DIY Fishtail Bracelet

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I laaaaarve stacking bracelets in the summer. It’s so golden-Cali-beach-babe it makes me way too excited than I should be. It’s even better when it doesn’t really matter if you lose the bracelets because they were so affordable! Today’s DIY is a fishtail bracelet, and I’m sorta in love with it. Enjoy!

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MATERIALS

Embroidery threads – in as many colours as you like (I’m using 4) Mine are from Poundworld and are pretty good quality!

Scissors – well, obvs.

Tape or clip – to hold the bracelet whilst you’re ‘braiding’

HOW TO MAKE THE LOVELINESS

1.Cut all your embroidery threads. The length should be just over half your ‘wingspan’, if ya feel me. Just hold your arm out horizontal to your shoulder , hold the end of of the thread, pull to the center of your chest. That’s half your wingspan. Do double for a bracelet that wraps around twice.

2. Once all your threads are cut, hold them together and fold them in half.

3. Tie a knot at the top.

4. Now onto braiding: separate your threads like shown below. If you have more than maybe 6 colours you can just braid in random threads. The bracelet will still look cool but will be easier to braid.

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5. Fold in the outer threads one at a time, just like you would braiding a fishtail on your hair. It will take a little time for the bracelet to start holding by itself but once it does, you can hold the threads in your hands rather than on the table/desk/clipboard.

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Et voila! Your beautiful new bracelet is ready to wear! Once you start practising you’ll be whacking these bad boys out like there’s no tomorrow. Oh, the life of a Pinterest obsessed generation, eh?

Have you ever made a bracelet? Let me know! I’d love some new designs!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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DIY Polaroid Stationery Labels in PicMonkey

And she’s back! Gosh, have I missed blogging. But I am glad I took a break, I’m feeling a lot better about my little corner of the Internet now! Today is a tutorial for some Polaroid stationery labels! These are so cute and you can customise them to your own taste.

For this DIY all you will need is your computer and a website called PicMonkey. I use this for just about EVERYTHING! It’s so simple to use and one of my favourte free editing websites.

1. Open up picmonkey.com. Hover your mouse over ‘Design’ then click ‘Square’

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2. Click on ‘Frames’ then ‘Polaroid Frame’. Tick the ‘Transparent Background’ box and set the ‘Rotate’ to 0°.

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 3. Insert a pattern for the background. Just use Google Images or a free stock photo website. Or use a photo of your own! Then hold down SHIFT on your keyboard and drag the corners of the picture out so they fit the Polaroid frame. Then right click on the picture and press ‘Send to Back’.

Lots of Love Lottie Instruction 34. Add a white rectangle and fade it out, if you wish. This will be the name label!

Lots of Love Lottie Instruction 45. Add a text box and type in your name or whatever you fancy! The font i used is from 1001fonts.com and is called DJB COFFEE SHOPPE ESPRESSO.

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And that’s it! Super simple stationery labels. You can also read this post I wrote last year on how to make another type of stationery label. Hope you enjoyed!

Are you going to try these out? What’s your favourite shop to buy stationery from? I love WH Smith and Paperchase!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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DIY Valentine’s and All Occasions Cards!

Hi there! Today I’ve got a DIY for you lovely people. I know I did a Christmas card DIY a few months ago but I couldn’t really not to do a Valentine’s Day DIY! And the great thing is you can make these for any occasion, I just thought that as V. Day is coming these would be appropriate! And as always, this DIY is very flexible as you can use whatever colours and cutters you like! So, without further ado, let’s begin!

You will need:

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Plain cards

Shape cutter (mine’s from Poundland and they have so many cute designs!)

Coloured or patterned paper

Gluestick

Scissors (not pictured)

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1. Butterflies

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This is so cute! Literally cut out a few hearts, fold in half and place a thin line of glue along the back of the fold. Then place in a diagonal line across your card and done! This probably works best with hearts but you could also use butterflies (well duh for the butterfly card…)

2. Heart

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I like to use a mix of ‘butterfly’ hearts and just flat hearts. Just arrange in the shape of a heart and glue down! So pretty! And who cares if it’s not symmetrical? It’s homemade 🙂

3. Cutouts

Lots of Love Lottie Blog Valentines Cards Third Card This one is a bit more effort but I think it looks lovely! Cut three hearts in your card (or as many as you want!) Go to the inside of the card and place a small piece of coloured paper over the heart cutout. Then lightly trace the cutout and glue everywhere on the piece of paper AVOIDING the traced heart. Line up and stick down then rub out the pencil markings. As you can see, I didn’t do a very good job of rubbing out the lines! Whoops 🙂

So these are perfect for party invites, birthday cards…anything! Hope these inspired you to send something to someone you love; all year round! If you try any of these out, remember to send them to me on my Twitter (@lottieblog). Have a good week!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

DIY Christmas Cards

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Hello sweet children. All good? I’m freaking out just a tiny bit as Christmas IS ONLY 3 DAYS AWAY ADJSKICLDILX. So if you’re one of those last minute sort of people, this post it for YOU my friend. These cards are so so so simple to make and really inexpensive, you can actually get all the materials from Poundland/Poundworld/99p Store (or somewhere like that). Enjoy!

YOU WILL NEED:

Plain white cards – Poundland or somewhere similar

Christmas felt shapes – mine is a snowflake garland from Poundland

Glue stick or tacky/pva glue

Ribbon – mine came in the garland pack

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Simply play around with your shapes, I even used the ribbon that came in the garland pack. Then using the glue, stick them onto your cards. Let them dry for at least 30 minutes to be safe. Here are some designs I came up with:

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Later I also Sharpied some designs on, but unfortunately some of them have personal messages on them so I can only show you a couple. Sorry! Here are the pens I used.

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Enjoy lovely ones! I know this is not a proper diy, but I thought I’d still give you some inspiration! What are your favourite card diys? Have you left it last minute (yes, you!) ?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Healthier Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe

Well hello lovely ones. How are we? Christmassy? Good. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen with cocoa powder and syrup…aye it’s a hard life for me. I am proud to say this is my own little baby of a recipe, come up in my own little mind! The ingredients to this super easy yet super delicious recipe are very simple, and I’ve given you a few alternatives in case you don’t have the ingredients and can’t be bothered to pop to Tesco in your pyjamas.  Enjoy, my little cocoa truffles (I’m practically Nicole Scherzinger in the Muller adverts)

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YOU WILL NEED:

1 heaped teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon of sweetener (I use Truvia)

1/2-3/4 teaspoon gingerbread syrup

mug of milk

INSTEAD OF…

unsweetened cocoa powder – sweetened but leave out sweetener

gingerbread syrup – pinch of ground ginger and tiny pinch of cinnamon (but you won’t get the same smooth texture as syrup)

*I know syrup isn’t completely healthy, so that’s why it’s called a ‘healthier’ version!*

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METHOD:

1. Add heaped teaspoon of cocoa powder to empty mug

2. Add a dash of cold milk and stir to create a paste

3. Add milk to fill mug up and stir gently

4. Whack in microwave until hot (mine took 2 minutes)

5. Once hot, add in half teaspoon sweetener and  half/ three quarters teaspoon  gingerbread syrup (or spices)

6. STIR STIR STIR

7. Add whipped cream if you like, and enjoy!

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^^sneaky mince pie….. ;)^^

I know what you’re saying: “but Lottie, syrup has sugar in it!”. I know. As I mentioned earlier, this is a healthier hot choc, not no-dairy-vegan-sugar-free version. Uh-huh.

Are you going to try this out? What’s your favourite flavour of hot chocolate? Let me know!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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DIY Christmas/Winter Mood Board

Gooooood morning/afternoon/evening my lovely ones. Today we have a DIY to get you in the Christmassy mood. What do you mean it’s too early for Christmas?! I swear some Youtubers had their decs up in October. Anyways, back to my point. This DIY is a mood board with a Winter theme. It’s so easy to do, yet so effective! So, have a jolly good go at making one and if you want, send me a pic on my Twitter or Facebook! In a while, crocodile….

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I was getting a bit bored of my quote on my blackboard (yes that is Remi Ashten’s quote 😉 ) and I was feeling a bit creative, this is what happened! I really like how it brings all the loveliness of Christmas/Winter/Fashion/Instagram-edited-photos into one!

YOU NEED:

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Christmas/Winter Magazine – White/Blue Tack – Scissors – Plain Board

*I used my old black board but as it’s not a permanent DIY, you can use pretty much anything. For example a photo frame, canvas, paper…

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1. Start by cleaning your surface. I literally just used some wet tissue to wipe off the blackboard pen (if you’re feeling confused, it’s a white board that’s black, just to clear things up). Let dry naturally or dry with dry tissue.

2. Search through all your December issues of magazines for Winter photos! Most of mine came from a House of Fraser gift guide which came from my InStyle magazine and a local magazine from when I went on holiday to the New Forest.

3. Rip, and cut and rip and cut! As you go along, try to place the cut pictures on your surface so you get an idea on how many more pics you need.

4. TAKE A PHOTO. Honestly, once you’ve picked up all the photos to tack them down, you’ll have no idea where they all went. The photo will really help when you get completely lost!

5. Tack them down with a bit of tack (obviously). Try have pics overlapping each other, looks much more Pinteresty (and we all want that, don’t we?!)

TA DAH! How easy was that? I had some nails on the wall already so hanging up was pretty easy. To add a little extra, you could drape fairy lights round it. But be warned, cutting up magazines does make quite a lot of mess…

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Ignore that…

Hope you enjoyed this DIY, if you try it out send me a pic on my twitter or facebook. Toodle pops!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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DIY Halloween Nails!

Toodles my lovely people. Today we have a ghoulishly ghoulish tutorial for some pumpkin nails! Just a disclaimer, I am in NO WAY any good at doing nails, as you can tell. But I tried, and that’s all that matters! I will list the names of the nail polishes at the end…let’s go!

YOU WILL NEED: a dotting tool (or a hair grip/toothpick), base and top coat, white, orange, green and glitter (optional) nail polishes.

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Paint your nails with a base coat and let them dry for 2 minutes. Then apply a thin coat of white and let dry for a few minutes. Pai a second coat and let dry for a few more minutes. Put some of the orange nail polish on a piece of paper or old magazine. Take you dotting tool and put two large orange dots next to each other on your nail. Then, using the same tool, gently dab more dots going down towards the end of your nail until you create a pumpkin-y shape. Let these ‘pumpkins’ dry. Put some of the green polish on the paper. Gently drag the dotting tool from the top of the pumpkin to halfway down the nail to create stalk. Let dry. Now you can either paint a glittery coat over the top, but I decided not to. Apply top coat. To create the look on my pointing finger, I just dragged the orange and green polish around my nail randomly! I also changed up the design on my middle finger with just streaks, though it looked pretty good.

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Sinful Colors – Snow Me White

Sinful Colors – All About You (Gold)

Barry M 3 in 1 Top, Base and Nail Hardener – Clear

Collection 2000 (shows how old it is!) – Ninja (Green)

Nails Supreme Nail Art Pen – Orange

It’s simple, but effective! What do you think? Will you try it out? Let me know on my Twitter, Facebook or in the comments!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥