Hedgehog Match Holder

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We love candles – who doesn’t? There is at least one scented candle in every room, and that number continues to grow every time we step foot in Anthropologie (anyone have any good self-control tips??). One idea we’ve been obsessed with lately is placing a cute ceramic container full of matches next to your candles, rather than hiding them away in a small cardboard box. We began hunting online for the perfect container and we came across this adorable miniature hedgehog flower pot.

Rather than use it as a planter, we opted to fill it with matches so that we can have them on display next to our candles at all times. We even glued the striking strip to the back so we can light the matches on it, too! The funniest part is this little hedgehog now has the best pink hair-do.


Materials:


Because this little hedgehog is meant to be a planter, he cleverly has a hole on the bottom so that water can drain out. This hole isn’t so clever though when you’re trying to use it to hold your matches. We placed a paper towel inside to block the hole and prop up the matches since they were too short for the container.

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Cut off one of the striking strips from a box of matches.

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Carefully (yes carefully… fingers were accidentally glued together at this stage!) glue the strip to the back of the pot.

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If your matches are attached to the box that they came in like ours were, cut them out.

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Neatly arrange them in the pot, starting from the inside out. They can be a bit tricky to manipulate but as it gets fuller, they get easier to handle.

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And that’s it! So simple, but so cute. We guarantee you’ll get a few “awww”s out of it.

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Beauty and the Beast Belle Cupcakes

belle (22 of 24)Michelle and I are beyond excited for Disney’s new live action Beauty and the Beast. The costumes look stunning and I adore Emma Watson, she is the perfect embodiment of Belle, on screen and in real life. Belle was always the Disney princess I associated myself with as a kid… but looking back that’s probably just because she looked the most like me.

There’s nothing quite like a themed cupcake to get me even more excited for something. Michelle and I made these two-tiered Belle cupcakes for the occasion. They brought me right back to my 6th birthday party when I had a Barbie cake. Did anyone else have one of those, with the real Barbie inside the cake “dress”? This whole week has been filled with a whole lot of Disney/Barbie/princess nostalgia!

On another note, Michelle and I have officially finished college as of yesterday and we are off to Thailand for two weeks! I have no idea how four years flew by that fast. We can barely contain our excitement for this trip and can’t wait to see what adventures await us. We have some fun content lined up while we’re gone and hopefully upon our return we’ll have some Thai-inspired crafts to share with you all.


Materials:

  • Cupcakes (not shame in using a boxed mix – the college budget is real)
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Yellow food coloring (we used golden yellow and bright yellow to create two separate shades)
  • A printed Belle template (here’s our Belle Template)
  • Toothpicks
  • Super glue or hot glue
  • A knife
  • Plastic ziplock bags or piping bags

Bake your cupcakes and allow them to cool completely. We used red cupcake liners to symbolize the red rose from the film.

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These cupcakes are actually created by stacking one cupcake on top of another in order to get the correct dress shape. Start by unwrapping the paper from a cupcake. Flip it over so that the bottom is on top. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut away slivers of the cake to make the cupcake a more conical shape. Grab another cupcake and spread frosting on top of it. Finally, place your upside down carved cupcake onto the iced cupcake. Repeat these steps with all of the other cupcakes.

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Separate a small amount of your icing and use your dyes to mix a deep golden yellow color. Spoon it into a zip lock bag or piping bag and cut a small hole in the corner. With the remaining icing, use your dyes to mix a lighter shade of yellow for the main part of the dress. Spoon that into a different baggie and cut a larger hole in the corner, about a centimeter wide.

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Starting at the top of the cupcake, carefully create vertical stripes using the yellow frosting. The key is to move faster at the top and slow down towards the bottom so that the stripes are wide at the base. They should be tall narrow triangles, and they don’t have to be perfect – in fact, the lumpiness makes the frosting look more like fabric.

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Continue making stripes until the entire cupcake is covered and none of the cake part is exposed. If there is cake exposed at the very top, just use a little bit of frosting to cover it up.

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Using your darker shade of yellow frosting, carefully pipe the ribbon around the dress, following the wave pattern of the stripes.

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Next, print your Belle template and cut out only the top half of her body.

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Use super glue or hot glue to attach toothpicks to the backs of the cutouts and allow them to dry.

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Once they have dried, insert them into the top of the cake, and you are finished. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did, and enjoy the movie!

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Happy baking!

-Kirby

 

St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Charm Treats

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Like most holidays, Saint Patrick’s Day was way more fun as a kid. My brothers and I would wake up to find that those sneaky little leprechauns had turned our milk green and nailed our shoes to the walls! But their pranks were forgiven thanks to the chocolate coins stashed throughout the house. Now that I’m an adult, Saint Patrick’s Day just involves a lot of beer. In college that’s just like any other Tuesday night.

But sweet leprechaun-themed treats are a great reminder of the holiday spirit I felt as a child. This Lucky Charms spin on Rice Krispie treats is a fun and easy way to add a little Saint Patty’s Day celebration to your home or office – just maybe don’t tell your dentist about this one.


Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of Lucky Charms cereal
  • 10 oz bag of marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter
  • Rectangular baking dish
  • (optional) Wax paper and green paint for decoration

Melt the butter in a large pan on the stove.

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Once the butter is melted, add the marshmallows.

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Stir until they are completely melted into a creamy consistency.

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Remove from heat and add the cereal. Stir until the marshmallow mixture is evenly incorporated.

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Drop the contents of the pan into a greased baking dish. Use the back of a large buttered spoon to press the cereal firmly into the dish until it is smooth and compact.

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Allow to cool. Then use a sharp knife to cut the treats into rectangles or squares.

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For an extra Irish touch, wrap the individual treats in wax paper and paint each one with a green clover.

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

-Kirby

 

DIY Twine Bowl

twinebowl-6-of-12When we first lived together sophomore year of college, our sorority made us choose a theme for our bedroom. Yes, you read that right. And to be completely honest, we were pretty psyched. Remember those home improvement shows for kids where they went all out on the themed rooms? Well that’s what it felt like. After much deliberation (and accepting that a Harry Potter theme probably wouldn’t fly in the sorority house), we chose “country rustic”. We’re still not quite sure what that means other than we probably spent too much time looking at Pinterest weddings.

Anyways, to make this story somewhat relevant, this craft made us giggle because it’s very “country rustic”. If you put twine on anything you can call it rustic, but make a bowl out of it and use it to hold your farm fresh eggs, and now you’ve got country rustic.

But really, this craft is so simple (it’s only made of two materials!) and is a beautiful addition to a kitchen table when filled with fruit.


Materials:

  • Twine
  • Two bottles of Elmer’s school glue
  • Water
  • Two bowls (on for the glue and one for a mold)
  • Plastic wrap

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Pour 1 1/2 cups or so of water in your bowl and mix in both bottles of glue. Stir the mixture together until well incorporated.

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Unravel as much twine as you can and soak it in the glue.

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While the glue soaks, turn your bowl “mold” upside down and cover it with plastic wrap. You don’t have you use plastic wrap but it makes for easy clean up!

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Now wrap your glue-soaked twine around the bowl over and over again until there are a few layers of twine. The more you do this, the stronger the bowl will be. If you want to, you can be strategic with how you wrap it – you can make pretty loops or be very precise so that it is all really even. We opted for a more rustic feel, because you know, that was our theme. One you finish, patiently wait for the glue to dry. You want to wait at least 24 hours. The twine should be rock hard.

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Gently peel off the plastic wrap and any pieces of glue that are still stuck to the bowl.

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It makes for a great hat!

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Just kidding. Fill it with fresh fruit or whatever pleases you – because your bowl is ready to go!

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Happy glü-ing!

-Kirby and Michelle