Saturday, December 22, 2012

Melt in your mouth truffles

Quick and easy chocolate truffles

3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1- package white chocolate chips
flavoring, (mint,cherry, strawberry, maple etc.)
white and milk chocolate candy coating

Melt white chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl. Stir in sweetened condensed milk.
I separated mine into 3 bowls and added strawberry flavor to one, butterscotch flavor to another, and watermelon flavor to the last one.
Chill until firm. Using a teaspoon size amount, roll into a ball, and dip into melted candy coating and place on wax paper to set.

Note; you can also use milk chocolate chips instead of the white ones. Depending on the size of the balls, this recipe makes apprx. 48 pieces of candy.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Candy Cane Hearts

Just another quickie holiday project that can be hung on the tree or used as a treat on a beautifully wrapped gift. And they are easy to make!

Candy Cane Hearts
You will need individually wrapped candy canes in sets of two
thin ribbon
hot glue gun and glue sticks
your choice of artificial Christmas flowers, or Christmas decor

 Using two candy canes hold them so they form a heart shape and using glue gun, glue where they meet at the top and the bottom. Take a piece of ribbon approximately 8 - 10 inches long and tie one end together to form a circle.

 Lay heart over ribbon and then pull the tied end over where the candy canes meet and then under the loop at the top of the ribbon, forming a slipknot. I add a drop of hot glue to hold the ribbon in place on the candy canes. Last, add a flower, or decoration of your choice.

These are your average 6 inch candy canes. I saw some larger ones, about 10-12 inches long that would look great hanging on the front door, welcoming guests.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Making Stencils to Decorate Windows!

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, I sometimes go overboard! And I like to create and make as many things as I can instead of buying commercial products. So I wanted to share with you a quick window decor you can do yourself instead of the vinyl window clings sold in stores. And it only takes a couple of items and your creativity!

Card stock paper
poster paint or tempura paint
pencil, pen, or marker
masking or painters tape

First draw your design on the card stock
next cut it out and then tape it to a clean window or mirror.
Using paint in your color choice, paint inside the cut out portion, let dry and remove your template.
Waa  Laa!

Here are two that I did. Feel free to print them out.

With the candy cane after you paint using the template and remove it then you have to paint the second color freehand and then I added a freehand bow.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

"Nutty" Holiday Candle Holders

2 cups mixed nuts in shells
white or wood glue
2 taper candles or 1 pillar candle
2 clean margarine containers or 1 whipped cream container
fall leaves or Christmas adornments

For small holders and taper candles pour 1 cup of nuts in margarine container mix in enough glue to coat (White glue dries clear) insert taper candle in center, sprinkle on glitter and let dry about 24 hours. Carefully unmold.

For pillar candle holder Mix 2 cups of nuts with glue in a separate container first. Center pillar candle in container and then pour glue coated nuts around candle, sprinkle on glitter and let everything dry approximately 24 hours before unmolding.

Tuck fall leaves between candle and nuts after unmolding.

For Christmas decor add different foliage and either a red, green, or white candle.

Monday, October 22, 2012

How to make plastic canvas spinners

Items you will need;

14 plastic canvas strips 3X44 holes
29 pony beads
1 pipe cleaner apprx. 12 inches long
apprx. 1 to 1 & 1/2 yards of ribbon, 1/8 or 1/4 inch wide
1 bone ring for hanging
novelty decoration of your choice
hot glue gun and glue sticks optional