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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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

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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