Need a cute way to hoard your pretty papers and to-do lists in one place? Look no further! I’ve come to present to you my fool proof patterned magnetic board DIY over on Ikea! No but seriously, if you can use hairspray, you make this DIY..
Honestly, where did November go?! I swear I just blinked for a second and now it’s Thanksgiving! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good excuse to stuff myself on turkey, dressing, and as much pie as the next person, but I’m just a little astonished (and way, way underprepared). Luckily, I have a token last minute Thanksgiving recipe or two, and one of them happens to involve snacking on chocolate covered strawberry turkeys (would you really expect any less from me?)…
- Melting chocolate
- Candy corn
- Fudge stripe cookies (cut into halves)
- Wax paper
- White royal icing (optional)
Cut the tops off of the strawberries, making sure that you cut the “back” flat so that the tail stands upright. Dip a few strawberries in chocolate and place them on wax paper. Once the chocolate is almost dry (but still sticky), press a half of a fudge stripe cookie onto the back to make the feathers, then press a candy corn on the tip to make the beaks. If you have any excess chocolate on the side of the turkeys, use a butter knife to cut it off. That’s all you have to do! You can put eyes on them with royal icing, but I like to keep it simple, especially since they never last long.
Not only are these perfect for snacking on throughout Thanksgiving (and the few days before and after, ughm..), but they also make really cute hostess gifts!
Three good reasons to make felt soap of your own: it has a built in washcloth, its simple & cheap, and it’s almost too pretty to use. Besides that, you can’t tell me all your friends wouldn’t be ecstatic beyond words when they strolled into the washroom to find these beauties sitting neatly bowed on the counter, yeh? Not to mention you can follow their squeals with a (very humble, of course) “I made them!”–
Things you’ll need–
- Wool Roving (various colors)
- Bowl of hot water
- Bar of soap
- Dish/Extra bowl to catch water
- String/Twine (optional)
1- Cut a strand of wool that is both long and wide enough to fold over and cover your bar of soap
2- Spread and fold wool to cover all areas of the soap
3- Cut other colors and lay over base to create a design or texture, but don’t get too attached to this step because it won’t keep it’s shape too much in the end
4 + 5- Dribble hot water over the wool until it is entirely soaked through
6- Begin squeezing the soap gently to the contours of the soap (Kind of like you would to mold clay) while keeping your hands and the soap wet. You’ll keep forming the wool until it is felted enough to keep it’s shape on it’s own (I shaped mine for about 10 minutes just for good measure)
7- Once your wool is no longer rippled and has formed a smooth and sturdy layer over the soap, quickly submerse the soap in hot water. If the wool is tight enough to wash your hands with, then the finished product will be secure enough to hold up.
8- Begin gently smoothing the wool with small circular motions for several minutes to get a really tight layer
9 + 10- Pat soap with a towel to get rid of excess water and let air dry thoroughly
11 + 12- Wrap with twine and gift (ughm, but mostly likely use)
My handmade soap bars courtesy of Summerland Soaps