With his 9th birthday coming up, my son picked Pokemon as the theme. So the first step was to make invites.
There are some fun invitation ideas out there–personalized Pokemon cards, pull-out Pokeball cards and pop-up Pokemon invites, but I decided to make Pokeball pop-up invites.
I used my Silhoutte machine to cut out the card but you can easily do it by hand. (Mmmcrafts has a clear explanation how to do it with a compass.) I used a Fiskar circle cutter to make the smaller circles. I printed out various Pokemon images I found and cut them out. I used a paper spring to attach the Pokemon but you could use foam tape. You can either write out your party information or print it out and cut it to fit.
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.
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
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.
Photo: Ali at xovain
I made these for my friend’s son’s video game birthday party since he’s a fan of brownies but not cakes.
I 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.
Happy Macaron Day! While many bakeries around the country are celebrating by giving away these delicious treats today, you could make your own.
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.
My friends’s daughter drew this barn, so I thought it would fun to embroider and make her a small pillow.
I 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.