Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DIY It - A Scrap Yarn Serving Tray

I recently finished a project that required me to make 50+ yarn pom poms (more on what I was making with all those pom poms will be coming soon!), and at the end of the project I was left with some of the prettiest yarn trimmings ever. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen my mention of these yarn pieces and how much I loved them. So much so that instead of throwing them away, I turned them into a pretty little serving tray so that I can keep them forever. And ever. And ever.
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DIY wood serving tray with yarn pieces - scrap yarn - colorful tray - coffee table - serving tray - craft idea - how to make your own wood tray - target - colroful yarn - home decor DIY

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The Supplies (all except the yarn can be found at any home improvement store):

  • 1/2" birch plywood cut to your desired size (I went with 12" by 16", you can have the home improvement store cut this for you)
  • 3/8" square wood dowels (I needed around 56" for my 12" by 16" tray)
  • Clear Acrylic plexiglass
  • Plexiglass cutter
  • Wood Glue
  • Yarn Trimmings and scraps (or just make yarn pieces by cutting and shredding colorful yarn)
  • Clear Silicone Sealant
 Begin by measuring your plywood piece and marking your dowels so that they fit on top of your tray and form a ledge around the outside edge of your tray. Then use a miter saw or hand saw and miter box to cut the dowels to size.


Once cut, use the wood glue to glue the square dowels around the edge of the plywood to create a raised edge. Let the wood glue dry overnight.

Once the glue is dry, measure the inside dimensions of your tray and mark your plexiglass with these dimensions. Use a ruler and the plexiglass cutter to score the plexiglass deeply on each side where you need it to be cut, and then bend it to snap.


Spread your yarn out in the wood tray. Feel free to glue it in if you want, but I didn't find that to be necessary. Then place your acrylic plexiglass piece on top and use your silicone sealant around the edges of the tray where the plexiglass meets the wood dowels to secure the plexiglass in place.



Once the silicone sealant has cured, you are ready to use your new colorful tray to serve drinks or snacks or just use as a fun coffee table tray.

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I left my wood raw because I liked they way it looked against the colorful yarn, but feel free to use acrylic craft paint to paint the wood tray before placing your yarn in it for an extra pop of color.

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I love my funky new tray and definitely think it was a good idea to hoard those yarn scraps! Don't you agree?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Craft It - A Gold Macrame Hoop Adult Mobile

I love the concept of an adult mobile. A pretty little twirly something to add height and visual interest to a space. No need for functionality, just prettiness hanging from the ceiling. I have seen several ideas for an adult mobile, but I wanted to try something different. So I used gold macrame hoops in various sizes to create this simple little orb mobile that is perfect for hanging above a reading nook, over a bedside table, or even over a credenza.



The Supplies:

  • Gold Macrame Hoops in 14", 12", 8", and 6" sizes
  • 22 gauge brass jewelry wire
  • Large gold jewelry cable chain
 Begin with the 14" and 12" hoop. Place the 12" hoop perpendicular to the 14" hoop to create your orb shape, then wrap your wire around the two creating an x like pattern, then add the 8" hoop inside the 12" hoop and at an angle to both the 14" and 12" hoops and wrap the wire around the 8" hoop and the larger hoops to create another x pattern. Finally add the 6" hoop inside and perpendicular to the 8" hoop and wrap one final time to make sure all the hoops are connected and held in place by the wire.


Now you just need to add your heavy duty jewelry chain to the top loop of the orb mobile and it is ready to hang from the ceiling using a little hook screw. I eschewed the cable chain for a little something silly and used these gold paperclips I found and Home Goods instead. How fun are they as a chain?!


If you love this adult mobile, check out this palm frond one from Oh Joy. I love the palm leaves mixed with the hot pink!

Oh Joy Palm Leaf Mobile
Palm Leaf Mobile by Oh Joy

So tell me, would you ever hang a mobile in your living room?

Monday, August 29, 2016

DIY It - Blendo Breakfast Bowls

I am on a mission to figure out how to DIY as many awesome home decor pieces as possible. And I just found the easiest DIY to create the hands down, most amazing cereal bowls ever! Sure I could be modest and say that these are cool, awesome, what have you, but modest I am not. I absolutely LOVE these bowls!!! Who knew that a little bit of spray paint could do so much?!

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Blendo was a type of glassware that was popular in the 50's and 60's that featured a unique color fade application to traditional clear glasses and glass serve ware such as pitchers and punch bowls. Traditionally the glasses were made in bright poppy colors such as lime green, light purple, light blue, and yellow with a gold rim. You can still find vintage pieces on places like Etsy and Ebay.

I love the colorful look of the blendo glasses so much that I decided to expand the concept to even more kitchen pieces and created these gorgeous breakfast bowls using a simple can of spray paint and a gold leaf pen. While I love the look of the traditional blendo look on clear glassware, I have to say, I might just love it against the white ceramic bowls even more! Follow along after the jump for the DIY tutorial on how to can create your own unique bowls in true blendo fashion.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Eat It - Funfetti Churros with Cream Cheese Frosting

A few months ago I tried my hand making churros for the first time for my mom's birthday and they were SO GOOD! Little bits of fried dough coated in cinnamon and sugar? What is bad about that? Um, nothing. Nothing at all. But my philosophy of everything is better with a little color, also applies to food, so I whipped up a batch of funfetti churros with funfetti cream cheese frosting to dip them in and I was in heaven! Warm, fried dough heaven.

Recipe for Funfetti Cake batter churros with cream cheese frosting - perfect for cinco de mayo or your next fiesta - alternative to birthday cake - funfetti churros

Recipe for Funfetti Cake batter churros with cream cheese frosting - perfect for cinco de mayo or your next fiesta - alternative to birthday cake - funfetti churros

Recipe for Funfetti Cake batter churros with cream cheese frosting - perfect for cinco de mayo or your next fiesta - alternative to birthday cake - funfetti churros

Recipe for Funfetti Cake batter churros with cream cheese frosting - perfect for cinco de mayo or your next fiesta - alternative to birthday cake - funfetti churros

Now tell me you mouth isn't watering! Follow along for the easy recipe.


Funfetti Churros with Funfetti Cream Cheese Frosting

 For the Churros:
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rainbow jimmies
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup crushed rainbow jimmies
  • Oil for frying 
  • Pastry bag fitted with a start tip
For the Funfetti Cream Cheese Frosting:
  •  1 package whipped cream cheese spread
  •  1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 TBSP rainbow jimmies
 Begin by heating your oil in a frying pan (at least 2-3 inchese deep) to 375°F. While the oil is heating up, place your water, brown sugar, and butter in a sauce pan and heat until the mixture just comes to a boil. Add your flour and mix until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove from the heat and add the first egg and mix quickly until it is well incorporated, then add the next egg and mix until you have a soft dough. Add in your vanilla and 1/2 cup rainbow jimmies and stir to combine.

Now add your dough to the pastry bag and squeeze out long strands into the hot oil (use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut the dough to release it from the pastry bag if needed) and fry on both sides until golden brown. Remove the churros from the oil and drain on a piece of paper towel and then roll them in the sugar and crushed rainbow sprinkles mixture.



Once you have all your churros made, mix the cream cheese with the powdered sugar and sprinkles to make your frosting dip. Then serve while the churros are still nice and warm.

Recipe for Funfetti Cake batter churros with cream cheese frosting - perfect for cinco de mayo or your next fiesta - alternative to birthday cake - funfetti churros


Recipe for Funfetti Cake batter churros with cream cheese frosting - perfect for cinco de mayo or your next fiesta - alternative to birthday cake - funfetti churros
Recipe for Funfetti Cake batter churros with cream cheese frosting - perfect for cinco de mayo or your next fiesta - alternative to birthday cake - funfetti churros

They are soft and warm on the inside with a crunchy fried dough exterior coated in crunchy sugar. And the cream cheese frosting is just the perfect bit of creamy that pairs so well with the warm churros. These are definite must make for your next fiesta!

Recipe for Funfetti Cake batter churros with cream cheese frosting - perfect for cinco de mayo or your next fiesta - alternative to birthday cake - funfetti churros