Today we thought we would share a couple of really quick and easy diys which show you how to turn old things you don't want into something you do. First up, I thought I would share a peanut butter tutorial. It is super easy to make and as you can see, can make a really lovely little treat to bring along to afternoon tea!
To make peanut butter all you need is nuts, oil and a jar to keep it in. I'm going to up-cycle this cute little jar with some enamel paint and an awesome little squirrel to make it a fun and quirky gift for my peanut loving bezzie. Hooray!
Start off by painting your lid. You'll need enamel paint and an old brush that you are either happy to chuck out after, or are happy to clean with turps. You will need to paint 2 coats for a lovely even colour, so be sure to take time allowing each coat to dry. Remeber to fill in the gaps where your fingers were holding the lid on the second coat too :) Once completely dry, you can glue your lovely squirrel on the top. He's all about hoarding nuts!
Peanut butter is so easy to make you'll be kicking yourself for not doing it before now and spending lots of money on the stuff at the store! The great thing about this recipe is that you will know exactly what is going into it. And that's not very much at all! For the best tasting peanut butter, I would recommend using roasted ones, or honey roasted ones as it will be flavorful and incredible. Otherwise, you can roast these monkey nuts at home and make the peanut butter by shelling and skinning them and adding in salt to taste. The methods for both are the same...
Put 500g nuts into a blender.
Add 2 tablespoons oil - any oil is fine (vegetable, sunflower, peanut etc), but whatever you do, don't use the strong tasting stuff like olive or sesame oil as it will make your peanut butter taste of it!
Blend for a couple of minutes until smooth (or slightly less if you like crunchy!)
Scoop out of the blender and pop in your jar
Doesn't it look brilliant? All that from some left over nuts, an old jar and a kids toy. Just goes to show you don't need to break the bank to give someone a little treat :) Now all you need to do is fight the squirrel for some of that peanut goodness inside!
We hope you have fun experimenting with this little tutorial :D