Friday, December 03, 2010

Jelly Bean Wreath


The great thing about making a wreath is that you can make it as large or as small as you like. Just remember to have plenty of Jelly Belly® jelly beans on hand!
Ingredients:

9 cupcakes, your favorite flavor, baked in green paper liners and cooled

1 1/2 cups canned vanilla frosting, divided

Red and green food coloring

1/2 cup each, Kiwi, Margarita and Green Apple Jelly Belly® jelly beans

13 red Cherry Sours by Jelly Belly®

2 whole graham crackers

4 thin pretzel sticks

1/2 cup Very Cherry or Cinnamon red Jelly Belly® jelly beans

Coconut Jelly Belly jelly beans

Instructions:

1. Tint 1/2 cup of the vanilla frosting red with the food coloring and spoon frosting into a small resealable bag; set aside. Tint the remaining 1 cup of vanilla frosting green with the food coloring.

2. Spread the tops of the cupcakes with the green frosting. Arrange a line of Green Apple Jelly Belly jelly beans, end to end across the top of all but 1 cupcake. Arrange the Kiwi and Margarita Jelly Belly jelly beans on either side of the Green Apple Jell Belly jelly beans to create the holly leaf shape. Allow the beans to stand up slightly to give some texture or motion. Place the cupcakes in a circle on a serving platter, keeping the plain cupcake at the bottom of wreath.

3. Using a serrated knife cut the graham crackers into two 2 by 1 1/2 inch triangles and two 2 1/2 by 3 inch triangles. Snip a small corner from the bag with the red frosting. Pipe the red frosting on top of the graham cracker pieces. Arrange the Very Cherry Jelly Belly jelly beans in rows on top of the graham cracker pieces. Place the pieces on top of the plain frosted cupcake using the pretzel sticks as support under the crackers to make the bow. Place the cherry sour balls in clusters on top of the wreath and one in the center of the bow.

4. Spread the Coconut Jelly Belly jelly beans all over the platter around the wreath.

Makes 9 cupcakes.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Felt Christmas Tree Pins

Look at this adorableness from The Purl Bee!!! I may just make a few they are so cute! :)



Here's how to make them yourself!

Materials Needed:



To make 16 (or more) Christmas Tree Pins:

■One Holiday Felt Bundle
■Valdani embroidery thread in reds, greens, and whites
■Stuffing
■A piece of scrap paper (a brown paper bag works great)
Special equiptment:
■Pinking Shears

Making the Templates:

To make your tree template cut a triangle with a 1½-inch base and 2-inch sides out of the scrap paper.

For the stump template cut a rectangle that is ½ wide by ¾-inch tall.



Cut two 2-inch by 2 ½-inch pieces from a non-brown piece of felt and place them on top of one another.

Trace the tree template on the top piece.



Using your pinking shears cut neatly around the traced tree shape through both layers of felt.



You will now have two identical tree shapes. Flip them over so the pencil makings are on the back.

Also cut out one stump from the brown felt using your stump template.

Sewing and Stuffing:



Pin the stump piece in between the two tree pieces in the middle of the short bottom side of the tree. The stump should stick out ½-inch.

Using a contrasting color of embroidery thread stitch around the edge of the tree pieces, in the zig zag dips of the pinked edge as shown above. When you get to the bottom you will sew in the stump as you do this.

Sew all around the edge of the tree in this manner but pause when you are 1-inch from your first stitches so there is a gap for stuffing.



Take a walnut sized ball of stuffing and stuff it into the 1-inch gap. You might want to use a sharp object like a knitting needle or pencil to get all the stuffing firmly inside of the tree.

Once all the stuffing is neatly inside continue sewing around the tree’s edge until it’s totally closed. Tie a knot at the back of the piece to keep the edge stitches in place and then pull your thread out in the middle of the back of the tree shape, where you want to place your pin.

Sew on your safety pin along the pin’s stationary arm and you’ll be all done.