DIY: Frosted Quote Mirror

A friend of ours is in the process of buying her first house so we have been thinking of ideas of presents to buy her as a moving in gift. She is someone who really appreciates homemade gifts, I think because she doesn’t possess the same creative capabilities as Lucy and I. Having seen a can of frosting spray when I’d been out shopping for crafting supplies, I came up with the idea of creating a piece of wall art using a mirror and a thoughtful quote. It turned out exactly as we’d hoped and we know our friend will absolutely love the thought and effort that we have put into it.

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What You’ll Need

  • A mirror
  • Frosting spray paint
  • A4 white sticker

Instructions

  1. Type your chosen words on to an A4 sized page in Photoshop. I used Brannboll in size 160pt.
  2. Print these words on to your A4 sticker and cut them out.
  3. Clean the mirror thoroughly and stick the words on in your chosen position.
  4. Take your mirror and frosting spray outside or to a well ventilated area. Completely cover the mirror using the frosting spray, following the instructions on the side of the can.
  5. Apply approximately 3 coats of the frosting spray, making sure that the paint is completely dry before applying each.
  6. Once the last coat is dry, slowly peel off the words one-by-one to reveal your masterpiece! 
  7. Fix your mirror on your chosen wall using the fixings provided.

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Children’s wooden toys

Both my boyfriend and I have nephews of the same age. His nephew turned 3 years old last month and mine will be doing the same next month, so we’ve been looking for the perfect gifts for both. I think a great choice for any toddler is wooden toys as they’re durable so will stand up to being thrown around by energetic kids, and can be passed down to younger siblings when they are outgrown.

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001Play Mixer Set; 002. Wooden Noah’s Ark; 003. Brio Farm Railway Set; 004. Little Tikes 80 Wooden Building Blocks; 005. Hand Finished Soldier Skittles; 006. Rainbow Push and Pull Toy

Making loom band bracelets

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Unless you’ve been living on another planet for the past few months, you will have heard about loom bands. If for some reason these two words mean nothing to you, then let me explain what I mean. Loom bands are small rubber bands that can be linked together to make bracelets or other items, depending on how adventurous you want to be. Even though they are aimed primarily at children I thought I’d join the craze and buy myself a couple of packets and have a go at making some. As you can see from the photos above, I’ve already made 6 bracelets using tutorial videos I’ve found on YouTube. This has really taken me back to my childhood when I used to be spend hours making friendship bracelets for me and my friends. I think activities like this are a great way to keep kids occupied, away from video games and tablets. Take a look at a few of my favourite tutorials below.

 

 

Bright Floral Print Homeware

I’m not sure about you but when I think of summer, something that instantly comes to mind is flowers, so it’s lovely to make the most of being outdoors amongst all the bright and beautiful colours. Thankfully, so far this summer, we’ve had lots of lovely weather, but when we’re not so lucky, it’s nice bring some of the outdoors indoors by adding a bit of floral print to any room you choose.

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001. Cath Kidston | 002. isme | 003. Sass & Belle | 004. Next | 005. BHS | 006. Asda |

Photo Gift Ideas

Personalised gifts are my favourite and you don’t get more personal than incorporating a photo you’ve taken into a gift for another person. You can create a unique, one-off  present that any recipient will love. There are so many companies these days that print your photos or Instagram pictures on to various different items including cushions, cases for your phones and tablets, and some even create jigsaw puzzles.

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001. Cushion – Asda | 002. Jigsaw Puzzle – Photobox | 003. iPad Case – Sticky 9 | 004. Tote Bag – Tesco | 005. iPhone 5 Case - Jessops | 006. Mug – Zazzle