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!

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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!

DIY Coat Hanger Jewellery Display

Hi Deerest Friends,

I like all jewellery but I really love necklaces! I don’t always wear statement earrings and I don’t always wear bracelets but it is rare for me to go out without a necklace. Whether it’s an intricate statement piece or a simple chain, necklaces have the amazing ability to dress up any boring outfit. But with my love of necklaces came a huge necklace collection and with that huge necklace collection came a problem of MASSIVE proportions. Storing your necklaces by simply chucking them together in a drawer (yes I know… it’s an utter sin!) causes them to get really, really, REALLY tangled! And anyone who’s ever had to un-tangle a ball of tangled necklaces knows that it is a truly painful experience that makes you feel like you can’t go on. So after the fourth hour of untangling (not over exaggerating at all) I decided enough is enough! From that point I started storing my necklaces in fishing tackle boxes. Not very glamorous I know, but each necklace has it’s own little compartment so it stops all your necklaces getting tangled up. Also the tackle boxes are pretty cheap and easy to find. However, I suddenly realised that I have some really beautiful jewellery pieces and I’m hiding them away in my wardrobe. Today’s DIY tutorial is inspired by a tutorial originally featured on I SPY DIY (one of my favourite DIY blogs… please check it out if you haven’t yet). I love this idea and I really needed a way to both store and display my favourite jewellery pieces and so I though I’d share this idea with you while also showing you the way I made this jewellery hanger my own.

So Let’s Get Started 

You Will Need
– A Wooden Coat Hanger
– Eye Hooks (you can often find these in a picture hanging kit)
– Spray Paint or Acrylic Paint (in the colour of your choice)
– Sandpaper
– Measuring Tape/ Ruler
– Pencil
– Paint Brush (if your using acrylic paint)
– Masking Tape (optional)

Firstly, give your wooden hanger a quick sand using your sandpaper. If your wooden hanger has a gloss coating you really need to sand it back before you paint.

Now measure the part of your hanger that you will be screwing the eye hooks into

Use a pencil to lightly mark the centre of your hanger. One you’ve marked the centre; mark the rest of the hanger in 2-3 centimetre increments. This makes sure that your jewellery is displayed evenly and the hanger will hang on the wall straight

Screw in your eye hooks where you have previously marked. At first screwing the hooks into the hanger by hand can be a bit difficult so use a small nail and a hammer where your going to insert the eye hook just to get the hole started

Start painting your coat hanger using whatever colour you like. I used a peachy/ coral coloured acrylic paint for the base and then used white spray paint lightly over the top. Allow your hanger plenty of time to dry.


And You’re Done!

This jewellery display is really easy to make and it looks great on your wall. You could stop at the final step of this tutorial or you can add some individual details to your hanger display. I used a white ribbon to tie a bow around the top of the hanger and I used jewellery wire that I spray painted white to write the word ‘Jewels’, which I then attached to the top part of my hanger using a hot glue gun. Finally, to give the jewellery display a vintage look I gently sanded a few parts of the hanger so the peach paint would show through again. You could decorate your jewellery hanger using beads, you could use different paint colours to create a pattern or you could wrap your hanger using ribbon or fabric… just use your imagination and creativity.

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!