DIY: Glittery Letters

So a while ago I bought these amazing paper mache letters from Hobbycraft. I have been trying to decided what to do with them and decided on basically covering them in glitter to make my book case a little more bright and interesting. I have my first initial, an and sign and my partners initial. I bought these letters for £1 each which is great!
You Will Need:
  • Paper mache letters
  • Mod Podge 
  • Glitter
  • Paint Brush
  • A Tray 
  • Knitting Needle (optional)
  • Scrap Paper/ Newspaper
  • Glitter Shaker/ Spoon

I started by laying out some blank paper on my work surface, this is so I didn’t get glue and glitter all over my bench. I then used an old knitting needle and pierced the bottom of the letter with the needle, just to make the glittering process easier.
I ordered my glitter from eBay and it came in a plastic bag, I also have a small glitter shaker that I placed in the bag and filled it up as much as possible. If you don’t have a glitter shaker another option that works well is an old tablespoon, just scoop and sprinkled as needed.

I then took my first letter and covered the whole letter in Mod Podge using my paint brush.

Once it was all covered in glue I started to add the glitter, to the largest areas first.

I then added the glitter to the sides and made sure to get in all the little cracks as best as possible.

 Then repeat this process with the remaining letters, making sure to get a nice even layer across the letter.

Once you have all the letters covered, lay them out to dry, if possible stand them up as I dried them flat the first time and they stuck to the paper a little.

Once they have dried its time for the second coat. Cover the letter in a second later of Mod Podge. For this layer I poured a little of the glue into a plastic container as I didn’t want the brush to drop glitter into the tub of glue. This keeps the main pot of glue clean and glitter free.

And once again evenly cover the entire letter in glitter.

Repeat on all letters and then leave to dry over night. They are now complete! As an additional option you can cover the letter in another layer of glue to lock the glitter in place, this will dry clear so you will be able to see the glitter through. I decided against this as it does make the glitter slightly matt.

This is where I decided to put the letters once they were dry. I think they brighten up the bookcase brilliantly and you can cover them in any colour to match your desired place.

Let me know if you would like to see anymore glittery tutorials. I had great fun making these and you can add the same process to other objects for a unique up-cycle.

How To: Cute Christmas Bows

This year I have been making a some of my own decorations for Christmas. I think that not only is it more fun its makes your decorations a lot more unique.

The first thing I did after deciding on the tree was to make a huge bow for the top. I decided against the usual angel or star for the top because I have never been a fan of the angels on top and because my tree is so tall it actually touches the ceiling of my apartment so there would have been no room to add anything like that up there.

This year I am using a lot of silvers and golds to decorate my home, usually I prefer gold but I have a Christmas tree that is white and silver so I am incorporating all three into my theme. This is the finished bow:

If you saw my pom pom fairy lights tutorial you will notice that I use grey, white and silver wool to make those and now they fit in with my other decorations perfectly!
For my bow I used this amazing glittery ribbon. I actually bought this ribbon a few months back from a craft shop in Washington for £1.65, it was originally for a different project but the ribbon was too thick to use so it had gone to waste until now. The ribbon is covered in silver glitter and is wired around the edges. If you are recreating this I would really recommend purchasing ribbon that is wired as it holds its shape a lot better and is much easier to fold.

The way I did this ribbon was to cheat slightly, I didn’t just get the ribbon and tie a bow like you would with a shoe lace. I decided to go down a different route.

I started by roughly deciding how big the ribbon should be, I did this by making the general size while the ribbon was still on the roll and then cut it to that length.

After cutting I then did the same again to make sure that was right before I started.

I then folded the ribbon directly in half and pressed down so the wire in the ribbon would mark where the middle was.

I then squished this down at that same middle point so I knew where to fold my ribbon to.

I then folded one side over, meeting at the point I marked out before, once I was happy with the size of the loop I scrunched that into place too.

I then did the same with the other side, making sure to make the loops the same size. Because the wire is in the ribbon if you press the pieces together they should stay in place.

I then cut out another piece of ribbon that was big enough to tie around the centre.

I wrapped this around and then flipped over the ribbon, the wire will hold in place but as you can see it doesn’t hold it flat against the back and I didn’t want the ribbon to fall apart so I decided to glue the back down.

I used this Bostik All Purpose glue, this one dries clear but you wont be able to see it so any strong glue will do.

I then glued down that back piece, I would recommend using something heavy to keep that in place so that the glue can dry. I used my candle as its quite heavy and was the closest thing to me.

Leave that to dry and then use the wires in the ribbon to shape it until your happy.

I added a cable tie to the back to attach the bow to my tree.

I hoped you liked this tutorial, I am really happy with the outcome of this bow. I am also really impressed with this ribbon, I was worried that when I was making this bow most of the glitter would come off and even though I was covered in glitter the bow still looks amazing and you wouldn’t even know so much had come off!

This tutorial would also be great scaled up or down, you could make smaller bows to decorate the tree or even larger ones to hang on your door or walls.

How to: Chocolate Orange Cupcakes!

I love making cupcakes, I like to experiment with different types so decided to try something new.

I decided on chocolate orange cupcakes!

The first thing to do is preheat the oven to 170 for fan oven or 180 if non-fan.

Cake Ingredients:

  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 20g Cocoa Powder
  • 140g Caster Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • A Pinch of Salt
  • 40g Unsalted Butter (Room Temperature)
  • 120ml Whole Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract
I started by mixing all the dry ingredients together and then I added the milk, eggs and vanilla on top.
I then whisked that all together to combine all those ingredients. Making sure it is smooth.
Once I was happy with the consistency of the mix I took my lined cupcake tray and poured the mix evenly between the 12.
I have a fan oven so baked these on 170 for 15 minutes. For non-fan ovens the same cooking time applied but on 180. 
I used a butter knife to test that the cupcake was thoroughly cooked all the way through, if not pop back in the oven for another few minutes.
I took them from the tray and put them in this cupcake storage box to let them cool before decorating.
Next is the Orange Icing!
Ingredients:
1 Tsp Orange Extract
110g Powdered Icing Sugar
2 Drops Orange Food Colouring
1 Tbsp Water
I basically just combined all of these ingredients together, making sure to keep adding the icing sugar gradually until it was thick enough to pipe in my piping bag. If this combination isn’t thick enough keep adding icing until it is your desired thickness.
Making sure the cupcakes had cooled I then piped that onto my cupcakes! I start on the outside and swirl towards the centre to create this icing look. 
These cupcakes were a big hit with my boyfriend and I took some of these to family who loved them too! 
I love making cupcakes, if there are any you would like to see me make please let me know!

How to: Quick and Easy BBQ Rice

I like to make this meal when I don’t have a lot of time to cook. This meal usually takes 30 minutes to cook but it can depend on what meat you would like to include in the dish. For this particular one I used turkey breast which I had already cooked and diced.

Sauce serves 2 to 3
Can also be used as a side as part of a larger meal.

You will need:

  • Rice (90 grams per person)
  • Two Turkey Breasts (can substitute with other meat or vegetables)
  • Vegetable Mix

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Worcester Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Pure
  • 1/2 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • Chilli – add to required taste

First I like to add my mixed vegetables to my rice before cooking. I cook these together for 15 minutes. This can vary depending on the rice you use, please check the packaging.

I then like to cook the meat that I will be adding while the rice cooks through. I had already cooked the meat for this meal so I moved straight to the sauce.

For the sauce you combine all the ingredients above together in a separate dish. Mix the ingredients well. For the chilli I add 1 tsp to the mixture at the end and taste. If this isn’t enough you can always add more, depending on how good you are with spice.

Once everything is cooked I combine all of my ingredients with the sauce and heat through until the sauce and rice is hot. Serve straight away.

Overall this meal took 20 minutes prepare and cook, as stated earlier this will take longer if you need to cook your chosen meat for longer. This is a really quick and easy meal for if you are in a rush. I usually cook this for two but and there is normally some left over.

Simple Cat Halloween Makeup Tutorial

I have been playing around with different Halloween makeup looks and thought I would share some with you. I decided to start with one of the easiest looks, this simple cat makeup and hair. Pair with a black outfit and you’ll be ready for Halloween in no time!

I started with with my usual concealer, foundation and also did my eyebrows.

I then added some black winged eyeliner. 
I then added contour to under my cheek bones. This is a good time to add any highlight and blush to your look too.
The last part of the makeup is to add the nose and connect it to your top lip, I used a lipstick that matched my skin colour on the bottom lip. I also added some small dots to the cheeks for the whiskers.
The last part to this look is to put your hair up in two buns at the top of your head to act as cute cat ears. If you like to wear your hair down you can curl the hair and then make to smaller buns the same as this with half the hair to get the same effect.
This look is great for if you have only decided to dress up last minute as you only need makeup that would usually have anyway and there is no need to buy cat ears if you do you hair like this. 
I will be trying more makeup looks on the lead up to Halloween, if there is anything you would like to see me try please let me know!

How To: Pom Pom Fairy Lights

So since I bought those pom pom supplies from HobbyCraft I decided I would make some pom pom fairy lights. I thought I would show you guys how to do it too.

You Will Need:

-Pom Pom Maker
-Wool
-Fairy Lights
-Scissors

Step 1:

Gather all the supplies that you need for this craft. You can use as many different colours as you like.

I choose these four different types of wool – A white, grey, fluffy white and fluffy grey. I also have four different pom pom maker sizes.

Step 2:

Choose the size of pom pom you would like to use – I used the smallest one of my pom pom makers. Then pick your first colour.

Step 3:

Open up the pom pom maker and put the two of the same size together side by side. The bumps should be facing the holes.

Step 4:

Wind the wool around the whole of one side of the pom pom maker until the arch is full.

Step 5:

Repeat this process on the other arch until full.

Step 6:

Close the circle and then clip them into place and cut the wool away.

Step 7:

Using your scissors carefully cut all the way around the middle of the pom pom.

Step 8:

Take a separate piece of wool and wrap it around the middle of the pom pom. Tie this tightly – this will be holding the pom pom together. Keep the piece of wool long and don’t trim just yet.

Step 9:

Open the pom pom maker back up and remove the pom pom.

Step 10:

Once you have repeated this process for all the pom poms you need tie those pieces to the fairy lights. I decided to tie one pom pom between each light.

Once you are happy with the placement of the pom poms, use the scissors to cut away the excess wool from where you tied them on and give any pom poms a trim if they are uneven.

This is my finished product. I choose to use four different colours to match the style of my living room. I hung these onto my shelving unit.

I really love making crafts with pom poms. You can really make it your own and match the colours and textures to your home. I think these would also be great as gifts. Please let me know if you have anymore pom pom craft ideas, I would love to see them!

Learn To Paint With Me

I’ve been teaching myself to paint recently, as you can probably tell from recent posts and new blog theme. I thought I’d document my progress on my blog and show you how I’ve been getting along.

I am very new to this and mostly work from video or blog tutorials. Because I have only recently started I thought I would start from the beginning of my sketch pad and document each project I have undergone.

The first thing I did was swatch all of my water colour paints so that I could get a sense of what each colour would like on the page. 

The first ever painting I tried after this was a wreath which I read a tutorial for on the the blog The Postman’s Knock, which I have linked at the end of the post. I followed all the steps and did some practice foliage 

The next step was to layer all these pieces over a circle that I lightly drew in pencil.
Then I just kept layering those same colours and patterns over one another until the circle was complete. This is the finished painting! 
For the full and more in depth tutorial follow this link, it’s a lovely blog with really great and easy steps to follow:  https://thepostmansknock.com/botanical-watercolor-wreath-tutorial/

If you know of any other blogs that have great watercolour tutorials for beginners I would love to see them.