Last minute gift wrapping?

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I made these hand drawn gift tags to add a little something special to my gifts this year, and now I want to share them with you so that you can enjoy them too! Just click on the image below, then you can save it and use however you like! I like to print them on sticker paper so that I can stick them right on a gift. free gift tag printable holidays

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Happy holidays and I hope you all have a great new year!

DIY: Decorate Your Dishes

Looking for a fun and super easy DIY project?

porcelain pen diy craft project

This is something I’ve been wanting to try for years and never got around to. Then last week I went to Modulor and happened across some ceramic pens and I couldn’t resist buying one. I was so excited to try it out I didn’t even wait to buy new dishes to decorate, and I ended up using a few small plates that I already had.

porcelain pen diy craft project All you need is a ceramic pen and a dish. Super simple. I bought a Marabu Porcelain Painter, but I’ve also heard great things about Pebeo Porcelaine pens.

1. Choose the dishes you want to decorate.

If you don’t want to buy new dishes or you want to practice on dishes you don’t care about, you can always find some plain dishes at a thrift store. I was too impatient to go to a thrift store so I used some that I already had lying around. Make sure the dishes are clean, and have no dust on them.

2. Decide on a design for your dish

porcelain pen diy craft projectIf you like to plan things out, you can create a little sketch like I did here. If you’re more of a free spirit, you can skip this step and go ahead and get drawing!

3. Decorate your dish!

Draw, draw, draw! This is the fun part. Don’t be afraid to keep your design simple if that’s what you like. A few well drawn lines can make a great pattern.

4. Let your dish dry

Check your porcelain pen for instructions. The instructions on my pen were to let it dry for 4 hours, and then put it in the oven for 30 minutes. Easy! Now it’s all done and ready to be used.

5. Show off your dishes or give them as gifts!

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I think a nice customized mug would make a great Father’s day gift, or maybe you just want a new set of plates. Either way I think there are tons of fun possibilities for designing your own dishes!

chocolately nutty goodness

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I made these yesterday for some friends and they were a huge hit (if I may say so myself..). Really, how can you go wrong with nutella, marzipan, and chocolate? You can’t, and the sprinkles definitely don’t hurt either.

I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for party food, and saw these, which I’ve been meaning to try. Here in Germany, marshmallows aren’t easy to come by, so I had to improvise a little. I added some honey to make my rice krispies a little sticky, and I created little vessels for my rice krispie/nutella mixture out of marzipan. They turned out super yummy, and cute too. We all know the best desserts are fun to look at. Here’s the recipe:

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DIY: painted flower pots

This is the easiest DIY ever. Really, you probably don’t need these instructions, but I am so happy with how these turned that out I wanted to share them with you.

I saw some great flower planters in a shop on my block, but at €9 each that can add up pretty quickly. So I went a mission to my local art store and got some supplies to spice up some standard pots.

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What you need:

some planting pots

painter’s tape or masking tape

paint brushes

at least two colors of acrylic paint. I love the simple look of white and another color, but get creative if you feel like it!

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How to:

You’ll want a clean surface on your pots, so wipe them down with a damp paper towel and let dry.

Paint your first layer! I painted my pots completely white, using two layers of paint to get a nice solid white base. Let this layer dry.

After your first layer is dry you can decide how you want to add more color. Use your painters tape to create a design. I kept mine classic and painted a big stripe of green along the top.

Let the paint dry and then plant some seeds!

CAM00138 copy CAM00280I hope you like these as much as my cat does!