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Entries in Crafts (21)

Friday
Oct112013

Candy Corn Paper Cupcake Topper DIY

These Candy Corn Cupcake Toppers are great for your Halloween parties, or maybe just to want to make someone feel extra special when you give them a plate full of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes. Whenever you chose to do with these toppers, they add a cute little something-something to embrace the fall spirit.

For these toppers, you'll need toothpicks; orange, yellow, and white printed scrapbooking or cardstock; plain cardstock; scissors; and glue dots or glue stick.

Cut out a candy corn shape out of the plain cardstock. Mine was about 1 1/2 inches tall. I cut one out, and then used that as a stencil to make a half dozen more that were the same size.

Start with your white patterned paper and cover the top third in the paper. I applied my glue dot to the plain paper, and then stuck it to the sheet of patterned paper and cut the shape out that way. This provides a straight edge and less cutting than cutting out a small section, then gluing, then cutting again.

For the center orange section, cut out a strip that's as tall as a third of your candy corn shape, glue, and trim to the right size.

For the yellow section, line up your yellow paper and glue the entire paper down. Trim to size, similar to adding the white section.

Ta-da! Quirky patterned candy corn shape! How cute is that? Mixing patterns is part of the fun.

Apply some glue to the toothpick and glue to the back of the candy corn. If you are using an actual normal-sized toothpick, use some kind of liquid glue (tacky glue or Mod Podge) to glue toothpick to the back of the candy corn. Cut a small strip of paper and apply over the toothpick, creating a foundation for the toothpick to stick to. I hope that makes sense...

Stick those babies where they belong... I just love the mix of patterns!

This is a great project to use up some scrapbooking paper scraps or even extra fabric that's been sitting around your craft cabinet. Or at least, that's where I found my paper. And those toothpicks can be found next to the regular toothpicks in the supermarket. Since I have an entire container of them now, I'm sure more cupcake toppers are in the near future. They're just so cute and fun!

Disclaimer: I don't even like candy corn, but this is my second candy corn craft. It's such a festive color combo.

Friday
Oct042013

Glitter Pumpkin DIY

If you've been on my blog before, you know that I love a simple DIY and these glitter-painted pumpkins are just that. These probably don't even warrant a tutorial, but they are a great way to spice up your growing pumpkin collection (you don't have a growing pumpkin collection? That's just me? Bummer...) or use for a table or mantle centerpiece. Here's what you'll need...

Pumpkins, Glitter Paint, and a Paint brush. See told you this was simple.

Use the paint brush to paint a thin coat of glitter paint over half of your pumpkin. Sit the pumpkin on the non-painted side and lean it on its steam until dry. You'll need 3-4 coats of paint, depending on how much bling you want your pumpkin to have.

Once you've let your last coat fully dry, repeat the painting with the other side of the pumpkin to get full glitter coverage. Let dry and that's it. Bam, glitter pumpkin.

As I said, I currently have a collection of pumpkins on our bookcase because I love all the different size, shapes, and colors that you can get pumpkins and gords in. Each year, I tend to buy a bunch of different ones to group places around our apartment and these gold glitter ones are perfect to mix and match with. 

Painting pumpkins might be an addiction that I just uncanned...I'm thinking chalkboard paint next. (!!!!!)

Friday
Sep132013

Cupcake Wrapper Paper Flower DIY

I have a hard time keeping real flowers around our apartment (one of the bad parts of having these cuties) so I am always looking for ways to make paper flowers. These flowers are made from cupcake liners, which I always have around the kitchen. Here's how to make the cupcake liner flowers...

For this project, you'll need Mod Podge, cupcake liners (5 per flower), floral wire, and floral tape. The supermarket sells inexpensive packs of pastel cupcake liners that would be great for this project!

This tutorial is similar to these coffee filter flowers, which has more detailed photos.

Take a piece of floral wire and fold the end into a loop. Fold each cupcake liner into fourths.

Cut the wide end of the liner into a backwards 3, turning the folded liner into the shape of a heart.

Dip the end of the floral wire loop into Mod Podge and shake off any extra. Poke the center of a liner through the floral wire and slide up towards the loop. Twist the liner around the loop and paint a small amount of Mod Podge on the twisted section.

Add another liner and repeat with all 5 liners.

Ta-da! This where things start to take practice...

Holding the flower in your hand, begin wrapping the twisted section of the flower with floral tape. The trick with floral tape is to overlap it often, since it sticks to itself. Continue down the wire until you reach your desired stem length. Cut the wire stem to length.

Place in a small vase or fun decorative jar. These are perfect for spaces that might not have any windows, like my downstairs bathroom, or to add the effect of fresh flowers without dealing with changing the water or having your pets try to eat them. You could even dye them!

Happy DIY weekend!

Thursday
Sep052013

Confetti Votive Candle Holders

Sometimes while aimlessly wandering the aisles of Target, I stumble across something boring and a little light bulb appears over my head. When I bought these plain glass votive candle holders, I didn't know what I was going to do with them. For some odd reason I had a package of confetti laying around and knew that putting them together would make confetti votive candle holders! This is a super easy DIY that's great for a party, but still fun for everyday. Here we go...

For this project you'll need glass votive candle holders, confetti (or glitter!), Mod Podge, and a paint brush. You'll also need something to lay your glitter out on.

Spread out your confetti on a flat surface.

Cover about a third of the glass votive with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Start from the bottom of the glass, and work your way up. I wanted a kind-of ombre effect, so I didn't paint all the way up the glass, but you do as you wish. Roll that section in the confetti and lightly press the confetti down with your fingers. Add another layer of Mod Podge and reroll if you want more coverage, or continue on to the next section. Let sit for 15-20 to start the drying processs.

After a bit of drying, add another coat of Podge over the entire glass, pressing down the confetti with your brush. This is also a good time to move any loose pieces around. Let dry completely.

And that's it! You could light these little guys up for your next gathering, or they would make darling housewarming gifts!

Wednesday
May292013

Cake Topper

This little DIY is really simple, but also pretty freakin' cute. Sometimes you just want to decorate a dessert for a party, but happy birthday candles don't quite cover it because you aren't celebrating anyone's birthday. These cake toppers can be made in a million different ways, but here is a very easy one with bamboo scures and some fabric scraps.

Using embroidery floss or any other kind of string you have laying around, tie each end around the top of a bamboo scure. The size of the string will depend on personal preference and how big your cake is.

Cut about 10 rectangles out of fabric and cut each rectangle into a diamond. The number of diamonds will depend on how wide your string is.

Apply Mod Podge to one side of the diamond and glue the fabric onto the string. After all the fabric pieces are glued to the string, Cut off any fabric that doesn't match up when you folded them in half. And that's it!

Stick that topper into some cupcakes or a pie and you have an instant party. Or at least, your party is instantly better. Happy dessert!

PS: Those smores cupcakes are coming up later this week!