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!

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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!