Day 12- A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Day 12

Thank you for joining me for my 12 Days of Christmas 2020.

Well here we are at the end of the series. If you want to see what you missed, be sure to see all the links at the end of this post.

This year I went back to basics of why I started my blog and that was to inspire you to make, bake, create and decorate, all on a budget of course.  You still have time to try some of these simple, easy and budget friendly ideas just in time for the holidays.

Day 12: Holiday Coconut Lemon Loaf

For the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas series, I am sharing a brand new to me recipe.  I love coconut and lemon so why not combine the two into one delicious dessert. This coconut lemon loaf will be a hit at any holiday gathering.

This cake gets its amazing lemon flavor from a combination of lemon zest and lemon juice.   It gets a triple dose of coconut from coconut yogurt, shredded coconut and coconut oil.

To begin:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup coconut yogurt I used full-fat coconut Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Finely grated zest of 1 medium-large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

For the cream cheese frosting you will need:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 2 ounces of cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 12 tablespoons milk or half and half
  • Shredded coconut and lemon zest optional garnish

Instructions for the loaf:

  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and shredded coconut.
  • In a large bowl, whisk yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, coconut oil and almond extract until well combined. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined, the batter will be thick.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Place the pan on a rack to cool.

To make the frosting:

  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until combined. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon milk, almond extract and lemon zest and beat until combined. If the frosting is too thick add additional milk to thin it out. Spread the frosting on the cooled cake and top with shredded coconut and lemon zest.

Storing:

Store it in an airtight container in refrigerator to keep it fresh longer.
 
If you decide to make this loaf or try a new recipe this holiday season, what will it be?

Lemon Coconut Loaf – It’s AWandafulThing!

Day 1- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Papercraft Angel

Day 2- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Painted glass jar candle holder

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Macrame Keychain

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Holiday Straws

Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – No Bake Energy Balls

Day 6- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Christmas Bulb Napkin RIngs

Day 7 -12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Nutcracker Place Card Holders

Day 8 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Honey Lavender Sugar Scrub

Day 9 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Sweet & Salty Holiday Candy

Day 10 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Twig & Washi Tape Card

Day 11 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – JOY Vertical Sign

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Day 11- A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Day 11

Thank you for joining me for my 12 Days of Christmas 2020.

Well here we are almost at the end of the series. If you want to see what you missed, be sure to see the links at the end of this post.

This year I am going back to basics of why I started my blog and that was to inspire you to make, bake, create and decorate, all on a budget of course.  From now until the end of November, I will share some simple, easy and budget friendly ideas just in time for the holidays.

Day 11: DIY Vertical JOY Sign

Today, I’m showing you how to make this cute vertical Christmas JOY sign.  This sign is so simple but turned out so pretty. I love how the color of letters match the berries on the wreath.  Read on for the full tutorial.

Here’s what you need:

  • Wood for Sign (14″x 7″ I used pine)
  • Mini Wreath (I made mine with an extra piece of garland)
  • Acrylic Paint & Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Scraper
  • Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Weeding Tool
  • Electronic cutter (cricut explore, silhouette or other cutter)(If you don’t have a Cricut, Silhouette etc., you can use premade letters from a craft store)

What to do:

Paint your wood with whatever color you want your letters to be (I used white acrylic paint), I applied three coats with a sponge brush, allowing each one to dry inbetween coats.

  • Open the design software program for whatever vinyl cutter machine you have (I have a Cricut Maker).
  • Open a text box and type the letters J  Y – size letters to 3″wide x 3″high.
  • When everything is sized correctly, you can cut the design with your Cricut or Silhouette. I used Oracle 651 in a peach color as I had it leftover from another project.
  • Once it has finished cutting, weed away the excess vinyl.
  • Cut a piece of transfer tape a little bigger than the design and place it sticky side up on your work surface.  Then, place the vinyl on top of the transfer tape. Rub over the design with your scraper and trim off the excess transfer tape. Then, cut apart the letters.
  • Grab your vinyl letters and the mini wreath and place them on the sign. 
  • Space everything out so it looks even. Remove the vinyl backing from one of the letters. Position it on the wood sign. Match the straight edges of the stencil with the straight edges of the sign. Repeat with the other letter.

  • Next paint two or three coats of red paint over the entire sign to cover the letters and all of the white paint.

  • Once the red paint is dry, carefully peel off the vinyl letters.

  • I used a semi-gloss spray varnish to seal the sign before adding the mini wreath with hot glue.

Your JOY vertical sign is now ready to display.

Simply, easy JOY Vertical Sign – It’s AWandafulThing!

Day 1- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Papercraft Angel

Day 2- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Painted glass jar candle holder

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Macrame Keychain

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Holiday Straws

Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – No Bake Energy Balls

Day 6- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Christmas Bulb Napkin RIngs

Day 7 -12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Nutcracker Place Card Holders

Day 8 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Honey Lavender Sugar Scrub

Day 9 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Sweet & Salty Holiday Candy

Day 10 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Twig & Washi Tape Card

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Thanks for stopping by….until next time.

 

Day 10- A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Day 10

Thank you for joining me for my 12 Days of Christmas 2020.

A link to the previous days will be at the end of this post.

This year I am going back to basics of why I started my blog and that was to inspire you to make, bake, create and decorate, all on a budget of course.  From now until the end of November, I will share some simple, easy and budget friendly ideas just in time for the holidays.

Day 10: DIY Twig & Washi Tape Card

Very little material and a lot of effect for this DIY special holiday card, with a Christmas tree stylized by a small twig covered with strips of washi tape.

This couldn’t be simpler and no special tools required. 

What you will need:

  • Cardstock – one piece of 8.5 x 11 will yield two cards, cut the card stock in two and fold each piece in half. You should have two 4.25″ x 5.5″ cards ready for embellishment.
  • Twig(s) – smaller ones work better (1/4 inch or less in diameter). I literally walked out my front door and grabbed one off my Caragana tree.
  • Washi tape – you can use different colors for each piece or, as I did,  just the one color for all the strips.

Steps:

  • Center the twig on the front of your card.
  • Cut four strips of washi tape, start with the largest and gradually make the next three smaller
  • Put the largest piece of tape at the bottom of the tree, leaving enough sticking out for the trunk, evenly space the next three strips and work your way up the tree from the largest stirp of washi tape to the smallest.
  • Voila! you are done and your card is reading for giving!
  • You can draw in a star at the top or leave it blank, like I did.

Simply, easy DIY Twig & Washi Tape Christmas Card – It’s AWandafulThing!

You may also like this Reindeer Greeting Card from a previous 12 Days of Christmasreindeer-cards-2

Day 1- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Papercraft Angel

Day 2- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Painted glass jar candle holder

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Macrame Keychain

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Holiday Straws

Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – No Bake Energy Balls

Day 6- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Christmas Bulb Napkin RIngs

Day 7 -12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Nutcracker Place Card Holders

Day 8 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Honey Lavender Sugar Scrub

Day 9 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Sweet & Salty Holiday Candy

You can follow me at all these lovely places:

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https://www.facebook.com/awandafulthing

https://www.pinterest.com/awandafulthing/

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Thanks for stopping by….until next time.

 

Day 4- A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Day 4

Thank you for joining me for my 12 Days of Christmas 2020.

If you missed Day 1, 2 &3- there will be a link at the end of this post.

This year I am going back to basics of why I started my blog and that was to inspire you to make, bake, create and decorate, all on a budget of course.  Over the next four weeks I will share some simple, easy and budget friendly ideas just in time for the holidays.

Day 4:  DIY – Holiday Straws

 

These straws are eye-catching and delightful, and they couldn’t be easier to DIY.  They will add a little extra oomph to any holiday drink.

Simply attach small die-cut holly leaves and berries to a red-and-white paper straw with a dab of hot glue or glue dots.

Supplies needed:

  • red and white paper straws
  • red and green cardstock
  • glue gun or glue dots
  • paper punch, die cuts or Cricut or other die cutting machine

I used my Cricut die cutting machine and a free svg file of holly leaves and berries. I cut mine at 3/4 inch. If you have a paper punch or a die cut of holly berries, simply cut equal amounts of holly and berries and attach with either glue dots or hot glue.

I used glue dots to attach the leaves to the straw, as well as the small cluster of red berries.

Simple, easy, inexpensive DIY Holiday Straws make a great addition to any holiday drink.  It’s AWandafulThing!

Day 1- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Papercraft Angel

Day 2- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Painted glass jar candle holder

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Macrame Keychain

You can  follow me at all these lovely places:

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Day 3- A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Day 3

Thank you for joining me for my 12 Days of Christmas 2020.

If you missed Day 1 &2- there will be a link at the end of this post.

I’m so excited that my 12 Days of Christmas has begun. This year I am going back to basics of why I started my blog and that was to inspire you to make, bake, create and decorate.  Over the next four weeks I will share some simple, easy and budget friendly ideas just in time for the holidays.

Day 3: DIY Tassel Macrame Keychain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This DIY Macrame Keychain uses simple knots and a basic tassel. It might seem like a lot of steps but once you get the hang of making these knots you will be able to make one of these diy tassel macrame keychains in well under 30 minutes. 

Supplies needed:

  • 3mm macrame cording
  • one jump ring per keychain
  • cross stitch floss, yarn or twine

For the keychain shown above I chose to use the square knot.

Cut 2 pieces of cording about 40 inches each in length. Loop each piece through the keyring with a larks head knot, making the outside strands about 2/3 the length of the cord.

6 Basic Macrame Knots

Now make 10 or so square knots.

Right-facing square knot 
A right-facing knot (RFSK) has a vertical bump on the knot that appears to the right. A left-facing knot (LFSK) is tied the same way as a right-facing but mirrored. Follow the instructions for a right-facing, but replace cord A with B, left with right and vice versa.

Step 1. Move cord B to the left across the white filler cords, forming a loop, and behind cord A.

Step 2. Move cord A behind the filler cords, and pass it up through the loop from behind. Pull cord A gently to the right, and B gently to the left, while holding the filler cords straight.

Step 3. Move cord B to the right across the filler cords, forming a loop, and behind cord A. Move cord A behind the filler cords, and pass it up through the loop created by cord B, from behind.

Step 4. Tighten the knot by pulling cords A and B while holding the filler cords straight.

RF Square Knot Steps 1-3_700x 350

To finish off, wrap embroidery floss at the bottom for about 1/2 an inch. Cut and secure. To make the tassel cut to desired length and fray the ends.

 

Simple, easy, inexpensive handmade macrame keychains make great gifts for the holidays.  It’s AWandafulThing!

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Recap:

Day 1- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Papercraft Angel

Day 2- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Painted glass jar candle holder

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