3 DIY'S I'D LOVE TO MAKE - PARTY EDITION.

3 DIY'S I'D LOVE TO MAKE - PARTY EDITION.

I was scrolling through Craftgawker this morning when I came across today's 3 diy's I'd love to make all in a row and I knew I had to share them. I love adding a handmade touch to a celebration. There's something extra special about making your own party decorations don't you think?

Make sure to plan a party to remember with one of these bright and colourful diy's.

1. Add a splash of colour with these printable pineapple party hats from Make And Tell.

2. A gorgeous handmade diy fiesta party garland from Tell Love and Party to adorn the wall.

3. Or for the color lover a rainbow diy taper candle holder from Sugar & Cloth.

I can't get over those rainbow candles. I know what I'll be ordering this weekend.

DIY FOLDED VELLUM CANDLE HOLDERS.

DIY FOLDED GEOMETRIC VELLUM CANDLE HOLDERS

I experimented with paper folding again the other day and made these diy folded vellum candle holders. I've had some sheets of Maggie Holmes vellum I've been holding onto for way too long and finally decided to make something with it.

Those of you who have been following along for a while may recognise them from this diy showing you how to make origami paper vases. I made these candle holders in exactly the same way except I pinched in the top make these geometric faceted shapes.

PLEASE NOTE: These candle holders should not be used with real candles or tea lights. Please use battery operated candles only.

HOW TO MAKE DIY FOLDED GEOMETRIC VELLUM CANDLE HOLDERS

Supplies: 12x12 sheets of vellum, a bone folder, glue, a paintbrush and some battery operated tealights or color changing tealights.

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1. Take your vellum and fold it in half. Fold and crease using a bone folder to get a crisp fold.

2. Open the vellum back out and fold the edges in to meet at the center fold. Open back out. Your square should now be divided into 4 equal sections.

3. Next you need to divide these 4 sections in half to make 8 equal sections. To do this lay your paper flat and fold the 1st of your 4 sections in half. Take the edge of your paper and fold it in to meet the 1st crease.

4. Open your vellum out and take the 1st edge again but this time fold it so it meets the last fold. Open your paper out, rotate 180 degrees and repeat step 3 on the other side. This time when you lay your paper flat it will now to divided into 8 equal sections.

5. You now need to begin making the diagonal folds. Start by making sure all your folds are running vertically (top to bottom).Take your first corner and fold it so the edge of the paper meets your 1st vertical fold and forms a triangle.

HOW TO MAKE DIY FOLDED GEOMETRIC VELLUM CANDLE HOLDERS

6. Open your vellum back out. This time take the same corner and fold it to meet the 3rd vertical fold.

7. Open out and fold the same corner to meet the 5th vertical fold.

8. Open out and fold to meet the 7th fold.

9. Repeat steps 5-8 on the remaining 3 corners. You should now have a diagonal cross hatch pattern covering your entire paper with 8 vertical folds.

10. If you want to make multiple candle holders out of 1 sheet of vellum you can cut along the vertical folds. I cut along the 3rd fold to make a smaller candle holder and a medium one. If you want to make a single tall candle holder ignore this step.

11. As you gently curl your paper the geometric shape should start to form. Roll the vellum to form a tub and match up the pattern. Mark where the vellum overlaps so you know where to apply the glue.

12. Glue your tube together. I applied a thin layer of glue, waited until it went tacky and then held my tube together for a couple of minutes. If you're having trouble getting it to stick you could use a couple of paperclips to hold it together while it dries.

HOW TO MAKE DIY FOLDED GEOMETRIC VELLUM CANDLE HOLDERS

13. Trim away any excess so your tube will stand up straight.

14. Gently press your tube into shape following the folds and creases.

15. Press the top of tube together to form a triangle. The top should naturally fold in with the sides becoming the top.

16. Apply glue to each of the edges where the triangle meets. This part requires a little bit of patience. Wait until the glue has started to dry and gone tacky before sticking the top together and holding for a couple of minutes. To help it dry a little quicker I held it together with one hand and used my hairdryer on the cool setting with the other being careful not to burn my fingers.

17. Once dry place over your battery operated tealight and enjoy.

If you have any trouble with anything above don't forget to check out my diy origami vases as they use most of the same steps and show how to make the initial folds in more detail and you can always pop any questions in the comments below.

If you are going to make these I recommend practicing on some scrap paper to begin with. It can be a bit tricky mastering some of the folds and you don't want to waste your pretty vellum on a mistake.

DIY FOLDED GEOMETRIC VELLUM CANDLE HOLDERS

DIY FOLDED GEOMETRIC VELLUM CANDLE HOLDERS

I've displayed mine on top of the fireplace. I love the different colours from the colour changing candles and the vellum has a lovely translucent quality to it. They look so pretty lit up in the evening.

What do you think?

DIY FOLDED GEOMETRIC VELLUM CANDLE HOLDERS

P.S. You can find the 'Diy' Hard printable wall art here.

9 FAVOURITE PRINTABLES.

9 FAVOURITE PRINTABLES

I think you know how much I love a good printable but just in case here are 9 more of my favourites. From wall art to gift boxes there's something here for everyone. Simply download and print to enjoy.

1. Gorgeous floral printable wrapping paper from Alice & Lois. I think the yellow is my favourite.

2. 'Everything is Awesome' printable wall art from Lovely Indeed.

3. The sweetest 'Make a Wish' birthday cards from A Subtle Revelry.

4. For anyone that loves giving handmade gifts, printable handmade gift tags by Alice & Lois over on Julep.

5. Hawaiian themed printable greetings cards from Lia Griffith that will make anyone long for Summer.

6. Got a pizza lover in your life? Try these adorable printable pizza heart gift boxes from Make And Tell.

7. Brighten up your planner with these colourful diary stickers also from Make And Tell.

8. A stunning black and white botanical print from Cocorrina.

9. And finally but definitely not least check out these fantastic s'more printable treat boxes from Design Eat Repeat.

Like these? Want more? Check out my Freebies, Printables and Downloads on Pinterest.

TRIED AND TESTED: 3 INGREDIENT CHOCOLATE AND BANANA CAKE.

SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH THIS 3 INGREDIENT GLUTEN AND DAIRY CHOCOLATE AND BANANA CAKE

I know I normally share a quick craft project on a Monday but today I thought we'd do something a bit different and try a quick recipe instead.

I don't know about you but I'm a sucker for those novelty recipes you see popping up on Pinterest and Facebook. They always look so tasty but I hardly ever get around to actually making them. Today I decided to change all that and thought I'd try making a recipe I pinned for a 3 ingredient chocolate banana cake. It's not only sugar free but also gluten and dairy free. It promises to be light and fluffy, a healthy alternative when you have a craving for something sweet. I'll admit I was feeling skeptical. Surely butter and sugar the best part of a cake? Here's how I got on.

SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH THIS 3 INGREDIENT GLUTEN AND DAIRY CHOCOLATE AND BANANA CAKE

Like it says in the title you only need 3 things to make this cake, a banana, an egg and some cocoa powder. I started by mashing my banana into a bowl before adding the egg and cocoa powder. The original recipe says to use a blender but I used an electric hand mixer instead. Mix until the batter is smooth.

For my first attempt I greased the inside of a small 4 inch cake tin and popped it in the oven at 350°F. When I went to check on it after 10 minutes the top had burnt and the inside was still gooey. Fail. My oven can be a little temperamental so for my second attempt I lowered the oven and used a large ramekin instead. The same thing happened, burnt gooey batter so I did a bit more googling and came across this recipe that recommended using a microwave and mug to bake your cake.

I greased the inside of my mug and poured in the batter. I set the microwave to 1 and a half minutes and out came the perfect fluffy looking cake. Success! I turned my cake out onto a plate and dusted with some icing sugar.




Ingredients:

1 banana,
I egg,
3 tablespoons of cocoa powder.

1. Add the peeled and mashed banana to a bowl.

2. Add one egg and 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to your mashed banana.

3. Use a food mixer or blender and mix until a smooth batter mixture is formed.

4. Grease the inside of a mug and pour in your mixture.

5. Microwave for 1-2 minutes. You may need to adjust this time depending on your microwave.

6. Tip out your cake and lightly dust with icing sugar.

7. Enjoy!

SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH THIS 3 INGREDIENT GLUTEN AND DAIRY CHOCOLATE AND BANANA CAKE

What's the verdict?

Well, the cake was light and fluffy as promised and looked a little like a muffin on the inside. It was surprisingly moist although I wouldn't say it was sweetest of things. In fact I sprinkled on a little extra icing sugar as I was eating to help sweeten it up. I think if I was making it again I'd try adding a little sugar to the mixture instead of sprinkling it on afterwards.

There is it, my tried and tested 3 ingredient chocolate banana cake. What do you think? Will you be making a chocolate banana cake of your own?

SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH THIS 3 INGREDIENT GLUTEN AND DAIRY CHOCOLATE AND BANANA CAKE

P.S. Don't forget you can follow along on Facebook now as well.

DIY GRANNY SQUARE CROCHET TOP.

Make your own spring crochet top by simply sewing 2 giant granny square together // Click through for tutorial //

Here, as promised is my finished granny square crochet top. It's basically 2 big granny squares joined together with extra rows added for the sleeves and a couple of rows of single crochet to finish the edges.

A couple of years ago I made a giant granny square crochet baby blanket (similar to this one) for a friend so when I was looking for my next crochet project I felt confident a granny square was something I could make. I googled something like 'easy granny square projects' and came across this fantastic project for a granny square top from Maria Valles. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and knew I wanted to make one myself.

DIY GRANNY SQUARE CROCHET TOP

I used 7 50g balls of the Rico essentials cotton in white and a 3.5mm crochet hook. It was my first time using 100% cotton and I did find it a little tricky to work with. Less forgiving of any mistakes and I did have to undo my work a couple of times where I'd snagged the yarn.

DIY GRANNY SQUARE CROCHET TOP

I started off making two big granny square. I know there's quite a few different ways for starting and making granny squares but I like this method over on the Craftsy blog. I used an existing jumper as a guide and crocheted 21 rows, the finished squares measured 21 inches wide.

To join the squares lay them flat on top of each other with the right sides facing in. I whipstitched the side seems together leaving a 7 inch holes at the top for the sleeves and 2 inch gaps at the bottom for side slits. Whipstitch the shoulder seems together in the same way. I left a 10 inch hole for the neck. You may want to use different measurements and use mine as a guide.

Don't forget to weave in any loose ends.

Make your own spring crochet top by simply sewing 2 giant granny square together // Click through for tutorial //

Here are my 2 squares joined together.

Make your own spring crochet top by simply sewing 2 giant granny square together // Click through for tutorial //

In Maria's original tutorial she left the sleeves as they were and just added a couple of rows or single crochet to finish the edge. After trying mine on I decided I wanted to make the sleeves a little longer.

I joined the yarn under the arm (where the side seem finished) and continued the granny stripe pattern in the round. I chained 3 into the hole, this counted as the first double crochet and then did 2 more double crochets. Next I chained 2 and repeated the granny stripe until the first round was completed. Slip stitch to join the round and repeat until the sleeve is the desired length.

I did 5 rounds in total to make each of my sleeves and then did 2 rounds of single crochet to give a nice neat finish to the edges.

Make your own spring crochet top by simply sewing 2 giant granny square together // Click through for tutorial //

To finish the neck I did another 2 rows of single crochet. I joined the yarn in the corner of the neck hole and single crocheted in each stitch.

For the bottom hem of my crocheted top I joined the yarn in the corner of the side slit and did another 2 rows of single crochet. The only difference this time was that I made 3 single crochets in each of the corners like in the original pattern.

Make your own spring crochet top by simply sewing 2 giant granny square together // Click through for tutorial //

To finish the top weave in any loose ends and block.

Blocking a crochet project gives it a shape and smooths out any kinks. I had no idea what blocking was until I started this top so I did a bit of googling to see what my options were and decided to go with wet blocking. I handwashed my top and then laid it out flat on a towel. I rolled the top and towel up to squeeze out as much water as possible. I pulled it out into the desired shape and left it flat to air dry.

If like me you're still a beginner when it comes to all this and have no idea what blocking is I've added a few links that should help. Tips for blocking crochet from Craftsy. What is blocking, and how do I do it? from Lion Brand Yarns. How (and why) to block crochet and knit projects from Little Birdie Secrets.

Make your own spring crochet top by simply sewing 2 giant granny square together // Click through for tutorial //

And here's the finished top on. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Don't forget to check out the original pattern from Maria. She makes beautiful things.

Make your own spring crochet top by simply sewing 2 giant granny square together // Click through for tutorial //

P.S. If you like this you might like to check out my simple crochet cardigan project. It's a good project for beginners, all you need to know is how to single crochet and you end up with this awesome shrug.