“i do.” Cupcake Toppers

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So, I created these for a friend’s bridal shower! It was so fun and simple!

What you need:

  • Toothpicks
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Card stock
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • CUPCAKES in adorable liners 

Okay, so once you have those cupcakes in the oven, let’s get to those adorable toppers!

Of course you can choose whatever saying you want, maybe a number for a birthday, a last name or initial at a wedding, or the adorable “i do.” for a Wedding or Bridal Shower! Go ahead and create a document writing your phrase or number out 24 times (or more if you make more than 2 dozen cupcakes). Next is getting that font! I got mine online for free at http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=113. Pick the one you want, then print them out on your card stock!

Next, cut the phrases out and hot glue the tooth picks to the back of the card stock pieces. Once your cupcakes are iced, I sprinkled mine with crystal spinkles, you just pop those suckers into the cakes!

ENJOY!

xoxo

 

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Washi Tape Laptop Cover

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Hey there everyone! Here is the simplest version of a laptop cover ever…

 

Here’s what you need:

  • Washi tape (found at Michael’s, Joann’s or any other craft store)
  • Scissors/Razor cutter
  • Your laptop!

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Now you need to wrap it! It’s so cheap and simple…come up with whatever design you want…I tried a few. Then I decided on no design really! But check out some below.

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The best part about these covers is that they come right off with NO mess! You can change it up every month, every week or every day even! Honestly, it’s up to you!

Hope this helps save you some bucks before buying an expensive cover!

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ENJOY!

xoxo

 

 

Cake Batter Chocolate Cookies!

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YUM! Who doesn’t love cookies that taste like brownies?! Here is a simple recipe for cookies that uses a cake box mix for the base of your batter!

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What you’ll need:

  • Cake mix
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Powdered sugar

Yields: 3 dozen cookies

First, start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees! Then in a large mixing bowl mix together all of your ingredients. At this time you could also add in m&ms, nuts, candy, etc.

Once all of your dough is mixed, in a separate bowl pour in a few cups of powdered sugar. You can also add in sprinkles or peppermint powder to your powdered sugar for more festive occasions!

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Then scoop small balls of dough into your hands, roll them to create a good shape, then drop a few balls into the powdered sugar as seen below!

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Toss the balls in the sugar a little to ensure all sides are covered! You should probably only do around 3 balls at a time. Then drop them onto your cookie sheet (which is NOT greased)!

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Bake each tray for 10 minutes! Let them cool on a rack for a few minutes after coming out of the oven. Use excess powdered sugar to coat the cookies again. Then, enjoy!

xoxo

Painted Mason Jars

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So, me and the main squeeze have decided that while he is at Grad School we are gonna save $20 a week so at the end of 2 years, we can celebrate his graduation with a vacation! But we weren’t sure how to actually save up the dough. I decided to make these little jars to store our cash! You can use them as memory jars, cash jars, flower vases, etc.

What you need:

  • Mason Jars (you can use a recycled jar or go to Joanns for these smooth jars)
  • Tape
  • Stickers
  • Spray Paint

This is so simple. All you need to do is tape it up the way you want! Use ugly stickers or masking tape. If you are using a lid, make sure you tape over the lip of the jar.

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Now start spraying once you have your outdoor station set up! Keep your spray can far back from the jar. And do a few coats!

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Once they are dry, peel off the stickers and tape! And there you go! SO SIMPLE!!

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Or you can add some paint pen effect, like the one below with a gold accent!

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Start saving that money or keeping those flowers alive!

Enjoy!

xoxo

Wooden Photo Transfers

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Okay so I made these for my friends Bridal Shower gift and have made plenty in the past. I have found what has and hasn’t worked in the past. I will post a video of my favorite tutorial and then just give you my tips and advice. 

What you’ll need:

  • Wooden planks (I buy a long plank and have them cut them in store)
  • Gel Medium
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Wash cloth and Water spray bottle
  • Printed photos on LASERJET Printer on regular computer paper*** So important

Alright guys, if you can see in the video the instructions that’s great, but I’ll post them down below but also with my tips. So, it would be wise to read through it all!

First, get your station set up, I do mine on my outside patio set up with a newspaper underneath my project. First you need to paint a thick layer of gel medium onto the first board with your sponge brush. Once you have a thick even layer, yes that is important, place your laserjet printed photo face down onto the board (ink photos DO NOT work, so don’t try it…it looks horrible and you just wasted that board). Smooth out any bubbles and wipe away any extra medium that squeezes off onto the side. Repeat this process with all boards and pictures (I usually do 4 at a time). Once your boards are done, place them in a safe area and let them dry overnight. They need to dry properly so 8 hours is definitely a good length of time, I have left mine for 2 days before and they looked great as well. 

The next day, go back to your station and pull out your wet wash cloth, spray bottle, mod podge and sponge brush. Wet your first board with your spray bottle of water. Once the paper is completely wet, rub/peel off the paper. Be careful, but make sure you have ALL the paper off the board.  Repeat this process to all of the boards. ***Now, go back to your first board and see if you have all the paper off.*** You will now realize if you have all the paper off, if you don’t, rewet the paper and keep rubbing. Some of the paper may come off completely and you are able to see the actual board, but that’s okay it looks cool. 

Once you know ALL the dry looking paper is gone and all you can see is the image on the wood, like the one above, you can mod podge. So, lather up the board with mod podge and paint it on evenly into ONE direction. Let them sit and dry for a few hours, you can do more than one layer if you would like. 

If your board dries and it looks like you have more dryish paper (all cloudy looking), then rewet the WHOLE thing and scratch off the mod podge and paper with your fingernail or something sharp. Then re-mod podge. If you want you can now paint the sides of the board and create a boarder around the picture. I will show you both below!

When MOVING or gifting the present wrap in wax paper, the mod podge will always be a little sticky to materials, so really…WAX PAPER over the image when transporting it. I made this mistake and it sucked so much. 

If you mess up and use ink or something went completely wrong, just try mod podging a laser jet printed photo onto the board over the other image it can still be pretty.

Here are some I did for an engagement I left blank:  

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These are the ones I made for my sister and her gf: 

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If you love these and just DO NOT have the skills for it, go ahead and message me on etsy and you can buy them from me! Send me the photo and I’ll get on it. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/willowtreeproducts

Hope you enjoy your new artwork!

xoxo

Homemade Necklace

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So here are two gorgeous pieces of jewelry that I made. It was done simply from a chain, jewelry pliers, and a big ole jewel from Joanns…guys…It was that simple! Just find the center of the chain, open your jewels chain ring at the top and simply loop it through and close it up with your pliers. And voila, you have a gorgeous necklace!

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Enjoy being fabulous!

xoxo

Cucumber Sandwich

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Simplest and tastest healthy lunch! I love this lunch so much!

What you need:

  • Cucumber
  • Cheese
  • Turkey (lunch meat)
  • Mustard
  • Veggies
  • Optional: Siracha Sauce

First. slice your cucumber in thirds or in half, then cut length wise, as shown below! And  then hollow the insides with a spoon. 

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Now line with bottom with mustard. Cut some cheese, add the turkey and vegetables that you want. And if you’re like me…add some spicy siracha. It takes a little sushi-esque with eh cucumber and all.

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Enjoy!

xoxo 

Apple Scone Muffins

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Hello ya’ll! Today we are making Apple Scone Muffins! I came up with this recipe based on a horrible English recipe I found online, so I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

What you’ll need:

Batter:

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of fresh cold milk
  • 8 tbsp of butter/1 stick (melted and cooled)
  • 1 chopped green apple
  • 1 lemon
  • Cute muffin liners!

Topping:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 2 tbsp of chopped butter
  • 1 green apple (or nuts if you’d rather)

Yields: 15-18 standard muffins

Heat oven to 375 degrees!

Topping goes first:

Combine all the dry ingredients first and then add in chopped butter. Then chop up both apples and cover in lemon juice to ensure they won’t brown. Use half the apples (1 apple) and combine into the mixture. Put the mixture into the fridge. Apples should be cut as shown below and the combined mixture of the topping is below as well. 

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Now it’s batter time:

Add your flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl and mix well. Slowly add the rest of the apples covered in lemon juice. 

In a separate larger bowl, beat egg and sugar together until they are well combined. Then, add your melted and cooled butter, stir well. When combined, add cup of milk and stir again!

Add your dry mixture to the wet one, mixing with a large spoon or fork. Mix until your mixture almost looks like curdled/rancid milk (gross image, sorry). Don’t over mix because that can cause your muffins to be too stiff. 

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Scoop mixture into your adorable liners until the cups are almost full.

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Then remove your topping from the refrigerator and sprinkle on top. You should have enough batter and topping for 15-18 muffins. 

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Place muffins into the preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, until the outsides are hard and a little browned. 

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Lay them on a cooling rack to stop them from baking more.

Now here’s the good part! After they have cooled, get out some butter (or pumpkin butter, as my sister likes them) and inhale. They are delicious, but more dry like a scone and personally I like them better with butter and a spot of tea! 

Enjoy!

xoxo