DIY:: Felt Wreath

DIY:: Felt Wreath

Sooooo… it’s been a while.  I have missed blogging so much, but my work and life schedule have been so hectic.  Love & Linden has taken a backseat to all of that, unfortunately.  Let me catch you up on what I’ve been up to during the past couple of months.

  1.  Apparently I work out now.  Three nights a week, my husband and I go to the gym and workout.  I know it’s good for me or whatever, but it takes so much time!
  2. My husband is in a master’s program.  Nuff said.
  3. I had a sweet Halloween party.  It was Tim Burton themed, I was Lydia and husband was Beetle Juice.  Good times were had by all.
  4. Work.

Now that we are all caught up, let’s move on to the fun stuff.  A week and a half ago, I got sick with some sort of cold/ coughing my lungs up/ mucus-y sickness.  Therefore, I couldn’t go to the gym (darn! ;)) and had time to get crafty!  I knew I really wanted to do something with felt.  I love it and use it for many different crafts and fiber art things, I’m sort of obsessed.  So, what else can I make with felt, hm???  Voila! A red felt wreath is born and born on a budget.  This whole thing cost around $5 to make and it’s the cutest pop of red!

Supplies:

Red Felt Sheets- I used around 10 (Wal-Mart Craft Section)

Wire Form- I used 14″ and I got it from the DOLLAR TREE! One. Dollar.

Pinking Shears (Optional)

Hot Glue Gun

Leaf Template (Anything you find online and print out is fine, you just want your leaves to be consistent in size)

Red Ribbon to Finish Off (Optional)

Start out by using your leaf template to cut out the leaf shapes from the red felt sheets.  You can use whatever shape of leaf you want, I just chose a classic leaf shape.  You can also fold your sheet of felt in half, so you are cutting out two leaves vs. one leaf at a time.  I also liked the effect that the pinking shears gave, instead of just regular scissors, but that is just a personal preference.

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Next, I decided to cover my wire wreath form with red ribbon.  My wreath is hanging against a mirror, so I didn’t want any of the wire wreath form to show through.

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After you cut out all of your leaves, I glued a flat layer down first.  See the picture above for how I arranged the first couple, slightly tilted so they extend out on either side.  This gives the wreath more fullness.  After your base layer is glued down, I started by folding some of the leaves in half and using a dot of hot glue to keep their shapes.  This gave them a curled look and added more depth.  Next, start arranging the curled leave in a similar pattern to the base layer we just glued down, filling in any gaps.

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Repeat this process until all gaps are filled in and the wreath is as full as you want it to be!  I tied a big ole’ red satin bow around mine and called it done.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope to be back with more soon!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

 

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Harry Potter: Butterbeer Cupcakes

Harry Potter: Butterbeer Cupcakes

My brother’s birthday is TODAY!  Happy birthday, Jake!!! He’s a bit of a Harry Potter fanatic, among other things, so I decided that I would make him a Harry Potter inspired cupcake this year.  I quickly discovered that there are so many variations and interpretations of butterbeer treats out there.  I  used the recipe that Sugar and Soul posted and made it a bit more simple, by the time I drove home from work and then went to the grocery store, I didn’t have a ton of time to be whipping up magical – completely homemade- concoctions.  Whether you go with the easy route or the completely homemade route, the outcome was fantastic!  The butterscotch flavor really came through on these cupcakes and the drizzle on top was the finishing touch.

Butterbeer Cupcakes:

Makes About 16 Cupcakes

Candy Melt Cupcake Toppers:

Melt appx. 1/2 C. of black candy melts in the microwave for about 30 seconds, stir until everything is melted, and pour into a tipless piping bag.  Cut the verrrrry tip of the bag off, so that it was about the size of a #2 piping tip or you can use a #2 tip, it’s up to you.  Lay the Harry Potter template sheet underneath a sheet of parchment paper and trace the shapes with your chocolate filled piping bag.  In my opinion, candy melts are a more difficult than royal icing transfers.  But they turned out pretty cute!  I’m attaching a PDF of the symbols that I printed out and used for my transfers at the end of this post.

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Cupcake:

1 Box of White Cake Mix

3/4 C. Cream Soda

1/2 C. White Milk or Buttermilk

1/2 C. Vegetable Oil

1 tsp. Imitation Butter Extract

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

2 Eggs

1 C. Toffee Bits (Without Chocolate)

Combine the cake mix, cream soda, milk, oil, extracts, and eggs.  Mix well until there are no lumps in your mixture.  Next, fold in 1 cup of toffee bits.  Line your cupcake pan with liners of your choice, mine are from Sweets and Treats and I am obsessed with them because they are greaseproof!  They come out of the oven looking as bright as when you put them in.  It’s the little things.  Bake at 350 until golden brown (my oven is a menace, so I baked for 15-20 minutes).

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Frosting:

2 C. Heavy Cream

1/3 C. Butterscotch Instant Pudding

1/2 C. Powdered Sugar

3 Tsp. Imitation Butter Extract

I decided to follow the exact recipe for the frosting.  I’m glad I did, because it was DELICIOUS.  So much butterscotch flavor and it’s light because it’s a whipped cream instead of a buttercream.

Combine all of the frosting ingredients and mix with your whisk attachment.  Mix for 3-4 minutes and add to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip (Buy Here).  Let your cupcakes completely cool before you frost them.

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Butterscotch Drizzle:

1/2 C. Butterscotch Chips

1/4 C. Heavy Cream

Heat heavy cream in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds in a glass measuring cup.  It should be hot enough at this point to melt the butterscotch chips. Pour all of the butterscotch chips into the warm heavy cream and stir until completely melted.  Transfer to a squeeze bottle and let cool in the fridge.  Do not put the warm butterscotch drizzle directly onto your frosted cupcakes, it will melt your frosting.IMG_1049.JPG

After you’ve drizzled your drizzle, add your candy melt Harry Potter symbols and BAM.  Yer a wizard, reader.  Well, maybe not, but these cupcakes are magical.

Candy Melt PDF:

Harry Potter Chocolate Template

Thanks for reading 🙂

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