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Craft Corner: Red Metallic Painted Flower Pot4 Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Now that it's fall and beautiful mums are everywhere, we thought this easy craft would be a fun way to incorporate more red and purple at home. This also makes a lovely centerpiece for any fall gatherings you have planned! We have both purple and red metallic paint, so let your creative juices flow. You can go simple like ours or paint the pot metallic purple and paint on red metallic hats or hearts. Have fun!

Red Metallic Painted Flower Pot With Purple Mums

We found our terra cotta pot and paint brush at our local craft store and the potted plant came from a local nursery, but they are local hardware and grocery stores that also carry seasonal plants. We carry the metallic paint at The Red Hat Society Store and you can click the links below to purchase.

Tools

Steps

  1. With a damp cloth or damp paper towel, wipe the terra cotta pot and saucer to remove any surface dirt or dust so that the paint adheres properly.
  2. Squeeze the red metallic paint out (we like to use the back of a pizza box, a paper plate or a cleaned out used yogurt container for holding our paint). Use your brush to apply the paint to both the pot and the saucer. Allow the pot to dry for several hours or overnight and then repeat for a second coat. Let dry completely.
  3. Remove mums from the plastic pot it came in, use your hand to loosen the root ball a little (to encourage good growth) and add to your painted pot. Place inside or outside.

If you'd like to use what we used, find these items at The Red Hat Society Store (click on the links below)

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Craft Corner: Hat-Shaped Chocolates4 Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cupcakes are a perfect portable dessert for a gathering of friends. They're pretty, too! We used candy melts to make these simple red chocolate hats in our hat chocolate mold that makes these red and purple cupcakes even more festive! Try this easy craft for yourself!

Hat-Shaped Chocolates

We made these cupcakes with store-bought red velvet cake mix and store-bought purple frosting, but feel free to make homemade red velvet cake and add purple food coloring to your favorite buttercream frosting recipe. You can find candy melts and decorating bags at your local craft store.

Tools

  • Hat chocolate mold
  • 1 bag of red candy melts (we used Wilton brand)
  • 1 plastic easy-zip baggie or 1-12 inch disposable decorating bags (we used Wilton brand)

Steps

  1. In a  plastic baggie or disposable decorating bag, add a quarter of the bag of red candy melts (about 3 ounces) to one corner of the easy-zip baggie or the disposable decorating bag and place the corner of the bag that contains the melts into a microwavable coffee mug. 
  2. Set the microwave to the defrost setting and microwave the melts in the mug for 2 minutes. Carefully remove mug and knead with your hands to get things melting. Repeat the process, continuing to microwave in 2-minute increments until all of the melts are soft.
  3. Snip the edge of the plastic baggie or decorating bag, but do not oversnip or too much will come out! Start small, you can always snip more if not enough comes out. 
  4. Squeeze the melted chocolate into each mold, but do not overfill. Once the mold is full, gently tap the mold onto a solid, steady surface to remove any air bubbles and allow the chocolate to settle into the mold. Let cool 3 hours or overnight. Flex the plastic mold to pop the chocolates out of the mold. Add to decorated cupcakes!

If you'd like to use what we used, find these item at The Red Hat Society Store (click on the links below)

Hat Chocolate Mold 
High Heel Chocolate Mold
Butterfly Chocolate Mold

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Craft Corner: Paper Mache Mini Gift Boxes4 Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sometimes you want to make a gift extra special and we have an easy craft that will help you do just that! We purchased these cute craft boxes from our local craft store and attached our decorative scrapbook paper to each box to make them stand out. It's really easy!

Paper Mache Mini Gift Boxes

Tools

  • Gift boxes from your local craft store
  • Decorative scrapbook paper (see links below for what we use)
  • Elmer's glue
  • Scissors
  • Small craft paint brush

Steps

  1. Trace the shape of the lid and box on the backside of the decorative scrapbook paper.
  2. Cut out the shapes of the top side and bottom of both the lid and box.
  3. Water down some of the Elmer's glue and use a small craft paint brush to brush on the watered down glue. Press the glued paper to the box and its lid. Let dry overnight.

If you'd like to use what we used, find these items at the Red Hat Society Store (click on the links below)

 


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