DIY String Art Gift

Countdown to Christmas: 24

FullSizeRender-9Hi guys, this was meant to go up yesterday. I wanted to share with you the gift I made for my father this Christmas. Hopefully it will inspire you too!

I began with a piece of wood. Now I know very little about wood, try and make sure that the wood you find isn’t too hard, because I found it quite challenging to hammer some of the nails in. I picked up this piece in my local DIY store. I also bought a pack of nails, which are really cheap.

The next step is to decide what pattern you want to go for. I chose a map of Germany, with a heart in the middle. You can print off your pattern, cut it out and draw around it with pencil onto the wood, like I did, or simply draw it free-hand.

I then hammered the nails into place along the border like so: FullSizeRender-10.jpgUsing embroidery thread or string, thread the nails together. You can do this in a simple rotational pattern like me, or a more random web-like design, which also looks cool. As a final touch I used a gold pen to write “Deutschland” along the top.FullSizeRender-9.jpg

And voila! I gave this to my dad for Christmas today and he really likes it.

I’d love to see your version of this nail and string art. Also, let me know how your Christmas is going! I’ll be doing a haul in the coming days, and I also received a Yoga mat for Christmas, so look out for a Yoga routine!


Hope x






DIY Lip Scrub

FullSizeRender-15Hello again, today I’d love to share with you my simple DIY Lip Scrub recipe. This cute item can be a lovely present for someone, or a treat for yourself! Having never owned a lip scrub myself, I looked around and was surprised at the prices of many lip scrubs in different stores. I therefore decided to create my own recipe for exfoliating and moisturising chapped lips 🙂

You will need:

  • FullSizeRender-101.5tsp Granulated sugar (I chose brown, but you can also use white)
  • 1tsp Coconut oil
  • A scent of your choice (I used peppermint essence. You could alternatively use; vanilla, lavender, eucalyptus or anything that takes your fancy)
  • Optional Extra: Eyeshadow (this can be used if you want to include some pigment, or sparkles, in your lip scrub)

Let’s get started:

  1. Firstly, place the coconut oil in a dish. Coconut oil is perfect because it is solid at room temperature, but has a very low melting point so it will melt onto your lips (mine is a tad liquid at the moment as the weather has been extremely hot here!)FullSizeRender-11
  2. Then stir in your sugar to make a paste.FullSizeRender-12
  3. Add a couple drops of your chosen scent. My peppermint essence is very strong, so I diluted it in a small amount of water. FullSizeRender-13
  4. Pack your lip scrub into a little empty pot then leave in the fridge for 30mins and voila! FullSizeRender-14

I hope you enjoyed this quick DIY, let me know what you think! I wish you all an amazing day. Stay positive 🙂

Hope x

Quick Update: How have you been enjoying the summer so far? I went away for a week with my family and had an awesome time 🙂 The weather has been so hot here (39°C) and I’m really not used to it! Tomorrow I’m flying to the UK for a monthlong internship, which I’m excited, but also nervous about! I’ve so far completed 6 things on my summer bucket list (if you read my last post) and I can’t wait to do more! I also want to thank you guys so much for supporting me, I’ve reached 50 followers, which I know might not seem many to some, but I am so happy and grateful 🙂 Love you all so much! x

DIY Positivity: Smile Book and Mason Jar

Hi there 🙂 Today I’d love to share with you two simple DIY ideas to bring more positivity into your everyday life!

Smile Book
As you see, they don’t have to look beautiful as long as they make you smile 🙂

The first is a Smile Book. I started mine in 2012. In this notebook you can include anything at all that brings a smile to your face 🙂 I love reading through my Smile Book whenever I’m feeling down, it really helps to brighten me up. Get creative; cut out pics from magazines, use coloured pens, stick in old photos. Here are a list of ideas to include to get you started:

  • Make spider diagrams of; your favourite things/sounds/smells/tastes
  • Make a list of funny memories
  • Write an acrostic poem for the word “Smile”
  • Print off Lolcatz pics ;P
  • Google “positivity quotes”
  • Ask your friends to write things they like about you on post-it notes
  • Write down your favourite jokes
My Daily Gratefulness Mason Jar
Daily notes of gratitude 🙂

The second DIY to bring more happiness to your life is a Daily Gratitude Mason Jar. At the end of each day, I write down around 6 bullet points about good things that happened during the day that I’m grateful for on a small piece of paper and put it in my mason jar. It has been scientifically proven that simply by recalling 5 positive events from that day, you can increase your overall happiness 🙂 (They also look super cute on your desk or dresser).

I hope you feel inspired to have a go making either a Smile Book or a Daily Gratitude Mason Jar! Have an amazing day.

Hope x