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Chocolate Bark

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Chocolate Bark

Supplies:

Candy Melts Cocoa & Vanilla                                 Glitter card stock and scissors
Peppermint candy, plastic bag and a hammer        Ribbon
Canning jar                                                              Gift tag (decoupage, glitter & twine)

Directions:

  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper 
  • In microwave safe bowl pour in entire bag of cocoa candy melts and heat on low for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until candy melts have melted
  • Pour onto lined cookie sheet, smooth and allow to cool on counter or in refrigerator
  • With candy in bag, crush with hammer (use hard surface, like driveway) set aside
  • In microwave safe bowl pour entire bag of vanilla candy melts and heat on low for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until candy melts have melted
  • Stir in ½ of the crushed peppermint, allow to partially cool so it won't melt cocoa layer, pour over cocoa layer, sprinkle crushed peppermint on top, set aside to cool 
  • When ready to serve or package up be sure to bring to room temp and then break into uneven pieces and place inside of canning jar
  • Use jar lid to trace on glittered card stock, cut out & place inside of rim, tie ribbon.
  • Decoupage bottom 1/3 of gift tag & sprinkle with glitter, add name and twine 

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Photo Transfer onto Wood

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Photo Transfer onto Wood

Supplies:

ModPodge®
Foam brush
Wood slice (any size)
Photo and scissors

 Directions:

  • Cut photo to fit the wood slice (remember photo will be reversed so words etc. will be backwards unless you edit before printing photo)
  • Coat wood with Mod Podge®
  • Flip photo onto ModPodge®, be sure to press firmly and remove ALL bubbles using credit card, bone folder etc. (If there are bubbles the photo will not adhere and you’ll have an empty spot in the photo when finished)
  • Set aside to dry for 24 hours
  • Rub off the paper backing from photo by using a damp rag to moisten the paper and then beginning rubbing off; don’t get impatient, this will take a bit of rubbing. After it dries some paper may still be visible just dampen again and rub off the rest.
  • After project is completely dry put a final coat of ModPodge® to seal.
  • If making as an ornament, drill a hole and string with ribbon to hang on tree or package.

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Personalize a Ready-made Stocking

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Personalize a Ready-made Stocking

Directions: Read thru before beginning

  • Carefully remove stocking loop from a ready-made stocking and set aside.
  • Measure height and width of stocking cuff (or determine the size cuff you plan to make)
  • Add 3” to both dimensions; press under ¼” on both short edges, stitch close to edge.
  • Press under ¼” along both long edges and stitch close to those edges.
  • Fold fabric in half (short ends together) to find the center and finger press, find center of cuff along front and mark with pin.
  • Place cuff on stocking lining up fold with pin being sure cuff hangs below original cuff and line up with center pin marking. 
  • Fold down extra fabric to inside of stocking and pin around top as you go being sure to keep fabric straight along front bottom edge hanging just below original cuff, overlap in  back of stocking. (cuff may angle a bit across back)
  • Stitch new fabric cuff in place ¼” from top edge.
  • Take original stocking loop, or make a new one by folding  7"x 1/2” piece of ribbon in half and sew inside stocking at top edge opposite toe.

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Pillow Wrap

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Pillow Wrap

Supplies:

9 1/2" x width of fabric (44/45")
7" of iron on hook and loop tape
Ruler, scissors, pins, sewing machine and matching thread

Directions for Wrap for an 18" pillow (can be modified for other sizes):

  • Cut off selvages along both short ends
  • Press up 1" on each long edge
  • Open and fold to press line and press, fold again and repress along original fold line
  • Stitch 1/4" along both edges
  • Press up 1/2" on short end that will be the bottom edge when wrap is overlapped. Fold up another 1/2", press and stitch close to edge
  • At other short end press up 1/2" and then 1 1/2" and stitch close to edge.
  • Attach hook and loop tape (soft fuzzy half) to 1 1/2" inch strip close to stitching. (Now there will be about 1/2" space before the edge of  wrap)
  • To determine placement for other half of hook and loop tape put wrap on pillow and pin in place being sure it is snug and secure.
  • Mark along edge with a row of straight pins. Take other pins out and lay wrap flat. Measure to be sure your pins are in a straight line, adjust accordingly.
  • Attach hook and loop tape (rough side) to fuzzy edge of hook and loop tape. Remove protective backing and lay down this edge of  wrap lining it up with other edge along pin line. Finger press in place.
  • Carefully separate hook and loop tape and attach rough with iron.
  • Remove pins and wrap your pillow.
  • This project can be done with many fabrics: burlap, felt, wool, cotton, flannel, fur, paint canvas, embroidery fabric; the possibilities are endless.
  • Video online with more details. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS5l1L_PDaw

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Envelope Pillow Cover

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Envelope Pillow Cover

Supplies:

Fabric 19" x width of the fabric (44/45")
18" pillow form
Coordinating thread and pins
Scissors, ruler and sewing machine

Directions:

  • Trim selvage off both short ends of fabric
  • Turn each short end under 1/2" then 1/2" again, press, pin and stitch close to edge
  • With fabric strip laying right side up fold ends over each other, overlapping ends and continue overlapping until pillow measures 18 1/2"
  • Pin along both raw edges
  • Stitch 1/2" seam on both sides
  • Turn right side out and press if necessary
  • Stuff with pillow form and smooth out edges
  • Video instructions online https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zO4mtbF7-M

 

 

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