“LOVE” to DIY
by Jennifer Hammond-Moore
While saying goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 I am hopeful as always that the next year will bring more love, joy, and adventure to my life. I have always thought of November and December as the season of giving, but why can’t it carry over to the new year? This year I am going to start out by VIEWing February as the season of giving; why do we have to wait until the fall to give of ourselves? I know that I am drained from the fast-paced fall season, so easy activities are a priority as well. I hope the DIYs in this issue can be shared with not only our immediate families, but with all of those that we love.
Decorative Rice Crispy Treats
Jelly roll pan (or cookie sheet)
Heart cookie cutters
Ingredients (Double the recipe for multi-colored treats):
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
3 tablespoons butter (not margarine)
1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-Puffed Marshmallows
4 cups JET-Puffed Miniature Marshmallows
Red food coloring
- Prep the jelly roll pan by spraying bottom and sides with olive oil or coconut spray. You can also use a paper towel with oil to coat the pan.
- In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Add pre measured Rice Krispies. Stir until well coated.
- Using a buttered spatula place rice crispy mixture on the jelly roll pan. Coat your hands with butter and press the mixture into half of the jelly roll pan. Using a rolling pin that has also been buttered, roll the mixture so it is even.
- Follow the same steps 1 & 2 for the second batch. Once you have removed the mixture from the heat, add the food coloring, THEN the Rice Krispies.
- Pour the mixture onto the other half of the jelly roll pan, pressing the new mixture into the first one to create a seamless pan of treats.
- Let the mixture cool slightly while buttering the cookie cutters.
- Turn the cooled mixture onto the parchment paper for cutting with the cookie cutters.
- Cut shapes from the treats. If you are going to put a smaller shape into a larger one, leave the larger cutter on the shape while cutting out the smaller shape. This will help keep the overall treat together. Cut the small shape out and remove. Cut a small shape out of the opposite treat and then place into the large shape. Press the new treat lightly to incorporate the two colors together.
- Remove the large cutter from the treat. Continue with the remainder of the pan.
- ENJOY sharing your treats!
Blocks of LOVE
These block are incredibly easy to make and very budget friendly. Have a “block” party with friends and share supplies and creativity. This is a fun DIY to do with kids as well. Bring out the old bottle of Mod Podge and go to town. My husband pointed out that the Mod Podge bottle looks like it came straight out of the 70’s. Why change a good thing, right?
4 blocks of any size – I cut my own from a 4×4 and sanded the edges
Medium grit sandpaper
Mod Podge – either gloss or matte
1 1/2“ paint brush (Mod Podge washes out easily)
4 photos that will fit inside the block size
Decorative paper – either print your own or purchase
Black acrylic paint – small bottle was 50 cents at Walmart
Small paint dauber
Small paint brush for detail work
- Prep the blocks to make sure the edges are smooth. Not absolutely necessary, but you will get a better finished product.
- Cut the decorative paper for two sides of each block, eight total. Mine measured just under 3 ½ inches because I wanted a little wood showing.
- If you want to create a “rough” edge on your paper and photos, dip approximately ¼” of the paper in a shallow dish of water and gently tear down the side. Continue with all sides. This makes the process take longer, but looks great.
- Paint a light coat of Mod Podge on one side of the block then place a piece of the decorative paper over the area. Press the paper into the Mod Podge from the center out. Make sure to eliminate any bubbles that may have occurred.
- Coat the top of the paper with another light coat of Mod Podge. Let the block dry while working on the other blocks. All four blocks should have two pieces of the decorative paper on them. The two sides should be next to each other so you can see both of them if you are looking from the corner.
- Once the first layer is dry, Mod Podge lightly on the decorative paper on the right and place a photo on top of the paper following step 4. Continue with the remaining blocks.
- Prepare the letter stencils that spell out LOVE.
- Place the “L” on the left side of the block that has decorative paper. Using the paint dauber, blot paint lightly over the stencil. I suggest using a paper plate so you can remove some of the paint off of the dauber before applying to the stencil. Once the stencil is filled in, remove the stencil from the block.
- Let the paint dry and then coat with more Mod Podge.
- You can cover the entire block to make it more consistent if desired.
You do not need to spell out LOVE. This also makes a great FRIEND gift. Be as creative as you would like to be.
Jell-O with Pizzazz
Box of Jell-O – I used strawberry but use whatever flavor is your favorite
Berries – to include in the Jell-O and for decoration
Clear short plastic cups (8 oz. recommended)
Standard cupcake pan
Decorating bag or ziploc with corner cut out
- Prepare Jell-O as instructed on package.
- Place plastic cups at an angle in the cupcake pan. Add a few berries to the bottom of each angled cup. Fill to just below the rim.
- Using a cup measure, pour the liquid Jell-O mixture into the angled plastic cups.
- Place cupcake pan in the fridge. Let Jell-O cool until set.
- When ready to serve, fill decorating bag with whipped cream and fill empty side of cup with the whipped cream.
- Top with a berry and TA-DA!
Have fun with the DIY’s! I challenge you to commit to making time to do things that bring you and others JOY!