baby bird nest cupcakes

birdnestcupcaketreeThis morning on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan I shared how to make these “oh so cute” baby bird nest cupcakes. These are perfect for a baby shower or any spring celebration, maybe an Easter brunch.

Here’s what you’ll need to embellish your cupcakes:

  • 1 can cream cheese or vanilla icing
  • Coconut
  • Robin egg candies or jelly beans
  • Ribbon, fabric pastel colors shown
  • Cupcake liners, pastel assortment from Wilton shown
  • Baking sheet
  • Three tier cake plates (8″, 10″ and 12″ stackable)
  • Small bird house (I got this one for a $1 at the craft store)

And here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Use egg whites only when preparing your batter so that it is ultra white. The lighter the batter the clearer the original color of your cupcake liners will be.
  2. Also, I suggest using apple sauce instead of oil so that they don’t become oily.
  3. Spread your coconut on a baking sheet and place it in the oven on 350 degrees for five to six minutes or until lightly toasted. You may want to toss your coconut before embellishing your cupcakes as the coconut in the center of the pan is likely to be lighter than the coconut on the outer edges.
  4. Cut 7-8″ sections of coordinating ribbon and wrap your cooled cupcakes.
  5. Ice each cupcake with a generous amount of icing, place three candies in the middle and then top with coconut.
  6. Shake off excess coconut and you’re ready to serve.birdnestcupcakeclose

Visit our shoppe to see our shower invitations and décor. And if you would prefer to see this craft in action, here’s the “how to” video.

Happy baking!

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baby shower favors on Daytime

conefavorsThis morning on NBC’s Daytime Columbus I’ll be demonstrating how to make these beautiful baby shower favors. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Lipped serving tray
  • 2″ Styrofoam board cut to fit
  • 2 gift wrap tissue paper sheets
  • Gift wrap shredded paper (available in bags)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Ruler
  • Crafters glue
  • 6″ squares of card stock
  • Ribbon
  • Stickers or die cuts
  • Candies
  • “Thanks” or “Take One” note on card stock

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Cut your Styrofoam board to fit the serving tray. (Tip: This is an activity best performed outdoors.)
  2. Wrap your foam in tissue paper. This serves two purposes. It covers the fibers that might still be loose from cutting and it hides the stark white.
  3. Cover the foam with shredded gift wrap paper.
  4. Determine the number of favors you’ll need and measure your spacing to ensure even placement.
  5. Insert the lollipop sticks.
  6. Curl the 6″ cardstock squares into cones, securing them in place with crafters glue.
  7. Apply the ribbon and die cuts to the cones and fill with candies.
  8. Make a “Thanks” or “Take One” note from the same card stock.

See our shower invitations and decor. Happy crafting.

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buggy wings

bug_ladybugwingsIn addition to the buggy headbands, we’re also going to demonstrate today on Daytime Columbus how to make these super easy ladybug clip on wings for your next bugs and butterflies birthday bash. I know, you’re thinking “she says everything is easy.” Well these really are. Here’s what you need:

  • ½ yard netting or bridal tulle
  • 16 gauge crafting wire (found in the jewelry section of your craft store)
  • ¾ inch ribbon, grosgrain shown
  • Wooden bug cutout (available, usually painted, in craft stores)
  • Mini clothespin
  • Glue gun (fabric glue can be used for the ribbon portions)
  • Wire cutters

And here’s how you make them:

  1. Bend the crafting wire into the shape of your wings, considering the size of the child, cut it with wire cutters and twist the ends around one another.
  2. Using the wing shape as a loose guide, cut out four pieces of netting, leaving a ¼ inch to ½ inch all the way around. Each wing will be two pieces thick.
  3. Tack the netting to the wire frames with just a touch of glue and trim off excess.
  4. Apply the ribbon to the outer rim of your wings to secure the netting and to hide the wire. The best way is to center the wire in the ribbon, pipe in a stream of glue (not too much) and then lightly tap it down with your fingers until you’ve gone all the way around each wing.
  5. Next, hot glue a mini clothespin to the back of your wooden bug cutout, near the bottom of the bug.
  6. Finally hot glue the wings to the back of the cutout, allow to cool and the wings are ready for play.

If you prefer a visual guide, the “how to” video will be posted on our blog by Friday. Happy crafting!

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princess cupcake castle

 

Princess Cupcake CastleToday on Daytime Columbus I’ll be creating a princess cupcake castle. For all you moms who want to bake and decorate the birthday cake of your little girl’s dreams, this is for you. Here’s what you’ll need in addition to your cupcakes:

  • 3 cake plate sizes (these are 12″, 10″ and 8″)
  • Craft paper
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Sugar cones
  • Pink melting chocolate
  • Tooth picks
  • Curling ribbon
  • Cloth ribbon
  • Glue gun
  • Silicone brush

Simple steps:

  1. Cake plate embellishing:
    • For the bottom tier, using a scallop ruler cut out the design on thick craft paper (DCWV green embossed polka dots shown). Apply to the cake plate with a glue gun and then trim with a fuchsia ribbon. (NOTE: Apply the glue to the paper, not the plate. To clean up, simply pull it away.)
    • For the top tier, apply the same ribbon as the bottom tier using hot glue.
  2. Castle towers – melt pink chocolate (available in the baking section of craft stores) in a double boiler and apply to sugar ice cream cones using a silicone brush. (TIP: Place the cone on a lollipop stick so that you can ice all the way to the bottom of the cone.)
  3. Castle flag – using the same craft paper as the scallop, cut two rectangles (1 ¾” x 5/8″) and then trim a triangle out of one end. Pipe hot glue to the inside of the paper; insert a toothpick and then top with the second rectangle.
  4. Princess scepter/wand – take a lollipop stick and apply a dot of (non-toxic) glue about 1 ½” from one end. Apply an end of green curling ribbon and then roll the stick in your fingers to stripe it like a candy cane to the top of the stick. Apply another dot of glue to secure the ribbon. Curl 6″ strands of green, blue and pink curling ribbon with a pair of scissors. Starting with the green and ending with the pink, layer the curling ribbon on top of the stick.
  5. Embellishing cupcakes – ice each cupcake with pink icing and sprinkle sugar around the edges of each. For the cupcakes in the middle tier, tie them with the fuchsia ribbon. (TIP: Apply the ribbon before icing.) Insert your princess scepters in every other cupcake on the bottom and middle tier, alternating positions. (Do not insert scepters in the front facing side of your tier.)

Rather watch a video of how to pull this one off? Here you go!

You can find the cupcake tins, crown cookie cutter, princess invitations and so much more in our shoppe. Happy crafting!

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guest on Daytime Columbus

Gail Hogan from NBC’s Daytime Columbus has asked us back and this time we’re channeling our inner princess. Since the cake can be the most expensive part of your planning if you go to a bakery and the most stressful if you try to make it yourself, we decided to demonstrate how to pull off a beautiful fairytale princess castle without even mentioning the word fondant.

This craft will focus on embellishing a three tier cake plate design with pink chocolate covered sugar cone towers, magic wands and scalloped edges.

If you’re in the Columbus Ohio area, please join us at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday January 21, 2009, on NBC. And if you’re not, no worries. We plan to post the video here on our blog by Friday.

Visit our shoppe to see our princess birthday decor and custom invitations.

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pirate flag how to video

Thanks to everyone who watched me craft a no sew pirate birthday party flag on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan this past Wednesday. And for those of you who didn’t catch it, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a clip. Please leave a comment. We would love to know what you thought of the segment and what you think of the craft idea. And here’s the materials list and step-by-step instructions. Happy crafting!

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