[3] DIY Indoor Fake Fire Basket

Hey friends,

One thing is for sure: I don’t think I ever struggled so much trying to come up with a title of a blog post! Fire basket … hmm, but without fire … then it should be called ‘fire’ … but that looks stupid … or fireplace … but it’s not a fireplace … and again – no fire! …

I then I had enough and decided to simply go for fire basket, because you aren’t stupid and surely will understand me without the ultimate name for it. Anyway, the idea behind it is as simple as it is ingenious: With a metal wire basket, a few logs and some string lights you can quickly create a decorative basket that looks as if the pieces of wood are burning in it. So you can a cosy atmosphere to your apartment in a flash!

DIY Indoor Fire Basket

DIY Indoor Fire Basket

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Looks like fire, creates a cosy mood like fire, but it's actually just a clever DIY made of wood and fairy lights.

Materials

  • 1 metal wire basket
  • 1 battery-operated fairy lights with 100 LEDs
  • about 8 logs

Instructions

  1. First of all, try how many pieces of wood fit in the basket or how many you want in there.
  2. Placed the logs standing upright in a row. Then wrap the string lights around one log after the other, always wrapping around each piece a few times.
  3. Now carefully place the decorated logs back inside the basket and arrange as desired. Now just turn on the lights and make yourself comfortable!
  4. TIP: If you turn on the fairy lights while you are wrapping, it will give you a better overview of how the LEDs are distributed.

So easy yet quite impressive, I think! I’m having it in my apartment for almost a year now and it’s getting used every evening that we spend at home – it’s love!

Perhaps you have a bright idea and can help me find a better, more acurate name for it? I would be grateful if it no longer had to be called ‘Fire Lights Thingy’ 😂

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

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DIY Candle Advent Calendar

Hey friends,

Today it’s time to officially start the (pre-) Christmas madness here on the blog! While preparing for Christmas we make ourselves comfortable & gradually get everything in order for the festivities. I’m sure it’s similar for many of you as well, and for me advent calendars haven always been an important part of this special time – even at the age of 27 I definitely do not feel too old for it, after all, there are so many great calendars to buy (like the wine advent calendar got myself as a treat)  ♥.

Self-made calendars are also a big thing for me – Mr. Zebra can look forward to 24 small surprises, picked just for him. And to round things off, I have prepared this small, very minimalistic calendar
for our apartment, which should help us to celebrate the time we spend together, getting cosy on the couch. For as nice as the little presents behind the doors of an advent calendar are, time together is the most precious thing we can give all year but especially in the run up to Christmas. The advent calendar consists of 24 small, simple white candles, numbered from 1-24  and this way turns into a very relaxed Christmas countdown – I’ll show you how it’s done:

DIY Candle Advent Calendar

Yield: 1 advent calendar
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Let's celebrate the holiday season in a relaxed way: candle by candle Christmas will come a bit closer!

Materials

  • 24 small candles
  • 1 waterproof pen
  • 1 nice jar or small vase
  • 1 candle holder

Instructions

  1. Lay the 24 candles in front of you and carefully label with the pen with numbers 1-24.
  2. TIP: For a consistent placement, it is best to lay a 'comparison candle' next to the new candle to determine the correct position for the next number.
  3. Let the writing dry and then place in a nice container. Decorate it nicely together with the candle holder and your advent calendar is ready!

I hope you like the reduced, clean style of this advent calendar as much as I do and maybe you even get a chance to recreate it last minute! If so, please show me pictures of your version ♥

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

DIY Bathbombs

Hey friends,

I’m not sure if I told you before but my boyfriend loooooves to bathe. I actually think he might turn into a merman soon. While I – mostly due to a lack of time – hop into the tub once every six months (at most!), he enjoys his bath several times a week.

He’s also a big fan of bath products that add a pop of colour, smell nice and nourish the skin. Unfortunately, such products are often quite expensive and especially if one bathes as regularly as he does, the cost will soon add up. That’s why I’ve been making bath bombs for him for a few years now: not only is it possible for him to save money, I can also customise each bomb to whatever smell or colour he wants. I can also buy the ingredients in larger quantities and thus produce these bespoke bath bombs again and again.

And besides all that practical stuff, I really enjoy making them! It’s a bit like using a science kit: you get to weigh the different powders, mix them, then gently colour them before finally adding the scents – it’s pretty cool. That’s why every time I see his collection decrease I change the recipe a little, try new ingredients and mixing ratios. Get creative! But I think with this composition I hit the mark. Anyway, Mr. Zebra was really excited and ordered a second batch asap. That sounds like a direct hit!

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DIY bath bombs

DIY bath bombs

Yield: 4 bath bombs
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Fun to make and a great gift for your loved ones!

Materials

  • 200 g baking soda
  • 100 g epsom salt
  • 100 g citric acid
  • 50 g cornstarch
  • 50 g SLSA
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • food colouring
  • essential oils
  • biodegradable glitter

Tools

  • a bowl
  • spherical molds

Instructions

  1. Put the dry ingredients in a large bowl. ATTENTION: stir in the SLSA really carefully, preferably in a well-ventilated room, because the dust can irritate your respiratory system!
  2. Melt the coconut oil, add to the dry ingredients and mix well until it has a sandy consistency.
  3. Add a few drops of essential oil, colour it to your desired shade and mix in the glitter.
  4. Fill each half of a bath bomb mold, gently pack and overfill each half then press firmly together to create each bath bomb. Give a slight twist and carefully remove the mold. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours and then the bath bombs are ready for use!

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Have you ever made bath bombs yourself? Do you have some more tips & tricks for me? And what are your favourite scents for bathing?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin