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Backyard Unicorn Party

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If you’re anything like me, whenever you see a unicorn your heart skips a beat and  your heart fills with thoughts of rainbows and all thinks pink!  Let this Backyard Unicorn Party tutorial filled with mystical must-haves show you that unicorn dreams really do come true and they come in shades of pastel cotton candy and cupcakes.

Backyard Unicorn Party

Inspiration

To throw your own Backyard Unicorn Party, you’ll need to start with some inspiration!  My inspiration came from the limited edition Dr Pepper® “Pick your Pepper” packaging that features a unicorn on each can!

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From there, everything to plan this backyard party was themed around the unicorn.  All the pink.  All the purple.  All the teal.  All the pretties! All the unicorns!

These limited edition Dr Pepper cans along with other designs can be found at your local Kroger store and from June 15 – August 15 (or while supplies last). June 21 – August 15, if you buy 3 Dr Pepper 12pk or 8pk 12oz (any variety), you get a FREE 20oz!

Make sure to scan the Snapchat code on your free 20oz bottle to receive an exclusive Pick Your Pepper Snapchat filter. Use this filter to take pictures at your party for added fun!

Defining the Space with Decorations

Since this is a Backyard Unicorn Party, I knew I wouldn’t need too many decorations to hang on walls, etc.  However,  I wanted to use some elements of the party to help define the space we were using.

Dessert Table

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The dessert table is always a focal point at my parties.  I fill it with themed desserts and display them using texture,  themed colors, cake stands and coordinating plates.

For this unicorn party,  I used paper circle fans to add height to the space as well as using tassel garland to bring the table down.  Doing this is an easy way to add drama to the dessert table and entire party.

Main Table

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The main table was so fun to set up!  Each place setting featured a plate for the meal and one for dessert as well as a napkin, candy suckers and a unicorn sugar cookie!  Of course, Dr Pepper Pick Your Pepper unicorn  cans were included with each setting.

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The centerpiece of the table was a vase filled high with balloon wands and on each side of the wands were Dr Pepper Cream Pops.  Yum!

Seating Area

I always like to provide extra seating aside from the main table at a party.  To define this space, I hung a tissue tassel garland over two chairs positioned at an angle in the corner.  On the chairs sat a plush unicorn pillow and the party favor.

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Dessert Table Details

One of my favorite details at a party are the sweet desserts featured on the dessert table.  For this party, all the desserts were unicorn and fairytale themed!

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Cupcakes

The cupcakes were super simple to make.  I used a vanilla box cake mix and baked the cupcakes in my favorite pink and white dot cupcake liners.  I topped the cupcakes with purple whipped vanilla buttercream and a mix of super cute sprinkles.

Simple to make and super cute!

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Cereal Treats

Cereal treats are my go-to dessert at parties.  They are the simplest dessert to make because they are only 3 ingredients and take  only 5 minutes to put together.

For this unicorn party, I added a few drops of pink food gel coloring to the melted marshmallow before adding the cereal treats.  I then added a variety of themed sprinkles to the mix and more on top.  Perfect for this party!

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Unicorn Bark

I’ve seen candy bark on tops of cakes and have always wanted to make it myself.  This unicorn party was the perfect excuse!  Follow these easy steps to make Unicorn Bark:

  1. Melt pink, purple, blue and white candy circles in separate bowls.
  2. Immediately drop colors of melted candy onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper until it’s covered.
  3. Pound the baking sheet flat on the counter to level out the colors.
  4. Use a knife  or spatula to swirl the colors together
  5. Finish off with a sprinkle mix!
  6. Allow to harden completely (3-4 hours)
  7. Using a sharp knife on a flat surface, press into the bark until it breaks organically.  Don’t force this process, the bark looks better when it breaks on its own.

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Candy

To save myself some time, I also purchased a few items at the store to fill out the candy table.  My kids love salt water taffy and cotton candy, so that was what I picked for this party!

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You could use any candy for this that matches your colors!

Dr Pepper Cream Pops

Of course, I had to make something delicious using Dr Pepper!  Being a backyard party, I created a simple, yet delicious cream pop flavored with Dr Pepper.  You can see the complete recipe for the Dr Pepper Cream Pops at the bottom of this post.

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Unicorn Sugar Cookies

No party would be complete for me without sugar cookies frosted with buttercream!  I used my favorite recipe for the cookies and buttercream and found a unicorn cookie cutter at the craft store.

The supplies you’ll need are:

  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tip #3 (very small round) and #17 (small star) and #1 (tiny round)
  • Buttercream in white, pink, purple, and black
  • Edible gold dust & small paint brush (new)

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To decorate the cookies:

  1. Fill a piping bag fitted with the #3 small round tip with white frosting.
  2. Pipe the horn on the cookie first with the white.  Using the edible gold dust and the small brush, tap the dust onto the frosting horn until completely covered.  Tap off the excess.
  3. Still with the white, pipe a border around the entire cookie.  Using a back and forth motion, fill in the cookie with buttercream.
  4. Take a piping bag fitted with the #17 small star and fill it with half purple and half pink frosting.  (Press the first color against the side of the bag all the way to the bottom then repeat with the second color.  Squeeze the bag gently until both colors come out.)
  5. Pipe small stars/swirls where the unicorn mane would be.
  6. Fill a piping bag fitted with the #1 tiny round tip with black buttercream.  Pipe eyes and lashes onto each cookie.

Games & Party Favors

This unicorn party had to have party favors and games!  Seriously, it’d be no fun without them! Simple games and prizes are a must for my parties!

Pick Your Pepper Ball Toss

Super simple and fun game for any party is the ball toss!

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Simply stack up 10 cans of Dr Pepper and toss a ball at them.  First person to knock them all down on the first try, WINS!

Great thing about this game, no extra supplies needed!

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Fairytale Wands

Since we couldn’t ride actual unicorns at this party, the next best thing is to use our magical fairytale wands to wish for them.

To make the wands you’ll need:

  • Long craft sticks
  • Curling ribbon
  • Confetti
  • 5″ balloons
  • Scissors

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To assemble the wands you’ll need to:

  1. Fill each balloon with confetti.
  2. Blow the balloon up with air and tie it with a knot.
  3. Using the curing ribbon, tie the bottom of the balloon (under the knot) to the craft stick with a tight knot.
  4. Add extra ribbon and curl.

Unicorn Clutch

As a prize for the game or a party favor for one lucky guest at your party, provide them with a gift!  At my local craft store, I spotted this unicorn patch and coordinating clutch.  For just a few dollars, I DIY’d a themed gift for the party!

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Your unicorn party doesn’t have to look like mine because inspiration can come from anywhere and be anything!  So, make sure to  check out the Dr Pepper Pick Your Pepper 12oz cans and 20oz bottles  this summer and get inspired to create a fun party for your friends and family!

Dr Pepper Cream Pops

Dr Pepper Cream Pops

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 container of Extra Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream, softened
  • 1 can Dr Pepper
  • 12 ice pop molds

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, scoop in the softened ice cream
  2. Slowly pour the Dr Pepper in with the ice cream
  3. Using a whisk or hand mixer/immersion blender, mix together the ice cream and Dr Pepper until smooth.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a measuring cup that pours.
  5. Pour the mixture into the ice pop molds.
  6. Freeze overnight or until solid.

 

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Teen Bedroom Makeover

Being a military family can be rough on kids, especially when moving often makes it difficult to create a home out of a new house. By using Enbrighten Café Lights by Jasco and a small budget, I was able to create a Teen Bedroom Makeover that my daughter was crazy about!

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This post is sponsored by Jasco Products Company in conjunction with Acorn: An Influence Company. I was compensated & given a set of lights, but all the ideas and opinions are my own.

Being a military family that moves every few years, we get used to living small. We don’t hang much on our walls or get really into decorating because we know we’ll have to take it all down, fill the holes and start over in just a few years time.

In just a few months, my husband will be medically retiring from the Army after 3 deployments and 12 years of service. This means that we’ll be moving out of military house and into private housing that hopefully will become our forever home!

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The new townhouse we moved to has a big basement with a bedroom and bathroom perfect for Emily. Emily is 16 years old and loves the privacy and access to her own bathroom! The only downside to this room is that is has no windows.

But that’s okay, no windows makes it the perfect space to use the Enbrighten Café Lights!

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You can see from these before pictures that Emily’s room wasn’t very big and had no personality. Emily is full of personality and I knew I wanted to have that translate into her bedroom decor!

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I really wanted the Enbrighten Café Lights to be the centerpiece of the room. Emily’s bed doesn’t have a frame or a headboard so I decided to use the lights to create a focal point above the bed. Hanging the lights above the bed brought your eye from the bed to the ceiling, giving the space height and depth.

To add color and texture to the lights, I wrapped tulle around the entire strand of lights. Doing this brought the color from the bedding into the light display tying it all together.

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To makeover the bed, Emily chose a new duvet cover and pillowcases in lime green and decided on an accent color of hot pink. To cover the box springs, I placed a flat sheet over the box springs and let it hang just to the floor giving the illusion of a dust ruffle. It was an easy, inexpensive way to have the look of a dust ruffle even without buying or making one.

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Instead of end tables, I used two metal and wood bar stools. Not only are these a fun alternative to traditional end tables, but they serve as seating for guests. I think we need to get a rug to tie this room together. I’ve seen some great ones on websites like Bazaar velvet so Emily will have to choose one.

To add another pop of hot pink, I placed several bunches of hot pink silk flowers in a vintage style porcelain vase. I chose silk flowers over real so that Emily can enjoy it all year round.

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Finally, I brought over the green tool from the light wall onto the dresser pulls and mirror as well as a single hot pink silk flower. I hung a picture I had painted (which had hot pink in it) on her wall and set out a few of her favorite trinkets and her jewelry box to add a personal touch.

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I really love how the Enbrighten Café Lights by Jasco bring Emily’s room to life! The LED lights will never die so this look can last as long as Emily wants it! We’ll never have to worry about changing a light bulb, ever! Their soft light is the perfect way to brighten this basement room.

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Flower Pot Cupcakes

Spring is here and these Flower Pot Cupcakes will make the perfect dessert for a garden party or Spring soiree!

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I subscribe to Cake Style on YouTube and one of their recent videos featuring piped cosmos flowers placed onto a layer cake inspired me to make these cupcakes!

So, I taught myself to pipe cosmos flowers and made these super cute Flower Pot Cupcakes…

With a video too! (Scroll to the bottom)

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These cupcakes aren’t for beginners, unfortunately.  You’ll need to know how to use a piping bag and a some experience working with buttercream.

Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 dozen Sweets & Treats Boutique Bake Bright cupcake liners
  • 1 dozen cupcakes made with Pillsbury Funfetti Vibrant Green Cupcake and Cake Mix (8.25 oz. pouch) + the ingredients needed to bake them
  • Vanilla buttercream – I used this recipe
  • Wilton dyes in – green, yellow, & two other colors of your choice for flowers
  • Disposable piping bags & small couplers
  • Wilton tips #102, #3, #233, #67
  • Flower nail
  • Parchment squares
  • Baking sheet

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I really love how the Sweets & Treats Boutique green dot liners really add to the overall look of the cupcake! I’m a firm believer that the cupcake shouldn’t just look pretty on top where the frosting is, but the it should be cute from top to bottom!

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Instructions

  1. Prepare the green cake mix as instructed on the package and bake them in the Sweets & Treats Bake Bright green dot liners.  Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
  2. Separate the buttercream into two… 2/3 in one bowl and 1/3 in another.
  3. Separate the 2/3 buttercream into three equal parts.  Leave one white and color the other two any color you want for the flowers.
  4. Separate the 1/3 buttercream in two parts, 2/3 and 1/3.  Color the 1/3 yellow and the 2/3 green.
  5. Fit the piping bag with the #102 small petal tip and fill the piping bag with the first color.
  6. Place a dab of frosting onto a parchment square and place it on the flower nail.  Pipe 7-8 petals onto the square, spinning the flower nail as you pipe.  (See the video for more details)  Place the flower onto the baking sheet.  Repeat with the other two colors of buttercream until you’ve made at least 3-5 flowers per cupcake.  (For more details on how to pipe the flowers, see the Cake Style video that inspired me to make these cupcakes)
  7. Fill a piping bag fitted with the #3 small round tip with the yellow buttercream.  Pipe 6-8 dots of yellow into the center of each flower. (See the video for more details)
  8. Freeze all the flowers until they are firm.
  9. Fill a piping bag fitted with the #233 grass tip with the green buttercream.  Pipe little shoots of grass onto the top of each cupcake.  (See the video for more details)
  10. Fill a piping bag fitted with the #67 leaf tip with green buttercream.  Pipe dabs of frosting onto the top of the grass.  This will act like the glue to hold on the flowers.
  11. Working with 3-5 flowers at a time out of the freezer, gently peel each flower off the parchment square and place it onto the cupcake.  Place as many as you like in whatever way you feel looks best. (See video for more details)
  12. Pipe leaves with the green buttercream around the flowers.
  13. Repeat until all the cupcakes are covered.

NOTE: The flowers get soft very quickly, so keep them chilled until you are ready to place them on the cupcake.

I am so super in love with how well these cupcakes turned out.  Piping the flowers first, chilling them and then placing them on top created the perfect little pot of flowers!

When the buttercream flowers come to room temperature, they meld onto each other making it impossible to tell how they were place on the cupcakes! I had people amazed and how I made these!

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So whether you’re hosting a garden party, a bake sale or just want to make something adorable, these Flower Pot Cupcakes are perfect for all your cupcake needs!

Happy Baking!

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Spring Painted Candy Jars

Whether you need a unique hostess gift or Easter decor for your home, these Spring Painted Candy Jars are uncomplicated to make and incredibly adorable! Spring Painted Candy Jars | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.com

Last year in my Glam Easter Brunch & Tablescape, I used upcycled jam jars filled with candies and topped with a porcelain bunny as a part of the decor.  This year, since I’m still in love with the filled-jar concept, I wanted to do something a littler different.

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I created a set of Spring Painted Candy Jars filled with pastel jelly beans which became the centerpiece of my entire home decor for the season.

They are absolutely adorable and I actually ended up going to Home Goods after I made them to buy a coordinating table runner (the bunny one in the pictures) and placemats for my dining table! I’m obsessed with the mint and yellow pastels this season!

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To make these jars, you’ll need only a few things…

  • Pint mason jars with lids, clean & dry
  • Chalk paint (water-based)*
  • Paint brush
  • Paper plate or paint tray
  • Q-tips or small cloth rag
  • Vinyl stickers (template here & here)
  • Lace or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Spring candy
  • Porcelain bunny

*I chose the chalk paint because I love the look of it when it’s dry.  You can use any water-based paint you want for these jars.

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Instructions

  1. Using these templates (tall bunny & short bunny), cut out the bunnies using a vinyl sticker cutting machine to the size of your jars.
  2. Apply the vinyl stick onto a clean jar. Spring Painted Candy Jars | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.com
  3. Paint the outside of the jar.  Do not worry about painting the bottom, you won’t see it when it’s finished.  Wait a few minutes before adding a second coat of paint.  Repeat with a 3rd coat if necessary.  Spring Painted Candy Jars | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.com
  4. While the paint is still a bit sticky and before it is completely dry, gently peel off the vinyl stickers.  Do not wait until the paint is completely dry because it may chip when you pull the vinyl away.
  5. Using a slightly wet q-tip or a damp towel, clean up any edges where the paint may have seeped under the vinyl.
  6. Touch up the edges with the paint brush if necessary. Spring Painted Candy Jars | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.com
  7. Paint the jar lids also with at least 2 coats.  Allow the paint to dry completely on all parts before assembling.
  8. Fill the jars with candy and screw on the lids.
  9. Cut a piece of lace or ribbon to fit the size of the lid of the jar.  Place it around the lid and apply a small dollop of hot glue onto the jar and press the ribbon into place.  Hold for a few seconds to secure.
  10. Optionally, hot glue a porcelain bunny to the top of the jars.

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I am not a painter by any means, so I did this project with zero skill or knowledge of what I was doing.  Which means ANYONE can do this! I learned a few things along the way that hopefully will make it easier for you if you try it.

Helpful Tips

  • You don’t have to make your jars look exactly like mine.  Let my jars be an inspiration to you!  Pick colors you love, candy you love, and ribbon you love! Make it your own!
  • If you don’t have access to a cutting machine, try having them custom made from a vendor on ETSY.  My neighbor, Robby of Drapela Designs, made mine for me for very inexpensive.  You can find him on ETSY here and Facebook here if you’d like him to make them for you too!
  • Size the bunnies before cutting them.  Measure your jar and decide what width and height will work best for your jars.
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  • Do not lift up the vinyl sticker once you have placed it.  Make sure you know exactly where you want it before you press it down.  Lifting it up will cause the edges to get dirty and dusty and will allow the paint to seep under the sticker.  Also, try to keep the sticker on the flattest part of the jar.  If you a place it too high or too low it will not lay flat where the jar curves.
  • Like I said above, do not let the paint dry all the way before removing the vinyl stickers.  This step is very important!  I made the mistake of doing that and I had a lot of touch-up work to do.  You want the paint still tacky and wet so that it does not crack when you remove the stickers.  A toothpick or tweezers can be helpful when trying to remove the vinyl.
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  • Take your time!  When I get really excited about a project, I often try to rush things.  Don’t do that here.  Take your time, enjoy the process and make sure you do good work the first time!
  • Enjoy and have fun!

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DIY Painted Pumpkins

Happy Fall, Y’all!  It’s officially the first day of Autumn and I’m so excited to share with you a fun, easy DIY Painted Pumpkins Tutorial!

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I’ve never really been a big fan of carving pumpkins.  It’s a huge mess and I really don’t think they’re all that cool.  Yes, jack-o-lanters are a traditional part of Halloween, but I’m more of a Fall and Autumn person, not  Halloween.  I love everything that Autumn brings… pumpkins, cozy sweaters, boots, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, fires, football, and the turning colors of the trees and leaves.

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This year, I thought I’d try something a little different.  Instead of carving pumpkins I decided to paint them!  I’m not talking painting funny faces on the pumpkins like you find at the grocery store, but I wanted beautiful, glam, decorative pumpkins!   And in my world that means gold and glitter!

I had a local vendor (Wicked Stickerz) cut the letters for me using her Cricut cutting machine, but you can use any store-bought letters as long as they are stickers.

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You can paint your pumpkins any color or with any design, but this tutorial is to show you how I made my pumpkins to get you inspired to create your own!

DIY PAINTED PUMPKINS

Supplies

  • 1 large pumpkin with a long, firm stem
  • Mini pumpkins
  • White gloss spray paint
  • Gold metallic spray paint
  • Gold acrylic spray paint
  • Gold glitter & glitter glue
  • Clear coat glossy finish spray paint (optional)
  • 1in round paint dabber
  • 1/2 in paint brush (or any small brush)
  • Plastic paint tray (or something to spray the paint onto for dabbing)
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper or a work surface that can be painted on
  • Vinyl sticker letters/words (download my letters here to be printed with a sticker cutting machine)
  • Black ribbonDIY Painted Pumpkins | JavaCupcake.com

Instructions (for a large pumpkin)

  1. Prepare the pumpkin by washing the surface and completely drying it.
  2. Tape off the stem completely so it doesn’t get paint on it.
  3. Lay newspaper down on your work surface and place the pumpkin in the center.
  4. According to the instructions on your can of spray paint, spray three coats of white paint on the pumpkin covering it completely.  Don’t worry too much about turning the pumpkin on its side to get the bottom, just do your best to get to the base of the pumpkin so no orange is visible.  Let the white paint dry overnight.
  5. Spray the gold metallic paint onto the paint tray.  Press the round paint dabber into the metallic paint and paint dots in random order on the pumpkin.  There’s no right or wrong way to put the dots on your pumpkin.  If you like a lot of dots, paint a lot and vice versa.  You will need to spray more paint onto the plastic paint tray as you continue to paint with the gold. It dries fast so only spray a little at a time.
  6. Using the small paint brush, paint the stem metallic gold.   Allow the gold to paint to dry over night.DIY Painted Pumpkins | JavaCupcake.com
  7. Apply the vinyl letters carefully to the pumpkin.  Once you press the sticky part onto the pumpkin DO NOT LIFT IT UP for it will remove the paint it is stuck to.  Plan out where you want the letters and commit.  I had a local vendor cut these letters for me using her Cricut machine, but you can buy any sticker letters at the craft store or print them yourself if you have the cutting machine.
  8. Spray the entire pumpkin with a glossy finish spray paint if you plan to keep your pumpkin outside.  This will help protect it from the weather.  I did not spray mine because I plan to keep my pumpkin inside.
  9. Tie a bow around the base of the stem of the pumpkin.  Trim the ends at an angle.

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Instructions (for mini pumpkins)

  1. Prepare the pumpkins by washing the surface and completely drying them.
  2. Lay newspaper down on your work surface and place a pumpkin in the center.
  3. One at a time and according to the instructions on your can of spray paint, spray three coats of paint on the pumpkin covering it completely.  Allow it to dry completely and gently lay it on its side and spray the bottom of the pumpkin.  Allow it to dry completely.
  4. Repeat with the remaining pumpkins and let them dry completely over night.
  5. Using the glitter glue,  squeeze the glue out of the tube onto the pumpkin in any patter or design you wish.  Words are fun with this step too.  Immediately sprinkle glitter over the top of the glue and tap off any extra.  Allow to dry over night.
  6. For a white pumpkin, paint the stem with the gold acrylic paint and paint dots around the outside.
  7. The possibilities are endless!  Just have fun!

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DIY Stipple Easter Eggs

I’ve gone a little stipple crazy here lately.  I stippled coffee mugs last week and this week I’m making DIY Stipple Easter Eggs!

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It only took me about 45 minutes to make these four eggs and the process was really simple!  You could easily give these as gifts to your guests at Easter Brunch, hang them from a tree in your yard, use them as place settings.  So may options!  I hung these in my office on my tassel garland.  I think they’re adorable!

I got a 6 pack of plastic eggs for €1 at the Nuremberg Easter Market, but I’m certain you can get them at any craft store in the US.  If you don’t have paint markets, use Sharpies.  If you don’t have a template, freehand it!  The great thing about these eggs is that they don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!

Different colors, different patters… the possibilities are endless!

DIY Stipple Easter Eggs
Supplies:

  • Plastic eggs
  • Patterns or masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Washable glue stick
  • Paint markers in gold and black – size 1-2mm
  • Rubbing alcohol & q-tips/cotton balls
  • A sharp knife or blade
  • String or elastic

PRINTABLE PATTERN: https://javacupcake.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/DIYStippleEggTemplatesJavaCupcake.pdf

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Directions:

  • Clean the egg off with a cotton ball wet with rubbing alcohol.  Allow to dry.
  • FOR THE EGGS with PATTERNS: Print the pattern and cut it out.
  • Apply the glue to the back of the pattern and place it on the egg where you like it.
  • Stipple around the pattern.  Apple more dots closer and denser near the pattern.
  • FOR THE EGGS with STRIPES:  Place masking tape around the entire egg.  Using your knife or blade, score the tape in strips and peel off the tape.
  • Stipple with the paint markers between the tape strips.  Make sure to stipple in a uniform manner making sure to fill in any blank spaces.
  • FOR ALL PATTERNS:  Allow the paint to dry before removing the pattern/tape.  About 2 minutes.
  • Once the pattern has been removed, use the knife to get an excess glue or paper off the egg.  Dip a q-tip in rubbing alcohol and clean off any excess glue or tape.  You can also rub off any unwanted paint… gently making sure not to smear what you do want.
  • Attach a piece of string or elastic to the hook and tie a knot to secure a loop.
  • I hung these eggs on a DIY tassel garland that I made for my office. But you could hang yours anywhere! The possibilities are endless!

TISSUE PAPER GARLAND TUTORIAL: http://www.tomfo.com/how-to-make-your-own-tissue-paper-tassel-garland

 

Happy Easter!

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