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!
DIY IDEA #7: Hand-Stamped Christmas Paper & 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)
For The Hand-Stamped Christmas Paper:
-Acrylic/ Poster Paint (any colour of your choice)
-Brown Kraft Paper
-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
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
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)
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.
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.
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
And You’re Done!
DIY IDEA #5: 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
-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
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.
Spread the remaining cream over the entire 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.
Just before serving decorate the cake with grated chocolate or by with some of the crushed chocolate biscuit.
And You’re Done!
DIY IDEA #9: 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
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
Place newspaper all over your workspace. You’ll be glittering/gluing your jar over this as to not cause a huge mess
Where your glass is exposed (not taped) brush on a solid but not dripping layer of your Mod Podge or glue.
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
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
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 🙂