Monday, November 29, 2010

Teeny Tiny Cupcakes

In our Thanksgiving travels, I noticed two young girls at one of the hotels where we stayed. They were very well behaved and were quite fascinated with one of my daughters who shall remain nameless since she was very not well behaved. The whole time they watched her antics, I was trying to figure out a tiny little craft that they were each clutching. I finally just asked their Dad about it. Like many dads, he rolled his eyes and told me it was a little plant craft and that they were always making something. I just smiled and told him thanks without feeling the need to take a position on the attitude about crafts. My little wheels were already spinning!

Those tiny plants sparked this idea for me: tiny little cupcakes! Cupcakes 13

I know there are all kinds of craft cupcakes out in Blogland, but this is one I have never seen. I am kind of fascinated by miniature things in general, so this was a fun craft to make. The best part is that it is really solid. Don’t let the easiness in creating it or the simple materials fool you – this one is sturdy!

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Materials
tiny red pom poms
chenille sticks
scraps of cardstock for wrappers
pattern HERE
1 inch wooden beads
double-sided clear tape
hot glue gun/glue
X-acto knife

Instructions
Trace patterns onto wrong side of cardstock. Cut out. Fold the cupcake wrapper around in a circle and tape together with a small piece of double-sided tape.
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Using hot glue, glue the circle to the bottom of the bead right over the hole.Cupcakes 2
Fill the opening between the circle and the bead with hot glue allowing a tiny bit to cover the edge of the paper. Quickly push the bead through the cupcake wrapper--top to bottom--so the circle part pops out through the bottom. Squeeze the bottom edges together.
I noticed in my pictures, that some of the circle edges are sticking out. These can easily be cut with an X-acto knife on a cutting board.
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Make a loop on one end of the chenille stick that is slightly larger than the top of the cupcake wrapper.
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Wrap the chenille stick around in progressively smaller circles. There is no need to be precise because next you need to unwrap it, or loosen the circles.
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Put a generous amount of hot glue in the empty space between the bead and the cupcake wrapper. Be sure to put glue around the entire top edge. Glue the loop of the chenille stick onto the top edge and hold in place until dry. I switched to a high temp glue to hurry this part along.
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Continue wrapping and gluing the chenille stick in circles that are smaller and smaller until you have a tiny center hole. Poke the end of the chenille stick into the center to fill this space.
I made 3 cupcakes and the “frosting” for all of them turned out different. The chenille stick was perfect for one, I cut about 2 inches on one and I had to add a stick (just twist together) and then trim the excess on the other. It really doesn’t matter!
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Glue a tiny pom pom cherry on the top and you are done.
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Now, make some more and. . .
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Get your party started!
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For reasons I cannot explain, my daughter would not have a tiny cupcake party with me and refused to let me touch her little dishes. I had to get creative to get these pictures so this is all I have, but I really wanted to make a tiny cupcake stand out of her little dishes. Wouldn’t that be adorable?
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And, I think this would be a darling little Christmas present. You could place the cupcakes in a truffle box. Something like this: (improvising with a jewelry box!)
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I need a picture of my daughter holding one so you can see the size compared to a little hand.
Here it is sitting near a regular spoon.
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Just go make some tiny cupcakes for yourself!
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Update on that tea party…she wouldn’t have one with me, but she had one with DADDY! Little stinker!
And, you can get a better idea of how tiny this little cupcake really is.
Cupcakes Update 1Cupcakes Update 2
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Featured Guest: Nancy's Couture

Since the 25th of November--the day I try to post about getting ready for Christmas--falls on Thanksgiving and I plan to be busy eating turkey and not reading blogs, I asked Nancy from Nancy's Couture if she would like to share a tutorial on my blog today. And when I saw her tutorial, I knew I asked the right person. Her tutorial is absolutely perfect for preparing for Christmas!


Hello She Wears Flowers readers. I'm Nancy and you can find me over at Nancy's Couture. 

I was sooo excited when Tammy asked if I would be a guest here. It took me about half a second to say YES!  My blog is mainly a blog of sewing projects and tutorials with hair accessories thrown in. Last week I also shared a favorite family recipe.  I would LOVE to have you come visit me sometime.

With the cold weather and the holidays approaching I thought today I would share the Santa Scarf made for my kids.

A scarf is a must have for my children in the winter. It is especially important that I make sure Dakota wears a scarf when it is cold out. He has asthma and breathing in all the cold air outside can quickly send him into an asthma attack. Of course, he doesn't always like to wear scarves and keep his mouth and nose covered. (Typical child thing. I was the same way.) I thought maybe if I made him a fun scarf he might be more easily persuaded to wear it. I saw a crocheted Santa scarf somewhere last year and thought it was adorable.  I can't crochet, but I knew I could sew one! Here's how I made it.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
  • 1/3 yard red fleece
  • Scrap of white fleece
  • Flesh color felt
  • Scraps of red, white, and black felt
  • Fur trim
  • thread
  • fabric glue
  • needle for hand sewing
  • sewing machine
STEP 1
Cut a 5" x 5" square from the flesh colored felt (face)
From white fleece cut 2 pieces 5' x 6"  (beard)
From the black felt cut small circles (eyes)
From the white felt cut a mustache
From the red felt cut a circle (nose) and a half circle (mouth)
Cut a 10" x 60"  rectangle from the red fleece

STEP 2
 
 Fold the red fleece in half so it's long and skinny. 
At one end taper it into a triangle.
This will be the end of Santa's hat.

STEP 3
 
 On the other end lay your flesh felt to one of the corners as pictured above.

 STEP 4
 
Sew close to the edge.

STEP 5
  
Fold fleece in half so it's long and skinny.
Sew around the long edges and the point. 
Leave the end with flesh felt open.

 STEP 6

Turn right side out and top stitch 1/2" from the edge. 

STEP 7

Lay one white fleece square close to the bottom edge and sew 1/4" from edge.

STEP  8
 
Lay the second piece of white fleece 1/2" above the piece you have just sewn.
Sew 1/4" from edge.

STEP 9
 
Cut the fleece with pinking sheers (if you have them) into strips 1/4" wide.

STEP 10
 

Glue on the pieces of the face.

STEP 11
 
Glue on the fur for the trim of Santa's hat.

STEP 12

Cut an oval out of the furry fabric.

STEP 13

Hand sew a running stitch and gather. Put a little stuffing in it.

STEP 14

 Pull the thread tight and sew shut.

STEP 15

Sew the ball to the tapered end of Santa's hat.



Now you have a scarf any child (and some adults) will LOVE wearing!

If you don't sew that's okay!!! You can still make one:
  Cut your red fleece 5" x 60" instead of 10" x 60"
Using FABRIC GLUE, Glue on the flesh felt to one end.
Taper the other end.
Glue on the beard, face pieces, and fur piece for the hat trim.
Glue a circle for the ball at the end of the hat.


 

Monday, November 22, 2010

It’s Sweet, but Not the Bird of My Dreams!

I bought this turkey craft (minus the lollipops—I had to supply those myself) at a craft fair many years ago.
For obvious reasons, it is one of my children’s all-time favorite decorations.
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I love it too, but I wanted to jazz it up a little. Last year, I was all crazy to take this one that I bought at Kohl’s (regular cute craft—no holes for the lollies) and use it as my guide to make…
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this one that I gave to a friend. Lollipop Turkeys 1

Unfortunately, it took for-EVER to make and I didn’t even want to make one for me after that.

But, I still want a new one.

And, I kind of want it to not tip over because both of these tip once they are loaded up with lollipops. Actually, they don’t tip with Dum Dum lollipops because Dum Dums are little, but Dum Dums don’t work as bribery for my children aren’t as fun to eat pretty as the big ol’ Tootsie Pop Lollipops.

And speaking of pretty, at the right--or wrong--angle, this one just isn’t!
Lollipop Turkeys 4So here’s the plan:
This year, after Thanksgiving of course, I am on the hunt for a super cute and super cheap wooden turkey craft that is already made for me. Then, I am going to add a little here and there to keep the turkey upright, drill some holes in all of the right places, and finally get...

the bird of my dreams!

What do you think?
Will it work?
And, to all of those in the United States,
Happy Thanksgiving

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