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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 12/15/15

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

MAKING A PEPPERMINT PLATE FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH A DISNEY TWIST!!!






















Peppermint Plate (with a Disney twist)

   I am thrilled to be asked to guest-blog on Fran’s Disney crafting blog. I need to start off by saying that I am not a creative person.  If I can make this peppermint plate, then anyone can make one!  I have seen this craft on websites like Pinterest and always wanted to try making one, however, I just never found the time.  Last week my mother-in-law sent me a picture of a peppermint plate that she had made that afternoon and I was determined to try it out.  However, like any other aspect of my life, I wanted to find a way to add a Disney twist.  So, after searching my house for any gadgets that would add some ears to my Christmas craft, I was off to my in-laws to begin my experiments.  The finished product is adorable (I think) and I hope my fellow Disney-lovers can try this craft out and maybe attempt some other alterations that I didn’t think of!  Enjoy and Merry Christmas!



Supplies:

  • Starlight Mints (red and green if you want)
  • Parchment Paper
  • Any type of pan (round, 9×13, or larger)
  • Cookie cutter (optional)
  • Oven


Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350.

Step 2:
Unwrap the starlight mints (I only used whole ones, but you may be able to keep small pieces in certain designs)

Step 3:
Place your pan on the parchment paper and trace the bottom of the pan onto the parchment paper, making sure to cut the actual paper about 1/8 inch larger than your tracing.  This will allow you to have a little bit of a lip on the paper, so that the edges of the candy do not stick to your pan. (one thing that I found out is that even if the candy does stick to the pan, it will come right off of the side when it cools)

Step 4:
Place the parchment paper along the bottom of the pan, making sure to crease the paper along the edge of the pan, so that the paper will stand on its own.

Step 5:
Begin placing the mints into the pan, beginning with the outside edge of the pan, working your way towards the middle.  You will place the mints side-by-side so that the edges are touching each other.
Step 6:
When the pan is full of mints, then you will place it in the oven and cook it for about 7 minutes or until the mints have melted flat.

Step 7:
Remove the pan from the oven and allow the pan and plate to cool before flipping the pan over and catching the plate as it comes out of the pan.  Make sure that the plate doesn’t hit the counter as it is fragile.

Step 8:
The parchment paper will most likely fall off the bottom of the plate, however you can just set the plate on top of the paper to prevent it from sticking to the surface.

That is all that you need to do to create a peppermint plate.  Now for my Disney touch: I used a cookie cutter that was in the shape of Mickey’s head.  I first used it to make a Mickey-shaped peppermint plate, but then got extra creative and made a peppermint plate with a Mickey silhouette in the middle.














  In order to do this, you will place the cookie cutter in the middle of the pan.  Fill both the cookie cutter and the pan with mints.  Place the pan in the oven and allow to back until the mints have melted, then remove from the oven and allow to cool a little.  Using a towel or potholder, pull the cookie cutter from the mint plate by working it out of the mints.  If it works, you should leave the shape of the cookie cutter in the plate with just a small cut out of where the cutter was.  To make sure they are melted together, place the entire pan back into the oven and cook for just a few minutes.
   I read on the Internet that you can take these to parties with cookies or other treats and people can break off a piece of the plate if they want, but they can also just be used as decorations.  Now I just need to find a way to preserve them year to year!
I have also attached a few extra pictures of the other types of peppermint crafts I also attempted while making the plates.

STRAIGHT FROM THE NORTH POLE GIFT WRAPPING DEPARTMENT, FREE PRINTABLE NAUGHTY OR NICE GIFT TAGS!!

Do you know someone who has been naughty or nice and you want to let them know? Then these are the tags you’ve been searching for! :)
Naughty Tag
Nice Tag


You can save them individually, or here is a pdf with 8 to a sheet: Naughty Or NiceTags
I’m gonna have fun with these!
Maybe I should have done a whole sheet of just Naughty! 

24 FREE CHRSTMAS I PHONE WALLPAPERS!!

24 Free Graphic Christmas IPhone Wallpapers




I had so much fun putting together this collection of 24 free graphic iPhone wallpapers, that I wanted to put together a set of Christmas backgrounds and wallpapers for your smart phones. Many of the links share multiple fun choices, and many even include desktop and iPad wallpaper as well. Most of these were created by amazing artists, bloggers, and graphic designers, so be sure to click through and check out their great blogs and portfolios. You can personalize your phone with fun cases and covers, but you can also personalize it with these creative free backgrounds.

1. Joy to the World – Lines Across
2. Keep Calm and Wait for Santa – Heidi Sonnenschein
3. Polar Bear – Lumadessa
4. Merry Christmas Snow Globe – Jessica Hogarth
5. Gold Confetti – Design Love Fest
6. Oh Joy – Eighteen 25
7. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Collected
8. Warm and Cozy – Sweet Athena
9. The Grinch – Degree Search
10. Reindeer and Owl – The Caroline Johansson
11. Christmas Wreaths – Sarah Hearts
12. Bokeh Christmas Lights – Dream a Little Bigger
13. Vintage Christmas Trees – Lines Across
14. I Will Honor Christmas – Degree Search
15. Bow and Stripes – Glitter and Bow
16. Glittery Chevron – Shrimp Salad Circus
17. Chalkboard Merry Christmas – Eighteen 25
18. Christmas Owl – My Owl Barn
19. Snow Angel – Compulsive Craftiness
20. Christmas Ornament – Jessica Hogarth
21. Oh Deer – Oh Everything Handmade
22. Christmas Robins – Matt Richards Illustration
23. Have a Merry Christmas – Heidi Sonnenschein
24. Gold and White Feathers – Sarah Hearts