6 SUMMER FLORAL DIY'S.

6 SUMMER FLORAL DIY'S

Happy happy Friday everyone. Can you believe we're halfway through the Summer? It feels like it's flying by. Here are 6 floral diy's to fill those (hopefully) long, sunny Summer days.

1. The most amazing Diy Faux Flower Coat from Studio Diy.

2. Decorate your wall with some Diy Floral and Wire Words from Lovely Indeed.

3. Diy Chocolate Daffodils from The Cake Blog. Yes, you read that right. Chocolate!

4. Colourful Diy Floral Napkin Rings from Bird's Party are the perfect party accessory.

5. Easy peasy Diy Tissue Paper Flower Party Straw from Lia Griffith,

6. And a Printable Floral Crown from The House That Lars Built.

Wishing you a sun filled weekend.

THE CLASSIC BUTTERFLY CAKE.

THE CLASSIC BUTTERFLY CAKE RECIPE.

I was baking at the weekend and made these sweet butterfly cakes or fairy cakes as they're sometimes known. I love these simple, classic cakes. They're filled with a dollop of strawberry jam and a spoonful of buttercream and are the perfect Summertime treat.

There's something about a simple butterfly cake that always makes me smile and it's not just the hidden jam surprise center although that's always been my favourite part. Butterfly cakes take me right back to childhood. Growing up they were a birthday party staple but lately they seem to have fallen out of favour and been replaced with giant cupcakes or muffins instead. Bring back the humble butterfly cake, I say. Let's grab out mixing bowls and get started.

THE CLASSIC BUTTERFLY CAKE RECIPE.

Ingredients (makes up to 12 cakes).
recipe adapted from  The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.

For the cakes.
120g plain flour
140g caster sugar
1½ teaspoons baking powder
40g unsalted butter
120 ml whole milk
1 egg
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling.
125g icing sugar
40g unsalted butter (room temperature)
25 ml whole milk
A couple of drops of vanilla extract

Strawberry jam
Icing sugar to decorate.

Instructions.

Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) Gas mark 3.

Sift the flour. sugar and baking powder into a bowl. Add the butter and beat using an electric whisk or mixer until you have a sand like mixture. Make sure to use the slowest speed as this can get messy. When everything is fully combined gradually add in half the milk and mix togther.

Whisk the egg, vanilla extract the last of the milk together in a separate bowl. Pour into the flour mixture and mix for a couple of minutes or until the mixture is smooth and fully combined.

Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the sponge turns a light golden colour.

Leave the cake to cool on a wire cooling rack.

While they are cooling you can make your buttercream filling.

Beat the icing sugar and butter together. In a separate bowl combine the milk and vanilla extract. Add to the butter mixture a couple of tablespoons at a time.

Once all the milk has been added continue to beat until the buttercream becomes light and fluffy. This normally takes around 5-7 minutes using my electric hand mixer. If you find the buttercream is still too thick you can add more milk a teaspoon at a time or icing sugar if your mixture is too runny.

Take your fully cooled cakes and cut a circle out of the top of each one. I recommend using a sharp knife for this part so if you're baking with kids you might want to do this step yourself. Cut each disc in half and set aside.

Carefully spoon in some strawberry jam and top with some buttercream. Place the cut disc pieces on top to make butterfly wings and dust with icing sugar.

I think these cakes are best eaten within 3 days but they can be kept in an airtight container for up to 5.

THE CLASSIC BUTTERFLY CAKE RECIPE.

THE CLASSIC BUTTERFLY CAKE RECIPE.

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DIY TRIANGULAR ORIGAMI BOX.

HOW TO MAKE DIY TRIANGULAR ORIGAMI BOX

Good things come in small packages, or at least tiny triangular origami boxes anyway. Today I'm sharing how to make these simple pyramid style boxes. They're great for holding small sweets and would make fantastic wedding favours.

These boxes really are so simple to make. In fact I think they might be the easiest diy box I've shared so far. I first learned how to make them on the Mr Printables blog. I ended up making a whole bunch of these tiny origami boxes and stringing them up into a garland. This time I wanted to use them purely as boxes. I made them using the last of my Market Street double sided cardstock and filled them with some M&M's. Here's how I made them.
HOW TO MAKE DIY TRIANGULAR ORIGAMI BOX

1. Cut your card or paper into strips. For the big pyramids I cut 2 x 12 inch strips and for the small pyramids I cut 1.5 inch x 12 inch strips. If you're a paper hoarder like me this is a great project for using up all those leftover paper scraps.

2. Fold a small triangle at one end of the strip.

3. Keep folding triangles back and forth to form an accordion.

4. Open the strip back out and refold along all the straight folds but this time in the opposite direction to make your paper strip curl around.

HOW TO MAKE DIY TRIANGULAR ORIGAMI BOX

5. Roll your paper strip around to form the pyramid shape. It's going to look like 2 pyramids stuck together.

6. Keep wrapping until you're left with a square at the end of your pyramid. Cut away to leave a triangle shape.

7. Tuck the end in to finish your triangular origami box.

How cute are those gold foil polka dots? I'll definitely be picking more from this range again. I've got my eye on this kit next. Cute, right?

HOW TO MAKE DIY TRIANGULAR ORIGAMI BOX


HOW TO MAKE DIY TRIANGULAR ORIGAMI BOXES

HOW TO MAKE DIY TRIANGULAR ORIGAMI BOXES

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9 DIY'S TO TRY THIS WEEKEND.

9 DIY'S TO TRY THIS WEEKEND

I love each and everyone of these. I think this might be my favourite round-up yet. Have a great weekend everyone.

1. Pretty amazing copper edged Diy Glass Terrariums from Why Don't You Make Me.

2. I have no idea what I'd use one of these Diy Triangle Leather Pouches from Almost Makes Perfect for but I know I want to make one asap.

3. I think hanging a Diy Stained Glass Unicorn from Oh Happy Day from your window would make anyone smile.

4. A simply stunning Diy Indoor Water Garden from The Merrythought.

5. Got a donut lover in your life? Try this Diy Painted Donut Collar from Studio Diy.

6.I love this Diy Easy Shibori Wall Hanging from Fall For Diy.

7. I think every pair of jeans I owned in uni looked like these Diy Splatter Paint Jeans from Damask Love. I was a messy painter, still am ;)

8. Diy Colour Splatter Earring Holder from Enthralling Gumption. Perfect for displaying and storing your jewellery.

9. And finally a Diy Mid Century Wooden Plant Stand from A Beautiful Mess that looks surprisingly easy.

DRESS YOUR DESK IN STYLE WITH THESE ORIGAMI PEN HOLDERS.

DRESS YOUR DESK IN STYLE WITH THESE ORIGAMI PEN HOLDERS


I love coming up with new ways to add a handmade touch to my desk. Lately it's been starting to look a little neglected and cluttered so I decided to make these origami box pen holders to help keep it neat and tidy.

DRESS YOUR DESK IN STYLE WITH THESE ORIGAMI PEN HOLDERS

1. Start with a letter size (11 inches x 8.5 inches) piece of vellum or paper.

2. Fold in half and open back out.

3. Fold the 2 sides in to meet at the center fold.

4. Open back out and fold back in half along that center fold.

5. With the center fold on the right hand side, fold the bottom right corner up to meet the center crease. Repeat and do the same with the top right corner.

6. On the left hand side fold the top layer of the bottom left corner to the center. Do the same for the top left corner.

DRESS YOUR DESK IN STYLE WITH THESE ORIGAMI PEN HOLDERS

7. Fold the bottom edge up along the top of the triangles. Open back out and do the same on the opposite side.

8. Open out and lay flat with the triangles at the top. Your paper should look like a house.

9. Take the bottom layer with the triangle corners and fold up. Press this flat.

10. Lift this layer up to reveal a pocket. Lift and pull back to make the back and 2 sides of your box. You may need to refold along the side creases to help form your box.

11. Rotate your box to the side and bring the 2 points marked in the bottom right photo together. You can see more in the next photo below.

DESK IN STYLE WITH THESE ORIGAMI PEN HOLDERS

12. As you bring the 2 corners together a triangle wing will form. Press this flat and crease.

13. Stand your box up and wrap the wing around to the side. Tuck the wing into the triangle pocket.

14. Lay your box on it's side and repeat the steps above. Bring the 2 corners together and press the wing flat.

15. To finish wrap around and tuck under the triangle pocket.

DRESS YOUR DESK IN STYLE WITH THESE ORIGAMI PEN HOLDERS

I made my pen holders using some vellum from American Crafts. It's another of those supplies I've been hoarding instead of using. I've been holding onto it for so long that they don't even make this range anymore but you can find the rest of the Maggie Holmes vellum here. An alternative would be to use coloured paper like this one or maybe some double sided scrapbook paper.

DRESS YOUR DESK IN STYLE WITH THESE ORIGAMI PEN HOLDERS

I love how they turned out. I got these fantastic neon Sharpies for Christmas and I hate having them hidden away in a drawer so I'm glad they've got a home now out on my desk.

What do you think?

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