Before a family get together I spend a lot of time on Pinterest looking for the perfect recipe to try. Last fall I made these Oreo Crows for Halloween. I did not take any pictures when I made these so I borrowed this one from Pinterest.
You will need:
- Candy corn
- Wilton Candy Eyeballs
- Frosting of your choice
- Licorice wheels (cut into halves)
- Open up an Oreo and place half a licorice wheel on either side.
- Squeeze frosting into the middle of the Oreo so that it will close again.
- Add two Wilton Candy Eyeballs to the front of the Oreo with a dab of frosting.
- Add a Candy Corn beak with a dab of frosting.
- Before you move them let the frosting harden a little so that they will stay together.
Last weekend we made homemade spaghetti sauce for canning and I found a fun way to combine my love for fall, acrylic paints, and wine.
While I didn’t drink the wine that came out of these bottles, I am sure that would have made this craft project a little more enjoyable. Scroll to the end if you are looking for step-by-step instructions.
The first thing you will need to do is gather a bunch of glass bottles (beer, wine, IBC root beer, whatever floats your boat). Soak these bottles in a sink with hot water and a little soap. This will help soften the labels and hopefully they will peel off in one piece. Find another way to occupy your time for at least a half hour. When you return to the check on the bottles you may find that you need to spin them and let the other side soak. Every bottle is different so your wait times will vary.
Once you have peeled all of the labels off check the bottles to see if there is any residue. I used Goo Gone to remove the residue because I did not want my paint to have lumps in it.
My boyfriend suggested that I leave the residue so that my pumpkins could have warts. He always makes these kinds of suggestions when he does not want to help with my craft projects. In this case – I only asked for him to get Goo Gone from the garage…but in his defense it was midnight.
The next step is up to you. I tried a few different methods and this is what I thought of them:
- Free hand the top of the bottle bottle using acrylic paint
- Tape off the top of the bottle for a clean line — allowing the green glass to serve as the stem
- Depending on what type of lines you want and if “messy” bothers you I would totally recommend this. These lines ended up being the cleanest on my entire project. That being said, I really like things that look clean-cut and neat.
- Place tape across the “face” of the bottle. Draw a design on the tape and cut it out with an x-acto knife.
- I did not have an x-acto knife but when I tried this with a utility knife I made a big mess. I did not like my hand drawn designs and decided I was too clumsy to make this work.
- Layer tape and cut out face shapes while leaning on something – in my case cardboard
- This was a disaster. Not only was it really difficult to do but I pushed too hard and the tape ended up stuck to the cardboard when I tried to peel it up.
- Paint a layer and realize you forget to tape a face on and then try to
- This happened because I was so excited to get started. If you do this make sure that the paint underneath is all the way dry – not tacky. When it is time to remove it score around the tape edges with a utility knife. This worked okay — I did it on the clear pumpkin bottle with the painted stem.
- Paint the bottle whatever color you would like and then paint the faces on by hand
- Once you get over the fact that your lines will not be perfect…hand painting the faces was by far my favorite way to do this! I used a template of faces included below and tried to copy them.
- Empty Glass Bottles
- Goo Gone
- Painters Tape
- Utility or X-Acto Knife
- Acrylic Paint (used various cheap brands and the Martha Stewart glow-in-the-dark line)
- Soak bottles in hot water with soap. Check on them and spin them as needed to ensure that all of the edges are soaked.
- Use Goo Gone to remove any left over sticker residue.
- Decide how you will make your faces/paint your bottles based on the suggestions above.
- I used acrylic paint and waited until the paint dried completely between layers. If you use tape make sure that you score the edges before carefully peeling it from your bottle — acrylic paint will tear off in one big piece if you work too quickly.
These ones were my favorites. The directions for this are not very clear because it all depends on what you want to do with your bottles. If you have any questions about the process feel free to comment below.
Calling all pumpkin lovers! If you have 45 minutes free you have enough time to try these. Three ingredients is all it takes to make these tasty and moist pumpkin muffins. The best thing is that they are Guilt-Free.
You will need:
- 1 box of Spice Cake Mix
- 1 can of Pure Pumpkin (I prefer Libby’s)
- 4 oz of Cinnamon Apple Sauce
- Mini muffin baking pan
- Baking Non-Stick Spray
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray your mini muffin pan with baking non-stick spray. I prefer the PAM Baking Spray — it is the best thing I’ve ever used. When making cakes in a bundt pan I have always had them fall apart — since using PAM I haven’t had that problem. I used Giant brand baking spray for this and did not like it at all.
- Take all of your ingredients (cake mix, can of pumpkin, & apple sauce) and mix them together in one bowl until well combined. I know that you want to read the directions on the back of the cake mix box and add more ingredients…don’t! I promise this recipe is fool proof.
- Scoop the mixture into your mini muffin tin and fill until 2/3 full. I never use cupcake liners unless I am going to take these somewhere. They are eaten so quickly that it would be a waste.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Store in an air-tight container once cooled completely.
** This recipe is easy to customize. You can substitute in any type of cake mix or apple sauce. It can also be adapted for large muffins or loafs — just adjust the cooking time **