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!

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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!