diy masks, butterfly wings, and sunglasses to decorate.
More pictures, after the jump!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

New Products: Washi Tape Edition

It’s always exciting when we get in new styles of washi tape. In the last few days we have received a lot of new styles, see below!

Thin pastel washi tape on the left. A collection of chairs, tables, animals, and Studio Ghibli on the right (check out the tiny Miyazaki)!
We love rainbow washi tape. We also have some new cat and dog themed tape!
However, even though we are enamored with washi tape, customers often ask, “What is washi tape?” or, “What do I do with washi tape”? So, we thought we would dedicate a blog post to answer those very questions!

Washi tape is a high-quality masking tape made from natural fibers like bamboo, mulberry, or hemp (the word “washi” means “Japanese paper”). You can conveniently tear it with your hand, and it’s usually translucent. You can use it to wrap gifts, to seal envelopes, or to decorate and organize a planner or calendar. You can also write on top of washi tape, so it can be used for labeling too.

All of the collage stores have LARGE selections of washi tape; the most diverse and abundant collection of styles is at our Alberta St Store, where we have nicknamed it the #greatwallofwashi.

A section of our massive #greatwallofwashi at our Alberta St location!

























Click below to learn more about the history of washi tape, and to see some washi tape DIYs!