Luscious Easter Lily Wreath

Like most of you know by now, I am a flower fanatic. My favorite part of Spring is the resurgence of all my petaled friends. There are arrangements on every table and counter in my home. However, I noticed one place was conspicuously bare. My door obviously needed some adornment so I decided to create an Easter lily wreath for my front door. It turned out beautifully and I wanted to share the fun I had making it and I now have admiring it with you.

 

Adorn your with this festive and fun flower wreath.

Adorn your door with this festive and fun flower wreath.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • A wooden wreath frame
  • Four bunches of yellow faux Easter lilies
  • Four bunches of white faux Easter lilies
  • Four sprigs of faux lupin
  • Two sprigs of faux berries
  • A three-foot length of decorative burlap
  • Medium-strength wire cutters

Directions:

  1. Trim all of your flower stems from their wire bundles and/or shorten the stems to roughly eight inches long. Do this for all of your flowers except the faux berries.
  2. Establish where you would like your bow to be on your wreath. Keeping that in mind, insert equal parts yellow and white Easter lilies into the wood frame. Don’t worry about trimming the wire that pokes out of the back. We will come to that later.
  3. Once you have arranged your lilies, artfully place your lupin sprigs so that they are equally distributed through your lilies, two on each side of the gap between the arrangements.
  4. Insert the faux berry sprigs at the very back of the lily arrangements.
  5. Flip the wreath over so that the flowers are facing down and the remaining lengths of stem are facing up. Using wire cutters, trim the flower stems until there is only one inch of wire protruding from the wreath. Then bend that length of wire either at a right angle to the wreath or wrap it around a piece of the frame. This will ensure that your flowers remain intact in those Spring breezes.
  6. Finally, tie the length of burlap in a bow between the two lily arrangements, trimming the ends of the knot tails until they are at a satisfactory length. All that’s left to do is to hang it on your door and smile!

 

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Here Comes the Sun – Peep Sun Centerpiece

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right”

-Beatles, “Here Comes the Sun

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For this adorable display, you’ll need: 

– a basket

– flower foam

– decorative grass (I used colored wood shavings for a little shabby-chic inspiration)

– a 1 1/2 foot long dowel

– about two feet of thick wire (make sure it will hold its shape under pressure)

– 3 packages of Peeps marshmallow chicks

– hot glue gun and glue sticks

 

Directions:

1. Cut the flower foam to fit your basket, making sure that the foam is wedged securely in and will not wiggle on you later when you insert the dowel.

2. Cover the flower foam and fill any remaining space with the decorative grass (or wood shavings if you prefer).

3. Insert the dowel in the middle of your basket and flower foam, ensuring that it is secure. Then set the basket aside.

4. Cut roughly a two-foot length of wire and shape it into a circle. Leave about six inches of unshaped wire at the bottom of the circle to wrap around the dowel later. It should look like giant lollipop with a tiny stick when you’re finished.

5. Attach the Peeps to the wire. You can thread them on, however doing that tends to hollow out the Peeps and make them look shriveled. I found the easiest way to go about attaching them to the wire is to pull apart the base and the tail leaving a sticky silt in the back of the marshmallow chick. Put the wire in that slit and then press the marshmallow pieces back together. The marshmallow adheres to itself and the wire so it won’t slip.

6. Once you’ve filled the wire circle with Peeps, wrap the loose wire end around the top of the dowel and secure it with generous amounts of hot glue. I laid my basket on its side so that gravity didn’t foil my gluing efforts.

7. Once the glue is dry, stand the basket up and enjoy your cheerful Peep sun centerpiece!

 

Botox for Buds – Preserve your Flower Arrangements

A flower arrangement is a beautiful and simple way to freshen up a room and give it some visual interest. Unfortunately, fresh flowers don’t last as long as we would like, not to mention they can be rather expensive.

I put this bouquet together last week. Six days later and it still looks just as fresh as when I brought the flowers home from the store.

I put this bouquet together last week. Six days later and it still looks just as fresh as when I brought the flowers home from the store.

My grandmother loves bringing fresh flowers into her home and figured out a couple of simple water additives that prolong the life of an arrangement. With Spring here and flowers galore, give her recipe a try to keep your flowers perkier and prettier longer.

 

Grandma’s Flower Food: 

1 teaspoon of sugar

– 1 teaspoon of bleach

– 2 teaspoons of lemon juice

 

Add this combination of household staples to your vase and watch your flowers thrive!

 

Let Them Eat Cake! – Easter Egg Basket Cake

Nothing says “party” like a cake! This adorable idea gives you a perfect place to put all those chocolate eggs. Hide them in some frosting!

 

Let Them Eat Cake! - Easter Egg Basket Cake

Let Them Eat Cake! – Easter Egg Basket Cake

For this project, you’ll need:

– two boxes of your choice of cake mix (I chose chocolate cake to suit my roommates’ taste, but whatever flavor you prefer will work just fine.)

– 7 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar

– 6 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder

– 2 2/3 sticks of butter

– 5 tablespoons of evaporated milk

– 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract

– 3-4 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream

– eggs and vegetable oil (cake mix specified)

-two-foot length of ribbon

-roughly 30 Kit-Kat Bars (6 or 7 regular packages)

-1 package of Robin’s Eggs (or any other egg-shaped candy)

-green sprinkles

 

CAKE DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat your oven to the cake mix’s specifications (usually 350

2.Prepare your cake mix to the box’s instructions.

3. Pour the mix into two greased 9-inch circular baking pans. Place in the oven and bake for the box specified amount of time, usually around half an hour.

 

FROSTING DIRECTIONS

  1. Place the butter in the mixing bowl and cream it using an electric mixer. I set my Kitchenaid to level four and let it go for about a minute.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Mix the butter and the dry ingredients together first using a low speed then increasing it as you go. It’s better to start out slow and wait the extra fifteen seconds than to have to scrub powdered sugar off of your kitchen!
  3. As the mixer is turning at a low speed, pour in the vanilla extract and evaporated milk.
  4. Add three tablespoons of heavy whipping cream to the mixture. If the frosting looks crumbly or like it is too dry to easily spread, add one teaspoon of whipping cream at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

 

PUTTING THE CAKE TOGETHER

  1. When your two cakes are cool, carefully remove them from the pan and lay them on a piece of wax paper. Using a bread knife or a cake trimmer, trim the domed tops of the cakes off until they are perfectly flat and cylindrical.
  2. Place one of the groomed cakes on a cake plate then generously coat the top of it with frosting. For good measure, I made my frosting layer about a quarter of an inch thick.
  3. Carefully place the second cake on top of the frosting layer, making sure that it is aligned with the bottom cake.
  4. Next, it’s time to frost your cake. Place a generous glob of frosting on top the cake and work it down around the sides. Don’t worry too much about making it perfectly smooth. We’re just going to cover it up anyway!
  5. Evenly space the Kit-Kat bars around the cake being sure to press them lightly into the frosting for security.
  6. Cover the top of your cake in the egg-shaped candies, adding a dash of green sprinkles to resemble grass.
  7. Last but not least, tie your ribbon around the Kit-Kat shell to give it a little extra hold. Trim your ribbon and smile!
Let Them Eat Cake! - Easter Egg Basket Cake

Let Them Eat Cake! – Easter Egg Basket Cake

 

Don’t be a Dum-Dum – Impress Guests with a Lollipop Arrangement

Don't Be a Dum-Dum - Lollipop Arrangement

Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolli-lolli-lolli-lollipop!

Who doesn’t love candy? From toddlers to old-timers, everyone enjoys a sugary treat now and then. Provide your party guests with a little childhood cheer with a lollipop arrangement!

You’ll need:
– A cute flower pot
– A styrofoam ball (circumference matching that of your flower pot)
– 1-3 bags of Dum-Dum Lollipops
– A hot glue gun

Directions

1. Place the styrofoam ball in the flower pot, securing it with pea-sized dabs of hot glue placed every few inches. Don’t worry, if you want to reuse the flower pot, the glue peels right off!
2. Poke the lollipop sticks into the Styrofoam being sure to stagger the flavors. If you want a more compact arrangement, know that you will have to use more lollipops.

This arrangement works fabulously as a centerpiece or as a festive addition to a candy bar. Have fun with it!

Here Comes Peter Coconut-Tail! – Bunny Tails

Here Comes Peter Coconut-Tail! - Bunny Tails

It’s Wabbit Season!

Now that Spring has sprung, you have probably started to notice the resurgence of all the cute critters that stowed away for winter. Bring a little bit of woodland wonder to your next get-together with Bunny Tails!

Ingredients

-1 package of regular- or jumbo-sized marshmallows
-1 package of white chocolate chips
-1 package of sweetened shredded coconut
-1 package of paper truffle liners

Directions

1. Line a hard, flat surface with wax paper. This way you’ll have a work station that won’t be awful to clean later. Just crumple and toss when you’re done!
2. Pour a one-inch thick layer of shredded coconut into a cereal bowl and set it next to the wax paper.
3. Pour a generous portion of the white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for about a minute, or until the chips are melted. Stir to an even consistency then place beside the bowl of coconut shreds.
4. Dip one end of a marshmallow into the melted chocolate, generously coating about a third of it.
5. Firmly press the coated end of the marshmallow into the coconut shreds then place it in the truffle liner coconut side up.
6. Repeat until you have attained your desired number of Bunny Tails.

Now, hop along to your party and enjoy!