Christmas Breakfast with Colourful Sun Print Napkins

This year we’re trying something different. Instead of big gift ideas, we’re adding small touches to make festive family get-togethers a little more special. DIY sun print napkins make a Christmas breakfast look cheerful, and the guests can take them home with them!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED FOR COLOURFUL SUN PRINT NAPKINS

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Difficulty: easy

Time: 40-90 minutes including drying time

YOU NEED:

  • White Napkins (one for each guest)
  • Flowers of your choice
  • Sun Colour Paint (We used red)
  • Paintbrush/small roller
  • Water

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STEP 1:

Soak clean napkins in water then spread them out on a table in the sun. Protect the table with plastic sheets because the paint can stain the surface too.

STEP 2:

Pour a little sun print paint into a roller pan or container, dip in your paintbrush and paint the napkins. Work speedily, because the paint dries quickly.

STEP 3:

Summer-Christmas-with-DIY-Sun-print-NapkinsArrange flowers onto the painted napkins and let the paint try. The sun print takes 30-60 minutes to develop fully.

STEP 4:

The napkins are ready to use once their dry, but it’s best to make sure their colourfast. Put the napkins through one wash and dry cycle then they will be good to go!

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That’s it! Now you can place them on your festive table for a colourful Christmas breakfast, with a delicious brunch. Alternatively, make a few napkins per family unit, wrap in gift paper and put it underneath the tree, ready for unveiling later. Whichever you choose, remember that the festive season is about spending time with loved ones. So, don’t stress and have a good time!

Have a happy Festive Day!

3 Easy DIY Christmas Gift Ideas for a Stress-Free Season

Mid-December is when shopping mania sets in. Frantic shoppers dash through stores in search of this year’s special gift. But, why put yourself through the trauma? An easy DIY Christmas gift can be even more special than its store-bought counterpart while taking up less time and much less stress. We’ve put together three quick go-to gifts to cater to any skill set. Dazzle your friends and family with homemade cookies, cordials or succulent planters!

Here’s what you need for three easy DIY Christmas Gifts

Difficulty: easy 

Time: between 5 – 30 minutes per item and 1 hour for all three

1)  Mini Succulent Planters – for the Green Thumb

Give a little love the natural way!

succulent box easy diy christmas gift idea

YOU NEED:

  • A wooden box *
  • Potting soil
  • A succulent or two **
  • Broad ribbon

* You can use any container; old teapots, watering can, cookie boxes are just a few that come to mind.
** Pick a few succulents from your garden. Succulents can grow roots from their leaves, so, don’t worry about the plant dying.

STEP 1:

Take a container (or make your own box), make sure it’s dust-free and clean, and fill it up to halfway with potting soil (you can use soil from the garden).

STEP 2:

Nudge the succulents into the soil, softly and roughly in the middle of the container. Then add more soil to 1cm below the top of the container.

STEP 3:

Make a festive bow with the ribbon, tuck it in at the side of the box then you’re done! Yay! Slide your Christmas card in between the ribbon and the box. Or, spike the card into the soil! It’s a gardener’s gift after all.

2) Rainbow Cookies – for the Sweet Tooth

Spread a little festive cheer with sweetness.

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YOU NEED:

  • 100s & 1000s Cookies
  • A box with a lid
  • Tissue paper
  • Festive ribbon

COOKIE INGREDIENTS:

You can use your favourite vanilla cookie recipe, bake the cookies, glaze them with icing/white chocolate and sprinkle with hundreds and thousands. Or, use Foodlover’s hundreds and thousands cookie recipe like we did!

If you have cookies, follow the steps, or scroll down to make your cookies first!

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STEP 1:

Line a cookie tin with tissue paper and leave enough paper to cascade over the sides of the tin.

STEP 2:

Place your awesome cookies inside, (you can even add a few sachets of your favourite coffee or tea bags!). Bring the cascading tissue paper to the top of the cookies, and softly twist to cover the baked goodies.

STEP 3:

Cover with the lid, add the ribbon and Christmas card and get ready to see happy faces!

For those baking from scratch, here are the ingredients:

hundreds and thousands cookies-easy DIY gift idea

  • 175g butter
  • ⅔ cup caster sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 180g white chocolate, melted
  • ½ cup hundreds and thousands

METHOD:

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  1. Mix the butter, sugar and flour until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  2. Blend in the egg and vanilla until it forms a dough-like consistency.
  3. Lightly knead the dough on a floured surface, then place in a container, and refrigerate for half an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 170°C then roll out the dough between two baking sheets.
  5. Cut out your choice of cookie cutter shapes (a tree or star would be awesome!), then place the raw cookies on a lined baking tray.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, take the cookies out of the oven when they are a light golden colour and let them cool.
  7. Spread the cookie tops with melted white chocolate and dip in or sprinkle with hundreds and thousands and let them set.

3) Rosewater Cordial – for the Life of the Party

A tasty cordial is such a simple gift idea. But, it’s so delicious you might want to keep it for a party yourself. Germarie made a pretty pink cordial, by modifying a tasty Woolworth’s recipe.

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YOU NEED:

  • Homemade rosewater cordial (recipe below)
  • A glass milk jar, or a glass bottle with a screw top *
  • Ribbon
  • Gift box (Optional)

* Pick a bottle with chalk paint square on it, or paint a small square onto the bottle. The chalk will help you to write on the bottle.

ROSEWATER CORDIAL INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 300 g strawberries
  • 1 lemon’s juice
  • 2 tbsp rosewater
  • 1 1/2 cups water

STEP 1:

First, make the cordial. Bring sugar, lemon juice and strawberries to a simmer until the sugar had dissolved. Remove from heat, let it cool then add in the rosewater. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve for a clear cordial.

STEP 2:

Pour the blend into your glass jar. Write “Rosewater Cordial” on the chalk bit, tie it with a pretty ribbon, place in a gift box/bag and it’s ready for mixing. Keep it light with soda and a dash of lemon; mix with bubbly for a version of Kir Royale, or if you want something stronger, spirits and soda!

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That’s it – three gifts within an hour! You can have fun while making gifts for others. I find it way more therapeutic than running in a shopping mall, although I’m often guilty of sprinting through the isles on the 23rd!

Happy festive season, and remember to take it easy!

Gift Idea: Make A Pretty Floral Frame Mirror

Ideas Magazine asked us if we could make something pretty for their Handmade Christmas edition, and so I scoured my Pinterest pages for ideas. I saw this gorgeous little floral frame mirror from Anthropology earlier this year and immediately fell in love with it. When I saw it again in my DIY project ideas folder, I knew it was the ideal project for the magazine! It’s the perfect gift for a special friend or something that you can make to adorn your home this festive season.

Anthropology metal flower mirror

 

How complicated: easy

How long: 5 hours

Make A Gorgeous Floral Frame Mirror

You will need:

  • Round mirror with fixing bracket at the back (we got ours from Mr Price Home)
  • Cardboard circle, about 2cm smaller than the mirror’s edge, and some Prestik
  • 1 roll craft metal
  • Spray adhesive
  • Flowers and leaves template
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint (we used Krylon Color Master in Rose Gold)
  • Embossing tool
  • Wood glue

 

STEP 1:

craft metal and spray adhesive

Create a double layer of craft metal by fixing two layers together with the spray adhesive. Allow to dry.

 

STEP 2:

craft metal and paper flower templates

Roughly cut the flowers and leaves from the template, leaving some space around the shapes. Then trace the shapes onto the craft metal using a pen. Use the same shapes several times – we cut out about 20 flower shapes, seven branches and five leaves.

 

STEP 3:

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Cut out the traced shapes on the metal sheet using a pair of scissors. Take care not to cut yourself on the sharp edges!

 

STEP 4:

craft metal and mirror spray paint

Fix the cardboard to the centre of the mirror with some Prestik. Then place all the metal shapes and the mirror on a covered surface, and spray with the spray paint. Allow to dry before finishing with a second coat.

 

STEP 5:

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When the flowers are dry, use the embossing tool to shape the petals gently. Play around with bending the petals up or down to find the flower look you want.

 

STEP 6:

craft metal flowers on mirror

Arrange all the flowers and branches on the mirror. Once you’re happy with the arrangement, fix everything onto the mirror with the wood glue. Allow to dry overnight.