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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: 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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EASY Cake Pop Tutorial (Step-By-Step Instructions)

What you’ll need:

– 1 box of Cake mix (any flavor)
(And everything to bake it according to box)

– 1 can of frosting (any flavor)

– Large bowl

– Cookie sheet

– Parchment paper

– 1 Tbsp Cookie Scoop (optional)

– Small deep bowl

– Candy Melts or Almond Bark
(Candy Melts can be found at Michael’s,
Almond Bark can be found at grocery store)

– Spoon

– Vegetable shortening (Crisco)

– Lollipop sticks (can be found at Michael’s)

– Small shallow bowl

– Sprinkles (optional)

– Styrofoam base (can be found at Michael’s in the floral department) (Pre-punch holes into the Styrofoam that are big enough to fit the lollipop stick)

– Plastic wrappers (can be found at Michael’s)

– Ribbon

Let’s get started…

Step 1

Bake cake as instructed on box and let cool. Cool times will vary based on size of cake made (I usually make two eight inch round cakes but any size will work).

Step 2

Once COMPLETELY cooled crumble entire cake (both 8 inch rounds) into the large bowl. I like to take off the sides of the cake first if they’re a little stiff because they won’t crumble well.

Step 3

Spoon ½ to ¾ of the canned frosting into the crumbled cake and mix it in until it’s about the consistency of Play-Doh. You can mix either with a spoon or your clean hands. I use my hands because it’s faster. (Use ½ the can of frosting to start because this step is crucial. If you add too much it won’t hold the round shape and if you don’t add enough it’ll fall apart. You can always add in more if needed)

Step 4

Now that all the frosting is mixed into your cake place the large bowl into the fridge for 45-60 minutes (or in the freezer for about 15 minutes but DO NOT let the mixture freeze completely). While it’s setting line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Step 5

After at least 45 minutes in the fridge take the frosting-cake mixture out and form it into approximately 1 inch balls then place onto your lined cookie sheet. I use a 1 Tbsp cookie scoop to help form evenly sized cake balls but if you don’t have one your hands will work just fine.

There is no telling exactly how many this will yield. It all depends on the size of balls you make. For this tutorial I was able to make 28 cake balls.

Step 6

After making all your balls place cookie sheet back in the fridge for another 45-60 minutes (or the freezer for about 10-15 minutes but DO NOT let them freeze completely).

Step 7

When time is nearing the end of the 45-60 minutes you can start getting your chocolate ready. Pour about ¾ of the bag of Candy Melts (or chunks of Almond Bark) into the small deep bowl and microwave for 60 seconds (to start) then remove and stir. Continue stirring until all of the chocolate is melted together. Once you’ve stirred for around a minute you may notice that your chocolate needs more time but don’t worry about it for now. We’ll address that in step 9.

Step 8

Take cake balls out of fridge. Dip your lollipop stick about half an inch into the chocolate. Insert the dipped stick half way into the cake ball then place back onto cookie sheet to allow the chocolate to set up. This ensures the cake ball will stay on the stick during the dipping process. After all the lollipop sticks are in the cake balls put back into fridge for about a minute or two.

Step 9

If all of your chocolate isn’t melted together yet continue the microwaving process at 30 second intervals (30 seconds in then remove and stir) until all the chocolate is completely melted (my chocolate usually takes about 90 seconds total but the amount of time will differ based on the power of your microwave).

Step 10

Once all your chocolate is melted and you’ve inserted the lollipop sticks into your cake balls you will want to add some vegetable shortening (NEVER WATER) to the remaining chocolate in order to thin out it out a bit more (this makes the dipping process easier to manage). Only add a little vegetable shortening at a time because you don’t want your chocolate to become too runny (usually around half a teaspoon does the trick for me). At first it may look like the vegetable shortening isn’t melting completely, but just keep stirring and I promise it’ll all mix in eventually.

Step 11

Now that your chocolate is thinned out you can take your cake pops out of the fridge and start dipping. I find it easiest to dip the cake pop straight down and out of the chocolate (you can move the cake pop SLIGHTLY but moving it too much will cause the cake to crumble into the chocolate and it’ll be a mess for the rest of the cake pops). Go directly to step 11.5 and 12 before continuing on with the rest.

Step 11.5

Once the entire cake pop is covered in chocolate let the excess chocolate run off (this should take about 30 seconds or so). You may want to use both hands for this step; use one hand to hold the stick (like pictured) and the other hand to gently tap your wrist (or fingers, which is what I do). Vibrations from the tapping will help move the excess chocolate along faster than just holding the stick still over the bowl.

Step 12

Immediately after finishing step 11.5 you’ll want to sprinkle with or pat (I found rolling became too messy) the chocolate covered cake pop in the sprinkles before the chocolate hardens. Do this using the small shallow bowl. Once coated with sprinkles place the cake pop stick into the Styrofoam base to set.

Repeat steps 11-12 until desired amount of cake pops are finished (if you do not want sprinkles on your cake pops skip the beginning of step 12).

Step 13

Once all of the cake pops have been dipped, sprinkled, set into the Styrofoam and given time to harden you can start wrapping. Place plastic wrapper over the cake pop and tie the bottom closed with a piece of ribbon.

Do that to all of them and you’re done!

Oh wait, one more step…

Step 14

Bring left over cake pops to the kids you nanny and be declared the best nanny of all time!

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. I wanted to put together an easy tutorial because I wished I had known some of these tricks when I first attempted to make cake pops. Below is a picture of my first experience with cake balls/pops from a few months ago.

Go ahead and laugh… it’s Monday so I’m sure you need it!

Luckily I have gotten sooo much better since then and am getting even better each time I practice. Have you ever attempted to make cake pops? If so, do you have any funny stories or tricks you’d like to share? Leave a comment on this post.

– Katie

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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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DIY Corner Bookmark (Step-By-Step Instructions)

Since it’s officially my summer break I’m already starting on my summer to-do list. No procrastination here… for once! Number 2 on my list was to read. I have about 8 or so books that I had bought last summer to read which I never got around to and I also just bought another book. I started reading my most recent book purchase, “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher on Saturday night and realized I didn’t have a bookmark. This is a major problem that I often find myself coming across. So much so that I have probably 3 or 4 books at home that I’ve already started but have no idea what place I’m at. Eventually I’ll just have to start over from the beginning.

Anyways… the reason I’m rambling on about this is that yesterday I decided to make my own bookmarks. A few months ago my mom had shown me some awesome page corner bookmarks in a magazine (I think) so I decided to create a template on Word and try to make my own. The trial was a success so I decided to share the finished product and do a tutorial on it.

Corner bookmarks are great because they don’t stick out or easily fall out of your book. They’re super easy and extremely inexpensive to make so I hope you’ll give it a try.

Here we go…

What you’ll need for this project:

1) Printer size cardstock (or other thick paper)
2) Bookmark Template
3) Paper scraps or other patterned paper
4) Scissors
5) Glue or tape (I recommend glue)
6) Pencil
7) Ruler
8) Eraser (that works well)

Step 1

The first thing I did was pick out the color cardstock I wanted then I went through my paper scraps and found patterns that matched the cardstock I have chosen.

Step 2

Print the bookmark template onto your cardstock then cut out the figures.

Take off the entire black line (without cutting off too much extra) from the square sides. The edges around the winged section don’t matter so the black lines can be showing. (pictured below)

Step 3

Keep cutting until all of the figures are cut out. You only need one of the separate little triangles so you can throw the others away. We’re going to use this for tracing purposes later on.

(Awesome shadow right…?)

Step 4

Next, using your pencil, ruler, scissors and patterned paper you’re going to make and cut out a square that will be for the bottom part of our bookmark. You want the square to be around 2 ¼ inches on each side (this will be smaller than the bottom but that’s the idea).

Step 5

Using the first square as a pattern trace as many squares as you’re making bookmarks then cut them all out. (It would work best if you trace on the back side of your paper because then you can skip step 6 all together. I wasn’t genius enough to think of this until step 7… whoops)

Step 6

Using your eraser (preferably one that works well) remove any pencil marks from the sides of the square pieces.

Step 7

Using the small separate triangle you cut out trace triangles onto your patterned paper. These will be for the top part of your bookmark. Again, trace as many triangles as you’re making bookmarks then cut out.

Step 8

Now that everything is cut out (you should have an equal number of bookmarks, squares and triangles) it’s time to assemble! For each bookmark you’ll need one square and one triangle.

(Awesome shadow again right…?)

Step 9

Take your bookmark and using the side with the black lines facing up you’re going to fold in both wings making a square.

Step 10

Put glue (or tape) on the back of one wing. Once glued place the other wing onto the glued wing and hold. Make sure you have a nice clean line at the edge (shown in the right-hand side picture). The paper may resist this but just hold it there for a minute. This lets the glue dry a bit and it will keep it in place.

Step 11

Glue the backside of your square then place all the way into the bottom inside corner of your bookmark.

Step 12

Glue the backside of your triangle then place onto the top outside of your bookmark.

Step 13

The top part of your bookmark may be bulging out a bit (from force gluing it into place) so just use your hands to press it flat.

Repeat steps 9 -13 for as many bookmarks as you desire and you’re done!

The only thing left to do is put it to use…

Got to go now… I have a book to read!

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

– Katie

P.S. If these bookmarks are too “Plain Jane” looking you can put a number of easy spins on them.

1) Make it into a monster eating your page.
2) Add eyes that are looking at your page.
(these two would be great for kids!)
3) If you’re a night reader like me you could also add on
the words, “you fell asleep here.”

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DIY Ombré T-Shirt (Step-By-Step Instructions)

Happy Friday everyone! We made it to another weekend!

Today’s post is another DIY and a reallyyyy easy DIY at that. Ombré is a HUGE trend going on right now. Not only Ombré hair but also Ombré clothing and nails. Today I tackled Ombré dyeing a t-shirt. Mine didn’t turn out as gradient as I had hoped (I blame my dark color choice and leaving it in the dye too long) but it stills looks good.

What you’ll need for this project:

1) White t-shirt (or other clothing article)
*pre-wash before dyeing
2) RIT liquid dye (can be found at Michael’s)
3) 1/2 cup of salt
4) Bucket (choose one you don’t mind staining)
5) Hot water
6) Gloves (optional)
7) Something to stir the dye with (I chose a ruler that I didn’t care about staining)
8) Two clothes pins
9) Safety pins or straight pins (I forgot to photograph this… whoops)

Step 1

Fill your bucket with steaming hot water (around 3 gallons).

Step 2

Wet the shirt. (the shirt you’re planning to dye, not the one you are wearing…) Ring out until the shirt is damp but no longer dripping.

Step 3

Pin up the sleeves with safety pins or straight pins (if you wish to leave them uncolored).

Step 4

Add 1/2 bottle of RIT liquid dye to the steaming water and stir until combined.

Step 5

Add 1/2 cup of salt to the dye bath. Stir until combined.
(you may need to omit this step based on type of fabric being used… refer to side of dye bottle)

Step 6

Place shirt in dye bath up to the point where you’d like to start the Ombré effect and fasten onto bucket with clothespins to hold in place. At 5 minutes intervals (could be less depending on how light you’d like the Ombré to be) move shirt slightly out of dye and re-pin. I did this 4 times; leaving the last section in for 10 minutes instead of 5 for a darker tint.

Step 7

Un-pin shirt from the bucket and using your gloves remove from the dye bath. Rinse shirt until the water runs (mostly) clear. Unfortunately this step will take around 10-15 minutes and there still will be dye left in the shirt but as long as most is out you’re good!

Step 8

Un-pin the sleeves and hang outside to dry.

Step 9

Once dried you can wash the shirt. I did this in my kitchen sink. I ended up having to wash the shirt 3 times (once with laundry detergent and twice in a vinegar and water bath) in order to get the rest of the dye out. This process tinted the white part of my shirt slightly blue… which I actually think made it look better! After washing hang back out to dry again. I left mine outside until it was mostly dry and then threw it in the dryer with some towels to finish.

Step 10

Wear it!

(It was getting dark when I took this picture so you can’t really see the Ombré effect. You can see the gradient better in the picture on the left.)

I know this seems like a lot of steps but I promise you this is sooooo easy and you will love it! My mom wants me to make her one so I’m going to experiment with the timing and see if I can get a better Ombré on hers. I’ll post a picture once I make her shirt and let you know how it goes!

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

Have a great weekend!

– Katie

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