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12 Days Of Christmas – Day Nine

Make your own button baubles!

You will need:
– A bag of assorted buttons
– Hot Glue Gun
– DIY baubles

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Step 1: Pick some buttons that are different sizes. For the big buttons, make sure they’re concaved slightly so that they will sit properly on the bauble.

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Step 2: Using the hot glue gun, CAREFULLY glue down buttons randomly.

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Step 3: Repeat!

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I tried making one with just a few buttons and then one with a few more but I think the one that’s completely covered looks the best.

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But seriously how cute are they?

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Thanks for reading! 🙂 x

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12 Days Of Christmas – Day Six

Make your own funky baubles!

You will need:
– Spray Adhesive
– Coloured string
– DIY baubles

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Step 1: Tie you string around the top of your bauble.

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Step 2: Spray a light coat of your adhesive around the entire bauble.

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Step 3: Wrap your string around the bauble until it is mostly covered.

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Step 4: Tie it off and spray with another coat of adhesive and allow it to dry.

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Step 5: Make more! Use as many colours as possible. I used pastel colours because I love pastel stuff!

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Thanks for reading today! I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂 x

12 Days Of Christmas – Day Four

Leftover Pastry Rolls!

This is how I use up the remainder of puff pastry from making my tarts that I put in yesterday’s post.

Step 1: Roll out the remaining pastry so that it is the same thickness as it was originally.

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Step 2: Cut off the edges so that you have a square/rectangle shape.

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Step 3: Cut it in half.

 

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Step 4: Spread some jam over each piece. I used raspberry.

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Step 5: Make a line of blueberries in the center of each piece.

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Step 6: Roll it over and use a fork to bond the edges together. Make sure you do this really well because mine didn’t stick and ended up opening.

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Step 7: Glaze the pastry with some eggs that have been lightly beaten. Put them in a preheated oven of 200 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden.

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Step 8: Take them out and enjoy!

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p.s. I actually like the look of them when they’re open!

 

Thanks for reading today guys, don’t forget to check out tomorrow’s post! 🙂 x

12 Days Of Christmas – Day Three

Jam and fruit tarts!

This is something I like to make around Christmas time because I don’t like mince pies so I think this is a good substitute. It’s super easy and quick and they taste pretty good.

You will need:

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– Puff Pastry
– Jam (I used strawberry and raspberry)
– Frozen or fresh fruit (I used strawberry and raspberry)
– Muffin trays
– Egg
– Something circular to cut circles with (one larger and one smaller)
– Fork
– Brush

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 200°c and take out 2 sheets of puff pastry and allow to thaw.

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Step 2: Using your circle, lightly mark out where you’re going to cut. Make sure you maximize the space!

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Step 3: Cut it out!

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Step 4: Spray your trays with cooking spray and line the tin with your larger circles.

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Step 5: Place a teaspoon of jam into each tart. Don’t put too much in because it will bubble over while cooking if you do.

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Step 6: Take your fruit and place it on top of the jam. Again, don’t fill it too much otherwise it will end in disaster.

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Step 7: Beat your egg in a small glass or cup with a fork until the yolk and white is mixed. Using a brush, lightly glaze the smaller circles.

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Step 8: Place them on top of your tarts.

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Step 9: Cook for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are golden.

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Step 10: Remove from the oven and enjoy!

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Thanks for reading today guys! Check out tomorrow’s post to see what I did with some leftover pastry! 🙂 x

12 Days Of Christmas – Day Two

How To: Create Your Own Photo Frame!

For the second day of Christmas I’m going to show you guys how to make your own patterned photo frame!

You will need:
– A Photo Frame (doesn’t matter whether it’s wooden or plastic)
– Masking Tape
– Paint (any colour)
– Paint Brush
– Paint Palette

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Step 1:
Using your masking tape, section off your photo frame. The parts that are left will be painted so space it out however you like.

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Step 2:
Now, I completely forgot about step 2 when I was doing this so feel free to fix that error and do this before step 1. Line the inside of the frame with tape so that you don’t get any on the glass.

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Step 3:
Get your paint and paint brush ready!

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Step 4:
Using your paintbrush and straight strokes, paint over your frame. Make sure to clear any blobs away from the corners and allow the paint to dry.

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Step 5:
Do another layer of paint, and depending on the colour of the paint, you may have to a 3rd layer. With the gold I had to do this.

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Step 6:
Peel off the tape once the paint is completely dry and voila! You have your very own personalised photo frame!

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You can use different sized lines or make it diagonal or whatever you like! It’s a great quick and easy Christmas present for a friend or family member too!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post today! Thanks for reading! 🙂 x

How To Create Your Own Floral Headband!

 

 

 

 

Hello again! The other day I decided to make myself a couple of headbands so I thought I’d document it and show you how to do it too! It’s super easy and only takes 10 minutes. First of all, you will need:
– A plain headband
– A pair of pliers (or scissors)
– Some fabric flowers (these can be any size you want)
– A hot glue gun (CAUTION: HOT GLUE GUNS ARE HOT AND WILL BURN YOUR THUMB IF YOU GET SOME ON YOU! (p.s. don’t ask how I know this…))

 

 

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Step 1: First of all, you want to line up your flowers in the order you’ll be putting them on.

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Step 2: Use your pliers (or scissors) to cut off any tip that’s on your flower. You want your flower to be as close to the headband as possible but make sure to leave a little bit to actually get stuck inside the glue.

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Step 3: Using your hot glue gun, (don’t forget to be SUPER careful!), squeeze out a glob of glue in the middle of your headband. Before it dries, press your middle flower onto the glob, making sure it’s straight and in the center. 

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It doesn’t matter if it’s too messy, you won’t see it when you’re wearing it.

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Step 4: Hold your flower in place until the glue has dried. It will go from clear to cloudy when it’s dry. Continue doing this until all of your flowers are on.

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Step 5: Add a bit more glue around the stalks jut to fill any space that might let the flower be pushed over or fall out. This isn’t a necessity however it is quite helpful.

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And there you have it! Your very own handmade floral headband!

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Mix and match your colours or use different sizes to create more unique headbands!

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Thanks for reading today, if you’d like to see more then feel free to follow my blog or head on over to twitter @ElloFrancis97 to receive updates when I post again. Until next time! 🙂 x