Make Gigantic Garden Dominoes in 7 Simple Steps 

This latest project for Ideas Magazine is a treat for mom or dad! Capitalise on game-time with garden dominoes! Make more memories with family and friends with a game for all ages.  Get the kids to help make the colourful dots of these fun-size dominoes. So, whether it’s for Mother’s day or Father’s day have fun!

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Here’s how to make garden dominoes

Difficulty: easy

Time: 2 hours

You will need:

For the Dominoes

  • 2x 69x22x2.4m Pine PAR (cut into 28x 140mm sections)
  • Kid-safe Paint (3-6 different colours) *
  • Clear sealer (we used Armour from Granny B’s) *

For the box

  • 1x 90x22x1.8m Pine PAR
  • 12x 40mm Wood Screws

You will also need:

  • Jigsaw
  • Drill with 3mm wood drill bit
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Ruler
  • Small Paint Roller
  • Small Circular Sponge (10mm in diameter)

* Granny B supplied the Old Fashioned Chalk paint and Armour Sealer for this project.

STEP 1:

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Measure and mark 28 sections of 140mm and one 580mm section on the 69x22x2.4m pine battens. Then measure two 580mm and two 110mm lengths on the 90x22x1.8m pine battens. Cut the wood into these sections then lightly sand the edge s.

STEP 2:

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Finish the garden dominoes first. Measure 70mm and make a pencil line across each 140mm piece. Paint a thin stripe on top of the pencil line. To ensure a straight line, dip a ruler’s edge into the paint and lightly press it onto the measured mark.

STEP 3:

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Mark the domino’s dots with a pencil then make dots with the small circular sponge. Dip the sponge into paint and test your dots on paper before dotting the wood pieces.

STEP 4:

Use a small roller and paint the sides or reverse of a few dominoes in different colours. Set aside to dry and move on to the domino box.

STEP 5:

Measure 10mm from each corner of the 110mm pieces and mark the spot with a pencil dot. Then measure and dot 10mm high and 50mm deep from the left and right edges of the two wider 580mm pieces. Drill pilot holes halfway into the wood where you’ve made dots.  

STEP 6:

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Let the narrow 580mm plank lay flat on your workbench. Then place the two wider 580mm planks (on their sides) on either side of the narrow plank to form a u-shape. Put a line of wood glue on the u-shape edge then cover with a 110mm piece and clamp them together.

Screw in four screws, one for each corner, into small sides of the box first. Then screw in two screws into either side of the box’s length.

STEP 7:

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Use a paint roller to paint the outer edge of the domino box. Once dry, apply a clear sealant to the box and the dominoes. 2-3 coats are ideal for outdoor use.

TIPS for making garden dominoes

  • Save time and have your wood cut at the hardware store.
  • Use scrap wood between the clamp’s feet and the pine to avoid damaging the wood.
  • Use clear water- and heat resistant sealer that is non-yellowing like Armour from Granny B’s Old Fashioned Paint.

Don’t forget to treat your mum with Mother’s day cake!

Happy Making!

Feast On Bunny Buns & Nutriseed NuMe Bread: The Guilt-Free Way

Easter has become synonymous with bountiful family feasts, which makes it super tricky to keep track of healthy eating. But, no more! Thanks to Nutriseed we can have decadent chocolate brownies, cake muffins and bread (all low-carb, gluten- and sugar-free)! Recently, I had a chance to try the Nutriseed NuMe bread and bread roll premixes, and I’ll definitely make them again!

I do have a personal interest here, as bread is something I’d like to live and breathe every day, and now, it seems like I can.

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I’ve adjusted the Nutriseed premixes slightly, to fit into Easter. The bunny-shaped buns are cinnamon-y, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and have a honey-glaze for sweetness – perfect as it is. My version of Nutriseed NuMe bread has a bit festive spice, seeds and hot-cross bun inspired piping on top, to remember what it’s all about.

Here’s how to use Nutriseed NuMe Bread Premixes!

Easter Cross Bread

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INGREDIENTS

  • Nutriseed NuMe Bread premix
  • 150g mixed seeds
  • 5 Eggs
  • 100ml water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 20ml oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Flour paste*

* Make a paste by mixing 2 tablespoons flour with water. The consistency should be like runny icing. You’ll also use this paste for the bunny buns.

METHOD

  1. Heat the oven to 220˚C and grease a bread tin.
  2. Mix together liquid ingredients.
  3. Fold in the bread premix, cinnamon, nutmeg and seeds.
  4. Place the mixture into the bread tin then pipe the flour paste in a cross pattern.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

Bunny-shaped Buns

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INGREDIENTS

  • Bread roll premix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup double thick yogurt or cream cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 raisins, cut in half
  • Honey glaze (1 tbsp honey mixed with 2 tbsp hot water)

METHOD

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  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Beat liquids together.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes.
  5. Section the dough into five equal parts. Then divide each section into three (a large, medium and small section).
  6. Roll the large and medium pieces into balls for the head and body of the bunny, and the smallest piece into a sausage shape.
  7. Use a knife to cut the smallest shape three-quarters in half -length-wise.
  8. Assemble the bunny on the baking tray. Place the raisins where the eyes should be and use the flour paste to pipe the nose and bunny ears.
  9. Glaze the bunny rolls with the honey mixture then bake for 15-20 minutes, and serve warm for the Easter feast.

I was astonished that something so healthy could taste so good. So you know, a little goes a long way. A bite of Nutriseed bread is very filling.

If you’re wondering where to get a Nutriseed premix, here are their stockists: Dischem, Spar, Pick ‘n Pay, Food Lover’s Market, Jackson’s Real Food Market, The Health Food Emporium, Faithful to Nature.

Happy Easter!

How to Make a Faux Kokedama: The Indoor Garden Delight

Kokedama hanging plants are all the rage now, but they can be quite pricey. Luckily, the LivingSpace Mag asked us to create a project for their summer addition. So, we created a hanging kokedama for an indoor or outdoor garden. We’ll show you how you can easily make your own faux kokedama with some plants from your garden!

Grow your indoor garden with this faux kokedama DIY

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Difficulty: easy

Time: 30 minutes

You will need:

  • Coir (coconut hair – readily available from nurseries)
  • Twine
  • Balloon
  • Cold Glue
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Small plastic pots and plants from your garden *

STEP 1:

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Get started on your faux kokedama by blowing up a balloon. Place the balloon in a small pot or bowl to keep it stable, with the knot pointing to the bottom of the bowl.

At least ¾ of the balloon needs to stick out. Use a brush to cover the exposed parts of the balloon in cold glue.

STEP 2:

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Take wads of the coir and press it onto the cold glue until everything is covered. Press it down softly so that you don’t damage the balloon. Allow to dry.

STEP 3:

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Cover the coir-covered balloon with spray adhesive and then slowly tie twine around it all. It is easiest to turn the balloon and keep the twine still!

STEP 4:

How to make a faux kokedama macrama knotting

To make the macramé hanger for the faux kokedama, cut six pieces of twine, roughly 50cm long. Tie them together at the top. Divide them into twos and knot each pair 20cm from the top. Then split the pairs below the knot and tie each leg to the leg of an adjacent pair. This will create a mesh. Then tie all six strings together at the bottom, leaving a tassel underneath.

STEP 5:

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Fill a small pot with potting soil and a plant and place inside the coir bowl. Then place the bowl inside the macramé hanger and hang up your plants.

* When choosing a plant for your faux kokedama, consider where it will hang. If it is going to hang on an enclosed patio where it will get little to no sun, it is best to use an indoor plant.

Happy Gardening!

5 Steps To A Bargain Boost With A Mirror Makeover DIY

We tend to buy new decor when a room starts to feel a tad bland, yet, our homes have more than one or two pieces that can spruce up an interior. You only need your DIY goggles to see their potential, which is how I started my mirror makeover DIY.

Granny B’s sponsored some of the supplies for this mirror makeover DIY, and I am thoroughly impressed with their products. Click on any product link you find in this post to shop, and get 10% off of the total when you use the coupon code HOMEOLOGY123 at the checkout.

Here’s how to get started on a unique patterned mirror makeover DIY

Difficulty: easy

Time: 2 hours

Unique patterned mirror supplies

You need:

  • An old mirror
  • Sandpaper
  • A cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Decorative adhesive transfers *
  • Rub-on metallic foil *
  • Floral stencil *
  • Applicator tool
  • Chalk paint in black and navy *
  • Non-toxic, quick drying sealer *
  • Paintbrush, roller and paint tray

*Granny B supplied us with adhesive transfers and metallic rub-on sheets by Prima, a floral stencil, chalk paint (Black Betty and Midnight Blue) and a clear sealer, Armour.

Step 1:

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For your mirror makeover DIY, start by lightly sanding the mirror’s frame. If you’ve painted the frame before, as I did, make sure that there are no loose flecks of paint.

Step 2:

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Paint the frame with black chalk paint by using a paintbrush or roller. It’s easier to use a paint roller for a mirror makeover DIY. Use a small artist’s brush to cover the inner sections of the frame, nearest the mirror. Let the paint dry and apply another coat if necessary.

Step 3:

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Place the stencil on the glass and adjust its position until your happy with the placement, then secure it with masking tape. Cover the section of the stencil that you don’t want to be painted with paper then also secure it with masking tape.

Use a paint roller to paint over the open stencil sections. I used black chalk paint on the glass and the midnight blue on parts of the frame to add depth for the following metallic transfer layer. Wipe away any paint spills then let the paint to dry before moving on to the transfers.

PRO TIP: Test the painting the stencil on paper first. You’ll notice that too much paint will have a smudgy result.

Step 4:

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To create the unique patterned mirror, you need the adhesive transfer and a metallic sheet. Follow the quick steps with the image above to make it happen:

  1. Cut out a section of the transfer to fit your frame.
  2. Remove the protective sheet.
  3. Place the pattern onto the frame, sticky side facing down. Use the applicator (that comes with the transfer pack) or a flat object to smooth the transfer onto the frame.
  4. Remove the transparent film, to reveal a sticky pattern stuck to the frame.
  5. Roll out the metallic film onto the pattern and smooth it out with the applicator. You will see the pattern through the sheet once it adheres properly.
  6. Slowly peel away the metallic sheet to reveal the pretty unique pattern on the mirror’s frame.

Step 5:

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Protect the painted surfaces by painting a clear sealer on top of the frame of this mirror makeover DIY.

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Use a small artist’s brush for the pattern on the glass. Remove any smudges or spills with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth. Once the sealer is dry, you can hang up your new mirror!

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With a little paint and a few minutes of productivity, you too can transform a sad piece of furniture or decor into a standout interior booster.

Remember to get your paint supplies and accessories at a 10% discount when you use the coupon code (HOMEOLOGY123) at the checkout on Granny B!

Happy reusing!

How to Make a Lightweight Picnic Blanket with a Gingham Check

This month has been filled with warm weather, floating drinks and many happy picnic days. A comfy resting spot is a must for me, even when I go for a hike. So, naturally, a compact, fuss-free and lightweight picnic blanket is the ultimate outdoor must-have!

The pretty little picnic blanket that we made for LivingSpace Mag can be sewn together quickly and easily. By using washcloths, there is no need to hem any of the squares. Plus, it’s super absorbent, which means you can use it as an oversized beach towel too!

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When shopping for your washcloths, remember that not all washcloths are created equal, and stick to cotton for its durability and absorbency. How big a picnic blanket should be, depends on how many people you want to seat. For two to four people 1,5m x 1,5m is sufficient. Luckily, if you need the increase the dimensions of the picnic blanket, add another row of washcloths.

Here’s how to make a lightweight picnic blanket

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Difficulty: easy

Time: 15 minutes with a sewing machine

You need:

  • 6 white washcloths
  • 13 light coloured washcloths (we used teal)
  • 6 dark coloured washcloths (we used navy)
  • Sewing machine and thread (you can use matching thread or a contrasting one for a fun twist!)

PRO TIP: Wash all of the washcloths before you sew them together to make sure they are colourfast.

STEP 1:

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Arrange the washcloths on a large flat surface to create the gingham pattern. Start with the first row of alternating the light- and dark-coloured washcloths. Add a second row of alternating white and light-coloured washcloths. Repeat until you’re happy with the pattern of the lightweight picnic blanket.

STEP 2:

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Sew the washcloths together one row at a time. Don’t overlap the edges, place them side-by-side and use a small zigzag stitch.

STEP 3:

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Once you have completed the five rows, sew their long edges together taking care to line up the corners correctly. Washcloths are very forgiving so manipulate the sides while sewing to make them line up.

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It’s that simple! Now you can cheers to sunshine, blue skies and more picnics!

Happy making!

This DIY Floating Tray Is Floatin’ Fabulous

Keep your favourite treats afloat while you enjoy the last bit of warm weather in the water. This adorable DIY floating tray is super handy when you’re bobbing around the pool! Plus, it’s a lovely addition to the rest of the pool float family.

We made this fun floating platter for the LivingSpace Mag and were very thankful that we did. Gone are the days when we needed to scurry out of the water for refreshments.

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So, what is a DIY floating tray?

A DIY floating tray refers to a tray that has a buoyant material, like foam, fixed to its base to keep snacks and refreshments afloat in water.

How to make a DIY floating tray

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Difficulty: easy

Time: 20 minutes

You need:

  • 1x pool noodle
  • 1x 30cm round melamine or plastic tray
  • Painter’s tape
  • Spray paint
  • Craft knife
  • Hot glue gun

STEP 1

Start the floating drink DIY by cutting the pool noodle length-wise. The incision must reach into the hollow in the middle of the noodle, and no further!

The pool noodle will certainly keep the DIY floating tray drifting and doubles as a barrier that ensures no snack goes overboard.

STEP 2

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Apply the painter’s tape in strips around the pool noodle at random intervals to create a stripe pattern.

STEP 3

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Spray with a contrasting colour and allow to dry. Then remove the tape to reveal the pattern.

STEP 4

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Apply a thin line of hot glue around the edge of the tray. Press the glued edges of the tray into the cut in the pool noodle. The tray will fit snuggly inside. Finally, cut away any excess and seal the ends of the pool noodle with some more hot glue.

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That’s it! Once you’ve had enough of drifting in the water, let your DIY floating tray dry then stow it in your outdoor storage until next time!

Happy Floating!

7 Useful DIY Ideas to Make Summer Last

Before you say sayonara to sunshine and beach days, make the most of your remaining summer energy with our useful DIY ideas. Whether you want to make your home a plant paradise, pack in as many pool sessions as possible or win the battle against flies, you’ll find a top DIY project for your home right here. 

Why we should make the most of summer has a lot to do with the sun. We need 10 minutes of health-boosting sunrays each day to reach our daily intake of Vitamin D. Here are the benefits of the golden vitamin:

  • Assists Calcium to maintain healthy bones and teeth
  • Supports the immune system
  • Regulates insulin levels
  • Aids cardiovascular healthy
  • Assists in cancer prevention

Here are our top useful DIY ideas for summer

1. Swimmer’s Hook & Towel Baskets

Say goodbye to damp swimming towels with a useful DIY idea! Create an outdoor towel rack to make life at home a little easier. Simply install hooks on a wall nearest the swimming pool. For a quirky towel wall, use inexpensive outdoor tap fittings painted in different colours.

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Don’t’ forget about the fresh towels! Update an old basket with a colour-dip and add clean towels and plop it next to the swimmer’s hook.

2. Squirt Gun Art

Useful DIY ideas for your children in Summer

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Entertain yourself, your guest or your kids with an uplifting art session! Fill up squirt guns with different liquid watercolours and stick a few pieces of paper to a wall, tree or large easel (preferably a surface outside that can just be hosed down). Now let your kids or your peers discover their inner artist.

BTW, this is a fun summer project idea for adults too!

3. Hanging Planters

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Grow your indoor garden and make an indoor planter. This summer project idea is ideal for the plant-loving adult, and it is the ultimate low-effort decor.

Skip the exotic and alien plants in favour of indigenous greenery! Our native flora is adapted to the South African climate and can handle less water. Plants with needle-like leaves and those with a hairy surface retain moisture better than plants with large, smooth leaves. You also have the option of starting a spectacular succulent garden!

4. Feature Wall Shutters

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Transform a blank wall into a beautifully beachy feature wall within an hour!  You’ll need reclaimed shutters, chalk paint and 30 minutes. Once your paint is dry, measure and install wall anchors at your preferred height, hang up the shutters and decorate them with air plants. A top DIY project for your home, this feature wall tutorial will add a lovely touch to your exterior.   

5. Floating Drink Holders

Useful DIY ideas for the pool in Summer

Spend the last sizzling moments cooling down in the pool, with floating drinks all around. Update a pool noodle with glue gun, a craft knife and a bit of paint for polka-dots. You’ll thank yourself once your drink is floating beside you.

6. Lovely Lanterns

Useful DIY ideas for your home in Summer

Make nights spent outside magical and wind-resistant with glass jar candle holders. Make frosty garden lanterns with salt or, grab all your empty jam jars and paint the bottom third of each. Tip them upside down and allow the paint to take its runny course. Drill 3 holes into each lid and paint in a different colour. After everything is dry, pop in some tea lights and you’re good to go!

7. Rope Coasters

Useful DIY ideas for Summer

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Say no to watermarks this summer with a useful DIY coaster idea. Natural rope coasters are swoon-worthy, and you only need a hot glue gun and rope to make them. Get the complete rope coaster tutorial on the Lovilee blog. 

Our three top tips for a summer home

Some of these projects featues in the LivingSpace Mag, but these are our favourite tips to live by this summer!

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Perfect your Braai

Heat matters. Amateurs and masters of the braai know that coals have to reach the perfect temperature for foodie perfection. So, how do you really know when it’s just right?

According to local braai legend, Jan Braai, it’s all in the hands: hold your hand 10cm above the coals and start counting.

Once you feel a burning sensation, stop counting. Two to three seconds are ideal for steaks and rashers. Three to four seconds are for chicken wings and fish. Five to eight seconds are when the wors, chicken breast and potjies go up. After nine seconds you need more wood and remember to remove your hand!

Keep Flies at Bay

Take one large clear glass jar, fill it with water, drop in a few coins or small pieces of foil and close the lid. Place the container in the kitchen or somewhere on the patio where sunlight or artificial light can reach it. Entomologists suggest that the refracted light is a problem for complex fly eyes as it interferes with their sense of direction.

A Home Refresher

Sometimes your home needs a little boost to conquer the oppressive heat. So, make a refreshing rosemary and basil room spray! Dissolve 1 tsp baking soda into 1 cup warm water and add 4 sprigs of rosemary. Once it’s cooled add in a handful of basil leaves and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. If you don’t have baking soda use, 2 tbsp of vodka instead!

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Happy DIYing!

Unlock the Ultimate Valentine’s with a Noodle Flower Chandelier

Cosy up for a special treat or get friends together for a lazy dinner under a gorgeous flower chandelier! This is the most beautiful and worthwhile thing you have to try this summer.

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Romantic or not, whimsical lights and blooms floating in the air will make anyone feel special. Plus, this tutorial helps to repurpose old pool noodles. What’s not to love?

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You can also remove the flowers when they wilt and pack away the flower chandelier base in your outdoor storage space!

Here’s how to make a flower chandelier

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Difficulty: easy

Time: 30 minutes

You need:

  • 1 hula hoop
  • 2 pool noodles (the hollow kind)
  • Foliage and a few flower heads *
  • Garden scissors
  • Twine
  • 3 battery-operated fairy light strings **
  • S-hook
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* Forage in your garden, in a nearby field or head to the nearest florist and ask them for the day’s offcuts.  You’ll either pay a small fee or nothing at all for beautiful foliage and blooms.

** Use your festive lights from December!

STEP 1:

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Start with the pool noodle for your flower chandelier. Cut the noodles open length-wise, up to the hollow in the middle.

STEP 2:

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Fit the first pool noodle over the hula hoop by pushing it through the cut into the hollow in the centre. Measure the second pool noodle and cut off any excess before fitting it over the remaining open part of the hula hoop. The entire hula hoop should now be covered with the pool noodles. 

Twist some twine around the pool noodle to secure it, and tie with a knot when you’re done.

STEP 3:

Cut 3x1m pieces of twine. Divide the pool noodle base into three equal parts and then tie a piece of twine to each segment.

Knot the free ends roughly 50cm from the base, and attach the S-hook to the knot.

PRO TIP: Hang up the flower chandelier to make the last steps easier.

STEP 4:

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Twist the fairy light strings around the pool noodle base, taking care to keep it fairly loose. Secure each string’s battery pack on the inside of the wreath, in the middle of each of the three segments. This will help the wreath to hang level.

STEP 5:

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Cover the pool noodle in foliage by sticking the branches behind the twine and fairy light cables. Once you’re happy with the greenery, add the flower heads at random, securing them in the same way as the leaves.  Then switch on the flower chandelier’s lights and admire your handiwork!

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All you need now is a Valentine’s Day menu! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Happy making!

How to Make a Luxury Tent for the Best Camping Magic

Do you like camping? I never did, until I realised dirt and dust don’t have to form an integral part of the experience. Camping can be relaxing, peaceful and even luxurious. If you want to up your camping game, then all you need to do is learn how to make a luxury tent, and that’s easy. Read on for the how-to! 

A luxury tent, like a good potjie, can do wonders for your mind, just so you know. But first, let’s find out what a luxury tent is.

What is a luxury tent?

A luxury tent is a tent that has the comforts a bedroom is likely to have. Plush bedding, electricity and bedside tables are among the items you can find in a luxury tent. These tents are often made from canvas material and have a bell or a-frame shape. Luxury tents form part of the glamping (glamorous camping) experience.

Scroll down to find out which spots made it to the top 6 luxury camping destinations in South Africa!

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Here are the essentials of a luxury tent

Rugs & Tarp for Happy Feet

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Second only to the tent structure is a sturdy and clean underfoot base. Comfortable area rugs line luxury tent floors. The contrast in texture underfoot adds a touch of hotel luxury to camping. Jute rugs are perfect for a natural approach to glamping, while Persian runners or even faux fur throws add a surprisingly welcome contrast to the immediate outdoors.

Many luxury tents are constructed onto existing platforms, like a wooden deck. But, whether set on a deck or the ground, all luxury tents need quality tarps. The tarp acts as a protective waterproof layer between the tent and the earth, this way the luxury tent won’t get damaged or wet.

Super Bed

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A soft bed is a must. White linen is a frequent feature in luxury tents, and they channel a boutique hotel atmosphere. A soft duvet, plenty of pillows and texture-rich throws make outdoor dreaming easy. Contrast is everywhere when it comes to glamping. So, get inspiration from your favourite luxury tents. Stick to white bedding and add colour through accessories.

Space to Move in

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Large luxury tents resemble the luxurious one-room living of chic studio apartments. More space also means more creature comforts like a small but stylish dresser or even a tub. Finally, cramped camping is a thing of the past. Standing up straight certainly has never felt as fabulous as it does in a luxury tent.

Lovely Lounging Area

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What makes a luxury tent luxurious is not just what’s inside. Therefore an outdoor sitting or lounging nook is essential to the ultimate camping experience. Patterned picnic blankets with colourful poofs can create a magical and relaxing area, perfect after a long day of outdoor adventures.

Ambient Lights

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Not liking camping due to darkness at night is not a valid excuse anymore. Many campsites do have electricity, with lamps inside the luxury tent and outer pathways are often lit too. All the light can make it feel as safe as indoor camping. Lighting can vary from designer pendant lamps to modest bedside lights. Choose lantern lights for an authentic feel or contemporary pendant lights to up the contrast factor.

Luxury Tent Dining

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The details that are in and around a tent matter when you’re luxury camping. A pretty tablescape complete with tablecloth, chic camping crockery and cutlery refines camping even more. Dining on a picnic blanket is an excellent alternative if you don’t have a table. For instance, trays make awesome table-islands and add freedom to al fresco dining.

Whatever you choose to eat, be sure to pack a few goodies into your cycling backpacks to keep your tummy happy on the next hike or mountain track!

How to create your luxury tent in 5 steps

You can glam up your camping in a budget-friendly manner. So, whether you’re sprucing up your two-person tent or setting up a luxury tent in your backyard here’s what you’ll need:

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1. Lay down a tarp and rug

A tarpaulin is essential for your tent’s well-being in the unpredictable wild. Once set up you can place a rug inside your tent and a mat just outside the tent’s entrance.

2. Set up your tent

You need a tent, any tent you own, as a basis. Clean off any dirt at least a day before camping, to ensure it dries properly. Planning camping in your garden? If it’s all clear skies for the foreseeable future (check your weather app), use a mosquito net as your luxury tent’s shell.

3.  Make a bed

Soft bedding, a mattress (or camping equivalent), pillows and scatter cushions make a luxury tent luxurious.

4.  Create a seating area

Make sure to get comfy seats. Spruce up camping chairs with beautiful throws and small scatter cushions. And don’t forget a table: fold-ups, make-shift surfaces and trays all count. Just be sure to add a pretty touch like flowers and colourful snack bowls.  

5. Add ambient light

Invest in camping lamps, battery operated or solar powered lanterns are ideal. You can string one up inside the tent, or place one atop box on each side of your bed. Battery-operated fairy lights are even better. And don’t forget to add lights outside the tent.

If you want to camp in a luxury tent, check out our top 10 Luxury Tents in South Africa!

Top Luxury Tents in South Africa for Camping
  1. Hey Pioneer 2. Hillsnek Safaris 3. Sanbona 4. Kwafubesi 5. Tanda Tula 6. Cherry Glamping

Now you’re ready, relax and light a fire for a lekker braai!

Happy Camping!

Healthy Rainbow Trout with Plum Salsa

Can a savoury dish be healthy and pink? Oh, yes it can! This low carb rainbow trout and plum salsa recipe is every bit as delicious as it is pretty. I’m quite impressed with myself, having cooked the fish perfectly. Plus, rainbow trout cooks super quickly – a BIG bonus for weeknight dinners!

For the best healthy rainbow trout with plum salsa, first get the basics right for perfectly flaky fish.

How to cook rainbow trout fillets?

  1. Heat a pan to medium-high heat.
  2. Then add a tablespoon of quality olive oil in a pan.
  3. Place the trout fillets with the skin facing down, onto the hot oil.  
  4. Grill for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the trout fillets.
  6. Flip the trout fillets so that the skin is facing up.
  7. Cook the fillets for a few more seconds then remove them from the hot pan.
  8. Serve!

By the way, if you love plums as much as we do, check out Anélle’s Frangipani Tart with Plum Roses. It’s amazing!

Here’s what you need for the healthy rainbow trout with salsa

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 trout portions
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 ripe plums
  • 1 yellow pepper  
  • 1/4 cup mint
  • 1 serrano chilli
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Optional:

Fresh whole wheat or rye rustica bread.

how to cook healthy rainbow trout with plum salsa

METHOD:

  1. Chop the mint and chilli, julienne the yellow pepper and cut the plums into small sections.
  2. Mix the honey and the juice from one lemon.
  3. Combine mint, chilli, pepper and plums with the honey mixture and set aside until serving.
  4. Season the rainbow trout fillets with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat the olive oil then grill the trout on the skin side for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add lemon juice then flip the trout fillets and cook for a few seconds.
  7. Place a handful of baby spinach on a plate, top with a trout fillet and then the plum salsa.
  8. Serve with crispy bread.
healthy rainbow trout with plums

Give it a try and let us know what you think! If you like this healthy trout with plum salsa recipe share this post! I found my inspiration from Lettuce Be Healthy.

Happy Eating!

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