Monday, January 2, 2012

Ribbon Pomander

 Here is what you'll need:
* Different widths of ribbon in different colors
* Styrofoam ball
* Stick pins

Cut your ribbon into 4 inch strips. I cut 10 strips of each color just to get started.

Now to get them ready to pin to your Styrofoam ball, you have to twist each piece of 4 inch ribbon into a circle.

Next, using your stick pins attach the ribbon (that's still in the circle you formed) to the Styrofoam ball. Where I found this I saw she used one stick pin, when I used one stick pin the ribbon moved around too much and sometimes became misshaped. I recommend using 2 - 3 stick pins to really keep your ribbon secure to the spot you want it.

Then keep twisting and pinning!

Maybe watch your favorite TV show while you do this...

Just keep alternating your ribbon. You can really use any size ribbon or texture.

Ta-Da! You could find some way to hang them from a ceiling, or sit them on top of upside down wine glasses for centerpieces.

This one is DEFINITELY a pin!

Here is the original I found on Pinterest:

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Peppermint Tray

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I had a wonderful New Year at a beautiful wedding in Navasota, Texas (Congrats to Austin & Alana Barbre!)

To start the year off I decided on something simple because after all, I did stay up all night last night to bring in the New Year!

Here is what you'll need:

*Parchment or wax paper. I used parchment paper.
*Green or red peppermints
*Cookie sheet

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Then start unwrapping. Once you get them arranged in the shape you want, put them in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Don't leave them in too long because the tray will get too thin and be very fragile.

Unwrapping them takes some time....

I thought I'd try for a heart. You have to space them out a bit so that way they can spread out. Don't spread them too far apart from each other or the tray will become too thin when it all melts out.

In the oven...

Their melting!!!

Their MELTING!!!

They melted! 



I also made a square!



You could serve cookies on it!

Lookie what I did!!! Watch it!

This ACTUALLY takes about 10 minutes for this to happen. I just sped the video up so you didn't have to watch a 10 minute video of peppermints melting on a tray...

All in all this was cute... but I would like to find some way to seal the trays so that they are more durable and could be stored without bugs getting into it because of the sugar. If you have any suggestions throw them my way and I'll try them out!

This one is DEFINITELY a pin!

Here is the original I found on Pinterest: