55g caster sugar
Few drops of vanilla extract
150g plain flour
4 tbsp water
250g icing sugar
Food colouring, to decorate
Mix the butter, caster sugar and vanilla extract until just evenly mixed. Stir in the flour and cornflour. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for about 30 minutes.
Roll out to the thickness of a $1 coin and cut out different sized heart shapes. Bake at 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 for 10 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Make the icing sugar and divide into small bowls to add pink and red food colouring to the mixture. Now it’s time to decorate your heart biscuits!
To give biscuits as a gift, pack in a DIY box, which you can print here. To make the box more interesting you could decorate it or print it out on some pretty card.
Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Embroidery ring (Inside ring)
Assorted origami birds – I found out how to make these birds here, here and here.
Step One: Cut three pieces of embroidery thread, long enough to meet in the middle of the circle, about 25 cm (depending on the size of your embroidery ring.) This will be the top of the mobile where you hang it up.
Step Two: Work out the positioning of the origami birds – where you want them to hang.
Step Three: Measure how far you want the birds to hang down. Mine vary in length, the longest is about 25 cm.
Step Four: Attach birds to embroidery thread by making a small hole with your needle in their wings (somewhere the knot will be hidden.)
Heart shape cookie cutter
Step One: Take your white card and draw twelve hearts using a heart cookie cutter or something that will give you a heart shape.
Step Two: Cut out the hearts.
Step Three: Write on your hearts with the red marker. I used a typewriter font from my computer and traced it onto my hearts.
The words are: a partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves, three french hens, four colly birds, five golden rings, six geese-a-laying, seven swans-a-swimming, eight maids-a-milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords-a-leaping, eleven pipers piping, twelve drummers drumming.
Step Four: To get the right length of string, lay out your twelve hearts on the floor and position how far apart you would like them. Measure your string and cut!
Step Five: Now tape the string to the back of the hearts and your done!
I was at the beach earlier this week and it inspired me to make this simple shell statement necklace.
Three or more shells
Measure the length of your string by putting it around your neck and deciding where you what it to sit. Take into consideration the you will need extra to tie the string onto the clasp.
Thread the string through the shell’s hole. I was lucky enough to find shells that had natural holes in them. If you didn’t happen to find any like this then maybe you could drill a hole? I’m not sure how shells would cope with that though.
– Let me know in the comments below what you would do to create the hole.
Now attach your clasp. The clasp is optional, you might like to tie a knot at the back, but I prefer to be able to take it off more easily. Tie a double knot on each ring and cut the excess off.
Sweet, simple and complete.
I decided to create this hair scrunchy because as well as wanting to wear it out and about I heard hair scrunchies are great to wear to bed. They are better than normal hair ties because they are not as tight and wont pull on your hair.
My hair is thick so I made the width of my scrunchy thick too. Depending on your hair type, it’s up to you how wide you want it. Make sure you add a centimeter or more of seam allowance.
Pin to hold the material in place and cut along the edge of the material.
Fold the material in half, inside-out, and pin before you sew so it doesn’t slip out of place.
Sew the pieces together one centimeter and a half in from the edge. Don’t forget to back stitch on both ends!
Turn the material back the right way around. Iron it so it’s flat.
Attach the safety pin to the end of the elastic.
Work out how tight/long you want your elastic.
Tie a double knot and cut off the excess.
Sew the gap closed with your needle and thread.
Style in a ponytail or bun.
Need more vases?
It’s time for some up-cycling!
All you have to do is clean your used tin cans, pick some flowers, add water and put them in! Enjoy!
This is a easy homemade mothers day present!
Half a cup of sea salt
Half a cup of sweet almond oil (or olive oil)
Half a teaspoon of lemon zest
Half a teaspoon of orange zest
In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients making sure to not let any water touch them as it will dissolve the salt.
Pour mixture into a jar or airtight container.
Note: Apply scrub to body in the shower.
Now that it’s autumn and the weather’s getting cooler, I’ve been feeling run down. So I decided to make homemade herbal tea. Instead of putting the herbs into a tea pot, I thought it would be a nice idea to make herbal tea bags.
Honey & Lemon (optional)
Step One: Sew tea bag
Step Two: Collect ingredients and chop up finely
Step Three: Put the herbs into the tea bag
Step Four: Close up the bag by folding the corners in
Step Five: Place part of the embroidery thread underneath a folded flap and staple into place
Add honey & lemon and enjoy!
This is a nice idea to put chocolate eggs in, decorated eggs as show here, or even to add some colour to your fridge instead of boring cardboard.
Shredded Paper (optional)
Step One: Paint the carton any colour you like. I painted mine turquoise and coral with gold dots for one and gold stripes for the other.
Step Two: Place the shredded paper in the carton
This is fun and really easy once you get the hang of it. The best part is choosing how you’re going to decorate them.
All weather exterior low sheen white paint
Step One: Push the pin through the top of the egg and take it out.
Step Two: Do the same thing to the bottom of the egg except this time you want to make the hole a bit bigger. Create a small circle and chip away at it till it’s big enough for the yolk and white to come out.
Step Three: Blow through the hole at the top of the egg. The yolk and white will come out the bottom. Put the bowl underneath.
Step Four: If your eggs are brown like mine, then I would recommend painting them with all weather exterior (low sheen) white paint, so that you don’t have a brown tinge coming through when you paint them later on. I tried using white acrylics but the paint was too thin.
Step Five: Now for the fun part! Come up with your ideas and get painting!
Putting your decorated eggs in a painted egg carton makes a great gift.