Friday, 15 December 2017

15.12. Snowball Christmas Tree Lights

Happy Friday! We have been crafting together for 14 posts already. Has it been fun? Now it is time for 15th post which means only 10 ten days left til Christmas. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas here don't you think? Christmas tree has gotten three kinds of new ornaments and window looks like it is ready to take any winter storm that might occur these midwinter days. We have made cute fairylights with sticker paper. Today I share a tip how to make these organic shape lights to finish the nature inspired Christmas tree. On my opinion these white lights would also be stunning as a bunch, it would look like a modern design light. I might use these fairylights after Christmas too because these are so stylish. Best part in this DIY is as always the fact that you can choose to make the lights in any color you want!

You will need:

Led fairylights that do not heat
Small water balloons
White tissuepaper (or any color/pattern tissuepaper you want to use)
Liquid glue
Small brush

How to:

Step 1. Blow the water balloons. 

Step 2. Cut tissuepaper to small pieces. Mix few drops of water to two tablespoons of glue (you can make more when you need).

Step 3. Then decoupage tissuepaper to the balloon. Apply a bit of gluemix to the balloon and place tissuepaper pieces to it. Put about 5 layers of paper all over the balloon. Don't put tissuepaper pieces to rows. It is better if the pieces cross together. When all 5 layers are on their place brush gluemix on top of all. Let dry properly. Make all balloons similarly. 

Step 4. When the balloons are dry make a hole to the water balloon, let it go empty and stretch it out. Decoupage gently two paper pieces to cover the hole in the paper balloon. Let dry. 

Step 5. Make a small hole to the paper balloon and press to a ledlight. 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

14.12. Himmeli Diamond

Series of nature inspired Christmas tree ornaments continues today with a traditional himmeli ornament. It is amazing how beautiful ornaments you can make with the most humble of materials, straws. You could use plastic straws too if you want to make a colorful version. Himmeli diamonds would make an interesting mobile to a window but I used these to decorate the Christmas tree with driftwood and marble ornaments we made few days ago.

You will need:

Wooden beads
Strong cotton yarn (small and medium)
Long thin needle

How to:

Step 1. Soak the straws is warm water 2 hours before cutting. For one diamond cut 8 pieces of each size: a. 9,5 cm, b. 6 cm, c. 4 cm.

Step 2. Take long yarn and needle. Thread in straws a,b,b,a and tie. 

Step 3. Then tie in all a & b pairs. One by one.

Step 4. Then tie in  c straws between the points where a & b straws meet. Finish the yarn and decorate himmeli with beads. Attach a loop from a bit thicker cotton yarn or decorative yarn.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

13.12. Four Ways to Bake Pulla

Korvapuusti is one of the most traditional Finnish coffee table treats. Warm from the oven these sweet buns (pulla) are super tasty. These can also be put to freezer and then offered as a treat for surprise guests that may visit during the Christmas season. I also made one kanelipitko (cinnamon braid), ruusupulla (rose bun) and hillopulla (jam bun), using the same pastry. You can make these buns vegan if you want, there are tips on the recipe. Fun idea for Christmas is to form four different types of buns from the large pastry.

You will need:

1 L milk (you can use Oatly iKaffe oatmilk if you like)
250 g + 50 g butter (you can use margarine)
2 dl sugar
1 tsp salt
8 g cardamom
50 g yeast
about 2 kg wheat flour
(Jam + baking vanilla sauce)

How to:

Step 1. Mix salt and yeast to a paste. Add sugar, salt and medium warm milk. Mix.

Step 2. Add 250 g soft butter. Start adding flour little by little. When the pastry begins to be too thick to mix with a spoon start working with your hand. Add flour little by little, like you would make a bread. When the pastry doesn't stick to your fingers anymore you can let the pastry rest for 45 minutes covered with a towel.

Step 3. When the pastry is about twice the size you can start making buns. Take a bigger piece from the pastry. Put some flour to the table and roll out the pastry to 0,5-1 cm. Apply warm butter all over the pastry. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of the butter. Roll the pastry and cut buns from it. If you want to make kanelipitko cut the long roll to two (leave 3 cm uncut from the beginning) and twist the halves together. Ruusupulla: Make a bun from the pastry, let it rest and then cut a cross to the middle with scissors. Put butter and sugar to the cross. Hillopulla: Make 8 from the pastry and let rest. Then press two holes and fill with jam and vanilla sauce.

Step 4. Let the buns rest 30 minutes. Preheat the oven 225 Celsius degrees for small buns and 200 degrees for the braid. Egg the buns or mix together water and sugar to make liquid that you can use to brush the buns. Bake buns about 10 minutes and braid about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

12.12. Cute Fairy Lights

Hope your December has been going fine so far. We have already opened twelve advent calendar boxes together and there are twelve more to go! Small DIY projects, baking ideas and lifestyle posts bringing Christmas spirit.

During the darkest midwinter months there can't be too many fairy lights. I put lights to vases, windows and walls. Cute small lights are a festive add to table setting or living room table. To make basic warm white lights look more personal you can use sticker paper. 

You will need:

Basic led lights that do not heat
Sticker paper
Cardboard paper

How to:

Step 1. Cut a symmetric leaf model like one in the picture from the cardboard paper. Draw and cut out leaves from sticker paper using the model.

Step 2. Remove the back paper from the sticker leaf and fold the leaf around the wire. If the sticker paper is very transparent remove the back paper only from the other half and let the back paper stay in between.