Monthly Archives: August 2013

DIY // Glittered Decoupage Cake Stand and Settings

08/29/13

DIY glittered decoupage cake stand and table settings by Sugar & Cloth

DIY glittered decoupage cake stand and table settings by Sugar & Cloth

 

Since we’re all friends here, I think we can be honest about my having a problem with all things glittered. In my defense, I mostly only glitter things for parties and for sharing with all of you, my house isn’t actually full of glitter (unless it’s in between floor boards and on my cat).

For this month’s 12 Months of Martha (read about the program on marthastewart.com here), I received a whole slew of the new Martha Stewart decoupage line. Obviously this meant one thing, I had the perfect excuse to permanently glitter something. Alas, I did just that by making a glittered decoupage cake stand and table settings.

DIY decoupage cake stand by Sugar & Cloth

Materials:

  • Martha Stewart high gloss decoupage – c/0
  • Martha Stewart fabric to fabric decoupage – c/0
  • Martha Stewart fine gold glitter (one 4.5 ounce bottle is plenty!)
  • Foam brush and foam pouncer
  • Cake stand (mine is just plastic party-ware)
  • Cloth napkins
  • Plastic tableware

DIY decoupage cake stand by Sugar & Cloth

The cake stand–

First, we’ll make the cake stand. Spread a generous layer of the high gloss decoupage over the entire cake stand and then dust the entire thing with glitter. Depending on how large your stand is, you may have to do this in sections so that the decoupage doesn’t dry too much for the glitter to stick.

Once you’ve done this, let the decoupage dry completely for about 1-2 hours (or a bit more if you used a lot, like I did). Next, very carefully seal the entire stand with another generous layer of high gloss decoupage and let it dry. It’s best to dab the decoupage on so you don’t brush away too much glitter. This layer of decoupage will seal the cake stand so that the glitter stays in place and you can still wipe it down with a cloth after using it.

DIY glittered decoupage cake stand and table settings by Sugar & Cloth

DIY glittered polka dot table linens by Sugar & Cloth

The polka dot glittered table linens–

Foam pouncers will become your best friend when it comes to making polka dots, seriously! To make the polka dot table linens, just dip the pouncer in the Martha Stewart fabric decoupage and then press and twist up on the your blank linens. By making a little twist of the wrist, the polka dots will still be exact and the decoupage will blend in evenly on the surface.

While the decoupage is still wet, dust glitter over each dot and let it set. When everything is dry, you shake off the excess glitter (hopefully you keep the extra like I do!). Take the same decoupage and dap over top of the glittered dots to seal everything. This will make the glitter not spread and will become waterproof.

DIY glittered decoupage cake stand and table settings by Sugar & Cloth

The glittered utensils–

To make the glittered utensils, just follow the same steps that you did for the cake stand, but only apply glitter to the handles, not the actual part you would eat from (you say “duh”, but someone will ask!).

Now, just add cookies and some edible glitter rimmed champagne flutes and you’re all set for the cutest party ever! For those of you that want to be super cautious that your cake or cookies are still food safe after being ont he cake stand, just use a doily or cake board underneath your edibles.

DIY glittered decoupage cake stand and table settings by Sugar & Cloth

DIY glittered decoupage cake stand and table settings by Sugar & Cloth

 

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DIY // Ikea Hack Sidetable

08/26/13

DIY ikea hack side table by Sugar & Cloth

  *rug tiles courtesy of Flor for this DIY project:  

I seriously have yet to solve the mystery of why nightstands are so expensive. I get that they are relatively important for both hoarders and neat freaks alike, but eighty plus dollars worth for any kind of decent design is kind of crazy, let’s be real (not to mention when you have to double that number by two for the other side of the bed).

Coming from a girl on a budget, I try to be as guilt free as possible on my furniture choices without skimping on uniqueness (like this DIY project I had a few weeks ago). These Ikea hack DIY side tables that I made for my guest bedroom only cost me $35 each to make, and they’re pretty much one of a kind. I say that because I seriously doubt that anyone else has a side table in their guest room that refused to take the time to measure and mark where the legs go and they just winged it. If you happen to be one of the people that can say you’ve done that, please email me so we can be best friends.

Materials:

  • Ikea expedit shelving unit (shown in white, $19)
  • Waddell 4in. wooden table legs (Ace Hardware, $3.49 each)
  • Drill and drill bit

DIY ikea hack side table by Sugar & Cloth

Honestly, the most time consuming part of this entire project is actually building the Ikea shelf. Not that we’re surprised, but I thought I’d go ahead and throw it out there.

DIY ikea hack side table by Sugar & Cloth

Once you’re shelf is assembled, choose which side you want to be the bottom, and mark where the legs should go in all four corners. Use the drill to create holes on the markings just big enough for the legs to screw into while being snug. Twist each leg in, and you’re finished! Easy peasy.

DIY ikea hack side table by Sugar & Cloth

 

DIY ikea hack side table by Sugar & Cloth

Lastly, I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting to take DIY photos with my cowhide *Flor rug tiles in them, Seriously, I’m obsessed. And for once it’s not something pink, polka dots, or stripes (although I wanted that one, too).

DIY ikea hack side table by Sugar & Cloth

 

 

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A DIY Golden Ramen Noodle Trophy (and giveaway winner!)

08/22/13

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You know you’re a true DIY’er when you can add golden ramen noodle trophies to your project resume. I’m proud to announce that I now have two notches for these babies, one for the winner of tonight’s Great Ramen Noodle Challenge as chosen by the judges, and one runner up for guest choice from our last event at Ikea Houston !

What’s the craziest DIY you’ve ever made? Does it include spray painting ramen noodles, or better? Let’s hear it!

Last but not least, the randomly selected winner (using random.org) of the Third Floor Design Studio print set and Ikea gift card is Natasha Stroud Hoover! Congrats Natasha, email me – ashley(at)sugarandcloth.com!

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Eats // Skinny Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwiches

08/21/13

skinny macaroon ice cream sandwich recipe, less than 100 calories!

Yes, there are skinny macaroon ice cream sandwiches in heaven, and I have conquered the recipe! No, but seriously…

People always ask me how I survive with so many sugary recipes floating around my house all of the time. The answer to that is simple, I have really happy neighbors and friends. Plus, I do have some real life guilt-free recipes laying around, too.

These little cuties are less than 100 calories each and take all of five minutes to whip up. Plus, there are sprinkles involved. Can I get an amen? Also, I’m not sorry that these are macaroon sandwiches for cheaters. Have you ever tried to make macaroons from scratch that actually look cute? It’s not easy, but going to Trader Joe’s is, so that’s how I roll.

skinny macaroon ice cream sandwich recipe, less than 100 calories!

Ingredients:

  • Chilled macaroons (Trader Joe’s, 45 calories each)
  • Edy’s Slow Churned vanilla bean ice cream (30 calories for 2 tablespoons)
  • Sprinkles (not optional)
  • Agave or simple syrup (optional)

skinny macaroon ice cream sandwich recipe, less than 100 calories!

Dump some sprinkles in a bowl of the vanilla ice cream and stir them around. This doesn’t really serve much purpose other than for cuteness, which is equally important, so just do it.

skinny macaroon ice cream sandwich recipe, less than 100 calories!

Next, split open a chilled macaroon (like an Oreo) and put a 1-2 tablespoon scoop of ice cream in the middle, and place the two ends back together like a sandwich.

skinny macaroon ice cream sandwich recipe, less than 100 calories!

Lastly, roll the edges of your sandwich in a bowl of sprinkles to decorate the sides. To place some sprinkles on top that won’t fall off, dap a tiny drop of agave syrup or simple syrup on the cookie and then place sprinkles on top.

skinny macaroon ice cream sandwich recipe, less than 100 calories!

Now enjoy guilt free! Although I should warn you that you can still get a sugar high after eating an entire photoshoot’s worth of these babies in one sitting. Don’t judge me.

skinny macaroon ice cream sandwich recipe, less than 100 calories! (or stick a candle in it!)

 

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