Upcycled Easter Chick Gift Can

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I’m on a roll with upcycling cans! Could be turning into the theme of this year. Since Easter is fast approaching, how can we turn a can into an Easter treat?

My first thought was to paint the can yellow and paint on features to turn the can into a “chick”. That didn’t work out well. However, I wanted a can with a chick! How about a pom-pom chick attached to the can? We can do that!

Pom-Pom Chicks:Pom Pom Chick Supplies

  • 1″ wide strip of chipboard (I used an old cereal box)
  • 1/2″ wide strip of chipboard
  • yellow yard
  • small piece of yellow or orange felt
  • orange chenille
  • black beads
  • glue gun or tacky glue

Cut a length of yarn and lay parallel to strip (use a piece of tape to hold if necessary.) This is the “anchor yarn”.

Pom Pom Chick Anchor Yarn

Wrap the yarn around the strip evenly at least 100 times. Do not wrap too tight as the yarn needs to slide off the strip.

Pom Pom Chick Wrapped Yarn

Slip the yarn off the chipboard and tie the ends of the anchor yarn tightly.

Pom Pom Tied

Holding the anchor yarn, cut through the loops. Trim the yarn into a nice shape.

Repeat for the smaller pom-pom.

Pom Pom Cutting

Using the anchor yarns, tie the two pom-poms tightly together.

Pom Pom Pieces

Cut (1) piece of chenille 4″ long and (2) pieces 1″ long.

Fold the 4″ piece in half and then add a bend to make legs.Pom Pom Chick Legs

Wrap the 1″ piece around the end of the longer chenille to create feet.

Add a dab of hot glue or tacky glue to the top of the legs and place the pom-pom chick on top.

Cut a small diamond shape from felt.  Fold in half and add a small dab of hot glue (or tacky glue) and attach to chick’s head.

Hot glue (or tacky glue) black beads to the head to create eyes.

Pom Pom Chick Finished

Upcycled Easter Chick Can:Upcycled Easter Chick Can Supplies

  • clean can
  • blue spray paint
  • pom-pom chick
  • treat bag
  • tissue paper
  • ribbon
  • candy
  1. With the opening on top, spray paint the can and inside. After waiting at least an hour, turn the can over and spray again, including the bottom. Let the paint dry over night.
  2. Fill the treat bag with candy and wrap in tissue paper.
  3. Gently place the tissue wrapped candy into the can. Tie with ribbon.
  4. Hot glue (or use tacky glue) the pom pom chick to the can.

Happy creating!Upcycled chick can

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An Easy Upcycled Valentine Gift

What to do, oh what to do with those cans we have been tossing into the recycling bin?  Turn them into a fresh gift receptacle of course! Let’s make an upcycled easy Valentine gift.

Mr. Charlie has now moved on to canned dog food (he’s 16)  so there are plenty of empty cans at our house.

SAMSUNGFor this project, the first step is to thoroughly clean out those cans.  Spray paint the can with a theme friendly color.  For Valentine’s Day, I chose a red hue. (Okay, so it’s obviously pink – who doesn’t love pink?)  Take your cans into a well ventilated space, turn them upside down, and spray them with a light coat of color (too much and the spray will drip).  Wait for at least an hour, turn the cans over and spray them again, including the inside.

Pink Painted CanWhile you’re waiting for the cans to dry, it’s time to make the white chocolate coated pretzel rods.

You’ll need the following supplies:

  • White bark (available at your local grocery store)
  • Pretzel rods
  • Decorating sugars

Melt white bark according to the package instructions.  Dip and coat the end of a pretzel rod into the melted white bark and sprinkle on colored sugars. Place the coated and sugared pretzels on a sheet of parchment paper or rack to set.

Valentine pretzels

To finish our project, we’ll need a few more supplies:

  • Clear plastic pretzel bags (yes, it’s a thing)
  • Raffia or ribbon
  • Construction paper and/or scrap booking paper for personalized gift tag
  • Tissue paper

Valentine Supplies

To make this gift, line the painted can with white tissue paper.  Wrap five pretzels into a pretzel gift bag and tie it with raffia.  Cut out a heart from red construction paper and back it with a larger heart cut from scrapbook paper of your choice (or stash) to make a personalized gift tag. Then, wrap the can with raffia and tie the gift tag into the raffia.

Now, how hard was that? I’m already thinking up new ideas for little gifts in a can.  Can’t wait to try out some more – how about you?

Happy creating!

 

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Red Velvet Cupcakes Turned Gift

It’s almost here – that day of LOVE! My personal belief is you should exude kindness and love every day of the year. But, if we need a special day to remind us, let’s do this.  Here’s how to turn red velvet cupcakes into special little gifts to show your love to friends and family.

We start with a batch of decorated cupcakes.  Put the cakes into the refrigerator for at least an hour to stiffen the icing.  Buttercream icing works the best for this as it really holds its shape during handling.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes With Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Recipe credit: Joy The Baker

Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Ingredients
Red Velvet Cupcakes
  • 4 Tbls. unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbls. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbls. red food coloring
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup + 2Tbls. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. distilled white vinegar
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 Tbls. vanilla extract
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line 12 cupcake tines with paper liners.

  2. In a bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Turn mixer to high and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix together cocoa, vanilla and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add to the batter mixing thoroughly until completely combined.

  4. Turn mixer to low and slowly add half the buttermilk. Add half of the flour and salt and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth.

  5. Turn mixer to low and add baking soda and white vinegar. Turn to high and beat a few more minutes.

  6. Divide the batter evenly into the cupcake liners and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

  7. Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes, then place them on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting
  1. In a stand mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy.

  2. Slowly add the powdered sugar, scraping down the bowl often.

  3. Add the vanilla and beat until all is incorporated.

For the packaging you will need:Valentine Cupcake Supplies

  • Clear plastic cocktail cups
  • Clear treat bags
  • Ribbon
  • Construction paper hearts – add names or a quote

Place the cocktail cup into the bottom of the treat bag.  Gently add the cupcake being careful not to damage the frosting.  Gather the top of the treat bag and

tie with the ribbon. Thread one end of the ribbon through the personalized paper heart and tie the ends of the ribbons together into a bow.Valentine Cupcake Gift

Now hand out those personalized little cupcake treats to your friends and loved ones and spread some joy!

 

Valentine Cupcake Gift 2

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Homemade Dog Treats

There is a thick glaze of ice covering the roads, and we are shut down here in North Carolina.  The glaze is so thick that my old doggie (12) had difficulty this morning walking down the deck stairs.  I had to break through the layer of ice and gently help him down. Thankfully, there is electricity, so I’m good to go.

Oh, what to do, what to do on this most exciting “snow” day?  In honor of my doggie – I’ve deemed this day “Doggie Spa Day”.  A nice brushing, a warm shower and TREATS!

Instead of making cookies on this snow day, I baked up some dog treats! I didn’t have a bone shaped cookie cutter, so I even made that. That’s what happens when I have too much time on my hands.

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Here’s an easy recipe using simple ingredients to create a new favorite for your favorite doggie friend!

 

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Homemade Dog Treats
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

An easy recipe using simple ingredients to make a new favorite for your special friend!

Yield: 1 dozen treats

Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and either grease or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Mix the dry ingredients together and set aside. Mix the wet ingredients and then add to the dry until well blended.

  3. On a floured work surface, knead the dough until smooth. Roll out to 1/2" thickness and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

  4. Bake until lightly browned - about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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