Tutorial: Easter Egg Wreath

A few months ago, I made an Autumn wreath which I was really pleased with, so I decided to try an Easter themed one this time. You could also make this with rabbits, chicks or flowers but I decided to go with Easter eggs.

You will need:

  • 1 x Card Circle
  • Easter Grass
  • Polystyrene Eggs
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun

First you need to gently pull the Easter grass into a long strip that is the width of your card circle. Make sure you have enough to go all the way around your circle and then glue the grass to the card.

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Turn over the wreath and cut 1 long length and 7 shorter lengths of your embroidery floss. Tie the longest length at the top of the wreath and loop it so you can hang it up. Then use the remaining 7 lengths and tie it around at even intervals.

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Trim any remaining floss and turn the wreath back over. Your grass should now have a hay bale effect. Then decide how you want to arrange your decorations and glue them around the wreath.

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Once the glue is dry, trim the edges of the grass to neaten up the edges and your wreath is ready to hang. I’d love to see your own creations so please feel free to comment below with your pictures!

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Pumpkin Pies, Advent Calendars and other Christmas Crafts

December is here, which means I’ve been busy baking gingerbread cupcakes, cross-stitching Christmas cards, working on a wooden Christmas tree and making a dark chocolate Advent Calendar (which you can find out how to make here) among other things!

Another thing I attempted was pumpkin pie which I’ve always wanted to try, so mum and I decided to have a go at the recipe. We had to convert most of the measurements and use a little bit of guess work, but we ended up with a really nice pie at the end of it. The ingredients we used were:

  • 1 x 8 inch sweet pastry case
  • 2 x eggs
  • 1 x can of pumpkin purée
  • 170g of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 pint evaporated milk

First, Pre-heat your oven and mix the sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves together in a bowl.

In another bowl, beat your eggs and stir in the pumpkin purée and then add in the mixed spices.

Gradually add in the evaporated milk, continue to stir until all of the ingredients have been fully mixed together, then pour the mixture into the pastry case.

Bake the pie at 220°C for 15 minutes and then lower to 175°C and bake for a further 40 to 50 minutes, until a knife in the centre comes out clean.

Leave the pie to cool and then refrigerate until required. Serve the pie with whipped cream.

Tutorial: Autumn Wreath

I LOVE Autumn and everything that goes with it. I also love décor that represents my favourite time of year, so when I spotted some some lovely Autumn wreaths for sale recently I just had to have one! However the prices were not-so-lovely, so I decided to make my own using various bits and bobs I had lying around!

You will need:

  • 1 x Polystyrene Half Round Ring
  • Artificial Leaf Garland
  • Decorative Acorns/Pine cones
  • Burlap Roll
  • Copper Beading Wire
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun

First you need to glue one end of the burlap roll to the flat side of the polystyrene ring and wrap it around until the ring is entirely covered. Then glue the other end to secure it. Cut off any stray threads and “tidy up” the edges:

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Then start gluing on your leaves. I used a garland as it’s less time consuming, but you could always use individual leaves for a variety. As with the burlap, glue one end and wrap the garland around the ring. You can add dabs of glue to position the leaves in a certain way or just let them hang naturally:

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Next add your pine cones/acorns/decorative accessories (I actually used some old Christmas decorations from last year). Use the beading wire to thread the accessories onto the wreath:

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Finally you can add a larger accessory for the centre, or just leave the wreath as it is. In my case I had a pine cone squirrel which I glued to the base. Finally, use some of the beading wire to tie to the top of your wreath and make a loop so you can hang it up… and there you have it!

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Tutorial: Contactless Card Holder

If like me, you’re not exactly thrilled with the idea of contactless bank cards, I have an easy solution to keep cards more secure… a tin foil card holder.

You will need:

  • Bank Card
  • Tin Foil
  • Scissors
  • Washi Tape
  • Sellotape

First place your card horizontally on the foil and fold it around the card. Make sure you don’t fold it too tightly else you won’t be able to remove your card afterwards! Then tape the join together:

Trim one end of the foil and fold the corners over (as if you were wrapping a present) and cover the entire holder with tape to strengthen it. Then use your washi tape to decorate the holder.

Next, take your card out of the holder and trim the open end so that the holder is slightly shorter than your card (this will make it easier to remove).

Then open up the holder slightly and tape the inside edges so that the card doesn’t get stuck on the foil and rip the holder.

Finally cover the holder in another layer of sellotape to protect it and voilà… The card and holder should fit in your purse easily and put a stop to any accidental payments!