DIY crafts for you!

IMG_3212One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to waste as little as possible, in regards to everything, especially food. I’m trying very hard to stick to it but at times it can be difficult. I was so glad I had saved all of past holiday decorations because this past weekend we hosted a birthday party with the fabulous theme of the “holidays”. The focus was on: Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Easter and Canada Day. I had so much fun coming up with the craft and wanted to share. The great thing about this craft, is you could do it at any of the holidays. All materials were bought from the dollar store, making it a very budget friendly craft!

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Materials:

boxes

pipe cleaners

foam cut outs from various holidays

cotton balls

glue, scissors, hot glue, markers

sparkles and stickers

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As you can see, the favorite holiday was Easter, I think it may have had something to do with how cute the little duck was and perhaps everyone longing for warmer weather!

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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

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I really wanted to try something new this year for Valentine’s Day. I came across these cookies on Seeded at the Table’s blog and decided I had to try them out. They are actually much easier to make than they look and they are sure to impress anyone! You’ll need the following materials:<img src="valentines-day-cookies.jpg" alt="valentines-day-cookies" />

1 batch of Sugar Cookies

1 batch of Royal Icing

Red Icing Gel

An off-set spatula

3 squeeze bottles

Lots of toothpicks

Heart Shape Cookie Cutter

I used Ms.Field’s Sugar Cookie recipe. I made the Royal Icing with 4 cups of icing sugar, 3 tablespoons of Meringue Powder, 9 tbsp of water and 1 tsp of vanilla. I separated the icing into 3 bowls and tinted two of them with different shades of pink and left one white. I used squeeze bottles as I find they are the best for flooding cookies. I flooded each cookie with a different base colour and then made simple little dots or lines in a contrasting colour. To get the different designs I simply dragged a toothpick through the icing. I’ll be honest the first couple ones weren’t nearly as good as the later ones, but once I got the hang of it, it was really easy and fun. <img src="valentines-day-cookies.jpg" alt="valentines-day-cookies" />