If you stopped by yesterday, then you may have noticed my DIY popsicle stand for the staple snack of summer. It’s surprisingly easy to make, and cutting out some drip catchers will keep it looking pretty! Also, you can make the stand as big or as small as you need it to be.
- Flower foam
- Gift wrap
- Exacto knife
To make the stand–
1 | Wrap the foam in wrapping paper just like a gift, while leaving the sides a little long so that you can tape them on the bottom (seeing extra tape isn’t pretty).
2 | Use your popsicle molds to determine where to cut slits into the foam to hold the popsicle sticks, and then use the Exacto knife to cut through.
3 | Stick the ends into the slits to make sure they fit, and you’re ready for real popsicles!
To make the drip catchers–
1 | Use an object thats the same width as your popsicles and trace however many you need onto card stock, then cut them out.
2 | Use the Xacto knife to cut slits into the middle of the circles to make inserting the popsicles easier.
Optional: Add a little glitter to the bottoms of your drip catchers for a pop of sparkle!
The best way to serve your popsicles is to go ahead and put them in the stand, and then insert it into your freezer so that you’re armed and ready when your guests are!
Popsicles are basically the hot chocolate of summer days, with the added bonus that you almost forget your eating healthy because they’re just so fun. I got this recipe idea from Martha Stewart (who else of course), and let me be the first to tell you that it’s delicious! Here’s how I made mine–
- Pink lemonade
- Vanilla yogurt
- Mango puree*
- Raspberry puree*
- Chopped mango
- Gold sprinkles
*To make the purees, just blend each fruit with about a teaspoon of sugar (or more to your taste).
To make them, fill popsicle molds with each ingredient, allowing an hour to freeze before adding the next layer. Insert the popsicle sticks just about halfway and allow them to freeze into the added layers. I topped the last layer with gold sprinkles to give the bottom an extra texture.
Check back tomorrow because I’m going to show you how I made my DIY popsicle stand! :)
Oh, and if you’re wondering how to get popsicles out of the mold, just dip them into a cup of hot water for about 30 seconds. If you can gently pull them out then they should stay together!
Out of all of the random shopping emails that (I swear) mysteriously appear in my inbox every morning, I only actually read two regularly. Uncovet
is one of those two, which is how I fell in love with these simple bow pillows
. I decided I’d try and recreate my own using this bow tutorial
(minus the first step since I used striped ribbon), and a plain white pillow–
Since I like a little change every now and then, I decided to just pin my handmade bow onto the pillow. What do you think? Almost too simple!
So I’ve been dabbling in a little Craigslist action these past few days and I must say, I’m not the negotiating type, unless I’m feeling feisty, and in that case everybody watch your limbs. Sometimes its a necessary evil though, like when you really need the extra space to be able to make your apartment more functional, like me. All of this to say, that I’m so excited about my new found space that I can’t wait to turn it into to something useful… and to have a good reason to hunker over Pinterest looking for cool spaces, like these birds eye view rooms.
photos by Menno Aden via Enpundit
If you read yesterday’s post, then you caught a glimpse of the branch clothing rack I made. In my book, the branch is way cooler than any clothing I own, not to mention there is almost always a funny story to go along with hunting for pretty branches, although they’re normally not conversation starters if you’re going for witty and sane. Nonetheless, this project is so easy that it makes finding a branch look like rocket science…
To make your own, all you’ll need is 40lb. picture wire, a branch, wire cutters, and optionally an “S” hook. Just knot the picture wire onto each end, and then cut them to the desired length. Then knot the ends onto an “S” hook, or tie it directly to your location. Super easy!
I know I’ve said it before, but I really like being able to see where people work and create, what inspires them, and some of their favorite things. Is that something that inspires you, too? I decided I’d start a new column called Diaries, to showcase all of those things and what they look like for other people, wether it’s their home, workspaces, closets, or favorites pieces. To start it off, here is a peek at some of the summer favorites in my closet!
When it comes to getting dressed for summer, I like to mix trendy pieces with classics all while staying comfortable. This usually means flats, an oversized bag, and a colorful summer dress.
Favorite bags: Anthropologie Polka Dotted messenger, Zara Plaited Shopper with a Ban.do bow I added to it for extra interest.
Go-to shoes: Wedges or flats with a kick
Favorite pattern: Definitely polka dots. I have to take advantage of them being everywhere while I can! ;)
Can’t leave without it: Vintage style sunglasses and a straw hat!