9 FESTIVE FAVOURITE TREE DECORATIONS.

9 Festive Favourite Tree Decorations

We went Christmas tree decoration shopping on the weekend. It's one of my favourite things to do to get me in the holiday spirit. I love picking out a few sparkly new ornaments each year to add to the collection.

A couple of years ago I got a tin robin wearing a tiny wool hat from the same place that makes that glittery fox. My robin has got a few chips on him but he's still going strong and I'm pretty sure he'd love a foxy new friend to keep him company on the tree.

The green swirled one in the top right is marbled glass but I found a couple of great tutorials if you want to try making something similar here and here.

I've been wondering if you could do something similar to this with these cork ornaments.

And finally if you like the house ornament with the pink sparkly roof you might want to check out this tutorial for vintage inspired bell jar ornaments. Ashlee filled hers with miniature trees and deer but there's nothing stopping you filling yours with your own miniature village or anything else that takes your fancy. I do love those teeny tiny deer though. Why is something so much cuter when it's small?

Sparkled Snowhouse Ornament // Flock Reindeer Bauble // Marbled Glass Ornament // Scandinavian Cream and Red Bird Ornament // Vintage Green Glass Gift // Reindeer and Mistletoe Heart Decoration // Tin Fox Decoration // String of Stars Ornament // Cork Ornaments

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Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.

DIY FACETED CLAY TEA LIGHT HOLDERS.

Diy Faceted Clay Tea Light Holders

I'm a big fan of this air hardening clay. Last week I used it to make stamped clay magnets and this week I thought I'd use it to make some clay tealight holders. I love all the faceted gemstones and geometric shapes that have been popping up all over the internet and I've been dying to have a go at making something incorporating them myself.

Supplies: Air hardening clay, tealights, a knife and sandpaper or a nail file.

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How to make Diy Faceted Clay Tea Light Holders

1. Start by rolling your air hardening clay into a ball.

2. Take a tea light and press it firmly into your ball of clay. Don't worry about any cracks in the clay just yet, you can fix these later.

Make sure to give the tealight a wiggle. You want to leave enough space that you can remove and replace the tealight as needed.

3. Slice into the base of the clay at an angle. Be careful not to cut too close to your tealight. Continue to cut around the base until you are happy with the shape.

4. Flip your clay over and this time cut in at an angle from about halfway down towards the counter top. Carry on until you form your geometric shape.

5. This is the part where you can fix any cracks or splits in the clay. Use a little water and either your fingertips or the flat side of a knife and smooth out any imperfections.

6. Leave to dry overnight or until hard. Mine took nearly 48 hours as the clay was quite thick in places.

7. When completely dry use sandpaper or a nail file to smooth down any rough or rounded edges and you're all done.

Diy Faceted Clay Tea Light Holders

Want more faceted gemstone gorgeousness?

Take a look at these diy projects. There's the simple but effective glycerine soap gemstone sover on the Mr Printables blog. Or maybe you fancy having a go at these plaster gem push pins over on Design Sponge and who wouldn't want to make these glittery gem cake toppers from Design Love Fest. They're definitely going on my to-do list.

Diy Faceted Clay Tea Light Holders

You can find more diy/crafts projects over on my Pinterest board.

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Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.

DIY STAMPED CLAY MAGNETS.

Diy Stamped Clay Magnets

Happy Friday everybody. Here's another diy for you, this time stamped clay magnets. You can never have too many, right? There always seems to be something that needs pinning to the fridge.

Supplies: Air hardening clay, a rolling pin, stamps (I used these),  an ink padcookie cutters, sandpaper, mini magnets and a glue gun.

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How to make your own Stamped Clay Magnets using air dry clay.

1. Take your air hardening clay and roll it out to about 5 mm thick. Be careful not to make it too thin. You don't want the clay to be brittle and crack as it dries.

2. Stamp your design into the clay. I used these stamps and this ink.

3. Punch out the shape of your magnets using a cookie cutter.

4. Try inking up the stamps as well and don't be afraid to experiment. You can use anything that will leave an impression in the clay. The ink stamped magnets turned out to be my favourites in the end.

5. Set aside and leave to dry overnight. Mine took around 24 hours.

6. When dry file away any rough edges with sandpaper or a nail file.

7. Glue a magnet onto the back of each disc just like in this diy button magnets tutorial and you're all finished. Ta-dah!

Stamped Clay Magnets - made from air drying clay - Gathering Beauty
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Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.

SAVOURY CHEESE BISCUITS.

Savoury Cheese Biscuits

My absolute favourite go-to snack has definitely got to be savoury cheese biscuits/crackers. I've never found one I didn't love and these are no exception. Flaky, buttery pastry combined with sharp, tangy cheese. Perfect. Wrap them in baking paper and store in an airtight container. They make a great gift and an even better party snack.

Watch the video below to see how to make them yourself.

Ingredients

175g plain flour

100g butter, diced

40g mature cheddar

25g grated parmesan

25g poppy seeds

25g sesame seeds

1 large egg, separated

Preheat oven 190c/Gas 5.

Line baking tray with baking paper.

Sift flour, add diced butter and combine using a palette knife.

Add the parmesan, cheddar, sesame and poppy seeds.

Add the egg yolk along with 4 tsp of cold water.

Form to a stiff dough.

Roll out on a floured surface and cut into preferred shape.

Place on tray and brush with egg white.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack and cool.

Savoury Cheese Biscuits

(credits: music Julia (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.

CRUNCHY CHOCOLATE GRANOLA.

Crunchy Chocolate Granola - Gathering Beauty

I made this amazing crunchy chocolate granola over the weekend. It was delicious. In fact, I think this might be the perfect weekend breakfast food.

Crunchy Chocolate Granola Ingredients - Gathering Beauty

You will need:

200g rolled oats

100g assorted nuts or seeds

70g light brown sugar

50g cocoa powder

90ml golden syrup

50ml vegetable oil

Crunchy Chocolate Granola Mixture - Gathering Beauty

Preheat oven to 120°c/gas 1/2.

Mix the oats, nuts and sugar together.

In a separate bowl mix the cocoa, syrup and vegetable oil.

Combine the two mixtures and pour onto a baking tray. Bake for 45 minutes or until dry and crispy.

Allow to cool and enjoy with milk or yogurt.

Crunchy Chocolate Granola Mixture - Gathering Beauty

This is definitely a new favourite. I'm already planning on making more. Pecans and maple syrup anyone? Or maybe banana chips and peanut butter?

Crunchy Chocolate Granola - Gathering Beauty
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Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.