This was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Create this easy faux birthday cake for your next celebration and save some money to put into other areas of your party. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Leila turned 8 this past May and was baptized in the LDS church. She wanted to have a mermaid theme party and I had a cake/cookie lady all set aside to make amazing decorative food for us. Unfortunately, about a week before the party I found out she was expecting and was super sick. I had empathy for her because I had been in that same sick position almost three years ago. I called around to try and find someone who could do similar work and they were charging a lot more than she was and so I just decided I’d make a faux birthday cake and then we could just make some guava cakes to serve.
You’re going to start by glueing the foam cake rounds together. Let it sit for a few hours to make sure they’re stuck together before you put your Smooth Finish on it. Smooth Finish is just like spackle, it spreads on easily and once it’s hardened, you can sand it to get your desired look. Use your spatula to spread it on and cover the entire cake. I was able to get a “crumb coat” on the first layers and then I waited for it to dry and sanded it roughly. Next, I added some paint swooshes. I didn’t mix the colors with the Smooth Finish, I just added them directly to the first layer of the Smooth Finish. After the paint had dried, I added another thicker coat of the Smooth Finish and allowed it to dry. I wanted it to look like the “buttercream” was spread on rather than smoothed out. I also wanted the colors to show through but I didn’t like the starkness it was before I added the second coat. Use some glue and a paintbrush to have the gilding sheet stick to certain parts of the cake. I made it very random and I love how it turned out. I saved myself about $150 by going this route. Having four kids is expensive and so anytime I can save money, it makes my husband a happy man. I don’t usually do this elaborate of backdrop but this was a fun change of pace. Making this faux birthday cake is something that I will definitely do in the future. I’m so glad it was easier than I thought it would be or else I wouldn’t do this again. 😉
I have waited 14 long years for the release of Disney-Pixar’s Incredibles II movie. I know every child is going to want to have an Incredibles Party this year so I created these Incredibles Rice Krispie Treats. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Make your Incredibles Party pop with these easy Incredibles Rice Krispie Treats. They pair perfectly with my Incredibles Oreos that I made a few weeks ago and just in time for the new Incredibles II movie release.
Gather all your ingredients and set them aside. Melt together the butter and marshmallows and then remove from the heat. You can use your microwave as well but I like to make them on the stovetop. After you’ve melted the butter and marshmallows, add the cereal and the red food coloring. Give it a good mix and place them into an 8×8″ square pan. You can line it with parchment or use some non-stick vegetable oil spray. Making the I’s is something that I did with the Incredibles Oreo recipe. Just use some fondant and set them aside. You’ll want to spread the black icing just like the Incredibles Oreos and you’re more than welcome to just use yellow icing if you’re confident in your icing skills. That’s not something I am great at so I use the fondant.
Create this perfect treat for any Incredibles Birthday Party or just celebrate the release of Disney Pixar's Incredibles II. I've waited 14 long years for this.
Disney Pixar, disney recipe, Incredibles, Rice Krispies
1tbspred gel food coloring
cornstarch for rolling
Line a square pan (8x8) with wax paper and set aside. In a medium-sized pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
Add red food coloring and mix until completely colored. Add rice cereal into the mix and fold until cereal and marshmallow mixture are thoroughly combined.
Evenly press the cereal treat mixture into your pan and allow to set.
In the meantime, make fondant shapes. Roll out your yellow fondant so that it’s about ¼ an inch thick and cut out rectangular shapes, about an inch long and 1/3 of an inch wide. Cut one end of each rectangle at an angle.
Using the end tip of a frosting tip, cut out mini circles.
Cut each cereal treat into rectangles. Frost each one with a solid circle (on a slight angle) with your black buttercream. Decorate with your fondant pieces.
Are you looking for some fun unicorn party ideas? Look no further. Leila turned 6 recently and we wanted to have a small party for her and some girlfriends. We went to our favorite bakery and just had them make us a unicorn cake using a lot they had on hand.
I have had sculptured cakes in the past but I learned that kids don’t need that. It’s mainly for pictures that the parents want it. It can be worth it and I have seen awesome cakes made but that money can be spent elsewhere for me.I used my Cricut to cut these adorable Unicorns out of Iron-On vinyl. You can get the Cricut Design Space file here. We used some fabric markers to color in the lines and so the girls each had their own personalized shirt to take home. I got this idea from Lindsay at Artsy Fartsy Mama and I knew I had to recreate it. I created the tags for the gift bags by using a glue pen and some foil from ??? I had Leila write the first letter of each girls names and we placed the foil over the glue once it was dry. We then rubbed with all our might and it transferred just the way we had written. I tied it with some pink tulle and they were set with their gift bags to bring home all their crafts. The gift bags, plates and napkins are all Meri Meri and I found them at Homegoods and TJ MAXX at a great price. I grabbed some bubble wands from Walmart because they came in rainbow colors. I got all the balloons from an Etsy shop here. There were also some fun things I got here that included the mini Unicorns cabochons and I glued them to ring banks so they could be worn later. I also used string and keychain holders and the girls used beads to make their own. If there is one thing I know about my daughter is that she loves to create and craft. She’s got a great eye for detail and I can tell she’s going to be just like me but I know even better. She just loves to have the attention and the kids think I put a lot of work and effort into their parties but for me the hardest part is figuring out which stuff I want to buy online.
I created this super cute I Love You free printable today and I’m in love. I saw this really cute art print on craftgawker and thought it would be fun to create a printable for all year round but especially Valentine’s Day. And who knows, one of these days I’ll really learn the proper way to upload a printable but for now it’s working!Hello Lidy had done hers in watercolor and for those who may be watercolor challenged, I figured this would be easier. Just print it out! I however really love hers too!
Hey Guys, I’m guest posting on Mod Podge Rocks Blog today! I’m making any party the coolest one in town with this Balloon Photo Backdrop. We used ours for New Years Eve but I also plan on using different color sequins for birthday parties, anniversaries and other holidays! I hope you enjoy. Be sure to come back here and let me know what you think about it!!
Create these DIY Marquee Letters using your Cricut Explore and some chipboard. Perfect for a wedding or even home decor. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I had so much fun making these DIY Marquee Letters and who knew they’d be quick and easy. The only thing I recommend is strong paper like chipboard and battery-powered lights rather than string lights, that’s it. I love easy projects and even though these were quick for me, I did have a failed attempt my first round.
The first round, I thought I wanted to use foam core. I made the stencils just using standard paper and cut the foam core with a xacto knife and cut some poster board 4″x24″. The foam core was my worst enemy. My blade must not have been sharp enough and plus this is a Cricut Design Star Challenge! Duh, if you can’t actually cut it in the machine…don’t use it, Lindsay! So I scrapped it once it was done. Plus I didn’t like the measurements I had anyways so it was a win-win.I used the Don Juan Cricut font in the Design Space and then I placed x’s in the Disco font and as I selected all shapes I pressed the Attach button in the Layers tab. It set everything to a cut setting and I cut away. I then created a shape where it was a rectangle with 1/2″ tabs to fold over. I should have made a score line in Design Space, however, I do like to use it outside of my machine as well and I used my fabric ruler and scored right on the edge where I wanted to fold.When they were finished I placed my fold against the end of the letter and some hot glue and just began folding. When it was time for the creases, I knew a little bit beforehand so I would mark them and score them before it got too close to where they were glued down. I started on the corner and then placed a light bead of hot glue to make a straight seam.For the lights, I found these at Michaels. I know they sell actual small globe lights but for now, I could only find those in orange so I opted for these that I could find in white. Just take off the bulb and press it through the top and connect it to the bottom. I did glue the battery pack onto the back of these, think about how you want them to either stand or hang when you do this.
Again, I was so impressed with how the Cricut Explore cut the chipboard. I would have never attempted this with my Silhouette and then to do intricate cuts was a whole other thing. I’m really impressed by how easy it is becoming to me. It was a learning curve but I think I’ve got this.
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Create the most perfect birthday party for a girl using pink, gold and teal colors. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
My Daughter, Leila turned 4 a month ago. We didn’t celebrate a month late, I’m just a month late posting. I have a problem with filling my plate all at once. I had 4 different things going on in at 4 week time period so I’ve been super MIA. This was probably the windiest day I could have chosen. It was sunny the day before and after but this was the only day I could work it in. Wasn’t good for my GIANT balloons cause if you think regular balloons don’t like wind, try the big boys.
I wanted her birthday party to be something fabulous. I found this candle topper from Gnome Sweet Gnome and knew that was what I wanted to go off of. The only problem was is that that I let her play with the candles beforehand and she broke them all so for the party, no candle! I chose to get this tablecloth online from an Etsy shop. I just searched for gold sequence fabric. It cost around $11 a yard. I love how it just shined off the sun and gave some extra sparkle. I just put a dollar store gold plastic cloth underneath it and it worked out fine.
I chose the colors Gold, Pink and Mint. My friend Jen Allyson aka, The Project Girl, had just released her newest line from My Minds Eye called Market Street. It has the perfect tones that I was looking for. I worked on this scrapbook flip frame using the papers and her accessories from the line and an IKEA Tolsby frame. The papers are 3×4″ and I punched two holes in the top of the pages and put C rings to attach and hang from the frame. I cut my dream letters from the same line of paper except for the straight gold R. I got that paper from Michaels and it was $1.99 but worth every penny!
For the actual birthday cake, it’s a FRAUD, a fake, a lie, it’s styrofoam! I got this cake round from Michaels. FloraCraft makes it. I also used their Smooth Finish and separated it into 2 bowls and left quite a bit still in the container. I put one drop of pink gel food coloring in one bowl of the Smooth Finish and about 3 drops in the other. I started at the top and over the sides with the white and then with the less pink and finished with the darkest pink. Ombré cakes look easy but no way. I let the Smooth Finish dry completely and with a sanding block, made it as smooth as possible. I made my icing pretty sloppy cause I didn’t want a perfect cake. If you’re looking for that, then press pretty firm and get it in the grooves. Make sure you do a small layer before you the actual icing layers too.
I wanted some fun candy on the table so I contacted Lollipics. Look for more on those in another post. I love how they look and they just tied everything together.
I just had some smaller decorations from IKEA, Michaels and online. Leila had this little outfit from Target that I spiffed up with some Expressions Vinyl vinyl heat transfer.
I’m digging how this came together and loved seeing how these girls are growing older. I could have done some more treats but they are kids and I don’t need them filing up on sweets. We just had some pizza and a good time. I’m loving my birthday girl and I can’t believe it’s been four years since she came into this world so tiny and fierce.