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Tutorial on how to make pom poms

Let me show you how to make pom poms.  Once you see how easy and fun it is, you’ll want to make them all day long!

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

I can still remember the sound of my mom knitting in the family room. That clink of the two long metal needles meeting and then the slooooow sliding sound that was quickly interrupted by another clink. It was so soothing to hear the curious repetition of the fast and slow movements of her hands and needles. They mysteriously created beautiful ponchos and mittens and hats for my sister and me to wear through the winter months. Matching of course.  I remember trying to mimic her movements with her needles. Crisscrossing them in a dramatic fury thinking that somehow I would magically learn how to make the same beautiful music with them that would eventually turn into a velvety masterpiece. She tried to teach me to knit but I was never able to master the technique. I did however learn to make sweet little yarn pom poms with a round of cardboard. As of late, I’ve been craving an evening project to calm my mind and hands after the long rushed days. I decided to snoop around the internet to remind myself how to make pom poms out of yarn.

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

Some people still do it the old fashioned way, with cardboard rounds, but I discovered that others use a fork. I gave it a whirl and I must say that I am smitten with the technique. Wait until you see how to make pom poms. It’s easier than pie. Wrap the yarn around the tines of a fork until you’ve achieved the thickness you want. Then thread a piece of yarn through the center tine (below the ball of yarn you’ve woven) and tie the ball of yarn (in half) tightly with a double knot.

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

Slide the ball of yarn off the fork and cut each looped edge with scissors.

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

Fluff the pom pom and trim off any uneven pieces. And that’s it! Do you believe how simple it is!?

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

It was rather fun making different sizes of pom poms with a variety of forks. The tiny little pom pom is just so dear.

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

I am now hopelessly addicted to the delightfully mindless process of making little yarn snowballs. Even though I’m not making music with metal needles like my mom used to do, I find myself smiling with the same satisfaction of listening to her do so.  I think you will too.

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

Can’t wait to share what I’ve done with all 432 pom poms I’ve made.

Supplies for making yarn pom poms ::

  • spool of yarn
  • fork (or a variety of sizes of forks)
  • scissors

Wishing you many relaxing evenings of making music in your mind whilst making pom poms,

Wenderly

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Wine Tag Hostes Gift

Glitter letter wine tags make the perfect simple yet sophisticated hostess gift when attending any gathering, grand or intimate.

Wine Tag Hostess Gift

For years I have been embellishing bottles with different various letters and tags as hostess gifts! I keep a special drawer full of all sorts of different chipboard letters and glitter glue, (that I buy from my local craft stores) so that I’m prepared with a moments notice. During the holiday season especially, I find myself needing a last minute hostess gift more often than not.

Wine Tag Hostess Gift

I’ve always loved the way a simple initial can instantly personalize almost anything with a simple sophistication. I put these letters on almost anything, including packages and bags and I even use them for place cards and wine glass tags. But I had never realized how much other people enjoyed them until I was at a friends house and there on her bulletin board hung a glittered letter that I had given her years before. She caught me noticing it and instantly gushed about how much she loved it and whenever she saw it there it made her smile and feel happy.

Wine Tag Hostess Gift

And that’s just what a gift, no matter how big or how small, should do to the receiver shouldn’t it? Make them feel happy and smile.

Wishing you a blessed New Year full of sparkle!

Wenderly

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Easy Gingerbread House

This easy gingerbread house will inspire your children and your inner child, to relish in the magical moments of childhood without all the stress and mess.

Easy Gingerbread House

There’s no reason not to make an easy gingerbread house with your kids (or by yourself) this year! All you’ll need are a few simple items and a big dose of imagination!

Easy Gingerbread House

I’m so excited that my all white living room  has an adorable new addition this week! My fourteen year old daughter has been chomping at the bit to make a gingerbread house ever since Thanksgiving. This past weekend we bought some graham crackers, a container of white frosting, some shredded coconut and an assortment of all white candies and she went to town with her creativity. I am beyond smitten with the way her sweet angelic gingerbread house turned out!

Easy Gingerbread House

She glued the graham crackers together with my glue gun to create an instant structure to decorate. How’s that for an easy gingerbread house? No baking and cracking! (If you don’t have a glue gun, don’t worry! You could use a craft glue and then let it set for a few hours or overnight and then decorate once it’s dry.) After painting the gingerbread house with white icing she used the white candies to create patterns and decorations then used her offset spatula to put dollops of icing icicles all around the roofline. The trees were made with some ice cream cones that she covered in icing and then sprinkled with sugar for a sparkly shimmer. The ground is covered in a shredded coconut snow. Now how easy was that?

Easy Gingerbread House

And it just couldn’t be any cuter in my opinion! It’s the perfect way to spend some time as a family and tap into that imagination & creativity without all the stress and mess, not to mention have a beautiful centerpiece to showcase in you home!

If you want to make your own easy gingerbread house, here are the items you’ll need :

  • graham crackers
  • glue gun (or a craft glue)
  • ice cream cones
  • white icing
  • sugar (for a frosty shimmer)
  • shredded coconut
  • a plate (to create your gingerbread house on)
  • an assortment of candies (we used all white but you can use any color combo you like!)
  • an offset spatula (or any kind of knife that will easily spread the icing)

Wishing you a Christmas full of creativity!

Wenderly

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DIY Snow Globes

You’ll fall in love with these DIY snow globes. You’ll feel as if you’re peering through the glass of a window pane into a winter wonderland.

DIY Snow Globes

There’s just something so magical about catching a glimpse of the new fallen snow through a cold glass window pane. The world seems frozen in time, wrapped in a blanket of powdered sugar that sends a gentle hush throughout the land. Snow globes have always been a close second to the real thing for me. I could spend hours looking through a glass dome into an enchanted snow covered kingdom.

DIY Snow Globes

As of late I’ve had a desire to make some of my own magic with snow globes. I’ve seen so many different beautiful snow globes through the years, mostly made with mason jars but I wanted something larger, more elegant and sophisticated. I found these lovely apothecary jars a T.J. Maxx and I knew in an instant that they were just the perfect vessel to hold a dreamy winter scene.

DIY Snow Globes

I decided to use a soft marabou feather boa as the snow in the bottom of my jars. I trimmed them into pieces and curled them around the base of the jars. I adore the ethereal feel they give against the textures of the trees.

DIY Snow Globes

I added some white antique reindeer throughout the winter scene and finished it off with a single white feathered tree.  I find myself walking into my foyer throughout the day just to gaze at the snow globe collection and delight that little girl in me who still loves to get lost in a snow globe.

DIY Snow Globes

Make some winter wonderland magic with your own DIY snow globes this year! They’re a simple way add a beautiful vignette in any spot in your home!

Supplies for DIY snow globes ::

  • apothecary jars (I suggest 3 sizes. It a magical number in decorating)
  • white miniature trees of different heights (I found mine at JoAnn Fabric and the Dollar Store)
  • white marabou boas for the snow inside the jars (I found mine a JoAnn Fabrics)
  • miniature white reindeer (mine are antiques but I found some sweet white crystal ornaments you could use on Amazon here )
  • white feather tree (I got mine at Target last year but I found a similar one on Amazon here)

I’ve been adorning my home in all white all season long and I’m absolutely smitten with it! In case you missed my other posts, here they are for some more whimsical white Christmas inspiration!

May your Christmas be merry and all WHITE!

Wenderly

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Herb Butter Recipe

Herb butter adds a special touch and flavorful accent to any meal. Mold the herb butter into individual servings shaped like a leaf for an added wow factor!

Herb Butter Recipe

This year for Thanksgiving I’ve decided to treat each of my guests to their very own herb butter pat shaped like a leaf. You won’t believe how incredibly easy it is to make!

Herb Butter Recipe

With all of the delicious flavors going on at our Thanksgiving table I chose to make a very simple herb butter that complimented rather than competed. I went with a thyme butter.

Herb Butter Recipe

The thyme butter just gives a gentle savory suggestion of flavor to the rolls and mashed potatoes as well as the vegetables or even the turkey! And the best news is that it takes only moments to put together!  I just let the butter soften to room temperature, added a teaspoon of dried thyme and mixed until incorporated. Then I spread the herb butter into a plastic leaf mold sheet (that is usually used for chocolates) and popped it into the fridge for a few hours.

Herb Butter Recipe

That’s it! How easy is that? If you’re looking for leaf molds click here. If you don’t have the thyme (sorry, I couldn’t resist) to find some molds, no worries!  Just roll your butter into a loaf wrapped in wax paper and then cover with foil and chill until set.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wenderly

Herb Butter Recipe
Author: Wenderly | Wendy Hondroulis
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 12 pats
Thyme herb butter adds a special touch and flavorful accent to any meal. Mold the herb butter into individual servings shaped like a leaf for an added wow factor!
Ingredients
  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Instructions
  1. Let the butter soften to room temperature.
  2. Place butter in a bowl, add dried thyme and mix until incorporated.
  3. Spread the herb butter into the leaf molds taking care to wipe off the excess around the edges of the leaf shapes.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  5. Gently pop out the leaf shapes onto a plate (if you put your serving plate in the freezer beforehand, the butter will stay cold longer).
  6. Serve & enjoy!

 

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Easy Turkey Cookies

Make room for these adorable turkey cookies on your Thanksgiving dessert table! Kids big and small will love these sandwich cookies turned turkey!

Easy Turkey Cookies

There will be a new sweet treat joining the plethora of pies on the dessert table this year! Chocolate covered sandwich cookies topped with a chocolate kiss and a fan of fruit leather are all you’ll need to to make these turkey cookies. Make them ahead or set up a station and invite your younger guests to busy themselves with making their very own turkey creations!

Easy Turkey Cookies

These festive turkey cookies could even be used as place cards if you wish! Just tuck a thin strip of paper with your guests name in between the fruit leather feathers. How cute is that?

Easy Turkey Cookies

Whether you make your turkey cookies ahead or entertain the kiddos with an edible sweet-treat-turkey-making-station, I can guarantee a fun element of whimsy will be enjoyed by all as they indulge in one of these turkey cookies.

Supplies you’ll need to make the turkey cookies :

  • sandwich cookies
  • chocolate melts
  • red & orange fruit leather strips
  • gold dragees
  • small tube red gel icing
  • small leaf cookie cutter

What you’ll do :

Melt the chocolate melts according to package instructions. Cut fruit leather with a small leaf cookie cutter into as many leaf feathers as you like (I used 4 leaf feathers on each cookie). Open cookie and spread melted chocolate over the center icing (take care not to put too much or it will squeeze out the sides). Lay the fruit leather leaves on the melted chocolate in a fan along top half of cookie. Put the top cookie back on and gently squeeze to help seal cookies back together. Spread melted chocolate on top of cookie. Place a chocolate kiss onto melted chocolate and let set a few minutes. Put two dabs of melted chocolate on kiss where eyes should go (I used a clean paint brush to do this). Place gold dragees on the dabs of chocolate and hold in place with finger for a few seconds. Squirt a small line of red gel icing to to side of the tip of the chocolate kiss to make the turkey gobbler.
Enjoy!

Wishing you & yours a very sweet Thanksgiving!

Wenderly

Easy Turkey Cookies
Author: Wenderly | Wendy Hondroulis
Make room for these adorable turkey cookies on your Thanksgiving dessert table! Kids big and small will love these sandwich cookies turned turkey!
Ingredients
  • sandwich cookies
  • chocolate melts
  • red & orange fruit leather
  • gold dragees
  • small tube of red gel icing
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate melts according to package instructions.
  2. Cut fruit leather with a small leaf cookie cutter into as many leaf feathers as you like (I used 4 leaf feathers on each cookie).
  3. Open cookie and spread melted chocolate over the center icing (take care not to put too much or it will squeeze out the sides).
  4. Lay the fruit leather leaves on the melted chocolate in a fan along top half of cookie.
  5. Put the top cookie back on and gently squeeze to help seal cookies back together.
  6. Spread melted chocolate on top of cookie.
  7. Place a chocolate kiss onto melted chocolate and let set a few minutes.
  8. Put two dabs of melted chocolate on kiss where eyes should go (I used a clean paint brush to do this).
  9. Place gold dragees on the dabs of chocolate and hold in place with finger for a few seconds.
  10. Squirt a small line of red gel icing to to side of the tip of the chocolate kiss to make the turkey gobbler.
  11. Enjoy!

 

 

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Mummy Marshmallow Pops

Mummy Marshmallow Pops make a big impression with a minimal amount of work! Halloween is a just a few days away, trick everyone with this easy treat!

Mummy Marshmallow Pops

Marshmallow pops have become a favorite at our house. I first fell in love with the idea a few years ago when I made these 4th of July marshmallow pops! Ever since, my mind automatically begins to conjure up a new version every time one season melts into another. I just can’t help myself.

I thought that these marvelous mummies just screamed Halloween!

Well they would if they had a mouth. Ha.

Mummy Marshmallow Pops

I like to use decorative straws rather than lollipop sticks to give an added visual punch (you can find them at Target or any craft store). I couldn’t decide which size marshmallow had the cutest *cute* factor so I used both!

Mummy Marshmallow Pops

Other than marshmallows and straws, candy eyes and candy melts are all you’ll need to create these little sweeties.

Mummy Marshmallow Pops

Mummy Marshmallow Pops

Mummy Marshmallow Pops

Wishing you a very Happy Halloween full of sweet treats and spooky tricks!

Wenderly

Mummy Marshmallow Pops
Author: Wenderly
Mummy Marshmallow Pops make a big impression with a minimal amount of work!
Ingredients
  • Large marshmallows
  • Regular sized marshmallows
  • white candy melts
  • candy eyes
  • black and white straws
Instructions
  1. Insert one straw into marshmallow.
  2. Melt candy melts according to package directions.
  3. Stir melted candy with a small spoon, hold marshmallow over the the bowl and drizzle melted candy dripping from the spoon, back and forth, all over marshmallow, creating the lines or ribbons of the mummy head.
  4. Place 2 candy eyes on top of the drizzled melted candy.
  5. Put marshmallow pops, straw down, into some floral foam to dry.
  6. Enjoy!

 

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Halloween Treats :: Monster Cookie Pops

Need a last minute Halloween treat? These bright and colorful monster pops made with sandwich cookies and candy melts are the perfect put-together-last-minute solution!

Halloween Treats Monster Cookie Pops

No baking or making of icing with these darling monster cookie pops! Just buy some sandwich cookies, candy melts, googly eyes and assorted candies of your choice to decorate the fun faces!

Halloween Treats Monster Cookie Pops

The key to making these cookie pops a success is to insert the lollipop stick into the icing inside and then seal with melted candy melts before putting the cookie back together! That way the cookie pops stay nice and secure on the stick.

Halloween Treats Monster Cookie Pops

Halloween Treats Monster Cookie Pops

Treat yourself this Halloween and make some monster cookie pops! They’re as easy and fast as the are adorable!

Happy cookie pop making!

Wenderly

Halloween Treats :: Monster Cookie Pops
Cuisine: Treats
Author: Wenderly
Need a last minute Halloween treat? These bright and colorful monster pops made with sandwich cookies and candy melts are the perfect put-together-last-minute solution!
Ingredients
  • sandwich cookies
  • different color candy melts
  • candy googly eyes
  • candy teeth
  • thin black licorice
  • red hot candy
  • lollipop sticks
Instructions
  1. Slowly open sandwich cookie so that you don’t break the cookie.
  2. Once opened, slide a lollipop stick up into the icing about 1/2 way. Wipe away icing that was pushed out of the way.
  3. Melt a variety of colored candy melts in microwave according to package instructions.
  4. Smooth some melted candy melt with an offset spatula or knife onto the opened cookie and over the lollipop stick.
  5. Put sandwich cookie back together and wait a few minutes for it to dry and seal the cookie closed with the lollipop stick inside.
  6. Cover surface of cookie with melted candy melts and use your imagination to decorate scary and funny faces with candies.
  7. Enjoy!

 

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Pumpkin Ideas :: Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

Tis the season for fun and festive pumpkin ideas, fabulous costumes and evenings spent whispering ghost stories around a fire pit.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

Every October my mind begins to swirl with a plethora of festive pumpkin ideas. First of all I adore pumpkins and secondly , since I was a wee little nipper,  I have loved every single moment of the pumpkin carving experience. From sketching out ideas for just the right face, to reaching my hand into the cold stringy goo, to roasting the harvested seeds, I love the tradition of carving pumpkins.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

In fact, I still treasure the experience today with my girls even though their tiny chubby hands that I once held and helped navigate the slippery orange orbs have grown into long beautifully manicured ones that can carve and cutout the most amazing creations.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

The other night as we huddled around the newspaper filled island, brainstorming our pumpkin ideas, I was struck with a glowing idea!! What would happen if I used glow sticks inside the carved pumpkins instead of candles????

Magic would happen, that’s what.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

Red and yellow and green glowing marvelously magical pumpkins that won’t catch on fire or blowout (and can even become your very own night light in your bedroom if you wish).

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

And that’s part of what makes Halloween so much fun if you ask me. The marvelous magic that falls over the land for an evening of pure imagination.

More fun & festive Pumpkin Ideas :: 

Wishing you & yours a magical Halloween,

Wenderly

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Easter Eggs Covered In Sugar And Fondant

Dress up your Easter eggs this year with some sweet fondant shapes encrusted with sparkling sugar. They’re edible but almost to pretty to eat!

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This year we decided to gussy up our Easter eggs. Add a little glitz and glam if you will. I mean why do cookies and cakes get to have all the fun?

three-sugared-easter-eggs-with-fondant-inegg-holders

Oh sure, we still went through the traditional steps of dying our boiled eggs with little tablets of dye dropped into vinegar and water.

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It’s what we did with them after their colorful bath that made it so fun!

three-sugared-easter-eggs-butterfly-in-front

This year I wanted to do something a little different and I thought “why not use sweet confections to dress up our eggs”?!  I went to my local craft store and bought some white sanding sugar,

white-egg-sugared

as well as some pre-made pastel colored fondant that I cut it into little Eastery shapes with teeny tiny cookie cutters.

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I dyed the hard boiled eggs, let them dry, brushed them with egg whites (just to keep it all green and non-toxic) and then carefully rolled them in sugar.

pink-egg-sugared

I experimented with some already colored sanding sugar but I noticed the dye from the sugar started to melt onto the egg and it just looked messy to me. So I stuck to the pre-colored egg rolled in white sugar and got the effect that I was going for. I thought that the fondant shapes looked sweet dressed in sugar as well.

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We used the egg whites for sugaring the fondant shapes as well as adhering them to the eggs. Just make sure that everything dries before moving on to the next step.

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Let your imagination go! We even made a few polka dotted eggs. Don’t you just love polka dots!?

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I used a straw to make the fondant circles.

Note: If by chance the fondant sticks inside the straw, don’t worry, just blow it out. My daughter relished in pointing that handy tip out to me when I became perplexed that my fondant circle stuck inside the straw. I shall never live that one down. 

Look how sweet the plain colored egg looks with just the sugared the fondant shape.

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Isn’t that dear?

I’m planning to use these adorable eggs to decorate each place setting at the Easter table.

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You could even use blown out eggs and save these little dearies to use again and again. As a matter of fact, these sweet little eggs remind me of my beloved sugar eggs that I used to relish in when I was a little girl. Do you remember those? The entire egg was made of hardened sugar, hollowed out and pipped with colorful icing. The end was open and inside sat a delightful surprise! Sweet little scenes of bunnies and spring flowers that were made of icing too! I used to gaze into those magical eggs for hours on end. Those precious memories guided me as I created these precious little dearies.

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Simple, sweet, sugared eggs. How fun is that?

Wishing you an Easter that’s as sweet as can be!

~Wenderly

Easter Eggs Covered In Sugar And Fondant
Recipe Type: Easter Eggs
Author: Wendy Hondroulis |Wenderly
Dress up your Easter eggs this year with some sweet fondant shapes encrusted with sparkling sugar. They’re edible but almost to pretty to eat!
Ingredients
  • hard boiled eggs
  • easter egg dye
  • pre-made colored fondant
  • sanding sugar
  • egg whites
  • tiny cookie cutters
  • straw to make polka dots
Instructions
  1. Dye hard boiled eggs with easter egg dye. (I left a few plain white as well)
  2. Once eggs are completely dried, brush them with egg whites and roll in sanding sugar and let dry.
  3. Cut fondant into small spring shapes with tiny cookie cutters. I covered some of the small shaped with sugar and left others plain fondant.
  4. Brush the backs of fondant shapes and stick to eggs. Take care not to push to hard to crack egg or rub off sugar.
  5. Use the end of a straw to make make polka dots. Gently blow end of straw if the circles get stuck. Brush the polka dots and stick onto eggs.
Notes
Let your creativity run wild! You can hunt these gorgeous eggs, set them out for display, use them as table decorations or even to greet guests at each place setting.