DIY Piggy Bank Pinata || Year of the Pig

Truth be told, I didn’t know it was the Year of the Pig – or what that even meant – when I started to make this pinata. I’ve kept a list of ideas of pinatas to make for ages now, which includes “piggy bank”, and when I saw some chocolate gold coins at the Reject Shop, I knew they’d be the perfect treat to go inside – so here we are!

I don’t know a whole lot about the Chinese New Year, but I have seen a lot of mentions of it online, and even at some shops that I go to, so when I realised that 2019 is the Year of the Pig, I took that as a sign that I should definitely share this project, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do! If you’re interested, here is a link to more information about the Chinese New Year traditions. Otherwise, keep on reading for the tutorial!



♡ Thin cardboard sheets, such as a cereal box
♡ Light pink streamers
♡ Black paper
♡ Sticky tape
♡ Pencil
♡ Scissors
♡ Chocolate gold coins, or any candy of your choice!

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DIY Lighthouse Money Box

Happy Hump Day! To be honest, I’ve never liked that saying, but I think it goes well with today’s project as this little DIY project took me quite a while to make, as I couldn’t find the right rocks, jar OR light for ages. BUT, once I finally got the pieces that I was happy with, it was like getting over the “hump”, and the rest of the project fell into place fairly quickly!

I’m not exactly sure why, but I’ve always somewhat admire lighthouses. It’s probably got something to do with Bill’s Lighthouse in Pokemon and the HUGE Dragonite that appeared near it, but either way, I think they’re quite alluring, so I’m not surprised at all that one managed to make its way into a project of mine 🙊

Long(ish)-time readers will know that I am quite fond of money boxes. They are one of the many things that I collect, and I shared a DIY for a lipstick money box last year, which is one of the few DIY projects that I’ve actually kept around the house! I’d like to say that I keep most things I make, but when you make things as often as I do, it starts to take up quite a bit of room 😅

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However, I kept the money box that I made, and I am 100% going to keep this one too! In fact, it’s already happily sitting on a shelf next to a large 3D Eiffel Tower puzzle I have, and I smile every time I look at it! Isn’t it magical?! 😍 Okay, enough tooting my own horn, let’s get onto the tutorial!Read More »

DIY Chocolate Bar Coasters

It’s here: my first DIY project of 2019 ☺️ If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I had to slow down on my DIY projects and baking as I got really sick towards the end of 2018, but as things seem to be looking up now -knock on wood- I knew I wanted to get back into the game, so here I am!

Whilst I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate (that being said, I practically ate my weight in chocolate last month since it was Christmas and all!), I do love the look of a classic chocolate bar. I even have a chocolate bar door stop 🍫

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I knew I wanted to make some more home decor pieces inspired by sweets, which is where the inspiration for these coasters came from! I hope you guys like this project, and I can’t wait to keep trying new things this year and sharing my progress with you all along the way!


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