Gift/Craft Idea ~ Ring Pincushion

Make a Pincushion Ring from a Plastic Bottle Cap

 

I found this perfect craft idea for anyone who may be a seamstress on your holiday list.  Click HERE to head over to the Wikihow website and get the instructions on how to make this.

Craft Idea ~ Rudolph / Sock Dog Idea

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I found this adorable craft project at the Martha Stewart website.  Click HERE to go directly to the website and get the instructions on how to make this.

25 Amazing Ways to Wear a Scarf

I have quite a few different scarfs but get bored with wearing them as I know only a few different ways to wear them.  I found this incredible video that demonstrates 25 different ways to wear scarfs.

Click HERE to check out the video yourself.

Holiday Ornament Cake Pops Recipe

 Holiday Ornament Cake Pops

I think this idea is perfect which I would at the Canada Living website.  The instructions are below; however, I have made a few personal adjustments.

What You Will Need:

–   5 ½ cups of vanilla wafers

–   1/3 cup of sugar

–   2 Tbsp of coloured corn syrup

–   ½ cup of apple juice

–   1 ¼ cups of white chocolate coating wafers

–   1 ¼ cups of green chocolate coating wafers

–   1 ¼ cups of red chocolate coating wafers

–   assorted sugars

–   silver dragee

–   16 lollipop sticks

What You Will Need to do:

1.    In food processor, pulse wafers with sugar until in fine crumbs.  Transfer to bowl. Stir in apple juice and corn syrup.  Shape by 2 tbsp into 16 balls, washing and drying hands when beginning to stick.  Refrigerate on parchment paper–lined plate for 30 minutes.

2.   In microwaveable bowl, microwave white coating wafers on medium-high, in 10 seconds intervals and stirring each time, until smooth.  This should take less than a minute.

3.   Dip end of each lollipop stick into melted wafers; insert halfway into cake ball.  Stand in foam block or cake pop stand.  If cake pops soften, refrigerate for 15 minutes.

4.    In separate microwaveable bowls, melt green and red coating wafers.  Dip cake pops into desired colours to coat, letting excess drip back into bowl. Sprinkle with decorations, if desired.

5.   Refrigerate the lollipops now until set, about 30 minutes.

6.  Pipe remaining chocolate onto pops if desired; dip into sprinkles, dragées, coarse sugar  or however you’d like to decorate them.

Craft Idea ~ Red-Nosed Reindeer Lollipops

Red-nosed Reindeer Lollipops

 

Here’s an adorable idea which I found at the Spoonful website.

 

 

What You Will Need:

  • Large round lollipop
  • Plastic wrap
  • Clear and double-sided tapes
  • Brown pipe cleaner
  • Tiny bell
  • Red ribbon
  • Self-adhesive googly eyes
  • Red pom-pom

What you Will Need to do:

 Red-nosed Reindeer Lollipops Step 1
  1. Unwrap the lollipop and cover it again with plastic wrap. Secure it at the base with clear tape. Bend the pipe cleaner in half around the base of the pop and shape the ends into antlers. Thread the bell onto a 10-inch length of red ribbon and tie it around the reindeer’s neck. Stick on the googly eyes and attach the pom-pom nose with double-sided tape.

Craft Idea ~ Cupcake Recipe Card Holder

I found this more adorable cupcake recipe card holder at the Craftsnthings website.  I can think of three different people on my Christmas list who would love this!

 

What You Will Need:

–   Polyform Sculpey III: Ultralight, Chocolate (053), colors of choice (sprinkles)

–   Silicone baking cup

–   Metal coil ring

–   Clay-dedicated rolling pin or wooden dowel

–   Old or promo credit card (for cutter)

–   Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven

 

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   On clean work surface, remove clay from packages. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.

2.  Roll Chocolate clay into extra-large ball. Press ball in silicone baking cup. Slightly flatten top.

3.  For icing, roll Ultralight clay into long and thick log. Wrap log around top of cupcake.

4.  Carefully press metal ring (to hold recipe) in top of icing.

5.  From scrap clay, roll tiny different-color squares (sprinkles). Press sprinkles on top of icing.

6.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake recipe holder on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool completely.

 

Crafts ~ How to make a custom e-reader cover

I have an e-reader that I absolutely love!  I just haven’t found a cover that I would like to use.  I found this incredible craft project to make the perfect e-reader cover at home.

 

Click HERE to go to the Canadian Living website and do the project yourself.

 

How to make an e-reader cover

What to do With Your Pumpkin After Halloween

Now that Halloween is over, are you wondering what to do with that pumpkin?

 

Try making a centerpiece and placing some flowers or candles in the center like the pictures shown below:

 

                    

Fraidycat Cupcake Recipe ~ Craft Idea

 

Fraidycat Cupcake

Here is a creative way to put a little extra into your cupcakes what I found on the Real Simple website.

 

What You Will Need:

–   1 Tbsp  chocolate sprinkles

–   1  vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting

–   2  wedges from a York Peppermint Pattie

–   2  yellow M&Ms and 1 red M&M

–   6  1 1/2-inch pieces black shoestring licorice

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Place the sprinkles in a small bowl.

2.   Dip the cupcake in the sprinkles to coat.

3.   Top with the York Peppermint Pattie wedges to make the ears, the yellow M&Ms to make the eyes, the red M&M to make the nose, and the licorice to make the whiskers.

Enjoy!

Craft Idea ~ Mickey Mouse Pumpkin

Mickey's Pumpkin Patch

Here is an easy salt dough craft project that can be done and enjoyed by all for Halloween which I found at the Spoonful website with a few minor changes.

 

What You Will Need:

–   1 cup of flour

–   ½ cup of water

–   1 cup of salt

–   orange food colouring

–   black food colouring

–   toothpicks

–   black acrylic paint

–   fine-tipped black marker

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   In a bowl, stir the flour, salt and water together until the ingredients hold together.

2.   Knead the dough until it is smooth.

3.   Take a ¼ of the dough into a different bowl and knead the black food colouring into it. 

4.   Take the remaining ¾ of the dough, knead in the orange food colouring.

5.   Preheat your oven to 230°F.

6.   Now with the orange dough, form 4 or 5 small pumpkins. 

7.   With the tip of a toothpick, poke a pair of holes (about ½” deep) in the top of each pumpkins where the ears belong. 

 Mickey Pumpkins

8.   Like what is shown above, use the side of a toothpick to make vertical grooves on the pumpkins.  Once this is complete, place the pumpkins on a baking sheet.  

9.   Now make a pair of ears for each pumpkin by inserting toothpicks into small balls of black dough.  Slowly pinch the dough to make it stick well to the toothpicks.  Flatten the balls so that they look like mouse ears.  Place these ears on another baking sheet.

10.   Bake all the dough for 30 minutes but make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t start turning brown.  Note that the ears will probably take less time. 

11.   Once the dough is done baking, let them cool down.

12.   With the black marker, outline Mickey’s head like shown below.  Then take the black paint to colour in the area.

Mickey Pumpkins

13.   Once the paint has dried, place the ears in.  You may have to cut the toothpicks to a shorter length. 

Enjoy!

 

 

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