DIY: Cornucopia Candy Favors

DIY: Cornucopia Candy Favors #thanksgiving #kids

Are you ready for Turkey Day? This year for Thanksgiving I wanted to try making up these cute Cornucopia Candy favors to give to everyone at our family thanksgiving. They are fun and easy to put together and the perfect project to do with your kids. They could even take them to school to give out to classmates!

DIY: Cornucopia Candy Favors #thanksgiving #kids


• Waffle ice cream cones
• Candy (I chose Autumn M&Ms and Pumpkin Candy Corns)
• Rubber bands
• Plastic sandwich bags
• Raffia or ribbon
• Favor tags (optional)
• Scissors

DIY: Cornucopia Candy Favors #thanksgiving #kids

The first step is to curl the ends of each waffle cone so they look just like mini cornucopia baskets. To do this- soak the end of the waffle cone in warm water for about 30 seconds. Then place it in the microwave for 20 seconds. This will soften the tip of the cone enough for you to carefully bend and curl the end. You can use a clean pencil to wrap the cone around or just use your hands to form a nice curl. Let cones dry completely.

DIY: Cornucopia Candy Favors #thanksgiving #kids

Next, cut out small squares of plastic. I used plastic sandwich bags and cut them to size with scissors. Then fill your cone with candy, cover with a plastic square and secure with a rubber band.
Finally, tie a piece of raffia or ribbon around the cone (to cover the rubber band).

DIY: Cornucopia Candy Favors #thanksgiving #kids

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DIY: Herb and Spice Gift Wrap

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about my lettering, and a few poor souls have even asked if I teach a class (HA!). I tell everyone the same thing– my lettering has improved over the past year because I’ve been practicing. I know, that sounds like a cop-out, but it’s true! I’ve been making signs and chalkboards for the store, lettering in my prints, and wearing through Prismacolors like nobody’s business.

The key, for me, if to cut myself some slack while I’m practicing. Doodling letters is swell, and I take any opportunity to write words in weird ways.

This wrapping paper is a perfect example. I wanted to come up with a simple way to wrap a couple of small gifts, and went to the (very soggy) garden for inspiration. The remaining herbs were so pungent and gorgeous that I decided to use them as accents on a basic brown paper wrapping.

The whole thing’s pretty simple, and I’m sure you could come up with something even more special. The point is, I was able to mess around with letters and words without feeling too self-conscious. It’s just wrapping paper, and the herbs take center stage.

For the second gift, I made a tall bag with a few materials, and I thought I’d share my process.


Supplies I Used

• Plain brown kraft paper – you could also repurpose a grocery bag.
• Fresh herbs from the garden
• White Prismacolor Pencil
• Flour & water to form a paste. You can also use glue, of course!
• Scissors
• Pencil
• A can of spray paint as a base form

First I traced the base of the can to form the bottom of my bag…

and cut out the circle, about 1/4 inch inside my line.

I then measured the can and cut out a piece of paper for the main part of the bag, leaving myself about 2 inches of extra height to wrap along the bottom and enough width to cover the whole can with a little overlap.

I made a fold at that 2 inch mark, and cut a little fringe into that end (the bottom.) You’ll see why in a second.

I used my trusty white pencil to doodle words all over the paper.

I’ve started using a flour paste for a lot of paper projects, lately. Here I used about equal parts water and flour, mixed well, and applied with a cheap paintbrush.

I wrapped the paper around my spray paint can and painted both edges with my paste…

then began folding the fringe pieces down. Once those were down I painted them, and the round bottom piece with paste…

applied like so, and left to dry.

After it was completely dry (a few hours later) I trimmed the top of the bag, and filled it with my gift, and a little tissue paper.

Simple directions for a unique bag- and a great way to work on those lettering skills.

Are you inspired by herbs, like I am? Don’t forget to share you spice & herb work with us for our November DIY Challenge! We’d love to see what you think up.

(You know, keep life spicy.)

DIY: Dream Pillows

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

This year I’ve become almost obsessively interested in learning about herbs and both their healing and magical properties. I love making my own scent blends, and discovering new ways to use and make herbal gifts. While shopping at Goodwill, I found a book called, Making Herbal Dream Pillows by Jim Long and fell in love with the idea of making a ‘dream pillow.’

What’s a dream pillow you ask? A ‘dream pillow’ is a small pillow filled with relaxing herbs, like catnip, lavender and mugwort. They were once called ‘comfort pillows’ and used in the sickroom to ease the nightmares that may come with medicine and the smells of illness.

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy"

Supplies Needed

• One 5″ x 12″ piece of cotton fabric (I bought a handful of fat quarters)
• Needle and thread
• Iron and ironing board
• 1/2 cup herb blend (see below)
• Cotton batting or fiberfill
• Sewing machine (optional)

Choosing Herbs

You’ll want to use dried organic herbs either grown from your own garden or purchased at your local apothecary.

Herbs that are great for Dream Pillows are:
Aniseed, Calendula, Balsam Fir, Catnip, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Cloves, Hops, Jasmine, Lavender, Leather, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena, Lilac, Sweet Marjoram, Mimosa Flowers, Mint, Mugwort, Passionflower, Rose, Rosemary, and Thyme.

I chose to make a Pleasant Dreams herbal blend using a recipe from the, “Making Herbal Dream Pillows” book. I also plan to make up my own herb blends and experiment!

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

Pleasant Dreams Blend

• 1 cup mugwort
• 1/2 cup rose petals
• 1/3 cup chamomile
• 1/3 cup lavender
• 1/3 cup catnip
• 2 tablespoons mint

Makes approx: 3 cups (enough for 5 pillows)

Step 1: Cut your fabric

Always prewash your fabric to remove any excess dyes or other smells. Cut your fabric 5″ x 12″ in size.

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

Step 2: Sew your pillow

Fold your fabric in half with right sides together so that you have a piece that is 5″ x 6″. Stitch up two sides of the pillow, leaving the folded side not sewn and one end open.

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

Turn right side out and place a cotton ball sized amount of cotton or fiberfill in the bottom of the cloth “pocket”.

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

Step 3: Add herbs & finish

Using a funnel, add about 1/2 cup of the dream blend and then some more cotton or fiberfill to the top. Then carefully sew the open end shut using a running stitch. Now your dream pillow is ready to give as a gift or to place inside your pillowcase!

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

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