It’s no wonder that Peanut Butter Blossom cookies are the favorite cookie of so many. Peanut butter and chocolate are old friends that go together perfectly. We decided to bring a St. Patrick’s Day twist to this delicious cookie by swapping the traditional Hershy’s Kiss with a shamrock-shaped chocolate and using green sugar on the outside of the cookie.
These cookies are so easy to make, and the St. Patty’s Day elements only added a couple of extra steps. I used my shamrock chocolate candy mold to make the shamrock “blossom” centers, and I used dyed sugar to roll the dough in before baking.
How to Dye Sugar
Have you ever dyed your sugar? Its pretty darn simple. Get your sugar, add a couple of drops of food coloring, and stir it (or shake it if you’re combining in a baggy). Keep adding additional dye or sugar until you get to your desired color.
I’ve tried quite a few techniques for altering fabric: stamping, dying, freezer-paper stenciling, etc. As soon as I learned about glue gun stenciling I knew I had to try my hand at it. And, since green isn’t really a color my girls tend to have in their wardrobe, it seemed like a St. Patty’s day shirt would be the perfect project to give it a go.
How to Make a Glue Gun Stencil
The basic concept of making the stencil is super-simple:
Use a glue gun to create your design
Wait a little bit and let the glue to cool and harden
Carefully peel up the glue (you don’t want it breaking during the process of peeling it off)
Lay the stencil flat on the surface of your project
Paint over it
Remove stencil and smile
A Few Tips on Making and Using the Glue Gun Stencil
Use wax paper. I tried gluing my design onto wax paper, aluminum foil, freezer paper, and a glass plate to see which one would allow the glue to come up the easiest and the cleanest. The wax paper was the easiest to get the glue off of. Plus, it has the added benefit of being see-through so you can place a piece of paper under the wax paper with your design on it and trace over it with the glue gun.
Spray a little Pam. Even with the wax paper, the glue was difficult to get completely off of the paper. When I sprayed a little bit of cooking spray on the wax paper, the stencil was a breeze to get off. So, not only is it cleaner, but you’re more likely to maintain the integrity of your design.
Keep your glue thick. If your design allows it, you’ll have a much easier time if you can maintain a good thick stream of glue from your glue gun.
I wasn’t sure which fabric spray to go with, so I picked up both and I’m so glad I did. On the left is the Tulip Fabric Spray Paint, and on the right is the Simply Spray Stencil Spray. The Tulip fabric spray was by far the better fabric spray paint. For one thing, it sprayed better. Unfortunately, the Simply Spray would only come out in huge drops and everything you see on the paper towel is all I could get out of it. It actually stopped working at this point. I read the directions, but there’s always the possibility of user-error, so I’m not quite ready to throw Simply Spray under the bus.
In any case, I went with the Tulip spray paint.
The glue gun stencils came off very easily with not sticking or unwanted marks left behind.
I used cardboard between the layers of the shirts to make sure no paint went through to the other side. You could also use poster board, or even freezer paper. Anything flat and mostly impermeable.
It didn’t take long for the shirts to dry and they were easy and fun enough that I’ll likely use them with the kids next time.
What do you think about the glue gun stencil? Have you tried this process before? If anybody has any extra tips they’d like to share I’d love to hear them!
I love the idea of a multi-purpose Valentine that won’t just be eaten and forgotten about.
When I was thinking about making these printable Valentines I knew I wanted to provide a little pencil or pen, plus some space for drawing. I think it would be really fun for the giver to include a special sketch for his or her friends, or maybe they could even collaborate on something together! The drawing squares are the perfect size for a kid-made comic strip.
These would accommodate any smallish pencil or pen (golf pencils?). I picked up the pint-sized pens used in mine at Walmart in bags of 12 for $2.
Please enjoy these free printable Valentines offered in 4 colors: Red, Pink, Green, Blue.
My kids are getting dirt for Easter! I just finished putting together these egg carton planting kits for little Easter gifts for them and I know they are going to love them. My littlest one has a lovely bean plant growing right now, and they both are itching to do some planting.
I filled the plastic eggs with potting soil and poured some seeds into the seed packets. I’ve included the printable seed packet along with the egg carton label that I made (you can find them below). Planting instructions are included on the seed packet. You can use glue or double-sided tape to adhere the labels.
Super-easy and loads of fun! I can’t wait to get started on our little flower garden!
Today I’m sharing a little side-project I’ve been working on. I recently started a new site with one simple focus, free box templates. It’s mostly been a little experiment of mine as I’ve been learning about basic design and how to use Adobe Illustrator. I recently finished up an Illustrator course taught by Alma, from Ollibird, and offered through Nicole’s Classes. I hope to share more about the course soon, but for now let’s just say that I would recommend to anyone to check out the classes offered there.
So, I’ve been making all kinds of boxes and it’s the weirdest thing how much I’ve been enjoying it! I love sewing, but the space we’re in right now makes it more difficult for me to sew on a regular basis, so the boxes allow me to engage in some pretty inexpensive creativity. Below you can see the Easter boxes I’ve made and a St. Patrick’s Day kiss box, but there are several more in the works.