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Follow these easy steps to create a beautiful Flower Crown for your Maternity shoot or special occasion.

[What You’ll Need]

floral wire
floral tape
wire cutters
eucalyptus stems
baby’s breath
small roses or flowers

[How To]

Measure your floral wire and make a crown the size for your head.

Wrap the wire in floral tape.

Cut greenery into smaller, workable lengths, roughly 15cm in length and cut flowers off with stems roughly 5cm in length.

Start attaching greenery and baby’s breath stems to the crown by wrapping the floral tape tightly around the stems. Begin to include flowers as you go and space them equally apart. You’ll want to wrap the tape around the stems about four to five times before moving to the next stem.

Continue until you complete your way around your crown.

Maternity Photography by Northern Beaches Courtney Gold Photography

Maternity Fillyboo ‘I Believe in Unicorns’ Gown in Ivory from Mama Rentals.

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With Easter approaching, there are many things available to buy in the shops for kids. Let’s face it, most of those items are going to end up in landfill and there are certainly other, more environmental ways to celebrate Easter.

I had a pile of old linen pillow cases that I cut up into scraps and thought would be suitable for this project. Beautiful wool/polyester felt would suit these garlands even better, if you have any. Most people have old sheets or pillowcases hanging around and its a great way to recycle fabric. You don’t have to be an expert at sewing to create this garland (i’m definitely not) and Phoenix really loves these bunnies hanging in our apartment.

Let’s get started.

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[What you’ll need]

Old sheets or pillow cases. I chose greys and whites for the ultimate Scandi-style look.

Black or white yarn for the bunny faces

Black, white or grey embroidery thread

White string

1 piece of thin cardboard

Pillow filling or excess yarn or excess fabric to fill the bunnies

a pen

a large embroidery needle for threading yarn

a small sewing needle for thread

1 chopstick

small scissors

washi tape to hang

[How to Create]

[Draw and Cut] a bunny head stencil approximately 13cm tall x 9cm wide on your piece of cardboard.

[Trace] your bunny stencil with a pen onto your fabric and cut out 10 bunny heads. Keep in mind, you’ll need two sides for each colour of bunny. I cut out 4 dark grey, 4 light grey and 2 white bunny shapes.

[Thread] your embroidery needle with black yarn and knot it at the end. On half of the bunnies, thread and knot the cross pattern for their mouths. Coming from behind, come up through the bunny and cross over diagonally and thread back through. Thread again to the front and thread diagonally across back through. Knot at the back and cut. Repeat until you’ve created 5 bunny mouths. Don’t worry too much about the crosses being perfectly the same. Then, knot your yarn again and thread the eyes.

[Thread] your smaller needle with your white, black or grey thread to begin stitching the bunnies together. Double the thread and knot it. When threading the bunnies, I used a method called the blanket stitch. If you are new to sewing, check out this simple video to see how. Once you’re ready, layer one of your bunny faces with the same colour of a plain bunny. Begin stitching from the left ear and work your way around both ears first. Once the ears are stitched, fill them with your pillow filling or scraps of yarn/fabric. Use your chopstick to assist gently filling the ears.

[Continue stitching] your way around the bunny face until you reach 2-3 fingers width left. Fill the remainder of the bunny with pillow filling and then complete the stitch until you reach the spot where you began on the left ear. Double knot your thread and cut.

[Stitch] the rest of your bunnies.

[Cut] a piece of string approximately 100cm long and thread through your embroidery needle.

[Thread] it through your bunnies just below the ears one by one in the colour order you desire. Note that the bunnies may slide across your string when hung. If you would like them to stay into place, double knot the string after each bunny is threaded about 8cm apart.

[Fold] over the two ends and knot to create a nice loop for hanging. I used pattern washi tape to hang my garland.

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5-creative-christmas-gift-ideasBefore Christmas became commercialized, what did people gift for Christmas? It wasn’t always this easy to order online or pickup a gift card. I have a feeling that gifts were far more thoughtful and likely handmade. It may be a little bit more effort, but far more meaning goes into something handmade. Handmade gifting is better on the environment, can be more personalized, budget friendly and makes gifting easier for those people who already have it all. You can turn it into a creative Christmas event the whole family will love. Making your own gifts is a great way to save time and money, especially when you have a large list of people to buy for. Give them individually, or combine them together in a beautiful box. Whatever you create, the packaging really sets the presentation and is easier than you might realize.

Read on for our 5 Creative Christmas Gift Ideas.

1. DIY Essential Oil Products

Essential oils make for beautiful and sustainable gifts. It’s easier than ever to create your own products. From hand soap to cleaning products, you can find many recipes online on how to create non-toxic, beautiful household and personal items. Roller bottle blends are a great way to create something extra personalized and you can find hundreds of essential oils to support the mind and body in a large variety of ways. You can truly create something extra beautiful and thoughtful. Put together a spa gift set with an essential oil bath salt and sugar/coconut/coffee scrub. Aroma Bottles offers a large range of amber glass bottles for all your essential oil needs. If you want to get extra fancy, you can create your own labels using Adobe Photoshop and ordering stickers online by following the steps on Moo Print. For the ultimate DIY, pickup labels from your local office supplies store and a brush lettering marker and handwrite your own.

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2. Polymer Clay Christmas Tree Ornaments

There are so many things you can create with Polymer clay. Christmas tree ornaments are a sentimental gift that is appreciated for a lifetime. Polymer clay is accessible, affordable and relatively easy to work with. Roll out your clay and use Christmas or any other cookie cutters to create your desired shapes. Remember to punch a hole through the top for stringing. For a personalized touch, punch cookie sized fondant letters into the clay prior to baking. Create names, christmas phrases, cheeky phrases and more. For a baby’s first christmas ornament, press your child’s hand or foot into the clay prior to baking. These would make great gifts for Grandma and Grandpa.

3. Personalized Christmas Cookies

Make your favourite Christmas cookies and wrap them up beautifully. Personalize your cookies with words or letters using fondant icing and cutters. Stack them in a cello bag or beautiful mason jar and tie twine around the lid. Add a christmas gift tag to finish. Check out our article on how to create personalized letter cookies here.

4. Fruit Baskets

Who doesn’t love a beautiful bunch of fruit? Pick out what’s fresh and in season and display it in a beautiful basket or brown box. Add in a couple of jars of dried fruit or nuts to mix it up. Scoop Wholefoods offers a lovely selection of healthy bulk goods. They sell beautiful jars too.

5. Succulent Pots

Succulents really are an affordable gift. In case you didn’t know, i’ll tell you a secret. You can grow your own succulents (and keep growing) from your own succulents and it’s super easy! Check out how to do it here. Once you’ve got your succulents, pot them up. Glass jars, mason jars, concrete pots, cute teacups and canisters are a lovely way to display your succulent(s). Visit your local thrift store, and they’re bound to have something to pot them in. Tie on some twine or ribbon and finish with a christmas gift tag. You can also do this with mini cactus.

 

These are just 5 creative Christmas ideas to get you started, but the options are endless. If you’re stuck on packaging, keep it simple. Brown kraft paper bags, glass jars, and brown or white christmas wrapping create a minimal first layer. Tie up with white ribbon or twine and choose christmas tags with fewer colours for a minimal Christmas look. Finish with rosemary or eucalyptus leaves for a touch of greenery.

Happy Gifting.

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Nothing beats a gift that is handmade with love. Phoenix and I baked “Best Dad Ever” cookies for Fathers Day this year. Traditional gingerbread is seriously yummy and gorgeous lettering detail makes for a super fun and easy DIY. Sorry, no sugar free recipe this time, but it’s the fondant that really makes these cookies look amazing.

[What You’ll Need]

Create these cookies yourself with your favourite cookie recipe, 300g of white fondant icing, baking paper, a rolling pin, a 6 cm round pastry cutter and 2.5 cm fondant letter cutters. Fondant icing can be found at your local supermarket in the baking aisle and pastry/ fondant cutters you can likely get at most craft stores and recently, I’ve spotted them at Kmart.

I used traditional gingerbread because I know it creates a nice and firm cookie. The exact gingerbread recipe can be found here, or simply use another cookie recipe of your choice.

[How to Create]

To create even, round cookies that are all uniform in size, i’ve used a 6 cm round pastry cutter. Most cookies naturally expand once you’ve baked them, therefore the same size round cutter can be used for the fondant circles. This will create a nice shallow border of cookie around the icing. Knead roughly 300g with your hands until the fondant is soft and pliable.

Roll out the fondant to roughly 3mm thick. Press the round cutter through the fondant to create circles and then press the letter cutters into the centres. Gently peel the circles from the baking paper and lightly rub a small amount of water on the under side. Lightly press the fondant onto the cookie to complete. Express yourself and send someone a lovely message with these easy DIY letter cookies.

 

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