Tuesday, 23 December 2014

BLOGMAS: DAY 23 - CHRISTMAS DIY'S

Bonjour, bonjour, and bonjour, how has your day been? I have been in London today for a Christmas thing with my family, not fun, and that is why this post is being written at 1:07am and that it is now actually Christmas Eve, yessssssssssss. This post is one that should have been posted weeks ago but I have just never got around to it, so here are two Christmas DIYs that are good for late Christmas present or to decorate. Enjoy!!!!


The first thing I am going show you is clove oranges. Which very simple but smells heavenly and can be used as a last minute Christmas decoration; I personally shall be hanging these bad boys all around the house.

For this all you will need is some cloves and oranges, yes it really is that simple.




To make these you must simply stick the cloves into the orange, I didn’t have time to do the whole orange, but if you do, do it for sure as it smells so nice and looks fab. You could however make some cute patterns, I just did a little ring all around the orange, but get creative think of some cool designs. To hang them up simply just wrap some ribbon around the orange and hang from where ever you want to smell nice and the longer you leave these the better they get as the oranges dry out and, yes they are just SO GOOD.

The next DIY is a little more complicated but still pretty simple, and that is bath bombs, and yes these are relatively easy to make surprisingly. You can make them either with essential oils, which will make your skin smooth, or do what I did and use dried ground spices, I have given you two recipes here and feel free to alter either of them to your favourite scents.

For the spice once you will need: (makes one)

         1 tbsp. citric acid- available from chemists
         1 tbsp. bicarb soda
         1½ tbsp. cinnamon
         1½ tbsp. ginger
         1tsp. water- preferably in a spray bottle
         1 tbsp. cloves

First of all put all your dry ingredients in the bowl: citric acid, bicarb, cinnamon, and ginger (but not the cloves) then mix them together until fully incorporated.


Now spray your water into the bowl and straight after spraying mix so that your bath bombs don’t fizz to before you’ve even finished, this can be a little difficult so don’t worry it’s not the end of the world and they’ll still work just not as fizzy. Also make sure that you don’t add to much water as you only just want them to be combined, DO NOT MAKE IT INTO A PASTE, it should be they consistently of brown sugar.
 
this is just a general spay bottle I found around the house


Once you have done that line the bottom of your mould, I used a sea shell but you can use water you like, cup bowl cake tin, just whatever, with the dried flowers to make a nice pattern when they have dried. Then just put it into the mould for at least 12 hours, but more if possible.





This is the recipe for the bath bombs made with oil, very similar but there are a few differences.


You shall need: (to make one)

1 tbsp. citric acid- available from chemists
1 tbsp. bicarb soda
¼ tbsp. food colouring, colour of your choice
¼ tbsp. oil of your choice in scent
1 tbsp. dried flowers

First of all put all your dry ingredients in the bowl: citric acid, bicarb, (but not the dried flowers) then mix them together until fully incorporated.

Now pour your food colouring and oil into the bowl and straight after putting it in, MIX so that your bath bombs don’t fizz to before you’ve even finished, this can be a little difficult so don’t worry it’s not the end of the world and they’ll still work just not as fizzy. Also make sure that you don’t add to much as you only just want them to be combined, DO NOT MAKE IT INTO A PASTE, it should be they consistently of brown sugar.

Once you have done that line the bottom of your mould, I used a sea shell but you can use water you like, cup bowl cake tin, just whatever, with the dried flowers to make a nice pattern when they have dried. Then just put it into the mould for at least 12 hours, but more if possible.



Hope you liked that I couldn’t be bothered to re-write a whole new set of instructions so I just copied and pasted them in the end, I really hope you liked it as this will be the last proper blogmas post from me, but I shall still be seeing you very, very soon my little birds.

Night, night, wherever you are, have a very merry Christmas


Love Tavi xxxxxx