Posts Tagged ‘freebie’



Fortune Cookie Cash Jar

Fortune Cookie Cash Jar // thepapermama.com

Well, just a couple more months and there will be a fresh batch of graduates out there. This is a fun and unique way to give some cash to your special someone! The fortune cookie cash jar makes your graduate work for their gift. Hee. All you have to do is cut out the cookie shape, add some money, and a fortune… then make the cookie. All the instructions and free printables are over on the HP blog.

- Chelsey

Decoupage Easter Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

I know. Easter isn’t until April 20th, but I like making things and I like decorating eggs… So that’s what’s up. Hee! We decorated eggs all weekend at my home. First up, a pressed flower Decoupage Easter Egg. I saw this idea FOREVER ago on the Martha Stewart site, so I decided to make my own version. I used these pressed flowers for an old project from a long time ago (my flower frame). Now I’m using them for this project. I’ve included the printout for you to make your own! Here’s how you can do it…

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- mod Podge

- old brush

- pressed flower printout

- scissors

- white eggs (boiled or blown out)

- skewers

- optional: needle, small bead, and thread

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

Directions:

- Prep your eggs. Boil them, or blow out the yolk for a more permanent decoration.

- Print and cut out the pressed flower printout. Optional: spray a light coat of acrylic sealer on the printout. The Mod Podge could make the printout ink bleed and the spray will prevent that. I did not use spray this time.

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

- Cut out the flowers (leaving a little white border around the flower image, or don’t leave a white border… that’s just a lot of work).

- If you are working with a blown out egg: Put a skewer through the bottom hole in the egg (this makes it easier to mod podge the flowers on).

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

- Brush a light layer of Mod Podge on the back of a flower cutout and press the flower on an egg. Repeat with as many flowers/leaves you would like on your egg. Tip: don’t cover the bottom or top hole of a blown out egg.

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

- Brush on a coat of Mod Podge over all the paper flowers on the egg. Let dry overnight. If you’re mod podging flowers on a boiled egg, you’re done here! If you are working with a blown out egg, continue below.

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

- Grab your needle, bead, and thread. With the threaded needle, push it through the top hole of the egg. Jiggle the egg around until the needle falls through the bottom hole. Keep a little thread sticking out the top egg hole. Knot the bead at the bottom portion of the egg. Pull the thread through and tie a loop to hang the egg from.

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

- Now, let’s cover up that bottom hole. Grab one more flower to mod podge to the bottom. Let the dry for a few hours.

- Hang your egg and enjoy! This would also be a cute gift.

Decoupage Eggs with Free Pressed Flower Printable // thepapermama.com

Happy super early Easter!

- Chelsey

Love Chef Apron DIY with Printable

Love Chef Apron with Printable // thepapermama.com

Celebrate the person you love with my Love Chef Apron DIY (on the HP Create blog)! My hubby is the chef of the family (I make BLT’s and order take-out), so I made this for him when he barbecues. So, check out the full DIY and get the “Love Chef” printable to make your own.

Also, if you have any designs you’d like to see for another free apron print out, I’d love to hear it! In the comments below (or on the HP Apron post), share some design ideas you may have for an apron print out and I’ll make it to share with all of you! Father’s Day isn’t that far away… any ideas?

Happy Thursday!

- Chelsey

P.S. I am a paid contributor on the HP Create website. 

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe & Free Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printable

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

Here’s a real quick intro to the newest contributor for The Paper Mama Blog: Lulu the BakerThis post is sponsored by CourseCraft.
I am of the opinion that cupcakes are the perfect sweet ending to any celebration or event. They have pretty much everything you could ever ask for in a party food. Miniature size? Check! Self-serve-ability? Check! No utensil dirtying? Check! Delicious and cute and colorful and did I mention delicious? Check! I can’t think of a single person I know who doesn’t like cupcakes, or a single holiday that they wouldn’t be perfect for. In honor of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I made sweet little rainbow cupcakes. They’re so party-perfect, and guess what? They’re so easy too! It only takes a few extra minutes of work to get this eye-popping effect. And for an even bigger dose of rainbow cuteness, I topped my rainbow cupcakes with…you guessed it: rainbows!

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

Rainbow Cupcakes Recipe How-to

Supplies:

  • 1 white cake mix, plus all of the ingredients to make it (usually oil, water, and eggs), or your favorite recipe for homemade white cake
  • a large mixing bowl
  • a large spoon or electric mixer
  • 6 small bowls
  • food coloring (you can get by with just red, yellow, and blue if you have to)
  • a small spoon
  • cupcake pans
  • 24 paper cupcake liners (the rainbow striped ones I used were from Shop Lemon Drop)
  • a teaspoon
  • 1 batch cream cheese frosting
  • a frosting spreader or butter knife
  • a 2″ circle punch
  • scissors or a paper trimmer
  • Rainbow Cupcake Topper printable

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

Directions:

1. In the large mixing bowl, make the white cake batter according to package directions.

2. Divide the cake batter evenly among the 6 small bowls. You should get about 1/2 cup of batter per bowl.

3. Add 15 drops of food coloring to each bowl. For the red (really pink), use all red. For the orange, use orange food coloring or a combination of red and yellow. For the yellow, use all yellow. For the green, use green food coloring or a combination of blue and yellow. For the blue, use all blue. For the purple, use purple food coloring or a combination of blue and red. In all instances, only use 15 drops of food coloring TOTAL per bowl. Mix well with a small spoon, and rinse the spoon in between colors.

4. Put the paper cupcake liners in the cupcake pans.

5. Put 1 teaspoon of purple batter in the bottom of each cupcake paper. If you still have leftover purple batter after you’ve put a teaspoon in each cup, distribute the leftover batter among the cupcakes papers. Repeat the process with the blue batter, then green, yellow, orange, and finally pink.

6. Bake the cupcakes according to package directions. Allow to cool completely.

7. Using the frosting spreader or butter knife, frost the cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

8. To make the rainbow cupcake toppers, begin by downloading the printable pdf. Once the file is saved to your computer, open it and print it. I scaled it to about 94% so nothing would be cut off, and chose the “Best” quality option.

9. Punch each rainbow circle out with the 2″ circle punch, then use the scissors or paper trimmer to cut each circle in half.

10. Gently push a paper rainbow into the frosting on each cupcake. Voila! A rainbow extravaganza!

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe and Rainbow Cupcake Topper Printables // Lulu the Baker for thepapermama.com

- Melissa, Lulu the Baker

This Rainbow Cupcake Recipe post was sponsored by the very fun site, CourseCraft:

CourseCraft // thepapermama.com

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