Decorated School Supplies

Since school starts tomorrow for me, I thought I would share with you how I decorate my school supplies. for my binders and notebooks I used washi tape and duct tape on the spines and to make places to write my name. The different colors of tape also make it easy to distinguish between different binders, so I can easily grab the one I need from my locker.Decorated binders - Glitter, Sprinkles, and DIY

To add some color to my pens I also used washi tape. I bought pens that had a clear outside so that you could see into the middle. All I did for these was pull out the tip and ink tube, and the wrap tape around the tube and put the pen back together. I really liked these because they were colorful, but you didn’t have to worry about the tape coming off or getting dirty because it was inside the pen.

Fun Pens - Glitter, Sprinkles, and DIY

I hope you enjoyed these ideas, and that you have a great year!

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Drawing Design

This isn’t really a diy, but it’s a drawing I did just for fun.

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The process to draw this was pretty easy, I just found a silhouette of a dancer I liked online, printed it out, traced it, then filled it in with designs. Then at the end I just put some large designs in the background so it wouldn’t bee too plain. I hope you liked this drawing, and maybe I will inspire you to create your own design of something you love.

Chocolate Carrot Cupcakes

These cute cupcakes are so cute for spring, or Easter, and contrary to their name, there aren’t actually and carrots in these cupcakes.

Chocolate Carrot Cupcakes

The “carrots” on top of these cupcakes are actually strawberries dipped in orange white chocolate. The original recipe for these cupcakes came from something swanky.com. I made my chocolate covered strawberries first so they could harden overnight, but the chocolate solidifies pretty quickly, so they really only need to sit for an hour or two. First wash your strawberries, and lay them out on paper towel to dry. You want to make sure the strawberries are completely dry before you start dipping, otherwise the chocolate won’t stick. Then melt your chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring in between (it should only take 1 or 2 bursts in the microwave). I used orange chocolate melts, but you can also use white chocolate chips and orange food coloring.

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Then dip your strawberries into the chocolate and lay them on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper to harden. You will want to use medium sized strawberries, because the large ones don’t fit on the cupcakes very well. Next, using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate across the strawberries to make them look striped like carrots. You can put the strawberries into the fridge, or just leave them out, the chocolate will solidify either way.

"Carrot" Strawberries

Next you need to make a batch of chocolate cupcakes, they can be homemade or from a box, it doesn’t really matter. While your cupcakes are cooking/cooling you can make the chocolate ganache by combining 2 cups of chocolate chips, and 3/4 cup of heavy cream. Microwave for 1 minute he stir until smooth. To make the “dirt” for your cupcakes process about 15 oreos in the food processor, until they are very fine (it should look like dirt).

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Chocolate Ganache

Oreo "dirt"

Oreo “dirt”

Then, once their cool, dip the cupcakes into the ganache, then into the oreos, and let set. All that’s left to do is put the “carrots” onto the cupcakes. Thanks for reading!

Chocolate Carrot Cupcakes

Cinnamon Muffins

Hi, today I am going to share with you a recipe for cinnamon muffins that are great for breakfast, or as a snack whenever. I made this recipe with my brother, Henry, out of his cookbook, The Kids Cookbook By Betty Crocker, which has lots of great recipes in it.

First preheat the oven to 350°F and Grease 12 regular sized muffin cups (or you can do 24 mini muffin cups, we used both).First mix 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of milk, and 1/3 cup of vegetable oil in a bowl. Then add in an egg, and mix until fully combined. Next, add 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.

Yummy Cinnamon Muffins

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. While the muffins are baking, combine 1/2 cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl. Melt 1/2 stick of butter (about 30 to 45 seconds in the microwave) and pour into a bowl. When muffins come out of the oven, cool for 5 minutes on a cooling rack. Next, dip the tops of the muffins in the melted butter, then in the cinnamon-sugar mix. **Tip- I cleaned out an old spice jar, and now whenever I have cinnamon sugar left over from a recipe, I put it in there so I can use it next time.** Now your delicious cinnamon muffins are ready to eat!

Yummy Cinnamon Muffins

Lego candy machine

Lego candy machine

My brothers and I had off from school today because it was so cold, so I helped my brother make this candy machine out of legos. You just pull out the piece on the right side, the candy falls down, and then you open up the door to let the candy fall out.  I got this idea from frugalfun4boys.com and she has a really good tutorial, so if you want to make you own you should check it out on her blog. You can order bricks to make you candy machine more coordinated, or you can just go through your legos to find the pieces you need, either way it’s super fun to make.

Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe for peanut butter cookies is sooooo good from mycrazygoodlife.com. And the best part is, it is only 5 ingredients, and there is no flour so they are gluten free!

5 ingredient, gluten free, peanut butter cookies!

All you have to do to make these delicious cookies is o first preheat the oven to 350°F. Then mix 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup brown sugar, (or you can do 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white) 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and if you would like, chocolate chips (I would highly reccommend this). Next just roll them into balls and put them onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. I I got 10cookies out of this batch, but it depends how big you ant your cookies.

5 ingredient, gluten free, peanut butter cookies!

The cookies will only take about 8-10 minutes in the oven. The insides will still seem pretty soft, but they will harden up a little once the cookies cool. Don’t leave them in for too long, or the bottoms will burn (I learned this the hard way). But that’s it, wasn’t this the easiest peanut butter cookie recipe you’ve ever seen! I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I did!

5 ingredient, gluton free, peanut butter cookies!

Phone Charging Station

Phone charging station

Hi, I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I had midterms all week so I’ve been kind of busy. Anyway, today I made this cute container to hold a phone while it is charging. I got the idea for this from makeit-loveit.com, but I decided to paint mine, instead of cover it in fabric like they did. First you need to find a good, plastic bottle for this. I used an empty body wash container that I had rinsed out and dried. You want a more oval shaped container, that isn’t too big, or too small to fit your phone. Next, I drew a line around the bottle as a guideline to cut on.

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To cut out the shape, I had to use big kitchen scissors, but you could also use an x-acto knife. I cut a little above my line because it was very messy the first time, but then I went back around and cleaned up the line a little. Then I traced the shape if my charger on the back section and cut that out. This part would probably be easiest with an x-acto knife, but I just folded the plastic over so I could make a cut, then adjusted the size of the hole until my charger could fit through.

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Lastly, you just have to design your bottle. I painted mine, but you could also use duct tape, mod podge tissue paper, or do fabric like the original one was. Now, your phone won’t have to sit on the floor while you charge it!

Phone charging station