Happy Easter, y'all! In case you haven't eaten enough candy yet today, or are scrambling to make a last minute treat for a potluck tonight, you should totally make these Cadbury-Style Creme Eggs I cooked up last spring. You can thank me later. Bye!
Since I'm not hosting a party this holiday weekend, I sadly have no excuse to buy cheesy dollar store decorations or craft up anything flag-themed. HOWEVER, my latest, out of nowhere, as of last week obsession is PINWHEELS, and they make awesomely cute decorations for any party, so I figured Bits and Bobs Craft Club would share with you all just how stinkin' easy they are to make. These are great as centerpieces, or as lawn ornaments for your BBQ.... or you could make mini-verions for cupcake toppers... or string several together for festive bunting... the list goes on!
Here's how to make them:
Step one: Cut a piece of paper into a square. I used card stock. Fold the square in half diagonally from opposite corners to create an X. Mark the center of that X with a dot.
Step two: Beginning at each corner of the square, cut along the diagonal lines. Stop about 1/2 inch away from the center dot.
Step three: Insert your pin in the right point of one of the corner flaps, from the back of the paper. Repeat with the remaining three flaps, following a clockwise pattern.
Step four: Finally, insert the pin through the center dot of the square.
Step five: Press the pin through a straw or pencil-top eraser. If you use a sewing pin, you'll have to bend it flat to make it stay in place and not poke anyone. You'll probably also want to slap a piece of tape over it.
OH, and did I mention these are totally functional? Have fun! Happy 4th of July!
I love all holidays. I am exactly the type of person Hallmark was targeting when they set out to commercialize all sacred traditions and create fictitious new ones. Sorry, America! I just can't say no to an excuse to decorate with bold colors, bake delicious treats, and wear a themed outfit. You could say I like to get festive.
This Friday is the 4th of July. Like most people I know, this day doesn't mean a whole ton to me in terms of being patriotic (sorry again, America)-- it means food, fireworks, and gaudy red, white and blue attire. This year's July 4th is a bit of a celebration of my own independence, from a job that consumed much of my time and kept me working through the long weekend for a whopping seven summers in a row. This time around I get to enjoy a BBQ/pool party with my extended family, and who knows what else!
My two biggest 4th of July memories are fireworks and flag cake. I can't tell you how many times this cake was made, or if it was even a yearly tradition like I am remembering, but I can tell you that it has stuck with me forever and now that I'm grown-up and old, I try to make it during the week before or after the 4th every year.
To be honest, it's more just an assembly of ingredients and requires no baking or even any skills, but that's kind of the beauty of it! Here's the drill...
I think it's safe to say that I am a photo booth enthusiast. I can't resist hopping in anytime I see one and have been known to plan a weekend night or two around which bars have their own booths. I just think a little bit of magic happens in photo booths... First of all, everyone acts like a super weirdo. The modern day rules of flattering angles and selfie faces tend to go out the window after the first or second flash goes off. Everyone gets excited and small glimpses of their truly goofy and strange personalities are captured. Anticipation builds as you wait two or three minutes for the photos to be printed, rather than immediately review them on your phone screen, like we are all used to. It's just great!
I've accumulated close to fifty photo booth strips over the years (yes, I know I have a problem), and I've been needing to do something with them. I've been working on different ways to hang them all up, but I'm realizing that hanging 100+ tiny pictures of yourself in your own room is a little bit unusual, even if 99% of them are also of your best friends. . . And so, Bits and Bobs Craft Club presents to you-- MINI PHOTO ALBUMS MADE FROM A PAPER BAG!
These are the perfect size for traditional photo booth photos, but you could also use these to jot down some memories, write a very cute letter, or even write a little story. Perhaps you could make one into a nice Mother's Day gift!
I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE Easter Candy. Possibly more than candy for any other holiday. The problem is, with everything being so marshmallowy and fluffy, many of these store-bought candies contain gelatin or other animal products, which I generally try to avoid*, along with a bunch of other mystery chemicals. I can't claim that homemade candy is "healthier" in any way, but it's nice to know exactly what is going into your food, even when it's junk. If you're looking for a last minute treat to bring to an Easter gathering or for a super easy, super fun activity for the holiday, look no further! Today, Bits and Bobs Craft Club brings you, "How to Make (Vegan) Cadbury-Style Creme Eggs!
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Being a busy person who loves creating, but doesn't always have the time, energy or cash to devote to a long term project, I've always loved crafts that are relatively quick and inexpensive. I'm not talking about slapping together some construction paper and pipe cleaners and calling it a day (though there's nothing wrong with that!)... I want to make a satisfying end product that I would be proud to use, display, give as a gift, etc. And that's what Bits and Bobs Craft Club is really all about -- realizing that you do not need a ton of time, money, or experience to create something great!
One of the easiest, cutest things you can make on a budget are Cover Button Earrings.
These little guys are super simple! Once you get the swing of things, you can make a pair of these in about five minutes. Really! Here's how:
Step one: Gather your supplies.
****A quick note on cover buttons****
If you have never used cover buttons, make sure to buy a whole kit, not just the fronts/backs. Those white and blue plastic pieces seen in the photo are necessary tools to put everything together.
If you already have the tools and are just picking up more buttons, make sure you purchase the appropriate size. If you want to use larger or smaller buttons, you will need to purchase a kit that comes with properly sized tools.
Step two: Remove the hook from the button back.
Step three: Cut out your fabric.
Now that you've gotten everything in order, the building process is going to move along very quickly.
Step four: Assemble!
There you have it! Wasn't that easy??
Most cover button kits won't stand up to thicker material like canvas or tweed, but they work great for just about anything else! If you're using a sheer or lace fabric, be sure to layer with a thin, solid-colored piece of backing fabric, otherwise the metal of the button will show through.
You can buy cover button kits in small packs of five or so, but do yourself a favor and go for a bigger pack. A couple more bucks up front will give you much more bang for your buck in the long run, and earring posts and backs tend to come in much higher quantities, anyway. Trust me, after you make a pair or two of these, you'll want to keep going. When all is said and done, these earrings cost about $2 a pair to make, or even less if you get really into it and buy supplies in bulk! Not too bad!
Thanks for reading! I hope you made some lovely earrings. More of these quick, cheap and easy tutorials are on the way, so stay tuned!