Autumn Guide- DIY & Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Autumn is looming, leaves are changing colour, the air is chillier and shops are adorned with pretty plaid scarves… who am I kidding, it was 21 degrees and bright sunshine the other day! However, if you are a fellow fall fanatic you will understand my excitement for the season. Today, I’m going to be sharing a simple DIY which you probably won’t need to buy anything new for, and a cosy hot chocolate recipe to substitute for the classic PSL- I don’t know about you but I’ve already consumed one too many this September!

So, this DIY involves pine-cones, string/yarn/thread, paint and a hot glue gun or superglue. The end result is very versatile, you can hang it on a hook, intertwine it with LED fairy lights, or do as I did and string it round some pictures.


This DIY involves collecting pine-cones, I got mine whilst on a lovely woodland walk. Make sure to thoroughly clean them before the DIY process to prevent any dirt and/or bugs ruining the final result! All nastiness aside, you want to paint your pine-cones in any colour or fashion that you wish. I just went with this green and orange chalk paint I already had. The formula worked really well however feel free to use acrylic paint etc. I only painted the outside of the cones as I wanted to have that contrast.


Next you will need something to attach the pine-cones too, I went with some yarn in Autumnal colours.


You then want to space out the cones on the string where you plan to glue them, they can be as close together, or far apart as you wish. I think it would look really nice to have them all touching.


Next, using a hot glue gun, add a dot of glue to both the base of the pine-cone and the string and hold in place till the glue dries being careful not to touch the hot glue.dsc_0109

Next you can glue or tie a loop at the top of the sting, allowing you to hang it once the glue is fully dried and cooled.


Here is he finished product.


Now, what better to enjoy your pine-cone creation with than a fall hot chocolate? This one involves cinnamon and spices.

You’ll need:                                                                                                                                                      -3 tsp hot chocolate , I use Aero bubbles                                                                                                   -1 cup of milk                                                                                                                                                     -1/2 tsp each of cinnamon and nutmeg (add more to taste)                                                              -whipped cream and marshmallow (optional)


Place the milk in your favourite microwave-safe mug and heat for 1-2 minutes (800w) then add the chocolate powder, cinnamon and nutmeg and give it a good stir.


Now, I like to add my marshmallows underneath the cream so they melt in to the milky mixture, it’s heavenly!


Finally, add your whipped cream and sprinkle the hot chocolate powder, cinnamon and nutmeg on top then enjoy the deliciousness, you deserve it!

Thanks for reading, feel free to tweet me @astylevoyage if you decide to make any of these!

Emily XO