this is kinda ridiculous.
however, i’m willing to bet
there are plenty of people,
(as it were, my kind of peeps)
who would appreciate this
level of ridiculousness.
it’s been a mild season,
but winter nonetheless,
and i am giving
H Y G G E
the seriousness it deserves.
DIY Flameless Fire Pit
adapted from free people
tree branches, size up to you, but aim for the thicker ones
white or light grey fabric strips
mod podge glue
LED light string (i got mine from IKEA, leftover xmas lights are fine)
rocks, real or homemade. recipe below
wrap branches with aluminum foil, make sure it’s covered
brush glue on a fabric strip and wrap it around the foiled branch. overlap if necessary, but cover the entire branch.
do this for all the branches and set on WHITE/LIGHT colored paper and allow to dry (you risk the paper sticking to the glue/fabric, and having newspaper ink stuck will mar the effect.)
when completely dry, anywhere from overnight to a couple nights (i lost steam with the project after the first sitting… it took me almost a week to get back to it… don’t judge me), using an xacto knife or box cutter, carefully cut down the seam of the branch, end to end. it’s ok if you cut through the foil, the goal is to peel the whole thing off the branch. carefully take the cast off the branch, peel the aluminum out. reshape if necessary. do this for all the branches.
chuck branches and foil.
arrange stones/rocks in a circle, within reach of an outlet. pile the stringed lights in the middle. then like you’re building a fire, arranged the branches in a cone-shape over the lights.
turn lights on and squeal in ridiculous child-like abandon.
DIY homemade ROCKS
adapted from handmade mamas
makes 8 palm-sized rocks
26 oz coffee grounds (still wet from the day’s brew)
1 cup corn flour (or cornmeal)
1/2 cup soy flour
1/2 cup salt
1 scant cup whatever flour (i used whole wheat, cus my precious spelt is pricey)
preheat oven to 250F. line cookie sheet with parchment paper. if you planned ahead, use an old/used one cus RECYCLE.
in a bowl mix dry ingredients together. the coffee grounds will be wet. as you’re mixing you can determine just how much water to add.
slowly add the water, 1/4 cup at a time. you’re aiming to bring the mixture to play-dough consistency. if you don’t know what that is,
i feel sorry for you, aim for pasta-dough consistency. you want the stuff to stick together.
shape into rocks. they don’t have to be perfect, irregular shaped and dents and cracks are nice.
place on prepared cookie sheet.
bake for 20 minutes.
turn off oven, flip over the rocks and leave in oven while it cools.