Happy New Year & DIY Date Jar!

DIY Date Jars Tutorial

I apologise for being MIA since Christmas, but life has been CRAZY. The new year came with some bad – but mostly good and great things. Now I’m back with a lovely new DIY to spice up your lives!

Whether you have a new man and you’ve run out of date ideas because he’s taken you on a bunch of crazy adventures and fulfilled all your desires and you haven’t had time to dream up new ones; or you just want to spice up your relationship, I’ve got you covered!

So let’s fix this and start your year off with 60 dates that will get your blood rushing, heart hammering and love blooming!

Now, every time anyone says ‘let’s do something’ without an idea in mind, you can pick an envelope out of the Date Jar and you HAVE to do it… Of course there’s weather restrictions and you can just put the envelope back and pick another one (but there’s something about going fishing in the rain that sounds totally romantic), so maybe just do it depending on how sensible you are.

 

What you’ll need:

A jar (I used an old candle jar)

Patterned Card (I used gold and blush pink)

Scissors

Gluestick

Date Card Printout [1] [2]

Date Card Envelopes [Here]

Jar Decorations [Here]

 

1. Print and cut out Date Card Printouts.

2. Print Date Card Envelopes on the reverse side of your patterned paper and cut out.

DIY Date Jar Tutorial Step 3

3. Fold all your envelopes.

DIY Date Jar Tutorial Step 4

4. To assemble envelopes, fold the two side flaps together then fold the bottom flap up and glue.

5. Repeat with remaining envelopes.

DIY Date Jar Tutorial Step 6

6. Slip a date card in each envelope.

DIY Date Jar Tutorial Step 7

7. Dab a bit of glue in the centre and seal your envelope.

DIY Date Jar Tutorial Step 8

8. To decorate the jar, cut out the circular ‘date card’ and glue it to the bottom of your jar (that’s your final date!)

DIY Date Jar

9. Then cut out you’re chosen label, paste it on some patterned card and paste onto the front of your jar.

 

That’s it!

Now, go and have some fun!

Christmas DIY Week 6/8: Glitter Paper Houses

Paper Christmas Houses

After last week’s glittery tutorial, I’m a bit stuck on glitter! The hardest thing about drafting this tutorial was not overdoing the glitter but I managed to find a happy medium!

These were super fun and easy to make with maximum results! You can use any colour glitter card you like to suit the rest of your Christmas decorations or you can make these mini Christmas trees from last weeks tutorial (here) and create a glittery village!

 

Materials:

White Card

Glitter Card

Scissors

Glue Stick or Double-Sided Tape

Craft Knife

Self Healing Mat

Paper House Patterns [#1] [#2] [#3]

 

[Tutorial Using Pattern #1]

1. Print and cut out all patterns.

2. Trace patterns onto white card and glitter card following the instructions on each pattern.

Glitter Paper Christmas Houses Tutorial

3. Cut each piece out carefully and score all fold lines. I recommend using a craft knife and mat for the best results.

Glitter Paper Christmas Houses Tutorial

4. Glue windows in place.

Glitter Paper Christmas Houses Tutorial

5. Fold along all fold lines to create your house.

Glitter Paper Christmas Houses Tutorial

6. Glue side of house together.

Glitter Paper Christmas Houses Tutorial

7. Attach the ‘floor’ of your house using glue.

Glitter Paper Christmas Houses Tutorial

8. Fold the chimney and glue.

Glitter Paper Christmas Houses Tutorial

9. Attach your chimney to the roof using the pattern as a guide.

Glitter Paper Christmas Houses Tutorial

10. Attach the roof to your house.

Glitter Paper Houses Tutorial

Now you can make the other two houses following these basic instructions!

 

Christmas DIY Week 5/8: Mini Balsa Wood Christmas Trees

Mini Balsa Wood Christmas Tree Tutorial

I’ve always wanted to make something using balsa wood, it’s been on my ‘to use’ list for a long time. I also bought some pretty Christmas fabric a few weeks ago which have been laying around since. After much testing and playing around with these two mediums, I came up with these pretty little Christmas trees.

They look beautiful placed around the house in small groups or would be great as a place card holder. Just write your guest’s name on a small piece of cardboard and slip it into the slot at the tip of the tree!

 

Materials:

Balsa Wood (3mm thickness)

Patterned Fabric

Glitter Tape

Craft Knife

Ruler

Spray Adhesive

Christmas Tree Pattern (There are two sizes)

 

1. Print and cut out the Christmas Tree Patterns.

Mini Balsa Wood Christmas Tree Tutorial

2. Trace the pattern onto balsa wood (I used a craft knife to lightly trace the pattern).

Mini Balsa Wood Christmas Tree Tutorial

3. Cut the balsa wood following the traced lines (lots of light cuts are the key!).

Mini Balsa Wood Christmas Tree Tutorial

4. Spray adhesive your tree and place onto fabric (Try to align the grain of the fabric with the bottom edge of the tree)

5. Leave to dry thoroughly.

Mini Balsa Wood Christmas Tree Tutorial

6. Using your craft knife, cut off all excess fabric around your Christmas tree.

7. Repeat steps 4-6 for the other side of your tree. To make the exact set that I made, adhere fabric to all the trees except one small tree.

Mini Balsa Wood Christmas Tree Tutorial

8. Cut a strip of glitter tape 3mm wide (Or you could buy 3mm wide glitter tape).

Mini Balsa Wood Christmas Tree Tutorial

9. Adhere the glitter tape to the edge of your trees. Do this to all of them, even the ones without fabric.

Mini Balsa Wood Christmas Tree Tutorial Step 10

10. Now all you need to do is slip them into each other!

Mini Balsa Wood Christmas Tree Tutorial

Mini Balsa Wood Christmas Tree Tutorial

Christmas DIY Week 4/8: Gift Box & Bow Printable

Christmas Gift Bow & Bow DIY

This week’s DIY is super quick and easy! All you have to do is print out the printable and glue it all together.

You can fill them with sweets, little gifts or anything you please. Use them as party favours or make a bunch of them to decorate your home.

The possibilities are endless, and I’ve done all the work, all you have to do is enjoy them!

Merry Nearly Christmas!

DIY Gift Box Tutorial

Materials:

Card (A4 Size)

Printer

Glue Stick

Gift Box Printable (1) (2)

Bow Printable

 

1. Print all three printables on A4 card.

2. Cut out the gift boxes (remember to cut off all the outlines, they’re only there as guides).

3. Fold along all fold lines.

4. Spread glue on all flaps labeled GLUE.

5. Stick the box together!

Gift Box & Bow DIY

For the bow, follow the instructions provided on the printable. Then, glue the bow on the lid of the box and you’re done!

DIY Gift Box With Bow

Christmas DIY Week 3/8: Mini Christmas Tree Piñata

DIY Christmas Tree Piñata Tutorial

This week’s tutorial is this cute mini Christmas tree piñata! You can use them as place cards for your Christmas dinner or as small gifts for your guests. You can even skip the ‘flap’ part and use them as decorations!

It’s a ridiculously affordable project since most of the materials you’ll need, you will have at home anyway. I even included a flap at the bottom of the tree so your guests don’t have to break your pretty piñatas to get to their candy!

 

Now, here’s what you’ll need…

 

White Tissue Paper

Gold Cellophane

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

Glue Stick

Double Sided Tape

Cardboard (I used an old cardboard box)

Card (You can use a cereal box)

Christmas Tree Pattern

 

How to:

 

[Preparing the Foundation]

1. Print the Christmas Tree Pattern and cut out.

2. Trace your Christmas tree onto your cardboard, you will need two.

DIY Christmas Tree Piñata Tutorial

3. Cut out your trees. Line them up with each other to make sure they match, trim any extra bits.

4. Cut a strip of card 1 1/4” wide and as long as possible.

DIY Christmas Tree Piñata Tutorial

5. Starting at the bottom of the tree, spread hot glue on the side of your cardboard tree and start shaping the strip of card to fit the tree. Leave the bottom unglued and don’t cut any excess card yet!

6. Now glue the other tree onto the other side in the same way to make it into a 3D tree (also leaving 1” unglued at the end).

DIY Christmas Tree Piñata Tutorial

7. Cut the excess card so that there is a slight overlap over the start of your card strip. This flap is for your lollies!

 

[Preparing the Tissue Paper & Cellophane]

DIY Christmas Tree Piñata Tutorial

A. For the white tissue paper, I cut 1 1/2” strips of tissue, folded them in half and then cut slits on the folded half (this gives the tissue paper more volume).

DIY Christmas Tree Piñata Tutorial

B. For the gold cellophane, I cut them into 3/4” strips and then cut slits.

 

[To decorate]

1. If your tissue is a bit thin (like mine) and your cardboard shows through, glue white paper over the cardboard first.

2. Starting at the bottom of your tree, wrap the gold strips around the trunk. I used two strips of gold, spaced 3/8” apart.

3. Next, you move up to the ‘tree’ part and start glueing strips of white tissue 3/8” apart. I did the front, back and sides all separately to get this look.

4. To finish, cut a 7/8” by 1 1/4” gold rectangle and place on your flap (so that it looks good from every angle!)

Christmas Tree Pinata Tutorial

Done!

DIY Christmas Tree Pinata Tutorial Pinterest