Festive DIY’s

With all the Christmas lights pinging on all over London and the department stores filling their windows with lots of festive delights, I am officially feeling the Christmas spirit and ready to get stuck into getting the flat decorated. So I thought what better way to deck out the flat than with some pocket friendly festive DIYs. Not only are they more personal, but they’re a fun way to get yourself into the mood for Christmas.

I have scoured the internet to pull together some of my favourites to get me inspired. Hopefully they inspire you too, let me know if you give any of these a go!

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1. Decorated Hanging Bough 

If you’re tight on space but still want the wonderfully reminiscent pine scents of a Christmas tree, this is the perfect option. We have a lovely big sash window in our lounge and I think hanging this from there would look so lovely. If you fancy, you could thread through some twinkly battery powered fairy lights, golden asparagus fern and keep it natural by spraying some pinecones and acorns gold. If you’re after something a bit fun, try using vibrant coloured strings with rose gold decorations on the end for a really on trend look.

2. Spray Painted Reindeer Ornaments

These little spray painted creatures are such a great way to decorate your home or dinner table in a stylish and fun (but cheap!) way. The best bit is that they are so simple to do, you just need to get some plastic toy animals and a can of spray paint and away you go. Perhaps it might even inspire you to coat other weird and wonderful things in gold!

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3. Snow Globe Biscuit Jar

These Snow Globe Biscuit Jars make for a great little thank you gift for the host at Christmas or just a sweet little token present for friends and family. For health conscious friends, you could fill these with homemade protein balls rolled in coconut flakes for an alternative festive treat.

4. Oversized Knit Blanket

I am absolutely in love with this huge knit blanket DIY made by blogger Olivia Silk over on her YouTube channel. I have seen tutorials where people have made these with their arms and not knitting needles which is cool, not too sure what happens if someone rings the doorbell though! These would make for the perfect personal gift or just the best way to cosy up your sofa this Christmas.

5. Homemade Christmas Crackers

No festive table is complete without crackers, so making them yourself is the ultimate way to make your dinner table extra special. If you’re into your table laying game, this is also a great way to ensure the crackers perfectly match your colour scheme. Fill them with handwritten notes and jokes and personal gifts for each person.

I’m now feeling super inspired for Christmas and I hope you are too! Can’t wait to try some of these out and put my own twist on things. If you have any suggestions you think I’d enjoy feel free to send them my way!

 

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Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Oaty Traybake

This is the dreamiest of traybakes and is the perfect mid week pick me up or lunch box filler! The sharp tang of the raspberry and the dark chocolate is just a match made in heaven and the best bit? They’re a definite healthier option to other sweet treats AND they only take under half an hour to whip up. Do you need any more convincing?! I think not…

You will need:

  • 150g of fresh raspberries
  • 6 Squares of dark chocolate
  • 50g butter
  • 75g Honey
  • 200g Oats
  • 50g ground almonds
  • a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds
  • a tablespoon of flaked almonds
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C and grease a baking tin measuring roughly 20 x 20cm. Using baking paper, cut a piece just larger than the tin and cut small slits at each corner and put this into the baking tray. The paper should sit nicely and be kept in place by the butter.
  2. Put the butter and the honey into a saucepan and melt over a low/medium heat. Once melted, take this off the heat and stir in the oats, ground almonds, flaked almonds and pumpkin seeds. Mix until everything is nicely coated.
  3. Spoon half the mixture into the pre-lined tin and spread to cover the base of the tin. Roughly mash your raspberries and spoon this on top of the oaty mixture in the tray.
  4. Finally top the raspberries with your remaining oaty mixture and smooth down the top with the back of a spoon.
  5. Pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes until nicely browned on top.
  6. Once cooked, take out of the oven and leave to cool. Put a saucepan of water on the hob and bring to the boil. Place on top of this a bowl with your squares of chocolate inside. Once up to boil, turn down the heat and allow the chocolate to gently melt.
  7. Using a teaspoon, take a scoop of the chocolate and lightly drizzle it bit by bit over the tray bake in diagonal lines.
  8. Once fully cooled, cut the tray bake into 14 pieces.

I’d love to know what you think of this recipe! I personally loved the ease of making something so delicious and I shall definitely be making it next time my friends pop round.

Easy Healthy Weekend Brunch

Hurrah it’s finally the weekend! Now that my body clock is pretty much hard-wired to wake up at 7am every morning for work, I decided to get out of bed and whip up this little feast for breakfast. My boyfriend made this yesterday and Snapchatted me whilst I was at work. Cue a very jealous me sat at my work desk, so I made him teach me this morning how to make this quick dish and it is just as tasty as I thought it would be! There’s nothing better than a gooey poached egg to know you’ve nailed breakfast. This is a great one if you fancy a full English but would prefer a healthier option.

You will need:

  • Mushrooms
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Turkey Sausages
  • Spinach
  • Wholemeal bread
  • Coconut Oil
  • Eggs
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Salt

This is a bit of a throw it all in kind of recipe so use as many or as little of each thing as you like!

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Chop up the mushrooms and place these along with the whole cherry tomatoes and the sausages into a oven dish.
  2. Drizzle the vegetables with coconut oil and scatter some dried rosemary and salt over the top too. Toss this through the vegetables and then put this into the oven for 10-15 minutes to cook.
  3. Get the bread in the toaster and put a saucepan of water onto the hob to boil.
  4. Once the water is up to boil, turn it down to a rolling simmer and put some white wine vinegar into the water.
  5. Create a mini whirlpool in your saucepan of water using a wooden spoon and once it’s spinning break your egg into the centre of it close to the water’s surface.
  6. Once the white of the egg feels fairly solid and the yolk is squidgy, remove this onto a plate with kitchen towel on top. This will soak up any excess water so that it doesn’t transfer onto your plate when you dish up.
  7. Place some spinach in with the veggies for 3-5 minutes until slightly wilted.
  8. By now everything should all be ready to go so pop your pieces of toast onto your plate and place your eggs on top of these. Now slice the sausages and scatter this along with your vegetables on top of your toast.
  9. Enjoy!