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  • Celebrate Easter at Home


    Easter with Pipii

    Celebrate Easter At Home This Year

    Easter is going to be very different this year. We know it's a very difficult time for everyone. At home we are trying to stay positive and enjoy that we are together as a family. Family activities & projects are now more important than ever and a great way to be together. Get crafting!

    How about decorating your own Papier Mache Easter Egg? Get busy with paints, feathers, bits of tissue paper or napkins to glue and stick on your egg. We give you a few ideas below. You can visit our blog for some great recipe ideas for baking this Easter.

    Spring & Easter Decorations


    Vintage, Beatrix Potter & DIY Papier Mache Easter Eggs

    Create wonderful party & table decorations for your Spring and Easter parties. Bring spring colours into your home, hang wonderful colourful paper fans. Delight children & loved ones with a Vintage Easter Egg or Beatrix Potter Design papier mache eggs in various sizes and designs. Fill either with treats or hang from branches.


    Get Crafting...

    The perfect way to express your creativity this season and get everyone involved in making their own Easter egg decorations - why not try our DIY crafting eggs - we have got a box of 6 matt white plastic craft eggs, the 9cm white papier mache or set of 3 nesting Kraft papier mache eggs, perfect DIY Easter egg decorating! Get paint, glue, stickers, dried flowers, ribbons, beads etc and get crafting!

    Get baking with the family this Easter -

    Try our delicious and easy to make Easter Chocolate Cake or Simnel Muffins

    Easter Chocolate Cake






    Simnel Muffins

  • An Eco Friendly Valentine's Day - 5 Ways of how to by Pipii

    Have an eco-friendly Valentine's Day!

    Are you looking for sustainable & eco-friendly ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved ones? Look no further, we have got 5 eco-friendly ideas on how you can bring love to all.

    1. Bake your way ... Divine chocolate heart brownies. We give you the recipe for the most delicious and moist chocolate brownies, use a heart cookie cutter to create perfectly shaped Brownie Hearts.

    2. Home-made 'Irresistible Chocolate Truffles'. Make your own delicious chocolate truffles with this simple recipe.

    See below for the recipes:

    Choose recycled gift wrap or our many bags and boxes to wrap and present your beautiful home-made goodies.

    eco friendly Valentine's day

    3. Go potty... Give a potted plant - instead of a bunch of flowers, this year give a green plant - not only do green plants look great, but they are also the hottest indoor decor trend at the moment, as well as improving the air-quality.

    4. Buy tickets to an event, comedy night or local gig. Have a night out together, live - laugh - love!

    5. If buying a present or card; try to buy organic handmade chocolate, organic wine & a card made from recycled paper or even better make your own gifts. Lots of ideas in our archive.

    Recipes - recipes - recipes

    Chocolate Brownies

    An all-time favourite; these gooey, chocolaty yummy treats, baked for that special girlie get-together with lots of coffee and gossip or for a scrumptious desert served with cream or ice-cream – or if you are really greedy like us: both, uhm!

    This is a Brownie with a dry cracked crust, a wonderfully moist texture, and a rich deep chocolate flavour.

    Brownies Ingredients

    Makes ca. 16 pieces.

    • 140 grams of good quality dark chocolate, chopped
    • 115 grams unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (we like Green & Black’s coco powder)
    • 200 grams of granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 3 large free-range eggs
    • 100 grams all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 125 grams chocolate chips (optional)
    • Preheat oven to 160°C.
    • Grease a 20cm - 8” square baking tray.


    Melt the chocolate and butter in a large stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder and sugar. Next, whisk in the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Finally, stir in the flour, salt and chocolate chips (if using).

    Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes, important: or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out with a little batter and a few moist clumps clinging to it. Do not over bake. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

    Irresistible Chocolate Truffles

    Make your own delicious chocolate truffles with this simple recipe. Using just a few good quality ingredients you can quickly make ca. 60 perfect truffles, either for yourself, for guests or to present as a beautiful gift for your valentine. You can make large truffles to fit our festive gold and silver foil cases or present in our brown kraft box with pla window.


    • 340 grams plain chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
    • 60 grams butter, softened
    • 200ml double cream
    • 50 grams caster sugar
    • 2 tbs cocoa powder


    Break up the chocolate and chop finely into small pieces and put into a mixing bowl with the butter.

    Place the cream and sugar in a saucepan and bring just to the boil. Pour the cream onto the chocolate and butter and beat until it is smooth and shiny. Leave overnight in the fridge to cool or freeze for a few hours, until firm enough to shape.

    Use a spoon to scoop out the chocolate truffles mixture and roll into balls, roll the truffles in coca powder (optional roll the truffles in chopped pistachio nuts).

  • Pine Cone Fire Starters - A Great January Crafts Activity

    Pine Cone Fire Starters, a great fun way to start a dull January. So Christmas is over but January is very long and the days are still so dark and dreary but with nice activities they do go by faster, so a great January craft activity to make is Pine cone Fire Starters.

    Pinecone firestarters

    Fire starters are fun to make with the kids and beautiful gift to give and receive. After Christmas we always have loads of candle odds and sods leftover so this is a perfect thing to use them for. We usually also have a loads of very dry pine cones (often a little bit second hand looking, having been chewed by the dog or played with by the cat) so this is another reason to reuse them as they probably won’t last till next year. So this craft activity ticks so many boxes…fun to make, it’s creative, it turns a dull January Saturday into an interesting (and educational one at that) its sustainable and completely zero waste living, it makes a great present (perfect for your parents as a fun ‘happy valentine’ surprise) and it makes the house smell nice…you get it, I’ll stop now …basically it’s just such a fab thing to make.

    pine cone

    pine cone firestarters

    So you have your dry pine cones, your old candle bits, your cupcake wrappers, some bits of greenery or use rosemary for the smell, or alternatively essential oils if desired and you are ready to roll.

    Now, I use one of our polished natural coconut bowls to melt the wax in but you could use any bowls, so long as it can sit in a bowl of hot water until the candle bits are fully melted. The coconut bowls do a great job for this.

    So I break up all my candle stubs and put a few twigs of pine needles / rosemary on top (or if I have no rosemary etc or fancy something a bit different, then essential oils are lovely). I then place the coconut bowl inside a pot of hot just simmering water. It usually takes about 15-20mins for the candles to fully melt. I have in the meantime arranged my pine cones in cupcake liners with a few twigs of spruce, tree ivy, eucalyptus (or what ever I have to hand) and once the wax is liquid, I pour it over the pine cones into the cupcake liners and leave to set.

    Return 10 mins later and there they are all ready to use or to package up for a gift. and nothing looks lovelier than a brown kraft box tied with string or raffia and a seasonal twig!! I made some for Christmas as you can see below using our recycled brown Kraft paper boxes.

    If you have some extra large pine cones that won’t fit inside a cupcake liner, you can also just coat the actual pine cone in wax and leave to set on a sheet of greaseproof paper, tied with a tag (again this makes the cutest of hostess gifts).

    Finally, if I still need to persuade you to try this, then think how pretty they will look next to the fire place in a bowl compared to that cardboard box of fire lighter (My husband still buys these and I hate them (one day he will converts to making his own pine cone).

    The pine cone doesn’t need a wick. Just stick in the fireplace with some kindling and light.

    pine cone kindle fireplace

    If you are doing this activity with your kids, please do take extra care with the liquid wax as it is sooo very hot.

    Let me know what you think…. x

  • Christmas Advent Calendars - Create Your Own Countdown

    Let the excitement begin with a Countdown to Christmas!

    One of our all time favourites leading up to Christmas is the countdown and the excitement & creativity that this brings.
    Creating Christmas advent calendars for each and everyone can become a family craft that is passed down in generations. We certainly had the same cross stitched one that my mother family had used etc! The countdown to Christmas is loved by all in a different way to the actual Xmas. It is because it all about the excitement of what's the come and often the looking forward to is actually the best part...!

    Ginger bread advent calendars

    Christmas DIY Advent Calendars

    - Advent Calendars -

    Advent calendars are a great way to count down to Christmas. Traditionally this is done with a ready bought card and paper picture with chocolate tucked away inside. Although this is great fun and a quick treat, the thought of something which is lovingly made and created by yourself is memories in the making.

    Christmas Advent Calendars, Bags, tags & Stickers

    - Create Your Own -

    By creating your own Christmas advent calendar, you can have great fun not only putting it together but also seeing it being opened and enjoyed. So fill it with little gifts (we can especially recommend our furry little felt friends) and of course yummy treats - Chocolates always Welcome! We also like to include poems and special messages (of treats or outings to come).

    And on top of all that, home made Christmas Advent Calendars looks fab too…just recently looking at Pinterest, there seems to be no end to people’s creativity.

    Stocking fillers

    How to crate your own - Pipii's step by step guide

    Here are a couple of ideas:
    You will need: • Paper bags …any size will do • Paper boxes • Twine (Bakers twine, jute or paper twine) • Vintage number sticker • Kraft stickers and number rubber stamps • A nice mature dried out wooden branch

    How to make: Version A
    1. Create 24 or 25 small paper bags packages filled with goodies / messages of your choice.
    2. Seal the packs with bit of sticky tape.
    3. Tie the twine round each packets/bags and secure each with a number 1-25
    4. Tie the bags loosely to the branch a varying lengths in order or not as you wish.
    How to make: Version B
    1. Create 25 small boxes filled with goodies / messages of your choice.• Seal boxes and label with number
    2. Arrange the boxes in a row of 9 boxes: number 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17
    3. Place another 7 on top of these: Numbers 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10
    4. And then another 5 : numbers 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
    5. Next on top of these, a row of 3 : numbers 4, 3, 2 6.
    Finally finish off with number 1 of top
    You now have a perfect Christmas tree shaped box full of tricks (and treats)
    How to make: Version C
    1. Using our Kraft bags with white labels for this project.
    2. Create your packages and seal with red wax and seal
    We hope you enoy making these..


    Here is a little bit of inspiration from

    Ideal Home Complete Guide to Christmas Magazine

    Christmas Advent Calendars from Ideal Home creating memories ....


  • Halloween Party Fun - A spooktagular Party Awaits

    Halloween party

    Spooktagular Halloween Party Time

    Get ready to Party! Look forward to a spooky Halloween party fest with all its webs, terrifying witches, gruesome ghosts making their way around the neighbourhood terrifying everyone in their wake. Prepare and decorate with colourful tissue paper honeycomb pumpkins, pumpkin garlands, ghosts and bats decorations. Create a feast to haunt even the most hearty souls. Set the table with spookily good Halloween tableware. Time to get ready for screams and frightful stares when they see your decorations & table setting! Its easy to create your own invitations and decorations, check out our Halloween temp plate and get creative.

    But who says that Halloween is just for kids? The Indytute have published a blog with with 10 'Fangtastic' Events happening in London on the 31st, plenty to get your teeth into...From Discooo's to Haunted Pubs, so no excuses for a bit of adult Spooktacular time.

    Halloween party

    Autumn Celebrations - Guy Fawkes

    We love that we can look forward to even more celebrations in the Autumn. So get ready for a Guy Fawkes celebration on the 5th of November with more festivities. Its time to invite friends to an out-door gathering by sending autumn leaves invitations. Get cooking and serve up the hearty French Onion Soup in paper container with lids and feast on Bonfire treacle and Toffee Apples. Light the way with jam jar lanterns and paper lanterns. Not forgetting to light those sparklers and fireworks to make sure the evening is celebrated in glowing style. We think the fireworks are best left at home because its really not that great for the environment and our poor dogs and animals in general really hate them.

    Why are we celebrating Guy Fawkes?

    Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night! This is an annual commemoration observed on 5th of November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of the 5th of November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot was arrested. He was caught while guarding explosives that the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people then lit bonfires around London. Months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Acten forced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.


  • Autumnal Joy - Baking & Entertaining

    Autumnal Joy - Baking & Entertaining


    Create Autumnal Joy - Baking & Entertaining this season. It might be a little grey at times outdoors, but do not let the weather stop you enjoying the great outdoors. Put on a pair of wellies and a coat that will withstand a little bit of wind and rain and head outdoors to enjoy the changing colours of leaves and the great smell of soil and autumn. With the autumnal weather setting in, we will be spending more time in-doors, so why not get baking using the plentiful crop of apples and pears. Can we tempt you to bake a scrumptious Dorset Apple Cake or perhaps make a yummy crumble for pudding? Or go to the Pipii Archive where we have been compiling the best of our family recipes for the last 10 years, plenty to choose from....

    Autumnal Joy - Baking & Entertaining - Dorset Apple Cake Receipe


    With the nights drawing in, it is always nice to invite friends and family round for a cosy dinner or perhaps a little celebration. Light candles and set the table using beautiful palm leaf plates, bowls and coconut bowls. Use autumn branches to create a autumnal table setting. Going for walks in the beautiful autumn colours is all part of autumnal Joy. Use fallen leaves as place cards or perhaps scatter a few acorns as table confetti. Palm leaf plates are biodegradable, which will make hosting a party even easier. Once the guest have enjoyed a scrumptious meal, just gather the plates and add them to your compost pile and soon they will be broken down into organic matter.

    Autumnal Joy - Baking & Entertaining - Xmas table setting

    Sustainable Tableware

    We have been busy styling some beautiful table settings. We enjoyed using both palm leaf tableware but also the versatile white sugar cane tableware, both are extremely durable and biodegradable. I am sure that you will agree with us, that the sustainable palm leaf, brown kraft plates and sugar cane tableware looks gorgeous on a table set with hessian runner or our new luxe eucalyptus paper tablecloth.

    Autumnal Joy - Baking & Entertaining - Palm Leaf Table Setting


    A perfect way to create a beautiful background for the tableware to be centre of attention. Arrange wooden cutlery in cutlery pouches or set the table with reusable bamboo or mahogany cutlery. Combine with tea light glasses and fresh eucalyptus branches or ferns.

    Autumnal Joy - Baking & Entertaining - autumn table setting

    Seasonal Greenery

    This beautiful table setting, captures autumnal pleasure, branches with colourful berries and greenery and use Tea lights to inter weave with. This setting is beautifully complimented by the biodegradable brown kraft paper plates, brown kraft cups, stripy brown kraft paper straws and disposable wooden cutlery. We used a pretty hessian table runner to set the everything on but kraft paper or place mats will look fab too and this setting will certainly wow your guests.

    For ideas on stunning autumn walk, try the National Trust website , always a sure place for great ideas & suggestions.

  • Easter Egg Containers, Traditional Scandi Easter Fun

    This is one of the finest and most fun Scandinavian Easter traditions. Papier mache Easter egg containers available in beautiful traditional designs as well as the classic Beatrix Potter images. These egg shells open up and are ready to be filled with your children’s favourites or depending on the age of the receiver, this could easily hold a lovely piece of jewellery..

    Easter egg papier mache containers

    We think these are much more fun than a typical chocolate egg and only the imagination limits your choice of surprise!
    Whatever takes your fancy, this could of course also be a written promise, a poem and a hoping !!! But of course, good chocolate will do!!

    Easter egg papier mache containers from

    We remember them from when we were kids and had the same one for years...easy to stack as the 'halves' sit inside each other neatly.

    They are available in many sizes, the small and medium ones also looks super cute displayed hanging from a ribbon in windows.

    Also check out the blank kraft paper and white Easter egg containers which are ideal for kids to decorate themselves. The white one are easy to draw and paint onto and the kraft eggs looks really pretty sparsely decorated with feather, ribbon etc.

    Plain white craft easter eggs Easter Egg Containers

    And if you want something very different from actual Easter egg containers, you could always go for the mini pinatas. They are also available in a bunny designs, so cute and hard to resist. They would look so pretty as part of the bunny tableware series on an Easter table.

    Mini pinatas from Pipii

    Easter egg containers are just one of this season essentials!!




  • Early Spring & Mother's day Celebrations

    We welcome Spring

    We welcome Spring with anticipated breath. Oh so many lovely celebrations to look forward to. On the 21st of March, it's the first day of Spring - hopefully the weather will know this too. Celebrate this by bringing in budding branches and early spring flowers in to your home.

    But the most important celebration this month is surely the 31st of March - Mothers Day - A celebration to honour mums & maternal figures to show them love. Celebrate the day with serving breakfast in bed, a big lunch or a delicious afternoon tea with plenty of cake.

    Dainty little glass flower vases, perfect gifts for Mother's Day,
    fill with little posies of spring flowers or single stems.
    Adorable little table settings,
    perfect for the afternoon tea extravaganza.
    Go on. Give mum a treat.

    Pipii's Carrot Cake

    Serve this divine carrot cake, the recipe has been developed from the from Fortnum & Mason's book on Afternoon Tea - moist and delicious. Carrot Cake Recipe

    Mother's day Packaging

    Pretty packaging to make Mother's day even more special.
    Wrap your present or flowers in pink tissue paper, rose gold wrapping paper, a decorate with pastel honeycomb balls and pretty ribbons.

    Bring Spring Indoors

    Bring spring into your home with these delightful spring colours & gentle pastels. Pastel coloured feathers, new pale green & pink cotton runners, ombre Bolsious candles, glass vases & spring themed quality napkins, perfect for creating a setting.

    With Spring comes Easter, how we love this season! It gives us the perfect opportunity to decorate the house with pretty coloured honeycomb paper fans, Easter decs & wooden eggs on budding branches and start to buy in special treats to fill paper mache Easter egg containers for this years Easter egg hunt. We have got a wonderful selection of Easter Egg Containers - Retro, Vintage & best selling Beatrix Potter designs.


  • Valentine's Day 2019...make it special...

    Valentine's Day...make it special for all your loved ones
    Here at Pipii we ♥ to turn every day into a special occasion. Valentine's day is yet another one you can have a bit of fun with. Despite it being February, Winter and ... We sincerely hope you are enjoying the new year so far. These next couple of weeks we are embracing all the pretty pink, red, sparkle and hearts of Valentine's Day to get us through these last few weeks of Winter! So why not share it with all your loved ones in all sort of wonderful ways...
    Decorate the house, get crafting, bake or cook a special treat & meal and
    most importantly, just have a lovely day together ♥

    We have a special treat for you to bake for your loved ones.. One for you and one for me.....

    Raspberry Éclairs

    These little jewels look so beautiful and taste divine too. Perfect for a Valentine's treat for a special one. Éclairs are made from Choux pastry which is deceptively easy to make, they are typically filled with a sweet vanilla cream known as crème Chantilly, instead of the traditional chocolate or coffee icing we have chose to make a raspberry icing and fill with fresh raspberries for a summer treat.

    Éclairs can be prepared in advance: once the unfilled pastries are cooked and cooled, they can be kept in an airtight box for a few days or frozen, it is best to make the Chantilly cream on the day that you are planning on eating the éclairs.


    Choux pastry

    • 100g plain white flour
    • Pinch of salt
    • 150ml water
    • 75g butter
    • 3 free-range eggs, beaten
    • 1 extra egg beaten - to brush éclairs before baking

    For the crème Chantilly filling

    • 50g icing sugar (1 generous tbsp), sifted
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 400ml whipped cream, (measure when whipped)
    • A punnet of fresh raspberries

    For the Raspberry icing

    • 200g icing sugar
    • 5-6 raspberries
    • 1 -2 tbsp cold water


    Choux Pastry

      1. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and set aside
      2. Place the water and butter in a medium-sized saucepan with high sides, set over a medium-high heat, stirring until the butter melts. Allow the mixture to come to a rolling boil then immediately remove the pan from the heat. Add the flour and salt and beat very well with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together.
      3. Reduce the heat to medium and replace the saucepan, stirring for 1 minute until the mixture starts to ‘fur’ (slightly stick to the base of the pan). Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 1 minute.
      4. Pour about one-quarter of the beaten egg into the pan and, using the wooden spoon, beat very well. Add a little more egg and beat well again until the mixture comes back together. Continue to add the egg, beating vigorously all the time, until the mixture has softened, is nice and shiny and has a dropping consistency. (you could well get a tired arm) You may not need to add all the egg or you may need a little extra. If the mixture is too stiff (not enough egg) then the choux pastries will be too heavy, but if the mixture is too wet (too much egg) they will not hold their shape when spooned onto greaseproof paper.
      5. Although the pastry is best used right away, it can be placed in a bowl, covered and chilled for up to 12 hours, until ready to use.


        1. Preheat the oven to 220°C Line a baking tray with parchment paper (not greaseproof paper, as the éclairs may stick when cooked).
        2. Place the dough into a piping bag fitted with the plain 5–8mm nozzle and pipe into lengths approximately 10cm long onto the prepared baking tray, spaced about 4cm apart to allow for expansion. Use a small wet knife to stop the dough coming out when you have finished piping each éclair.
        3. Brush the éclairs gently with the beaten egg and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 200°C and continue to cook for a further 12-15 minutes or until the éclairs are puffed up, golden and crisp.
        4. Remove the éclairs from the oven and using a skewer or the tip of a small sharp knife, make a hole in the side or the base of each éclair. Return to the oven and bake for a further 5 minutes to allow the steam to escape. Transfer the éclairs to a wire rack to cool.
        5. Meanwhile, make the icing. In a bowl mush up 5-6 raspberries with a fork into a paste, sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add a little water and stir to mix, adding a little more water if necessary until the icing is spreadable but not too watery.
        6. To make the crème Chantilly filling, fold the sifted icing sugar and vanilla extract into the whipped cream. Chill until you are ready to use it.
        7. When the éclairs are cool, cut the éclairs in half, spoon the crème Chantilly into a clean piping bag fitted with the small, plain nozzle (or use the same nozzle used for piping the éclairs) and pipe the cream onto the half of the éclairs until they are well filled, place 5-6 half raspberries on top of the cream.
        8. Using a small palette knife or spoon that has been standing in a jug of hot water (to make spreading the icing easier), spread the icing over the top of each éclair, dipping the knife into the hot water between each éclair. Serve and watch them being devoured!

    More ideas -

    For chocolate éclairs follow the recipe above but replace the raspberry icing with chocolate glacé icing and leave out the fresh raspberries

          • 200g icing sugar
          • 25g cocoa powder
          • 1 -2 tbsp boiling water


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