10 Last Minute Christmas MAKES

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Christmas is nearly here! Hooray! Wahoo! Why not create some handmade magic with our collection of the top things to make for Christmas – all nice little quick makes (those are the best kind).

Christmas stockings tutorial 1. Our Monogrammed Christmas Stocking

DIY-snow-globe-ornament-fabulouslyfestive-NoBiggie.net-1d2. DIY Snow Globe Light Bulb by No Biggie

Button christmas tree decoration 3. Our Button Christmas Tree Decoration

ornaments4. DIY Crayon Drip Baubles by The Swell Designer

potato stamp christmas card 5. Our Potato Stamp & Button Christmas Card

Etched-Birch-Ornaments-9x 6. DIY Etched Wooden Ornaments by DesignMom

christmas tree garland 7. Our Christmas Tree Garland

15971518781_6a00ecdb7b_bc 8. Geometric Brass Ornaments from A Pair and a Spare DIY

Kids_Pinecone_Elf_DIYc 9. Felt and Pine Cone Elves by Lia Griffith

frozen olaf snow globe little button diaries 21 10. Our Frozen Inspired Olaf Snowglobe

And a little bonus project! christmas spoon puppets little button diaries 1511. Our lovely Christmas puppets for Hobbycraft

 

 ~ Tia & Laura xx ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Latest Festive Hobbycraft Post

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Our latest Hobbycraft project is a very simple little project to create 4 simple puppets with just spoons, felt and goggly eyes! So your kiddies can put on their very own Christmas panto from behind the sofa. Who doesn’t love a bit of festive theatre. He’s behiiiiiiiind you!

Head on over to the Hobbycraft website now to find out how to make them.

Laura & Tia x

Our Second #CrafttheParcel Sprocket Quilt Square

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A few weeks ago we took part in a craft challenge for new postal service, InPost. Along with a group of other bloggers we had to design and make a 12″ quilt square, sew it onto the last person’s square and pass the quilt onto the next blogger. The #CrafttheParcel challenge, as it’s called, is a fun way to meet new crafty bloggers and try out a new postal service.

For our first square we decided to use applique to create a starry scene. We wanted to try something different for this square so choose to create a colourful sprocket effect rainbow square.

The postal service behind this challenge, Inpost, is an alternative way of sending packages through the use of a locker system. You pay for your parcel and book a courier online, then they deliver it to one of the lockers around the country for the recipient to collect.

When the quilt arrived one other blogger had created their masterpiece and it was over to me to add my colourful addition.

To make a sprocket square…

1.  Begin by cutting a paper triangle template that is 10 inches in height and 8 inches along the bottom.

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2.  Next, cut out 8 different colours of fabric adding 1cm seam allowance all the way round.

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3. Pin and sew together, in pairs, right sides together.

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 4. Sew these pairs together to form two pieces each made of four triangles.

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5. You’ll then have a nice straight edge to sew the two halves up. Pin, right sides together, and sew. Don’t worry if the centre is not completely lined up, that’s the beauty of putting a button on top of it!

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6. To turn our fabric into a 12″ quilt square we drew and cut a square slightly bigger (to allow for the seam) and cut it out.

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6. Cut a piece of wadding 14 inches square. Pin to the front panel and sew along the lines from centre outwards to quilt it.

7. The final touch is to sew a button onto the middle.

The square was packaged up and sent with the rest to Michelle at the Purple Pumpkin Blog for the crafty challenge to continue!

Frozen Olaf Snowglobe DIY

Do you Want to Build a Snowglobe?

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Like 99.9% of all little girls, my 2 and a half year old is obsessed with Frozen. What IS it with that film? I now find her singing Let it Go in her sleep (cute) and find me singing it in my head. All. Day. Long (annoying).

If you’re after a cute little Christmas Project, this is a great one to do with kiddies. Obviously it doesn’t have to be Olaf, you could just make a snowman (or The Snowman!) or use a plastic figurine instead of making one from fimo.

You Will Need:

  • Polymer Clay (e.g. Fimo) in white, orange and black)
  • Jam Jar
  • Superglue
  • Blue acrylic paint
  • glitter & little stars

1. To make Olaf: Begin by rolling two balls of white clay and pressing together to make his body.

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2. Make the head – this is probably the trickiest bit as its a weird shape – take an oval of clay and attach two smaller bits as per the image below and smooth together with your fingers.

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3. Attach a little tooth and some eyeballs.

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4. roll a cone of orange for the nose, some black eyes and then some eyebrows. To be honest, I slightly regretted the eyebrows. I mean, Olaf HAS eyebrows, but I think I made him look a bit worried… oh well. You can decide if you want eyebrows or not!

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5. Press the head onto the body. Roll some thin strips of black for the arms and some coal buttons and press these in place. Bake as per the manufacturers instructions. When it has cooled, glue it onto the centre of the jar lid, leave to set and then paint blue.

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6. Now the fun bit! Pour glitter and twinkly metal stars into the jar. Some DIY snowglobe tutorials use painted crushed eggshells for snow so you could do this, but I wanted mine to be super sparkly more than anything else.

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Fill with water, then screw on the lid and glue along the edge to seal it. All done! Olaf, and his own personal snow flurry.

Tia x

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Chocolate Dipped Brandy Baskets

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Nothing says Christmas more than Brandy Snaps. Well, a few things do I suppose. But They’re so good, I think they should be obligatory on Christmas Day. Here’s how to make a batch.

This recipe is adapted from one featured in The Great British Bake Off Book.

You will need:

55g butter
55g demerara sugar
55g golden syrup
50g plain flour
½ level tsp ground ginger
½ tsp lemon juice
200g dark chocolate
squirty cream!
fruit, such as blueberries, raspberries or strawberries to decorate

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with baking parchment and have a cupcake tray on standby.

Put the butter, sugar and syrup into a small, heavy-based pan. Heat gently until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved, about 15 mins. Don’t let the mixture boil as it may crystallise.Leave the mixture to cool slightly, about 2-3 minutes, then sieve in the flour and ginger. Pour in the lemon juice and stir well to mix thoroughly. Drop four teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto each of the prepared baking trays to make neat circles, about 10cm/4in apart.

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Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until the mixture is well spread out, looks lacey and is a dark golden colour. Once baked, you need to work fast to shape the brandy snaps, so its easier if you bake one tray at a time. Remove each tray from the oven and leave for a minute or so to firm up slightly, then lift from the baking parchment using a fish slice. The mixture needs to be just firm enough to remove, but pliable enough to shape. Check by releasing around and under the edges with a small palette knife.

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Place a circle into the cupcake tray and press down in the middle with a spoon, to form a nest. If any of the circles on the sheet harden too much to work with, put them back in the oven for a few seconds to soften again. Repeat until all the mixture has been used.

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Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of barely simmering water, then remove from the heat and dip the baskets into the chocolate. Use a wooden spoon to ensure they are evenly coated. Leave on a wire rack to set.

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Then squirt on some cream and load up with fruit. Stuff into face and don’t share a single one with any other person. Hooray to Christmas!

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Tia x

P.s if you’re after the more standard brandy snap twist recipe we made these last year – click here for the recipe

A Review of the New AmiGami Toy

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This week Amelie was sent one of these strange-but-cute little creatures from our friends over at Mattel. He’s called an AmiGami – a little pet that comes complete with strips of paper, stickers and other little embellishments that you can adorn your pet with.

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At 2 and a half, Amelie is a little younger than the intended age range for this toy, but actually she loved him. She found the little paper bits a bit tricky to attach (cue over-involved mother wanting to take over and do it all by myself) but like every other toddler on the planet, she loved the stickers and wanted to pile them all over the mini beast.

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The great thing about this is that you can create a totally unique little pet. You can remove the adornments, add new ones and create different styles.  Cute.

Tia x

 

 

Nap Time Crafts: Nursery Glitter Artwork

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Today’s Nap Time Craft is a really quick and simple one. Add a bit of sparkle to a nursery wall in under half an hour!

For this project you will need:

  • Glitter paper
  • Moveable vinyl letters and numbers
  • Spray paint
  • Frame

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  1. Begin by arranging your letters and numbers to fit your glitter paper. I decided to go with the initials and date of birth of a friend of mine’s new baby.

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2. In a well-ventilated room, or outside, spray over your whole sheet of paper. You want all the glitter to be covered. Leave it to dry.

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3. When it has completely dried, peel off the letters, and then frame it.

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You could do your whole family in the space of a short nap!

~ Laura xx ~

Winter Wonderland Chocolate Cake

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With the impeding birth of my second Little Button (due on Christmas Day!), my lovely friends and family have organised various fake Christmas’s throughout December so we don’t miss out on the festivities. To get us in the festive spirit for fake Christmas number one I made this winter wonderland chocolate cake. I used a fail proof chocolate cake recipe by Mary Berry and improvised the filling and topping.

For the sponge you will need:

  • 50g cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons boiling water
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 100g butter
  • 300g caster sugar

Buttercream:

  • 175g Lurpax butter
  • 250g sifted icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 6 drops of clear vanilla extract

Decoration:

  • 100g milk chocolate, melted
  • Plastic animal cake toppers

1. Begin by pre-heating the oven to 180°C/160 fan and greasing two sandwich tins.

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2. Mix the cocoa and boiling water until it forms a paste.

3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until combined. Divide the cake mixture between the two tins. Bake for about 30 minutes until well risen. Allow to cool slightly in the tins then transfer onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

4. To make the buttercream, mix the butter until light and fluffy. As I wanted my buttercream to be as white as possible I did this for about 15 minutes with an electric mixer. Next, add the sifted icing sugar, milk and clear vanilla extract and mix until combined.

5. Using a pallet knife, spread the buttercream onto one of the cakes and sandwich the other one on top. Spread the remaining buttercream on top of the cake.

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6. For the milk chocolate trees, melt 100g of chocolate and pour into a sandwich bag/piping bag. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Snip the corner off the bag and draw rustic trees. Start at the top of the tree and draw triangles with a line down the centre for the trunk. Leave in the fridge to set.

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7. Finally, push the trees into the centre of the cake, add plastic woodland creatures and dust with icing sugar for a snowy effect.

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I’ve only got to make this cake another three times for the other fake Christmases we’ve got planned!