Valentine Heart Biscuits

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Ingredients
115g butter
55g caster sugar
Few drops of vanilla extract
150g plain flour
25g cornflour

Icing
4 tbsp water
250g icing sugar
Food colouring, to decorate

Method
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!

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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.

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Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Origami Bird Mobile

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Materials
Embroidery ring (Inside ring)
Embroidery thread
Scissors
Needle
Assorted origami birds – I found out how to make these birds here, here and here.

Instructions
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.)

origami mobile

Twelve Days of Christmas Heart Garland

12 days of xmas

12 days of xmas

12 days of xmas

Materials
White Card
Red Marker
Pencil
Scissors
String
Tape
Heart shape cookie cutter

Instructions
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!

12 days of xmas

12 days of xmas

Shell Statement Necklace

Sea Shell Necklace

I was at the beach earlier this week and it inspired me to make this simple shell statement necklace.

Sea Shell Necklace

Materials:
String
Necklace Clasp
Three or more shells

Sea Shell Necklace

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.

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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.

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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.

Sea Shell Necklace

Sweet, simple and complete.

Hair Scrunchy

Hair scrunchy

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.

Hair scrunchy

Materials:
Material
Pins
Elastic
Safety pin
Thread
Needle

Hair scrunchy

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.

Hair scrunchy

Pin to hold the material in place and cut along the edge of the material.

Hair scrunchy

Fold the material in half, inside-out, and pin before you sew so it doesn’t slip out of place.

Hair scrunchy

Sew the pieces together one centimeter and a half in from the edge. Don’t forget to back stitch on both ends!

Hair scrunchy

Hair scrunchy Turn the material back the right way around. Iron it so it’s flat.

Hair scrunchy

Attach the safety pin to the end of the elastic.

Hair scrunchy

Work out how tight/long you want your elastic.

Hair scrunchy

Tie a double knot and cut off the excess.

Hair scrunchy

Sew the gap closed with your needle and thread.

Hair scrunchy
Style in a ponytail or bun.

Citrus Salt Body Scrub

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This is a easy homemade mothers day present!

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Ingredients:
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

Method:
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.

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lemon scrub_diy

Homemade Herbal Tea Bags

homemade herbal tea bags

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.

homemade herbal tea bags

homemade herbal tea bags

Materials:
Red cotton
Embroidery thread
Calico
Scissors
Paper

homemade herbal tea bags

Ingredients:
Ginger
Sage
Rosemary
Thyme
Honey & Lemon (optional)

homemade herbal tea bags

Step One: Sew tea bag
Step Two: Collect ingredients and chop up finely

homemade herbal tea bags Step Three: Put the herbs into the tea bag

homemade herbal tea bags

Step Four: Close up the bag by folding the corners in

homemade herbal tea bags

Step Five: Place part of the embroidery thread underneath a folded flap and staple into place

homemade herbal tea bags

homemade herbal tea bags

Add honey & lemon and enjoy!

Painted Egg Cartons

Painted Egg Cartons

Painted Egg Cartons

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.

Painted Egg Cartons

Materials:
Egg Carton
Paint
Paint Brushes
Shredded Paper (optional)

Painted Egg Cartons

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.

Painted Egg Cartons

Step Two: Place the shredded paper in the carton

Painted Egg Cartons

Done!

Painted Egg Cartons

Decorating Easter Eggs

Decorating Easter Eggs DIY

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.

Easter Egg Decoration DIY

Materials:

Eggs
Egg Cups
Acrylic Paints
Sparkles
Pin
Bowl
All weather exterior low sheen white paint

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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!

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Easter Egg Decoration DIY

Putting your decorated eggs in a painted egg carton makes a great gift.