DIY Pokeball Decorations

Following last week’s bedroom makeover post, I’ve got another easy decoration to make – Pokeballs!

When I saw this pin, I knew it would be something we could easily add to the bedroom decor. That pin is just a photo (a great photo, mind you!), there are no instructions. But it’s not hard to achieve the Pokeball look.

Pokeball DIY decorations

It took me a while to find round, white, paper lanterns…but they finally turned up. Yes, I could have bought some on-line, but I was sure I would eventually find some.

These were $2 each from the Reject Shop. I’ve bought better quality ones from them before – these are not so good. But they will still work!

Pokeball lanterns

Once assembled, I painted the top half of the lantern red. They needed two coats to look really good, but you could probably get away with just one. They’re going to be hanging up high, you’re not going to be that close to see the standard of your paint job. Be careful while painting, remember it is thin paperūüėČ

I found the clothes line was a perfect spot to dry them!

Pokeballs drying

In the meantime, I painted a strip of paper black. This also needed two coats of paint. You could buy black craft paper and miss this step, but I had the paper, the paint, and the time. Once dry, I cut three strips to give each Pokeball the band around their middle.

Pokeball black band

For the buttons, I used some white card. I found a round object the size I wanted (in this case, a candle!) and used that to draw around. Then I used the paint bottle as a guide to draw a smaller circle inside. The circle cut-outs got a black border.

Pokeball buttons

Once everything was dry, all it took was a bit of craft glue to stick it all together!

Pokeball decorations

I think they look very effective, and our son thinks I am a top mum!

These would be a great addition to a Pokémon party as well. Just allow enough time to get them done!

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Pokémon-themed Bedroom Makeover

Pok√©mon.¬†The word¬†on everyone’s lips at the moment!

Our son has been a Pok√©mon fan for many years – he had a Pok√©mon-themed birthday party in 1st grade, and you may have noticed he chose a Pok√©mon henna tattoo recently. In fact, I had to give him a Charmander henna tattoo just last week! And you should see how many Pok√©mon cards, plush toys, plastic characters and other paraphernalia he has. I’ve joined the ‘club’ and recently bought myself a Pikachu scarf, which is apparently his good luck charm for his soccer gamesūüėČ

So when I asked if he would like a bit of a Pokémon theme in his bedroom, his eyes lit up! We all enjoyed searching Pinterest for inspiration, and you can find a few of the ideas we pinned here.

We have a way to go yet, but I thought I would share a couple of the really quick updates I have made.

Firstly, I made a sign for his door (inspired by this pin)

Pokemon must be in Pokeballs

I did an internet image search for ‘no Pokemon’ for the art. Then just made the poster in Microsoft Word.

We liked this idea for a Pok√©mon Centre to corral the array of¬†plush toys. I found a large wire basket/bin in KMart (cost $12). All the toys just fit¬†in it, but I may have to get a second at some stage…

Pokemon Centre

I searched for Pokeball images, and I already had downloaded the free Pokémon font from his birthday party some years ago. You can find it at dafont.com.

As an aside, I like the look of their “Ketchum” font too, I was looking for one to do a¬†name plaque¬†for the bedroom door…

Again, I used Microsoft Word to make up the sign. And I haven’t made a spelling mistake – I’ve used the English (UK) spelling for Centre, not the English (US) spelling.

The last item I have to show you today is the Pokémon Garden, inspired by this pin.

Pokemon garden

I found the bowl with the fake plants at KMart (cost $9). Yes, I could have used something from around the house, with some sort of plant from the garden. But that would require care and maintenance, which I’m not sure it would get! So I went with the fake option. He can play around with the mini Pok√©mon and make his own combinations here. But he likes this.

If you were wanting to add a little Pokémon magic to a room, these are 3 simple ideas that you can do quickly and easily.

We’ve already chosen some wall decals from eBay which we are waiting on. And I’m thinking about how to style his bed. I could just buy a doona set, (and I might still do that) but I’m thinking of another plan.

He loves the little changes we’ve made so far! Stay tuned for more when they’re doneūüôā

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Making Butter at Home

Yesterday I was making butter (if you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen it!) when it occurred to me that I haven’t written about that yet.

Now, when I say I made butter, it’s not entirely from scratch. I didn’t milk the cow, skimming the cream from the fresh milk. I bought a carton of cream from the supermarket. Really, all the hard work was done by the dairy farmer (and the cow), my part is easy!

You can use pure cream or thickened cream for this, although thickened cream of course has additives. But it will have a heck of a lot less additives than the margarine you may have in the fridge.

*Important* – You just can’t use light or low fat cream. Check the bottle – it will say not suitable for whipping. And that’s what we’re going to be doing with it.

And if you ever see bottles of cream marked down, this is a great way to use themūüôā

The bottle on the left is marked down thickened cream, on the right is (full price) pure cream. They are both 600ml.

Cream for butter

Pour your cream into your electric mixer, and start whipping. And keep on whipping.

You can, of course, use a handheld electric mixer, or even a completely non-electric whisk. You will also develop nicely¬†toned arms at the same time! For¬†this job, I am more than happy to drag out the big mixer…

First up, you get -surprise, surprise – whipped cream! Don’t stop – keep going!

Cream to butter

It depends on how fast you have your beaters going¬†, but I’ve found that at around 15 minutes the cream starts separating. You can see liquid pooling

Cream - butter

And there’s your butter! But you’re not quite done yet. Next you need to drain off the whey, or buttermilk.

Line a bowl with a clean cloth, I use a clean kitchen chux. Scoop out the butter and buttermilk into the chux, and let it drain.

butter

Gather up the sides of the chux around the butter and squeeze all the liquid out. Don’t throw¬†the liquid¬†away!

It’s very important then to rinse your lump of butter under cold water. Keep it wrapped in the cloth, and squeeze the water through it. Keep rinsing until the water runs clear. Removing all the buttermilk from the butter will keep your¬†it fresher for longer. This is why you can use short-dated cream to make butter, and not have it go off quickly.

But the buttermilk is still good to use.¬†Add it in your milkshakes or smoothies. Use it in your baking. Many recipes call for buttermilk, but you can also substitute it for plain milk. It will make your pancakes or pikelets, cakes and slices¬†light and fluffy. And it can be frozen if you can’t use it straight away.

So, what did I get from 600ml of cream?

butter and buttermilk

As you can see, I ended up with about 230g of butter, and around 1 cup of buttermilk.

You can leave it that, but you know how hard it is to spread pure butter straight from the fridge? We can fix that! Put your butter back in your mixer and start beating again, this time slowly¬†drizzling in some olive oil (or your preferred oil type). You’ll have to experiment with how much is required, but it’s not too much. Maybe 1/4 cup.

You can also add some salt. Or go all out and make flavoured butter with garlic and/or herbs, or whatever else you choose!

I used some of the buttermilk to make pikelets for afternoon tea. Topped with some of the butter, and some homemade plum jam, they were delicious! And¬†plenty left over to go in the school lunch boxūüôā

Pikelets

The rest of the buttermilk I used in these chocolate cupcakes. I substituted it for the plain milk that the recipe called for. They will be frozen, also for school lunchbox treats.

Cupcake with buttermilk

If you haven’t made butter before, you really should give it a try. It is very easy to do, tastes great, and you know exactly what is in it.

I know many of you have made butter. Do you have any tips I’ve missed?

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