Saturday, March 7, 2015

Freezer Paper Stencils

I finally got into the Freezer Paper craze.  I got this idea here.  We just made our own templates free hand though.  That is the best part of using Freezer Paper.  You can make whatever you want!  My friend made my baby the cutest shirts using Freezer Paper and fabric paint when she was born.  I will be using this again for sure.  This was just our trial run.
You can find freezer paper in most grocery stores by the aluminum foil.  It was $6.00 for a giant box of it.
 First draw whatever you want to have on your shirt on a piece of paper, cut it out, and use it as a stencil for the Freezer Paper.  Draw this onto the paper side of your Freezer Paper.  Cut it out and iron it using dry heat onto your shirt.

 You can either paint inside the picture or the outside.  My younger kids just used Fabric Paint markers to paint dots all around their design and my oldest child decided to paint the inside.
 When the painting is done just peel off the paper.
 She has a K, but she kept running away.

Sun Catchers

I can't decide if Pinterest is making my life better or worse.  I avoided getting on it for years, but I finally did for better or worse.  I got the idea for these sun catchers here. 
I used Pony Beads and filled the bottoms of a metal pie tin and a cupcake tin with a single layer of beads. Well, when I say I I mean my kids did it.  

 Then I baked them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  You can do it more or else depending on how bumpy or smooth you want it.
 Then we hung them by a convenient hole that formed at the top by our window.  Success!


1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup softened butter (1 stick)
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 package (10 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips  (I used the new chocolate chips with caramel in the middle!)
1 cup pecans chopped (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease a 13x9 pan.  Combine the dry ingredients.  Beat the sugars and butter together in another bowl until creamy.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients, chocolate chips, and nuts if you want them.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Cool.