These Christmas Santa Hat Cupcakes are perfect for any celebration during the winter holiday season. Learn how to make your own and make your guests (or you) as happy as can be.
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Custom Christmas cupcakes are all the rage for holiday parties. Why not impress your friends or loved ones with these super cute with this Santa Hat Cupcake Recipe.
I was always the one who had to have a tag attached to everything or customize our treats. I feel like I spent my time doing things that other people don’t really appreciate. Santa cupcakes are super easy and you’re putting buttercream on top of your cupcakes anyways.
I use the non-taste red food coloring gel and it does make a difference in the end. Your buttercream is still sugary and you don’t have the metallic taste that you’d get from other red food colorings.
Tip: Go to your local grocery bakery and ask to buy non-iced cupcakes.
Begin by whipping together your room temperature butter. I like using salted butter but you can have control over your salt intake by using unsalted butter and adding in a bit at a time – just to offset some sweetness.
Use an electric mixer to whip up your butter and then slowly add the icing sugar. Add a splash of milk to make it smoother and then at the end, split the icing 80/20.
Color the 80% portion with your red food coloring and cocoa powder and mix it really well. Put your red frosting in an icing bag or a Ziploc will work just as well and cut off the corner. Use a knife or offset spatula to ice the base of the cupcake in white.
You’re going to want to start at the bottom and press a large amount at the base and then pull up slowly to get a triangular shape of frosting. Cut the mini marshmallows in half and place it on top. Voila, you’re done!
Ring in the New Year but also don’t forget that you’re still a complete mess! Grab this and many other free SVG files for your next handmade New Years shirt.
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Celebrating New Years is always something I look forward to. My husband is from Tonga and they’re right on the International Dateline so they’re the very first ones to celebrate the New Year.
We ring in New Years in Tonga at our local church meetinghouse. We grab lots of balloons and string and have the most fun time dancing around the sports court. No lie, it’s one of the most fun nights we have on the island. Here is our Christmas tree that we have in Tonga and we had a craft night where all the kids cut paper snowflakes and we blew up more balloons for the tree. I remember my husband telling me that some Christmases all they got were balloons and they were so excited. Here is the family a few years back on our trip. We try to go to Tonga every few years but it’s getting expensive since we all require seats on the plane. It’s definitely a humbling experience going there and I tell you all about our trip to Tonga in this post.
But enough about Christmas lets talk about New Years and how you can get 12 free New Year SVG files!
Like I said above, New Years is always a fun time of year for us. But believe me, when I say, I’m the same mess that I was in 2017. I can’t get my act together so this New Year, Same Mess SVG file is perfect in describing me.
Next, cut your free New Years SVG file with your electronic cutter. Remember to mirror your image so that it cuts properly. I prefer using my Cricut and that’s just because I’m used to it. I haven’t used a Silhouette in a few years but they cut the iron-on vinyl just as good.
After you’ve unloaded your vinyl from the cutter, you want to remove any of the images that you do not want to go on your New Years shirt. Use a weeding tool or a safety pin and take off the vinyl. You now have your entire New Year, Same Mess image still attached to the carrier sheet.
Being by preheating your fabric to the suggested settings. Lay your iron-on vinyl on top of the shirt and then press for the recommended amount of time. Turn the shirt over and press again. Depending on what material of HTV you use, you want to check if it is a warm peel or cool peel.
What does it mean to cool peel or warm peel heat transfer vinyl?
It’s simple, cool peel means to allow your HTV to come back down to room temperature before you peel off the carrier sheet. Warm peel means to pull the carrier sheet off of your material while it is still hot.
A lot of foil iron on is cold peel. You want to allow it to cool down so that your foil HTV doesn’t wrinkle. You’ll have to use a little bit of force to take the carrier sheet off of the cool HTV but it won’t peel off your shirt.
What if I don’t want a workout shirt?
Easy, put this on any shirt you own to let your friends, family, and strangers know you are one hot mess! It looks super cute on this baseball shirt and quite frankly, you can wear it all year round.
Use your Dove Grey first for the base of your buffalo check wrapping paper. Because this wrapping paper is white, I’m just going to use the grey and black colors to add to my design. You could use white tones and do this on black wrapping paper too.
When making your own Buffalo Check DIY Wrapping Paper, be sure that each color is dry before you move on to the next step.
Begin with your crosshatching lines using Dove Grey. Allow at least one inch in between the lines and do two coats. Once your first coat is dry, take your Lamp Black paint and where the first lines cross over, put a square of your black ink. I just dabbed around the square with my foam brush and then filled in the remaining area with my additional paint.
Repeat the steps now using your Neutral Grey and going over the crosshatched lines in black.
I wanted rustic looking squares for my DIY wrapping paper and so I wasn’t worried about getting lines straight. If you want lines straighter, use a painters tape and a thicker base paper and you should be just fine.
What kind of paper do I need to make my own custom wrapping paper?
You don’t need anything special to make your own wrapping paper. I love using the kraft mailing paper that costs maybe $4 each. Add any stamps or marker to the paper and you have your own custom wrapping paper.
I used this white postal paper and there is no sheen to it. It’s thin enough that it’ll crease well and thick enough so that you won’t see what’s inside.
Did you also know you can make stamps with your Cricut?
True story, folks. Your Cricut can cut stamp material. You’ll need to use the Cricut Knife Blade if you’re cutting the thick orange rubber but Brother makes a stamp material that you can cut with the Cricut Explore models.
See how easy it is to make your own holiday wrapping paper using Deco Art Americana acrylic paints?! I did this on my dining table and had two going at the same time with about 30 minutes dedicated to drying. I’m definitely using this on meaningful gifts and not my kids’ because they don’t appreciate stuff like this. Head to your local craft store and pick up all these supplies and begin making this today!
You’ll first want to start by saving the free valentine .svg files to your computer. If you have the one I use, use this method. If you have a different brand, just use the suggested method of how others upload images.Cut your vinyl into the shapes. I used my favorite electronic cutter and I had to do a double cut when I selected the glitter vinyl setting. Weed your image and then place the transfer tape over your image.Next you’ll want to paint your ceramic conversation hearts. Choose an acrylic paint in the color or your choice. I used red, gold and white to coordinate with my American Greetings party supplies. It’s the perfect colors for a Valentines party and matching gifts.I chose to do two coats of paint on each heart. Once the paint is completely dry, place your transferred image and press the vinyl onto your conversation heart. Peel the transfer tape up and your image will stay on the heart.I paired it with these darling heart paper plates and placed each one of my kids’ Valentine card underneath. Grab these super American Greetings cards at Walmart.Giving gifts is important to me but it’s more important if it has sentiment. I love getting something that is store bought but personalizing it on your own. I have found that the Valentines Day American Greetings items at Walmart are the perfect items to do this with.I especially love their tissue paper. How cute are these X’s and O’s?! Then the heart wrapping paper is perfect for any time of the year. Close each envelope with one of their glitter heart stickers and it’s the perfect closure. Grab some fun pens and personalize each persons name on the envelopes. In fact, take more stickers and place them on he front of the envelope to jazz it up.After purchasing your American Greetings cards at Walmart, download the Ibotta app and get the offer of saving $1 after you purchase one card. The app is so easy to use and I save so much money by using it. Enter the Sending My Love sweepstakes below for a chance to win, ends February 13, 2018. For all the official rules, click here.
New Years Eve is always a celebration. Learn how to make these New Years photo booth props with your Cricut. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post. Head to the bottom of the post to win your very own Cricut Maker!
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Photo booths are a must have at a party with a lot of guests. Not only is it time that they’re spending with you, it’s time that you don’t have to spend thinking of what to occupy them with. Photo booth props are easily made with your Cricut Maker or your Cricut Explore.
Cardstock (I used green, gold, white, black, pink and brown)
Remember that you don’t have to cut everyone of these shapes if you don’t want. All you have to do is click on the eyeball that is next to the shape and it’ll disapear, or just delete it. I don’t want you paying for a shape that you’ll never use. Or buy the Cricut Access program and get over 30,000 shapes available to you.I’ve used the subscription services when I had my Silhouette and now that I use Cricut. I’ve gotten a better deal out of Cricut. I’ve been able to find a lot of shapes that I’ve been able to manipulate and give me the look that I want. It’s a great addition and only $10 a month for something that you’d get a lot of use out of.I used the standard grip mat and chose the intricate cut setting for Cricut cardstock. If I am using any cardstock thicker than the 80 lb. weight, I’ll usually just hit go again and it’ll give me 4 swipes of the blade. This will insure that you don’t have any tears when lifting your paper from the mat. For the glitter cardstock, do the intricate cut but have it pass through 4 times. When choosing intricate cut it’ll pass through twice for each press of the go button.Once all your shapes are cut, just assemble them according to the image. I always like to separate my image cuts into piles so that I don’t get any pieces missed. My favorite adhesive for cardstock is this one by Tombow. It dries quick and it’s also great for 3-D projects.I let all the New Years photo booth props dry overnight and then I adhere the skewer to the back. I just use hot glue for this part because it’s the best and most durable for photo booth props. Once all your sticks are adhered you’re ready to go.I like to have these in a jar just to the side of the booth. In the past I’ve used lots of different photo backdrops but my favorite thing to use is this sequin fabric. It pops and is perfect for ringing in the New Year.
These rainbow cupcakes were such a dream to make and they look so fun with the color variations on the inside. Your kids will be going crazy for these delicious rainbow cupcakes and asking for more gold once they’ve eaten them all gone. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Rainbow cupcakes are such a fun addition to any party or any part of your day. Celebrate sunshine with these easy to make rainbow cupcakes.
What I used is the Duff Goldman Tie Dye mix and just mixed it according to package directions. I separated the batter into 6 different cups and added the included color drops as directed to the cups. I used my 1 Tbsp. scoop and added them into the cupcake wrapper in the order of the rainbow .I preheated my oven to 350 degrees and baked them for 20 minutes or until you press down in the middle and they bounce back up. Allow them to cool completely and then ice them with some of my secret weapons, bakery bought cream cheese icing!
I topped them off with some gold coins from the dollar store but you could even get more fancy and use the gold coin chocolate. That’ll send you into more of a sugar high! This recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day party food or even a Rainbow themed kids party. I know it’s technically a tie-dye mix but change it up and add a little sunshine to your life.
Make the perfect St. Patricks Day Rainbow cupcakes or use them for a rainbow themed party. They're so fun!
1boxRainbow Cake Mix
2cupsprepared Cream Cheese Frosting
1packagegold cupcake liners
Make the cupcakes according to the package instructions. Scoop out a tablespoon at a time into each cupcake liner. Try and keep the colors as smooth of a transition as possible and try not to let the colors bleed into one another.
Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting them.
Use a large, round tip and a piping bag to get a smooth finish on your buttercream.
We usually get the pre-made box kit and use hot glue to hold it together (we don’t eat them in our house). I decided to give the kids something whimsical to do and so we used Honey Maid graham crackers and some classic white frosting to put them together. I’ve seen them put together ahead of time or allow them to be made right before decorating. I can tell you with this experience, glue them ahead of time. They’ll be sturdy enough for the kids to add some more frosting and not have to worry about it falling over. Go non-traditional too and use some things that are unexpected with your candies. Mix it up because it’s all about making this a fun and memorable experience with the kids. I headed over to Wal-Mart and grabbed all my supplies. I stuck with the traditional Christmas color palate and let my daughter choose some fun candy of her own. I have these jars left over from my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party that I got from TomKat Studio. Mini jars are a must for any party and any cooking just to make things a bit easier for the kids. As you can see, Freddie had a hard time with his staying together so naturally, he ate it. We invited some neighbors over to make them with us and they had so much fun. Siaki thought he had the best one and Leila just decorated her Santa. Siaki gets my OCD when it comes to making things just the way they’re supposed to be rather than just letting things be how they turn out. As I’ve grown older, I’ve been able to let go of this but seeing him as a kid, I definitely see how I struggled with this growing up. Christmas is such a great time of year for children who believe. Freddie told me the other day that he knew I was Santa because of the wrapping paper but he just knows St. Nick is still real. I’m trying to be better about following traditions for my kids. I remember those were the things I loved so much when I was a kid that they need to have more consistency about it around the holidays. To give you more ideas on this fun idea for kids, head on over to Honey Maid site and check them out. What kinds of candy would you use for your house?
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiftDeliciously #CollectiveBiasI love a good party and I love all the great company over the holidays. I’m going to show you my set up for a Cookie Exchange Party that doesn’t incorporate any homemade cookies at all. I’ll show you ideas for set-up so that you can just grab and go. I’ll show you some fun center pieces to make using the boxes the store-bought cookies came in and I’ll show you how easy an elegant set up can be.All it takes is some printables from Etsy and half the work it already done. My favorite printable shop is Whit Prints. She’s affordable, they’re available for instant download and she’ll change the colorway if you don’t like what she has. I’ve gotten quite a few prints for Malakai’s room and I can’t wait to show you. I’ll be doing a giveaway for one of her prints so be on the look out. I went to Walmart and grabbed some of these small packs of cookies available in a variety of flavors:
I grabbed a few of each because A. I love all these flavors and B. I wanted an assortment of sizes to create my gingerbread houses. The boxes were used to make some gingerbread houses for craft time! Just get some Kraft wrapping paper, scissors, tape and washi tape. I used the Chalk Kit from Hazel and Ruby and it’s magic and on sale for a crazy price.
Gifts are so much appreciated during the holidays but we don’t all have time realistically to make everybody something homemade. These boxes of cookies are great because they’re easy and unexpected by being wrapped in the gingerbread house styling. I love these as a stocking stuffer and you can even use this tutorial to make an ugly sweater themed stocking. Check out this #GiftDeliciously website for more inspiration.Tell me, what is your favorite part of this party?