Whoever came up with this Watermelon Cake idea is genius! Ever since I saw a picture of this on Pinterest I have been thinking about making it.
A watermelon is cut into the shape of a cake and then iced with fresh whipped cream. I was skeptical of how the whipped cream would stay on the cake since watermelon has a lot of water in it but just patting off the top and sides with a paper towel got it dry enough for the whipped cream to stick to the cake. I slightly over-whipped my cream as it looks a little grainy but it still tasted great and it held its shape with no problem.
It’s so refreshing to bite into this cake. The juicy melon combined with the cream, is the perfect summertime treat. The watermelon cake would make a great addition to summertime get togethers, BBQs, 4th of July…or anytime!
Any melon – cantaloupe or honeydew, I bet even pineapple could be used instead of watermelon. You could even make a layer cake by alternating the different melons and stacking them up with a layer of whipped cream in between! Any way you stack it or cut it, this cake is a winner!
Red White and Blue Watermelon Cake
Watermelon is cut into the shape of a cake, iced with fresh whipped cream and decorated with strawberries and blueberries.
I’ve been seeing salt dough ornament recipes all over Pinterest but most of them are for Christmas ornaments to hang on the tree. Halloween is just around the corner and I was feeling crafty and decided to make some Halloween decorations using salt dough.
I used a few Halloween themed cookie cutters to cut out my shapes and then painted them. If you didn’t want to make them into ornaments to hang you could just skip the step where you make a hole for hanging and use them in another way.
My Halloween salt dough ornaments are still a work in progress. I only had oil paints on hand (all my acrylic paint had dried up!) so I’m waiting for them to dry before I finish decorating them. Hopefully they will be dry by Halloween! I plan to use markers or paint pens to draw faces, add embellishments and do any detail work.
The salt dough comes together quickly and with ingredients you probably already have on hand: salt, water and flour.
I used this recipe from Spoonful to make my salt dough ornaments and it worked well.
Since making these I have found another recipe using cornstarch that says they are even better than salt dough but I have yet to try it out. Maybe for Christmas I will try them out and compare.
Salt Dough Ornament Recipe
Recipe from: Spoonful.com1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Salt
1/2 Cup Water
Yield: I was able to make 11 ornaments but the yield will depend on the size of your cookie cutters.
1) Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
2) Mix together all ingredients.
3) Knead on a lightly floured surface until the dough comes together and starts to feel smooth and elastic. (I don’t think I kneaded my dough enough and some of my ornaments came out uneven so I would suggest kneading for about 8-10 minutes)
4) Roll out the dough to a uniform thickness, about 1/4 inch and cut out shapes.
5) Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment (I used parchment for easy cleanup).
6) Use a toothpick to make holes for hanging or skip this step if you don’t want to make ornaments. Move the toothpick in a circular motion to create the size hole you want.
7) Bake for 2 hours.
8) Allow to cool completely before using.
9) Paint, decorate and embellish your Halloween salt dough ornaments and hang them up for everyone to enjoy!
With July 4th coming up I wanted to make something fun and festive. I have quite a bit of tulle and ribbon laying around so I decided to make a wreath for our door. The same wreath making technique could be applied to any occasion by using different colors of tulle and ribbon.
Step 1: Make a frame: I took a cardboard cake circle and cut out the middle for my wreath frame. A foam circle would work for this as well.
Step 2: Cut strips of tulle and tie them around the wreath frame with a simple knot.
Step 3: Cut a piece of coordinating ribbon and loosely wrap it around the wreath frame. Use a dab of glue on the backside to secure the ribbons’ ends.
Here is what the wreath looks like after tying the tulle strips and wrapping the coordinating ribbon around the frame.
Step 4: Loosely wrap another decorative ribbon around the red ribbon and secure the ends with a dab of glue. (I found the blue star garland at Hobby Lobby or you can get it here.)
Step 5: Create a bow and glue it to the bottom of the wreath. (I used a little device called a Bowdabra Bow Maker and Craft Tool to make this bow though you could easily make it without). I also added a pearl gem to the middle of my bow for a little something extra.
Step 6: Tie a coordinating piece of ribbon around the top of the wreath so you have something to hang your wreath from. Here is the finished wreath: