DIY Donut Garland with Paint Chips

DIY Donut Garland Tutorial

This week I decided to brighten up my room and what’s more colourful than a donut garland! These are ridiculously easy to make and cost absolutely nothing.

Oh, and I recommend making these during the day when you can run out and buy some donuts because that’s exactly what these made me do!

Let’s get started!

 

Ingredients:

Paint Chips (In a donut-y colour and whatever icing colour you please)

Decorations (I used flat back diamantes but you can use real sprinkles, sequins, beads, confetti, or cut out sprinkles from paint chips. Be creative!)

Twine

Scissors

Glue Stick

Tape

Donut Garland Pattern

 

1. Cut out your donut patterns.

DIY Donut Garland Tutorial

2. Place your donut pattern onto paint chip colours of your choice and cut them out (I made 12 donuts in 4 different colours).

DIY Donut Garland Tutorial

3. Glue your ‘donut icing’ to your ‘donut’.

DIY Donut Garland Tutorial

4. Decorate!

DIY Donut Garland Tutorial

5. Repeat steps 1-4 with your remaining donuts.

DIY Donut Garland Tutorial

6. To string them, tape each donut 10 cm apart and leave a 25cm tail on both ends of your garland for hanging.

DIY Donut Garland Tutorial

DIY Donut Garland Tutorial

Happy baking!

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Whether you have a new man and you’ve run out of date ideas because he’s taken you on a bunch of crazy adventures and fulfilled all your desires and you haven’t had time to dream up new ones; or you just want to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 7/8: Merry Christmas 3D Glitter Letters

Merry Christmas 3D Glitter Letters

I probably should get into the habit of writing my blog posts in advance so that I can still post if I run off somewhere, but I can’t help but enjoy the realness of creating and posting a post each week as I come up with a new idea.

Anyway, since Christmas is days away I only have one more DIY up my sleeve. I promise that by this time next year I will be a more organised blogger with my posts written AT LEAST a week in advance so that I can run off on an adventure and still not disappoint you!

I hope you enjoy it and, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

 

Materials:

Gold Glitter Paper

Double-Sided Tape

Scissors or Craft Knife & Cutting Mat

Merry Christmas Pattern

 

1. Print the Merry Christmas Pattern and cut out.

Merry Christmas 3D Glitter Letters Tutorial

2. Trace patterns onto gold glitter paper and cut out. Don’t forget to cut out the slits on some of the rectangles!

Merry Christmas 3D Glitter Letters Tutorial

3. Fold rectangular pieces, using the dotted line on the patterns as a guide.

Merry Christmas 3D Glitter Letters Tutorial

4. Apply double-sided tape to the folded edges on the glitter paper side.

Merry Christmas 3D Glitter Letters Tutorial

5. Apply them to the corresponding letter. Use the pattern to work out which piece goes where.

Merry Christmas 3D Glitter Letters Tutorial

6. Now, attach the other letter.

7. Repeat with the remaining letters, and you’re done!

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