DIY: Air Plant Hangers

Like many things in my apartment, my bathroom is a little quirky. My apartment is a large Victorian-era home that was split up into 4 separate apartments and I'm thinking that my living room and bedroom used to be two bedrooms with a Jack-and-Jill bathroom in between. If I lived with another person, it might be annoying to walk through the bathroom to get to my bedroom, but I'm a single person and I don't care. That being said, the bathroom has a large window that was looking pretty empty. I think want curtains because it's a tight space and a really large window with a large windowsill. So I decided some hanging air plants would do just the trick. 

I purchased my glass hangers at a local store that was going out of business because they were a good price, but you can definitely get some at most nurseries or off of Amazon. The neon yarn I had lying around and hung with some cup hooks that I drilled into the ceiling. Done. 

It definitely adds a little something to the space. They've been hanging there for a few weeks now and I'm loving the way the final project looks.

DIY: Embellishing Doors with Washi Tape

I have a weird apartment layout, which would be more of a problem if it wasn't just me living in it. My apartment building is a Victorian-style house that was converted into 4 apartments, and my guess is that at one time, my living room and bedroom used to be 2 bedrooms separated by a jack-and-jill bathroom. Now that the one room is my living room, you need to walk through my bathroom to get to the bedroom. Like I said, would be a bigger problem if I wasn't living alone. 

All of this is leading me up to the fact that I have a lot of doors in my apartment. There's a door that separates the living room and bathroom, and a door that separates my bedroom from the bathroom, both in a pretty tight space. So, I decided those doors needed some pazazz and it needed to be cheap and take about 5 minutes. Washi tape to the rescue.

You'll need: washi tape and an exacto knife. 

This little update is done in a flash. Starting at the top of the door, aim to place the tape straight and in the middle of the door's width. Then just press it down, trying to keep it as straight as possible. When you get to the metal section in the middle, use the exacto knife to cut a clean edge and then start again at the bottom of that metal piece. Bring the tape all the way down the door, and wrap around the bottom before tearing it off. Give all the tape a firm pressing and you're done!

I love that it adds just the tiniest pop of color in a space that's a bit of a design challenge. And having it on both doors means that I can see it both from my sofa and from inside my bedroom. And when I no longer like it, or want to switch out the color, it peals right off.

Decorate: Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Does anyone really enjoy eating conversation hearts? I find them chalky and very artificial tasting. But, they are cute and such a fun idea to turn other things into. Kelly over at StudioDIY has been turning tons of adorable things into conversation hearts and it got me thinking about cupcakes.

For a while now I've been seeing heart-shaped cupcakes over on Pinterest and it's been on my list of things to try. Like a lot of things on Pinterest, this a very simple concept but it does take some trial and error. Here's what I did...  

You can use any boxed cake or from-scratch recipe to make these cupcakes. To make mine extra celebratory, I made Funfetti from scratch. Mix up the batter as directed and line you cupcake pan with paper liners. A lot of Pinterest links showed people using marbles, but I didn't have marbles. But, I do have tin foil! 

Tear off about a 2 inch wide piece of tin foil. Using kitchen scissors, cut that strip into three pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Each foil ball should be about the size of a marble. Place each ball in-between the liner and the side of the cupcake cup. Fill each liner with batter about 1/2 full. Too full and the batter will overflow and not look heart-shaped. Too little and the cupcakes just look sad. See? Trial and error. Give each foil ball a poke down with your finger and bake as directed. Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting: Mix up your favorite vanilla frosting recipe (I used one from Joy the Baker's Cookbook which is fabulous). Spoon about three tablspoons of frosting into a small bowl, and separate the remaining frosting evenly into three bowls (or four bowls if you want four different colors). Apply a small amount of food coloring into each bowl of frosting to create a pastel colors. I used pink, blue, and green. Mix the coloring in and apply to each cupcake with a spoon or offset spatula.

Apply red food coloring to the bowl with the small amount of frosting to create the text color. You'll want a dark red, so more food coloring than before. Fill a pastry bag or a sandwich baggie with the red frosting and cut off a very tiny hole. Pipe saying that can be found on conversation hearts and you're done!

Even if you don't want to go through the trouble of making them heart shaped, you can still frost circular cupcakes to look like conversation hearts. Still cute!

These definitely might look very homemade, but I kind of like that. Not everything needs to look like it walked out of a bakery and was made by professionals. People will be more excited with the effort you put in than if they looked perfect!

Decorate: Fruity Pebbles Cupcake Topping

For 2014, I wanted to start a new column here featuring different simple ways to decorate cupcakes. These ideas will work for cupcakes from scratch, fancying up boxed cupcakes, or even store bought. I think that even the simplest decorations can really make a splash at a party or even just as dessert after a family meal. I love decorating cupcakes and hopefully some of these easy peasy decorations will inspire you. But now on to these fun toppings...

To make these fun rainbow-colored cupcakes, apply a heavy amount of frosting onto each cupcake. You'll want a frosting that is thick and will hold the cereal well. Place the frosted cupcake in a small bowl and apply handfuls of cereal to the frosting. Place one hand against the side of the cupcake (where the lining ends) and roll your handful of cereal up onto the frosting, lightly press the cereal down. You want the entire frosting covered. Once done, top with a little washi tape wrapped around a toothpick or shorten bamboo skewer and cut into a flag. Cute!

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These would be great as a topping for some Funfetti Cupcakes and so cute for a child's birthday. Or maybe even a topping for some tie dyed cupcakes, which were all the rage like 2 years ago. Very simple, but also very, very fun.