April 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
Happy belated Easter! Nope, I didn’t let this Easter pass without a craft from me. But I have been so far behind, I didn’t tell you sooner! Or can I just say I am a year early?
I made paper Easter egg pockets for Canadian Living‘s April issue this year. Hope you can make it next year! There’s definitely a lot of time to make these by then…
The direct link to the craft is here.
So sorry I am late!
October 13, 2011 § 2 Comments
Rather: super simple whatever-you-can-mold-from-ice-cube-trays-or-candy-molds topiary. In this case: skulls. I’ve been looking for ways to use fancy silicone ice cube trays and candy molds. I figured, with a couple of cups of plaster and some form of styrofoam (ball, cone, or ring), that a holiday centerpiece, mantelpiece, or wreath can be made with these molds.
Knowing that I’d be at O.T.’s in California all week this week, I was excited to decorate his place with a bit of Halloween, but I also had to make sure the materials could be easily packed in my suitcase. A Dollarama skull ice cube tray (which you’ve recently seen included in the giveaway; I adore it so much, I had to pick one up for myself — amazing investment for a buck), a styrofoam ball, a dowel, and some plaster barely took up any room in my luggage. The result: a modern, obscure Halloween centerpiece for O.T.’s kitchen table.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be Halloween. You can make any type of topiary with whatever ice cube trays and candy molds you’ve got. My silicone ice cube tray collection includes skulls, pumpkins, hearts, and Christmas trees. I can make one for every occasion. And again, you can use a Styrofoam ball or cone or ring to make topiaries, trees, and wreaths respectively.
1. Mix plaster according to package directions. Pour into molds. Place toothpicks, pointy side up. NOTE: I discovered later it was better to break the toothpick in half, so that it is shorter. If the toothpick is too long, it may not go into the styrofoam completely.
2. Let plaster dry. Unmold.
3. Press plaster pieces into styrofoam.
And it’s done! It is very easy to do. It’s a matter of waiting in between molding for the plaster to dry, but there’s always chores to do around the house while that’s happening (especially here at O.T.’s). On that note, back to cleaning for me…
April 19, 2011 § 8 Comments
Today, I’m crafting over at Canadian Living’s The Craft Blog. The photo I posted in my sneak peek yesterday is actually that of a carrot Easter basket. What I didn’t mention is the totally random and unlikely craft item it’s made of, which is…a pylon! Quickly hop over to your local dollar store to pick up your pylon before the holiday weekend (of course, I got mine at my favorite, Dollarama). Then read my super simple tutorial to magically turn your pylon into a carrot Easter basket in three easy steps!
April 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
If your Easter eggs are looking for some style, but do not want to don all the frills of the previous ruffled eggs, they may want to look into fashioning some of our favorite notions: ric rac.
Ric rac is so much like the traditional Easter egg zig zag pattern, it couldn’t be more perfect.
April 17, 2011 § 11 Comments
Here’s one way to dress up those plain plastic eggs — ruffles. Easter eggs fashion all sorts of decorations but rarely don this type of three-dimensional frill. I thought to dress mine up for their big day. Besides, they only get the chance once a year.
For each half an egg: Ruffle the ribbon by dotting some glue along the way and pleating back and forth. Ruffle until you make it around the circumference, cut, and start another layer above, then repeat.
April 5, 2011 § 8 Comments
March 27, 2011 § 53 Comments
I have officially jumped on the bandwagon of cake pops. A bit tardy on the trend, but better late than never. For my first endeavor in cake pop creation, I thought to start with something simply and organically shaped — the carrot. Of course, carrot cake is among my favorites. Appropriately so, these carrot cake pops are both carrot in flavor and form.
I had ambitious plans to make my own carrot cake with honey walnut cream cheese frosting. However, considering I have never developed my own carrot cake recipe (yet) and although the recipes I’ve posted here have been my own making, I decided to skip that process by sticking to the tried, tested, and true method of making cake pops — cake mix and ready-made frosting, which is what I discovered online that most people use.
Cake pops are usually in the form of balls, like a lollipop, although they are evolving with more dimension. These carrots are my take on cake pops. If you haven’t seen cake pops before, head straight over to Bakerella, who, from what I gather, is the person to thank for inventing cake pops in general.
I did face one very, very silly conundrum — which side of the carrot to insert the stick. I wanted the cake pop to be held as you would hold the wider end of the carrot when being eaten (meaning the stick is at the top of the carrot). I already knew in advance I wanted paper grass in the photo. The stick being at the top of the carrot, I had the forethought of the carrots appearing to grow upside down and above ground. So with that thought, I was stuck. I chewed it over for a while. But I thought to stick with it. Oh, the little things that confound me.
You will need: carrot cake mix, cream cheese frosting, about three cups of orange candy melts, half a cup of green candy melts, and lollipop sticks. All this stuff is about $10 and yields 20 carrot cake pops.
1. Bake your cake according to package instructions. Let cool. Crumble baked cake into a bowl and mix with 2/3 of the frosting.
2. With clean hands, take about 1/6 cup of cake and form into a carrot shape. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour. NOTE: In hindsight, I realized that I could’ve achieved great details by using the edge of a butter knife to create short horizontal creases, giving more realism and texture to the surface of the carrots. The more organic, the better. I will try this butter knife technique next time.
3. Melt green candy melts. Dip about 1-1/2″ of the lollipop stick. Insert 1″ into the chilled carrot cakes. The candy melt will automatically pool around the lollipop stick.
4. Melt orange candy melts in a tall, narrow container (I used a 6″ mug). I did a cup at a time. Dip the carrot cakes. Tap off excess by holding the stick with one hand and flicking the tip of the stick with fingers of the other hand. Stick into a Styrofoam block and let dry.
Enjoy making these carrot cake pops for Easter!