24 clever things to do with wine glasses

photo-25I was browsing the Internet and found this article on buzz feed! How lovely! How simple to do too. These were from a site called keeper of the Cheerios . I tried my hand at it and came up with the below picphoto-3

I painted the glasses from inside with regular craft paint so that  if I wiped the outside of the glass, the paint wouldn’t come off . Then I hot glued the feathers and pine cones and bells on. Around the stems I just wrapped pipe cleaners and then put a candle on top. 

Below was another very cool site.! 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/24-clever-things-to-do-with-wine-glasses#.ejzkEbPM47

TWO TIERED DIAPER CAKE

Diaper cakes are quickly becoming all the rage at baby showers. And rightfully so. They are very cute, can be used as gift table centerpiece and are chock full of goodies for baby. When I make my diaper cakes I try not to use all newborn diapers,as the mom-to-be typically gets loads of diapers as gifts and babies grow quickly. Below is how I make my diaper cakes. As far as toys go,I save McDonald’s Happy Meal Care Bears and other soft toys just for this purpose. They are the perfect size.

YOU  WILL NEED:

1.  36 newborn diapers

2.  36 next sized diapers

3.  Cardboard cake board ( sold at Walmart and at times in dollar store)

4. One  Empty  paper towel or aluminum foil roll. ( I find aluminum foil roll or plastic  wrap roll is sturdier)

5.  Two receiving blankets or one baby bath towel

6. 3 yards of baby ribbon ( Can use solid color or baby print)

7.  Masking or duct tape ( to tape the empty roll to the center of the cake board for stability)

8.  2 yards of 1/8 inch elastic  to hold the diapers in place. You will cover the elastic with the ribbon.

9.  Multiple baby items that can attach to ribbon .Things such as barrettes, baby feeding spoons, pacifiers, baby diaper pins etc.

10. Larger baby toy like small stuffed animal or rattle to put at top of  the cake

11.Rubber-bands – only   three are needed but have more in case you snap one accidentally.

12. Artificial flowers (optional) from the dollar store that match your color scheme.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Place about a six inch piece of tape, two or three inches inside empty towel roll. Attach the rest to the cake board. Then tear off three more pieces and place on outside of paper towel roll to secure to the base of cake board.

2.  Wrap both receiving blankets or one bath towel around the towel roll and secure in place on bottom middle and  top with  rubber-bands. Be sure to fold appropriately so that the blanket is even with the top of  paper towel roll.

3. Now it gets interesting. Fold each of the larger sized diapers in half. With folded part facing as outside of the cake, stand on its side and stack side by side around the cake. When it gets to the point where they are starting to fall over, it is time to place and tie a piece of elastic loosely around the diapers to hold in place for you. Then fill till they are snugly together and fill the circle of the cake board.

4. Fold all smaller diapers in same way and place on top of the bottom layer, Forming  a second tier to the diaper cake.  Attach elastic around this tier as well. Stick any ends of elastic in between diapers to conceal them.

5. Attach ribbon around both tiers to conceal the elastic.

6. If you are giving to a girl attach barrettes evenly around ribbons as a design.

7. If you have purchased flowers, cut stems with scissors to the right height and stick flowers in between diapers taking care not to poke hole in diapers. I find it easier to roll a piece e of tape around wired stem to avoid sharp edges.

8. At top of cake is where you would attach toy , if paper towel is above top layer of diaper cake you can do one of two things: A. Tie toys around the top with elastic to conceal the towel and then apply ribbon with a pretty bow that drapes down front of cake OR B. roll blanket or towel off the tube and cut tube to same height as the top of the cake. Then gently roll the receiving blankets or towel  inwards and put a bigger flower inside as cake topper. Because the stems are made with wire I would roll a piece of tape around bottom of stem to avoid poking hole in blanket or towel. Everyone will love your creation!

APOLOGIES FOR NO PHOTO YET. SITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

JEANETTE’S FRUIT KABOBS

Having a barbecue and need a colorful way to serve your fruit? Need to keep the children busy so you can get your cooking done? This is a perfect solution for both of those things. Just assemble one the way you want it and ask the children to copy what you have done. Have the children wash their hands. Set them at a table and  they’ll stay busy for a while and be proud of what they’ve done. My granddaughter Mariah loved making these. And they are the perfect size, so that you aren’t throwing away a lot of plates with uneaten fruit at the end of the barbecue.

YOU WILL NEED:

Green seedless grapes or red grapes or both if you choose

jar of maraschino cherries halved

Cantaloupe cubed into pieces the size of your grapes

A can of Dole pineapple chunks

Honeydew melon cut into cubes

Strawberries cut in half

Bamboo or other type wooden skewers

INSTRUCTIONS:

After an adult cuts and washes all items, place each fruit in a separate bowl. Pick a pattern of colors that you like and have children place in the same order on bamboo skewers. Place all on a serving platter . Cover and place in refrigerator to chill.

VARIATIONS: You can use kiwi , star fruit, blueberries, raspberries too if you wish. I found personally, watermelon often falls off the skewer easily. Bananas I do not use because many children are allergic to them and they do turn brown, ruining the beauty of the entire skewer. I have used raspberries blueberries and mini marshmallows for a fourth of July barbecue. These skewers are always a big hit at any  party I’ve brought them to and so easy,  a child can do it.

GRANDMA’S GARDEN STONES

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YOU WILL NEED:

Large smooth stones (can purchase a bag full at a Home Depot store )
Craft paint the colors of your choice
White craft paint for lettering
Something to protect your work surface
Toothpicks
Paint brush
Clear spray paint

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Wash stones and allow to dry on towel or paper towels.

2. Paint entire rock the color of your choice.

3. With toothpick dipped in white paint , write names of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren , one name on each rock. ( and pets if you wish )

4. Once stones are dry, spray with clear spray paint to protect your stones from the sun and rain.

5. Place in garden or along a path.

****VARIATIONS***  You may have children’s hands painted with craft paint n place their palm print on stone as well.

Have a blessed day!