Rice Krispie Trees and a Holiday Wish

I’ve been slacking off. But, everyone else is baking up goodies this time of year and I really don’t need to be eating more sweets. I’ve decided to take the time to reflect on the year and my goals. But, I will leave you with some pretty Rice Krispie Trees and pictures from a few Holiday treats before my official hiatus until after the New Year!

First, the Krispie Treat Trees!
100_4377100_4363They’re super easy!
You’ll need the basic krispie recipe:

10oz marshmallows
1 stick butter
6 cups crisp rice cereal

Add
green food coloring
Sprinkles
Miniature Reese’s Cups
Large Star Sprinkles
Frosting or candy melts

You’ll also need a funnel. The size depends on how tall you want your trees to be, but I chose a medium sized funnel with a medium spout because I found the medium spout actually created a better point on the trees.

100_4353 I wore gloves and sprayed the inside of the funnel with a little bit of cooking spray, just to be safe.100_4354 I gathered up some of the green krispie mixture and pushed it gently into the funnel making sure there was just a little bit at the spout100_4355 I formed a flat bottom and didn’t fill the funnel all the way because I didn’t want my trees that big, but it’s up to you if you want large and full trees, then fill to the edges!100_4356 Next, I emptied out the funnel by turning it upside down on parchment. The tree should fall right out.100_4357And there you have it! But, it’s far from being a decorated tree.100_4362 I sprinkled on some small round sprinkles while the trees were still warm. If they don’t stick well, spray the trees with a bit of melted butter or water. You don’t want to spray it with a lot, just enough to get the sprinkles to stick. If you stick them right away then you shouldn’t need anything to make them adhere.100_4375 I also used large star sprinkles for the tree topper. And, unwrapped a miniature Reese’s Cup and stuck it to the bottom (like a tree trunk) with a bit of buttercream. You can also use candy melts to get the cup to stick.100_4376 100_4379I didn’t choose to do so, but if you like working with candy melts (and I don’t) then you could even melt some in a piping bag with a very small tip and use it to ‘string’ lights (sprinkles?) or “tinsel” around the trees. Once you have the basic form of the tree, the decorations are completely up to you! You can even have the little ones decorate their own trees!

I leave you with some other festive ideas:

100_4374 A snowman cupcake. Use white buttercream, white sanding sugar, sprinkles and colored frostings to make happy snowman faces. I hand placed the sprinkle mouth, but got lazy with the nose and eyes (they should be black and orange, but I didn’t have time to make lots of different colored frostings, especially when I was only making two of these as a test!)100_4373 Since most of my cupcakes domed when baked, I took advantage of the peaking tops and frosted it like a ‘tree’. The krispie treats turned out more like trees than this cupcake did, but it was still festive and tasty.100_4412 Finally, my family ALWAYS makes these sugar cookies (recipe to follow in the new year!). 100_4416 100_4428100_4430 And we wrapped up the trees individually, added some of my mom’s fudge, my Reindeer Chow, and some freebies from Chik-Fil-A and100_4423Made some cute goody bags to hand out.
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So- whatever you celebrate, have a happy and joyous time with friends and family!

I’m wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Two More Package Ideas for Treats

Pringles Can100_4249One of the cutest ideas floating around the web is to reuse Pringles cans for packaging cookies or treats. And I love that the cans come in varying sizes.

The ones pictured are the smaller “snack” size. I was able to fit several types of cookies in these and it was super easy to do!

You’ll need:
Pringles Can
Glue
Scrap paper/ wrapping paper
Cookies/snacks to fill the cans

I began by measuring out and cutting the size paper needed to fit the entire can.100_4288

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The sheet I used was 8×11 but a 12×12 works just as well. The 8×11 can leave an empty space around the can depending on the way you wrap it. I wanted the design to fit horizontally, so it left a naked spot on the can that I covered using an accent color. 100_4289You’ll want to make sure that the paper is flush against the top rim of the can before you measure it and cut.100_4292Then you’ll glue the paper to the can 100_4295100_4296At this point you can add any customizations you want!
Add some ribbon or use crafting scissors to make a creative label or anything else you wish to add to the can. The best part of this package option is that the design can be purely up to you! Decorate it for the holiday, customize it for the friend getting the treats, whatever you want!

You can even cut a small ring of paper to cover the inside of the lid, but I personally love the way that it looked having my cookies visible. 100_4246100_4332 100_4333100_4245If you find that your cookies are bigger and won’t fit, you can do the same with an oatmeal container.

Spaghetti Sauce Jar
Another option is reusing a glass bottle or jar to package up snack mixes. I made some “puppy chow” into reindeer chow by adding some holiday M&Ms in peanut butter flavor. Decorated the jar with some ribbon and it was ready to go.

There are several cute printable labels that you can find online if you’d prefer to print up a label for the snacks.
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Be sure to check Pizzazzerie for super adorable Christmas printables. They come in aqua/pink or red/green and are absolutely free! Let them know I sent you!

For more ideas, please visit my pinboards:
Cute DIY Package Ideas and Free Printable Labels

Cute Package for a Single Cupcake

I promised packaging ideas that are perfect for the Do-It-Yourselfer. Here’s the first!

100_3944You’ll need a few things that are cheap to come by:
9oz clear plastic tumbler- available in a 10pk at the Dollar Tree
Thin ribbon in any variety of colors (1/4″ thick was ideal for my tumblers)
Plastic Wrap
Glue
And, of course- a CUPCAKE!

100_4282I chose red and green ribbon to make it festive and glued the green onto the red since they were of different sizes (which I never noticed when I purchased them, but it still worked!). The green ribbon in this case was 1/8″ and the red was 1/4″. The bottom rim of the tumbler is 1/4″ so any ribbon in that size will do.

So, the next thing you want to do is glue the ribbon around the bottom rim of the tumbler. You could always use a craft glue or super glue- but I prefer working with Elmer’s white glue as it’s cheap and gets the job done. If I were more of a ‘professional’ crafter, I’d probably have chosen a different type of glue, but the Elmer’s is just fine.

100_4298 100_4302I taped the place where the ribbon meets just until the glue dried to hold the ribbon in place.

100_4305I added the ribbon to the top of the tumbler (that I later added the green on top of so it matched the bottom).  This is optional- but a nice decorative touch if you wish to add it.

100_3941This image is of a different variation that I made awhile ago. I just used thin blue ribbon around the base and left the top naked. I thought the blue accented the pink cupcake wrapper well (and if you’re super crafty, you can make your ribbons match!).

The next thing you’ll want to do is wrap your cup and cupcake tightly in plastic wrap. Then you can top it with more ribbon and a bow!
100_4309I did a traditional box wrap technique- gluing the strips of ribbon to the bottom of the tumbler100_4308and having them meet in the center of the top where you place a bow! (Yes- this is a cupcake-less version just designed to show you how to put it together!)

You can make the bow using the same ribbon used, as I did in both examples, or you can use any festive bow you wish. A thicker ribbon would look nice as well as the plastic puffy bow present toppers.

You can even add a cute gift tag wish holiday wishes (or just happy wishes if you’re packing the cupcake up for a birthday or other event). These could even make a cute way to package small treats or snack mixes as a take-home for party guests!

I’ll have other suggestions as the week goes on- but I hope this helps your creativity!