January 28, 2015

DIY Mark Jacobs inspired Pretzel Earrings

Fall For DIY and Brit+co Mark Jacobs Inspired Pretzel earrings

I’m absolutely loving foodie accessories at the moment. These DIY pretzel earrings are inspired by a gorgeous Mark Jacobs earring design that are now sold out! You can’t even buy them anymore. Fear not, because you can whip these little treats up in no time at all for a fraction of the price. Always a bonus! Then team them up with this Donut Necklace for the perfect sweet and savoury combo.. a little overboard, really? Ok. Alternate them instead.

You can find out how to make these earrings using the tutorial I wrote over at Brit+Co. YUM!!

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January 27, 2015

DIY Bright Tipped Faux Antler

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I’m a little late to the antler party. Living with the vegan boy means decorating the house with animal parts (for want of a better word) is pretty much a no go. Even though I always loved the natural aesthetic of stag antlers and animal hide it weighed on my conscious and it’s just something I don’t think I could live with but when it comes to making faux animal accessories I’m totally on board! But I’m guessing that doesn’t surprise anyone here, and while we’re at it why not make it a little more colourful?

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Materials:

  • Air dry clay
  • Paint
  • Masking tape
  • Water

Instructions:

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1. Using wet hands work a piece of air dry clay into a long point to create the main body of the  antler. Smooth cracks in the clay as you go.

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2. Make several of these in various lengths. These will be the branches so the bigger the antler the more you’ll need to make.

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3.  Blend the branches onto your base horn. Use water to create smooth joins and add extra clay to give the joins a realistic, organic look.

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4. Attach all the branches along the main piece coming off at different angles.

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5. Smooth down the whole piece sealing up any cracks in the clay.

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6. To get the antler to stand in position hold it in place and gently press onto the base to give the clay a flat surface to sit on. Think about how the antler is balancing to create a base that is sturdy.

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7. Leave the clay to harden over night. Once it’s dry lightly sand to create a smooth surface.

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8. Tape off the tips and paint in your favourite colours. Once the paint is dry peal back the tape.

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I’ve used my antler as a ring holder but you can decorate with these or create really cute coat hooks with them… I really want to do this now I’ve just thought of it! Where’s my clay?

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January 24, 2015

Vegan Frosted Doughnut Recipe

Fall For DIY Eats | Vegan Frosted Doughnut Recipe

The boy has been dropping enough hints about how he’s been craving doughnuts recently. As a vegan it’s not as easy for him to just pop out and get his sugar fix so I like to bake him (and as a by product, myself) treats every now and then. But in the process I’ve discovered vegan baking is not so easy, (ie, the birthday cake of 2014 fiasco. Flattest/savoury/avocado cake ever… he still ate it, bless him) but I’ve actually amazed myself with these vegan doughnuts so I thought I’d share the recipe with you guys.

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Is the correct spelling donut or doughnut? I do-nut know… (wow, tumble weed) Actually I lied – I do know, I looked it up. It’s doughnut. Moving on…

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This recipe makes a lot of doughnuts (about 30 depending on the size you make them) so it’s great for a party, fun valentines gifts (for everyone you know) or if you just want to eat 30 doughnuts to yourself which I think I’ve just about achieved in the past few days.

Fall For DIY Vegan Frosted Doughnuts

Fall For DIY | Vegan Frosted Doughnuts recipe

Instructions:

1. Measure and mix your dry ingredients (flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl)

2. Using a food mixer (I used a hand held one with dough hooks) mix the water into the dry ingredients. The water should be lukewarm to help activate the yeast. Continue to mix for 5 minutes.

3. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave the dough to rise in a warm place for an hour and a half.

4. Pour the oil into a pan and slowly heat on a medium setting. You’ll need 1 1/2 – 2″ of oil for the doughnuts to float in.

5. Oil you hands and break off a lump of dough about the size of a small orange. Roll it into a ball. The oil on your hands should help to stop it sticking and seal the outside of the dough.

6. Pinch the middle of the dough with you thumb and forefinger of both hands and let the remaining dough hang. Quickly rotate the dough between these two fingers so that the weight of the hanging dough creates an even hole in the middle. Carefully place into the pan of hot oil.

7. You can put more than one doughnut into the oil at a time. Just remember they are going to expand so don’t put too many in!

8. Keep turning using a slotted spoon until the rings are a lovely golden brown on both sides then take out of the pan and rest on kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.

9. Leave to cool. Then you’re ready to start icing!

10. Mix up a packet of icing sugar with almond milk, slowly adding the milk 1 tbsp at a time until you have a smooth but thick consistency. You don’t want this to be runny! Add a few drops of vanilla to give the icing some flavour.

11. Divide the icing into separate pots and colour with drops of food colouring. Spread over each doughnut and then sprinkle with your choice of toppings. My personal favourites are coconut flakes or sliced almonds but I also really love using traditional cake sprinkles just because they are so colourful!

What better way to show someone you love them! I hope you’re ready, because you’re about to get really popular!

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January 22, 2015

DIY Folded Clay Ring Dish

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Today is the first day of my Mollie Makes takeover! I’m already having a great time grammin’ away some of the things I love the most and Pinning a huge list of beautiful and useful ways to get organised for 2015! So my latest DIY post over at Design*Sponge today could not be timed more perfectly!

These folded clay ring dishes are perfect for keeping the smaller things organised and close to hand when you need them. I’m currently using them for jewellery storage and a safe (and easy to find) place to put my keys. No more panic in the morning… Well, not about keys anyway.

Head over to Design*Sponge to see the tutorial!

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