MEET YOUR NEW FAVOURITE SWEET TREAT: DIY SUCCULENT & CACTUS CUPCAKES!

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You guys are in for a real treat today, metaphorically of course, I can’t physically give you these sweet treats but the good news is that you can easily whip yourself up a batch because Jenni from Two Little Cats Bakery is here to tell you how! These cactus and succulent cupcakes would make the perfect wedding favour, or maybe you could serve them up at a bridal shower?! Either way, I can tell you first hand that they’re absolutely delicious and they’re just about the prettiest darn cupcakes I’ve ever seen!

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YOU WILL NEED:

12 cupcakes (we used vanilla but you can use your favourite flavour!) // Buttercream icing // Fondant icing // Green food colouring // Crushed up biscuits (go for a digestive or ginger nut if you want a lighter ‘sand’ or Oreo if you want something that looks more like soil) // Piping bags and nozzles // Cocktail sticks // White sprinkles // Flower cutters //

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FOR THE CACTUS CUPCAKES….

1. Bake 12 cupcakes in any flavour you like and leave to cool completely

2. Crumble up 3 of the cupcakes with your hands into a bowl and set aside

3. Take the 9 remaining cupcakes, and spread or pipe some buttercream on top (you don’t need too much)

4. Dip the iced cupcakes into the biscuit crumbs to make them look like they are covered in sand. Make sure you give them a good roll around in those crumbs to get all the edges.

5. In your bowl of cake crumbs, add a small amount of buttercream (about a teaspoon) and mix them together – use those hands, just make sure they’re clean! If you can easily roll the mixture into a ball in your hand and it keeps it shape then you’ve got enough buttercream. If your mix is still too dry, and a little more buttercream and repeat. Don’t be tempted to add loads at once – you need less than you might think.

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6. Start rolling your mix into the rough shape you want your cactus to be. Most cacti will start off either as a ball, a flattened ball, or a stumpy sausage. Don’t make them too big – if you’re not sure then hold it against your cupcakes to check you’re happy with the size. When you’ve used up your mix put them on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof and put them in the fridge to harden.

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3 FREE PRINTABLE FLOWER WRAPS (THAT ARE EVER SO PRETTY!)

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Mothers Day has already happened for us over here in the UK but we couldn’t let our friends from over the pond’s Mother’s Day pass without a fun free printable that’s sure to make all the mothers smile! I don’t know about you but my mum absolutely loves receiving flowers but why not jazz up those flowers one step further by printing off one of our pretty flower wraps?

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There are 3 different designs to choose from and I really think they bump the gift of flowers up a notch! You can either print the designs onto large A3 paper for a large bouquet or print them out onto smaller pieces of paper for cute little bunches of flowers.

YOU WILL NEED:

Fresh Flowers // Tissue Paper // String // Clear Tape // Flower Wrap Design 1 // Flower Wrap Design 2 // Flower Wrap Design 3 //

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STEP 1:

First of all you’ll want to bunch your flowers together, so cut them down to their desired length and then add an elastic band or some tape to secure them all together.

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STEP 2:

If you want to add in some tissue paper like we have here then now is the time to add it in! Simple a cut a square out of your favourite coloured tissue paper and wrap or fold it around the flowers. I find it works best by placing the bouquet at one corner of the tissue then wrapping the right side of it over to the left, then fold up the bottom part of the tissue paper over that and finally fold the left side over top.

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FREE PRINTABLE EMOJI FAVOUR POUCHES

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When our reader survey was completed earlier in the year it was quite clear that a lot of you were interested in fun DIY favour ideas that wouldn’t cost you a bomb so today’s free printable is cheap and cheerful! Say hello to these adorable emoji favour pouches! We’ve used our favourite emojis including the unicorn, the rainbow, the pretty pink flower, the ice-cream, the watermelon and of course the pink heart and once the pouches were made we filled them colourful sweets to make an easy favour for your guests! These would also make great confetti pouches if you’d prefer! Here’s how to make your own…

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YOU WILL NEED:

A printer // Craft glue // Scissors // A selection of small sweets (We used millions) // Printable emoji template 1 // Printable emoji template 2 //

STEP 1:

Download the free printable templates above (they’re mirrored, so each sheet has the front of each pouch and the back) and print out in full colour onto the white paper or card. Make sure your printer is set to a high quality print to really make the colours POP!

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STEP 2:

Carefully cut out each of the shapes.

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DIY LIP BALM FAVOURS

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As you can see from our survey results yesterday you guys gave us TONS of ideas for new DIYs and we’ve been so excited to start planning them and making them! One of the things that kept cropping us was DIY favours, favours that were cheap, favours that were easy to make and favours that wouldn’t take absolutely forever to make if you were creating hundreds of them!

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So today we’re going to be sharing a super fun diy for the gal pals in your life and I promise that this is one the easiest DIYs you’ll ever make plus it requires hardly any materials!

YOU WILL NEED:

Coconut oil // lipstick in a variety of colours // small 5ml pots //

STEP 1:

Spoon two tablespoons of coconut oil into a bowl and then shave a small amount of lipstick into the bowl. I just used a knife to scrape a section off and just used some old lipsticks I had lying around that I didn’t really wear anymore!

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STEP 2:

Heat the bowl in the microwave for 30 second intervals at a time, stirring in between each time scale. I found that sometimes I needed to use the back of my spoon to ‘squash’ the lipstick into the oil slightly.

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MAKE THESE FUN ST PATRICK’S DAY GOLD COIN MARBLED COOKIES

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As March is upon us, (say WHAT it’s March already!!) it’s time to go searching for that pot of gold. No need to look too far – you can create your own pot of golden coins with this simple cookie DIY! They’re so easy to make and they taste absolutely delicious! Today, Lauren from Toast from The Host is showing us how to decorate these fun oreo cookies…

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YOU WILL NEED:

1 bag of White Chocolate Melts // 2 Food Gel Colors in Green and Gold // Toothpick or Bamboo Skewer // Parchment Paper // 1 Glass Bowl // Golden Oreos // 1 Tablespoon // Optional: Lemon Extract //

STEP 1:

Lay out a sheet of parchment paper and lay out Oreos on sheet.

STEP 2:

If using a microwave, melt entire bag of White Chocolate Melts in Glass Bowl being sure to stir every 30 seconds until all chocolate has melted and is smooth. Spoon 3-5 tablespoon(s) of water to thin out chocolate. Continue to fold and stir chocolate until it is a smooth batter-like consistency.

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STEP 3:

Squeeze one drop of gel colors into bowl and begin to swirl both using a “figure 8” method using a toothpick or bamboo skewer.

STEP 4:

Dip golden Oreos (once) into swirl mixture and lay flat on parchment paper to encourage the chocolate to harden. Need to move faster? Place in the fridge to speed up the hardening process.

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DIY PUNNY COCKTAIL SHAKER

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If you’re already dreaming of the weekend then today’s DIY is for you my friend! Holly from Club Crafted is back with this super fun cocktail shaker DIY! I mean why pour your drinks from a regular shaker when you can pun it up?! Over to Holly…

I, Holly, love a good cocktail and a good pun. After starting to mess around with new cocktail recipes these last few months, I started collecting pretty shakers and there was just one thing missing…puns!

Naturally, shaking up a cocktail always makes me think of “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift, so I thought it was the perfect line for making a simple punny cocktail shaker. With some colorful vinyl and my Cricut machine, this was really simple to make and adds a little humour to my drink-making.

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Vinyl is a great craft supply for a variety of projects, and even though I used a cutting machine, you don’t necessarily need one. Just keep in mind it will require more work to cut with a knife. Here’s how to make a punny cocktail shaker of your own!

YOU WILL NEED:

Plastic cocktail shaker (I purchased this small one) // Colorful vinyl // Cutting machine OR alphabet stencil with craft knife // Cricut vinyl transfer tape //

STEP 1:

Wash and dry the shaker first.

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PRINT THESE FUN PARTY BOTTLE LABELS JUST IN TIME FOR NYE!

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And just like that, Christmas is over! How crazy is that?! I feel like it flies by every single year! Did you have a good one? I always feel a little sad when Christmas is over because there is always such a build up to it but….with that being said it is now it’s time to look forward to the all important new years eve! It’s time to get excited about what next year will bring, get all dressed up and celebrate the possibilities and the end of this year with family and friends!

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If you’re going to be throwing your own party this year then why not jazz up the decor even more by adding these fun, colourful graphic labels?! They really add an extra element to the drinks and are waaaaay better than the normal boring wine or champagne bottles! These would even work for any party, not just new year! You could perhaps use them at the hen party or as bridesmaids gifts or even as favours for your guests! So many possibilities and who doesn’t love a little party slogan, am I right?!

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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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2 DIY SOCKS YOU NEED TO MAKE FOR YOUR TOOTSIES THIS XMAS!

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Socks are such a staple at Christmas, I really don’t think that there has ever been a Christmas in my life when I didn’t receive socks as a present and I am totally ok with that! I love socks, especially the warm and cosy kind but most of all socks that look cute are the best! I feel like now, more than ever socks are becoming a really big thing in fashion (we’re looking at you Happy Socks!) and I thought it would be super fun to design a couple of pairs this year!
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There are 2 different designs to make completely for free to help make your own! Whether you’re gifting them to friends, your bridesmaids or just to yourself there’s no denying that these socks are beyond cute! We have a cute cactus print or for something really simple and fun a gold polka design! It’s totally up to you what colour socks you go for but we decided on a shade of pink and a white pair for the gold polka dots. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own…

YOU WILL NEED:

Plain cotton socks //  Cactus design // An Iron // Gold glitter iron on // Green glitter iron on // A Cricut Explore //

FOR THE POLKA DOT SOCKS

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Simply create a circle shape in your Cricut design space (I sized the circles 1 inch in diameter)  and load in your gold iron on into the machine. Allow the machine to cut it out then peel away the negative space leaving only the polka dots. Heat up your iron and iron on the dots, varying the placement as you go, making sure that you cover the entire of the socks. Super simple!

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DIY SNOW GLOBE FAVOURS

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If you’re having a festive shindig and want to create some fun favours to match then why not make your own snow globes that each of your guests can take home? They couldn’t be easier to make and would look super pretty on all the tables! We’ve used flamingos in ours but you could add whatever plastic animals you can find. Unicorn snow globes would be equally as amazing!

Also, if you’re eyeing up that gorgeous sequin tablecloth in the photos it’s from Pudding Bridge! SO pretty right?!

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YOU WILL NEED:

Jars // Super Glue // Glycerin // Plastic flamingos (or other plastic animals!) // Glitter // Sequins // Small disco balls or other embellishments // White tack (optional)

STEP 1:

Firstly you’ll want to glue your flamingos to the inside of the lid of your jar, along with any other decorative items you want to pop in there. We added in small disco balls and silver stars to a few of ours! We also decided to add a little white tack in first just to give the flamingos more height but this is completely optional.

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STEP 2:

Add half a teaspoon of glitter, half a teaspoon of sequins and half a teaspoon of glycerin to your jar. Obvs add more glitter and sequins if you want, you can never have too much glitter!

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