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December 16, 2010

'Tis the Season...

A Crafty Soiree 
for crafts and treats...and tutorials!
I've had a couple events over the past week that allowed me to use *some* creative energy.  I'm pretty happy with how things turned out so I thought I'd share the tutorials on my blog.

Felt Rose Bouquet

For a Ladies' Christmas Dessert function at my church, I made a centerpiece to go on our table, along with a pin as a take-home gift. The centerpiece was essentially a knock-off of the one found at "Creative Jewish Mom", but with my own touches (like adding leaves).   The roses are the same as the ones I used for my yarn wreath a couple of months back...
 I used a 6" foam ball for the bouquet (size isn't clear in the tutorial) and would not recommend going any larger...unless you want to go insane and wipe out the felt in every Michael's store withing a 25 mile radius.  Making these flowers is a tedious (albeit not hard ) process!  I also chose not to glue the roses to the ball, and instead used long straight pins with a pearl end so that I could re-arrange as necessary (and it was necessary).

 Here is a picture of the pins I made as gifts for the eight ladies at the table
(they matched the bouquet even though they look like different colors in the photographs):

Melty Snowman Rice Krispy Treats

For my son's school Christmas party I put these treats together.  I have seen something similar on other blogs where the snowman was on top of a sugar cookie, but I thought this version would be better for the kids who had gluten allergies (disclaimer: not sure how gluten-free these truly were since I didn't take the time to research the chocolate I used.  You CAN do it though!) 
Melty Snowman Treats Recipe
Make single batch rice krispy treats according to package instructions, and let cool before adding snowmen (yield: 12 treats).

Snow man ingredients:
   White Candy Melts (one 14oz package makes 16 snowmen)
   Mini Chocolate Chips
   Light Cocoa Candy Melts
   Rolos Candy
   Candy Corn

For each snowman, you’ll need 6 mini chocolate chips, a light cocoa candy melt, and a Rolo. To make the nose, cut the orange section from a candy corn, then slice it in half lengthwise.  Roll the piece between your fingers to form a carrot shape.

To assemble your snowman, melt the white candy in a bowl according to the package instructions, then scoop a rounded tablespoon onto the *cut* rice krispy treat. With the back of a spoon, smear the candy into a puddle. Working quickly, stick on the light cocoa candy melt, add a dot of white melted candy, then place the Rolo on top (side-note: if you assemble the hats beforehand, it makes for faster assembly). Finally, add the candy corn nose and mini chocolate chip eyes and mouth (I used tweezers for accuracy in placement).  Let treats set and enjoy!

What crafts and special treats are you making this holiday season?

This post has been linked to:
MakingThe Girl CreativeSumo Sweet Stuff


  1. I love those roses! I am still trying to perfect my fabric roses! They always comeout flat...I had better learn soon cause I have to make some for a wedding dress I am working on. Yours are just gorgeous! I hope mine come out half as nice!

  2. Wow, the roses are beautiful! I may need to buy up some stock in felt! Thanks for the great idea!

  3. I love your felt roses. I love making things with felt and just finished a Bohemian felt and fabric rose pin for one of my nieces for Christmas.Your pearl pin adds so much to yours...beautiful!!

    OMGOSH...those snowmen are ummm melted..LOL!! So cute..definately a party project for next year. Thank you for sharing.


  4. this is adorable! My kiddos would love me if I made these

  5. Oooh! I love your Christmas version! I made one for Thanksgiving and it was so fun!

  6. So cute and yummy!

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  7. So beautiful! Love that you used red and white! Hope you'll come link up to Made with Love Monday :) The party will be open until Friday so feel free to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  8. Super beautiful Bouquet and I just love the snowman rice krispies, well done. I would love it if you added my button to your others. Have a good one. Jen

  9. @JenglamgirlThanks Jen! Sorry about the missing button, I'm still learning the ropes of linky parties..! :)

  10. So pretty and classic. And treats cute too. Tthanks for linking up!

  11. oh my gosh-your bouquet is gorgeous! then to scroll down and see those adorable snowman treats! so inspiring!

  12. Gorgeous bouquet, I love that you made matching pins! I featured it in tomorrow's A Crafty Soiree.

  13. Great job with the bouquet! Thanks so much for linking to me, I'll include this in my next reader roundup, you did a great job! All the very best.

  14. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.



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