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16 Dec

How To Tuesday: Washi Tape Gift Bags Stuffed with Homemade Candied Pecans

How is it already December 16th? Literally, I’ve done ZERO shopping. Not for family, not for friends, certainly not for that office Secret Santa I’m a part of tomorrow. I’m doomed. If you’re like me, then we’re both in luck as I have the perfect, easy, done-in-1-hour homemade holiday treat that’s great to give as a gift, or to enjoy just for yourself.

Candied Pecans are a go-to gift for me. They’re easy to whip up and everyone loves them. Cinnamon-sugared baked pecans will leave your kitchen smelling like one of those nut stands on the corner of New York City streets (aka the best smell in the world.) Then, using Washi tape and parchment bags, you can create festive one-of-a-kind gift bags to share with coworkers, the mailman, or anyone you need that last minute gift for.

CoolingnutsWashi bags filled with pecans

First, start by preparing the Candied Pecans. Once your pecans are in the oven baking, you can start making your Washi tape gift bags.

Candied Pecans (Adapted from Sinful Southern Sweets)

Makes four 3 oz. servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Candied Pecans ingredients

  • 12 oz. Pecan halves
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • ½ Cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ Cup white granulated sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 250°F. In a large mixing bowl, add the egg white and water. Using a whisk, or electric mixer, beat the two together until light and frothy, about 2 minutes. Add the pecans to the egg mixtures, and stir to coat evenly. In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and salt until combined. Add the sugar mixture to the pecans, and stir to coat evenly. On a foil-lined baking sheet, spread the pecans in a single layer. Bake for 1 hour; stirring every 15 minutes. After an hour, the pecans should smell delicious and have a hardened candy shell surrounding them. While your pecans are baking, you can start making your Washi tape gift bags. Using strips of Washi tape, decorate the bags in any design or pattern you like. Once your bags are ready and the pecans have cooled to the touch, fill up the gift bags and seal with a piece of tape.

Eggwhites beat

1. Preheat the oven to 250°F. In a large mixing bowl, add the egg white and water. Using a whisk, or electric mixer, beat the two together until light and frothy, about 2 minutes.

Nuts in bowl

2. Add the pecans to the egg mixtures, and stir to coat evenly.

Nuts brown sugar

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and salt until combined.

foillined baking sheet

4. Add the sugar mixture to the pecans, and stir to coat evenly.

Finished

5. On a foil-lined baking sheet, spread the pecans in a single layer. Bake for 1 hour; stirring every 15 minutes.

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6. After an hour, the pecans should smell delicious and have a hardened candy shell surrounding them.

While your pecans are baking, you can start making your Washi tape gift bags.

Washi Tape Gift Bags

  • Parchment bags — you can also use paper bags, mason jars, or any receptacle of your choosing.
  • Washi tape

Washi Tape bags

Washi Bags

Using strips of Washi tape, decorate the bags in any design or pattern you like.

Washi bags filled with pecans

Once your bags are ready and the pecans have cooled to the touch, fill up the gift bags and seal with a piece of tape.

This will be the easiest and tastiest DIY gift you’ll make all season!

For more recipes, make sure to check out St. Martin’s Kitchen on Facebook and Pinterest and for more Washi inspired crafts, pick up your copy of Washi Style! by Marisa Edghill, available January 13, 2015, wherever books are sold.

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6 Aug

Create a Bouquet of Beautiful Fabric Flowers

Handmade Fabric Flowers (click on cover to buy)
32 Beautiful Blooms to Make
by You-Zhen Lu
$24.99/$28.99 Can.
160 pages, trade paperback

Handmade Fabric Flowers is the latest book in our Spring-Summer 2013 craft book list. This unique book shows you how to create gorgeous flowers using a range of fabric, and flower irons to manipulate and shape the fabric. The techniques are clearly explained using step-by-step, close-up photographs and clear diagrams and illustrations, so even newbies will never get lost.

A complete overview of flower irons is given, showing you how to use your iron correctly and safely. And as sizing is a big component of these fabric flowers, different sizing options are covered as well. Applying sizing to the fabric before you use your flower iron will not only make the fabric easier to form, but it will also help your finished flowers keep their shape.

Summer Wine Rose using cotton and voile

 

The range of fabrics you can use and the flowers you can create is truly stunning. Variation suggestions are given throughout the book, so you can make bouquets of all kinds using endless combinations of unique and interesting textures. For example, check out the Carnations below. The first one uses a pale purple cotton, while the second Carnation was made using delicate white eyelet fabric for a completely different look.

 

A Carnation made using cotton and chiffon ribbon

 

A Carnation made of white eyelet fabric

 

And the lush Peony below uses a mixture of satin and basketweave fabric for an interesting visual impact.

 

Peonies using satin and basketweave fabric

 

The gorgeous photography in the book gives you tons of ideas for how to use your beautiful, new floral creations. Personally, I’d love to attach the Peony above to a headband for an eye-catching fascinator. Also, with a wedding coming up, I think that the Orchids below look  like the perfect understated centerpiece, with a tasteful bit of bling: a gorgeous rhinestone chaton acting as the Orchid’s stigma.

 

Satin Orchids with a rhinestone chaton “stigma” are attached to a branch to make up an elegant decoration

 

What will your first fabric flower creation be?

 

A Gerber Daisy made of faux leather, cotton, cotton slub fabric, and pearl trim makes the perfect brooch

 

An adorable, little nosegay of Forget Me Nots made of cotton slub fabric with beaded stamens

 

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PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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