RECIPE: Carrot Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe: Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting #easter #dessert #homemade
Carrot cake is a flavor I often overlook, but love. I’ve been getting into the Easter spirit and decided to make Carrot Cupcakes. This was my first time baking carrot cake from scratch and I chose this recipe from Averie Cooks as my guide. The result was so delicious; they quickly disappeared from my kitchen. They are the perfect blend of sweet and spice and have a moist, soft texture. Plus the addition of the Robin’s Eggs and nuts on top added even more yummy-ness to this Easter treat.

Recipe: Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting #easter #dessert #homemade

Recipe: Carrot Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Easter
Serves: 18 cupcakes
Ingredients
  • Cupcakes:
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup sour cream (or greek yogurt)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • Pinch of salt (to taste)
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 3 medium carrots, coarsely grated (about 1 ½ cups)
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)

  • Frosting:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened (about ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar (more or less as desired)
  • Crushed pecans (optional)
  • Whoppers Mini Robin’s Eggs (optional)
Instructions
  1. To make the cupcakes, first preheat oven to 350F. Line two muffin trays with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl (I used my electric mixer), whisk together the first 11 ingredients until combined.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and stir until just combined (don’t over mix).
  4. Next fold in the carrots and raisins.
  5. Fill each cupcake liner ⅔ full. I got 18 cupcakes, but you may get more or less depending on how full you fill each liner. Be careful not to fill them any higher than ¾ full or they will overflow when baked in the oven.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. While the cupcakes cool, make the frosting. With your electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla on high until light and fluffy.
  8. Slowly add in the powdered sugar until you get your desired frosting consistency. 1 ½ cups was perfect for me, but feel free to adjust to your own tastes.
  9. Frost the cooled cupcakes then add about a teaspoon of crushed pecans to the top of each to form a nest. Then add three Mini Robin’s Eggs for the final touch.

Recipe: Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting #easter #dessert #homemade

DIY: Quick & Easy Peep Skewers

Peep Skewers #easter #favor #gift #candy
Spring is here and Easter is right around the corner! I love coming up with simple, fun ways to celebrate the season and this year I decided to make these colorful Peep Skewers to give to my friends and family. I absolutely LOVE bright colors and making these candy favors was just what I needed to get me excited for spring.

Peep Skewers #easter #favor #gift #candy
Peep Skewers #easter #favor #gift #candy

Quick & Easy Easter Favor: Peep Skewers
 
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Recipe type: Dessert Favor
Ingredients
  • Peeps® marshmallow candies (1 package of each color)
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Cellophane Bags
  • Ribbon
  • Custom favor tags from Evermine.com
Instructions
  1. To assemble your Peep Skewers all you need to do is open up all your packages of Peeps® candies (I chose the chicks but bunnies would be cute too). Choose whichever color order you want and then start poking them onto the bamboo skewer one at a time. I used a total of 5 peeps per skewer.
  2. Package however you like. I slipped my Peep Skewers into large cellophane bags and tied them closed with coordinating ribbon and a custom favor tag from Evermine.com.

Peep Skewers #easter #favor #gift #candy
If you want to gift a little something extra, pair each skewer with a bar of chocolate and a package of graham crackers– because we all know that Peep S’mores are the best!

Peep Skewers #easter #favor #gift #candy

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DIY: Easter Gift Bags

DIY Easter Gift Bags #craft #holiday #tutorial

I love celebrating holidays and getting inspired to make something new each year. For Easter this year, I decided to make gift bags decorated with my own art doodles. I plan to fill them up with candy and strategically (and secretly) leave them for my friends and family to find. I hope these little surprises will brighten their day!

DIY Easter Gift Bags #craft #holiday #tutorial

What You Need

• Muslin gift bags (I ordered mine online from Celestial Gifts on Etsy)
Fabric markers
Personalized favor tags
• Candy of your choice
• Easter grass (optional)

Assembly:

To decorate my bags, I used a set of Tulip brand neon fabric markers. For inspiration, I looked up some fun Easter egg designs on Pinterest and then started doodling. For my first bag, I drew some simple spring flowers. Next, I experimented with different Easter egg designs. I especially liked covering an entire bag with a hand drawn flower pattern. You could also try drawing a bunny, an Easter greeting, or a person’s name.

DIY Easter Gift Bags #craft #holiday #tutorial

Once you’ve finished decorating your bags, you can stuff them with a little Easter grass and a handful of your favorite candy. I also used some custom tags from Evermine.com.

DIY Easter Gift Bags #craft #holiday #tutorial

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DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion
Spring has sprung and I’ve been cooking up some fun and easy DIY projects to celebrate. This sweet daisy headband is a very simple project and makes for a lovely pop of color perfect for wearing with your favorite spring dress.

What You Need

• Cardboard
• Pins
• Yarn needle
• Sewing needle & thread
• Sewing machine (optional)
• Scissors
• Pencil
• X-acto knife
• Cutting board
• Craft glue
• Ruler
• Ribbon
• Yarn
• Elastic

STEP ONE:

Using your x-acto knife cut 2 cardboard circles, 2″ in diameter. I used the lid of a spice jar as my template.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP TWO:

Draw lines across one of the cardboard circles to create 12 sections (like a pie). Then write corresponding numbers near the end of each line (see photo below for reference).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP THREE:

Glue the two cardboard circles together and insert 12 pins around the edge of the cardboard circle (following the lines you just drew).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP FOUR:

Hold the end of the yarn down with your left thumb. Then, working in a clockwise direction, pass yarn with the right hand from left to right around pin 1. Pass yarn across the center and from right to left around pin 2 (opposite), going back across center. From left to right around pin 3, and right to left around pin 4. Continue until all pins have been wrapped (once if using thick yarn, several times if using thin yarn) and cut, leaving a tail about 12″ long.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion
DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP FIVE:

Take your yarn needle and thread the tail of the yarn. Work 13 back stitches, passing the needle under 2 petals and back over 1. Make sure to do all 13 back stitches or the center will not be complete. Work in the starting end with weaving stitches to bind it firmly, and tie both yarns together at the top side of the daisy (this will be the back when daisy is finished).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP SIX:

Pull the pins out of the cardboard to release the daisy.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP SEVEN:

Cut a piece of ribbon about 20″ long and a piece of elastic about 4.5″ long. Turn the end of the ribbon and pin one end of the elastic to it.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP EIGHT:

Using a sewing machine, attach elastic to the end of the ribbon (you could also hand-stitch this).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP NINE:

Repeat steps 7 and 8 to attach the other ends of the ribbon and elastic.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP TEN:

Using a needle and thread, hand stitch the daisy to the ribbon. I attached mine about 6″ in form one end.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

TA DA!

The cutest springtime headband ever!

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

RECIPE: Pretzel Treat Favors

Pretzel Treat Favors #recipe #babyshower #birthday #party #treat
My mom and I recently made these adorable Pretzel Treat Favors for a baby shower. They were so easy and fun to make I just had to share them with you! Plus I LOVE the sweet and salty combination of this versatile treat.

Pretzel Treat Favors #recipe #babyshower #birthday #party #treat

What’s great about making these for party favors is that you can make them for practically any event. All you have to do is use colored sprinkles to match your theme. We chose pink and rainbow sprinkles for our rainbow/unicorn theme baby shower. But feel free to use whatever colors you like for birthdays, holidays, or whatever kind of event you are planning.

Pretzel Treat Favors #recipe #babyshower #birthday #party #treat

The other great thing about these favors is that you can make them in advance! Just store them in air tight containers and they will stay fresh for up to one week. Now onto the recipe…

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Recipe: Pretzel Treat Favors
 
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Recipe type: Dessert Favor
Ingredients
  • Pretzel sticks
  • White chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles (I recommend getting a variety of different sprinkles so you can have fun mixing them and making fun color combinations).
Instructions
  1. Simply melt the white chocolate using a double broiler. Dip a pretzel stick in. I used a spatula to help evenly coat the pretzel. Give it a good shake to allow excess chocolate to drip off. Next, dust your choice of sprinkles over the chocolate until evenly covered. It's best to do this over a pan or plate to catch falling sprinkles. Place pretzel treat on a pan lined with parchment paper to harden and dry.
  2. Allow to dry completely. You can pop it into the refrigerator to speed up the process. The chocolate needs to be completely hardened before packaging. Stored in an air tight container, these treats will stay fresh for up to one week.

Pretzel Treat Favors #recipe #babyshower #birthday #party #treat
Pretzel Treat Favors #recipe #babyshower #birthday #party #treat

RECIPE: Fire Cider

Recipe: Fire Cider #homemade #health #wellness #remedy

I first learned of Fire Cider while taking Stephanie Perkinson’s Deeply Rooted Cleanse this winter. It’s a homemade concoction said to prevent cold and flu symptoms and boost your immune system. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral, congestion clearing and warming. As soon as Stephanie shared her recipe with the cleanse group I quickly went to my grocery store and bought all the ingredients. For me, I always tend to catch some sort of cold bug whenever seasons change. With Spring finally popping it’s head out, I knew this homemade preventative would come in handy.

Recipe: Fire Cider #homemade #health #wellness #remedy
Recipe: Fire Cider #homemade #health #wellness #remedy

The base ingredients for this drink are raw apple cider vinegar and raw honey. There are a ton of variations on how to make Fire Cider, but they all contain some sort of pepper, ginger, onion, horseradish, garlic, citrus and herbs. The resulting taste is strong, spicy, sweet and sour. I was afraid to try it at first thinking it would taste awful! But when I gathered up my courage and took a sip, I was surprised that the taste wasn’t bad, but very, very strong and unlike anything else I’ve tasted before.

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Fire Cider
 
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Fire cider has been made for generations as a simple and effective remedy to relieve sinus congestion, ward off colds and flus, aid digestion and increase circulation. You can drink it neat, mix it with other beverages and use it in cooking.
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Recipe type: Beverage
Ingredients
  • ½ cup fresh grated ginger root
  • ½ cup fresh grated horseradish root
  • ½ cup fennel, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, smashed
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tsp or more of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • Several sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Raw apple cider vinegar (I used Bragg’s brand)
  • Raw honey to taste
  • Cheesecloth
  • Quart-sized mason jar
Instructions
  1. Prepare all of your ingredients (minus the cider vinegar and honey). Stuff everything into a sanitized glass quart-sized mason jar. Pour the vinegar over the top, filling it all the way up. Use a piece of parchment or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Shake well.
  2. Store in a cool, dark place for one month. Give the jar a few good shakes every day.
  3. After four weeks, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the Fire Cider into a clean jar. Then add in ¼ cup of raw honey and stir until dissolved. Take a calming breath and taste your cider for the first time. Add more honey to suit your preferences (I ended up adding a lot more!).
Notes
If you feel a cold or flu coming on, take 1 teaspoon three times per day. You can also drink Fire Cider on a daily basis, taking just 1 sip (or teaspoon) in the morning.

 

DIY: Pom-pom Cat Toy

Cooper, who is now becoming a-big-cat, has finally demolished his favourite toy (seen here with kitten Cooper.)

DIY: Pom-pom Cat Toy from Adventures In Making blog #craft #yarn #tutorial

In a typical bout of consumeristic frenzy, I searched high and low for a replacement. NEEDS : Yarn pom-pom with bell. FINDS : Nothing. At some point I thought “I have yarn, I have bells… lets craft this thing.”

What You Need

• Yarn
• Cardboard
• Circle shape to trace
• Scissors
• Bell (optional)

DIY: Pom-pom Cat Toy from Adventures In Making blog #craft #yarn #tutorial

Patrick, Kat, and I traced two concentric circles on a piece of cardboard, and cut along them to make a ring with an opening. Then we did it again so we had two rings. We cut a piece of yarn or heavy-duty thread about a foot long and sandwiched it between the two cardboard rings with the ends sticking out at each side of the opening. Using our fingers to hold the sandwich together, we starting wrapping the whole thing with yarn.

DIY: Pom-pom Cat Toy from Adventures In Making blog #craft #yarn #tutorial

So we wrapped…

DIY: Pom-pom Cat Toy from Adventures In Making blog #craft #yarn #tutorial

and wrapped…

DIY: Pom-pom Cat Toy from Adventures In Making blog #craft #yarn #tutorial

and wrapped…

DIY: Pom-pom Cat Toy from Adventures In Making blog #craft #yarn #tutorial

until it was about this thick.

DIY: Pom-pom Cat Toy from Adventures In Making blog #craft #yarn #tutorial

Then, while holding it carefully, we cut between the layers of cardboard, pulling the inside string to gather up the pieces.

DIY: Pom-pom Cat Toy from Adventures In Making blog #craft #yarn #tutorial

and we cut…

DIY: Pom-pom Cat Toy from Adventures In Making blog #craft #yarn #tutorial

and pulled until it made a pom-pom.

DIY: Pom-pom Cat Toy from Adventures In Making blog #craft #yarn #tutorial

We tied up the strings, used them to attach a jingle bell, and gave it a haircut.

DIY: Pom-pom Cat Toy from Adventures In Making blog #craft #yarn #tutorial

Here’s one…

DIY: Pom-pom Cat Toy from Adventures In Making blog #craft #yarn #tutorial

and here are three.

During this adventure I learned…

• Cheap yarn works best for pom-poms.
• It is faster and easier to make a pom-pom than shop for a cat toy.
• I should always employ a quality control expert for crafty inspections.

DIY: Handmade Paper Tutorial

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled
I have always wanted to make paper. It seemed like a magic trick.

I mean, you’re gonna make paper out of only paper? AMAZING.

When Rachel asked me what I wanted to do on our upcoming craft retreat, this was the first thing that popped into my head. What follows can only be referred to as an adventure… in magic!

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

What You Need

• Recycled wastepaper
• Paper shredder
• Blender (I would recommend buying one second hand and only using it for paper making)
Large Dip Handmold
• Bucket
• Large dishpan or container
• Sponge
• Piece of cloth or sheet
• Warm water

For those of you who don’t know, you can make paper out of your trash. This part I found particularly exciting because it fit in perfectly with my hoarder tendencies. (No, I don’t keep my trash, I just hate throwing it out. Especially shredded paper which the recycling “man” won’t take.)

My Process

We shredded paper using a paper shredder, and our hands (when the shredder died a loud horrible death, making a noise that Patrick referred to as a cry of “just let me go.”) We sorted it by color (which meant that the resulting papers were slightly different shades of gray.)

I dunked it all in a bucket of warm water to soak for a while.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

Here I am, excited about a bucket full of water and shredded paper.

I took these handfulls and put them in a blender (ala Goodwill) along with more warm water. I then blended them until they were the consistency of…. pulped paper.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

I poured several batches of the pulp into a larger storage container filled with more warm water.

There are several ways to build the “pulp catcher.” I cheated and bought one on clearance at a craft store. (It’s an Arnold Grummer.) It’s basically a thick screen with small holes sandwiched between a wooden frame (deckle) and a hard plastic screen. I slipped the whole sandwich underneath the water and brought it up slowly until it was above the water and evenly coated in pulp.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

This is what the pulp looks like at first (and when it starts feeling like magic.)

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

The kit also included a thin piece of screen. After removing the whole kit from the water, I removed the wooden deckle, and laid the piece of screen over the top.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

I have to admit from here on out the tasks were a little tedious. First I had to press most of the water out of the pulp, through the screen, using a sponge and all of my wringing strength.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

Then I got this piece of magic… something that looked like a piece of paper!

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

After flipping the thick screen over onto a piece of old sheet, and sponging the back of it some more, I was able to separate the paper from the whole kit. I sandwiched the piece in between two cotton sheets, and ironed it like crazy (highest setting) until it was mostly dry.

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I left all the pieces between two heavy wooden planks over night… to see what happens next check out this post on Handmade Paper Envelopes.

During this adventure I learned…

• Paper is magic, and putting your hands in warm pulpy water is therapeutic.

• Don’t use your fancy appliances for crafting. I killed the shredder and blender. (Though, I think it was shoddy modern manufacturing what did them in.) The iron…

• The iron got coated in some sort of ick. Fortunately I used our old iron, AND discovered that the ick was easily removed by white vinegar and a little scrubbing.

• After doing the paper making process a few times, I actually got rid of the ironing step. Now I roll the sheets out between 2 shamwows (I know…) and then place them on extra cardboard while they are still pretty damp. Once they are dry enough to hold their form, I transfer them to a clothes line to dry, until I move them into a stack to dry fully between two heavy peices of wood.

• When you use junk mail, your paper is going to be gray. Most of the tutorials I read recommended using blank papers, and colored tissue paper. I’d rather have gray paper than create more trash in the world, but we’ll see how things go.

• Thick flower petals and pieces do not work best for this project. I ended up with a couple of very lumpy pages. Also, predried flowers often have dyes on them that do not bleed how you think they should.

• Rachel is a great crafting cheerleader and documentorian, and Patrick loves me, and proved it by ironing paper for hours.

DIY: Hippie Love Beads

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

Over the years I’ve learned to embrace my hippie urges at times and this DIY is definitely true to my free spirited heart. A traditional hippie accessory, Love Beads are long, handmade strings of beads worn by both guys and girls in the 1960’s. The trend is thought to have evolved from the generation’s fascination to non-Western cultures such as India and Native America. I love spotting love beads when flipping through old photos and magazines from that era. Janis Joplin is probably the most famous ‘hippie’ to wear love beads and I don’t think anyone wore them quite as well as she did.

WHAT YOU NEED:

• Beading Wire
• Flat-nose Jewelry Plyers
• Crimp Beads
• Jump Ring, Connector Charm, or Clasp
• Lots of Beads!

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

I made two strands of Love Beads for this project- One I strung beads in a fun pattern and another I used random multicolor beads together. I like the way both turned out.

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin
DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

To make a strand of Love Beads, I first like to organize my beads in teacups or small bowls. This way I grab the ones I need easily and organize my colors. All the beads you see here I bought second hand.

Tips for finding and collecting beads:

Thrift stores & garage sales– When thrifting I always look for clothes that have beads on them that I can easily cut off and use for jewelry projects. Some thrift stores also have craft supply sections where you can find bags of random beads. If you live in Portland, my favorite place to go is the Knittin’ Kitten, a craft supply thrift store on NE Glisan.
Friends & family– Ask around! You never know who might have a box of beads sitting in their closet leftover from their beading phase 10 years ago.
Broken/old jewelry– Whenever a necklace or earring breaks or falls apart, I always save the remnants to recreate into something new!

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

How to make Love Beads:

To get started, first cut your beading wire to length. I wanted my necklaces to be super long (just like Janis Joplin), so I cut mine 54 inches long, leaving a few extra inches for tying off the finished strand.

Next I started stringing on beads. If you want to make a pattern, I like to start in the middle of the necklace and use both ends of the string to add beads in my desired pattern. This method is dangerous though! The more beads you string on, the heavier the necklace gets, and the easier it is to drop your ends and lose your beads!

Creating the random multicolor bead pattern is a bit easier as you can tie off one end of your string. I recommend using tape because it’s easy to take off when you’re ready to finish your ends and it won’t kink or untie itself (which is what happens when you try to tie a knot in beading wire).

Once you’ve completed your strand of beads, it’s time to finish the ends. I used two crimp beads (which you can find at any craft or bead store) and a small heart connector bead. Crimp beads are small metal cylinders that hold a doubled cord securely when you flatten or crimp them with pliers. You can use anything you like to connect your ends together. Since my necklace was so long, I didn’t need to use a clasp. You could also use a simple jump ring if you don’t have any connector beads on hand.

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

Finishing your Love Beads:

• After you’ve finished stringing your necklace, place a single crimp bead on the end of the strand and a clasp, connector, or jump ring.
• Slip the wire tail back through the crimp bead and then through the next several beads. Tug the wire so it’s taut, with no gaps between beads or at the end.
• Firmly crimp the bead closed using flat-nose pliers. Clip off the end of the wire close to the beads so the end tucks back in and won’t scratch your skin.

Wear your love beads at the next music festival or concert you attend or give them away to friends!

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

Resource

If you are interested in learning more about making jewelry I highly recommend the book, Bead Simple by Susan Beal.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-upon

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

As a former Girl Scout, I have lots of fun camp memories. I remember learning to tie knots, set up camp and to cook over the campfire. An essential Girl Scout tradition is making a sit-upon. A sit-upon is a homemade waterproof cushion. They are easy to make and I remember using them every time we did any activity while sitting on the bare ground, which most often was damp or scattered with uncomfortable sticks and pebbles. A sit-upon is great for sitting around the campfire, your backyard, or even a sporting event.

There are lots of ways to make a sit-upon. When I was a Brownie Girl Scout, we made ours from old vinyl tablecloths and foam. But in a pinch, you can use a plastic garbage bag and a stack of old newspapers for padding.

To revisit this simple craft project, I decided to use a roll of vintage vinyl wallpaper I found at a thrift store and some foam I bought at my local craft store.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES

• Waterproof Material (vinyl tablecloth, or other store-bought vinyl or plastic grocery bag). You need enough for a 30″ x 15″ rectangle.
• Padding (foam, carpet padding, or 1 ½” stack of newspapers) cut into a 13″ x 13″ square.
• Scissors (or I used a rotary cutter and cutting board)
• Hole punch
• Yarn or string
• Tape

I ALSO USED:
• Cutting board
• Rotary fabric cutter
• Ruler

STEP 1:
Cut your waterproof material into a 30″ x 15″ rectangle. Fold it in half so that you have a 15”x15” square.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

STEP 2:
If using carpet padding or foam for padding, cut it into a 13″ x 13″ square and place it inside the waterproof material.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

STEP 3:
Use a hole punch to punch holes all the way around the folded square, about 1″ apart and ½” from the edge. Then place your padding in between your folded cover.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial
DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

STEP 4:
Wrap a piece of tape around the end of your yarn or string to make it easier to stitch. Sew all the way around. I used a blanket stitch, but you can use a straight stitch or any kind of stitch you like. Tie off and your sit-upon is ready to use!

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial
DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial
DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial