MAKE & BAKE 01.


Happy Friday everyone. It's been a dreary couple of days in my part of the world so I wanted to end the week with some tropical vibes. I've got something to make for you crafty crafters and something to bake if you're feeling up to the challenge.

Diy Light Box

A fantastic diy light box from Make My Lemonade. I love the combo of the teal and neon pink.

Tropical Print Wallpaper Cake
And the most amazing tropical print cake from Alana Jones Mann. It's made using edible ink and paper and it blows my mind. How do people think of these things? How?

Have a great weekend whatever your plans and I'll see you back here next week.

PRINTABLE DIY CHRISTMAS CRACKERS.

DIY CHRISTMAS CRACKERS - with free printable template.

It might only be November but for me the Christmas countdown has already begun. As Christmas crafts are pretty much my favourite thing to make I thought it was about time we started getting in the festive spirit.

One thing we always have on the table at Christmas is crackers. Making your own crackers is a great way to add a personal touch to your table, gifts or tree. They make fantastic place cards, gift toppers or even the gift wrapping itself. Making your own crackers isn't hard at all, in fact I've made it super easy as all you need to do is download the template below, print it onto your favourite patterned paper and get cracking. What's not to love?

DIY CHRISTMAS CRACKERS - with free printable template.

SUPPLIES: Printable Cracker Template, Patterned Paper (I used The Night Before Christmas Designer Paper Pack, you might recognise it from the Diy 3D Paper Stars I made last year), A Paper Trimmer, A Printer, A Cutting Mat, Steel Ruler, Craft Knife or a pair of Scissors, An Embossing Tool, Glue and some Ribbon.

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DIY CHRISTMAS CRACKERS - with free printable template.

1. Download and print out the cracker template onto the reverse of your paper.. If you're using scrapbook paper like I did trim it down to A4 size first.

2. Cut out your cracker shape.

3. Use an embossing tool and a ruler and score along all the dotted score lines. If you don't have an embossing tool an old ball point pen will work just as well.

4. Use a craft knife or scissors to cut out the diamond shapes. An easier (and quicker) way to do this is to fold along the score line and make 2 snips with a pair of scissors.

5. Fold along all the score lines.

6. Overlap one of the sides and glue your cracker together.If you want to add a cracker snap now is the time.

I found it easier to glue and press my cracker flat before popping it back into shape rather than trying to glue it into place as a tube shape.

7. Bring one end together and tie with ribbon or string before filling with your gift.

The crackers do have a small hole about 1/2 inch across at each end so if you're filling with a small gift, sweets or confetti you might want to wrap them in tissue paper first or cut out and stick a small circle of paper to cover each hole.

And that's it. Your crackers are ready to be pulled.

DIY CHRISTMAS CRACKERS - with free printable template.

I used quite traditional Christmas colours for my crackers but you could make them as quirky and as colourful as you want. The best thing about making your own crackers is that you can design and fill them with whatever you want. No more bad jokes and tacky plastic toys. What do you think? What would you fill yours with?

DIY CHRISTMAS CRACKERS - with free printable template.

DIY CHRISTMAS CRACKERS - with free printable template.

DIY CHRISTMAS CRACKERS - with free printable template.

DIY CHRISTMAS CRACKERS - with free printable template.

P.S. In case you missed it, you can download the printable cracker template here. 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR THE COLOUR LOVER.

Holiday Gift Guide For The Colour Lover.

It's that time of year again! Are you excited? I have to say holiday gift guides are one of my favourite things, I love seeing what other people put together. I genuinely love every single thing on this list and I had such fun making it. If you know a colour lover and are looking for the perfect gift can I suggest one of these rainbow beauties.

Colour Blocked Monogram Journal // Anthropologie   Lollipop Polymer Clay Necklace // Palindrome & Co  Rainbow Quartz Crystal Sculpture // Urban Outfitters   Girl With Mask Print // Piet En Kees   The Tiny Book Of Tiny Pleasure // Anthropologie   Disco Moon Sipper Cup // Urban Outfitters  Neon Coloured Pencils // Urban Outfitters   Everything Is Going To Be OK Thermal Mug // Ban.do   Rainbow Desk Notepad // Urban Outfitters   Always Be A Unicorn Comfort Box // Kim's Little Monsters     5-in-1 Rainbow Charger // Modcloth   Yellow Brick Road Necklace // I Am A Acrylic

ON MY RADAR - 12 TERRAZZO INSPIRED DIY'S.

12 OF THE BEST TERRAZZO INSPIRED DIY'S.
Have you noticed that terrazzo is having a bit of a moment right now? Holly over on Decor8 described it as crazy confetti and I have to agree. It's crazy in the best possible way and I love it.

Traditionally used as a flooring it's begun to find it's way onto all sorts of things like doorknobstables, wallpaper and even yoga mats. If you've fallen in love with it even half as much as I have you might want to check out the 12 terrazzo inspired diy's I've rounded up below.

Have a great weekend.

1. Super Easy Terrazzo Magnets - Apartment Therapy.

2. Diy Terrazzo Effect Pencil Holder - Fabrica De Imaginacion.

3. Diy Terrazzo Napkin Rings - Burkatron.

4. Terrazzo Print Concrete Book Ends - Fall For Diy.

5. 10 Minute Terrazzo Print Apron - Paper & Snitch.

6. Diy Terrazzo Tile Inspired Planter - Enthralling Gumption.

7. Diy Terrazzo Earrings - Ctrl + Curate.

8. Diy Terrazzo Box - The Lovely Drawer.

9. Terrazzo Style Clay Incense Holder - A Beautiful Mess.

10. Diy Terrazzo File - Fabrica De Imaginacion.

11. Diy Terrazzo Style Soaps - Fall For Diy.

12. Diy Terrazzo Table - Heju.

MAKE YOUR OWN ORIGAMI CORNER BOOKMARKS.

MAKE YOUR OWN ORIGAMI CORNER BOOKMARKS.

I bought the most gorgeous cook book a couple of weeks ago. It's the Women's Weekly Complete Retro Collection and it contains the most delicious looking recipes for cakes, pies and doughnuts. You might've spotted a few of my favourites over on Instagram.

Post-it-note bookmarks

As I was flicking through it I started bookmarking some of the recipes using my usual method of post-it notes (I've never been able to bring myself to fold a corner down) when I realised that such a pretty book probably deserved better than a bunch of dog eared scraps of paper sticking out the top. See above for how my cookbooks usually look, a bit of a mess, right?  So I grabbed some origami paper and decided to make some simple origami corner bookmarks instead. They are super easy to make and once you get going I'd say each one only takes about 30 seconds to make. 20 minutes later and I had a book full of lovely corner bookmarks that were just as pretty as the book itself.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN ORIGAMI CORNER BOOKMARKS.

1. Fold the paper in half across the diagonal.

2. Take the bottom right corner and fold it up to meet the center point. Repeat with the left corner.

3. Open back out and lay flat. Take the top point and fold it down to meet the bottom edge of the paper. This will form a pocket.

4. Take the left corner and fold it back up but this time tuck it into the pocket before creasing and pressing flat. Repeat using the right hand corner to finish your bookmark.

5. Slip your origami corner bookmark onto your page and never lose your place again.

MAKE YOUR OWN ORIGAMI CORNER BOOKMARKS.

MAKE YOUR OWN ORIGAMI CORNER BOOKMARKS.

MAKE YOUR OWN ORIGAMI CORNER BOOKMARKS.

MAKE YOUR OWN ORIGAMI CORNER BOOKMARKS.

Now all my recipes are neatly marked. So pretty, right?