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Five Semi-Homemade Valentines

Hi everyone! While I get my January favorites ready I just wanted to put up a quick and easy Valentine’s Day tutorial. The template used for all the valentines can be found here –> Valentines Day Templates. Print that out on the paper of your choice (I used white cardstock) and let’s get started!

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Popcorn Valentine

What you’ll need:

– Template
– Scissors
– Microwaveable Popcorn
– Tape

Step 1:

Cut out popcorn pattern from the template.

Popcorn step 1

Step 2:

Tape pattern to the front of the popcorn package.

Popcorn step 2

Oreo Valentine

What you’ll need:

– Template
– Scissors
– Individual Oreo package
– Stapler

Step 1:

Cut out Oreo pattern from the template.

Oreo step 1

Step 2:

Staple pattern to the end of the Oreo package.

Oreo step 2

Hershey Kiss Valentine

What you’ll need:

– Template
– Scissors
– Snack size bag
– Hershey Kisses
– Stapler

Step 1:

Place a handful of Hershey Kisses inside a snack size bag then seal.

Hershey kiss step 1

Step 2:

Cut out Hershey Kiss pattern from the template.

Hershey Kiss step 2

Step 3:

Staple pattern to the top of the snack size bag.

Hershey kiss step 3

Cup Valentine

What you’ll need:

– Template
– Scissors
– Cup
– Hole Punch
– String/ribbon

Step 1:

Cut out cup pattern from the template.

Cup step 1

Step 2:

Punch a single hole at the top of the pattern.

Cup step 2

Step 3:

Tie pattern tightly around the top of the cup.

Cup step 3

Pencil/Pen Valentine

What you’ll need:

– Template
– Scissors
– Pencil or pen
– Hole punch

Step 1:

Cut out writing utensil pattern from the template.

Step 2:

Punch holes in both side of the heart pattern.  Next, Slide pencil/pen through the holes.

Make sure the holes are big enough for your pencil/pen to fit through. (for this valentine I used a three hole punch because it creates bigger holes)

Pencil step 2

And there you have it… very affordable, cute and most importantly EASY homemade Valentines that are sure to impress your child’s classmates. Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day everyone!

Semi-homemade Valentines

Give my tutorial a try? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear whether or not it worked out for you.

– Katie

**BONUS**

Here’s how I will be packaging my Valentines.

What you’ll need:

– White paper bag
– Stapler
– Craft tape

Packaging

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DIY: Cornucopia Cupcakes

What you’ll need:

– Cupcakes
– Frosting, bag and Wilton 1M tip
– Bugles
– Runts

Step 1

Bake cupcakes then let cool completely.

Step 2

Pipe frosting swirl onto cupcakes

Step 3

Place a single Bugle and a few Runts onto the frosting in a Cornucopia form.

And volia! You’re done!

Sorry I’ve been a little M.I.A. lately but it’s finals week so things are getting hectic around here. I only have a few days of the semester left  then I’ll be back to posting regularly again! I promise!

– Katie

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DIY: Last Minute Semi-Homemade Halloween Treats

What you’ll need:

– Templates I created:
Mummy Little Debbie Cake Cover
  Frankenstein Popcorn Cover Color
Frankenstein Popcorn Cover B&W
– Scissors
– Clear tape
– Double stick tape
– Little Debbie Fall Party Cake
– Popcorn (single serve mini bag)

Step 1

Print out templates.

Step 2

Cut out the mummy, Frankenstein and bolts.

Step 3

Place double stick tape onto the front of the popcorn and party cake packages.

Step 4 – Mummy

Place mummy template in the center of the party cake and lightly press down. Tape one side down then tape the other. Make sure the template is tightly wrapped around the party cake to ensure it will stay in place.

Step 4 – Frankenstein

Place Frankenstein template in the center of the popcorn and lightly press down. Tape one side down then tape the other. Make sure the template is tightly wrapped around the popcorn to ensure it will stay in place.

Next, place a small piece of double stick tape on the bolts then place onto the sides of the Frankenstein face by the stitches.

And viola, you’re done!

I made these cute treats to give to the kids I nanny and decided to make a quick tutorial out of it. Enjoy!

– Katie

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DIY: Tie-Dye T-Shirt

What you’ll need:

– Warm water
– Squeeze bottles
– White shirt
– RIT liquid dye
(colors of your choice)
– Rubber bands
– Scissors
– Bucket (one you don’t mind staining)
– Rubber gloves (optional, I didn’t use any)

Step 1

Wet the entire shirt then ring out water until it’s damp but no longer dripping.

Step 2

Fill the squeeze bottle with warm water leaving around a half an inch empty at the top.

Step 3

Add about 3 tbsp of RIT liquid dye into the squeeze bottles.

Step 4

Place lid onto the bottle then shake to evenly distribute the dye. I’d recommend hold the lid while shaking… just in case…

Step 5

Grab damp shirt from the center then begin placing rubber bands tightly around the shirt. Continue this process every few inches down the entire shirt.

Step 6

Start distributing dye onto your damp shirt over the bucket.  Continue this process in no particular order with whatever colors you choose. You want the colors to be kind of all over the place so don’t over think it too much.

Step 7

Let shirt sit for 5 minutes.

Step 8

Rinse shirt until the water runs clear.

Step 9

Carefully cut rubber bands off the shirt then rinse again until the water runs clear.

Step 10

Hang until fully dry then enjoy!

This DIY was requested by a friend of mine so I hope this helps her, as well as all of you out there who weren’t quite sure how to make your own tie-dye clothing. As you can see it’s pretty easy and super fun to make but as a warning you might want to get two shirts because you’ll want to start tie-dying everything in sight! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! If you have any questions you can leave them in a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

Give my tutorial a try? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear whether or not it worked out for you.

– Katie

Warning: the first few times you wash the tie-dyed items the color may bleed slightly so be careful what else you wash the newly dyed items with.

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DIY: Custom Crayons

What you’ll need:

– Razor or Exacto knife

– Knife

– Cutting board
(you may want to use a cutting board or other solid
surface you don’t mind ruining)

– Cookie Sheet

– Aluminum Foil

– Crayons

– Oven safe silicone mold(s)
(I got mine for 99 cents each from Ikea. Yes, only 99 cents!!!)

– Toothpicks

Step 1

Using a razor or Exacto knife carefully slice the crayon wrapper then remove. Repeat until the number of desired crayons is reached. I found it easiest to hold the crayon at the top (as shown in the top, right picture below) and slice the wrapper in one straight line.

*If you’re using a new pack of crayons the wrappers of certain colors will be a little trickier to remove. I’d suggest popping them into the freezer for about 15 minutes before you begin the unwrapping process. The slight freeze allows for easier removal.*

Step 2

Begin cutting the unwrapped crayons into small pieces. The pieces should be around ¼ of an inch or smaller. This will allow the pieces to fit into the forms small cracks.While cutting up the crayons I started off using one method but that was taking quite a bit of time so I switched to another. Listed below are both methods I used while cutting the crayons.

Method #1

Place a crayon onto the cutting board and hold as seen in the first photo below. Begin sawing at the crayon while applying pressure downwards. You should only need to saw a bit before it breaks into a small piece.

Method #2

Place a crayon onto the cutting board. Hold the knife as shown in the first picture below then apply pressure directly onto the index finger using your other hand (as shown in the second picture below). Be careful with your thumb placement during this method so it doesn’t get caught under the end of the knife.

I found this method more effective because it was the faster of the two.

Step 3

Once the desired amount of crayons have been cut, you can begin filling your silicone mold(s). This is the part where you let your creativity and imagination take hold. Play around with different patterns and color combinations to make each crayon unique. You’ll want to overfill the forms slightly so when the crayon pieces begin to melt it’s entirely filled with melted wax.

Step 4

Once desired amount of forms have been filled place the mold onto an aluminum foiled covered cookie sheet.

Step 5

Place cookie sheet into a 250 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. Time and temperature may vary slightly oven to oven.

*You basically just want to bake until all the crayon pieces have melted. I’d suggest checking the mold around the 10 minute mark and see how it’s doing.*

Step 6

Once all the crayon pieces have completely melted remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Using a toothpick pop any air bubbles you see on the surface of the melted wax.

*This step is kind of optional. If the air bubbles are not popped you just won’t have as smooth of a surface on the new crayons.*

Step 7

Carefully carry the silicone mold and place it into the freezer for 20 minutes. Try to avoid spilling the melted wax because obviously, it will burn if it gets onto your skin. After 20 minutes the new crayons should be completely hardened, as well as cool.

Step 8

After 20 minutes remove the mold from the freezer and set aside until it reaches room temperature. This step will help the new crayons release easier.

Step 9

Flex the mold back and forth a bit to loosen the new crayons. Once the crayons have been loosened, flip the mold over and start popping them out. You’ll want to do this with a careful hand so they don’t break when they’re released.

Repeat until all the crayons have been released and you’re done!

Since these crayons are so adorable and would make a great gift I decided to add on a quick and easy wrapping option.

What you’ll need:

– Small treat bags

– Ribbon

– Scissors

– Crayon

All you do is place a crayon into the small treat bag then tie off the top with a ribbon.

This craft is really inexpensive, easy, and I honestly had fun making them. I really hope you all will give it a shot. I also tested it out with the kids I nanny the next day, and they had a blast. Look for pictures from that day in August’s Nanny Bits post at the end of the month.

Give my tutorial a try? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear whether or not it worked out for you and what you came up with.

– Katie

Here are my casualties from the project: R.I.P. little fishes.

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DIY: 18 Semi-Homemade Cards (Step-By-Step Tutorial)

I’ve really been trying to come up with an easy DIY that even the most un-crafty, un-creative person or just a beginning crafter could do. This actually left me quite puzzled at first, but then it hit me! Cards! I mean come on, we’ve all made at least one homemade card in our lifetime. So here’s what I came up with…

I decided to create a semi-homemade card tutorial. Semi-homemade meaning, you can take the templates that I have so lovingly created* and put your own spin on them during assembly. Basically, you can make the cards as complex or as simple as you’d like. Let’s get started.

What you’ll need:

– Some sort of adhesive tape or glue
– Scissors
– Blanks cards
(Can be purchased at craft stores)
– Card templates
(Attached at the end of this post, I printed onto white card stock)
– Complimentary paper of your choice
– Ruler
– Pen/pencil

Step 1

Cut out designs on the card templates.

Side note 1: Whenever I’m crafting I always cut a little bit over around the actual border. This takes off the pressure of having to cut the border line perfectly. Andddd in the end I just think it looks better presentation wise.

Side note 2: I don’t use a ruler to trace where I’m actually going to cut. I just eye-ball it as I’m cutting. The rule usually goes measure twice and cut once but when I’m paper crafting I skip the measuring and cut twice. I just continue cutting down until all the sides look about even. If you’d feel more comfortable tracing with a ruler before cutting then go for it! They’re going to be your creations after all.

Step 2

Once all the designs are cut out start placing them on the different colored complimentary papers. I just used some card stock I had at home for my background paper but you can use whatever type and colors of paper you’d like. Keep playing around with the placement of the designs on different backgrounds until you find what you think looks the best. There is no real right and wrong way to do this.

Step 3

Get together everything you’ll need for the first card.

Step 4

Take the design for your first card and glue (or tape) the back then place onto the background paper of your choice.

Step 5

Cut out the design (still not using a ruler!) then play around with the placement onto the blank card. Again, there’s no right or wrong way to do this. I placed mine in the middle of my card.

Step 6

After placing my design in the center I thought the card looked a little bare for my liking so I decided to add an accent. I used a ruler this time to trace out a stripe on a piece of the complimentary paper I already had out. For this stripe I just traced both sides of the ruler to ensure the entire thing would have an even width. After tracing, I cut it out and then played around with placement again. Once it was in a placement I liked, I glued the design and accent stripe into place then cut off the end of the stripe to fit the card.

And basically you’re done. You just need to repeat those steps with the different designs you like from the templates or your own designs. Remember to try and change it up a little bit with every card. Have some cards going vertical and some horizontal. My favorite part is adding the accents. Adding different accents really changes the look of your card making it your own and truly semi-homemade.

Here’s what I came up using only the materials I listed above and my imagination.

Some are simple and some are complex. I wanted to create a variety so that you could get an idea of what is possible with the somewhat plain designs you’ll print out.

Here are the templates:

Birthday – Color
Birthday – BW

Get Well Soon and Thinking of You – color
Get Well Soon and Thinking of You – BW

Congrats and Thank You – Color
Congrats and Thank You – BW

Give my tutorial a try? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear whether or not it worked out for you and what you came up with.

– Katie

*Although I did create the card templates I am in no way claiming that the pictures used are my own. All pictures were found using Google Images.

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DIY Graduation Cupcakes (Step-By-Step Instructions)

Graduation season is here! Although I’m not personally graduating this year (wish I was…) I do know quite a few people who are. Naturally, they will be having parties to celebrate and I happen to have a perfect DIY graduation cap cupcake topper for the occasion. Since these cupcakes are very easy to put together and I think everyone knows someone who is graduating I made a little tutorial for you.

What you’ll need:

– Cupcakes
– Frosting
– Wilton 1M icing tip
– Icing bags
– Candy melts
– Microwave safe bowl
– Additional icing bag or empty squeeze bottle
– Wilton peanut butter cup mold
– Fondant
(white dyed with Wilton gel food coloring or pre-colored)
– Vegetable shortening
– Rolling pin
– Square cutter or Exacto knife

Step 1

Bake cupcakes. I just used boxed mix but homemade
works as well.

Step 2

While your cupcakes are baking you can begin making the base to your graduation cap. Using a microwave safe bowl and melt the candy melts color of your choice. Start by melting for 60 seconds then remove and stir. Continue stirring for 60 seconds. If your candy melts aren’t completely melted after the 60 seconds continue the microwaving process at 30 second intervals (30 seconds then remove and stir) until completely melt.

Step 3

Pour the melted candy melts into an icing bag or squeeze bottle. Once filled use a rubber band to tie off the top of your icing bag then snip the tip.

Step 4

Carefully fill your Wilton peanut butter cup mold and place into the fridge to set.

Step 5

Your cupcakes should be near done baking by this point so once you pull them out of the oven you can set them aside to cool and continue making the rest of the graduation cap.

Step 6

Roll out your fondant into an even sheet.

(If you’re not familiar with fondant you’ll need to rub some vegetable shortening onto it so it doesn’t stick to your hands, the rolling pin or your rolling surface)

Step 7

Using a cookie cutter or an Exacto knife cut squares out of fondant. Make sure they are big enough to cover the candy cups you previously made.

Step 8

Using a complimenting color cut small strips for the tassels. Next, cut an additional three slices towards one end.

Step 9

Using your hand shape small balls (these will be used to hold the tassel in place). Then remove the candy cups from the fridge.

Step 10

Once your cupcakes have cooled completed you can add the frosting. Using your Wilton 1M tip and an icing bag pipe a nice swirl onto your cupcakes.

Step 11

Graduation cap assembly:

1 – Place “peanut butter cup” onto frosting.
2 – Add a tiny bit of frosting to the “peanut butter cup.”
3 – Take fondant square.
4 – Add on tassel just off the center of the square.
5 – Attach by squishing down fondant ball.
(If the fondant ball won’t hold the tassel down you can also try attaching it with a bit of water or more icing)
6 – Place square with tassel onto “peanut butter cup.”

And there you have it! Your very own cupcake with graduation cap decoration.

Congratulations to all of the 2012 grads! I hope everyone has safe and fun celebrations.

– Katie

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