DIY Cake Stand It seems as though all sorts of cute party decorating items are “all the rage” these days–cake stands, tiered plates, apothecary jars, hurricane lamps, etc. I love these items, but there is often one big problem! The price tag. Well, thanks to one of the crafty moms in my MOPS group, I now can make my own cake stands for less than $3! Now that is a price that I like. And, not only is the price fantastic, but this might just be the easiest DIY project on the planet. A candle holder, a plate, and some glue! To construct your stand, glue around the rim of the candle holder. You can add a little circle of glue on the underneath side of the plate for good measure. Stick the two together and let dry. Then, voila, an adorable cake stand for next to nothing! How great would these be for a Mother’s Day luncheon/tea?! In addition to the fantastic price & ease of construction, I love that the possibilities are nearly endless! This post may contain a link to an affiliate.
Rose and Feather Hair Clip Tutorial I love this hair pin, so sweet. Fit for tea time, no? Or maybe stopping to smell the flowers… or the blue spruces…whatever suits your fancy. One things for sure, it will surely upgrade any ponytail. You have no doubt seen these everywhere, they are so easy to make. Supplies: fabric at least 25 inches long and 1½ inches wide for one flowerfeathershair clip,hot glue gun The bigger flowers I made were made with 32″ x 1½” pieces of silk, but for the smaller flower that my little one is using I used a 24 inch long piece. Start by folding the strip of fabric in half. Now run a thin strip of glue around one side. Working fast, twist the strip and pull around the hot glue. Now we have a rose. From a piece of scrap fabric cut a circle just smaller than the flower then drizzle hot glue on the back… And press the piece on. Depending on what hair clip you decide to use, you may need to add a little fabric. Using hot glue, open the clip and glue the fabric to the inside… It should look like this. And so cute!
How to wrap a gift: Use tissue paper for a... Photo by Roberto Caruso I’m giving away trade secrets here. You know those beautiful floral looking decorations you sometimes see in magazines hovering over a festive table? Or in a kid’s room, re-invented as a mobile? They’re little more than a few sheets of tissue paper and take about ten minutes of your time to create. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create your own pretty decoration: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. At this point, you can either tie it onto the top of a gift for a big impression. Or try hanging it from a ribbon over a Mother’s Day brunch table.
Red Velvet Rice Krispies Treats Hearts for Valentine’s Day You may have noticed I share a lot of Rice Krispies Treats, especially around the holiday. Can you blame me though? They’re sweet, gooey and oh-so-good! And these red velvet treats are to die for! If you’re making these to just eat, no need to get fancy but if you’re making them for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to check out Wilton’s selection of cookie cutters. In a small jelly roll pan you can press the treats thin enough to cut with the heart shaped cutters. With a piping bag (or plastic sandwich bag) you can frost these with pretty designs in a cream cheese frosting that makes them even sweeter. Share ‘em, eat ‘em, whatever you do, don’t leave them unattended and expect to find anything left but crumbs left over. Red Velvet Rice Krispies Treats Hearts Author: Cat Davis Type: Dessert Serves: 8 Ingredients Instructions As a Wilton Mom Brand Ambassador I was provided with the cookie cutters featured in this recipe.
Kodachrome Curtains - Updated! Now with lampy goodness! So, it's been a while since I've made anything Craftster-worthy, but my husband and I busted out the Dremel tool a few days ago and we made this: It's a pair of curtains made out of old Kodachrome slides! I'm really interested in photography, and will buy old cameras in antique and thrift stores in order to develop film that's inside of it. From time to time, I'll find collections of old slides and will buy those, too. Last fall, driving back from vacation, we stopped at an antique store outside of Kansas City and I found a box of a ton of old slides, mostly Kodachrome, from the 50s and 60s. I hate the idea that these pictures would just be resigned to the garbage or something, and wanted to display them (besides just scanning them in and putting them on Flickr - here's a link to my old found negative/slide collection, though, if you want to check that out: ). Then I connected them all together with chainmail rings.
Watermelon Lime Sorbet Slices A sweet and tangy watermelon lime sorbet is a great way to cool off in the summer. As a bonus, this recipe is frozen back in the watermelon rind and cut off into slices. It’s hot. The type of heat where when you step outside the door and your skin is wet before the door swings shut behind you. It’s a hot that hangs in the air, letting you breathe it in, that is cured only by two things: being completely immersed in water or hiding indoors, the air conditioning cranked as far as it will go.I find that the heat makes me very unmotivated to do things like take a walk, water and weed the garden (though I have forced that one on myself) and prepare food and eat it. However, when the promise of cooking provides ice cold watermelon sorbet, I just may be convinced. When your simple syrup is cool and watermelon chunked, blend them together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Cool the liquid completely in the refrigerator for a few hours. This then goes into the freezer. Truly, nothing.
Honey Mustard Chicken with Bacon and Mushrooms “This is probably my favorite way to eat chicken.” That’s a quote from my husband the last time I made Honey Mustard Chicken with Bacon and Mushrooms for dinner. Marinate some chicken breasts in honey, mustard, and lemon, then top with bacon, mushrooms and cheese… How could that go wrong? I love to serve this dish with a side of oven fries and a crisp lettuce salad. Begin by making the marinade for the chicken. Here’s what you’ll need for the toppings: sliced fresh mushrooms, mostly cooked bacon (it will cook more when baked in the oven), grated cheddar, and fresh parsley. After the chicken has marinated, heat a small amount of oil in a large skillet. Scrape out the pan, and toss in the mushrooms. Assemble the chicken in a large baking dish. After baking for about 20 minutes, chop up some fresh parsley and sprinkle atop before serving! Honey Mustard Chicken with Bacon and Mushrooms 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 cup honey 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Salvaged patchwork bulletin board Compare to Pottery Barn Teen's fabulous but expensive Style Tiles Whenever I speak to my dad on the phone, he always asks, “Miss me?” This past month I’ve been getting concerned emails, so apparently some of you missed me—or at least my weekly blog posts. How to make a patchwork bulletin board Alternatively, of course, this look could also be achieved by sewing the fabric pieces together and wrapping the entirety of bulletin board. Supplies salvaged bulletin boardcardboard or illustration board6 fabric squareshot glue sticksfinish nailssand paperwood puttywhite paint (I used Benjamin Moore Aura Steam [AF-15])primer (I used Kilz 2 latex primer)drop cloththumb tacks Tools hot glue gunhammernail setpaint brushdrill and small drill bit utility knife self-healing mat long metal ruler or yardstickpenciliron & ironing boardscissors 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Homemade Nutella Recipe If you ask me, Nutella should be considered one of the four main food groups. This chocolate-hazelnut spread has it all: healthy fat and protein from nuts, heart-healthy antioxidants from the dark chocolate, a touch of sweetness to fulfill that…um…sugar requirement…okay, so it’s not quite ready for a starring role on the food pyramid. Who cares, when it tastes so good? The problem with traditional Nutella–in addition to its addicting flavor–is that it’s loaded with modified palm oil. If you’re like me, and you want your guilty pleasures to come with a little less guilt, you’ll be thrilled to know that you can make homemade Nutella with just four ingredients and about 15 minutes! Stock up on hazelnuts and be prepared to have Nutella at every meal, because things are about to get intense… Homemade Nutella Recipeyield: about 1.5 cups Ingredients The first step is to toast the hazelnuts. Turn the food processor on, and after a minute or two you’ll be left with very finely ground hazelnuts.
DIY Tiered Cupcake Stand Tutorial If you’re new here, welcome! I’m AmberLee, and Giverslog is my place to share recipes, gift ideas, pretty wrapping ideas, and whatever else is on my mind. And if you have a moment, stop by my chocolate shop, The Ticket Kitchen. In the meantime, happy thrifting! UPDATE: Find a simple trick I discovered to make a single-layer cake stand out of any candlestick right here. At long last, here is the much-requested thrifted cake stand tutorial. Because my S-I-L is quite the party hostess, I thought I’d like to come up with a version where the plates could be switched out. So then, if you’re up for a little shopping and assembling, let’s get started. Shop. A drawer pull you think is pretty. I believe the drawer pull cost me $8. Make sure your allthread and drawer pull are the same width. Remember the hollow candlesticks I picked up for this tutorial? Paint. Drill. Assemble. And there you have it.
How To: Haunted House Silhouettes By Jeffery Rudell With some jobs, when you’re burned out it’s best to take a break, to get away from the office and focus on something else. With creativity, however, I’ve found the opposite helps: for me the only cure for burnout is more challenges rather than fewer. One such challenge came my way a few years ago, when I had an opportunity to decorate an entire house for Halloween. The homeowner had a strict $100 budget and insisted that nothing be attached to the house in a manner that would damage the exterior shingles. The place was newly purchased, and the homeowner had yet to install any window treatments beyond inexpensive paper “contractor blinds” on all of the windows. And, as for the pleasantly unexpected result, not only was the project great fun to create, but Sterling Publishing also took an interest in it and has just published Spooky Halloween Silhouettes (see the CRAFT review), my book based on this original project. Materials Directions Related
The 30 Minute $6 Dress Tutorial Guest post by Rachael at Talk 2 the Trees. The perfect dress is hard to come by. I like my dresses to be cheap, and long enough. Here’s Your Supplies List: 1. Here’s How you Make it: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Here’s the tutorial in pictures… Believe it or not, this dress only took about 30 minutes to make. About the author.