2 ingredient ice cream | Kittenhood

2 ingredient ice cream

2 ingredient ice cream | Kittenhood

I grew up eating berry mousse on a regular (summer) basis. For those of you not familiar with the concept, it’s berries mixed with an equal amount of sugar and some egg white. It tastes absolutely delicious, but just imagine how much sugar goes into that 1 to 1 proportion! It’s insane. This recipe is nothing like that. Because there’s zero sugar. No dairy, no eggs, no gluten etc. And not only does it taste just as good, but it’s also ICE CREAM. And being ice cream is one of the best things one can be. 

I’ve tried making banana-based ice cream before, and it’s a treat. Mix in some cacao powder and you’ve got chocolate ice cream. Throw in walnuts and – you got it! – walnut ice cream. But this raspberry version is my absolute favorite. Bananas are naturally sweet, so there’s no need to add anything else. Raspberries are just a little sour, which makes the combination easy on the taste buds. Oops, I just gave away all of the ingredients… 

Ice cream with 2 ingredients | Kittenhood

2 ingredient ice cream
Try this delicious 2 ingredient ice cream, super easy to make, and healthy!
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Cook Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ripe banana
  2. 2 handfuls raspberry
Instructions
  1. Cut the banana in slices. Wash the raspberries and remove greens. Freeze fruit for 3-4 hours.
  2. Add the frozen banana in a food processor and mix until it becomes creamy, scraping off the walls as necessary.
  3. Add the raspberries and continue mixing until the fruits blend together perfectly and have a soft serve consistency.
  4. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. This recipe makes 2 small portions. Use the same proportions to make more ice cream at once, depending on the size of your food processor.
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Ice cream with 2 ingredients | Kittenhood

2 ingredient ice cream recipe | Kittenhood

DIY pompom flamingo | Kittenhood

DIY pompom flamingo

DIY pompom flamingo | Kittenhood

Have you noticed that flamingos are everywhere lately? I don’t remember a bird being so popular since owls had their big hit. I blame it on the mid-century lawn flamingos and the revival of everything related to the era, but also on their beautiful, irresistible color. I tried to fight the trend, but I soon caved in. I needed some flamingos in my home, so I made them with really few supplies and so easily. I made ten (although, after a while, it was hard to stop making them) and hung them by the window in a garland. Want to try for yourself? 

How to make a pompom flamingo | Kittenhood

What you need: 

  • pink yarn
  • pink pipe cleaner
  • scissors
  • cardboard

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Start by cutting two cardboard circles of the same size. Then cut out a smaller circle inside each one, to create a donut shape. 

Cut a very long piece of yarn. Put the cardboard circles together and wrap them in yarn, until fully covered. 

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Next, slide the scissors between the circles and start cutting the yarn all around the edge.

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Separate the two circles slightly, and tightly knot a piece of yarn at the middle, leaving the ends long, to act as legs. This is a good time to cut the pipe cleaner to the size you want the flamingo neck to be. Slide a piece of pipe cleaner in the hole inside the pompom. 

Remove the cardboard circles carefully and trim the pompom if necessary. Model the neck of the flamingo with your hands and you’re done! 

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Make as many of these as you need for a party garland, or use a single one to top a pretty gift. And I’m sure there are other uses I haven’t yet thought of! 

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DIY Life Aquatic body scrub | Kittenhood

DIY Life Aquatic body scrub

DIY Life Aquatic body scrub | Kittenhood

This might seem like a weird idea for a body scrub, and I’m the first to admit it. But hear me out: isn’t an “aquatic” theme just perfect for your bath? And wouldn’t rather think about the Jaguar Shark than chores during your morning shower? If like me, you answered “yes” to both these questions, then this Wes Anderson-inspired recipe is for you. If, however, you answered “no”, then consider it a simple blue and red scrub that feels nice on your skin and looks good on the bathroom shelf. 

DIY Life Aquatic body scrub | Kittenhood

What you need:

  • 4 tsp coconut oil
  • 16 tsp sea salt (not too coarse, not too fine) 
  • red and blue food coloring 
  • 2 containers for mixing
  • small jar with lid for storage 

This couldn’t be easier to make! Start by dividing the melted coconut oil equally between the two containers. Do the same with the sea salt, and mix together with a spoon or your fingers. I found that an optimal proportion is 4 tsp of salt to 1 tsp coconut oil, but you may change this according to your own preference. 

Next, add a few drops of red food coloring into one of the containers, and mix. Add as much as you need to get the color you want. Use just a hint of blue food coloring in the second container, to get a light hue. 

Moving on to the jar you want to use for storage, spoon in a layer of blue scrub on the bottom and press with your fingers. Add a layer of red scrub on top, press, and continue to layer until you run out of both colors. That’s it! Your two-toned Steve Zissou-style scrub is ready to use. 

DIY Life Aquatic body scrub | Kittenhood

Notes: 

  • You could also use olive oil, but it will change the color of the food coloring slightly. Plus coconut smells more like the beach (hello, Pescespada island!) 
  • You could replace the sea salt with sugar, but that would take from the marine theme of the scrub. 
  • My red food coloring wasn’t the exact shade I wanted, so I added a couple of drops of yellow, to turn it into slightly orange.
  • You can store this scrub in the fridge for a few weeks. Just note that the coconut oil will harden – nothing a little heat from the steamy shower can’t fix almost instantly! 
DIY pizza embroidered shoes | Kittenhood

DIY pizza embroidery shoes

DIY pizza embroidered shoes | Kittenhood

If you’re human, you probably love pizza. Heck, even if you’re a cat who got online and accidentally found my blog while searching for ways to deal with its kittenhood issues, you still probably love pizza. It’s comfort food, it’s mobile food, it’s party food, it’s netflix and chill food. You don’t mind if you have to eat it again, cold, the next morning. So you probably wouldn’t mind wearing a homage on your shoes, either. Let’s get to work! 

Embroidery shoes | Kittenhood

What you need: 

  • espadrilles or canvas shoes 
  • embroidery thread in red, yellow, brown 
  • embroidery needle
  • trick marker 
  • scissors

Embroidery shoes | Kittenhood

Start by filling the tops of the shoes with paper or cloth to make a relatively straight surface to draw on. Then draw a slice of pizza on each shoe. I free-handed mine, without worrying very much about it looking neat – the trick marker disappears by itself after a few hours. I started with a triangle rounded at the small side, then added a scallop detail on the rounded side. I drew a couple of circles and half circles inside, then added the dripping cheese effect. 

Pizza embroidery | Kittenhood

Thread your needle with the brown color. To make it look more natural, I paired a brown thread with a beige one. Make a small knot and, starting from the inside of the shoes, stitch the crust of the pizza slice. Try to make most of the stitches on the outside, so the thread inside doesn’t bother your feet.

Pizza embroidery | Kittenhood

In a similar way, embroider the pizza itself. For this part, I used a beige thread and a yellow one together. 

Pizza embroidery | Kittenhood

Finally, you can fill in the tomato slices. For this step, I used red and pink thread together. Repeat for the other shoe and you’re ready to go out for pizza! This project took me about 1 1/2 hours, but you could make it faster or slower, depending on your sewing skills. Enjoy! 

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DIY upcycled wall hanging | Kittenhood

DIY upcycled wall hanging

DIY upcycled wall hanging | Kittenhood

It may be a little crazy, but I’ve been collecting egg cartons since Christmas, when I had the idea for this wall hanging. If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is! But truth be told, I’ve always had a thing for egg cartons and I feel wasteful throwing them out. You can use them to make a pretty wreath or wrap tiny gifts, and for a long time, I stored my nail polish collection in one. If you use even more egg cartons, you can turn this hanging into a photo backdrop for parties, or hang it in the door jamb to create a separator. Here’s how it works:

Make a wall hanging from egg cartons | Kittenhood

You need: 

  • egg cartons
  • scissors
  • string + thick needle 
  • a foraged stick

Make a wall hanging from egg cartons | Kittenhood

Before starting on this super easy project, you should find as many egg cartons as you can. A 6 egg carton only has two such cones, so plan ahead. For my wall hanging, I used a total of 45 cones, which I removed from the carton with scissors or my bare hands. 

Thread the needle with string and make a knot at one end. Pass the needle through the top of the cone, with the knot inside. This will be your bottom “bell”.

Make a wall hanging from egg cartons | Kittenhood

Make another know about 10 cm from the first one, and pass the needle through the second cone. Repeat until you have 5 cones on a string, and leave the end of the string long and loose. 

Make a wall hanging from egg cartons | Kittenhood

I made a total of 9 such strings, each one with 5 cones on it. You can adjust the number according to how many cones you have. 

DIY upcycled wall hanging | Kittenhood

Tie a piece of string to the sides of the stick. Hang the stick on the wall. Then you can easily tie the cone strings to the stick, one by one. Your wall hanging is ready! Easy, right?

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DIY knotted produce bag | KIttenhood

DIY Knotted Produce Bag

DIY knotted produce bag | KIttenhood

In an effort to use as few plastic bags as possible, I have more tote bags than anyone could carry. And if I see one I like, I’m probably gonna add it to the collection. Extra points if it gets really small and packs itself up! But I also like those retro style rope bags that are great for carrying produce or bottles. They’re very resistant, virtually weightless, and they’re essential in the everyday trip to the grocery store. So I decided to make my own. After trying a few versions, I ended up making this one in 3 shades of pink and using the most basic of knots. Read on for the full instructions! 

DIY knotted produce bag: Materials | Kittenhood

What you need: 

  • 15 m string (I used 3 colors) + extra for the handles
  • scissors
  • (optional) bowl, adhesive tape 

DIY knotted produce bag: Cutting | Kittenhood

Cut 12 pieces of string measuring 125 cm each (or longer, if you want a longer bag). 

DIY knotted produce bag: Bottom | Kittenhood

Divide the strings into two groups of six. Arrange them on the bottom of an upside down bowl or simply on the floor/table. The groups of string should meet at the middle. 

DIY knotted produce bag: Weaving | Kittenhood DIY knotted produce bag: Weaving | Kittenhood

Stick the horizontal group to the bowl with tape to secure in place. Take one piece of string from the second group and pull it over and under the horizontal strings. Do the same with the others, alternating rows like you would weave. This will be the bottom of your bag, so make it as tight or loose as you wish. 

DIY knotted produce bag: Knotting | Kittenhood

Now knot the strings two by two, close to the weaving. 

DIY knotted produce bag: Knotting | Kittenhood

When you’ve completed a round, move on to the second row. Take two strings from neighboring knots, and knot them together, a few centimeters lower. Do this all around and keep alternating strings to form diamond shapes.

DIY knotted produce bag: Knotting | Kittenhood

I made a total of 5 rounds of knots. You can make more or less, depending on your preference and string length.

Now you can cut the string ends to the same size and divide them into two groups, as shown above.  

DIY knotted produce bag: Handles | Kittenhood

Take your first group of string ends and divide it in half again. You will have 6 strings in each group. Knot, glue, sew or melt their ends together. To cover, take a separate piece of string or rope and knot it very tightly using the buttonhole stitch technique. Repeat for the other handle.

DIY knotted produce bag | KIttenhood

This is what my produce bag looks like empty. I like how using different colors of string created a pretty gradient effect! 

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DIY felted fox picnic blanket | Kittenhood

DIY felted fox picnic blanket

DIY felted fox picnic blanket | Kittenhood

It’s no secret that I love picnics, foxes, cuddling in blankets, and felting. If these are a few of your favorite things, try this DIY picnic blanket! The project will take a couple of hours, depending on the size of your blanket and the number of foxes you decide to use. But it’s really cute and unique. Plus you get to stab wool with your needle, which can be therapeutical as well as rhythmical – the perfect activity for when you’re blasting your favorite tunes. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Materials | Kittenhood

What you need:

  • wool, wool blend or felt blanket
  • pen (I used a trick marker)
  • ruler
  • orange felting wool 
  • felting needle
  • fox cookie cutter (mine is from Ikea, also available on Amazon)
  • sponge (larger than the cookie cutter)

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Measuring | Kittenhood

Start by measuring your blanket and deciding where you want to place your foxes. I made 10 foxes on three rows (3-4-3), but you can make the pattern however you want to. Mark the spots with a pen. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Fox cookie cutter | Kittenhood

Start with your first marking. Place the blanket between the fox cookie cutter and the sponge. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Fox felting | Kittenhood

Fill up the shape with orange wool. Start with a thinner layer. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Felting | Kittenhood

And now for the fun part! Stab the wool into the blanket with your felting needle. Stab and stab and stab. Add more wool if and where necessary. You should get a relatively even surface. Stab a little extra at the face, tail, and legs. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Felt fox | Kittenhood

This is how your first fox will look like, more or less. Continue making as many foxes as you want and you have yourself a cool new blanket! Come to think about it, this would also make a good baby blanket! 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket | Kittenhood DIY felted fox picnic blanket | Kittenhood

Gudetama lunch box available here.

DIY woven bike basket | Kittenhood

DIY woven bike basket

DIY woven bike basket | Kittenhood

When I decided I wanted a bike, about seven years ago, I knew only one thing about it: that it should have a front basket. The bike came first and my search for a basket followed. It wasn’t all that easy. Who knew you couldn’t fit any type of basket on any type of bike? Some years later, I got the perfect basket for my birthday, which I’m still using now. But it needed a makeover. It had a cross stitch fox on for almost four years now, but the thread was worn out and so was the paint on the wire. So I came up with the idea to weave the whole thing in wool. It’s very easy, although, I admit, it does take some hours to complete. On the bright side, you’ll have an awesome, custom bike basket in the end! Ready to get started?

DIY woven bike basket | Kittenhood

What you need:

  • yarn in colors of your choice (I used less than half of the amount shown)
  • wool needle
  • scissors
  • wire mesh bike basket (mine is from Decathlon)

DIY woven bike basket | Kittenhood

Cut a long piece of yarn and thread your needle. Double knot the other end to the upper interior of the bike basket and cut off excess. Then simply go in and out with your needle until the end of the row. Just like regular weaving, simply pass the thread to the next row and continue. 

DIY woven bike basket | Kittenhood

When you almost run out of yarn, thread the needle again, and knot it to the end of the previous yarn. Continue as normal, making sure the knot goes on the interior of the basket. You can use the same method to change colors. 

DIY woven bike basket | Kittenhood

Continue to weave until you cover as much of the basket as you want. I chose a full stripe pattern, but you can also cover just part of the basket, or leave blank lines here and there. 

I also wrapped the top of the basket in yarn and made a blanket stitch variation for the handle. That’s it!

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DIY concrete hexagon egg tray | Kittenhood

DIY concrete hexagon egg tray

DIY concrete hexagon egg tray | Kittenhood

Some of you might know Dacian as the faceless boyfriend and outfit photographer behind this blog, but today he’s taking a new form. He’s materializing as a hand model and mastermind for this DIY concrete egg tray. I’ve had two attempts at making this object myself before he took matters into his own hands. Finally, it looks perfect. I love the hexagon shape and the way that this is not just an Easter craft – in fact, you can use this all year round, and swap the eggs for round fruit or small decorations. 

DIY concrete hexagon egg tray | Kittenhood

What you need:

  • 2.5 kg cement
  • balsa wood board, 4 mm thick
  • ruler
  • craft paper
  • pencil
  • sharpie
  • cutter & cutting mat
  • 6 polystyrene balls (approximate diameter of an egg)
  • vaseline & paintbrush
  • tape
  • double side tape
  • small screws and screwdriver (optional)
  • trowel
  • container for mixing concrete (e.g. bucket)

Cutting balls Cutting balls

1. Start by cutting the polystyrene balls. You can choose to cut them perfectly in half, or vary the sizes like we did, to create a more organic shape. 

Measuring Measuring

2. Draw a hexagon on a piece of craft paper. This one is 26 cm diameter, which is designed specifically for 12 eggs. Then arrange the polystyrene balls inside the hexagon. Feel free to move them around until you find the perfect design.

Hexagon design

3. Draw the contour of your balls on the paper. Assign ascending numbers to the balls, so you remember how to arrange them later, and repeat the numbers on the circles. This is important if you chose to cut the balls at different sizes. 

Cutting the hexagon

4. Use the cutter and ruler to cut out the paper hexagon, Make sure you do this on a cutting mat!  

Cutting the sides

5. Now let’s start making the mold. Measure and cut six pieces of wood measuring 13 x 4.4 cm (13 is the side and 4.4 is the height of the mold).

Making the mold

6. Then measure and cut the base of the mold, measured against the paper hexagon. Tape the base together and cut off excess tape.

Taping the sides

7. Tape the sides of the hexagon with the tape facing the exterior. Use as much tape as you need to keep the mold very firm. We used an extra layer of duct tape. 

Imprinting the circles

8. Place the paper hexagon inside the mold and trace the circles with a pencil, pressing firmly. This will imprint the right arrangement on the balsa wood. 

Sticking the ballsSticking the balls

9. Stick the balls in their right places with double-sided tape. Don’t use glue, because it will instantly melt the polystyrene! For extra security, we put small screws through the back of the mold and into each ball. You don’t want those moving around! 

Vaseline

10. Cover the interior of the mold in vaseline. Do this with a paintbrush, to make sure you cover every ball and every spot in between. This step will make it easier to remove the concrete from the mold.  

Pouring concrete

11. Mix the concrete according to the instructions on the package. We used 2.5 kg cement to 250 ml water. Make sure you mix it well with the trowel! Pour into the shape and level nicely. If any air bubbles form, carefully shake the mold a little. 

Place the mold on a straight surface, in a place out of the reach of kids, pets etc. Allow the concrete to set for circa 36-48 hours. This will depend on the cement you are using, but it’s better to leave it more than risk chipping at the corners. 

When the concrete is dry, you can carefully remove it from the mold. Start by cutting the tape and removing the sides one by one. Then turn the form upside down and remove the bottom. Finally, remove any balls that didn’t come out with the wood. You can add felt pads to the bottom for protection, and your concrete hexagon egg tray is finished! 

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