This is such a simple DIY, but is still sure to be treasured by the recipient, as it’ll contain their treasured memories packaged up in the prettiest way. I love receiving photo gifts and I also love giving them to others, so this crafty DIY is right up my street. I printed these images using Polagram, which I reviewed here, just to give you an idea about the quality of these prints I’m using. Here you go on the simple steps.
Fill your box with the shredded paper, enough so that the prints sit will sit nicely on top.
Decorate the lid of your box with lots of nice pretty things. I used gold detail washi tape, some gold glitter dots and some gold sticky letters. All were a couple of pound and were things I had around the house in my craft box.
Pop your prints inside, close the box up and hand to the recipient.
I recently purchased some mason jars that I plan to use as centerpieces on the tables at my wedding next year, and as the jars came in packs of 4 or 6, I bought 12 of each size. As we will not be having that many tables, I have found myself with a few jars left-over so it got me thinking about what I might do with the spares, as I would hate for them to go to waste. I quickly discovered there is a huge amount of DIY ideas on Pinterest that would make great use of the jars, so I’ve posted a few of my favourites below. I just have to decide whether I want to use them as gifts or keep them for myself!
Following on from my post last month on effective packing tips, today’s post comes just at the right time for prime travelling season. If you’ve got a two week holiday booked, or you’ve got some wedding weekends to attend, you’ll likely to be taking a bunch of jewellery with you – we all know how important accessorising is, especially when you’re trying to look your best. I am terrible for either just popping my jewellery into the top compartment of my suitcase or taking a bunch of unnecessary boxes with me for each piece. Both of these techniques are silly when you can make it so much easier for yourself. That’s where The Little Book of Earrings is a saviour to space-conscious, earring obsessives like myself.
These little life savers come in two different sizes – the little size, which holds 12 of your favourite pairs, or the regular size, which holds 48 pairs. I would be tempted to say that the little one is more suited for weekends away and the larger size would be perfect for a two week break, or even for every day storage. I like to have choice when it comes to accessories, depending on the nature of all my outfits, so I would definitely need to take these along to make sure I felt I was accessorised just right for any given occasion.
They are also very well made, with plenty of space for each pair and a nice, cushioned backing to protect everything inside. It’s got a secure popper fastening and a gorgeous padded cover, so you know it’s going to be durable whilst doing all that travelling.
They come in 9 different colours (including my favourite, gold), so they make ideal gifts for all of your favourite people as they can be suited to pretty much any taste and is something a little different for the lady who loves practical as well as pretty things! And you don’t need to worry about space, the little book is barely bigger than my iPhone 6 and the larger one is about the size of a good make up bag, so you can easily fit it in with all your other essentials.
I can’t wait to take mine to the couple of weekend weddings I have this month and next, as well as my honeymoon in October, where I’ll be looking to take all my favourite pairs of earrings to look at my best!
This post was written in collaboration with Gifts Central. All opinions are my own.
If you’re part of a family who give gifts at Easter, or you just fancy treating your loved ones to gifts that don’t in any way relate to chocolate, then this is the place to be. I’ve collected together a few awesome Easter bits and pieces that have caught my eye and which are just really fun during this season. No, Easter isn’t about giving gifts, but why not share a little something with those you love, if you can spend time with them this weekend or not. It’s just a little bit of fun.
I’m a firm fan of simple jewellery – in fact, you’ll rarely see me wearing anything but my engagement ring, one extra ring and a pair of stud earrings. I often wear necklaces and a watch on the weekends, but I definitely don’t go overboard, and there’s a lot to be said for an understated look, especially when you’re like me and wear colours and patterns in your clothes. Something delicate can add just a special touch to your whole look, and a little personal piece definitely takes it up a notch. I’ve made a few bracelets over the years – friendship bracelets made of cotton threads or some little clay beads usually – so developing this a bit and trying new things is definitely something I like to give a go.This one is super easy and super purse-friendly, so if you’re looking for an extra gift for someone, then I recommend giving this a go.
Threading cord – approximately 35cm for each bracelet
Thread your charm onto your threading cord – you can either leave it loose, so it’ll move around, or you can keep it in place with a loose knot. Pass the left end of your thread over the top of the right end, to create one large circle.
Pinch your bracelet where the two threads cross over each other. Create three loops by wrapping the right end of the thread over the rest of the thread three times. Then push the thread from left to right through the middle of the loops you’ve made. This will create a knot once you pull it tightly, which you can now do.
Turn the bracelet over and repeat the same step, so that you now have two knots a short length apart. Pulling and pushing on the loose ends of thread adjusts the size of the bracelet, to allow you to pop it on your wrist and then tighten it to keep it in place.
This is super customisable, so just change the colour of the thread and the charms you pop on depending on the recipient of the bracelet.