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DIY Tutorial: "Ready to Pop" Popcorn Favor


Tuesday, January 10, 2012


On to the next DIY project from Jen of Scissors & Spatulas! She came up with this yummy treat for her "Ready to Pop" baby shower. This would also be a great idea for any party -- simply change the container and colored M&M's. So easy!

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From Jen... While I was away at Creative Estates, my friends and I {even though I wasn't actually present} hosted a baby shower for my dear friend, Cindi. Since I was going to be gone, I was in charge of items that could be bought and prepared ahead of time. One of my duties: the party favors.

Now, I am a creative person. But favors can be hard! I didn't want to do the same old same old. So I had no idea what I was going to do, until one day I went to Hobby Lobby {What? Me? At HL, you say? I know, crazy!}. So anyway, I was at HL and saw these little favor boxes.

So cute! And they are shaped like movie popcorn boxes! But of course I wasn't going to fill them with regular old buttered popcorn. . .

Materials Needed:

3 bags microwave popcorn, popped
2 - 12 oz. packages premier white chocolate morsels
2 - 12.6 oz. bags chocolate coated candies (such as M&Ms) 


Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Mix half of popcorn {1- 1/2 bags} and 1 bag of candy in a large bowl. Melt 1 bag white chocolate morsels in microwave at 75% power for 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted. CAREFUL NOT TO BURN!!! Pour a small amount of chocolate over popcorn and stir to coat. Continue adding chocolate, a little at a time, until popcorn mix is fully coated. You will use about 2/3 of the white chocolate.

2. Spread popcorn mixture on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Using a spoon, drizzle remaining white chocolate over popcorn. Allow to cool for 1 hour before breaking popcorn mix into large chunks.

3. Repeat with remaining popcorn, candy and white chocolate. 



Tutorial & Photography: Jen of Scissors & Spatulas

DIY Tutorial: Burlap Wreath


Monday, January 9, 2012


Here's a super cute and super easy diy project from Jen of Scissors & Spatulas! Not sure how I came across her site, but thank goodness I did... She has great crafts and lots of tutorials. FUN! I especially like this welcome wreath she put together for a baby shower. Adorable! I'll have another tutorial from Jen later this afternoon. Yippee. Happy Monday!

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From Jen... I made pink and blue tissue pom poms to match the paper products I had bought. They had a pre-made banner to match also, but me being me was up for the challenge of a DIY banner, of course! But then I got to thinking, "If I'm going to put the effort into making this thing, why not make something she can use again?" And so I decided to make a wreath instead. Then she could hang it on her door when the baby arrives.

Materials Needed:

Burlap
Pink linen
Hay wreath
Scrapbook paper
Ribbon

Step-by-Step Instructions:1. I cut the burlap into strips about 2-3 inches thick.
2. I wrapped the burlap strips around the wreath using hot glue to secure the fabric on the back side of the wreath.
3. I used my Cricut to cut two different size triangles and letters for the banner. {I used the Basic Shapes cartridge for the triangles and the Cuttin' Up font cartridge.}
4. I layered the cut pieces {large ivory triangle, smaller print triangle then letters} and used an adhesive pen to stick them together. These are my pennants which read "baby girl."
5. I measured and cut two pieces of grosgrain ribbon slightly larger than the diameter of the wreath. I stretched the ribbons across the wreath and wrapped the excess ribbon around the backside.
6. I secured the ribbons with hot glue on the back side of the wreath.
7. I then used a hot glue gun to attach the pennants to the ribbon.
8. Next I made some rosettes out of burlap and pink linen. I started by cutting the fabric into three inch strips. Then I twisted the fabric somewhat tightly and began wrapping around and around in a spiral fashion, securing with hot glue on the under side every other circle.
9. To finish the rosette, I tucked the end of the fabric on the back side and secured with hot glue.
10. For the center of the burlap flowers, I rolled thin blue silk ribbon tightly and secured the end with hot glue.
11. I placed the flowers around the wreath and added some triangles from the scrapbook paper to mimic the pennants.



Tutorial & Photography: Jen of Scissors & Spatulas