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Cakes and Cupcakes
Lady Bug Cupcakes
If you can make circles and lines you can do these
The centers are Oreos. Even if you can't pipe the petals, frost a cupcake with yellow frosting and sink an Oreo in the center. Candy Lady Bugs can usually be found anywhere they sell cake supplies
Flower Pot Cupcakes
Place some tissue paper into the bottom of a decorated clay pot and drop a cupcake in. Great gift idea.
You can do this !!
The apples and leaves are Marshmallow Fondant used like Playdoh .. See My Cake Ideas Page for fondant recipe
This is a good one to start with if you want to learn how to pipe. Petal Practice. Hint: When you're done with the leaves and flowers, take the smallest round tip you have and drizzle the brown line/vine through the design, it brings contrast to the cake and distracts all the inperfections.
Sunflower Basket Cake
The basket weave requires Patience, I don't have. Yea my sister made this one. I can do the basket weave and it's fun at first BUT I run out of patience about 1/2 way through and rush the rest and it's just not pretty.
Lattice Basket Cupcake Liners
Probably need a Cricut
Kids love this !
Take a small container that looks like a flowerpot. Or use a clay pot and line it with something. Fill with Ice Cream about a half inch from the top. Top it off with crushed Oreos so it looks like a pot filled with dirt. Insert silk flowers or you can insert a straw into the pot and add fresh flowers just before you set them out. DON'T put fresh flowers in the freezer !!!
I added some butterfly clipart to some of them. You could also add the little butterfly/ladybug etc accents you can find at the stores OR you can get a little gross and add gummy worms
For the cake I just made a simple layer cake and frosted it to match the pots. Topped it with Oreo crumbs and inserted silk flowers
Pipe Cleaner Flowers Garden
The Pipe Cleaner Flowers Page
for Step by Step Instructions
Black Eyed Susans
Make Your Own Garden or Centerpiece
Hiding in Plain Site
Even in a Neon Garden, these Chameleons seem to blend.
Easy Step by Step Instructions
You will need:
3 12" Green Pipe Cleaners
1 3" Pink Pipe Cleaner
2 Googly Eyes
Wire Cutters, a Marker and Glue
Make a circle approximately a 1/2 - 3/4 inch diameter in the center of a green pipe cleaner
Bend one of the ends and wrap it around the circle. This will be the head.
Wrap another green pipe cleaner around a marker. I found a Sharpie works for a good size.
Remove the coil from the marker. Insert the stem from your other through the coil
Bring it up to the head and secure by twisting the end to the head
Secure the tail end to the body and twist the tail into a curl
Use the last pipe cleaner and wrap it around the coil to make legs
Cut off at desired length and bend them up a little to make feet
Use the pink pipe cleaner to make a long tongue and glue it into place
Garden Gnomes and Mushrooms
Gnomes are a 1"x 1" board cut at about 4"
I painted the bottoms and used fake fur for the beard, wooden peg for the nose and burlap stiffen with Mod Podge for the hat
For the mushrooms I covered half a Styrofoam circle with red burlap using Mod Podge and added white burlap circles again with the Mod Podge. Make sure the red has dried completely it will bleed unto the white if it's still wet. Glued them on top of another 1"x1"
I found these little ceramic mushrooms at Dollar Tree. Glue a beard, nose and accents for a quick easy gnome. Add boots to take that extra "Step".
Mushroom Cap Silhoutte Gnome Jar
I painted a glass jar white and added a mushroom cap to the lid made from material. (Basically it's 2 pieces of material I glued together and stuffed) I only glued it to the lid so the jar can be opened. Added some silk greenery and some silhouettes I got off from Google
See My Gnome Page for Step By Step Instructions for the Basics for your No Sew Gnomes
With a little felt you can turn your gnomes into flowers. These are all pool noodle gnomes.
These springtime gnomes are sock gnomes with the boots glued right to the body
Sock gnome with mushroom cap
These are pool noodle gnomes
The gnomes on each side are sock gnomes with boots glue right to the body. For the center one I used a foam football I cut in half and wrap with jute/twine to make the bee hive. The gnome itself is a pool noodle gnome. The bucket was a DT find I drizzled glue into and painted. Hats are felt I stiffened with Mod Podge and I used white felt for the wings
These are all pool noodle gnomes. I made the hat for the one the right out of 1/2 a styrofoam ball I glued to the pool noodle and wrapped with jute. The wings are all outdoor lawn windmills I found at Dollar Tree. The girl in the center's dress is made from a Bumble Bee Costume I found at DT. (Wouldn't recommend this however, the material was hard a shiny, silky, stiff fabric that was hard to work with.
All these little guys are made from pill bottles. Pill Bottles are great for smaller gnomes. Remove the label (Yep even gnomes have HIPAA regulations) and cover with material and decorate. See Our Gnome Page for an easy way to make the petals for the Flowerpot Gnomes
Fun Kid Crafts
I took black decorative stones, glued eyes and wires for wings. I put a large dot of Glow In The Dark Paint on their backsides. This is one of those ideas that was better on paper than actuality. I wasn't real impressed with the paint. Maybe you'll have better results. "Trap" them in a jar and they're cute whether they glow or not
Caterpillar to Butterfly
Glue pom poms together and add eyes. Wings are tissue paper. Then just tuck your butterfly into a toilet paper roll painted green
Caterpillar or Inch Worm made from Toilet Paper Rolls
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