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How to make fun shaped pasta and desserts

 

pasta roller Right: “valentine brownies” | by lagotic (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3609/3325988095_e66f3abb72.jpg); Left : “Ravioli” | by Markus Reuter (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5027/5573131169_011512f43f.jpg) via Creative Commons

If you want to spruce things up for your next dinner or get-together that you are hosting, making fun shaped ravioli for dinner and cupcakes for dessert will surely bring a smile to your guests’ faces. Here’s how you can make these delectable dishes:

Ravioli Shapes

Since ravioli does need to be sealed, using shapes like stars or horseshoes would not be practical and can make cooking them difficult. Ravioli stamps are available in circles, squares and even triangles and rectangles so creating a medley of these shapes in your dish will definitely be noticed! Follow these steps:

  1. After you have made your pasta dough, run it through your pasta roller to create your sheets of ravioli dough.
  2. Brush egg wash all over one sheet of ravioli dough to act as glue.
  3. Use a tablespoon to scoop the filling you have made onto the same sheet with egg was. Place as many tablespoons as you can on the sheet while giving enough room in between them to allow your ravioli stamps accurately cut your ravioli shape.
  4. Place another sheet of ravioli dough onto your sheet that has filling, and press down the sheet around the filling to make for a clean edge when cutting the ravioli
  5. Use your ravioli stamps in the shapes you’ve chosen and cut out the pieces of ravioli.  You can create semi-circles by using half the amount of filling per ravioli and folding circle shaped ravioli in half. If you want to take an extra step to secure the filling, you can press the ravioli’s edges down with a fork.

Now your fun shaped ravioli is ready to be cooked and enjoyed!

Fun shaped desserts

For dessert, you can bake sweet treats like brownies or mini cakes in shapes like stars, flowers, and hearts by using a silicone baking mold. They also come in seasonal shapes like four-leaf clovers, Christmas trees, and Easter eggs so you can create your own collection to use for holiday events!

What are your favorite shapes to work with when cooking tasty treats?

Easy ways to organize your school supplies

spacemaker pencil box Creative Commons | EvelynGiggles (http://www.flickr.com/photos/evelynishere/5300813570/)

Students juggle with studies, homework and leisure. Some kids may make excuses to avoid their school work. One of the main reasons behind this is that school work sometimes doesn’t seem interesting to kids. You can make your kid’s school work more interesting with some affordable and attractive school supplies. Proper school supplies can fetch higher grades for your kid because these items allow him to pick and use the right thing at the right time without wasting time. Here are some ideas that can help you cheer your children for school work. These ideas can also help you organize all the school supplies.

  • Create a study room or spot at home

Elementary school kids require things like crayons, markers and pencils whereas college students need things like pens, pencils etc. Therefore, you must create a study spot for your kid. You can use some chairs and large table for this. This helps you keep the school supplies at one place. You can use the table’s drawers to store some pencils, pens and erasers. You can also use different jars to store these things if your table doesn’t have drawers. Creating a study room or spot helps your kid perform and concentrate properly. Every elementary school and college student needs some school supplies.

  • Choose a spacious pencil box

Elementary as well as college students can pick some nice pencil boxes according to their age. For instance frosted plastic pencil boxes from PrintGlobe will be ideal for college students. These pencil boxes are simple and sophisticated. Available in various attractive colors, they allow you to store all your stationary items including pens, pencils, rulers, protractors etc. You can take this compact pencil box to your college every single day. You can pick a rubbermaid spacemaker 12 compartment art supply station from Pens N More if you want a more spacious box that could store your calculator. This spacemaker pencil box is suitable for elementary as well as college students. It provides you accessible storage for your scissors, crayons, markers, glue and more. Featuring eight large and divided compartments, this is a spacious spacemaker pencil box that comes with a removable four-compartment center bucket.

Make a floor cushion with a tire

Make a floor cushion with a tire

A floor cushion is handy in the living room, the kids sit on it in their room. And a cushion on the floor takes up less space than a Chair. Found on Pinterest, learn how to make a floor cushion with the recycling spirit.

How to make a floor cushion by yourself

floor cushion tire

A tire will be a perfect support to serve as basis for your cushion. It is round, 5-8″ tall, which is perfect to turn it into a floor cushion. And to get a tire is easy like going to a junkyard or  your dealership, or simply to recycle your own when changing those of your car.
This being done, you need a big spool of rope that you find in a store and a glue gun and a small pot of clear lacquer.
Before starting the manufacture of your cushion, measure the diameter of the tire, deduct 1 ” and then cut out or cut in the carpentry Department two round in the plywood from 1/6″ to the measures that you have obtained.

Strengthen the base of the floor cushion

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To give a solid foundation for the ground cushion, screw a disk of plywood above/below the tire with one screw wood every 2″ away from the circumference. Make sure the wood is well centered to the side of the tire.

Decorate the cushion with rope

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The objective is to stick the rope as if you’re a roll of licorice. Hand glue gun first set in the center of the future cushion a few centimeters of rope forming a spiral. Continue in the same way up to cover the height of the pad and cut the rope on the last lap. The glue being immediate, return the tire and cover the surface with the same method.

Paint pad

Why painting the rope? To give a more sophisticated look and harden the cups. According to the used varnishes, apply one or two coats with enough drying time.
Deco Tip: If you don’t have a glue gun, use a tube of glue style trim, the result will be the same.

Voila, you have done a great floor cushion with almost nothing and the pleasure of doing it by yourself !

Last thing! Tired of it or too uncomfortable?, this would make a good combo bed/scratching post for a cat. Thanks to our Reddit readers!

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How To Make A Pinata

How To Make A Pinata?

The pinata, this old tradition of North America is nowadays a star birthdays Games activity. Kids love playing this game which is raining on them with candies, confetti and knick-knacks. The pinata is a colorful figure that we garnishes with sweets . If you do not want to buy, it is quite possible to make yourself pretty pinatas… And we immediately shows you how!

 

How To Make A Pinata

What do you need to make your own piñata

Don’t worry, make a piñata at home is not difficult. However, you need a discreet place to hide your masterpiece for a few days, the time it dries. A place away from the small snoops so that at the D-day , you will make them a very nice surprise.

To make a piñata, you need:

  • An inflatable balloon: choose one that is very solid and extensible. Indeed, your balloon should not break or deflate during frequent handling.
  • Old newspapers: you can also choose layers of tissue paper.
  • Glue for wallpaper: you can buy. Alternatively, you can make it yourself. To do this, you need water and flour that you whip well .
  • Paint
  • Paper colored crepe
  • Ribbons
  • Tape, a stapler, a needle
  • Scissors
  • Candies and small toys
  • A headband
  • One stick

Materials to make a pinata

 

Manufacturing Steps

It is a rather messy work, then it is better to work on a vinyl tablecloth that will be easy to clean. Also wear a washable apron.

Start by inflating the balloon. Knot the end and then hang it between two chairs with a string.

 

pinata balloon inflated

Then, prepare your glue. For this, take a pot, and put in a cup of water and a cup of flour. Put the pan over a low heat and mix the contents. When the glue has taken, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool down.

Now take the newspapers. Cut strips with which you cover your balloon. But first, dip in glue. When you cover the balloon, let a big enough space around the node. This will be the opening of the piñata by which you are going to fill it. When it’s done, let dry the piñata for at least 24 hours in a well-lit place. You can also use a hairdryer.

The next day, you will have a hard pinata. Take the needle or the pair of scissors to drill the balloon. After remove it. If you want to retrieve your balloon, deflate it just by loosening the cord.

 

how to make a pinata - crepe paper

Now, you can work on the decoration of your masterpiece. To do this, tape it on a bowl, head upwards so that you can more easily manipulate. You can paint your pinata with different colors, or decorate it with different coloured crepe papers. Use a stapler to staple the Ribbon. Another idea is also to affix on your piñata animals stickers, Comic characters… This will make a nice effect. You can choose what may appeal to your child.

When the  décor step is made, fill your pinata with candies and small toys: action figures, rings, earrings, chocolates… and presto, your piñata is ready, there is more to suspend it!

 

pinata fill up

A piñata made with cardboard !

If you have earlier used the balloon to make a pinata, you can also do it with cardboard. And there, the opportunities are very wide. You can make a boat pinata for your boy, a beautiful castle pinata for a little girl, a pinata in the shape of giant star, Crown-shaped, of ice-cream… Everything is possible, your imagination is your only limit.

We will show you how to make a lovely pinata Silver Star shaped with cardboard. To do this, you will need:

    • Two sheets of cardboard
    • Silver crepe paper
    • White glue
    • A pair of scissors
    • A pencil brush

Start by drawing a star on the first sheet of cardboard. Cut it. Reproduce this form the same way on the other sheet by routing the shape with the pencil. Then, cuts several bands about 3 In thick with the rest of the cardboard. Attach them around the first star with tape. Take the other Star and glue it on the strips. Before completely closing your pinata, insert candies, small toys and confectionery. Now, this is the step of the decoration. Take the crepe paper and cut in section of about 2 in . Make the fringe. Then glue them on the star cardboard. First the bottom, then gradually go up. Continue this way on the other side and finish with the sides. And voila!, your Silver Star is ready!

 

pinata silver star

DIY candle chandelier

chandelier of candles | by jm 3 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jm3/4685744/) via creative commoms

 

Have you noticed the current trend of placing candle chandelier in the room to give it a rustic look? It does look lovely and charming when placed over the dining table. If you are not comfortable placing real candles on the plank, then consider placing electric ones. In this blog post, we are going to show you the trick of making your very own chandelier in a few easy steps.

What you need:

  • Wooden plank
  • Regular hooks
  • Versa Hooks- Cobra anchors
  • Spray paint
  • Electric or real candles of various heights

How to do it:

  1. Grab a piece of plank from the local hardware store to use it as the base of the chandelier. Make sure the breadth and the length of the plank complements the room’s dimension. If you plan to keep it over your dining table then choose a size that suits the table’s size.
  2. Spray the wooden plank to a color that matches the rest of the room’s décor.
  3. Now pull out your hammer screwdrivers set and attach the four hooks on each side of the freshly painted plank in order to attach the four chains to it.
  4. Now firmly put the Versa hooks in the ceiling that will hold and hang this candle chandelier by the chains.
  5. Finally, place real candles or electric candles of various heights on top of the plank to give it one final touch.

How do you like this diy project? Do you plan to take it up soon?