How To: A Simple Tassel (for necklaces, presents, clothing, anything)

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This is a really simple tutorial but is a useful little trick to keep coming back to. Tassels can be made from wool, cotton, leather, anything. They are a very inexpensive way to decorate and can be used to make stunning bracelets, necklaces, wreaths and more. A simple tassel like this takes about five minutes to whip up! Seems that we are into tassels for this Christmas with our tassel necklace, tassel garland, Christmas wreaths and Advent Calendar.

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Materials

Dressmaking scissors

Wool, thick embroidery thread, cotton

1 small piece of card (a piece of a cereal box would be perfect)

Method

1. Cut a piece of card to the length you’d like. The tassel will end up about 1″/2.5cm shorter than this. Drape a piece of string over the card to begin.

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2. Wrap a piece of string around the card until the tassel is as thick as you would like.

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3. Cut another piece of string. Wrap it through and around the top of the tassel while it is still on the card, tie a secure knot and leave two pieces at the end for tying your tassel to something.

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4. Remove the tassel from the card.

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5. Tie another piece of string onto the tassel and wrap it several ties to secure the tassel. Secure this with a simple knot.

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6. Cut the tassel at the bottom to the length your desire. Snip off the stray threads.

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How To: Chai Cleaning & Room Spray

chaispray6Thinking about the Christmas season, we were trying to figure out how to make a scent that smelled like Christmas.  A candle, mulled wine, a pomander, sachets…. Then we came up with the idea of Chai scented Cleaning & Room Spray.

We love scents of all kinds and particularly the cinnamon chai and Spekulaas scents and don’t use chemicals in our homes, so this is perfect.  It smells so good and has lasted in my home for more than a day now.  And it cleans perfectly well.  When you spray it you will smell a slight vinegar odour (depending on how long you have left it to seep).  This disappears in a minute and you are left with a moreish, sweet, spicy aroma.

The first cleaning spray we made was our Orange Power Cleaner which is amazing for cutting grease.  And be sure to try out this Chai Spray which helps your house to smell like Christmas.

Materials

600ml Cleaning Vinegar

2 Cinnamon scrolls

5 Dried Mandarin Pieces (optional, bought from Asian foodstores)

1 inch Fresh Ginger Root (chopped into pieces)

4 Star Aniseeds

1 tbs Whole Cloves

1 Nutmeg grated

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Method

1. Pour the vinegar into a saucepan.  Add the spices to the vinegar.  Simmer the liquid for 20 minutes.

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2. Take the liquid off the heat and allow to cool.

3. Strain the liquid into a bowl to use straight away or pour the liquid and all the spices into a mason jar and let it seep for a few days.

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4. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle ready to use.

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5. Use a marker to clearly label the liquid to add it to your other natural cleaning and home products.

The spices can be used to make another batch.  Use the spray to clean benches, toilets, walls, kitchen or any surface that it dirty or grimy.  Or use it as a room spray, spray it a few times into the air and wait for the scent to fill the room.

This makes an excellent gift for people who already have everything.  We’ve not seen or heard of it before so it is definitely unique.  If you like this, hover over the image and Pin It.  If you like us, then Like Us on Facebook and tell your mates.

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How To: Orange Power Cleaner (All Natural)

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In the past two years, we have tried to get rid of all the chemical products in our homes and replace them with natural, eco-friendlier and organic products.  This has not been difficult as I grew up in a home with a mum who never liked chemicals.

This cleaner is really easy to make and can be made even with older oranges, like these.  It is very quick to put together and then takes two weeks to ‘brew’.  In that time all it needs is a little shake every now and then.  This cleaner is great for cleaning ovens, bench tips.  The orange oil in it helps to remover the grime.  Once you are in the habit of taking your lemon, orange, lime peels and just throwing them into a waiting mason jar, this process is really easy to continue, ensuring that you have cleaner for your needs and maybe some as gifts.

Materials

1 Mason Jar with Lid

Cleaning Vinegar (available at any supermarket with the cleaning products)

5 or 6 oranges

Knife

Juicer

Spray bottle (for finished product)

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Method

1. Cut your oranges in half.

orangecleaner22. Squeeze the oranges to make orange juice…. and then drink it.
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3. Chop the orange rinds into smaller pieces and stack them in the mason jar.

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orangecleaner64. Cover the jar with cleaning vinegar and seal it with the lid.  Give the liquid a quick shake and leave it on a shelf in the pantry or another handy spot, for two weeks.  Give the jar a quick shake once in a while.

5. After two weeks, strain the liquid into a spray bottle and get cleaning.  You can leave the rinds in the mason jar and just pour vinegar over the top again or start with fresh rinds.

When we use this our home smells like fresh oranges.  Please join us here again as this is the first post of many more eco-friendly tutorials for the home, the body and the face.  If you like this Pin It, and if you Like us, like us on Facebook.  Thanks.
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How To: Butterfly Wall Decoration

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Here is a brand new tutorial for the new OHC (we’re still excited to be back, it feels like coming home). We’ve been hard at work with lots of material to bring you. We love these butterflies for their simplicity and beauty. We love the way that the light falls on them and make shadows on the wall. These are easy to do, but the butterflies take a little time to cut out. Enlist the help of friends or family to make it easier.

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Materials

Large Butterfly template (there are a lot available on the internet or draw it freehand)

Small Butterfly template

White paper

Small scissors

Double sided tape (also used for scrapbooking)

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Method

1. Find one or two butterfly outlines on the internet, print out two sizes.

2. Make two templates by cutting out the butterflies.

3. Trace onto the card using the stencils to cut out as many butterflies as you like — more than 20 looks good.

4. Carefully cut out the butterflies using tiny scissors.

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5. Bend the butterflies twice in the middle to create a body for them.

6. Cut small pieces of double-sided tape and stick it to the underside of the belly of all the butterflies.

7. Peel the other side of the tape and stick the butterflies to the wall.

8. Stick them in a pattern that is swooping. You may want to stick them with Blutack at first until you like the arrangement. Stick the butterflies flying in generally the same directions but with some variation in the angles.

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Voila, a very inexpensive and effective decoration for your bedroom or loungeroom wall. They also look lovely in little girls’ room and could be made from coloured paper.