December 6th, 2016
I have been feeling more inspired to do some DIYs lately, and so today I put some together so you can give it a go as well, if you like them!
#1 HAND-SHAPED SOAP
The one in the picture up here.
I have been meaning to try and make my own silicone mould, so finally I’ve gathered all the items I needed and it was actually way easier than it seemed!
The online tutorials I’ve seen are all pretty similar, so there is not much space for error.
- The object you want to make a mould of;
- A large bowl;
- Coloured soap;
- Silicone (I got two tubes);
- Silicone gun.
I decided to grab a measuring cup, but you can use anything that will help you with the following task: in the mixing bowl, add 1/10 of soap, and then 9/10 of water.
Use the scissors to cut open the tube of silicone, and then using the gun, get it on the bowl.
Using your hands, mix it well so that it all sticks together: don’t worry, it won’t stick to your hands as the soap avoids it. It’s quite fun to touch!
When you made your blob of silicone, bring it out and place it on a surface you don’t mind ruining. It could be anything – even another bowl, but I opted for oven paper (although it didn’t fully peel off when it dried).
Place your object in the silicone, and cover it. They say it’s best to not cover it fully so it makes the removal easy, but I decided to cover it all as I needed a full shape, and opted to make a cut in the back later.
It only took about 1 hour to dry, which is much faster than I expected.
To remove the hand, you see the slit I made, which is what I had planned.
The mould is ready to use.
I went on and melted white soap, which I then coloured pink and added a honey scent to it.
I poured it into the mould, and let it dry for another hour in the fridge.
This was tricky, because of the slit in the back I had to make sure no soap would leak, and in order to do that I had to hold it for a good 10 minutes to give it time to cool down. When I noticed that it was starting to harden, I was able to place it in the fridge.
And here is the hand! The only thing that is bothering me is the bottom of it, as it’s cut – but in a way, it somewhat looks cool.
Considering this was my first time attempting it, I’m definitely pleased with the result!
#2 POMPOM PILLOW
My house is mostly white, you know it by now. But this doesn’t mean that I don’t like some accents of different colours, or contrasting it a bit with small details.
I had these black pompoms in a drawer, so I took one of my full white cushions, and hand-sew them in the corners.
Super simple, took about 5 minutes, and looks much cuter than before!
#3 WALNUT COOKIES
These are vegan, take about 20 minutes to make, and come out delicious.
This is a recipe I made up, inspired by others but definitely ended up very different – and still great!
Ingredients for 8 cookies:
1/4 cup of icing sugar;
1/2 cup of plain flour;
1/4 cup of broken walnuts;
1 cup of vegan butter;
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
In a bowl, start by adding the butter, vanilla and sugar together. Blend them with an electric mixer.
Then add the walnuts, and slowly pour in the flour, all whilst mixing.
When you get an even, sticky paste, make it into small balls.
Cook them for 15 minutes (not longer, it’s okay if they are gooey – remove them as soon as the bottom starts to look golden), on 175*C.
Take them out, let them rest for a few minutes. Sprinkle icing sugar and cocoa powder on top, although this is optional, for extra flavour.
I prefer them warm and soft; but if you, like Felix, like cookies to be firmer, give it 30 minutes and then enjoy! 🙂
Hope these 3 DIYs put you in a crafting – or baking – mood!