Money Gift Box

This past Friday, Job and I were invited to a colleague’s wedding.  Job and I haven’t been to too many weddings together and we never know a good gift, so we decided that we would just give the couple some money.  Who doesn’t like money?

Picture Perfect Money Gift Box

Picture Perfect Money Gift Box

There are many ways to give money, in a card, in an envelope, but we really wanted to make our presentation special and appreciated by the couple.  It always means a lot to receive a gift that has some thought and work put into it, so we decided to make a small gift box for the couple.

We went to one of our favorite stores in Amsterdam for crafting supplies, the Vlieger. They sell boxes, paper, paints, and some other artist tools. (In America, you could buy all of the materials at a craft store like Michaels or A.C. Moore.

Here we purchased two sheets of patterned paper, a sheet of card stock, and a small gift box.

I also stopped by the Blokker for some ribbons.  Normally this is not where I would go for ribbon, but it was  the day of the wedding and I still had to finish putting the final touches on the wrapping and needed ribbon for the final touches.

With the patterned paper, we folded paper cranes. Paper cranes have been very significant to us this year and doing a quick internet search for the meaning of paper cranes, one will find that they’re a symbol to wish happiness, good luck, hope, peace, and long life.  These are all perfect wishes for a new couple.  When making the cranes, we had to cut the paper sheets into squares leaving us some left over strips.  I used one leftover strip to create a pocket inside of the card stock (which we folded in half to make a card) for the money to make a money holder.

On the card stock, we wrote a small message to the couple wishing them well and customized the front of the card with their name.  (I first found a few fonts on my computer that I liked and slightly modeled my “font” for the cover of the card after those.  I practiced in pencil and then traced over it a few times in fine point sharpie, and then made my own font for the note inside of the card.)  As mentioned before, I added in the strip of the paper left over from the origami as a money holder, and I used a piece of ribbon inside of the money holder pocket as a pull tab to help retrieve the money from the pocket without having to stick your fingers in.  Just pull the ribbon and the money comes up.

We placed the completed card inside of the box and placed the cranes facing each other inside the box on top of the card.  We closed the box and I added the ribbon to the outside.

It is a really simple and elegant way to present the gift receivers with money, and the best thing about it is that it is also something that can be displayed after the wedding as a keepsake in your house.


Button Bracelets


I was finally able to go to a few different stores and gather some supplies for my first craft project.  I wanted to start out nice and east and make something special for my friends and family members who are far from me.

I think because I went to summer camp… (and maybe because of my Aunt Linda who for my sixth birthday gave me a friendship bracelet kit) I have always had a fondness for bracelet projects.  Maybe it’s also because of these things that I’m so used to working with the above materials


  • Buttons (two or four holes are easiest)
  • String or wire
  • Scissors
  • Paint or nail polish (If you buy plain colored or wooden buttons, you can paint them for a splash of color or flair.  I have a million colors of nail polish, so I purchased some cool textured buttons and painted some)

This is seriously the easiest project and ANYONE (even kids as long as they are old enough to know not to put the buttons in their mouths) can make these!

  1. Pick a button
  2. Cut a piece of string. The easiest way to make sure it’s the right length is to wrap it around your wrist twice with a little slack so there is enough room to tie the string ends.
  3. Cut that piece of string in half.
  4. Take one of the two pieces of string and fold it in half so you have a loop at one end and the two loose ends at the other.
  5. Thread the loop through one of the button holes. Open the loop and then put the loose ends through the loop. Pull the string taut.  Half of the bracelet is complete. (Note, this is for a two-hole button. For a four-hole button instead of folding the string in half, thread it through both holes.  Once threaded, add some slack to the part of the string that lays between the two button holes and thread the two loose ends through this piece and then pull taut.) 
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the opposite button hole(s).
  7. Now your basic bracelet is complete.  Feel free to embellish the loose strings (add beads, braid the strings, make knots along the strings… whatever you are in the mood for to make them your bracelets)

Feel free to share what you’ve made with me, let me know what you changed! What kinds of string did you use?

If you’re interested in purchasing some, let me know!



A Pipoos Fail

In case you were all wondering how my trip to Pipoos turned out…

The Traveling Spoons

A few weeks ago I shared with you guys how excited I was to find a craft store similar to Michaels or A.C. Moore in the United States…

I finally had found that store… Pipoos.  My boyfriend and I decided that since Pipoos is located in Amsterdam Noord, we would also go and check La Casa Vecchia, a store owned by a friend of ours.

This was my first time on the ferry to Amsterdam Noord and I was really excited. To get to Amsterdam Noord, right now you can take a ferry with your bike for free across the IJ.  We met at Central Station after work to get on the ferry and made our way across. It was really exciting for me to take the ferry.  It reminded me a lot of when I was a child and we would take the ferry to Block Island…

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Craft store!

I’m so excited! I’ve been doing a lot of heavy research (i.e. many failed google attempts) into finding craft stores in and around Amsterdam.  Thanks to Giova from One Bunting Away  (and the comments section there) and to Mediamatic, I have finally found what looks like a dream store to me. I will be adventuring to Amsterdam Noord tomorrow to visit Pipoos.

I have a few fun craft projects for kids lined up and can’t wait to share them with you!

And So It Begins

In an effort to really get back to the things I love to do, I’m launching Hazel & Telullah. Crafting has always been a passion of mine, and due to some recent life events, I’ve decided I really need to go back to doing things I truly love.

I will shortly embark on a crafting journey, documenting my projects, hopefully inspiring some other ideas, and selling my successful pieces in an Etsy shop.

I’m really excited to get things going and create my first project!