Easy DIY: Paper Hyacinths

I felt guilty throwing away all the scraps from the paper flowers I made, so I decided to try and make paper hyacinths.   

I taped together two toilet paper tubes as the base and then covered one end with tissue paper.    

Bunching the circles into blooms, I started gluing across the covered end and then worked my way down the tube until I had covered as much as I wanted. I cut slits into the uncovered end so that I could taper it down. Using green masking tape and green tissue paper, I made the stem and leaves.

Note: I got tired of cutting out circles, so I tried it with squares. I just had to trim some points off at the end, but it saved a lot time. 

Easy DIY: Paper Flowers

Spring is finally here and so is school auction season. My son’s school is going with an “In Bloom” theme and I’m making large paper flowers to decorate the interior courtyard.  I used the following tutorials, but add my own little touches to some of them. 

Giant Crepe Paper Roses from Studio DIY   

Tissue Paper Flowers from Little Monkeys  

Giant Tissue Paper Flowers from Design Sponge 

Easy DIY: Make-up Remover Pens

Ali at xovain has the brilliant idea of using Crayola Marker Maker Refills to make her own eye make-up remover pens. The comments also had some great suggestions of making nail polish remover pens or lip stains.

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Photo: Ali at xovain

Make This: Goomba and Super Star Brownies

I made these for my friend’s son’s video game birthday party since he’s a fan of brownies but not cakes.

IMG_5780I used a star cookie cutter and yellow and black icing for the Super Star. The Goomba I cut freehand. It’s pretty much like a squat Christmas tree that I trimmed and shaped to look like a Goomba. I then drew on the face using icing. I did flip the brownie over so the pan side was on top so I would have a smoother surface to decorate.

Make This: Easy French Macarons

Happy Macaron Day! While many bakeries around the country are celebrating by giving away these delicious treats today, you could make your own.

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I used the “Easy French Macaron” recipe on MarthaStewart.com because the video made it seem do-able. And it was for the most part, except they have salt in the recipe but not in the instructions or video. I omitted it after looking at other recipes.

I added some pink gel food coloring to half the batter, but would add more as the color seems to fade a little from baking. I then filled one with seedless raspberry jam and Nutella after they cooled because it was easiest. 

They were on the crunchy side when they came out but, according to FoodNouveau, they should be because you should fill them and let them “mature” for 24 hours. The shells will absorb some moisture from the filling and end up being perfect. 

 

Easy DIY: Child’s Art Embroidery

My friends’s daughter drew this barn, so I thought it would fun to embroider and make her a small pillow.

2015/01/img_5632-0.jpgI took her drawing and used my Crayola lightpad to trace the image. Then I just used some basic stitches to embroider it with the colors she requested.

Make This: Iced Penguin Cookies

A friend’s daughter wanted a winter themed birthday party and she asked for some treat ideas. I made white chocolate snowflake wands and my version penguin cookies that I found by Sandra Denneler at SheKnows. I used Junior Mints instead of black jelly beans and added “ice.”IMG_5597-2