Thursday, May 17, 2012

DIY Flower Favour Box

We came across this great tutorial on Once Wed. You can create these gorgeous favour boxes to match your wedding theme and colour. 

• Card stock box cut-out. Download the template here and follow the instructions on the template sheet.
• Assortment of paper flowers with wired stems in complementary colours (from your local craft store).
• Pen 
• Skeleton leaves, available at craft stores, in the scrapbooking/paper crafting section
• Pin
• Strip of plain white paper, several inches wide
• Bone folder
• Scissors
• Length of  wired ribbon
• Glue stick
• Decorative edge punch
1. Using a bone folder and ruler score and fold box cut-out (use the printed template as a reference).
2. Glue tabs to sides starting with the bottom of the box.
3. If necessary use the bone folder to apply pressure to tabs as the glue adheres and dries.
4. Gather a small bunch of paper flowers, forming them into a dome-like arrangement.
Secure with a small piece of wire (you can trim a piece from one of the stems).
5. Trim stems to desired length – remember they’ll be inserted into the box, so they should be relatively short depending on what you want to put inside the box. Using wired ribbon, wrap stems to completely conceal them.
6. Fasten ribbon with pin.
7. Punch along the edges of the strip of plain white paper, and write desired message or name of recipient down the center. 
8. Fold top flaps of box as shown.
9. Insert bouquet into opening in box, and affix the white paper banner using a glue stick.  

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Heart-shaped Jam Cookies

Show mum how much you care this Mother's Day and bake her these delicious heart-shaped jam cookies! 

Ingredients (makes 16)
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
3/4 cup (85g) almond meal
1/3 cup (60g) icing sugar mixture
125g chilled butter, chopped
1 egg
1 tbs milk
100g dark chocolate
1 cup (315g) raspberry jam
2 tbs water   

How To
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper. Place the flour, almond meal, icing sugar and butter in the bowl of a food processor and process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  

2. Add the egg and milk and process until just combined. Gently knead until mixture just comes together. Shape into a disc and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest. 

3. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a 3mm-thick disc. Use a 7cm-diameter heart-shaped pastry cutter to cut out 32 shapes from the pastry. Place on the lined trays. Use a 4cm-diameter heart- shaped pastry cutter to cut out shapes from half the hearts. Place on the lined trays. Bake in preheated oven, swapping trays halfway though cooking, for 8-10 minutes or until light golden. Remove from oven and set aside on trays to cool.  

4. Place the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water). Stir occasionally with a metal spoon until the chocolate is completely melted and is smooth. 


5. Place the melted chocolate in a small plastic bag. Use scissors to snip the end. Drizzle chocolate over the heart rounds. Set aside for 15 minutes to set.


6. Combine the jam and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until jam melts and is smooth. Remove from heat and strain through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl. Discard seeds. Use a small pallete knife to spread a little of the jam over a large heart biscuit. Top with a chocolate-drizzled heart. Continue with remaining biscuits. Use a teaspoon to spoon the remaining hot jam into the centre of each heart. Set aside for 30 minutes to set. Store in an airtight container. 

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mother's Day Cushion


Surprise your mum this Mother’s Day with a little piece of homemade love. Modern and elegant, this silk cushion will remind her just how much you care.   

What you will need
Sewing machine
50cm of fabric for the cover
30cm of patterned fabric for lettering
Three buttons
45x40cm cushion insert
Heavyweight iron-on interfacing
Fusible webbing
Pinking shears
Thread (all from fabric stores)

How To
1. Iron the cover fabric, then lay flat on your work surface. Cut three pieces: 50x45cm (Panel A); 50x35cm (Panel B); 50x15cm (Panel C). Panel A includes a 5cm seam allowance, B and C include 6cm.

2. Turn and press a 1cm hem along one long side of panel B and one long side of panel C. Turn the pressed hem over a further 2.5cm; press and sew. Measure and mark a buttonhole in the centre of the hem on Panel C, then measure 10cm either side of the centre buttonhole and mark two more buttonholes on either side. Sew and split the buttonholes open.

3. Cut a piece of interfacing to size, then iron onto the back of the lettering fabric. Draw onto the interfaced side and use the pencil and ruler to mark a guideline for the letters: parallel lines 5cm apart. Draw backwards-facing capital letters spelling out 'mother' or your mother's name. Use the pinking shears to cut out each letter.

4. Lay Panel A flat on an ironing board, right-side up; smooth any wrinkles. Measure 20cm down from one long side and lay the ruler horizontally as a guide for the letters. Starting in the middle, arrange the letters in order, ensuring the word is centered. Cut small strips of fusible webbing then iron on to fix letters in place.

5. Starting with a central piece and working outwards, use your sewing machine to applique around the edge of each letter. Press the entire panel.

6. Lay Panel A, right-side up, flat. Line up the raw, long edge of Panel C with the top edge of panel A, right sides in. Line up the raw, long edge of panel B with the bottom edge of panel A, right sides in. The hemmed side of panel B should sit just over the buttonhole edge of panel C.

7. Pin around all sides and sew panels together. Snip the tip off each corner, press the seams and turn cover right-side out. Press again; place the cushion insert inside and add the buttons. 

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