Monday, 21 September 2015

Minion Mini Cupcakes

This summer I decided to jump on the minion bandwagon. I've never really understand the appeal of them, but I had my dear friend and her daughters coming to visit this summer. It was just before their birthdays, which are only a week apart) and they were turning 3 and 5 so I wanted to do something to celebrate with them.

If you came here looking for a fancy recipe, you will be disappointed. Just putting that out there. To make these, I used a boxed cake mix (gluten free, dairy free of course) and made plain vanilla icing. 

However, to make them more minion-y I added some food colouring: blue for the cupcakes, yellow for the icing.

Then I added some of these super delicious, pure sugar candy minion pieces I found at Michaels. I didn't realize they still made these candy pieces and I'd forgotten how yummy they are.

I realize these are not fancy pictures, but enjoying the cupcakes was more important than taking pretty pictures. The girls (and their mom and I) loved the cupcakes and, more importantly, I loved how excited they were about having an early birthday celebration.

While my friend was visiting, we also did some canning and I'll share the jalapeƱo jelly with you soon. In the mean time, if you want to see some other projects I've done with and/or for this friend, check these out. 

Friday, 18 September 2015

Painters Tape Art

Um, hey. Remember me? I'm finally back and have an awesome, easy project to share with you today. 

We're doing intervention blocks at school this year and for students who aren't claimed, one of the options is a craft. As you can imagine, I'm pretty excited about getting to craft with my students every week. When I was looking for an activity I could do with some students, this seemed like a cheap, doable idea. 

Before doing this with students, I made sure we had the supplies we needed at school and made a couple samples to show them. I also brought my first painters tape art (which still hangs in my living room) to show them. As well, I typed up and printed a powerpoint slide with the instructions to scatter around our workspace.

Painters tape or masking tape
Water and paper towel
Instructions (if doing this with a group)
Scrap paper or a table cloth (if you want to protect you surface)

Step 1: Place the tape.

Step 2: Paint. To minimize bleeding you should start on the tape and work your way to the centre. If you change colours, wash your brush and dry it in a paper towel.

Step 3: Remove your tape.

This went really well with the students and they all went home with a fun, new piece of art.

Also, I need to give credit to some amazing blogs. The pictures from the bottom of my powerpoint instructions came from the following blogs, listed from left to right.

3 - The link I have is broken. If you have a link, please send it to me.

Do you have any great projects to do with teenagers? I'd love suggestions!

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