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Polymer Clay Christmas Ornament Craft

Polymer clay ornament DIY

It was so fun to make these star Christmas ornaments out of polymer clay. I felt like I was sculpting in kindergarten again. I loved that I was able to stamp them with sentiments that are meaningful to my heart.

Supplies:

  • Polymer clay you can find at your local craft store
  • Cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper
  • Alphabet stamp kit
  • Ribbon

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Directions: 
  • Soften your polymer clay in your hands, working it for a few minutes until it's malleable.
  • Once it is softened, roll it between two pieces of parchment paper using a rolling pin, until it’s about ¼ inch thick.
  • Using a cookie cutter, cut out your ornament shape.
  • Stamp with any words you like using an alphabet stamp set. If you don’t have a stamp set, you can also write on the clay with pencil.
  • Use a complimentary clay color to add little details… I added polka dots, a heart, and even a mini ribbon.
  • Using a sharp object, poke a hole toward the top of the ornament for the ribbon to thread through. I used an open paperclip to make mine.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 230 degrees until they become hard.
  • Once cool, thread your ribbon and tie, then hang the ornaments on your tree.
  • Wait for people to notice how pretty they are :)

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Just looking at these photos of the ornaments warms my heart.  Any homemade ornaments you've made this year?

{DIY} How to Make a Felt Rose Wreath

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I'm always looking for new ways I can decorate my daughter's room, so I thought a simple wreath with felt flowers to hang on her wall would be easy and look sweet. This wreath could also work for a "girly" birthday, baby shower, or even as a Valentine's Day decoration.

MATERIALS

  • Styrofoam ring
  • 1.5" silk ribbon in white
  • 1" silk ribbon in light pink
  • Pins
  • Felt
  • Glue
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INSTRUCTIONS

Use a pin to secure your 1.5 inch white silk ribbon on the side of the wreath that will be the back. Then wrap the ribbon around the ring until it is completely covered. Next use the 1 inch pink silk ribbon to wrap on top.

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To make the flowers, I cut felt into round spirals, then starting at the center of the spiral, I wound the felt until it looked like a rose.

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I secured it with glue. Then used a pin to pin the rose into the wreath. I was able to stick the pin in deep to hide it.

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I made the spirals in different sizes so my flowers would be varied sizes.

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Finally I attached a pink lace ribbon for hanging and glued three hearts I cut out freehand on top.

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I love how it turned out, and so does my daughter, Lainey!

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{DIY} How to Make these Cute School Bus Cake Pops

Jen at Evanssays, be sweet created this adorable school bus cake pop tutorial as a great back to school treat. What kids wouldn't want to sink their into this as they come off the bus that first day?

And the best party is they're easy to make. Here's how to do it, according to Jen, cake pop extradinaire...

SUPPLIES:

  • Cake pop mixture - a completely cooled cake and 1/2 to 2/3 batch of frosting thoroughly mixed
  • Kitchen scoop - 1 inch
  • Candy melts - yellow
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Food writers - red, blue & black
  • Small confetti candy dots
  • Mini M&M's
  • Toothpicks
  • Styrofoam block
  • Deep heat-proof cup or bowl for melting the candy melts
  • Sterile kitchen tweezers - I'm not kidding :)
 

DIRECTIONS:

Scoop cake pop mixture using your 1 inch scoop. Roll them into individual balls. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.

While the cake balls are chilling, heat a bag of candy melts in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between intervals.

Once the candy is smooth and thoroughly melted, set it aside to cool.

Get out your chilled cake balls and flatten them slightly using something smooth and flat. (I'm a fan of using my chopper scooper thingy below.) 

Take the flattened cake ball and shape into a rectangle...

…and then shape it into a bususing your fingers.  (Reach waaaaaaay back to your Play-Dough days. :))

Return bus shapes to the fridge and chill for 15 minutes.

Get your bus shapes, lollipop sticks, and melted candy out.  Dip the tip of the lollipop stick in the melted candy and insert into the bottom of your bus shaped cake ball.  Place it in a styrofoam block to hold.  Repeat for desired number of cake pops.

Dip the cake pop in the melted candy until completely covered.  Gently tap off excess candy.

The wheels on the bus go round and round… Dip the tip of a toothpick in the candy melts and dab on one side of the mini M&M.  Place on the bus and hold for about 10 seconds until secure.  Repeat for all four wheels.

Grab your blue food writer and draw on your windshield, passenger windows, and rear window.  (If you find that your writer is digging into the candy coating just put the pops in the fridge for five minutes to chill.  Cake pop making during the warmer months, especially with humidity, is tough!)

Draw a line along the length of the bus with your black food writer.  (If you're fortunate enough to be a lefty like me, then you need to make sure your previous work is completely dry before moving on to the next.  Lefties know what I'm talkin' about.)

Next fish out a white confetti candy dot and color it red with your red candy writer.

It just got real serious, y'all.  Pick up your stop sign with the kitchen tweezers, dab on a bit of candy melt with a toothpick and attach your stop sign.

Breathe.  Take a step back and check-it-out!  You made School Bus Cake Pops!  Adorable, right?

Absolutely adorable, Jen!! Thanks for the fantastic tutorial.

To learn more about Jen and Evanssays, be sweet, where she posts some terrific cake pop designs, definitely check out her blog and Facebook page.

{DIY} Make a Pretty Lampshade Using Rope

My plan for this project was to create 2 lamp shades of different shapes, to hang them from the ceiling in my new office.

Supplies: 

  • Rope
  • An old lamp shade, you can buy at goodwill or any thrift store
  • Hot glue and gun
Directions:
  • Clean the lampshade's surface
  • Start gluing the rope around the lampshade until it's all covered

  • Next, make at least 6 spirals using the rope in different sizes.
  • Glue the spirals to the lampshade, making any design you want
  • Attach a lamp to the lampshade and you're done!

Thanks for sharing your creativity, Wanessa! Can't wait to see how your new office turns out.

To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

{DIY} How to Make Beautiful Wedding Dress Cupcakes with Fondant

How absolutely incredible is this wedding dress cupcake! When I saw the tutorial Vanessa from Apple Blossom Cupcakes put together, my mouth dropped open. You mean, with this tutorial I don't need to be a fondant artist like Vanessa to make something so beautiful?!

So if you want the simple steps, here you go... brought to you by Vanessa. :)

I love working with fondant and creating little artistic wonders. For a close friend’s wedding, I remade her dress out of fondant and cake which was a hit at her bridal shower!

You can color the dress to match the bride's dress and even add embellishments that match the flowers and dress details!

SUPPLIES:

  • 2 cupcakes baked and unwrapped
  • 1 cup of icing (bagged)
  • 1 lollipop stick
  • Rolling pin
  • Fondant
  • Ruffled fondant cutter
  • Paint brush
  • Water
  • Plate
  • Spatula
  • Choice of fondant tools

DIRECTIONS:

(To make the top of the dress)

Roll out a thick piece of fondant. Fold it over a popsicle stick.


Cut out your wedding dress top design.

(To make the skirt)

Place a dab of icing on your plate and stack your cupcakes, gluing the cupcakes together with icing as well.


Ice the entire cupcakes and smooth over with your spatula.


Roll out a medium piece of fondant and roughly cover your cupcakes.

Use a fondant cutter, cut out a ruffle. Using your choice of tools, roll out each piece to make the petals of the skirt.

‘Glue’ the ruffles in layers on your cupcakes using a paint brush and water, starting at the bottom and moving your way up. Keep adding layers until you are done.

Lightly press the dress ‘top’ lollipop stick into the base and you are done! Beautiful!

You can add embellishments to personalize the dress or keep it plain and simple!

Thank you, Vanessa, this is incredible!!

And if you don't have time to make the dresses yourself for your next party or shower but still want some, Vanessa sells this variation in her Etsy shop, and can ship them directly to you.


Also, check out all of Vanessa's inspired fondant toppers at Apple Blossom Cupcakes!

 

DIY: Learn to Make This Pretty St. Patrick's Day Wreath

Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations designed this incredible St. Patrick's Day wreath that I had to share. What I love about it is how she incorporated the neutral grays to give it a more sophisticated look.

Plus, it's not hard to do. All you need is:

  • 12" styrofoam circle
  • 5 felt sheets (gray)
  • 5 felt sheets (dark gray)
  • 1 felt sheet (green)
  • 5" of ribbon
  • Yarn (white)
  • Any St. Patrick's decoration (You can find in any craft or dollar store, I bought my shamrocks at Joann)
  • 3" circle template
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pins

How lovely would this be for your St. Patrick's Day celebration or just to decorate your door. To see the whole tutorial check out Wanessa Carolina Creations.

Plus if you need free St. Patrick's Day printables we've got them and if you're looking to be inspired, check out these St. Patrick's Day parties from our site.

DIY: How to Make Easy and Adorable Valentine's Day Cupcake Toppers

My good friend, Lynlee, from Lynlee's Petite Cakes, makes some of the most incredible fondant creations out there. Lucky for us, she's sharing some of her secrets by teaching us how to make these incredible Valentine's Day cupcake toppers. For those of you who are a little intimidated by fondant (and I have to admit I fall into that camp), this is the tutorial for you (and me).

So without further adieu, here's Lynlee, the fondant queen, in her own words...

Here's a simple tutorial for making fondant cupcake toppers for your Valentine!

This year, I've seen lots of adorable Valentine and party ideas out there to facilitate in spreading the love, including fabulous collections of free printables available at the inspiration-filled Catch My Party! They have a large selection of designs by some of the most talented designers! And again, they're free!

These "Sending All My Love" toppers will help cover all your bases with blown kisses, a flying heart, and a love letter!

Supplies you will need: 

  • Red and white fondant
  • Rolling pin
  • Oval cutters (I utilized two sizes)
  • Heart and butterfly-shaped cutters
  • Large square cutter
  • Food safe brush & water
  • Round tip (in this case, I used Wilton tip 12)
  • Fondant or pizza cutter
  • Small spatula
  • Modeling stick (or toothpick or any "pointy" tool you might have in the kitchen)
BLOWN KISS TOPPERS
Start out by rolling some red fondant into a ball and pressing it down on a flat surface until it is approximately 1/2" thick. Cut out an oval shape with the larger cutter and begin to pinch the shape on both sides to create the sides of the mouth.

At the same time, use your fingers to soften the perimeter of the mouth to round it out. With a heart cutter, position the top in the middle of the fondant lips and lightly press to make an indentation. Create a small separation at the top of the lips with the small spatula and finish the kissing lips with the modeling stick through the center.

 You can repeat the process with the smaller oval cutter to make small lips for blown kisses!

HEART WITH WINGS TOPPER

Roll out some more red fondant (approx. 1/4" thick) and cut out a heart shape with the cutter and put it aside.

Roll out some white fondant and utilize the butterfly cutter to punch out the shape to utilize as wings. With the spatula, cut the butterfly shape in half and space the two halves so that they would contour the heart. Trim off the excess with the heart shape cutter. Brush some water on the wings and attach them to the red heart and allow it to dry.

For the quill heart decor, roll out more white fondant about 1/8" thick (you can see I like to use rolling pin guide rings to keep it consistent and flat across) and cut out a strip about 1/4" wide with the rolling cutter. I measured about 4 inches and then turned it upside down and added some water with the brush to both ends of the strip.

Begin to roll both sides inward until they come together, while positioning the bottom into a point for the bottom of the heart. Add a bit more water to attach the two quilled sides together.

Attach it to the winged heart by brushing water to the back and placing it in the center of the red heart.

You can play around with the quilling process and make additional hearts in all different colors and sizes!

LOVE LETTER AND ENVELOPE TOPPER

Roll out white fondant 1/8" thick, cut out a square with the cutter and then cut it in half once again.

Turn the square cutter on a 45 degree angle and position it over the fondant rectangle, making sure one side is right up to the edge of the shape to make the fold of the envelope. Trim off the excess to make the envelope even. Then roll out some red fondant and repeat steps to cut it to scale with the envelope, but avoiding the indentation step.

With the remaining red fondant, punch out a small circle with the size 12 tip and start pinching it together at one end to create the bottom of the heart. With the spatula, create an indentation for the top of the heart and glue it onto the envelope. Brush some additional water to the bottom of the envelope to attach to the red letter.

Hoping these cupcakes and toppers will help you send all your love to your Valentine{s} and make their day all that much sweeter!!! ♥

Lynlee, these toppers are beyond wonderful! Thanks for letting us share this easy tutorial with our readers.

To learn more about Lynlee, see the incredible parties she's styled, and the toppers she's created, check out Lynlee's Petite Cakes. You'll be happy you did!

My Favorite Crafty Food Tutorials from our Link Up Party

Thanks to everyone who so far has linked up their tutorials, recipes, and free printables to our holiday link party! I'll be showing off more of your work, so please add your links.

Here are my favorite crafty food tutorials, all these brought to you by the Dollhouse Bake Shop. How cute are these holiday pops!

Candy Bar Penguin Pops

Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Pops

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Candy Bar Reindeer Pops

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To see even more fun and festive holiday treat tutorials, check out the Dollhouse Bake Shop.

DIY TUTORIAL: Easy Framed Pine Cones

My daughter loves pine cones and always collects them, so when I saw this tutorial for a beautiful way to display them in a frame, I had to post about it. The tutorial was created by Linda of Craftaholics Anonymous.

How beautiful would these framed pine cones look as part of your fall or winter decor.

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Thank you, Linda for this easy craft. I might be making one this week with my daughter.

DIY Tutorial from A Catch My Party Member - How to Make Minnie Mouse Party Hats

How cute are these Minnie Mouse hats Maria made for her daughter's Minnie Mouse 2nd Birthday!

Now you can make them too, with this easy tutorial Maria put together for her blog, Love & Sugar Kisses, and kindly let me repost. Thank you, Maria!

Supplies:
  • Black cardstock: one sheet per hat PLUS one sheet for every 2 sets of ears (that's 4 ears per page)
  • Pink polka dot scrapbook paper (or whatever color/pattern you would like for the bow)
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • Double sided tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Exacto knife
  • 3 inch round cookie cutter or 3 inch round craft punch
  • Medium sized butterfly cookie cutter (optional)
Step 1 Using your cookie cutter as a stencil or your round craft punch, cut out enough ears for your desired number of hats out of the black cardstock.

Step2 Shape a cone out of the black card stock and use double sided tape to seal the seam. You could also use hot glue for this if you want, but tape might be a little less messy. It took a few tries to figure out how to get the cardstock to roll up neatly into the cone shape.

Step 3 Cut desired number of bows out of your scrapbook paper. You can use a butterfly cookie cutter to trace the basic shape then trim them to your liking, but you can certainly freehand them!
Step 4 Cut your ribbon allowing 2 pieces for each hat. These will be your straps. You can use your child's head to measure. Plan on about 12 inches per strap.

Step 5 Now you are ready to assemble the hats!

  • Cut 2 small slits near the top of the cone using your exacto knife. You will be inserting the ears into these slits. You want them large enough to allow the ears to be attached, but not so big that you lose too much of the rounded shape.
  • Apply a small amount of hot glue to the slit and then place each ear inside. You may need to apply a little more to get the ears to adhere. A little goes a long way and isn't very noticeable on the hat!
  • Using the hot glue, attach the ribbon to the inside of both sides of the cone. Make sure you are careful where you place the ribbon so your ears aren't crooked!
  • Finally, attach the bow to the front of the hat using either hot glue or double sided tape.
  • You could even jazz these up further with the birthday child and/or the guests initial on the front! Need a Mickey Mouse hat instead? Just leave off the bow and use red ribbon!

Look, it's the perfect party hat for your little Mouseketeer!

Maria, we couldn't agree more. Your daughter is adorable!! Thank you for the tutorial!

Check out more of Maria's Minnie Mouse 2nd Birthday and see all the beautiful things she created for her daughter's party. And to learn more about Maria, please visit her blog, Love & Sugar Kisses, where she shares about her love of baking, cake decorating, and crafting.

And finally, if you make your own Minnie Mouse hats, please send photos to jillian@catchmyparty.com. I'd love to show them off!

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