Sunday, 17 June 2012

Father's Day DIY Gift: Personalized Mugs

This is probably one of the easiest, cheapest and most personal gifts you can give! They can be personalized with anything you want so they really make great gifts for any occasion.

What You Need

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees C
2. Draw your design on the mug 
3. Put in oven for 30 minutes

Can it get any simpler?! 

 - It's a good idea to draw your design on some scrap paper before you put it on the mug
- Use a pencil to stencil out your design on the mug, it will erase after just be careful not to smudge the sharpie
- You can restart if you mess up! Simply wash the mug with soap and water and it's good as new
- Cellophane and some tissue paper in the mug make great wrapping!

On another Father's Day note, I have to wish my Dad the best of all days! He's always been there for me and I know he's always on my side, even if I don't think so at the time! I know I can call him no matter the hour if I need help with anything, I would truly be lost without him!
Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there :) 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Pinterest Project: Lollipop Cards

I've seen a couple variations of this on Pinterest, most of them only had one sucker but we had two people at each location that we were sending invites to, so it made sense to give each person a treat!

What You Need:
Printed Picture (we used 5x7)
Printed text (if desired for extra info on the back)
Exacto knife

1. Take a picture of the people that will be appearing on your invitations with one hand held up in a fist

2. Edit you picture to add text and a border (you can really design it however you like!). I use Adobe Photoshop CS5. 

3. Get your pictures printed and using the exacto knife cut a line near the top of the person's fist and at the bottom

4. Stick the sucker through the slits you've just cut, and voila! You're done. 

5. We needed to add some more info to the back of the card so we simply printed the details on a piece of paper that was glued to the back of the photo. Make sure you don't put glue on the lollipop sticks! 

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Pinterest Project: Beer Cake

I can't get enough of Pinterest, when I find something good I have to try it, so here's my latest project..

Beer Cake 
Pinterest version: 

My version:

I saw the original version of the beer cake here, mine isn't as big but It worked out just fine! There was no tutorial online, so I decided to write up a mini tutorial if anyone else is wanting to try it out. I made this one for my boyfriend's birthday and he loved, I know he'll put it to good use!!

What you need: 
25 cans of beer 
1 bottle of beer 
decorative ribbon
cardboard/wood square, to be used for the base
number candles (optional)

1. Gather your supplies! 

Before doing the project I had no idea what I'd need, in the end I didn't use the Corona tall boys and I added one bottle of Coors light. 

2. Place cans in a circle, glue to base and secure with ribbon

You can really make the cake as large as you want, I opted for two tiers. Although I didn't do it here, you should try to glue your cans to your base. I payed for it later when the cake fell apart during transportation, luckily it was an easy fix.

3. Place a second tier of 6 cans of beer, surrounding one bottle of beer in the middle, secure with ribbon. 
I didn't glue the second tier, I didn't want the lids to be filled with glue, if you're careful you can probably get away without glue-ing them. 

4. Glue candles to the neck of the beer bottle and add some decorations if you want!