Do you remember receiving Valentine’s Day cards from your classmates in school? What about those cute little conversation heart candies? Well, we have the perfect DIY to take you down memory lane.  Recreate these delicious conversation heart cookies, perfect for escort cards, wedding favors, bridal showers or simply a little treat for your Valentine!

 

Photography by Danielle DeFiore. Cookies and recipe by The Bumblebee.

 

 

Tools:

Mixer (stand or hand held)
Pastry Bag
Rolling Pin
#5 round pastry tip
Plastic Wrap
Paper Towels
Spatula
Latex Gloves (because no bride wants pink hands on her wedding day!)
Brand new sponge
Alphabet Stamps
Heart Cookie Cutters
Parchment Paper or Silpat Cookie Sheet Liner

Cookie Ingredients:

– 6 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
– 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
– 1 ½ teaspoon salt
– 12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
– 3 cups sugar
– 3 large eggs
– 3 teaspoons amaretto liqueur (can substitute rum, vanilla, or citrus juice)

Tip: This cookie recipe makes about 30 4” heart cookies. If using a standard sized mixer, don’t mix more than 1 batch at a time.

 

Original recipe by The Bumblebee.

 

Cookie Directions:

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside. // In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. // Add eggs and amaretto and beat 2 more minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and turn mixer to low. // Slowly mix in flour mixture until just blended. // Turn the dough out and divide in two. Flatten each half into a disk and wrap completely in plastic wrap. // Refrigerate until firm, at least one hour, or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Take one of the dough halves from the fridge and let sit at room temperature to soften slightly before rolling, about 10 minutes. // Lightly flour your work surface, your dough, and rolling pin. // Evenly roll your dough to 1/4” thick. If your dough has softened too much you may need to return it to the fridge before cutting. // Cut cookies with the heart cutters, leaving as little space between each cookie as possible. // Using a spatula, gently transfer to a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. // Combine the dough scraps, flatten, wrap with plastic wrap and rest in the fridge. // Repeat the remaining dough, rolling and cutting dough scraps last. // Bake cookies 12 – 15 minutes until the edges just start to turn golden. // Let cool completely before decorating or your icing will melt.

Tip: The key to these adorable cookies is patience. They need time between each step so give yourself at least 3 days before you expect to wrap and/or transport them. Once made, they’ll be good up to 1 week stored at room temperature wrapped or in an airtight container.

 

 

Royal Icing Ingredients:

– 3 ounces pasteurized egg whites (about 3 eggs)
– 4 cups confectioner’s sugar (+ more as needed)
– 1 tsp amaretto liqueur (can substitute rum, vanilla, or citrus juice)
– Water (as needed)
Gel Food Dye: Red/pink, yellow, green (can use blue and yellow), Purple (can use blue and red), Orange (can use red and yellow)
– Damp Paper Towels
Plastic Wrap

Tip: Your frosting will need to dry 24 hours before you can stamp it. (If you live in a humid place, you may need to allow more time).

 

 

Royal Icing Directions:

Whisk egg whites until frothy. While mixer is running, gradually add small amounts of confectioner’s sugar. Beat until shiny and thick. // Divide icing equally into 6 separate bowls, one for each of your colors (white, yellow, orange, pink, purple and green). // Cover with a damp paper towel (you will want to do this whenever you aren’t using the icing to keep it from drying out.

Put on a pair of latex gloves to protect your hands from the dye.  To mix each color, slowly add the dye a single drop at a time until the desired color is achieved. The icing will dry darker, so make your colors lighter than you want.

Fit your pastry bag with the #5 round tip and fill with icing, working one color at a time. // Outline the cookies, trying to get as close to the outside without the icing dripping over. If your icing is too thick, you can mix in a little water (a drop at a time) until it frosts smoother. You don’t want it too runny, or it will fall over the sides and be difficult to pipe. If you accidentally add too much water, you can thicken the icing up again by adding more confectioner’s sugar.

Once all cookies of that color are outlined, return the remaining icing back to the bowl. // Thin the icing out with water, adding one drop at a time and mixing thoroughly between each addition. The icing should be fairly runny so that it easily spreads on the cookie. //
Spoon the icing onto the outlined cookies, filling them in with the tip of the spoon. // Place the iced cookies on a baking sheet and place on a flat surface in a dry area to dry. //
Repeat with the remaining colors, making sure to use a clean pastry bag and tip for each color. //

Allow the icing to dry completely before stamping, about 24 hours. Be patient!

 

 

Stamping Directions (get your alphabet stamps here)

Line your stamps up alphabetically on a paper towel for easy use and quick clean up. // Stamping one letter at a time is time consuming, so keeping your stamps alphabetical will help speed this process along.

Using latex gloves, squeeze red gel food dye onto the clean sponge, working it in until you have a quarter sized dot. This will be your stamp pad. Lightly ink your letter stamps, and stamp them onto your cookie one at a time. // Lift the cookie up to eye level and press the letters evenly into your cookie while keeping the corners of the stamp off the surface for a clean stamp. // Let the stamped cookies dry completely, about 8 hours, before bagging, or storing.

 

 

 Alphabet Lettering Tip: Stamping a guests’ name is very time consuming, so an alternative would be to have a custom stamp made with you and your partner’s name. Another idea would be to just put a table number on the actual cookie and then place the cookie in a glassine bag, and create a custom sticker with their name on it.

 

Danielle DeFiore and The Bumblebee Truck are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

 

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Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to add some sparkle to your style? We’ve got you covered with flirty DIY feather butterfly pumps from Em the Gem. In these shoes, each step you take will be as fun and fabulous as the monarch butterfly details you add.

If you missed it earlier, you can see part one of our DIY Shoe Upgrade with Em the Gem.

DIY Faux Butterfly Pumps  

 

 

Spice up any ensemble with these feather monarch butterflies pumps! Add a touch of whimsy and flair to your style with ease using this one-step DIY. All you’ll need is a pair of heels, hot glue gun and faux feather butterflies.  We love these monarchs from Amazon.

 

 

 

Tip: Use an odd number of butterflies on your shoes, helps balance things out.  //  If the butterflies have wire attached, use wire cutters or scissors to remove. 

 

Photography by Em The Gem.

 

Em The Gem is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor. 

 

We’d love to see your DIY Shoe Upgrades, so don’t forget to tag us @snippetandink on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!

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No budget for expensive pumps?  No problem!  We’ve got two fun and easy DIY projects that will dress up your shoes in an inexpensive and sophisticated way. From pumps to flats, these simple DIY’s from Em The Gem will elevate your shoe style in no time.

 

Stay tuned for part two of our DIY Shoe Upgrade post.

 

DIY Bow Heel

Put a ribbon on it, literally. This chic shoe upgrade is easy and will add a bit of sophistication to your style. A pair of classic pumps with an unexpected twist will put some pep in your step and upgrade every look in your wardrobe.

 

 

Supplies:

Satin Ribbon
Scissors
Stapler
Hot Glue Gun
Heels

Tip: Bring your shoes with you to the store to buy your satin ribbon! There are many shades to choose from and it really helps to see them side by side.

Step 1. Cut 2 pieces of satin ribbon about 17 inches long (for a 3″ heel).

Step 2. Fold each ribbon in half width-wise.  At the ends, make a small cut to make a V, this will be the tail. (Each ribbon should end up around 16 inches after cutting.)

Step 3. Fold each ribbon in half length-wise.  In the center, make a pleat by pinching the ribbon together.  Use a stapler to secure the pleat.

 

 

 

Step 4. For the bow, cut two 15 inch ribbon pieces. Loop into a circle, doubling back about an inch. Staple in the center to secure.

 

 

Step 5. Cut two pieces of ribbon (about 6 inches) for the center of the bow. Fold each piece in on itself and staple at each end to secure.

 

 

Step 6. Lay the bow and the tail on top of the center piece. Bring the center pieces together and staple again to secure. Cut off the excess pieces.

 

 

 

Step 7. Attach your bow to the top of the back of your heels with a hot glue gun.

 

 

DIY Bow Flats

If heels and pumps make you think of foot pain and aching arches, this simple DIY for flats is perfect for you. It’s chic, classic and even easier than the first DIY! Just follow steps 4, 5 and 6 from above (excluding the tail) to create your new favorite pair of shoes.

Supplies:

Satin Ribbon
Scissors
Stapler
Hot Glue Gun
Flats

Tip: We cut only 6 inches of ribbon to make these bows a tad smaller. Feel free to play around with what size best suits you! 

 

 (Like this DIY?  Check out this Real Wedding where bride, Lora, added a gold bow to her wedding flats!)

 

Photography by Em The Gem.

 

Em The Gem is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor. 

 

We’d love to see your DIY Shoe Upgrades, so don’t forget to tag us @snippetandink on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!

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This year we’re so excited to bring you weekly DIY projects that are lovely, attainable, and cost effective, too!

Photos by Christina McNeill.

 

We’ve teamed up with Adelphi Events and Max Gill to create these totally charming Tin Can Table Number Luminaries (try saying that ten times fast!). While they do take some time, they can be done over several months – don’t be afraid to pull in your best friends for a crafting night to hammer and paint away! We’ve chosen a chic matte black paint for the outside and copper for a warm glow on the inside, but you can certainly go with other colors to fit your wedding design.

 

 

Download and print the number templates HERE (thanks to Adelphi Events for creating these!). Or, if you like the idea of luminaries but don’t need them for table numbers, you can easily incorporate the same steps to make lanterns to hang in trees, or to line pathways at night.

 

Supplies:

Hammer
Nails
Masking Tape
Goo Gone
Scotch-Brite Stainless Steel Scrubbing Pad
Montana Gold Acrylic Spray Paint. (We used Copper Chrome for the interior and Coke Black for the exterior)
Votive Candles
Free Printable Number Templates

 

 

Step 1. Remove paper label from outside of tin can.

Step 2. Wash can inside and out with soap and water. Using Goo Gone and a Scotch-Brite Stainless Steel Scrubbing Pad, remove any remaining adhesive from cans.

Step 3. Wash tin can again, inside and out, with soap and water and let dry completely.

Step 4. Print out number templates and affix to the can with Masking Tape by taping one end first, then wrapping around tin can so the number is visible, and tape the other end down.

Step 5. Using nail and hammer, hammer nail into tin can on each dot of the template – starting at the OPENING of the tin can and working your way to BOTTOM of the tin can (keeps integrity of the tin can) TIP: Use Needle Nose Pliers to push any dents made while nailing, push out any dents from INSIDE the tin can

Step 6. Once you’ve finished creating the holes, remove paper template (reserve for future use) and use nail to reshape all holes.

Step 7. Spray paint interior of tin can multiple time. Let it dry in between each layer, and let it dry completely before moving to the next step. TIP: Metallic colors are best for the interior as they will reflect the most light from the candle.

Step 8. Place the number template inside the can to ensure that exterior spray paint won’t seep through nail holes while spraying. Flip the can upside-down (with the open end on the ground) and spray the exterior of the can. Let dry completely. TIP: Darker exterior colors will hide any imperfections made while nailing better than lighter colors.

Step 9. Flip can again so it is right side up. Cover open end with a disposable plastic or heavy paper plate, and spray paint to fully coat exterior of can. Let dry completely. TIP: Use markers to fix any teeny imperfections in the paint.

Step 10. Place a candle (tea light or votive will work) inside the can, light, and ENJOY!

 

 

 

More tips:

– Not all cans are created equal. We found the cans with non-metallic interior (usually white) are IMPOSSIBLE to hammer a nail into. Save as many cans as you can and, as you go through the process, throw out any cans that give you immediate issues with major bending and warping from the get-go. They’ll only give you more problems as the can gets more holes.

– We tried painting the cans first and then hammering the nails. This method did not work for us and caused more problems. It’s best to hammer first then paint!

– When you remove the lid with a can opener, sometime a small jagged piece of metal remains. Use needle nose pliers to remove or bend back into place.

– Some cans need an extra pass with Goo Gone… Do your best to remove ALL adhesive goop (even deep in the ridges!), as it becomes much more obvious once spray painted.

 

We’d love to see your DIY Luminaries, so don’t forget to tag us @snippetandink on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!

Photography: Christina McNeill / Styling, Crafting, Free Printable:  Adelphi Events / Floral Design: Max Gill / Flatware: Fortessa’s Arezzo Brushed Black / Dinnerware:  Fortessa Coupe / Stemware: Schott Zwiesel Cru Classic Bordeaux / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Christina McNeill and Max Gill are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

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From our easy DIY “day after” brunch, here’s the How To for a donut hole “croquembouche” tower. Thanks to Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched for this fun project!

 

DIY donut hole croquembouche tower DIY donut hole croquembouche tower

 

DIY DONUT HOLE TOWER “CROQUEMBOUCHE”

 

Supply list

1. foam cones (we purchased ours from Michael’s)
2. toothpicks
3. donut holes

 

Directions

As simple as the donut towers were to make, it took a bit of trial and error to figure out the best and most efficient ways to put them together. At first, we tried doing a few toothpicks at a time at the base of the tower, adding donuts along the way to work our way up. But we found that once your hands get sticky with glaze, it’s much harder to press new toothpicks into the foam. So…

- Start by covering the entire Styrofoam cone with toothpicks. Start at the base and work your way up, pressing the donut holes into the toothpicks (each donut hole will be held in place by more than one toothpick). 

 

Tips

- Be sure to buy more toothpicks than you think you need. For the large foam tower (about 24” high) we used 800 toothpicks! For the medium tower (18” high) we used about 600 toothpicks.

- We found that smaller, evenly round cake donut holes work a bit better than the larger traditional glazed donut holes, which often come in varying sizes and shapes. But it does mean you’ll need more donut holes since they’re slightly smaller.

- If you need to transport the donut towers after you add the donut holes, wait to add the last bunch of toothpicks and donut holes on the top until after the tower has been put in its final place of display. You’ll want to be able to grip the top to stabilize the tower when you move it, and being able to hold on to the foam at the top makes this a lot easier than trying to maneuver around the donut holes.

 

Design ideas

- You can opt for simple plain glazed donut holes, or chocolate, powdered sugar, or a variety. You can make a spiral pattern, random assortment, or you can even add sprinkles!

- I’m a sucker for all things polka dot, so at first we thought we’d use chocolate donut holes for “dots” but they were so dark that the donut tower started to look a bit ominous – great for Halloween treats, but not the look I was going for! I decided I wanted some real pops of color instead, and couldn’t find donut holes with sprinkles anywhere, I decided to make my own. (This is a pretty simple trick, but it definitely adds to the work time for this project.) Using plain glazed donut holes, I dipped them in an extra layer of homemade glaze (powdered sugar mixed with warm water) so they were good and sticky, rolled them in sprinkles, and set them aside to dry. We paired some of the colorful, sprinkled doughnut holes with some powdered sugar ones, and it turned out to be just the kind of polka dot design I was hoping for – fun and festive without being over the top!

- A simple cake topper is an easy way to add an extra touch of whimsy to your donut tower. 

Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design: Be Hitched / Venue: Pizzaiolo
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