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Unicorn Ice Cream Party Treats

Unicorn Ice Cream Party Treats

Thank you to my generous partners at Hobby Lobby for sponsoring this post.

Unicorns... they are everywhere lately! But I totally get the obsession... they're magical, glittery and colorful! If you're throwing a unicorn birthday party or just want a super cute treat, I've got a fun unicorn food craft idea to share with you today.

Treat ideas for a unicorn party

I transformed ordinary sugar cones into magical unicorn horns! They were so fun and easy to do. Let me show you just how you can make them too.

First, I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and bought supplies. Everything I used was located in the baking/candy making aisle. I bought candy wafers in a few different magical unicorn colors. Then I loaded up on a variety of sprinkles... because unicorns and sprinkles just go together!

I found these edible gold stars and knew they would be perfect for a unicorn dessert.

Gold star edible sprinkles from Hobby Lobby

Once you've gathered all of your supplies, pour the candy melts onto a microwave safe plate. Keep them separated by color, like this:

How to make marbled colorful unicorn ice cream cones

Melt the candy in the microwave in 30 second increments until it's smooth and fully melted. Then roll each sugar cone in the candy melt until it's coated. You can use your finger to smooth it and swirl the colors.

Unicorn party food ideas

Place on a tray and dust them with the gold star sprinkles while the candy coating is still wet. I tried using the larger sprinkles and didn't love the way they looked. But I do think it would look fantastic if you dipped just the bottom end of the cones in the bigger sprinkles the same way you would rim a glass.

Colored chocolate marbled with gold sprinkles

Once the unicorn horns are dry, scoop a few scoops of your favorite colorful ice cream into these adorable ice cream dishes and place the horn on top. I added little eyes to my ice cream dishes with a Sharpie marker just for fun, but that's optional.

Colorful unicorn sugar cone horn in a cute ice cream dish

If you're feeling a little nervous, watch this video tutorial to see just how easy it is.

OR you can serve them as traditional ice cream cones...

Colorful chocolate swirl ice cream cone with gold sprinkles

... which is also cute if you ask me.

I just love the marbled effect on the cones. The bright colors plus the golden star sprinkles just scream unicorn magic, don't you think?

When you head to Hobby Lobby to pick up all of the materials, be sure to print out a coupon. It's my favorite way to save money on craft supplies!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Jennifer V.
Patriotic Painted Apple Pie

Patriotic Painted Apple Pie

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Conagra Brands.
All opinions are mine alone. #SummerServed #CollectiveBias

There's nothing more American than apple pie, am I right? With Memorial Day just around the corner, I decided to give a colorful update to this classic dessert. Now it will be the perfect festive treat for our big Memorial Day cookout.

I painted the pie top with red and blue stripes! Of all the things I've painted over the years, this is the first time I've painted a pie. Isn't it fun?!?

Want to make one too? You will need a Marie Callender's® Lattice Apple Pie, Reddi-wip®, blue and red food coloring and a food-safe paint brush.

I bought all of the supplies at Walmart. The pie is in the frozen dessert section, the Reddi-wip was near the milk and the food color and brush were in the cake decorating aisle.

You'll also need an egg and a bit of water. Mix one egg yolk with 1 teaspoon water and divide into two paper cups. Add red food dye to one and blue to the other.

Paint the lattice strips with the color wash, then bake according to package directions.

Watch this video to see just how easy it is:

No pie is complete without a dollop of Reddi-wip. 

I made small dollops across the pie to look like stars.

But I also added a big dollop to each piece after it was cut and plated, because the more whipped cream the better, in my opinion!

This patriotic apple pie will be such a huge time saver at our upcoming Memorial Day barbecue. I can serve a tasty, festive, classic dessert without spending a ton of time in the kitchen. I call that a win!

For more summer cookout inspiration, click HERE.
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Jennifer V.
Shower Themed DIY Wedding Gift Basket Idea

Shower Themed DIY Wedding Gift Basket Idea

This post is made possible by my generous sponsor, Moen.

It's wedding season! It seems like every year when spring hits, people start getting hitched left and right. It is so fun to put together creative DIY wedding gift basket ideas to give to friends and family who are getting married. I just love it! Today I'm sharing a wedding gift basket idea that hits the trifecta of gift perfection: it's pretty, it's funny and it's useful!

I put together this fun bathroom themed gift basket with newlyweds in mind. My husband and I lived in apartments for the first 10 years of our marriage and one thing almost all apartments have in common is crappy shower heads. We experienced everything from heads that shot painful darts to shower heads that misted and never really got us wet. If you've ever been an apartment dweller, you know exactly what I mean. It's the worst, right?! We finally broke down and bought a nice shower head and moved it from apartment to apartment and wow! Who knew such a small thing could be such a luxury?!

The shower head I picked for the wedding gift basket is amazing.

It's called the Attract Magnetix Spot Resist Brushed Nickel Rainshower Combo by Moen. It features a rain shower head and a handheld sprayer that attaches magnetically, which means you can hang it back up easily, even if your eyes are closed and covered in suds.

The gift basket also includes big fluffy bath towels, hand towels (they're stuffed down in the bottom to prop up the smaller items), a back scrubber, shower sponge, sugar scrub, bath salts and body wash. Pretty much everything newlyweds would need to take a luxurious shower in their new apartment.

I crack myself up with the gift tag. Save water, shower together. Come on, you know that's funny. And so perfect for newlyweds! Download the free hand-lettered tag HERE.

Before I take the gift to the reception, I'll wrap the whole thing up in clear cellophane so it's easier to transport and nothing gets separated when the newlyweds pack up their gifts.

Do you have any weddings coming up? What are your favorite things to give as wedding gifts?
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Jennifer V.
Patriotic Pallet Wood Sign with Rolled Paper Flowers

Patriotic Pallet Wood Sign with Rolled Paper Flowers

I know it's a still a little early for patriotic crafts, but I finished up this cute DIY pallet wood sign and couldn't wait to share it with you! My justification is that Memorial Day is just a few weeks away, so if you make it now, you can use it for that and the Fourth of July.

Create this pretty patriotic craft in an afternoon

The best part about this craft is that I bought the pallet sign already made and all I had to do was paint it. Talk about a time saver!

Want to make a sign of your very own? Let's do it!

Materials Needed (affiliate links)

Pallet Wood Sign (measures 9"x15")
White Chalk Paint + Paint Brush
Hot Glue

Step 1 Paint the pallet sign with a coat of chalk paint. One coat will give you a subtle whitewashed look. Two coats will give you full coverage.

Easy pallet sign with a mason jar and paper flowers

Step 2 Download the mason jar cut file from the Silhouette Design Store. Remove the extra pieces, leaving just the dark outline of the jar. Resize the image so it's approximately 9 inches tall, then adjust your cut settings for vinyl. Cut out the vinyl.

projects to make with your Silhouette machine

Step 3 Weed excess vinyl, leaving only the jar design on the backing paper.

Make a cute farmhouse sign with 3D flowers and craft vinyl

Step 4 Cover the design with transfer tape and peel away the paper backing. Center the jar on the pallet sign, press the design on really well, then remove the transfer tape.

DIY tutorial to make a cute patriotic wall hanging

Step 5 Time to make all of the paper flowers! Download the designs in the materials list above, adjust your cut settings for cardstock, then cut out flowers of varying sizes and shapes.

Step 6 To make each flower, wrap the outer end of the spiral around a pencil, then roll the paper up towards the center. Be sure to keep the flat bottom edge even as you wrap. The center of the spiral will be the bottom of your flower. Cover it with hot glue, then press the rolled flower petals onto the center. 

Here's the quick video tutorial showing you how the whole craft comes together:

Step 7 Add a bow and the word "U.S.A." to your jar. Cut the word out of the same vinyl used for the jar and apply it in the same way. I created the word in Silhouette's Design Studio. The font is called KG Eyes Wide Open.

Rolled Paper Flower Craft Idea

I chose to give this sign a patriotic theme, but if you changed the color of the flowers and put a different word on the jar, it could work for any holiday or season. It's a fun, versatile craft that's just oozing with cuteness.
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Jennifer V.
DIY Whimsical Floral Night Light

DIY Whimsical Floral Night Light

I've been slowly working on decorating my girls' shared bedroom and one must-have item for their room was a night light. I got the idea to make my own using fairy lights inside of a shadow box and it turned out so cute that today I'm sharing the tutorial so you can make one too.

DIY Girls room decor. Create a pretty floral picture that doubles as a night light

To make your fairy light shadow box floral night light, you will need: (affiliate links)

Materials needed to create a unique floral night light

Clear Tape
Floral Scrapbook Paper

Step 1 Remove the glass from the shadow box. Place it on top of a piece of floral scrapbook paper. You may want to tape the paper in place so it doesn't shift as you work.

You don't have to be an artist to draw beautiful flowers with alcohol ink markers.

Step 2 Trace the floral designs onto the glass with the alcohol markers. They will give you a soft watercolor-like effect that's really unique and pretty. 

Create a pretty floral night light craft

When you move the glass, you'll be able to see your pretty flowers and shhh..... no one will know you didn't freehand them!

a cool technique for using alcohol markers on glass

Step 3 String the lights through the opening at the top of the shadow box and tape them into place so the lights are evenly spaced.

Crafts using fairy LED lights

Step 4 Cut the vellum paper to size and slide it into the frame. If one sheet of vellum is too see-through, just add a second or third piece until you're happy with the opacity.

Project using Spectrum Noir markers and vellum paper

Step 5 Slide the glass back into place, making sure that the marker design is on the inside so it can't get rubbed off by little fingers. Then just add batteries and flip the switch to reveal a glowing floral work of art!

Floral night light DIY

Because I used LED lights, they won't get hot, so it's perfect for a child's room. I can turn the light on so my girls can fall asleep without being scared of the dark. And the best part is that it looks great day and night.

Non-traditional nightlight with a floral design

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