29.12.11

Hot Chocolate Jar

Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean you can't surprise your loved ones with a heart warming gift! Hot chocolate is one of my favorite winter drinks, especially when you share it with others. There are a few steps to this project but they are all very simple and the end product is the perfect gift to get rid of those winter blues!

What you will need for this project:
Mason Jar
Hot Chocolate Mix
Marshmallows
Chocolate Chips
Pretty Paper (for the tag)
Sparkles
String or Ribbon
Glue
Sticker Paper*
Cellophane wrap*
* items not shown in image

Step 1: In order for the chocolate on the spoon to be hard it is important to do this step first. In a microwaveable bowl pour about 1-2 cups of chocolate chips (I used Hershey's but you can use whatever you like). There are many different ways to melt chocolate. For this project, I microwaved the chips for about 20 seconds stirred and repeated until they were all melted. Once the chocolate is melted take your plastic spoon and coat the head with an even layer of chocolate and place in a cool place to let harden.

The chocolate should harden on the spoon and come out looking like the image above.

Step 2: While the spoon is drying, we will work on the tags for the jar. I used sticker paper to print the directions and a small label for the back of the jar. You can hand write the directions and by-pass the sticker on the back if you want, but I find it gives the project some great finishing touches.

Step 3: Using your glue stick and sparkles make a small boarder around your directions. As well, take your string and measure how much you will need to go around the jar, leaving a fair amount to be used later to tie on the spoon.

Step 4: Apply your label to the back of the jar ( if you made one) and tie your directions label to the jar.

Step 5 : Once your spoon is dry, take your clear cellophane wrap and bunch a small amount over the head of the spoon, tying the shaft with string to keep the cellophane in place.

Step 6: Using the extra string, attach the spoon to the opposite side of the jar (I had to tie the string around the spoon a few times for it to stay in place). Once that is complete, fill the jar 3/4 of the way with hot chocolate mix.


Step 7: Fill the rest of the jar with marshmallows and enjoy the finished project!


Project Tips: Once the project is finished try and make sure it doesn't tip over while in transit, or the chocolate mix will cover the marshmallows.


20.12.11

Tip Tuesday

Tip# 1: Always Plan Ahead

I would like to admit that any time I entertain I throw things together at the last minute, but I am quite the opposite. One of the most important things you can do is plan ahead. Sometimes I find myself making multiple list of things I will need including food, decoration, what I need to buy, what I can borrow from others, and crafting ideas. I usually start planning 2-3 weeks ahead of time so I am not scrambling the day of. Even if you are only having a few people over for dinner, having a plan can help you create the perfect atmosphere.

19.12.11

Candy Cane Jar

One of my favorite things about the holidays' is the candy cane. Such a simple candy can pack amazing flavor, unique shape and great color. In honor of the candy cane I made an very simple holder to put on the table or at the front door for guests.
Here is what you will need for the project:
Ribbon
Mason Jar
Candy Canes
Glass Frosting Spray
Step 1: Make sure that the mason jar is clean and dry before you spray it. I also suggest you do this outside... the smell is pretty potent. Spray the jar with one coat and let dry for about 10 minutes. Repeat this step as many times as you would like, until you get the desired shade.
Step 2: Take ribbon and wrap it around the top of the jar. I used double sided tape to attach the ribbon but because of the sprinkles it didn't stay together very long. In the end opted for the spray glue instead.
Final step: Add candy canes and enjoy!

6.12.11

Decorative Pine-Cones

Seeing as the holiday season is slowly approaching, I thought this would be the perfect time to start my blog. Over the next few weeks I am going to be posting some crafty ways to decorate your house and table for your holiday dinner. After seeing bouquets of sparkly pine-cones I knew that I could make them for half the price! I got the pine-cones from the dollar store, a pack of 6 was only 2 dollars! The paint, glue and sparkles I had from other projects, but once you buy them you can re-use them for other things.

What you will need for this project*:
Spray Paint

Sparkles

Glue ( The spray glue makes it easier to get in the cracks)

Pine-cone

* all of the products I used , I already had in my home. You do not have to use these exact products

Step One: Take your spray paint and coat the pine-cone evenly on all sides. Make sure to get the underneath as well. Let dry for 10-15 min, or until the paint is completely dried

Step 2: Once the paint has dried, spray or paint the pine-cone evenly with glue. Immediately after you put on the glue take your sparkles and evenly distribute them

The Finished Project!

A few tips I learned while making this project. If you want to change the color of the pine-cone try and find a color the matches the sparkles you are going to use so it stands out . Try and spray the pine-cones outside so you are not inhaling the fumes. And finally...
HAVE FUN!


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