Handmade Chocolate Lollipops

Handmade Chocolate Lollipops

  When I first moved to North Carolina, I worked in a bakery owned by a young lady who had studied at a top culinary school. She knew a lot of cool tricks, which made a job that started at 6am seem like a lot more fun for me. One day she made a chocolate design to go on top of a cake. I couldn’t take my eyes off the process! I’ve modified it somewhat…

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How To Make Bias Tape

How To Make Bias Tape

Bias tape is simply strips of fabric that are cut on the diagonal, folded into the center, and folded once more. Cutting and prepping it this way allow the fabric to bend and stretch easily around corners and curves, making it perfect for binding quilts and other sewing projects. Want to make your own? Is it SUPER easy…here’s how! 1. Find the diagonal of your fabric. (You can usually just turn your fabric 45 degrees.)…

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Make an exploding valentine box

Most valentines are lovely, but some appear to be an impossible act of physics. I love when valentines get “ohhs and ahhs” and leave the recipient wondering…”how’d she do that?” Here is a great tutorial from the Life As Lou blog on how to make a valentine that is sure to make the people you love explode with happiness. (just kidding, but it is awfully fun to see their faces when the box transforms into…

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Make A Chinese Takeout Style Treat Box

Craft Supplies:

1. Chinese takeout favor box template. Ours is available for instant download on sale now for $2.49 on Meylah: Chinese Takeout Treat Box Template
2. Stapler
3. Your favorite decorative cardstock (we used the DCDM Whimsy Stack for our examples)
4. Boning tool for making the creases and scoring board (We used Martha Stewart’s kit – comes with a scoring board and a boning tool.) If you don’t have a bone folder, you can crease the lines with the edge of a popsicle stick.

How to fold and assemble your box:

1. Cut your cardstock to a size that will fit in your printer. The template we used is designed to work with the standard 8.5 x 11 sized paper that fits in our printer. (tip: please check to make sure your cardstock will work with your printer. If you are using a very heavy cardstock that can’t be fed through your printer, print the template on basic white paper or cardstock and trace it onto your final paper.)
2. Cut around the outside of the box shape. (follow the solid yellow line)
3. Use a bone folding tool and scoring board to trace the dotted lines in the template. Push hard enough to make a crease you can see slightly on the other side, but not so hard you pierce the paper.
4. Fold to connect the dots on sections 1, 2, 3, and 4…

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Make A Flip (Swing Card)

Paula from More Than Cards demonstrates how to make a flip or swing style greeting card. The swing/flip card is made by cutting slits into the cardstock, then folding it at very specific measurements (Paula goes over these in detail in the video tutorial) What a cool cardmaking idea — definitely not your average Valentines Day or Christmas card! Craft Supplies For This Card Project: Craft Glue Family Photo(s) and Embellishments (Also shown in this…

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Make Your Own Party Hats

I love themed parties – especially when it is clear the hostess put a lot of time into making handmade party accessories and decorations. Michaels’ resident creative expert, Jo Pearson, shows us this wonderful craft idea just perfect for New years eve parties (or any party really!) Using poster board, decorative paper, craft glue and embellishments, watch as Jo creates adorable party hats that are way better than anything you can buy in the store….

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