Sunday, November 29, 2015

Decorated Jars

I got the idea to try to decorate glass jars. So I went out and randomly bought spray paint, craft paint and an assortment of mason jars. I also bought a few glass items from the dollar store. I've started saving glass jars and plan to go to the thrift store to see what they have.

We messed up several jars. We spray painted too heavy of coats, and the paint ran. I also realized that the glitter paint I was using was for porous surfaces only. That explains why the jars looked streaked after I finished.

I didn't care for the finished color on this one.
The streaks are because the glitter paint isn't for smooth surfaces.

I had so many jars painted, that I decided to decorate some to give to the guests as Jessica's baby shower, which was only one day away at that point! So I was painting until 1:00 a.m. the day of the shower and decorating moments before it began.

While doing the jars above, I discovered crackle. I love the finished look, but some color combinations look better than others.

If I hadn't started the day before the shower, I probably could have done a much better job with the bows, but I had to work with what was in the house.
The jars were filled with candy. 

I had a couple of jars in autumn colors. I didn't really care for the colors so decided to use crackle and put another color over it. That was worse! So I put yet another coat of crackle on and then let the twins put another color over it to make Thanksgiving presents for their teachers. 

I'm not sure what I think about this combination, but it does look Thanksgiving-ish. 
They did their own bows and filled the jars with Candy Corn M&Ms. They are white chocolate M&Ms and are orange, yellow and white.

Now we are on to Christmas crafts and gifts. I found paint that was just for glass and we did some amazing splatter paint jars. I'll show those soon.

We are less than a month from Christmas, so I want to put in a plug for two of my books that have a lot of fun activities and crafts for girls.
This is for girls 8-12. It has fun quizzes, crafts and activities. It's even more fun when it's done with a sister or friend.

Monday, November 23, 2015

More Kid Friendly Turkeys

Last post I showed turkeys made from cupcakes that the kids had made.

You can go back a post to see how they made these.

We have been working on a second kind that uses sandwich cookies and Nutter Butter cookies.
Kaleb mixed up some batter for us.

The first day only Ty, Kaleb and I worked on the turkeys.

We used off brand sandwich cookies. 

We had to add extra frosting between the two cookies.

To make these, we cut out a piece of cupcake to insert the Nutter Butter and another one for the sandwich cookie. If you try to push them down without doing that, the cupcake splits into pieces. We opened the sandwich cookie and added frosting from a tube and then inserted the candy corn. The extra frosting served as "glue."

We made the face by using black frosting meant for writing to make the eyes and a dab of frosting dyed yellow for the nose. The waddle is made from a fruit roll up.

Since not everyone made one, we did them again on Sunday. Jessica was over.

Everyone's turkey is a little different from the others. 

We had left over cupcakes, cookies and candy, so we let people experiment. Below are some of the creations.
Rock star turkey

Rock star turkey with guitar

colorful turkey!

The twins made crackle jars to take to their teachers, and I'll show those next time.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Easy Turkey Cupcakes

We've been working on some holiday crafts, and I think our favorites are the edible kind. If you follow Pinterest or blogs that are dedicated to crafting, it can be discouraging. Their projects are perfect. Well, my cupcakes are lopsided, my spray paint ran on all my glass projects and I used glitter paint that was made only for porous surfaces on glass . So if you are less than perfect, my projects should work well for you!

Last night we made cupcakes that vaguely resemble turkeys. They are easy, and you can use whatever you have on hand--left over candy corn from Halloween, mini marshmallows, frosting and so on.

Kayla made the cupcakes ahead of time, and we put them in a sealed container to stay fresh.

Last night Jasmine and Tyler decided to tackle the project. I frosted the cupcakes with chocolate frosting first.

We had two kinds of candy corn, orange and white candy corn m&m's, white and black frosting in tubes, peel and pull Twizzlers and fruit roll ups
Regular candy corn, which is orange and yellow, would work well, but we didn't have any left.
This guy has candy corn tips with a dot of black frosting for eyes and fruit roll up for his wattle (the flap of skin under his beak).
This turkey has a dot of white frosting with a dot of black frosting for eyes, a regular orange m&m for his nose and a piece of peel and pull Twizzler for his wattle. 

This guy has a white candy corn m&m with a dot of black frosting for his eyes.

The eyes were probably the hardest thing to make look okay. For this one, we cut a mini marshmallow in half for the eyes. I think it might be the best eyes out of all of them.

To use these for place settings for your Thanksgiving meal, simply write names on a square of graham cracker using a tube of frosting made for writing.

Below are our finished turkeys that use a variety of candies and foods. Which is your favorite?

Next we are going to make turkeys from Nutter Butter cookies. Stay tuned.