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.

Easy DIY: Minecraft Blocks

My friend wanted to decorate her apartment for her son’s video game themed party. Minecraft is one of his favorites, so going off the coin blocks from the Mario Party, I decided to make big Minecraft blocks. Using wrapping paper and 8x8x8 boxes, I came up with three types of blocks–grass, dirt and diamond.

IMG_5758 You can buy Minecraft diamond wrapping paperat Amazon. There are three sheets to a pack and it’s enough to wrap eight 8x8x8 boxes if you slightly overlap the remaining scrap strips. The pattern is busy enough where you can’t tell that you’ve pieced it together.

Easy DIY: Crystal Clear Valentines

Playing off the science theme from the Petri dish cookies, I thought I’d use test tubes for classroom valentines. 2015/01/img_5620.jpg I originally was going to put polymer gel balls in the tubes but then thought the kids might not read the directions and end up eating them. I went with rainbow rock candy pieces instead. They kind of remind me of those souvenir pencils that had a tube of gems attached.

I used 16 X 125mm plastic test tubes and it took about a pound to fill 25 of them. I had to crush the rock candy I bought to fit in the tubes but you can order smaller pieces through Oh! Nuts.

Make This: Virus Valentines

Wendy at Notes from a Quirky Kitchen has baked some amazing thing, including bacteria and virus cookies presented in Petri dishes. I thought they would make awesome valentines. 2015/01/img_5608.jpgYou can order Petri dishes on Amazon and BarCoding.com will generate a bar code that you can cut and paste onto your document.