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Oreo Lovey Bugs Tutorial

Posted in FOOD, HOLIDAYS
on February 14, 2015

For Shay and I, it’s become easier for the two of us to celebrate Valentine’s Day early together, and to spend the actual day with the kids – after all, they are our Valentine’s, too.

February is a super hectic time for our family, but even still, I like make to things a little festive – my mother always made my sister and I feel so special on Valentine’s Day.. I wanted to do the same for my kids.

This project was quick, easy and the kids loved not only looking at them.. but eating them!

You will need:

  • 12 Oreo cookies
  • 12 Mini-Oreos – for the heads
  • Vanilla almond bark – About 2 large squares
  • Parchment or Wax paper (to dry cookies on)
  • Small and large heart sprinkles – mine were made by Wilton
  • Small candies to use for antennae
  • White decorators icing – I used the store bought icing in a tube by Cake Mates that I emptied into a pastry bag for piping.

To begin, layout your wax or parchment paper and begin to melt the almond bark. I like to melt mine in the microwave by heating it for 1-2 minutes on 80% power. Stir and if needed, continue to melt in 30 second increments until the chocolate is smooth. Do not overcook or cook on full strength as the chocolate will be unusable.

Working quickly, dip half of your large oreos in the vanilla coating, twirling to allow the coating to drip before placing the cookie on to the paper to dry. At this time, add embellishments for buggy spots – I used pink and red small heart sprinkles for this.

This next step is for grownups. When the coating has dried, carefully dig out a small hole in the coating of the cookie for the wings, using the tip of a small, sharp knife. Carefully dip the tips of the large heart sprinkles in the coating and place in the hole on the cookie – the hole will help to support the sprinkles and make them stand slightly stand up. Continue this process for all 12 oreos.

To prepare the heads, using either a pastry bag or the icing tube with a tip, pipe two dots of icing onto the face of a mini-oreo. Add two blue small heart sprinkles for the eyes and pipe a mouth. Add another two dots of icing and add the candy for the antennae. Repeat for all 12 mini oreos.

Using either a pastry bag or the icing tube with a tip, pipe a pea size amount of icing onto the undipped portion of the cookie near the tip. Place a decorated mini-oreo onto the piped icing.

The last thing to do? Enjoy them! Wishing every-buggy a Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

How to make a Delightful Deco-Mesh Carrot Wreath

Posted in HOLIDAYS, SPRING: SEASONAL DECOR AND CRAFTS, WALL ART
on March 3, 2014

Looking to brighten up your door this Easter? You’ve come to the right place! Learn how to make a Carrot deco mesh wreath and frame this spring! 

How to make this Carrot deco mesh wreath

Although I don’t decorate for every holiday, Easter is one of those times that I love to do something fun around the house, both inside and out. Maybe the arrival of Spring gets my creative juices going, and thinking that it’s time for all things new, or perhaps I just love bunnies! Either way, I have created more wreaths around Easter than at any time other time of year! This carrot wreath will forever be a favorite creation, though, as a timeless design that will always garner compliments and bring a smile to my face.

HOW TO MAKE A CARROT DECO MESH WREATH

None of my materials are exact amounts. The wreath was a figure-it-out-as-you-go kind of project that luckily turned out pretty great!

You’ll Need

Use these simple materials - ribbon, pipecleaners and floral wire - to make this Carrot deco mesh wreath

 

Prepare the form

Step 1: If using a ready-made form without ties, start out by adding orange pipe cleaners about every inch across and down your form. Don’t have a form? Make the DIY Deco mesh Carrot Wreath Form I used and created! The guide for making your own is available for free download to subscribers of my newsletter and can be accessed here!

Carrot Wreath - Printable Template

 

Add the Mesh

Step 2: Instructions show my DIY Carrot Wreath Form. To begin, use a 12″ strip to weave in the orange deco mesh strips starting from the bottom and working up. To do this, fold over the first inch of your strip and attach a piece of pipe cleaner to provide a tidy end.

Step 3: Beginning at the bottom, attach the strip to the framework by weaving the open ends of the pipe cleaner through the bottom section, then twist the pipe cleaner tightly to connect to the back. Attach a pipe cleaner 6″ down the length of deco mesh, then attach to the frame about 1/2″ past the first attached end, creating a loop.  Arrange the loop, twist the deco mesh if needed to follow the natural curl, and add a final pipe cleaner to the open end, again, tucking under the end and attaching to the frame.

Your wreath will look like this from the front.

And will look like this from the back.

The key is to twist your deco mesh very tightly into a loop and to keep your loops tight together and relatively small.

Step 4: Continue to weave deco mesh strips up the frame, working from side to side, in the same manner, starting with a piece of deco mesh when needed, and looping and tucking as you go, up to, but not including the hanging handle.

Step 5: When you have filled in the frame, you will have something that looks like this – hopefully, yours will be a little tighter than mine was.. see the gaps? You can eliminate most spaces with a tighter weave on your grid. See the messy counter behind me? Just ignore that.

Step 6: If you do have a few gaps, you can use the orange grosgrain ribbon to fill in and mask it. Just weave a strip of ribbon, the width of the form, in and out on the back side of the frame.

Step 7: Attach the carrot “stem” using the tulle. I chose to stiffen the tulle first, as this wreath was going to be displayed outside. The humidity causes the tulle to go limp, especially if you are using a relatively fine mesh tulle, which is what I had on hand. To stiffen the tulle, begin by cutting your lengths of tulle. I used eight lengths of tulle, approximately 20″ long. I then sprayed the lengths with heavy starch and allowed to dry. If you live in a particularly damp or humid area, you could also use a thin layer of mod-podge to stiffen the tulle as well – This is just not what I did.

Step 8: When they were dry, I used the dark green pipe cleaners, cut in half, to attach the tulle to the frame. I folded the tulle strip in half and connected the pipe cleaner through the fold. I then attached the end of the frame just under the hanger and fluffed the ends.

Step 9: Lastly, I slip-tied a coordinating, decorative, ribbon under the tulle, and added a few corkscrew curled pipe cleaners for a bit of whimsy.

Step 10: Hang it. And know, when Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail, he’ll be making a stop at your house!

Please let me know if you have any other questions about this project or any other, or even if you just want to say “hey.” I love that!

For more wreath fun, check these out, for more Easter fun, take a look here, or, to just see what I’m up to today, click here!

 

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Basic to Bedazzling – a Pillar Candles Makeover

Turn plain white pillar candles into dazzling decor with twine and upholstery tacks! 

Pillar Candles Make over

It all started with three basic white pillar candles, a skein of hemp twine, and a whole lot of upholstery brads that I was supposed to return that I originally purchased for a chair make-over. I never got around to using them and then kept forgetting back – I’m notorious for not returning things!

After looking around and not finding anything, I decided to make my own.

HOW TO TURN BASIC PILLAR CANDLES INTO DAZZLING DECOR

You will need:

  • White pillar candles
  • hemp twine
  • upholstery nails
  • a glue gun and glue

How to make them:

  1. Glue the twine to the middle of your candle and wrap the twine down the length, securing with glue on the bottom.
  2. Add upholstery tacks along the top edge of the hemp by pressing them directly into the candle.
  3. Enjoy!
Pillar Candles Makeover - Step by Step
This was so easy! I rarely burn candles, so I’m not at all concerned about burning down to the twine, but if you are someone who burns candles, I’d recommend using this method on an LED candle to be safe.
I love how they turned out. They match the room just perfectly – a little bit of texture, a bit of bling, and a teensy bit of industrial. What a perfect way to spend 10 minutes. What did you do today?

 

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