December 20, 2012

Holiday Glitter Canvas: Casey

I've got another teacher blog-friend!  Sometimes I wish I could teach with my teacher-blog-friends.  I like them.  Aside from starting off with a completely ridiculous statement, Casey is going to share a fun craft with you.  And by "fun craft" I don't mean that peppermint tray thingy that I saw on Pinterest a few weeks ago and just kinda assumed wouldn't work anyway.   (Try the glitter thing instead.)
Thanks for stopping by, Casey!

I kind of feel like I don't belong here. I mean, Kristin is like the real deal when it comes to blogging. Thank you, Kristin, for letting me guest post for you today.
I'm Casey and you can usually find me over at Everyday Adventures, where I blog about teaching (middle school), my fur babies, crafts and whatever else comes into my head.

You should know one thing about me: I love Christmas. I love everything about it. I love Christmas music. I love eggnog. I love wrapping presents. I love Christmas trees. And I LOVE decorating for Christmas. Usually I wait until we come home from Thanksgiving dinner to start decorating. Usually. This year I started a couple days early. As much as I love decorating for Christmas, I don't love spending tons of money on decorations. Luckily for me, I am a fan of DIY so of course I am a fan of Pinterest. This is a tale of two holiday crafts.

I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I am pretty crafty. I can usually look at something and figure out how to create a version of it with what I have. When I came across this pin, and it had the worlds easiest directions with it, I knew I had to try it.

Turn mints into a serving tray!  Just arrange on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Then let completely cool at room temperature.  After your party, break and keep in a candy jar!  Great idea for a plate of cookies you don't have to get back. Love this for delivering Christmas cookies.
Pinned via here
So cute right? The directions said to unwrap the peppermint and arrange them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Pop them into a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes and viola! You get the cutest tray for a cookie exchange or for appetizers at a holiday party. 

I followed those directions and after 10 minutes, not much had happened. I checked again at the 13 minute mark, and again at 15 minutes. At 17 minutes it started to look like something was going to happen. 2 minutes later I got this:
I believe we can call this a Pinterest Fail.

When it cooled down, it was almost impossible to get off the parchment and when I did free it, it broke into several pieces. Boo.

Don't worry, not all my holiday crafts were disastrous this year. Here is a super easy craft that makes a huge impact on my wall decorations.

Take a blank canvas. Draw on an outline of a shape. (You could print out a template or free hand it. I traced a cereal bowl). Cover shape in glue. My first grade teacher said never make glue soup. Mrs. Rau, you were wrong. This is a time for glue soup. Cover glue with glitter. Let it dry. Overnight. Glue soup takes a long time to dry. I promise.

Even with the "dripping" I still love how it turned out. Once I put it on my mantle (and placed it strategically behind some garland) you can't even tell!

There are a ton of these posted all over blog land right now, and I love seeing how different they all are.

I will leave you with this. I feel it is only fitting since Kristin usually finds the funniest things on the Internet. (I mean, she has like a gift or something)
Glitter, the herpes of the craft world...(*AHAHAHA... and in my bra.... my hair... on my cat... my husband... my sofa.. the floor.. across the room.... -Mel*)

Glitter: The herpes of arts and crafts; it's never truly gone, and when the sun's out there's a flare up
(I do love me a GoT reference -Kristin)


  1. That is such a bummer that the candy plate didn't work - it's so cute!

    I seriously wonder how many Pinterest projects are actually real and actually turn out...because I've tried several that were epic failures and I consider myself a pretty decent crafter...

  2. First grade teachers don't like glue soup because there's never enough time or space to let those things dry! :) What a bummer that the candy tray didn't work out, but I LOVE your glittery peppermint way better! :)

  3. I believe that last picture is actually from the Fellowship of the Ring (I can tell because Sean Bean is much thinner in that film). Could I possibly be more of a nerd?

    I once heard glitter referred to as the "herpes" of craft supplies because it spreads EVERYWHERE! :) The BEST is when men end up with glitter all over them. HILARIOUS! :)


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