The ultimate luxurious yet frugal DIY gift: honey infused with edible gold

OMG I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about one of my DIY-projects! I finished this project literally 5 minutes ago and I rushed over to my computer to write about it because honestly it’s the coolest project ever!

Why? It is SUPER EASY, SUPER QUICK, INEXPENSIVE and with a FANTASTIC END RESULT!

I’m really a big fan of honey – I love it in my tea or on my toast. Since I use a lot of honey for my homemade granola, an idea came to mind for a luxurious, less than 10€ DIY gift that would be great for any occasion.

You will need:

  • A jar of liquid honey
  • A flake of edible gold. I ordered this flake of 24 carat edible gold online and it cost me 5.50€ including shipping.
  • An empty glass container
  • A mixing bowl, a knife, a cutting board, a spatula

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Step 1: take out the 24 carat edible flake. You can either cut it into smaller pieces, or you can put it directly into your mixing bowl. I went for option number 2 and it was much quicker. Try not to touch the flake with your fingertips because it is super sticky.

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12 g of edible gold

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Step 2: take your mixing bowl and pour a small amount of honey onto the flake and start stirring. Normally, the flake will break into a zillion tiny pieces.

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Step 3: it’s time to fill the glass container. I alternated between layers of regular honey, and layers of honey infused with the edible gold. Once the glass container is completely filled, give it a good stir with a spoon in order to get a beautiful, homogenous mix.

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This is an incredibly fancy jar of honey!

 

Step 4: make a beautiful gift tag.

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And you’re done! All in all it took me about 5 minutes to make this gift. What a cool gift for Christmas or Mother’s day!

What do you think? Would you give this a go?

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Financial report: preparing for our summer roadtrip

Hello to my frugal and creative readers!

Today, I would like to report about my preparations for our next trip, which will take place in July this year. My financial report about our trip to Venice was my most popular post ever and got viewed many, many times, to my own delight (naturally).

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Cruising the Gran Canal in Venice

So I thought it would be a great idea to share some more frugal travel tips, because travelling really doesn’t have to be expensive.

For our next vacation, we are planning on taking a two-week roadtrip through Europe, visiting castles in Germany, crossing through Austria and travelling all the way down to the Slovenian coast. The part I’m probably most excited about is our stay in Slovenia’s only National Park, Triglavski Narodni Park.

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So, without further ado, here are a few tips:

N°1: Knowing when it’s most financially reasonable to take your vacation.

Okay, so here’s the deal: my partner can take a paid vacation twice a year: in July and in December. I’ve adapted my schedule around his, because I don’t have such restrictions and if we take our vacation in July, we still both get paid.

N°2: Calculating how much gas will cost ya

Yes, I do plan a lot 😉 But planning ahead also means: saving a bunch of money!

I entered our destination on Google maps, and as you can see, a one-way drive amounts to 13 hours or 1.250 km. This would be 2.500 km in total. It is probably going to be more than that, because we are going to stop on the way for sightseeing in different parts of Europe. So let’s say, we will be driving a total of 3.000 km.

Next, I did some research online for the average km/liter of gas and the price of gas and I came to this conclusion: 1 liter of gas = 15 km = 1.40€. Which means: 3000/15 * 1.40 = 280€.

So now I’ve figured out how much gas will cost us during our trip. I like to be on the safe side so I’ll round that up to 300€. That’s a pretty big stack of money, but figuring out the cost of transportation beforehand means you can substitute and look for cheaper options for the other components of your trip (for example, accommodation and food).

N°3: Comparing prices – Hotel, motel, hostel or camping?

Let’s say, we are going to stay in Koper, Slovenia, which is the final destination of our trip. I used a really useful website, called Trivago, which compares prices of different hotels in the area you’ve selected. Basically, it’s a search engine that shows you all of the different options. I kinda feel like it’s unnecessary to talk about this website, because a frugal reader will already have figured out how to find the cheapest hotels, but I like to be thorough!

I selected the destination, the date of arrival and departure, and a price maximum and launched Trivago into a search.

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My conclusion is that a hotel stay would cost us between 40€ and 50€ per night, for two people. If you’re not familiar with euros: an average hotel in Antwerp (which is the city I live in) can cost between 70€ and 120€ per night. So it’s safe to say this is on the cheap side for us. I could launch another search to find campings and compare prices, but I realised campings aren’t necessarily the cheaper option..

N°4 : Stuff the car with snacks, drinks and cutlery.

My final advice is to bring enough snacks and drinks on your trip, so you don’t have to resort to expensive grocery stores during your trip. A good way to avoid expensive restaurant meals, is to bring your own cutlery and maybe even camping gear so you can cook your own food. This is, of course, a huge plus when you travel by car.

If you are into travelling, check out my post about that time we took a roadtrip through the US. Or my february report about our citytrip to Venice.

However, if you can’t afford to travel, just as I couldn’t last year, here’s a fun blog post about the things you could do at home instead of travelling.

How about you? How do you plan your trips?

Lifegoals

 

DIY Weaving project

 

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Hi to all my creative readers!

Today I’d like to report about the weaving project I’ve created. I’m not going to lie, this project was a pain in the butt and I’m not going to pretend that you can complete your weaving project in under a week – for me it was more a matter of months.

However, I’m extremely happy that I pushed through and finished my project, and I’m actually really happy about the result. So now that I’ve warned you, don’t be put off; just know you’ll need lot’s of patience 🙂

I created this weaving for our bedroom, in an attempt to make it more interesting and textured. The good news is, this project isn’t actually expensive and it is a really fun feature for any room you’re thinking about decorating.

Total cost: around 30€.

Supplies:

  • A weaving frame. I bought mine at Veritas for 5€
  • Lot’s of wool. You’ll need thick threads of wool, that you can weave through the frame and create some fluffiness. I bought wool that was priced down. I believe the wool (5 balls of wool) cost me about 15€ in total.
  • Tassels. I’ll link to a fabulous tassel tutorial down below. The wool I used for my tassels cost a total of 4€
  • A wooden stick. This one was purchased for 4.95€ at the hardware store

Procedure:

  • Step 1: make a giant stack of tassels. When you think you’ve made enough tassels, make a bunch more. Seriously 🙂 Here’s a link to a blog I really like that features a great tassel tutorial.
  • Step 2: cut your weaving frame into the desired length and height. The actual weaving really isn’t difficult, it is just time-consuming. What I did was, I used the back end of a lightning match to push the wool into a hole of the frame. I skipped two holes and then pushed the wool through a third hole.

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I alternated between rows of pink wool, and rows of white wool.

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  • Step 3: Attach the tassels at the bottom of the weaving frame. I simply attached them with a strand of wool. I actually attached the tassels first, and then continued weaving down until I reached the tassels. I flipped them back and forth to pass underneath the tassels.

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  • Step 4: attach your weaving to the wooden stick. Make sure it will be able to support the weight of your weaving. Once again, I used wool to attach the weaving to the stick.

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  • Step 5: enjoy your reclaimed freedom!

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