DIY Inspiration Board {With Google Picasa}

Hi Deerest Friends,

So it’s New Years Eve here and I’ve spent the past few days thinking about what I want to achieve in the New Year. Every year we all have our New Years Resolutions;

“I want to quit smoking”

“I want to save money”

“I want to lose weight”

“I want to get better grades in school”

“I want to make more time for myself”

but we’ve all usually broken them within a week. I am definitely no exception. I start every year with drive and enthusiasm to reach my goal but as time passes on you realise a year is long time to keep up with your newfound motivation. So today’s DIY tutorial is how to create an Inspiration Board using Google Picasa. You simply put pictures on your board of what you want to achieve in the New Year and how you plan to accomplish your goals. By visualising your goals every day this reminds you what your reaching for, how you will accomplish your goals and how great it will feel when you do. For example, my new years resolution is to be healthier and to workout more so I’m creating an inspiration board that reflects this.
*Note: Always aim for a goal this is attainable. Most New Year’s resolutions fail because we put too much pressure on ourselves and aim for a goal that may be too hard to achieve.

Remember: Starting small can lead to big things!

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-A Computer (with an internet connection)
-Google Picasa (This is free and really simple to download)

Start by using Google Images to find pictures that are relevant to your goal. For example, I found pictures of healthy food, motivational quotes, exercises and my fitness idols to add to my board. Save all of these images to your desktop. You can remove these later.

Step 1

Access the Google Picasa homepage and download a free copy of Google Picasa.

Step 2

Step 2

Once you’ve downloaded Google Picasa add your photos to a new folder. I called mine “Inspiration Board”

 Step 3

 Now select the button “Create Collage”. This will automatically take all your photos and organise them into a collage.

Step 4

Using the toolbar on the left side of the screen you can change the style of you collage.

Step 5

Step 5

Select the style you want your collage to be presented in. I chose the “Mosaic” style.


Once you’ve created your collage, you can make it your computer’s desktop background (if you want to display your inspiration board in a different way skip these steps). Press the “Desktop Background” button and this will save your collage as a jPG file in a new folder, “Collages”.

Step 7

Step 7

Now select your collage and click on the “Create” tab on the top toolbar. Select “Set as Desktop”.

Step 8

When the confirmation message pops up, click “Set Desktop”

Step 9


And You’re Done!

DIY Inspiration Board {With Google Picasa}

This tutorial shows you how to make this inspiration board your desktop background so if you use your computer lots (like me) it reminds you everyday what your aiming for but you could easily print this out and stick it up in your bedroom like a poster. Now you have a inspiration board that makes your goals seem tangible, keeps you focused and reminds you what you’re striving for. Visualising your goal everyday makes you feel accountable and will hopefully keep you motivated in the year to come! 

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys and Happy New Year!

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The Dorothy Deerest Christmas Wrap-Up!

The Dorothy Deerest Christmas Wrap-Up!

Earlier this month I presented a four-part DIY series; The 12 DIY’s of Christmas.

The 12 DIY's of Christmas

This series featured 12 different DIY homewares, gifts, food and decorations for Christmas time. So it’s the night before Christmas here and I thought I would show you just a few of the ways I put these DIY tutorials into practice throughout the month of December.

-I used my Hand-Stamped Wrapping Paper & Patty Pan Gift Tags for my family’s presents.

-My boyfriend received a Pop-Out Tree Christmas Card.

-My Countdown Calendar provided me with chocolate for 25 days straight and will again for years to come.

-All the food (Rumballs, Chocolate Ripple Cake and the Cookie Christmas Tree) made a special appearance at every Christmas party I went to and the Chocolate Fudge made great gifts.

-Beautiful hand-made ornaments (Easy Paper Ornaments, Glittery Glass Jars and Doily Christmas Lights) were featured throughout my house.

-And my mum used her new Card Clothesline to…um…hang cards

I hope you enjoyed ‘The 12 DIY’s of Christmas’ series, that it inspired you to be creative this Christmas and if you haven’t seen the series yet you can click on the following links to find Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Merry Christmas Deerest Friends!

Love Dorothy XOXO

DIY Chocolate Mousse

Hi Deerest Friends,

Whether it’s summer or winter where you are, there are always times where you desperately need comfort food. You’ve just been dumped. You have PMS. You’ve just finished watching The Notebook after being dumped whilst having PMS. Well I can’t fix those problems but I can promise you that this DIY tutorial will make you feel so much better.

I am a very modest person but I make the best chocolate mousse in the world. Really.

All year long, I get requests from family and friends regarding this mousse. If it weren’t for this mousse they all would have probably stoped talking to me years ago. Now “best chocolate mousse in the world” may sound like a big claim but after you try this you will be agreeing with me. And if you don’t I will ignore you anyway.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-3 Mixing Bowls (one large, two medium sized)
-Double Boiler
-Electric Beaters
-Large Metal Spoon
-Spoons
-Serving bowls

For the Chocolate Mousse:
-300g of Good-Quality Chocolate (I use a combination of 150g of Dark, 100g of Milk and 50g of White Chocolate)
-3 Eggs
-¼ cup of Caster Sugar
-1 tbsp of Cocoa Powder
-300ml of Thickened Cream (must be suitable for whipping)
-Grated Chocolate, to serve (this is how I decorate mine but this can be changed)

Using electric beaters, start by whipping your cream in one of the smaller bowls until it forms firm peaks, being careful not to over-beat. Once whipped, put the cream aside for the moment.

Step 1

Break up your chocolate and place it in the top of the double boiler. Place the double boiler (with water in the lower section) on low-medium heat and stir frequently. When the chocolate is smooth and fully melted, take the chocolate off the heat and leave in to cool slightly.

Step 2

Place eggs and sugar in one of the smaller mixing bowls and beat with clean electric beaters for 5 minutes, or until mixture is pale, thickened and doubled in volume.

Step 3

Mix sifted cocoa powder into the egg/sugar mixture and stir well.

Step 4

Fold the cooled chocolate into the egg/sugar/cocoa mixture and stir well. This will cause the mixture to thicken significantly.

Step 5

Now using a large metal spoon, gradually fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture and stir well until all the cream has been incorporated.

Step 6

Move the mousse into a serving bowl and smooth out the top using a spoon.

Step 7

Sprinkle grated chocolate over the top of the mousse.

Step 8

Finally cover the bowl with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge.

Step 9

And You’re Done!

DIY Chocolate Mousse

Even though this mousse will leave you with a lot of dirty dishes, it is really easy to make and is ridiculously delicious. This mousse can be made up to three days before serving and the longer it sits in the fridge the better it gets. I use a combination of three different chocolates that give a sweet, rich flavour but you can change this recipe to all dark if you like it really strong to all white (don’t add cocoa powder) if you prefer it sweet. Oh… and if the world does end today/tomorrow (it won’t) at least you will spend your last few moments consuming delicious calories that your won’t have to work off!

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!

Dorothy Goes Global!

Hi Deerest Friends,

It has been just over a month since I started this blog and I am really enjoying getting crafty on a regular basis and sharing it with the world… And I mean the world! I can’t believe how many people have found my little blog from all around the globe.

Thanks for checking it out and I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing my posts as much as I have enjoyed making them!

So after a few days of trying to figure it all out, Dorothy Deerest has taken over the internet (well… not really)!

You can now find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram as “dorothydeerest”!

So if you enjoy this blog, you want to see upcoming posts and projects or you have a blog that is similar (I’d love to see your work!) click the links above and join me.

Thanks again 🙂

Love Dorothy XOXO

DIY Typo Quote Poster

Hi Deerest Friends,

I may be making a massive generalisation but people who love craft and DIY usually love Op Shops/ Thrift Shops. You can find the funniest stuff and I love finding older things that you can change and update so they look modern and new. I actually went to an Op Shop Party the other day with friends and the fashion was hilarious yet questionable.

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So spending all day in an op shop looking for an awesome outfit inspired me to take something old and revamp it. Today’s DIY tutorial is a really cool graphic/typo poster that is incredibly easy and cheap to make. All you need is to head down to your local thrift store and find an old poster, map or painting. If you can’t find anything suitable you can also use a newspaper or a magazine.

 

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-Spray Paint (any colour but black and white look really effective)
-Masking/Electrical Tape
-Your Poster Base (E.g. Panting, Poster, Map, Newspaper, Magazine)
-Scissors

Firstly, find a poster base. The one I’m using is a canvas that I found at an Charity Shop. It has just been half-painted randomly but the colours are really vibrant.

Step 1

Now think of a quote, a sentence or any random words you would like your poster to say. The quote can be anything at all. I’m using the quote “There’s No Place Like Home” because I love The Wizard of Oz and also this is going to make a great house-warming gift for one of my friends.Using the masking/electrical tape, start taping your quote onto your poster base. Just judge where the letters will go by eye.

Step 2

Now use your spray paint to cover the entire poster base until you can’t see the base’s original images anymore. You may need multiple coats to achieve this. Allow plenty of time to dry.

Step 3

Once dried, remove all your masking/electrical tape.

Step 4

And You’re Done!

DIY Typo Quote Poster

This graphic poster has a really cool, urban vibe and is very eye-catching. This would make a great house-warming gift, especially if you have a quote that is personally relevant to your friend. If you can’t think of a quote to use you can use a list such as “New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, [the name of your town/city]”. This is a really versatile project as you can use anything as your poster base. You could use a plain coloured poster board from the craft store, you could paint your own canvas first, reuse some cool wrapping paper or you could use planks of wood…just use your imagination.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!

DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain & DIY Sock Bun

Hi Deerest Friends,

I know I usually post on Friday but yesterday I went to the wedding of my two lovely friends, Adam & Misty. I was so excited because this was the first wedding I’ve ever been to! I had an amazing time and decided to relate today’s tutorial to this special event. Today’s tutorial is a bit of a double-whammy. Firstly I will be showing how to create a DIY version of the Belle Noel Hair Chain, designed by Kim Kardashian.

Kim Kardashian wears Belle Noel Hair Chain

This piece looks so glamorous and elegant in the hair, and is really easy and inexpensive to make. Secondly, I’m going to be showing you how to create a sock bun. Now, I know this tutorial has been done to death but it still amazes me how many girls don’t know how to create this simple, yet effective hairstyle. Ever time I wear it I have girls come up and ask me how I’ve done it so I thought I’d share it again.
*Note: This hairstyle works best for girls with thicker/ longer hair. If your hair is very fine or short; some hair extensions may be needed to add the necessary volume and length.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need

For the Hair Chain:
-2 Metal Hair Combs
-A pack of Jump Rings
-Three varying lengths of chain, two are the same and one is slightly thicker
-Pliers

For the Sock Bun:
-One Long Sock (in a colour that matches your hair)
-Scissors
-Hair Elastics
-Bobby Pins (Again match it to your hair colour)
-Hairspray

 

Firstly, lay out your chains and combs, as you want them to be. My thickest chain is in the middle with the two smaller chains on either side.

Step 1 (DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain)

Take your first chain and add a jump ring to one end. Using pliers tighten the jump ring around one end of the comb. Repeat with the other two chains, the thickest chain clamping to the middle of the comb and the other thin chain fastening to the other end.

Step 2 (DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain)

Repeat the above step with the other ends of the chains and the other comb. Make sure your design stays symmetrical and that the chains don’t get tangled. Ensure all your jump rings are fastened to the combs securely.

Step 3 (DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain)

Now for the sock bun. Take your sock and cut the toe off.

Step 1 (DIY Sock Bun)

Roll the sock in on itself until you have created a donut-like shape. If you want your bun to be super voluminous, use a thicker sock or use two, placing one inside the other prior to rolling.

Step 2 (DIY Sock Bun)

Take your hair and tie it in a ponytail using a hair elastic. If you want a high bun tie a high ponytail or if you want a low bun tie a low ponytail.

Step 3 (DIY Sock Bun)

Hold your ponytail vertical and place the ends of your ponytail through the centre of the sock donut

Step 4 (DIY Sock Bun)

Take the ends of the hair and place them around and through the sock donut. Start rolling the donut down towards your head. By the time you read your head you should have a voluminous sock bun. Use bobby pins to cover any bit of the sock showing with hair.

Step 5 (DIY Sock Bun)

Smooth the hair around the bun with some hairspray or bobby pins. Place the combs of the hair chain either side of your bun or wherever you like.

Final Step (DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain & DIY Sock Bun)


And You’re Done!

Adam & Misty's Wedding (14/12/2012)

 

This is how I wore my hair for the wedding last night. It’s so simple and elegant yet very eye-catching and unique. With this hairstyle, I’m wore a pink silk dress, wedges and simple gold jewellery. The sock bun was perfect because it was really humid and wet yesterday and if I had have worn my hair down it would have gone all frizzy.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!

DIY Contrast Nail Art

Hi Deerest Friends,

I love having nice nails but when you DIY as much as I do it becomes hard to justify spending $50 a month getting your nails done when they just end up being cover in paint or glue. Most of the time I just have a clear polish on to strengthen and help my nails grow faster but every now and then it’s nice to do something a bit more fancy. Today’s tutorial is inspired by colour-blocking and is a really easy way to create nail art with an eye-catching, elaborate design.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-Clear Tape (The “invisible”, matte kind works best)
-Nail Polishes (Your going to need two coloured polishes and one clear top coat)
-Scissors
-Pinking Shears (you could use any kind of decorative shears)

Firstly start with clean, filed nails.

Step 1

Paint your nails with your base colour (usually the lighter colour).  Wait for your nails to dry. Repeat this step until the nail colour is opaque.

Step 2

Paint a small segment of the tape’s top side (the non-sticky side) with your other colour. Repeat until you have created an opaque coverage. Allow time for each coat to dry.

Step 3

Cut the painted segment away from the rest of the tape. Cut this segment into a smaller piece that is the width of your nail.Use your decorative shears and cut along one edge of the tape.
Step 4Place this tape on the tip of your nail and trim the excess.

Step 5Step 5

Repeat with all your fingernails/toenails and use a clear coat on top of the polish and tape to make the nail art last longer.

And You’re Done!

 

I get really frustrated when I go to so much effort with my nails just for them to chip two days later but the tape used in this design actually makes the nail art last a lot longer. Using good quality nail polishes will make a big difference too (I like O.P.I). This is so simple but you will have so many people commenting on your nails, asking how you’ve done it and thinking you’ve had a professional manicure.

 DIY Contrast Nail Art

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!

DIY “Fruit Salad” Cocktail

Hi Deerest Friends,

Next week I’m off to the beach camping with a big group of friends. I can’t wait for a week of relaxing in the sun, playing cricket on the beach and having a drink or two (or three or four) with friends. Today’s tutorial is my take on the traditional fruit punch, combined with the icy refreshment of a Slurpee This is the ultimate summer drink and it is so delicious. I can’t stand cocktail recipes when you have to go out and buy a heap of obscure alcohols that are impossible to find and that you’ll never use again. This recipe uses only Bacardi Rum but it is very versatile so you could use vodka, tequila or even champagne as an alternative.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-A Blender
-Watermelon (This is cut into cubes and frozen overnight)
-Orange & Mango Juice, chilled (This could also be an orange & mango flavoured mineral water)
-2 shots of Bacardi Rum, per person (I like this quite strong but use one shot per person if desired)
-Crushed Ice
-Margarita Glasses
-Slices of Pineapple, to garnish
-Swizzle Sticks, Umbrellas and Straws, to garnish

Take your watermelon cubes and place them in the blender along with some ice. Blend until it creates a pureed, Slurpee-like consistency.

Step 1

Pour in your Bacardi (or alternative) and add your orange & mango juice/mineral water. Blend on low speed until combined.

Step 2

Pour into a margarita glass and add a wedge of pineapple to the rim of the glass. Decorate with a swizzle stick, umbrella and a straw.

And You’re Done!

DIY "Fruit Salad" Cocktail

This drink is so yummy and it might even be all you want to drink in summer. I like to also add a little cocktail umbrella and a swizzle stick because I can’t resist anything kitsch and it makes me feel like I’m on a cruise in the Caribbean or something equally as glamorous. This is definitely what I’ll be drinking at the beach. This drink is very versatile and it can also be made into a refreshing mocktail if you don’t drink or if you want to use this for a kid’s party… Just hold the alcohol.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!

 

The 12 DIY’s of Christmas {Part 4}

The 12 DIY's of Christmas

Hi Deerest Friends,

So here we are at the final instalment of my four-part Christmas DIY Extravaganza. Hopefully all these ideas have inspired you to create some great things for Christmas this year, whether it’s for yourself or for someone special. I’ve road-tested all these ideas and only chosen ones that are inexpensive, simple to make and use easy-to-find materials.

So Let’s Get Started!

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DIY IDEA #10: Easy Paper Ornaments

DIY Easy Paper Ornaments

This is another really simple DIY project for Christmas that uses materials that most people have lying around their houses. You can use any coloured paper and you could also use pinking shears, scalloped shears or border punches to create a completely different appearance. Also experimenting with different sized paper strips will alter the final shape of the ornament.
*Note: These are beautiful ornaments but they are quite delicate so when you store them after Christmas, store them carefully.

You Will Need
-Coloured Paper (You can use any colours you like)
-Scissors
-Ribbon
-Stapler
-Ruler
-Pencil

Start cutting 2cm (0.8 of an inch) wide strips of paper and varying colours. Use a ruler and a pencil to measure and mark your strips so they are even.

Step 1 (Easy Paper Ornaments)

Cut your strips of paper in varying lengths. Keeping the smallest strips towards the centre, the largest strips towards the outside and everything else in between, arrange your strips in a symmetric fashion. An odd number of strips works best for this.

Step 2 (Easy Paper Ornaments)

Staple one end of all the arranged strips together

Step 3 (Easy Paper Ornaments)

Cut 12cm (5 Inches) of ribbon and fold it exactly in half. Take the two cut ends of the ribbon and place 1cm (0.4 of an inch) either side of the middle strip of paper.

Step 4 (Easy Paper Ornaments)

Keeping all the unstapled ends level and keeping the ribbon in place, staple these and the ribbon together. You should now have a strange, yet symmetrically shaped ornament with a ribbon for hanging.

Step 5 (Easy Paper Ornaments)

And You’re Done!

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DIY IDEA #11: Typo Canvas

DIY Glittery Typo Canvas

This is a great piece, which can be displayed in a photo frame or against cardboard/ MDF board. The different textures used make this design really stand out. This is a versatile artwork and not necessarily just a Christmas piece as you can use any coloured paint, different textures, a patterned background or any quote. This would make a great house-warming present.

You Will Need
-An A4 (21x 29.7 centimetres or 8.3x 11.7 inches) Sheet of Canvas or Card Paper
– Gold or Silver Glitter Pain
– An Exacto-Knife or a Stanley Knife (You can use scissors but it is a bit difficult and time consuming)
-A Pencil
-Paper Clips
– Text Template (You can create your own on Word or Photoshop and DaFont is a great website to download new fonts)

Firstly, Print out your text template. Make sure you use a text that is quite large and bold, as you will be cutting around each letter later on and small letters are quite tricky. Also make sure your document is A4-sized and landscape before you print.

Step 1 (Glittery Typo Canvas)

Using an exacto-knife (or an alternative), start cutting around each individual letter. The aim is to remove the black letters without removing any of the white, thus creating a stencil. The holes in the O’s, R’s and A’s will be cut out but make sure you keep them to you can pencil them in after.

Step 2 (Glittery Typo Canvas)

Once you’ve cut your letters out, use some paper clips to fasten your template to your piece of paper card or sheet of canvas. Using your pencil, trace around the letters of your template. Once you’ve traced all your letters remove your template and paper clips. Pencil around the holes of the O’s, R’s and A’s now.

Step 3 (Glittery Typo Canvas)

Finally, use your glitter paint to fill in all the letters. Multiple coats may be necessary. Allow plenty of time to dry.

Step 4 (Glittery Typo Canvas)


And You’re Done!

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DIY IDEA #12: Chocolate Fudge & Gift Bags

DIY Chocolate Fudge & Gift Bags

I’ve made fudge many times and this is by far the easiest recipe I’ve come across. This fudge can be made using dark, milk or white chocolate (or even a mix). I’m planning on cutting this fudge up, packaging it nicely and sending it out as little Christmas gifts for family and friends. This is a really great gift for those people that you don’t really know what to get them because most people love chocolate (just don’t give it to a Vegan, a Diabetic or someone who is Lactose Intolerant… that’s a bit awkward.)

You Will Need
-Canola Cooking Spray
-Baking Paper
-A Microwave Safe Glass Bowl
-A Fork
-A 20cm Square Pan (with high edges)
-Plastic Sandwich Bag
-Air-Tight Container
-Brown Kraft Paper
-Ribbon

For the Fudge:

-400g (1 can) Sweetened Condensed Milk
-100g Butter, cubed
-250g (1 1/4 cups, firmly packed) Brown Sugar
-1 Tbs Golden Syrup
-100g good-quality chocolate, finely chopped

Spray a 20cm square pan with the canola oil spray, then line with non-stick baking paper.

Step 1 (Chocolate Fudge)

Place the condensed milk, butter, brown sugar and golden syrup in a large heat-resistant glass bowl.Cook, uncovered for 10-12 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, on Medium-High, or until bubbles appear over the whole surface of the mixture.

Step 2 (Chocolate Fudge)

Add the chocolate and stir until smooth and well combined.

Step 3 (Chocolate Fudge)

 

Pour immediately into the prepared pan. Place in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm.

Step 4 (Chocolate Fudge)

Cut into squares. Place fudge in a air-tight container, lined with baking paper and keep in the fridge. To present as a gift, place a few pieces into a plastic sandwich bag. Wrap the plastic bag in brown Kraft paper and tie the top with a ribbon.

Step 5 (Chocolate Fudge)

And You’re Done!

If you liked these DIY tutorials and this series, comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know. Don’t forget to check out the whole series; The 12 DIY’s of Christmas, if you haven’t yet 🙂

Thanks guys!

The 12 DIY’s of Christmas {Part 3}

The 12 DIY's of Christmas

Hi Deerest Friends,

So today is Part 3 of my crazy DIY Christmas series; The 12 DIY’s of Christmas. I’m bringing you three more fantastically creative yet super easy ideas to brighten up the holiday season. Part 1 and Part 2 were published over the last two days and the final installment of this series will be published tomorrow so stay tuned for more awesome ideas.

So Let’s Get Started!

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DIY IDEA #7: Hand-Stamped Christmas Paper & Patty Pan Gift Tags

DIY Hand-Stamped Christmas Paper

DIY Patty Pan Gift Tags

This is exactly how I’ll be presenting my family and friend’s gifts this Christmas. Both the gift tags and the wrapping paper tied up with ribbon or raffia have a great homemade look and people feel very flattered that you have created paper/ gift tags just for them. This Christmas paper is so easy to make and is a great Christmas activity for young kids to do. You can cut up some different shaped sponges for them to use, get them some paintbrushes or even do some good old-fashioned finger-painting. They will love it!

 

You Will Need

For The Patty Pan Gift Tags:
-Patty Pan/ Cupcake Cases (they can be plain or have a pattern… I found these in my cupboard)
-White Card
-Metallic Marker
-Glue
-Ribbon (optional)

For The Hand-Stamped Christmas Paper:
-Acrylic/ Poster Paint (any colour of your choice)
-Brown Kraft Paper
-Sponges
-Scissors
-A Plastic/Paper Disposable Plate

 

Firstly, flatten out your cupcake cases and place them under a stack of heavy books over night. For each tag your going to need two matching cases

Step 1 (Patty Pan Gift Tags)

Once your cupcake cases are flattened down, take your two matching cases and glue them together with the good sides facing out. Don’t worry if the tags are still creased/wrinkled as this adds to the homemade charm. Allow some time for the glue to dry.
*If you wanted these gift tags to have a ribbon that you can tie to a gift bag take two 10cm (4 Inches) pieces of ribbon tie them together at one end and place the tied end between the patty pan cases prior to gluing them together. Once dried the ribbon can be used to tie the tag to the handle of a gift bag

Step 2 (Patty Pan Gift Tags)

Now take your white card and cut a circle the same size as the inner circle of the cupcake case (this would have been the base of the patty pan prior to flattening)

Step 3 (Patty Pan Gift Tags)

Glue the white card circle to the inner circle on one side of the patty pan gift tag. This is where you will write the name of whoever is receiving the gift. You can use the metallic marker for this.

Step 4 (Patty Pan Gift Tags)

Now for the wrapping paper. Start by cutting your desired shape/s out of a sponge. I’ve gone with circles just to match the polka dots on the cupcake cases but you can use stars, diamonds, hearts… anything.

Step 1 (Hand-Stamped Christmas Paper)

Pour some paint onto a plastic/paper disposable plate and dip your sponge in squeeze excess paint away and start stamping your Kraft paper in any pattern. Allow plenty of time for your paint to dry

Step 2 (Hand-Stamped Christmas Paper)


And You’re Done!

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 DIY IDEA #5: Chocolate Ripple Cake

DIY Chocolate Ripple Cake

This is another Australian classic. It is rare to go to a Christmas party or any summer party for that matter in Australia without experiencing the glory that is The Chocolate Ripple Cake. I’m not sure if other countries have a similar version but this recipe is so yummy and so easy to make that it would be rude not to share it with the rest of the world.

You Will Need
-A Large Mixing Bowl
-A Dinner Spoon and Knife
-Electric Beaters
-A Serving Plate

For The Chocolate Ripple Cake:
-250g (9 Ounce) packet of Chocolate Ripple Biscuits (This is what they are called in Australia but you can use any chocolate biscuit/cookie without icing or filling. It needs to be a hard biscuit so don’t use anything soft)
-500ml Thickened Cream (This must be suitable for whipping)
-1 Teaspoon of Caster Sugar
-1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Essence or Vanilla Extract

 

Firstly, pour your cream into a large mixing bowl and add vanilla extract/essence and caster sugar to the cream. Use an electric beater to whip the cream mixture until it forms stiff peaks

Step 1 (Chocolate Ripple Cake)Spread one biscuit with 1 ½ teaspoons of cream then top with another biscuit. Top that biscuit with another 1 ½ teaspoons cream and another biscuit. Place biscuits on their side onto the serving plate in a straight line. Repeat until all biscuits have been used to form a log shape. You can also create a ring/wreath shape but you will need more biscuits and more cream.

Step 2 (Chocolate Ripple Cake)

Spread the remaining cream over the entire cake.

Step 3 (Chocolate Ripple Cake)

Refrigerate covered in plastic wrap for around 6 hours before serving. To stop the plastic wrap from sticking to the cream place toothpicks around the top and sides of the cake.

Step 4 (Chocolate Ripple Cake)

Just before serving decorate the cake with grated chocolate or by with some of the crushed chocolate biscuit.

Step 5 (Chocolate Ripple Cake)


And You’re Done!

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DIY IDEA #9: Glittery Glass Jars

DIY Glittery Glass Jars

This is a great way to reuse glass jars from pasta sauce, olives (if your mental enough to actually eat those horrible things) or sundried tomatoes… anything. You can use these glittery glass jars as vases or tea-light candleholders and they will look amazing on your Christmas table.
* Note: These jars cannot be washed. If they get dusty wipe them gently with a dry cloth.

You Will Need
-Glitter (any colour but I’m using gold)
-Mod Podge or Clear-Drying Craft Glue
– Old Glass Jars (Throw away the metal tops and soak the jars in water for a few days so you can remove the labels easily)
-Clear Spray Paint/ Top Coat
-Newspaper (this is to catch the excess glitter)
-Electrical or Masking Tape
-An old paintbrush (for spreading the glue)

 

Firstly, make sure your jars are clean and have no bits of the label remaining

Step 1 (Glittery Glass Jars)

Use electrical/ masking tape to expose the areas you want to have glitter and cover the areas that will remain bare. I taped a chevron pattern in this step

Step 2 (Glittery Glass Jars)

Place newspaper all over your workspace. You’ll be glittering/gluing your jar over this as to not cause a huge mess

Step 3 (Glittery Glass Jars)

Where your glass is exposed (not taped) brush on a solid but not dripping layer of your Mod Podge or glue.

Step 4 (Glittery Glass Jars)

Sprinkle your glitter on the glued/Mod Podge-d areas until it creates full coverage with no glass/glue showing through. Spray with a clear top coat and leave to dry for a while. If your glitter is not giving full coverage repeat the last two steps using a small amount of glue in the gaps. Spray again and leave to dry

Step 5 (Glittery Glass Jars)

Once dried remove all the tape and gently shake off excess glitter. Gather your newspaper up carefully and throw it away with the excess glitter/glue

Step 6 (Glittery Glass Jars)

And You’re Done!

If you liked these DIY tutorials or have any questions, comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know. Don’t forget to check out the final part (Part 4) of the 12 DIY’s of Christmas, which will be published tomorrow 🙂

Thanks guys!