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Fimo fingerprint jewellery

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20150311_155710I’ve seen salt dough creations several times across the internet and I thought I’d give it a go! I originally thought they were just for decorations that kids make at Christmas but I actually really enjoyed it and I think you could probably create some really cool things with it.

One cool thing I’ve seen is fingerprint jewellery made with salt dough. It’s supposed to be like a cheaper version of the silver clay fingerprint jewellery and I thought it’d be a great gift for Mother’s Day especially as children can easily make it themselves so it’s super special.

However, I tried to make fingerprint jewellery with salt dough and it completely failed. Maybe the recipe should be slightly different to bring the print out a bit more or maybe I baked it wrong (it went all puffy because the heat was too high). Either way, the dough puffed up and you could barely see the print. The other salt dough creations looked great – See how to make salt dough here.

I experimented with air dry clay and polymer clay (Fimo) with differing results. The air dry clay cracked a bit but should be fine with a bit of water to soften it. It also took the paint better than the Fimo, however the Fimo was my favourite out of the three as you could clearly see the print!

Super simple to do! Roll out the Fimo, press your finger down firmly on to the rolled out Fimo so it picks up your fingerprint, then use a cookie cutter to stamp out the shape. Pierce a hole at the top so that you can hang the pendant then bake as per the instructions. Once baked, paint the pendant with silver acrylic paint. You might want to do a couple of coats and perhaps brush the fingerprint lightly with a dry brush and darker colour to bring it out a bit more. Attach a jump ring and then hang on a chain or suede necklace.

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From left to right – salt dough, air dry clay, polymer clay

Instead of a necklace, you could make this into a hanging decoration. Or you could skip piercing the hole and stick a magnet on the back. You could even use letter stamps to include a message! Oh, the endless possibilities of Fimo!

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9 Christmas Wrapping Must-Haves

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Everyone loves Christmas. How can you not? Family, gifts, decorations, Christmas songs, Christmas food…! Personally, I love the giving part of Christmas when you know you’ve got someone something amazing and you just can’t wait for them to open it. I also love the wrapping, although for some people this is the worst part! I have a few things to make Christmas gift wrapping just a little bit easier and hopefully more fun.

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12 Days of Christmas

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On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
12 Hearts a hanging (http://goo.gl/QmwbYf £2.75)
Eleven Christmas wrapping (http://goo.gl/8xxZTW £2.00)
Ten foxes sleeping (http://goo.gl/UCMwxC £15.00)
Nine pretty bunting (http://goo.gl/0GIPP6 £6.00)
Eight batman keyrings (http://goo.gl/8TgK58 £3.00)
Seven owls hooting (http://goo.gl/E3K93A £1.50)
Six photos holding (http://goo.gl/v4aw2V £4)
Five Christmas trees (http://goo.gl/X9ej3K £1.00)
Four hearts and birds (http://goo.gl/zchpB4 £4)
Three pink tins (http://goo.gl/cSSysW £3.00)
Two storage jars (http://goo.gl/HPtc8y £8)
and a Boudoir Stamp Photo Frame (http://goo.gl/bQFqON £11.50)

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DIY Advent Calendars

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DIY Advent Calendars

December is only a day away! If, like me, you always leave buying an advent calendar to the last minute (thank goodness for mum this year!) and have found that all the good ones in the shop have already been snapped up, why not make your own? Here’s a selection of DIY advent calendars that you can easily make yourself.

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Should you go to The Ideal Home Show at Christmas?

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Ideal Home Show at Christmas 2014

If you like fashion, beauty, food, interiors and accessories and don’t mind the constant flow of people then the simple answer is yes, you should definitely go to The Ideal Home Show at Christmas next year.

The Ideal Home Show at Christmas ran from the 19th to the 23rd November this year at Earls Court London, bringing together over 650 exhibitors. People would expect the show simply to be about interiors however there was definitely something for everyone whether it was gadgets, turkey tasting, Christmas ice rink or free fashion and beauty trials.

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Creative Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

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Halloween pumpkins needn’t be boring or the same every single year. I love coming up with a new design every year but it’s always hard to decide what to do. Check out our Pinterest board to see a collection of great ideas to decorate your pumpkins this Halloween.

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How to make your own Halloween treat bags

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These handmade Halloween treat bags are an easy peasy accessory to go with your trick or treating costume. This bag should be big enough for loads of sweets but you can easily adjust the size to make a bigger (or smaller 🙁 ) bag! I’ve made 3 large bags (for my 2 cousins and my sister) and 1 little bag (for myself as I’m too old to ask for lots of sweeties…some might argue too old to go trick or treating at all…baha!).

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10 Super Cute Dog Costumes for Halloween

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I just love Halloween. While it’s not as big in the UK as it is in America, its popularity is definitely growing. As a kid I never really went trick or treating…I dressed up and went across the road to my nan’s house but I don’t think that really counts. So now, at the age of 20, I’m very much looking forward to taking my little cousins, Zach and Louis, trick or treating. Although, I’ve been told I’m too old to dress up…excuse-moi? I’m somewhat offended. I was looking forward to dressing up in a full on Elsa from Frozen costume.

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