Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dressing Favor Boxes


I wanted to share this cute idea I had in mind for the favor boxes I sell on my website. I received an email from the Etsy Press team asking if I would like to be involved with an ad they were going to run with an online newspaper; and the specific item they had in mind for their ad was my Valentine’s Day favor box. So I figured it would be a good idea to add a photo onto my Etsy page with a cute idea on how to use these cute boxes—and I want to share those pictures here too!
What I used:
My Valentine’s Day themed Favor box
Clear candy bags
Cookies
Ribbon
Tags (Optional)
I love these boxes, and this idea works well with other boxes as too. So whether you have a Cricut cartridge like me, or you find favor boxes somewhere else you can use this cute and simple idea for weddings, Valentine’s day, and even Christmas (Of course with different colors and stamp designs).

Saturday, January 21, 2012

My Blue Valentine Edible Cupcake Topper Tutorial

When it comes to Valentine’s Day many individuals like to make their special someone something from the heart—something they can make with their own hands. Baking is one of the best ways to express our love, and I have a fun, easy, and affordable way for you to spread some love around.
What you’ll need:
1.       Mini Crockpot or double boiler.
2.       1 bag of candy melts
3.       Glue
4.       A ceramic cup with a spout
5.       Squeeze bottle
6.       Wax paper or parchment paper
7.       Heart cut-outs and scrap paper
8.       Tray
9.       Iced cupcakes
Step 1: Glue your heart cut-outs onto your scrap piece of paper, leaving enough space in between each heart.
Here is an example of what it should look like:
Next, place your paper with the glued hearts onto your tray, and then place a piece of wax paper over hearts and set aside.
Melt your candy melts over a double boiler (instructions for double boiler is on the back of the candy melts package), or in your mini Crockpot. Once the candy is completely melted pour it into your ceramic cup. Tip: What I like to do is place my ceramic cup into the microwave for a minute or two—bringing the cup to room temperature.
From this point, transfer the melted candy into your squeeze bottle.

Now you can begin to trace the hearts on the wax paper using the template you made.
Front this point you can leave it the way it is, or you can fill in the heart with a creative design like so:
Once all your hearts have been drawn let them set for 15 minutes at room temperature. Once they have hardened you can gently remove them with a spatula, and then decorate your cupcakes! Here are two ways to lay your edible cupcake toppers.
I ended up having a little bit left over so I had fun with free hand designs in the end and this is what I came up with!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial/idea. I certainly had a lot of fun making them and sharing them with my friends and family. Also, don’t let the fun end here. Think of ways you can use this idea for other holidays or even birthdays!
Till next time ;)