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Heart Shaped Sugar Cubes DIY

heart shaped sugar cubes diy

heart shaped sugar cubes diy

I’ve got a really sweet and easy DIY for you today – these heart-shaped sugar cubes.  

I was looking for an easy craft to do this week with my oldest daughter. As I was rummaging about in our kitchen drawers I stumbled upon my heart-shaped mould.  This immediately grabbed her attention.  She’s in a pink phase right now, and nothing else would do apart from this bright pink mould, so I had to come up with something.

The idea of making heart-shaped chocolates over a bain-marie with a four-year-old and a newborn seemed more than a little fraught with danger, shall we say.  So I managed to get her to settle on making these heart-shaped sugar cubes.  Much less danger, but still the same sweet delight!

I’m a little late for Valentine’s Day (life with a newborn means I never have an idea of what date it is!.  However, these heart-shaped sugar cubes would make for a sweet zero waste gift idea, a mother’s day gift idea, a homemade eco-friendly wedding favour, or a fun activity for kids.  Or even just a fun 2 minute way to brighten up your afternoon tea!

To call this a DIY is perhaps over-egging the pudding a little.  There’s nothing to it really.  It only needs a few minutes of your time and some sugar!  It also requires zero skill level – it’s almost foolproof (just don’t add too much water!).

heart shaped sugar cubes

Heart-Shaped Sugar Cubes DIY

Heart Shaped Sugar Cubes DIY

Make some sweet heart shaped sugar cubes with this easy 2 minute DIY!
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • Heart shaped mould - mine is from eBay
  • Sugar of you choice I used a mix of white granulated and brown demerara sugar
  • Water
  • Clean dry air tight jar

Instructions

  1. To minimise waste, pour your sugar into your clean dry mould so you know exactly how much you need.
  2. Then decant the sugar in the mould into a bowl and add a small amount of water to the sugar. You only need a small amount of water - just enough to moisten the sugar, you don't want to dissolve it! Your best bet it to start with a teaspoon of water and mix it into the sugar so that it has a sandy feel to it. If you need to add more water do so in very small quantities.
  3. Put the moistened sugar into your mould - pressing down with your finger so that the sugar is tightly packed.
  4. Cover and leave to dry for 24 hours.
  5. Pop the sugar cubes out of your mould and keep in an air tight jar.
  6. Now decide if you want one lump or two!

zero waste gift idea

homemade wedding favour idea

I’m not the most crafty person in the world, but this was well within my comfort level.  What’s more, my daughter had fun, so my objective was met! And we were both were really pleased with how the sugar cubes came out – result!

Now to put the kettle on for a cup of tea!  Whilst we’re on the subject of tea, here’s my post on plastic-free teabags, that you might find useful next time you’re brewing a cuppa. 

ps: there are more crafty ideas over on my Pinterest boards.  Check out my Crafty Ideas and Crafty Ideas for Kids boards if this has wet your crafting whistle ;)

Arts & Crafts, Life & Style

15 Spooktacular Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids

homemade halloween costumes for kids

Looking for some homemade Halloween costume ideas for kids? I’ve got 15 ideas for you, with varying levels of difficulty!

Shop-bought Halloween costumes are without a doubt convenient, but at what cost? Recent research shows that an estimated 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste – equivalent to 83m bottles – will be generated from throwaway Halloween clothing sold by big-name retailers in the UK.

If you’re looking to give this plastic waste the miss and make your own Halloween costume then I have got you covered. With Halloween fast approaching, I have put together 15 homemade Halloween costumes for kids of all ages.  This will help give you some inspiration and plenty of time to get making!  

Awesome Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas

For each costume click on the link to be taken to the full tutorial.

Batty About Bats

diy halloween costume ideas

 This DIY bat costume from the Etsy Blog looks fab, and as a sewing novice, dare I say it, relatively straightforward?

The Homemade Halloween Shell Suit Costume

homemade halloween costumes

This DIY snail costume from Oh Happy Day looks so much fun.  This homemade Halloween costume is mostly made with brown kraft paper – no sewing required!

Dino Might

diy dinosaur halloween costume

This DIY dinosaur hoodie, on Diying to Be Domestic would be adorable for toddlers!

The Buccan-ear

halloween costume ideas for babies

For babies, I’m a fan of keeping it simple at Halloween.  I love these animal ear headbands from Hart + Sew.

Up & Away

carl from up costume

There are no specific DIY instructions for this homemade Halloween costume, but this baby dressed as Carl from Up made my heart sing.  How cute is this, and so easy to put together!

 Owl Be Having You

owl wings diy

These DIY owl wings from Llevo el Invierno are so pretty, and sure to delight any kid this Halloween!

Where’s Wally?

where's wally halloween costume

I’m a big fan of simplicity, so this Where’s Wally costume from Repeat Crafter Me appeals to me so much!

Let’s A-Go!

So, I’m a little bit obsessed with this Mario and Luigi outfit idea that I spotted on Instructables.  There are no specific DIY instructions, but add some yellow felt to a pair of dungarees and you’re pretty much there!  So quick and easy!

mario luigi halloween costume

A Just Purr-fect Homemade Halloween Costume

My daughter’s in a really girly phase right now so I think this girly DIY cat outfit from Kids Stuff World would really appeal to her!

girly halloween costume idea

Too Despicable?

despicable me minions costume diy

Do your kids love Despicable Me?  Then they’ll love these minions homemade Halloween costumes, found on the Goodwill blog.  They look nice and easy to make with items you might have already, which is always handy if you’re short on time!

Taking The Mickey

mickey mouse halloween costume diy

Again, this DIY Mickey Mouse costume from The Chirping Moms looks quite simple to make, but oh so effective!

Never Grow Up

peter pan costume diy

Don’t want your little one to grow up?  Try this Peter Pan costume DIY, spotted on Babble.  It looks fairly straightforward! A green polo shirt and some green leggings and you’re more than halfway there!

Butterflies In Your Tummy?

butterfly wings diy

I love these DIY butterfly wings from Buggy & Buddy.  Maybe wear with black leggings and a long-sleeved black top for our colder climes?!

Shark Attack

diy shark outfit

For another relatively simple Halloween costume idea try this shark costume DIY from Make It Love It.

Chop To It

lumberjack outfit diy

And finally, in the last of my ideas for handmade Halloween costumes for kids, I’ve found this lumberjack outfit DIY, again from Make It Love It. It’s absolutely hilarious! I want to make this for me!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these homemade Halloween costumes!  Will you be making one of them?

ps: here are five no-sew clothing DIYs if you are feeling crafty!