FREE PRINTABLE EYE GIFT TAGS

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There’s less than 2 days to go until Christmas and if you still haven’t finished your Christmas wrapping yet then we have got your back with today’s DIY! Eye’s have been a big trend this year, I feel like i’ve seen them everywhere (and they’ve seen me haha) so we wanted to create a fun free printable that carried this trend over to Christmas! Que our free download of these cute and colourful eye gift tags! They’re sure to jazz up any gift wrap and we’ve designed them in 6 different colours to make sure one of them matches your wrapping paper!

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Simply download the template here and print them out onto white card, then all you need to do is cut them out carefully and pop a hole in the end of them using a hole punch! How simple and easy is that?! Next, grab yourself some pretty twine or ribbon, thread it through the hole and write a lovely message on the back for the receiver!

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I don’t know about you but I’m definitely one of those people that take a lot of time and effort with wrapping up my gifts, I want them to look just as good on the outside and get the person receiving the gift really excited before they’ve opened it! PLUS if you’re using presents as part of your Christmas decor by piling them all up under the tree then you know you want them to look extra special!

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TAKE YOUR OBSESSION WITH ALL THINGS SWEET ONE STEP FURTHER WITH THIS DIY CANDY WREATH

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Seriously guys, I feel like all I talk to you about lately is sweeties! I swear I don’t really have that much of sweet tooth, but there is something about this time of year that sends me on a sugar high. I shared my latest fave chocolaty treat with you last week but today’s DIY is a little different, as although we’re using candy, you can’t technically eat the treats – they will be glued firmly down. However there’s nothing stopping you pinching one or two sweeties for your self in the process. Our method went a little something like this… “one for me, one for the wreath, one for me, one for the wreath”. Ha Ha! (How on earth did we have enough candy to cover an entire wreath with that mindset) 🙂

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Like our Sparkly Sequin Wreath, this tutorial is so simple and is a fun and modern twist on a traditional Christmas wreath. It does feel a little like torture though, drooling over all those sweeties and not being able to eat a single one 🙂

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You Will Need

A foam wreath (Our was 635mm across with a 190mm hole in the middle) | Pink Spray Paint (ours was from Rustoleum) | A selection of colorful candy in all different shapes and sizes | Glue Gun |

Step 1

Spray paint your wreath using the pink spray paint and leave to dry.

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DIY CHRISTMAS CONFETTI ICE BUCKET

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If you’ve been reading Bespoke Bride since August you would have seen the beautiful Confetti Bucket DIY in collab with Shropshire Petals! I absolutely adored making that ice bucket and loved the way it turned out so much that I wanted to try and recreate one with a Christmas spin! An ice bucket that would be the perfect centre piece for any table and really show off the glitz and glam of Christmas! This year, in our house, the festive theme is metallics so I really wanted my ice bucket to match and include lots of golds, coppers and bronze shades! Let’s get going shall we?

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YOU WILL NEED:

Metallic confetti (I went for gold stars) // Crystal type confetti // Glitter // Tinsel // 1 large bucket // 1 smaller bucket (it needs to fit inside the large bucket but also be big enough to hold a bottle) // stones //

STEP 1:

Take your large bucket and fill it with 2-3 inches of water then pop in the freezer and allow to freeze.

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STEP 2:

Next, grab the smaller bucket and place inside the larger one then weigh it down with stones to ensure it doesn’t float when we add in the extra water!

STEP 3:

Add another 2 inches of water to the bucket next and sprinkle in some glitter, then allow to freeze.

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DIY GINGERBREAD TEEPEE AND RECIPE

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I have to admit, I love gingerbread houses as much as the next gal but the actual baking of the gingerbread house and assembling of it is something that kinnddaaaaaa stresses me out! But who wants to miss out on the fun of the decorating the house?! Not me! So…this year I was thinking, what I could bake that would be really simple and easy and would allow me to get creative with the decor?! Then it hit me, a gingerbread teepee!!

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I would literally only need to bake four triangles, and that would be it! No cutting out of windows, or trying to assemble rooftops, it was the perfect plan! So I set the wheels in motion to get the idea moving! I did some research online, and wrote down everything I needed that would require as little baking and fiddling as possible and it really was much much simpler than it looks! Here’s how to make your own…

FOR THE GINGERBREAD:

125g Unsalted butter // 100g Dark muscovado sugar // 3 Tbsp golden syrup //300g plain flour // 1 Tsp bicarbonate of soda // 2 Tsp ground ginger //

FOR THE DECORATIONS:

Matchmaker chocolates // 250g Icing sugar // 1 egg white //Pink food colouring // Edible flowers in small and large (I got these ones from Waitrose // Green fondant //White fondant // Green sprinkles // Rainbow fizzy laces // Small chocolate covered sweets // Toffee // Pretzel sticks // Old fashioned sweets // Twine //

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STEP 1:

Melt the butter, sugar and syrup together in a saucepan. Meanwhile, mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger into a large bowl then stir in the butter mixture to form a dough.

STEP 2:

Roll out your dough and cut out lots of triangles, I ended up baking around 15 triangles in total so that I could pick the best 4 or have spares in case anything went wrong! Plus it meant afterwards I had some spares for cookies! Once you’ve got your triangles, cut off about 1cm of the top of each of them, this is so there will be a little space for pretzel sticks to stand out of the top of the teepee.

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STEP 3:

Bake in the heated oven (200C or fan 180C) for 12 minutes or until firm. Then pull out of the oven, leave to cool for just 1 minutes then trim the edges of the triangles so that they’re really straight. Then leave to cool fully.

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