Christmas is pretty much here guys! Always my busiest time of the year because, for this one month only, it’s perfectly acceptable to display 5000 crafted items around home and there isn’t a thing the boyfriend can do about it! Man we need more holidays like this throughout the year.
It’s the perfect time to have a go at making something special and sometimes all you need is a bit of paper and glue. Christmas is an ideal excuse for a crafter-noon with friends or family. Get some nibbles and drinks together and make a day of it!
This week I made this paper star lantern using my Brother ScanNCut machine (which I’m still obsessed with – if you are a keen paper crafter you NEED to look at getting one!) If you don’t have a ScanNCut you could still definitely make this by hand using my simpler template below. Keep your eyes peeled on social media shortly as Brother actually have an awesome competition coming up too!
- White thick paper (mine was 280gsm)
- Coloured cellophane
- Gold card
- Glue stick
- Super Glue
- Hole punch
- ScanNCut machine or scissors/craft knife
- For SVG files for ScanNCut: Plain Star and Patterned Star
- Regular PDF files: Plain Star and Patterned Star
If you’re using a ScanNCut Machine, load one of the above SVG files into the Brother ScanNCut Online Canvas and you can play around with the designs inside the shape to your choosing. When it’s all done, save to a USB and plug into the machine.
Load your paper onto the cutting mat
Quick tip – I like to add a bit of washi tape to the edges like the below just to keep it extra secure
Load the mat in the machine. On the screen go to Pattern > Saved Data > USB. Select your template and start cutting.
Another quick tip – once the machine has cut around the outside of the shape, I like to add some extra washi tape to keep the paper extra secure while it cuts the small inner details. See the below example (helpful if your mat needs a nice clean like mine currently!)
Cut 5 of these templates in total.
If you’re making this the old school way, simply print your template onto paper and cut it out by hand.
Next step is to add your gold card details to random areas of the star. Place your template on top of the back of your gold card and use a pencil to trace around the shape you wish to cover, then you’ll know how much to cut. Glue in place with a glue stick.
Now cut a piece of cellophane large enough to cover one whole side and glue in place with a glue stick. I just went with an aqua blue colour but you could mix it up with lots of different coloured pieces.
Repeat this with all of your 5 pieces. Make sure all of your template are facing the same way though! You want this extra tab which you can see below on the right hand side to always sit on the right.
Next fold all of your dash marked edges so that it looks like the below
Apply some super glue to the top of the side tab and place the template together and hold for 30 seconds until dry. Do this for all 5 pieces.
Apply glue to one of the two top tabs and connect with another piece. Once one side is dry, apply glue to the 2nd top tab and repeat. Do this with all 5 pieces and your star will start to take shape like the below!
When you’re all done, punch a small hole in the top of one point ready for hanging. Tie some string in a knot to secure it place.
and you’re done!
Disclaimer: This DIY project has been sponsored by Brother. All opinions and content are my own and I only ever work with brands I feel are a fab fit for the blog. Thank you for supporting the brands that make my Craft Hunter journey possible!
Ok I’ve been right slack in sharing some new posts here lately. There’s been a whole lot going on behind the scenes which I can’t wait to share with you soon. I promise the craft nerd in me is still going strong making a million things a day and all will be revealed in good time but, for now, I think it’s only fair I give back to my lovely readers with a goodies giveaway!
For those of you who don’t already know, as well as this wee blog here, I’m also am the co-owner of paper party goods store The Chaos Club It’s all about bright and glorious paper items for parties and gift giving. We’ve just recently launched some awesome new ranges including these Gold Pretzel Garlands, 3D Watermelon Cupcake Toppers oh and ICE CREAMS! Oh god I love anything ice cream themed!
I’ve got 2 prize packs up for grabs for 2 lucky winners. Each pack contains:
- 1 x Ice Cream Garland
- 1 x Ice Cream Gift Tags (pk of 6)
- 1 x Pretzel Garland
- 1 x Strawberry Coasters (pk of 6)
- 1 x Multi Fruit Gift Tags (pk of 6)
Prize value of over $50 – woo!
- Follow @thechaosclub AND @crafthunter on Instagram
and just comment on this blog post below, letting me know which range you like best from The Chaos Club. Is it the Watermelons? Maybe the Licorice Allsorts? (actually pumped to hear which is your fave!)
Entries close midday Friday 6th November Sydney time. Overseas entries welcome.
Winners will be picked at random and contacted via the email address used on the blog comment within 7 days. If I don’t hear back from you by 21st November we will re-draw the comp.
Good luck guys!
People that know me know that I don’t cook per se, but I do love entertaining, so I am the queen of finding baking short cuts.
Thank god places like Woolworths totally ‘get’ people like me and have a million products suitable for whipping quick ideas together last minute. They make it so easy!
So fear not fellow non-bakers, I’m going to share 3 ideas with you today which will have your guests thinking you are the next Martha Stewart and I think you’ll be pretty surprised how easy they are!
CUSTARD FRUIT TARTS
You’re going to die at how easy this is, and they look just like you’ve bought them from a little boutique cakery…
- Tartlet cases
- Thick custard
- Chopped fruit
- Mint leaves
Spoon your thick custard into the shells. I just picked up some pre-made thick custard in a carton from the dairy section, but you could make your own too if you like – just let it cool first.
Top with chopped fruit and a teeny sprig of mint.
Done in under 5 minutes, next!
CARAMEL CHOCOLATE TARTS
These tarts are totally moreish and look really impressive on the plate. Make sure you make lots of them as they will go fast!
- Tartlet cases
- Caramel fill
- Chocolate mousse
- Whipped cream in a can
- Chocolate bar
Pour your caramel fill from the tin into a small bowl and whisk until it’s nice and smooth. Spoon a small amount into the bottom of each tart shell.
Spoon some chocolate mousse on top and smooth over with the back of your spoon. I recommend putting in more than you think is necessary, so that it sits nice and rounded on top.
Add a little whipped cream on top then grab your vegetable peeler and simply peel down the side of your chocolate bar to create adorable little curls on top of your cream. I recommend leaving the cream step until just before serving so it stays upright for longer.
- Lindt Balls
- Mini Meringues
- Bamboo skewers
- Icing sugar
- Chocolate dipping sauce
Did you know that Lindt balls actually have a hole already through the centre? It’s like they WANT you to skewer them!
This one is rather self explanatory. Use the pointy end of your skewer and start with a strawberry, gently pop on your mini meringue, feed through the Lindt balls then another meringue and strawberry.
Dust with a little icing sugar and serve with some chocolate dipping sauce on the side.
This idea can really be done with any ingredients. Mix it up with marshmallows, banana, chopped pieces of sponge cake – get crazy with it!
Now there’s no excuse to just buy a store-bought cake for your next dinner party!
Fiona xPhotos and video by Esperanza Creative
DISCLOSURE: THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY WOOLWORTHS. I ONLY WORK WITH BRANDS AND PRODUCTS THAT I THINK ARE TRULY AWESOME. THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THE COMPANIES THAT MAKE MY CRAFT HUNTER JOURNEY POSSIBLE!
We always have fresh fruit around at our home. Alan and I are big lovers of smoothies, fruit salads and fruit topped on cereals – give me allll the fruits! I’m also a big fan of infusing regular drinks with fresh chopped fruit, especially if we have guests coming over. It’s a quick an easy way to make you the hostess with the mostess. Pulling out a big jug of fruit filled drink is always guaranteed to impress.
You can really do no wrong when putting together your own mixtures but, when in doubt, stick with a mix of berries or citrus fruits. As part of my recent spring time collaboration with Woolies, I’m sharing my fave 3 fruit infused drink ideas to get you inspired!
FRUIT, CUCUMBER & MINT INFUSED WATER
This one is perfect for a refreshing drink in the sun when you’re on a health kick. Or sit one on your desk during the work week – I guarantee you’ll reach your 2L per day quota!
- Mint leaves
Fill a big jug with ice. Add your chopped fruit and cucumber, sprinkle in a handful of mint leaves and fill with cold water. Give it a good stir and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Yummm!
This one is so super quick to do but is sure to impress on a warm day.
- Fresh and frozen blueberries
- Lemonade (or soda water)
Put some frozen blueberries in a small bowl with water, crush them a little with a fork and leave overnight. This will create an awesome purple mixture which will give your lemonade a delicious colour.
Fill a jug with ice. Add a big handful of fresh and frozen blueberries and add your infused mixture. Give it a stir and it’s ready to serve.
BERRY, GUAVA & BASIL LEMONADE
This one is my fave. It sounds like a random concoction but trust me it’s divineee.
- Guava nectar
- Basil leaves
- Lemonade (or soda water)
Fill your jug with ice, add your chopped berries and a handful of ripped basil leaves. Add about half a cup of guava nectar and fill with lemonade.
I picked up all of these ingredients just from Woolies. Obviously these are non-alcoholic but the last 2 could totally work with a splash of vodka or gin if you’re feeling jazzy.
If you give one a go make sure you let me know below what you thought of it.
Do you have a fave fruit infused drink that you love? Give me your ideas!
Fiona xImages & video by Esperanza Creative
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Woolworths. I only work with brands and products that I think are truly awesome. Thanks for supporting the companies that make my Craft Hunter journey possible!
I’m really excited to have partnered with Woolworths this week to bring you some spring time inspiration. It’s the perfect season to try something new and take your entertaining up a notch!
One of my all time fave things to do when the sun returns after winter is to rally the troops together for a picnic in the sun. Beers, snacks, good company and sunshine – does it get any better?
An awesome picnic doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money (or time) though, I’ve got a few nifty ideas up my sleeve which will help to make your next picnic even better.
- Picnic rugs are often way too small, so instead try using a table cloth. They’re usually at least 2m long and often waterproof so will keep you up off the damp ground. If you’re using a fabric table cloth, just place a basic plastic one underneath.
Use a tray to keep your drinks sturdy. Now you’ll have 2 hands to get stuck into the food!
Preparing all the food from scratch can be a boil, so mix it up with some pre-made fresh food. Woolworths actually have an awesome range of things ready to go like rice paper rolls, baguettes and sushi (who knew?!) Your friends wont be the wiser.
- For a pretty touch, wrap your sandwiches and drink bottles in matching gift wrap and add little name tags. (ohh the instagram opportunities!)
- Bring a couple of cushions and a throw blanket, it makes all the difference when you’re spending hours on the ground.
Bringing your fury friends? Be sure to pack a fold away table to keep the food up off the ground.
Some of my fave snacks to bring along which are crowd-pleasers (and also happen to look rather pretty) are things like donuts, cookies, easy-to-eat fruit like berries, grapes and cherries, cheese platters, filled baguettes and also soft drinks in individual sized glass bottles always make an impact.
Hope I’ve inspired you to amp up your picnic festivities this spring!
Do you have some tips and tricks that make your picnics awesome? Comment below I want to hear!
Photos and video by Esperanza Creative
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Woolworths. I only promote brands and products that I truly think are awesome. Thank you for supporting the brands who make this Craft Hunter journey possible!
Can you believe spring has sprung here in Aus? Bring on the gorgeous weather!
To get you inspired to try something new this spring, I’m really excited to have partnered with the guys at Woolworths to bring you a week of fun entertaining tips and ideas! I’ve also tried my hand at video content for the first time on Craft Hunter and I hope you’ll love it.
First up, I am sharing my pointers for the ultimate cheese platter. A topic close to my heart!
Cheese platters are absolutely the best go-to when you have guests to entertain. They’re easy to pull together, look impressive and, I mean, who doesn’t love cheese?!
The perfect cheese platter is all about a good mix of cheese, fresh fruit and savoury nibbles. If you’re not on the fruit and cheese bandwagon yet – you need to give it a go and I think you’ll find your life will be forever changed! Try a bit of sliced pear, fig, grapes, and add some tasty fruit paste or quince – they work really well with strong cheeses and create a magical balance of flavours.
Nibbles like pretzels, nuts, olives and dips are always a great idea too. The perfect cheese platter needs to stay moreish and the best way to do that is with a mix of delicious options.
These fruits and nibbles will make the platter extra special, but we all know that the heart of a good cheese plater is the cheeeese! My biggest tip – go for a variety. I always include at least:
Hope these tips have left your mouth watering and you’re keen to experiment a little with your next platter.
What do you love to put on your cheese platters?
Fiona xImages and video by Esperanza Creative