Archive | August, 2014

DIY Soda Can Flowers

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Salaam Aleikum,

I got a little obsessed making these flowers the other day. It’s the colors that makes me in love with these little flowers. It is so easy so make them and I colored them with spray paint (which takes about 1 min to color them). I haven’t decided yet how to hang them or where but they are going to be put up outside. Living in Sweden when most of the year is dark and cold I really love the idea of putting these up on trees, giving our neighborhood some color.

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Here is a tutorial for how to make these colorful soda can / pop can flowers.

You’ll need:

Soda Cans (MANY, if you get obsessed by them like I did 😉 )

Exacto knife or scissors

Protective gloves

IMG_0687 1. Cut of the top with either the knife or scissor.  Use gloves! These babies are very sharp. I didn’t use gloves for the other 10 or so flowers before I made this tutorial and my fingers are not happy with me. So use gloves, even if you don’t have matching ones like I haha.

2. Cut stripes or petals depending on what kind of flower you want to make.

3. Press down the stripes/petals. I use the small scissor to make small changes like the shape of the ends of the stripes. Bend them a little bit with your hands to get that curved flower look.

4. Use spray paint or any other paint suitable for painting on metal.

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Time for some fun painting! I really recommend using spray paint for these flowers. It goes fast, the pain dries fast and it is easy to make beautiful ombre patterns.

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An Eid party in the DIY spirit

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Salaam Aleikum,

Alhamdulillah feels I just woke up from my Eid-coma (!). This Eid really took all energy out from me, after a long hot but still so beautiful Ramadan, so I’ve a bit late posting this post about our Eid party.

Eid is all about the kids right? But this Eid party was all about the us ; ) Only sisters and no children, except little babies though. Don’t worry, we had an Eid Picknick for the kids (with costume theme!) the day before alhamdulillah. I’ll see if I can put up some pictures from that day inshaallah.

All decorations to our Eid party was fixed and arranged by ourselves. We didn’t have a big budget on decorations so it was time to roll up my sleeves. Some spray paint, paper, a paper punch with heart shape, fabrics in pink, gold and mint, paper flowers, wallpaper, glass bottles, balloons, wood box, disco ball (oohyeah) was some of the thing used to make this Eid party look stunning.

I’m all about reusing and remaking things for these kind of activities we sisters do. Eid is out big celebration day(s) alhamdulillah and it’s nice to once in a while make a really really beautiful Eid party WITHOUT spending or wasting to much money on it. What a waste! Surely we can use that kind of money to something more beneficial. As you can se, many thing we used for this party were made from recycled thing or thing we already had at home. The only new thing (decorations) we bought to this party was basically the pink paper plates, glasses, tea lights and balloons. There is always someone who have that at home you can borrow for this, and someone else has that at home which you can use for this or that. And there are always some sisters who can make or remake things for decorations and etc. You get the idea I think ; )

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Gold fabric as table cloth and above the table is my Eid fabric banner. This DIY banner is the best Eid craft so far! So easy! Anyone, and I mean really anyone, could make this. I don’t have a tutorial for you now but it works really basic. Take a long rope/string (something which is a bit stronger or thicker than regular string) and tie bands of fabric, ribbon and pom pom fringes to it (actually the pompom fringes I glued on). I made this one in about 1 hour or less!

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Gold sprayed glass bottles (old juice bottles) with fake (plastic) flowers. Table is set with a simple paper cloth, a piece of wallpaper as decoration, doilies and brass candlesticks.

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For most of our dishes and cakes we had these small paper signs with the name for everything. Many times people are not sure what is this food or what is that cake, so this is a really good thing when one is serving a buffet.

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A little bit blurry, sorry for that. Gold glitter Eid sign in silver frame.

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Gold sprayed tin cans as lanterns and many DIY paper roses as decorations.  IMG_0606

The picture does not really give this DIY its full credit. We did’nt have time to take pictures before sisters started arriving at the party sooo we tried to take photos of the party during the evening (without any sister getting in the photo). We had about 12-15 of these long heart-strings hanging from the ceiling above our dining tables.

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Last but not least. Our dessert table. Yummie! DIY cake stands and cake toppers with the text “Eid Mubarak”.

 

Chocolate Fudge Cake

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Salaam Aleikum,

Finally, the recipe for the Chocolate Fudge Cake. This is one of my top 5 favorite chocolate cakes, mashallah. To make it to the top 5 it needs to be absolutely delicious AND easy to make, which this one is : ) It’s also perfect to make the day before serving.

Chocolate Fudge Cake:

Bottom
150 g butter
2 egg
2 dl sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon coffee, cold and strong : )
1,5 dl  flour
½ dl  cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder

Fudge
1,5 dl whipping cream
1,5 dl of sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup (light syrup)
100 g of 70 % dark chocolate
75 g soft butter

Melt the butter and let it cool. Whisk together eggs, sugar and the vanilla. Add the coffee. Mix the flour, cocoa and baking powder in another bowl. Mix the dry ingredients with the eggs and sugar. Stir in the melted butter. Bake in a greased tin 24 cm diameter (I always use baking paper in the bottom)  in 175 degrees in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes. It will be quite loose. Let the cake cool in the tin.

Mix the cream, sugar, syrup and chocolate in a saucepan. Let it boil while stirring for about 5 minutes to make it thick and glossy. Remove the pan from the plate and stir in the butter. Pour the fudge on top of  the chocolate cake bottom and let the cake cool. Sprinkle cocoa before serving or decorate it with gold sprinkles. Serve with softly whipped cream.

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A Pirate-Eid

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Salaam Aleikum,

I hop you all had a lovely Eid last week inshallah. We had, as you can imagine from my last post, a pirate theme for Eid at our home.

The boys got pirate swords and hats as little presents before we went out to find me (!) and the treasure. They wore full pirate costume with pants, belts, capes I made for them and hats. We already had some capes at home, like this one, so I used the one we already had to make a template. Alhamdulillah the design is really easy for the capes. Before Ramadan begun I went and bought the fabrics and also some fabric tape in gold for decorations. One of the capes and pants got some gems and diamonds as well (I used my glue gun to put them on).

 

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All pirates need a treasure map right? 😉 I soaked the paper in a little bit of water and crumbled it together. I let it dry and then I burned the edges. The map is not really accurate because it is only the “landmarks” which are important. First I drew all the pirates (my sons and husband 😉 ), then the first mark which was a tunnel, then a forest, then 2 little red houses and me (I was kidnapped by some really bad pirates who also stole the treasure), more trees and a skull and crossbones (this is were the treasure was hidden).

I didn’t think much about this map when I made it but subahnallah my boys were really obsessed with it haha. So it was definity something which made this activity more real to them. Even now, almost a week later, they still like to look at it and talk about it.

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Finally finding the pirate treasure filled with gold, gems, jewels, pearls and CANDY! : D

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We finished the day with some pirate cake ; ) alhamdulillah

 

 

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