DIY Heart Garland

Hi Deerest Friends,

So it’s the week of Valentine’s Day and that means all of a sudden hearts are everywhere.  Now despite being in a relationship I actually don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s not my kind of thing but you don’t need to be in a relationship or even celebrate Valentine’s Day to bring a little love into your house. Today’s DIY tutorial is a really easy heart garland that is so simple to make and can be varied in a number of ways to suit any house or any occasion.

So Let’s Get Started

You Will Need
-A selection of paint swatches
– A Large shaped hole-punch (You could cut shapes out with scissors if you didn’t want to find/buy a hole punch)
– Thread (I used white as to not compete with the coloured hearts but use whatever colour you’d like)
– Needle (nothing too thick)

Firstly, go to your local hardware store or paint store and grab a heap of paint swatches. These can be in whatever colour/s you like.

Step 1

Using a large heart hole-punch (or scissors), cut hearts out of your swatches. Depending on how big your swatch is you may be able to cut more than one heart out of each swatch (for example, I could cut three hearts out of each swatch)

Step 2

Step 2

Using a needle poke two holes into each heart. You want this to be spaced evenly and consistently, for all the hearts, so you can judge it by eye or you could use a ruler if needed.

Step 3

Measure out how much thread you need. There is no standard amount as it depends on how big you want your garland to be. I wanted to hang my garland along my bookcase so I measured my thread against that and added a few centimetres either side so the garland would hang nicely.

Step 4

Now thread your needle. Using your needle, sew into the first hole and out of the second hole. This way the majority of thread will be behind the heart and only small bit will be visible on the edges of each heart. Repeat this until all your hearts are on the thread. Once you’ve sewn through all your hearts tie a knot a few centimetres in on both ends of the thread, to avoid the paper hearts falling off.

Finally, hang your heart garland wherever you like and move your hearts on the thread until they are spaced evenly.

Step 6

And You’re Done!

DIY Heart Garland This project is so simple and because most of your materials are either lying around the house or free, it may not cost you anything. Because you could recreate this DIY tutorial using whatever colours or shapes you like, this is a very versatile project. As a result, this garland can be used for a multitude of occasions. You could make these for a baby shower (in pink or blue, maybe), these could be created for a wedding or an engagement party or these could be made for a birthday party (using a number shape for your new age). Also, as most hole-punches have no exposed sharp components, this is a great activity for young children on a rainy day!

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 :)

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!

The 12 DIY’s of Christmas {Part 2}

The 12 DIY's of Christmas

Hi Deerest Friends,

So yesterday I started my ‘The 12 DIY’s of Christmas’ Series, which is presenting 12 fun DIY Christmas projects over four consecutive days. So if you haven’t seen Part 1 yet definitely check it out and stay tuned for more craft and more creativity over the next two days.

So Let’s Get Started!

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DIY IDEA #4: Doily Christmas Lights

DIY Doily Christmas Lights

This idea is so inexpensive, easy to make and is a simple way to dress up a boring set of Christmas lights. This is one of the only DIY’s I’ve done so far where I didn’t have to purchase anything as most of these things were just lying around the house.

*Note: I left my doily lights on for quite a while and they didn’t get hot enough to create a fire hazard with the paper, however accidents can happen so always keep an eye on your lights.

You Will Need
-A Pack of Small Paper Doilies
-A String of Christmas Lights
-Scissors
-Glue
-Pencil

Firstly, lightly mark the centre of the doily with a pencil. From the edge of the doily, cut one straight line into the centre mark

Step 1 (Doily Christmas Lights)

Using the cut line, cut a 3cm wide hole in the centre of the doily. Avoid folding or creasing the doily.

Step 2 (Doily Christmas Lights)

Now place one Christmas light through the centre hole

Step 3 (Doily Christmas Lights)

Bring both sides of the cut line together creating a cone shape with a hole at the end, which the light is sitting through. You want it tight enough that the doily won’t fall off the light. Finally, glue the overlapping parts of the paper doily together. Avoid using heavy glue as it will seep through the paper and give a stained appearance.

Step 4 (Doily Christmas Lights)

And You’re Done!

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 DIY IDEA #8: Cookie Christmas Tree

 DIY Cookie Christmas Tree

Who doesn’t love cookies? Well this DIY idea takes cookies and turns them into a gorgeous (and edible) Christmas decoration. You can vary this idea in so many ways. You can use a choc-chip mix, ginger bread mix, shortbread or just a plain sugar cookie like I am. You can sift icing sugar on the finished tree to make it look like snow, you can add green food colouring to the cookie dough to create a more traditional green cookie tree, you can use sprinkles to look like Christmas decorations or you can cover the whole thing in chocolate because… well I like chocolate.

You Will Need
-4 or 5 Different-sized Star Shaped Cookie Cutters (I got 5 in a single pack but individual cookie cutters in different sizes will work to0)
-Mixing bowls (one large and two medium sized)
-Two Baking Trays
-Baking Paper/ Cooking Spray
-Plastic Wrap
-Rolling Pin
-Piping Bag
-Items for Decoration (e.g. Sprinkles, Cachous, Chocolate, Icing Sugar)

For The Sugar Cookies:
-1 ⅓ Cups of Plain/All-Purpose Flour
-½ Teaspoon of Baking Powder
-Pinch of Salt
-½ Cup of White Sugar
-¼ Cup of soft Unsalted Butter
-1 large Egg
-1½ Teaspoon of Milk
-¼ Teaspoon of Vanilla Essence or Extract
-Flour for dusting finished cookies

For The Royal Icing (This isn’t for decorating but to hold the tree together):
-1 ½ Cups of sifted Icing Sugar
-1 Egg White
-½ Teaspoon of Lemon Juice

Firstly, sift the flour, baking powder and salt into your large mixing bowl and mix together.

Step 1 (Cookie Christmas Tree)

In another bowl cream the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon and then mix in the egg milk and vanilla.

Step 2 (Cookie Christmas Tree)
Scrape the butter/sugar mixture into the flour mixture and stir to make a soft dough.

Step 3 (Cookie Christmas Tree)

Cover the bowl with the plastic wrap and place it in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

Step 4 (Cookie Christmas Tree)

After 30 minutes, preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and take the chilled dough out of the bowl and place it on a clean bench top, which has been dusted with flour. Lightly dust the top of the dough with flour too.

Step 5 (Cookie Christmas Tree)

Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until it is around 5 millimetres thick (¼ of an inch). If the dough is sticking to the rolling pin dust the dough with more flour.

Step 6 (Cookie Christmas Tree)

Start cutting out your dough. I cut about 2- 5 cookies out using each different-sized cookie cutter. There is no exact number as it depends how big you want your tree to be.

Step 7 (Cookie Christmas Tree)

Place each cut cookie onto a baking tray line with baking paper or sprayed with oil. Bake the cookies around 5-10 minutes but check them often. Once cooked, allow the cookies to fully cool before removing them from the tray.

Step 8 (Cookie Christmas Tree)

Now for the royal icing. Lightly whisk the egg white and the lemon juice in a bowl. Gradually add icing sugar and whisk until smooth and combined.

Step 9 (Cookie Christmas Tree)

Move your royal icing into a piping bag with a round nozzle. Starting with the largest cookie pipe around a teaspoon of royal icing onto the centre of the star and place another cookie on top. Rotate the star shape each time.

Step 10 (Cookie Christmas Tree)

Continue this process from the largest star until you’ve only got one of the smallest stars left. Use the icing to stick this one on top, upright. Allow some time for the royal icing to harden and then decorate your tree however you want.

Step 11 (Cookie Christmas Tree)

And You’re Done!

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DIY IDEA #6: Pop-Out Tree Christmas Cards

DIY Pop-Out Tree Christmas Card

This is a really clever card design that is simple to make but has that extra bit of wow factor. One great thing about this card is that while the inside has the pop-out tree design, you can decorate the front in any way you like. I kept it simple using a metallic marker, some glitter paint and some gems I had left over from yesterday’s tutorial.

You Will Need
-Pack of White Card (Each A4 page will be folded in half to create one large card)
-Green Paper (don’t use anything to thick because your going to fold this paper)
-Metallic Star Stickers (I used gold but silver looks nice too)
-Scissors
-Ruler
-Pencil
-Glue (Choose something light as anything heavy will stain the paper)
-Decorations (e.g. metallic marker, paint, stickers, gems)

Firstly, fold a piece of white card exactly in half

Step 1 (Pop-Out Tree Christmas Cards)

Using one A4 sheet of green paper rule out a large rectangle (half the page), a medium rectangle and a small rectangle. I would have loved to give exact measurements but this is really more of a trial and error exercise. Cut out the three rectangles and discard the excess paper. Fold each of the rectangles using a concertina fold and you should be left with three zigzagged pieces of paper. Try and keep your folds a consistent size (each of mine we’re around 1 centimetre)

Step 2 (Pop-Out Tree Christmas Cards)

Hold one end of you zigzagged paper and it will resemble a fan. Use some clear tape to hold this end together so the paper maintains its fan shape

Step 3 (Pop-Out Tree Christmas Cards)

Repeat with your three rectangles and you will have three fans of varying sizes

Step 4 (Pop-Out Tree Christmas Cards)

Now using your folded white card from earlier and some light glue, glue each ends of the fan to either side of the white card’s middle crease (see below). Once you’ve glued all three fans, fold the card together and place a heavy book on top for a while

Step 5 (Pop-Out Tree Christmas Cards)

Decorate the front of your card in any way you like

Step 6 (Pop-Out Tree Christmas Cards)


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 Part 3 of the 12 DIY’s of Christmas, which will be published tomorrow 🙂

Thanks guys!

The 12 DIY’s of Christmas {Part 1}

 

The 12 DIY's of Christmas
Hi Deerest Friends,

It’s the first day of December here in Australia and so that means suddenly Christmas seems to be everywhere. As I said yesterday, over the next four days I’m going to be bringing you 12 DIY ideas for your Christmas! There is going to be decorations, food, gifts and tonnes of other festive goodies so stay tuned over the next few days for The 12 DIY’s of Christmas!

So Let’s Get Started!

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DIY IDEA #1: Card Clothesline

DIY Card Clothesline

I usually store my Christmas cards on my dresser but I got so sick of them falling down all the time so I think this is a cute and festive solution. If you took away the Christmas coloured gems, this clothesline could be used all year round for photographs, kids artwork, postcards from your travels or even your birthday cards.

You Will Need
-A Pack of Wooden Pegs
-Spray Paint (I used white but gold or silver looks really great too)
-Gems, Beads or Sequins (I found my red and green gems at the craft store)
-Twine, String or Ribbon (I’m using some brown twine, which gives a rustic look)
-Hot Glue Gun, Super Glue or Craft Glue
-A piece of cardboard (this is only used during the spray painting stage so you don’t need anything fancy)

Firstly, clip your pegs onto your cardboard. I used 12 but you can use less or more depending how many cards you wish to hang up. Start spray-painting your pegs all over. The bit that is clipped to the cardboard won’t be painted, as paint there would make the peg stick together and become difficult to open. Allow your pegs plenty of time to dry

Step 1 (Card Clothesline)

Using your glue or hot glue gun, start gluing your gems/beads/sequins to your pegs. Allow plenty of time for the glue to dry

Step 2 (Card Clothesline)

Find a place in your home where you wish to display your cards and hang your twine/string/ribbon using blu-tack or small nails/pins as shown below. Windows, doorways and large walls are all great places to hang this display

Step 3 (Card Clothesline)

And You’re Done!

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DIY IDEA #2: Countdown Calendar

DIY Countdown Calandar

For kids (and adults too) one of the best things about Christmas is counting down the days until that morning where you can see whether Santa has come. This DIY is a really artistic and elegant solution to the traditional advent calendar, which is usually just a cardboard calendar with chocolates inside that you buy from a store. This countdown calendar is easy to make and is something you can keep forever, not just something you throw away as soon as the 26th of December rolls around.

You Will Need
-25 Small Envelopes
-A Large Canvas, Poster Board or MDF Board
-Glitter Glue or a Metallic Marker
-Items to Decorate
-Glue
-Wrapped Chocolates or Sweets

Firstly, glue the front of your envelopes to you canvas/board, so the opening at the back is facing out

Step 1 (Countdown Calendar)

Using glitter glue or a metallic marker label each envelope from 1 to 25 and write a title at the top of the canvas/board such as ‘Countdown to Christmas’. Finish by decorating your countdown calendar in anyway you like. Place chocolates or sweets into each envelope so you have a treat to eat each day counting down to Christmas

Step 2 (Countdown Calendar)

And You’re Done!

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DIY  IDEA #3: Rumballs

DIY Rumballs

Rumballs are a much-loved Australian Christmas treat. They make a great dessert after a huge Christmas dinner or lunch because they’re small and not too filling. They also make a great gift and a great contribution to any Christmas party.

You Will Need
-A Large Mixing Bowl
-A Food Processor
-A Wooden Spoon
-A Baking Tray
-Air-Tight Container/s

For the Rumballs:
-250g (9 Ounces) packet of Marie Biscuits (This is what they are called in Australia but these are just plain sweet biscuits/cookies with no filling or strong flavour)
-1 Cup of Desiccated/ Shredded Coconut
-2 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
-400g (14 Ounces) of Sweetened Condensed Milk
-Rum, Rum Essence or Sherry (I know they’re called Rumballs but I personally use Sherry because I think it gives the best flavour)
-Extra Desiccated/ Shredded Coconut (for covering the finished Rumballs)

Using a food processor, crush your biscuits until they create a fine rubble with some small chunks. If you don’t have a food processor, put your biscuits in a zip-lock bag and crush them using a rolling pin. Pour the crushed biscuits into a large mixing bowl.

Step 1 (Rumballs)

Add desiccated/shredded coconut and sifted cocoa powder to the crushed biscuits and mix these ingredients together well.

Step 2 (Rumballs)

Add a dash of rum, rum essence or sherry and add your sweetened condensed milk. Stir the mixture well to incorporate all the dry ingredients. If your mixture looks a bit dry add another dash of rum, rum essence or sherry

Step 3 (Rumballs)

Take a spoonful of mixture at a time and roll into balls using your hands. This can get a little bit messy. Once you have formed the mixture, roll each ball in a baking tray of desiccated/ shredded coconut. Store in air-tight containers in the refrigerator

Step 4 (Rumballs)

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 Part 2 of the 12 DIY’s of Christmas, which will be published tomorrow 🙂

Thanks guys!