Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Firework Wreath!

I have been trying to make a wreath for every holiday.
I was doing really well until my job, new house, new cupcake venture, and life!
 
Since the fourth of July is coming up I have been feeling very festive!
So I decided to make a wreath.
 I found inspiration through pinterest...of course!
 
Here is what you need:
 16 inch foam wreath (white not green)
Four floral pins
Two 9 ft festive foil garlands
assorted ribbon (preferably not wired)
 
Steps:
Once you take the tags off the garland and wreath you take a floral pin and push it into the end of the garland.  then you push the pin into the foam wreath.
 
Then you wrap the garland around the wreath until you get halfway around.
 
 
Then you will pin the end and start another.
 
 
You can either leave the wreath like it is
 
or
 
if you are a former cheer...you add a bow of course!
 
 
Being a cheerleader and cheer coach for a team where the school colors are red white and blue
I have A LOT of ribbon to choose from!
(this wasn't even half!)
 
 
You start by tying two bows and then continue tying bows on the others to create this big mess bow!
 
 
Here is the finished product on my ugly, needs to be painted, needs a new knob door.
 
 
And here is a close up!
When I was going to hang it up my husband said,
"why would you make a Life Christian wreath for our door?"
 
Yes it would be very school spirit if it wasn't the Fourth of July!
 
 
Have a safe Fourth!
-e


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Baby Popsicles

It is SUMMER!
 
That means it is time for POPSICLES!
 
The family I nanny for had these Popsicle molds that I would make for the little boy.
He absolutely loves them but by the time he gets halfway through he has made a huge mess and I have to give him a bath!
 
 
When I was at TJMaxx the other day I saw these Popsicle molds and knew I had to get them.
 
I said they were for his sister since they are supposed to look like bling rings.
 
 
He loves them!
 
The Popsicle recipe in the first picture is:  Strawberries, Kiwi, Spinach, and Water
The second picture recipe is:  Frozen Peaches, Spinach, Water, and Chia Seeds
 
This way they are super healthy and he can have a few! 
 
 -e


Thursday, June 13, 2013

DIY Cupcake Paper Toppers

People are selling these cute little cupcake toppers all over etsy.
Some of them are selling for as much as $12 for 12! 
That is $1 each!!!
For a piece of paper, toothpick, and glue!
 
Why spend that much when they are so easy to make!?
These are the ones I made last night. 
 
 
What you need:
White card stock
Pretty doublesided scrapbooking paper
Glue sticks
Hot glue gun
Toothpicks
 
For these I found the logos from the facebook pages and just saved the picture to my computer.
 
I used Microsoft Word.
You open up a new document and use the shape tool to make a circle.
Size the circle by right clicking and then choosing the Format Autoshape.
Put the size as 1.5 x 1.5
Then copy and paste as many circles as you need to the document.
Once the circles are in place you then will create a text box to put your text in.
Or insert your picture or clip art.
Size it down so the picture or words fit inside the 1.5 inch circle.
Then you delete the circle so that it does not print the lines.
Then you print it.
 
I like to print on card stock because it makes it look more expensive then regular computer paper
 
After it is printed you take a 1.5 inch circle punch.  I use the one you can buy here.
Then you use a 2 inch circle punch to punch out the color paper you want.  (buy here)
 
You can also buy a scalloped punch or any other shape.
 
Then you glue the papers together and then hot glue a toothpick on the back.
 
It is that simple!
 
You can get really creative by getting ideas from etsy or pinterest.
But really all you need is Microsoft word and a printer!
 
And those circle punches can be used for so many more projects!
Like the dot banner I blogged about here or use a scallop punch for the favor bags I blogged about here...but seriously this is one of my favorite craft tools!  Buy it now!
 
 
Here is another picture of some cupcake toppers. 
These ones were made by my fantastic mother in law!
 
There are so many possibilities!
 
-e