16.11.14

mince pie cupcakes + 2 christmas diy's

Halloween is officially over! That means it's time to start looking to Christmas, and I thought I'd pull out all the stops and do not one, but three DIY's! First we have mince pie cupcakes, which are the perfect hybrid dessert for those of you who aren't fond of pastry (like myself) the sponge is flavoured with spice which makes them all the more Christmasy! Then we have two super easy Christmas decoration DIY's that will get you totally in the mood to decorate! To find out how to make all three of these, keep reading!

MINCE PIE CUPCAKES


INGREDIENTS

-140g Mincemeat (I used brandy enfused for an extra kick)
-175g Self Raising Flour
-100g Brown Sugar
-3 Eggs
-2tbs Milk
-1tsp Mixed Spice
-175g Butter



I picked up these adorable Christmas themed cupcake cases from dotcomgiftshop which are really unique as they are square, and even printed on the bottom! They are also super inexpensive, you can get them here. I also couldn't resist this little house lantern which you can find here.

step one:

First preheat your oven to 190 degrees (fan assisted) Now add the butter, sugar, spice and flour into a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon (I got this set of three for £1 from dotcomgiftshop) until the flour is all mixed through!



STEP TWO:

Now mix in one egg at a time, and mix in the milk to create a fluffy light mixture.



STEP THREE:

Now the easy bit, simply spoon in one or two teaspoons of cake mixture into your cake cases then add in a heaped teaspoon of your mincemeat into the centre, and finish with another two teaspoons of cake mix to cover the mincemeat. Place these in the oven for 15 minutes or until cooked through and leave to cool!





CLAY BIRD TREE DEORATION



you will need:

-Air Dry Clay
-White Paint
-Bird Cookie Cutter
-Small Cookie Cutter (shape of your choice)
-Christmas Ribbon.


Roll out your air dry clay to about 4mm and then cut out as many birds as you like!Next cut out a shape from the middle, I did stars and snowflakes as these are for my christmas tree!

If you want to be extra fancy you can give your clay a pattern first, I stamped snowflakes on! 

Now you just have to wait for them to dry! (about 3-4 hours) 

After they are dry, you can paint these any colour you want, or leave them raw like I did!

Simply thread some ribbon or string through and you are finished!


STAR & SNOWFLAKE GARLAND


you will need:

-Air Dry Clay
-Small Cookie Cutter of Your Choice.
-Bakers Twine
-Glue Gun
-Sequins


Firstly roll out your air dry clay to about 4mm and stamp of a design.


Now cut out as many stars as you want, I cut out 30 to make two garlands of 15. Now you have to wait for these to dry! 

Now that they are dry, figure out how far apart you want your stars and get your glue gun and sequins ready, you have to work fast!


Add a blob of glue to the top of the star, attach the string, and then place a sequin on top! Continue this at intervals along the string and until you have your desired length!



I hope you enjoyed these DIYs!

MEET THE AUTHOR: Serena Ozgowicz is a 23 year old Puggle owner with a passion for beauty, crafts and coding! You can follow her on facebook, twitter and instagram. Thank you for reading this post!

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