Who doesn’t love s’mores? I’m a huge fan of summer bonfires and they just aren’t the same without some chocolate and marshmallows between graham crackers, you know? But even if you’re not planning on having any bonfires in the near future, you can still enjoy the flavor of a good s’more in pie form. I came up with this super easy recipe last week and it went over pretty well around here.
S’mores Pie Ingredients:
- pre-made graham cracker pie crust in round pan
- 1 package of instant chocolate pudding mix
This is probably the easiest pie recipe you’ll ever try. Start by pre-heating your oven to 350. Then make your instant chocolate pudding mix according to the directions on the box. Once the pudding has set, spoon it into the pie crust. Then it’s time to add the marshmallows to the top of the pie. I used jumbo marshmallows so I just put four of them around the rim so they would have room to melt. But you could also use smaller marshmallows (I think that would look better, honestly) and just spread them out so that they almost cover all of the pudding.
Put the pie in the preheated oven for just about five minutes. Watch it to make sure you’re not burning the marshmallows too much (as if that’s a problem…) You should pull the pie out when the top of the marshmallows look a bit toasted. You might need to smoosh (technical term) them down a little bit so that they cover the pie. Cut and serve. Told you it was easy!
So it’s been a few weeks since I’ve actually posted a DIY roundup here and I promise that one day I will not be such a terrible blogger. Here are some cool projects I’ve come across over the past few weeks while slacking on posts.
This is a super easy idea that has probably been done a bunch of times before (pretty much everything has been covered in chalkboard paint). But I still thought it was cool and wanted to share.
All you need for this is a small side table or coffee table, some chalkboard paint, and a sponge. Cover the top of the table with the chalkboard paint so that you can write fun/draw fun things. What would you write or draw on your chalkboard table?
I’m always looking for new ways to display photos around my home. I think regular frames are so boring. So here’s an idea I came up with that’s really easy and adds a cool geometric element.
DIY Diamond Photo Display – what you need:
- 4 or more photos
- a black and white printer
- thin cardboard/cardstock
- a pen
Start by picking out a few of your favorite photos and printing them in black and white. My photos are 4×6 inches, but you can scale them larger or smaller if you so choose. Take a thin piece of cardboard or regular piece of cardstock and fold it in half, then cut out a diamond shape that is even on both sides. Using that as a template, mark a few diamond shapes on each of your photos. Cut them out and space them evenly along your wall. You can use tape to make sure that the lines are straight (I probably should have done that a little, now that I am looking at the pictures).
That’s it! I think I’m going to keep adding photos to mine over the next few weeks/months. But I’m really happy with the way it turned out so far!
Here’s an idea for a really simple wall art project. All you need is a printer or some old black and white comic strips, plus a colored pencil or marker. The idea is to highlight one color with some accents so that it goes with your decor. Here’s how:
Start by picking out a color (or two, if you want) and pick out some comic strips that might allow you to use your color. I chose yellow as my color, so Peanuts comics and Calvin and Hobbes worked pretty well (Calvin’s hair, Charlie Brown’s shirt, etc.). Plus they’re my favorites anyway.
Print out the comics you chose and then simply color in the areas that go with your color. Then you can hang them up on your walls, put them in a journal, or do basically whatever you want with them.
I’m constantly working on little things around my house that aren’t necessarily huge projects. But when you put all of these little projects together, they can make a pretty big difference. Last week, I used some basic stencils and paint to update the flour and sugar containers in my kitchen. It was really simple, but now I have some containers that are more unique. Here’s how you can customize your own:
DIY Painted Ceramic Kitchen Containers – what you need:
- plain ceramic kitchen containers (for flour/sugar/coffee/tea/whatever you keep on your counter)
- adhesive letter stencils
- acrylic paint
- acrylic top coat
As I said, this project is very simple. You just need to adhere the stencils onto your clean containers so that they properly label what’s in each one. Apply a thick layer of paint to the inside of each stencil and let it dry. Remove the stencils and apply a thin top coat.
You can customize this project by varying the fonts used, paint colors, or even adding some design elements around the basic labels. Have fun with it, and you’ll soon have some containers that are completely unique!
I love a good sangria – especially in the summer. But who wants to see their drink get all watered down right away when the ice cubes melt? Luckily, you don’t have to just accept the awful fate that is watered down sangria. Here’s a really simple recipe for wine/sangria ice cubes.
Wine and Fruit Ice Cubes – ingredients:
- red wine
- sprite (optional)
- various fruit
- ice cube tray/freezer
This is really, really simple. Fill an ice cube tray with your favorite red wine that you use for sangria. DON’T just fill it with the sangria itself, because the brandy could make it difficult to freeze fully. If your wine’s alcohol content is high (above 14% or so) you can add just a splash of sprite or water to help it freeze.
Some of the ice cubes should be completely full and others should have a little room. In those, you can add a small piece of fruit or two. I used blueberries and maraschino cherries because I thought they would be a little festive for the Fourth of July. But feel free to customize as you like. Freeze the ice cubes overnight, add them to your sangria, and enjoy!
It’s not technically the weekend anymore, but I was a little too busy to post this yesterday and I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to share all of these great projects. So here’s your weekly dose of DIY goodness:
A few years ago, I bought a huge box of plain white canvas shoes with the intention of customizing and selling them. I didn’t end up following through with those plans, but I did end up with a whole lot of extra shoes. So I have a lot of different tutorials that involve these shoes. Some of them I’ve made already, some are just ideas. Here’s one of my favorites.
DIY Flower Embroidered Shoes – what you need:
- plain canvas shoes
- at least 3 colors of embroidery floss
- embroidery needle
Decide where on your shoes you’d like to add some flowers. Take your main color of embroidery floss and make about four 1/2 inch stitches right next to each other, then make four more running across those perpendicular. Take your second color and make four stitches running diagonally just covering the middle where the two other sections intersect. Then you can take some green (or whatever color) and just make a little leaf running from the center out in between two of the petals. Cover as much of the shoes as you’d like. I did a few different colored flowers but kept them along the sides. I think I might add some more throughout the rest of the shoes. What do you think?
I recently chopped a good portion of my hair off and have been looking for new and different ways to style my new ‘do. I’ve decided that headbands are basically the easiest and therefore the best. So I made this equally easy DIY braided headband. Enjoy the tutorial and also my awkward attempts at photographing it without including my non-made-up face.
DIY Knit Braided Headband – what you need:
- 3 colors of yarn
- knitting needles (I used 6 mm needles)
For this really easy project, you just need to knit three strips of yarn in each different color. Use a stockinette stitch 4 across until the strip is long enough to reach around your head without being stretched. Once you have the three strips, tie the ends and braid them together, then tie around the back of your head. Done! The braid should shorten up the strips just enough so they will fit comfortably around your head while being stretched just a little.