Personalised Display Frame for Mini Lego Characters

We have tons of mini Lego figure characters all over the house. There isn’t a day that goes by where I am going round the house picking up the damn little blighter’s from the floor in the bid to save my precious little tootsies from stepping on them during the night.

My middle boy absolutely loves Lego and has been recently collecting the Harry Potter versions. He doesn’t have the full set yet as he is desperately wasting his money trying his best to get just two of them; Tina Goldstein and Percival Graves.

We are rapidly running out of sides to display his Lego sets and characters on. A few years ago I did make a hanging storage  for his Lego mini figures but that is now full. Cabinets and shelves in his room are full to the brim too. So, for Christmas I made him a special little gift, A Lego mini-figure frame.

It was easy to make and didn’t take long at all. I took a look online before making one and saw that companies were charging a small fortune for the frames. I had all of the craft things in my cupboard, all i needed to do was put it all together.

To make the storage frame you will need:

  • A box frame deep enough to fit in the characters. The size depends on how many figures you want to put on show. I used a 7″x 7″
  • Strong glue or a glue gun
  • Ruler and a pencil
  • Plain paper for the background
  • Mini Lego display bases
  • Lettered wooden tiles

Instructions:

Cut a piece of paper down to fit on the back of the frame. You can decorate this any way that you please. I did a simple picture of Hogwarts.

Make marks where you want the bases for the figures to be and measure out equal distances between them.

Once all the marks are on the background, stick it down into the frame

 

Using strong glue or a glue gun, stick down the mini figure base plates. I used two for each one, just to ensure that it was securely stuck to the background

All you have to do now is personalise it with a name using the wooden tiles. The tiles I used had a self adhesive dot on the back so it was easy to stick on the frame.

 

The frame is now ready to place the mini figures in

It really is such a cute way to display your favourite Lego Mini Figures and makes a brilliant gift to a huge Lego fan. I loved how it turned out and am already thinking about doing something similar on a larger scale for him.

 

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Homemade Hot Chocolate on a Stick

These hot chocolate stirrers are ideal to give away as a festive treat or even just to enjoy at home in front of the TV.

They are super easy to make and cheaper than buying from the shops. I made up a batch of 30 for the children at school and they didn’t take long to make at all. You can made endless variations too, to suit any taste

  • Dark chocolate
  • A mix of white and milk chocolate
  • Skip the marshmallows
  • Add in edible glitter or honeycomb

They make the creamiest and smoothest hot chocolate with added little surprise of mini marshmallows inside that make an appearance once the chocolate has melted in the hot milk.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate (i used a large bar of galaxy, but you can use whatever you want)
  • Marshmallows – mini or big
  • Stirrers, lolly sticks or spoons
  • Square shaped silicone molds or even small plastic yoghurt pots
  • Cocoa powder to sprinkle
  • Chocolate dazzles to decorate

Method:

  • Melt your chosen chocolate in the microwave or in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water
  • Sprinkle cocoa powder into the molds
  • Place a spoonful of melted chocolate into the base of your mold
  • Add in some marshmallows
  • Top with another spoonful of chocolate
  • Place the stick into the middle of the chocolate in the mold

  • Top with dazzles or any cake decorations
  • Place into the freezer for about 30 minutes to set
  • Remove from molds gently
  • Wrap in cellophane and store in the fridge

You can also stick your stick into a larger marshmallow and then place that into the mould and pour in the chocolate.

This is my son stirring his chocolate on a stick making his hot chocolate (excuse the music playing in the background)

 

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Stocking Fillers From Paladone

Looking for the right type of gift for your friends, family or work colleagues?

Take a look at paladone. They stock a wide range of products to suit all, young and old and at stocking prices. When looking for presents to place in stockings you don’t want to spend too much, but you want to make sure that what you do buy is good quality. At Paladone you won’t find typical gifts but quirky and fun ones instead.

Batman Egg Cup and Toast Cutter

Turn breakfast into an adventure with this egg cup set. Great for encouraging little future superheroes into eating breakfast by making it fun. This set is super cute and just the right gift for a any comic book fan. There will be no more boring square shaped toast with this set

What’s in the box?

  • 1 Batman Egg Cup
  • 1 Spoon
  • 1 Batman Logo Toast Cutter

Fantastic Beasts Niffler Trinket Dish 3D

Nifflers are always nabbing shiny and glittery things. This cute little Niffler won’t need to burrow down deep into the earth looking for treasure as he will be keeping your jewellery safe in his dish ready for when you want to wear it. The trinket dish is a perfect gift for any wizarding fan. I think that it would make a lovely addition to any bedroom side with the added bonus of putting your jewellery somewhere safe.

My son loves Fantastic Beasts so he would be over the moon to receive this, even if it is a trinket dish, it would take pride of place on his desk as an ornament.

Smartphone Light Graffiti

Channel your inner artist with this cool pocket size gadget Smartphone Light Graffiti. With the use of a downloadable smartphone app + your phone’s camera, the Smartphone Light Graffiti allows you to take incredibly long exposure pictures! Create amazing light paintings in the air with the small aerosol can. The aerosol with a difference as this one will not spray out paint but light instead.

Change the exposure on your smartphone camera to long, turn your light off and your ready to create some arty pictures. With a click you turn it on and with a double click you can change the colour from white to red, green, blue, yellow, green or turquoise.

How cool is that?

I can see this being a fun little gadget for the boys to play with on Christmas Day.

We was sent these items for the purpose of this post. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Review: L.O.L Surprise Dolls – Not your average doll

In a world where babies run everything, little rockers rebel against nap time and teacher’s pets become class presidents. In this world, all work is play and it’s all a bit outrageous!

Welcome to L.O.L Surprise

After taking the US by storm, L.O.L Surprise!™ is set to be the next collectable craze in the UK, as the ultimate unboxing toy is combined with the anticipation of surprise. Much like unwrapping a gift, watch the excitement build as each of the 7 layers reveal a different surprise, including emoji sticker, accessory, and finally their hero – a L.O.L Surprise!™ Doll. Never a dull outfit day for these fierce dolls, mix and match accessories with each character to work out who wears it best.

Not your average dolls, these fashion-forward characters are packed with personality. From Rockers to Merbabies, each L.O.L Surprise!™ comes complete with bathtub, doll stand and hangout, all doubling up as a purse.

Now here comes the surprise. Once the final layer has been unwrapped, feed the doll water with its baby bottle accessory and reveal its feature – with special dolls changing colour when placed in cold water! With over 45 to collect, there has never been a more exciting time start collecting the ultimate unboxing experience that offers a different surprise with each layer!

We was sent an L.O.L doll to review, having boys I didn’t think they would be too interested – unlike myself. I wanted to see how special these little adorable tots really are.

My youngest got very excited when he saw the little ball and when I told him that there was a surprise doll inside it didn’t seem to phase him one bit. He was even more eager to unwrap the ball to find out what was inside. He absolutely loves unboxing little collectible characters and the surprise factor involved in doing it.

As promised there are 7 layers to unwrap and reveal different surprises

  • 1st Layer: Secret message
  • 2nd Layer: Emoji stickers
  • 3rd Layer: Baby bottle
  • 4th Layer: Pair of shoes
  • 5th Layer: Awesome outfit
  • 6th Layer: Fashionable accessory
  • And Finally the 7th Layer: L.O.L. Surprise!™ 3-inch doll— the ultimate surprise!

As you can see from the video; He was very excited to keep peeling away and it kept him engaged the whole time, eager to get to the next surprise.

The character and accessories are of good quality, not what I was expecting at all. It’s a fun little gift that will keep the children entertained for quite a while. And, even better that they get to carry it around in the ball that transforms into a purse.

The dolls are priced from £7.99 a little pricey but you do get a lot with that money. I can see it becoming a little disappointing if you unwrap the same doll more than once but they can always be swapped with a friend.

L.O.L. Surprise!™ Series 1 is for children aged 3+ and available from all good toy retailers including Argos, Asda, The Entertainer, Smyths, Tesco and ToyrsRUs.

We was sent a L.O.L surprise doll for the purpose of this review

 

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Marshmallow Sweet Tree Tutorial

Imagine something that no only looks good as a gift but tastes yummy too.

Sweet trees are a very popular gift to give to friends and family who have a sweet tooth. They are easy to make but do take a little time to put together and you do need a little patience. They are ideal gifts for teachers, birthdays, weddings and even Easter as an alternative to a chocolate egg. Designed to make look like a tree but instead of leaves they are covered in a sweet of your choice. They are ideal to share, nibble on or devour at your pleasure and they look amazing as a centre piece for any occasion.

I recently made a marshmallow tree for a raffle a prize to raise money for Bowel Cancer. I originally wanted to add little love heart jelly sweets onto the marshmallows but after searching tons of shops I couldn’t find them anywhere so decided to change it to Giant Milky buttons and a little pearl sweet into the middle to finish it off.

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You will need:

  • A small bucket/glass
  • Plaster of paris
  • A dowel rod or some garden sticks
  • A polystyrene ball
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Coloured ribbon
  • Sweets of your choice, in this case Marshmallows (5 bags from Tesco) pink and white
  • 2 Bags of large milky buttons
  • White chocolate to melt
  • Pearlised balls from the baking isle for decorating
  • Rainbow drops to add at the bottom or any sweet of your choice

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  • Firstly you need to wrap the ribbon around your rod. I couldn’t find a wooden dowel so i used 4 garden rods and attached them together with tape. I cut them to the size that i wanted and then securing the ribbon at one end with some tape I wrapped it around the rods20170320_163022
  • I used two different types of ribbon, one to cover the whole rod and then the other to wrap around sparingly. Secure the end in place with some tape. You don’t have to go to the end as it will be stuck inside the ball and the paris.

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  • Make a whole in the polystyrene ball, about an inch deep. Just the right size for your rod to fit in. Make sure that it is very central, you don’t want a wobbly tree.

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  • Next make up your plaster of paris and pour into the bottom of your pot. I bought my plant pot from B&M. Place your rod into the paris and hold in place until it begins to set. This should take a couple of minutes. Try to be as central as you can. Leave to set overnight. If you don’t want to use plaster of paris and want a tree that can be completed eaten you could try to set your stick into chocolate but it might not last in the hot weather.

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  • Cut your cocktail sticks in half using some sharp scissors.
  • Melt some of the white chocolate in a bowl
  • Place the ball onto the stick and secure in place with some of the chocolate
  • Place a shortened cocktail stick in the centre of the top of the ball
  • Get a marshmallow and dip the smaller end into the white chocolate, just to cover the bottom and then place onto the cocktail stick. The chocolate helps the marshmallow stay in place
  • Once you have the first one in place you then need to add all of the others the same way. I did alternate colours on the rows, so one row pink and then next white and so on

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  • If the marshmallow is placed onto the ball on the smaller end then they should fit around much easier
  • Next place the chocolate buttons onto a plate and using the end of a cocktail stick place some of the melted chocolate into the centre and add-on a pearlised ball20170322_115838
  • Now begin to stick them onto the marshmallows using the melted chocolate. Again, I alternated the colours of the pearlised balls, using the white on the pink marshmallows and the pink on the white ones. This is where you need a little patience as you need to hold the button in place for a little while until the chocolate sets, otherwise they just slip off as you go around the ball towards the bottom

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  • Once they are all in place. Put some tissue paper on top of the plaster of paris inside the pot and then pour in your chosen sweet. I used rainbow drops as they went with the pale colours of the marshmallows but you can use anything even crumbled up chocolate muffin to look like mud.

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  • I added a couple of bows to the stick for decorative purpose.

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Your tree is now ready to gift to someone.

I bought some pink cellophane from the florist and a big bow and wrapped it up for the presentation. I think this type of tree would make a lovely centre piece for a wedding or even a baby shower. Something that everyone could have a nibble at around the table.

 

Hope you enjoyed reading 🙂

Comment below with what type of tree you would make or even share your picture with me if you make up this one.

 

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