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Father’s Day DIY Beer Caddy

Father's Day DIY Beer Caddy

Steph and I are in the middle of migrating / redesigning Beckham + Belle. While we love the new look, it hasn’t come without hiccups and we’re thankful that you all have been so understanding as we work through the glitches. It’s been a pretty big project and we haven’t had as much time to pursue our more hands-on creative endeavors.

As we’ve reviewed and cleaned up our posts of the past, I stumbled across this post I did last Christmas. It’s a super simple DIY beer caddy (or flower caddy) with a customizable chalkboard front. I realized it’s actually the perfect Father’s Day gift, so I’m repurposing (and reposting) the tutorial here.

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The Leprechaun’s Zucchini Brownies

Like many kids, mine struggle with green food phobia. It’s super frustrating and something that I hope they grow out of very soon, but for now I’m reduced to trickery to get them to eat their greens. My daughter is a holiday fanatic (doesn’t matter what holiday, so long as we are decorating for it and having a treat or two), and so I thought I’d take advantage of the most green holiday of the year to sneak some veggies into this particular treat: zucchini brownies. It worked!! The kids must have assumed that the specks of zucchini were some sort of leprechaun dust or something. I didn’t ask. They ate them up.
The Leprechaun’s Zucchini Brownies
1 13×9 pan of brownies
Ingredients
For the brownies
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1/3 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
For the icing (not so healthy)
1/2 cup of butter
2 1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp half and half
 
Directions
 
Mix together the wet ingredients first – the eggs, sugar, vanilla and apple sauce. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
Incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Then gently mix in the shredded zucchini and the chocolate chips.
Spread batter in a greased 9×12 dish and bake for 35 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
Using a circle cutter, cut brownies into circles and set aside.
Start on your icing. Blend butter with powdered sugar and cocoa powder, then stir in your vanilla and half and half until smooth.
Top brownie circles with icing and green sprinkles. Enjoy!
 

 

DIY Heart Pillow

 

Ever since I made my Land of Nod-inspired shower curtain, I’ve been looking for other applications for the loosely sewn appliqué shapes. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it would be cute to use heart shapes to make a pillow for my daughter’s room.

This is a super simple project,  and one that you could probably figure out without me typing out directions at all! But, since this is a DIY blog, here are the directions:

DIY Heart Pillow
Supplies

Scraps of assorted fabrics
1 pre-made pillow case (if you’re DIYing this, check out this post  and don’t fully assemble it until hearts are attached)
White thread
Good sewing scissors

Directions

First, make two different sized heart templates. The easiest way to do this is to fold a piece of cardstock in half and draw a half heart on the seam (you can see how I did this with the DIY Wall Valentines). Cut and unfold. Alternatively, if you have one of those super cool fabric cutter machines, you could just use that.

Trace your larger heart onto an ironed piece of fabric. Trace the smaller heart twice onto a different colored fabric (also ironed). Cut out with sharp sewing scissors (to reduce fraying).

Pin hearts onto your pre-made pillow case (or you can easily make one from scratch … see this post for instructions.

Either by hand or with a sewing machine, sew a vertical stitch line down the center of each heart. (Be careful not to sew through both sides of the pillow case!)

Unpin, finish sewing the case and you’re done!

 

 

DIY Wall Valentines

Beckham + Belle: DIY Wood Wall Valentines

Within minutes of taking down our Christmas decorations, my daughter was all over me about when we would be decorating for Valentine’s Day. She takes after her momma, that one. We came up with these wall valentines as a functional decoration, just for her room. And, honestly, I think they could work all year round, at least with the decor she’s got going on in her room. We’ll probably gift a few of these as well, in place of the traditional candy and card.

This is a great project for using up wood scraps, craft paper scraps, etc!

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Wall Valentines


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DIY Wood Wall Valentines

Supplies
1 12×12 piece of plywood or particle board
Assorted paint (spray paint optional)
Assorted craft paper
Photos
1 12×12 piece of heavy paper for template

Tools
jig saw
drill
sandpaper
paint brush

Start by making your template. Take your heavy craft paper or card stock and fold it in half lengthwise. Draw half of a heart along the fold. Cut template.

Trace onto plywood/particle board.

Pull out your jig saw (this is the fun part). Slowly and steadily cut the heart shape out of the wood.

Sand edges to remove any splinters or rough spots.

Using your drill with a 3/4″ drill bit, drill a hole into the top middle spot on the heart (as pictured). Sand lightly to smooth.

Now you’re ready to paint. For the initial coat, I used spray paint, but you can use whatever you have. 
Decorate the hearts however you like! We used painter’s tape and craft tape to add the stripe detail.

And used mod podge for the heart that used craft paper as the accent. 

For the letters, we created a stencil using my Silhouette machine and some vinyl.

DIY Wood Wall Valentine
Have fun!
DIY Wood Wall Valentine

NYE Decorations

New Year's Eve Decorations

I’d committed to making a festive decoration for my friend’s NYE party. As I always do,
I left this little project till the last minute (New Year’s Resolution #1: Stop leaving things till the last minute). Fortunately, it came together really quickly and easily. All you’ll need to do is scrounge up a few empty wine bottles, print out some letters and numbers on your Silhouette machine, and you’re in business.

Supplies


4 empty wine bottles (mine were clear)
1 12xs12 Glitter cardstock
2 8 1/2 x 11 Black cardstock
Glitter whirly sticks or skewers to hold numbers in place

Cut glitter cardstock into 4 3×8 strips, reserving a 4×12 strip for your numbers. Using your Silhouette machine, print out the following words on black cardstock: Pop, Fizz, Clink and Cheers (or whatever words suit your occasion).

Glue or Mod Podge the black letters vertically on the glitter cardstock.

Cut out the numbers (in this case, “2016”) on black cardstock (I used font size 300 with Arial Black font). My Silhouette machine is a little older and doesn’t cut glitter cardstock so well, so I used the black letters as templates and traced them onto the back of the glitter cardstock so I could cut them out by hand. I then used the black numbers to create ‘shadows’ on the glitter numbers and glued them together.

I attached the glitter cards to the bottles using double sided tape and the numbers to the glitter sticks using regular old scotch tape.