Decorative Candy Canes using Empty Candy Cane Candy Tubes




Candy cane candy tubes

Decorative Candy Canes using Empty Candy Cane Candy Tubes

Every year for Christmas my son gets a ton of these candy tubes! Last year, after throwing some away, I decided to play around with them and see if I could turn them into something worth keeping. I ended up doing just that! Not only will I be keeping some of these for myself but I will also be giving some out as gifts! They are both adorable and inexpensive to make! And they make a perfect gift for teachers, neighbors, and friends!

Materials:

How To: 

Step one:  Cut Coffee Dyed Filters into strips.

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Step 2:  Paint strips with mod podge and begin to wrap them around the candy cane. I normally start with the ends. You can get a better idea of how I do the ends by watching my youtube tutorial that will be posted later this week. Do this until none of the candy cane tube is showing through the coffee filters. Sometimes you may need to add a few more after they dry.

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Step 3: Once the candy cane is completely covered in coffee filters and has dried add the material. To measure the size of the material needed, cut the material to the desired thickness then wrap it up the candy cane and cut. After doing this you can then secure the material on the candy cane using mod podge.

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  Step 4: Give the entire candy cane a nice coat of mod podge. While the candy cane is still wet add a small amount of glitter. I like to use the fine white glitter for this. After adding the glitter, give one more thin coat of mod podge to seal the glitter.

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Once my candy cane was finished I decided to dress it up some! I had some leftover (mistletoe?) sprigs I bought at Walmart for $.98 cents last year. I tied one of the sprigs behind the candy cane using twine. I also tied on a little Christmas tag I made.

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Snowmen ( Made from empty cans of chew)





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Snowmen (made from empty cans of chew) 

Due to the amount of money my husband spends on chew, I have been trying to find ways to recycle the cans. Last week I showed you the Christmas Candies I made using some of his chew cans. This week I’m showing you how to make these adorable Snowmen Ornaments. I am so in love with these! They’ll look great on the tree and they will also make super cute and inexpensive Christmas gifts! Your friends will never know these cuties were once an ugly can of chew!

Materials:

  • Empty Chew Cans
  • Coffee dyed T-shirts or Muslin material
  • Material for hat ( You can use anything from an old coffee dyed flannel shirt to an old coffee dyed T-towel)
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Puff paint ( Black & Orange)
  • Blush ( If you don’t have any on hand check the Dollar Tree!)
  • Q- Tip

Step 1: Clean the Chew cans in some dish soap and let dry

Step 2: Wrap the chew cans in coffee dyed muslin material. I cut mine in about 15 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ squares. Wrap the cans twice so the brand of the chew doesn’t show through the material.

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Step 2: Cut hat material about 20″ x 20″. Using a hot glue gun fold and glue the hat at the bottom to make a small lip. Then use the hot glue gun to attach the hat. I like to stuff a little piece of napkin in the hat to give it a little puff. Then use twine to tie a bow. Trim any excess material above the bow. ( After making this I decided to add a jingle bell to the hat. I just slipped my twine through the jingle bell, pushed the bell to the front and tied my bow. 

To make ornaments: 

  1. Make a loop out of a piece of twine and tie a knot on the end.
  2. Hot glue the knot in the hat.
  3. Tie Bow.

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Step 3: Use Puff paint to draw on eyes and nose and let dry for 24 hours. I would practice doing this on a scrap of paper first. I’ve found the easiest way to get the perfect nose is to squeeze the puff paint and draw a line that slightly curves up.

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Step 4: Dip a Q-tip in some blush and apply in a circular motion for some rosy looking cheeks.

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White Mountain Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting




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White Mountain Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
I’m a little behind this month so thankfully I found this recipe that I had never posted this past summer. This recipe is for White Mountain Cake. This cake is very special for me for two reasons. Firstly, this cake recipe comes from a long time family friend who passed away a few years ago. His name was John but everyone called him Jack. He suffered from a stroke when I was a teenager and I’d go to visit him in the nursing home often. I’d always sneak in a coffee and donuts. The stroke had left him unable to speak correctly. He has slurred speech and his words were hard to make out. But, if I played a Christmas song for him he would sing it without missing a beat! I still remember how his eyes would light up when I came into his room. I also remember him telling me how he was ready to go home. I knew that he meant his eternal home and not his earthly home. He was ready to be with Jesus. He would always point upwards when he told me this. It makes me a little teary eyed just thinking about it. As much as I miss him, I’m glad he is home with Jesus, and with no more pain and suffering. He’s probably also eating lots of this cake.
The second reason this cake means so much to me is that I got the icing recipe from my Aunt Sherry. My aunt is one of the hardest working women that I know. It’s something that I never told her, but I have always admired that about her. She is also one of the most fun people that I know! She always knows how to have a good time and knows how to throw an awesome party! What I love most about her is her laugh. It’s hard for me to make this cake without hearing her burst into laughter! She has such a throaty, hearty laugh and it’s so contagious! And she’s absolutely beautiful. In fact, years ago she was chosen to in Woman’s World magazine for a makeover. I didn’t think she could get any prettier than she already was, but her makeover was stunning! The magazine did an amazing job.
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One slice of this cake will leave your taste buds begging for more! This cake leaves the most amazing aftertaste and will have your taste buds begging for me! The cream cheese added to the recipe cuts some of the sweetness, which makes it a perfect combination! You do want to make sure to cream your sugar and butter.  This is a very important step! If you don’t it will leave your cake very flat. Trust me, I learned this the hard way! You can also substitute the cherry filling for another type of berry filling such as blueberries or strawberries! Whichever berries you choose, you’re going to love this cake!





Decorative Christmas Candies ( made from empty snuff cans!)




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Decorative Christmas Candies ( made from empty snuff cans) 

My husband is a dipper. You can spare us all the “it’s horrible for your health” talks. He knows and I know, so there’s nothing you’d be telling us that we don’t already know. I hate the amount of money we spend on chewing tobacco so I wanted to create something with the snuff cans that made me feel a like some of that money was going back in our pockets. So this year, instead of spending tons of money on Christmas decor I’m using up some of these snuff cans! I have two amazing DIY’s using snuff cans and first up are these Decorative Christmas Candies.

Here are a few ways you can use these Decorative Christmas Candies:

  • Lay them in a decorative bowl with some pine.
  • Glue on a loop of twine and use them as a Christmas ornament.
  • Glue some into a piece of garland.
  • Tie to the front of a Christmas gift OR use as Christmas gifts!

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Materials:

  • Empty Snuff cans ( If no one in your family chews snuff ask friends or co-workers.)
  • Fabric ( I found this beautiful red and white fabric with diagonal stripes at JOANN FABRICS. 1 yard will make about 12 candies)
  • Coffee ( Coffee dying fabric is optional)
  • Thin Twine
  • Rusty Jingle Bells ( 2 per candy)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

How to:

Step 1: I don’t have a picture of this but you are going to want to wash those cans first! I just wash mine with regular dish liquid in the sink. Make sure snuff cans are completely dry before you begin.

Step 2: Cut material into squares that are about 7 1/2 in. X 9 1/2 in. Lay can in the middle of the material, brand-side up, and neatly glue material to the back (brand side) of the can. Think like you are wrapping a gift but don’t do anything with the ends yet.

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Step 3: Cut two pieces of twine. Place a jingle bell on the twine and tie the twine around one end of the material bringing the jingle bell to the front and tie a bow. repeat this process with the other end.

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That’s it! They are literally that simple to make! Enjoy! =)



Semi-Homemade Pepperoni Pizza




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Semi-Homemade Pepperoni Pizza
 Pizza has always been one of my favorites. It’s true what they say! “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This is very true because my son loves pizza as well! I got the kiddos to help me with this recipe because they love pizza, and pizza is such a fun thing to make if you are teaching your kids how to cook. I love knowing that when I make this recipe, there will be none of the “I don’t want this!” arguments regarding what we are going to eat! Another fun idea is to serve this pizza with a mini salad bad. You can give everyone in your family a small bowl of lettuce and let them make their own yummy salad! I try to keep it simple by just laying out cheese, croutons, vegetables and a few salad dressings. These are the types of meals that I love serving to my kiddo! It allows him to use his own creativity in the kitchen. I also love to make this pizza when he has his friends over!
Pizza is kind of a big deal in our home! We normally have pizza once a week, but my favorite is this homemade pizza. I love the simplicity of this recipe. The crust is made from frozen bread dough which makes this recipe a lot easier. Although, you do still have to wait for the dough to rise. You can do this by putting the dough in the fridge overnight, and then lay the dough into a greased bowl, cover, and sit in a warm place to allow it to rise. You want the dough to double in size before you begin working with it. To take this pizza to the next level, I’ve added a thin layer of garlic butter. I like to apply this garlic butter mixture a few times while the pizza is cooking. And, once the pizza is finished cooking, I add one more layer of this buttery, garlic goodness to the pizza. I’ve been told by a few people that my pizza is the best and that I should deliver. I’m a little embarrassed to share this recipe as I feel some people may laugh when they realize that I am not spending all day in the kitchen when I made these pizzas. That’s how truly simple this recipe is! Now, you can add any toppings that you would like for this, but I thought a traditional pepperoni pizza was in order. Keep in mind when making this pizza that you don’t have to stick with just pepperoni as a topping! I’ve added toppings such as bacon, cheese steaks, peppers, and onions. Make it yours!
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