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Monday, July 21, 2014

Free Printable Popcorn Box and Brazilian Themed Movie Night

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Did you guys watch the World Cup? It was kind of a big deal in our house, that is, until Brazil got slaughtered by Germany, at which point, we kind of went into mourning. (I'm only half joking.) My husband spent two years in Brazil serving a mission for our church, and had us all rooting for them. Watching the World Cup was a great opportunity to talk with our kids about different countries, and my kids have become very interested in Brazil since.

With Rio 2 coming out on DVD, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to have a Brazilian themed movie night.

I went to Walmart and picked up Rio 2 and some Pop Secret Popcorn (by the way, you can get a coupon for $1 off Pop Secret Popcorn, while supplies last!). We also decided to get some Brazilian takeout for dinner to make it extra special. We got different savory pastries to try including coxinhas, pastels, and risoles. 

And, of course, no Brazilian themed party is complete without some Guarana soda. Honestly, it's not my favorite, but the kids sure like it. After dinner, we watched Rio 2 and enjoyed some yummy movie snacks. 

I made individual popcorn boxes for everyone to make our movie night a bit more special. I'm not sure why exactly, but there is definitely something about an individual serving size in a pretty container that makes popcorn extra special. 

I designed the popcorn boxes using feathers to go with our Brazilian/Rio 2 theme. 

Two sides of the boxes say "pipocas," which means popcorn, and is quite possibly my favorite Portuguese word. Pipocas! Just try to say it and not smile. I dare you. 

To make your own popcorn boxes for your movie night, here's what you will need:

  • Two copies of my printable in pink or blue.
  • scissors
  • glue
  • ruler or straight edge
  • bone folder or mechanical pencil


  1. Start by cutting out both box halves.
  2. Score along fold lines using a ruler and bone folder. If you don't have a bone folder, you can use a mechanical pencil with no lead, as I did.
  3. Fold along score lines.
  4. Glue the two halves together to form a tube.
  5. Glue the bottom flaps together to finish the box.
And that's it! Write everyone's name on their box and enjoy the movie!





Get your free printable popcorn boxes in PINK and BLUE.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Marshmallow Ice Cream Cones Tutorial

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I am really excited to share these marshmallow ice cream cones with you guys today. I've been teasing this one on instagram for a while now because I am borderline obsessed. They are probably my favorite project from the ice cream party we had last week. (I will be sharing more details soon!)

When I was planning the party, I came across these adorable mallow cones from Sprinkle Bakes, and I had to try making my own. I love the Sprinkle Bakes version, but I decided to try a couple different varieties in traditional ice cream flavors: mint chocolate chip and orange creamsicle.

They turned out so, so cute and are really tasty too. I am not a big fan of store-bought marshmallows, but homemade marshmallows in an ice cream cone? Whole different thing - Oh. My. Tasty.


If you have made marshmallows before, these will be pretty simple for you, and if you haven't made marshmallows before, don't be intimidated! They are not as difficult as they may seem. Yes, you will need a candy thermometer, but that doesn't have to be so scary. If you have everything ready to go before you start and follow the directions carefully, you should have no problem. Promise.

It is important to have everything all ready to go before you start making the mallow because you will need to move quickly to get it piped into the cones before it sets up. Start off by getting your cones all ready to go. Since I didn't want giant marshmallow cones, I decided to cut the cones down to a smaller size. I used a serrated knife to saw off the top inch and a half of each cone. 

To make the cones extra fancy, I brushed the tops with a little corn syrup and then rolled them in sprinkles.








I used a cardboard box with holes cut in the top to hold my cones upright. When your cones are ready, collect all your ingredients and tools together. Prepare a large piping bag with an extra large round tip

Got it? Ready? Good! Let's get to the recipes and whipping up that mallow!




Mint Chocolate Chip Mallow Cones

adapted from Sprinkle Bakes

Ingredients
  • sugar cones with tops cut off (I only made about 12 of each flavor, but there was enough mallow for twice that) and decorated with sprinkles (I used chocolate jimmies) if desired (see instructions above)
  • 5 tsps unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup clear corn syrup, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp mint extract
  • green food coloring (I used a few drops of Americolor Avocado and one drop of Americolor Turquoise)
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips (regular size chocolate chips won't work for this - learn from my mistakes)
  1. Mix gelatin and cold water in small bowl. Let sit for five minutes until water is absorbed.
  2. Stir together 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup clear corn syrup, 1/4 cup water, and pinch of salt in small saucepan over high heat with candy thermometer attached. 
  3. Meanwhile, melt gelatin (30 seconds in the microwave will do it) and mix with remaining 1/4 cup corn syrup in box of stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Keep the gelatin and corn syrup stirring on low until the sugar syrup is ready.
  4. When the sugar syrup reaches 240 degrees, slowly add it to the gelatin with the mixer running. Increase the mixer speed to medium. Mix for five minutes. Increase speed to medium-high. Mix for five more minutes. Increase speed to highest setting. Mix for two minutes, add mint extract, and mix for two more minutes. By now, your mallow will be fluffy, opaque, and tripled in size. 
  5. Add food coloring and mix until incorporated.
  6. Add in mini chocolate chips, and stir until distributed throughout.
  7. Moving QUICKLY, transfer mixture to piping bag and fill cones using a swirling motion. 
  8. When the marshmallow has had some time to set up and dry, dust the tops with a mixture of about 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 3 Tbsps corn starch. Tap or blow off the excess. This will keep your cute cones from sticking to each other or favor bags.

Orange Creamsicle Mallow Cones

adapted from Sprinkle Bakes

Ingredients
  • sugar cones with tops cut off (I only made about 12 of each flavor, but there was enough mallow for twice that) and decorated with sprinkles (I used pink sugar), if desired (see instructions above)
  • 5 tsps unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup clear corn syrup, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • orange food coloring 
  1. Mix gelatin and cold water in small bowl. Let sit for five minutes until water is absorbed.
  2. Stir together 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup clear corn syrup, 1/4 cup water, and pinch of salt in small saucepan over high heat with candy thermometer attached. 
  3. Meanwhile, melt gelatin (30 seconds in the microwave will do it) and mix with remaining 1/4 cup corn syrup in box of stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Keep the gelatin and corn syrup stirring on low until the sugar syrup is ready.
  4. When the sugar syrup reaches 240 degrees, slowly add it to the gelatin with the mixer running. Increase the mixer speed to medium. Mix for five minutes. Increase speed to medium-high. Mix for five more minutes. Increase speed to highest setting. Mix for two minutes, add orange and vanilla extracts, and mix for two more minutes. By now, your mallow will be fluffy, opaque, and tripled in size. 
  5. To create a swirled look, moving QUICKLY, scoop about two cups of the white marshmallow into one half of the piping bag.
  6. Add orange food coloring to remaining marshmallow and mix until incorporated.
  7. Moving QUICKLY, transfer remaining mixture to the other half of the piping bag and fill cones using a swirling motion. 
  8. When the marshmallow has had some time to set up and dry, dust the tops with a mixture of about 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 3 Tbsps corn starch. Tap or blow off the excess. This will keep your cute cones from sticking to each other or favor bags.
And that's it! It may seem a bit complicated, but I promise I am not a master candy maker, and if I managed to pull these off, I know you can too.

I would love to see your cones on instagram or facebook if you decide to give it a try! And stay tuned for the full ice cream party post coming soon.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Makers No. 26


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Welcome, friends! We are so grateful for all of you that link up with us each week and for everyone who entered last week's giveaway in celebration of our 25th party! Thank you, thank you!

Because this past week has been a bit crazy for your co-hosts, we have decided to skip the link party this week. Don't worry though! We will be back next week with your regular scheduled creative extravaganza plus the features from last week's party. 

For now, we will announce the winners from last week's giveaway (was it you?!), and share our latest creative endeavors.
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If you were selected as one of the winners, be sure to check your email! One of us will be contacting you to find out where to send your gift card. Thanks for entering the giveaway, and we will see you back here next week at The Makers!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ice Cream Cone T-shirt with Free Silhouette Cut File



We just celebrated my son's first birthday with an ice cream party. I will be sharing more of the details soon (you may have seen some sneak peeks on instagram), but for now I wanted to share a t-shirt I made for my son to wear at the party. Plus - at the end of this post you will find 30 more great Silhouette projects made by some blogger friends with their favorite materials.

I made this shirt for my son using flocked heat transfer vinyl. I have made plenty of t-shirts for my kids with freezer paper, which is great, but I love heat transfer vinyl for its simplicity. I made this shirt in about ten minutes flat. Simply cut, weed out the negative space, iron the design onto the shirt, and peel back the plastic to reveal your design.



So simple. And so cute!


I thought a little party ice cream cone would be fun for the party, but still cute for everyday wear too. My daughter liked the shirt so much, she wanted one too, and the heat transfer vinyl made it easy to whip one up for her in a few minutes.


If you wanted to make your own little happy party cone shirt, you can download the free Silhouette file HERE.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! A Gift for the Bride-to-Be Silhouette Challenge: My Favorite Things My Favorite Things Keepsake Box Printable Tattoos for Crafters & DIYers Super Hero Backpacks Geometric Two Tone Shirt Refashion Instagram Paper Album Reasons I Love Daddy Ctrl Alt Del Pillows Outside Decor: DIY Pallet Board Sign Yo-Ho It's a Pirate Party How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens Combining My Favorite Things, Baking and Crafting - July Silhouette Challenge Pride & Prejudice Subway Style Art Favorite Silhouette Challenge Just umm, Let it Go Temporary My Little Pony Tattoos Mike Holmes Baby Onesie Monogram It: A Memo Board Makeover Super Room Redo The Best Summer Ever Freebie and Tutorial Summertime Toes Crafty Girls Hair Accessories Holder Watercolor Wall Art Ice Cream Cone T-Shirt Sun Fun Shirt Family Wall Art: Scrabble Edition Serving Tray Upcycle Making Custom Rhinestone Designs Etched Glass Coasters Church Nursery Wall Quote
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The BIG Craft Giveaway


Amassing a hoard collection of craft supplies is kind of an inevitable side effect of being a craft blogger. Today, some of my crafty blog buddies and I are sharing the wealth and giving away some of our favorite supplies. First, see what I'm giving away and enter the Rafflecopter below. Then, at the end of the post, you will find links for all of the other giveaways going on so you can enter them all!

Here's what I am giving away - a whole bunch of crafty goodies!

New and vintage cotton fabrics in pieces ranging from one quarter to one yard.


Cute patterned 8.5x11" scrapbook paper.


Chalk marker and wooden tags.


Three rolls of black and white washi tape. That "Surprise Inside" tape is my favorite. I bought two because I liked it so much. 


Chevron printed burlap ribbon and twine.


Gray chipboard letters with rhinestone embellishments. PLUS - in addition to all that, I'm including some super cute Amy Tangerine adhesive badges, two rolls of patterned Duck tape, and a 6x6" double-sided patterned cardstock pad.

Lots of fun goodies to play with! 

The giveaway will end in one week (11:59 PM PST 7/17/14), and is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

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Now have fun hopping around and entering all of these great giveaways!


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