You can do this - painted macarons and chocolate candy sweets

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons and chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I am so excited to share two of my favourite DIY edible projects with you today. 

Not everyone has the time (or the skills) to make all of the pretty edible sweets that we see on Instagram. Taking a cookie decorating workshop has been at the top of my "wish list" for a while. For now, I am happy to just add hand painted details to pre-made macarons and create these simple candy treats.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons | Lorrie Everitt Studio

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons  | Lorrie Everitt Studio

My Easter themed hand painted macarons are very easy to create using vodka, gel food colouring and of course pre-made macarons. My macarons came from Macaronz. I should point out that the colours of the macarons were more important to me for this project than the flavours.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons  | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Here's the supplies that you'll need to paint on macarons: vodka, gel food colouring, paint brushes for baked goods and a small paint palette.

1. Painting with gel food colouring and vodka is very much like working with watercolour paints. Add a small amount the gel food colours into the paint palette and water it down using just a little vodka. The more vodka you add the more "watered down" the colour will become.

2. Paint your design using the food safe paint brushes on the macarons. And that's it!

Pretty simple right?  You can use my examples as inspiration to make these yourself or come up with your own designs. 

Tip: Get a couple of extra macarons to practice on first. Practice with different paint brushes and test your colours. You can just eat the test samples so it's a win/win ;)

Note: The vodka paint does not make the macaron soggy and it does not change the taste of the macaron. From everything that I have been able to research on this technique, the vodka evaporates so it's safe to give these to children. 

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons | Lorrie Everitt Studio

My Easter themed macarons included a chick, bunny, and whimsical decorated egg and carrot patterns.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons  | Lorrie Everitt Studio

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons | Lorrie Everitt Studio

If you want to use these painted macarons as party favours head over to this blog post for packaging ideas.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors -  chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I love candy melts and they are a basic baking supply that I stock in my pantry all year round. I used vanilla chocolate candy melts in lollipop molds to create these pretty and easy Easter theme candy treats.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Here's the supplies that you'll need : lollipop candy mold, lollipop sticks, (vanilla) candy melts, chocolate M&Ms, assorted candy sprinkles, microwave safe containers.

1. Place the lollipop sticks in the candy molds. 

2. Melt the candy melts as per the instructions on the package. 

3. Pour the melted candy into the candy mold.

4. Working quickly before the melted candy hardens in the molds add sprinkles and M&M chocolate candies to decorate.

5. Allow to completely harden for an hour. Pop them from the molds and you are done.



diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I think that these would make wonderful party favours and you can find more information on how to package these in this blog post.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I like to display sweets on sticks in jars filled with candies or coarse sugar. This display idea works whether you are serving these (unpackaged) treats on a sweet table or setting them up as a favour/take away.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Tip: I use paper straws that have been cut to different heights in the jar to hold the lollipop sticks in place and add to the visual presentation.

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Have a sweet (long) weekend!

diy sweet ideas for entertaining and favors - painted macarons and chocolate candy sweets | Lorrie Everitt Studio

DIY Easter themed gift packaging using pom poms

Saturday, March 17, 2018


 DIY Easter themed gift packaging inspiration using handmade pom poms | Lorrie Everitt Studio

In my last post I showed you how to make your own pom poms using The Loome pom pom tools. Today I thought that I'd show you some of the Easter themed projects that I created using my pom poms.

DIY Easter themed gift packaging inspiration using handmade pom poms | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I placed pom poms on these burlap tote bags. I think that these tote bags would be so sweet for an Easter egg hunt. Finish the front and the backs of the bags or just add a pom pom to one side ... there's no right or wrong.

On the front: a small pink pom pom along with a few hand stitched whiskers. 
On the back: a larger white pom pom.

DIY Easter themed gift packaging inspiration using handmade pom poms | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Turn plain muslin drawstring bags into Easter favor bags by adding pom poms. I added a small punch of colour to the pom poms to represent a bunny nose and a chick beak. It was easy to add an embroidered word to the muslin bag for another fun detail.
Tip: I used disappearing fabric ink pens to write out what I was going to embroider.

DIY Easter themed gift packaging inspiration using handmade pom poms | Lorrie Everitt Studio

DIY Easter themed gift packaging inspiration using handmade pom poms | Lorrie Everitt Studio

DIY Easter themed gift packaging inspiration using handmade pom poms | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Tip: If you are going to use fabric bags to package edible items you should package the food in clear candy bags first. 

DIY Easter themed gift packaging inspiration using handmade pom poms | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Turn any plain wine bag into an Easter theme wine bag by adding a pom pom to the bottom of the bag. Who wouldn't love to receive this as a hostess gift on Easter weekend?
Tip: Sew the pom pom in place with a few stitches so it will not fall off. 

DIY Easter themed gift packaging inspiration using handmade pom poms | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Pom poms can be added to plain paper shopping bags using glue. I created tissue paper pom poms and tissue paper bunny "ears" to make my gift bags a little more special.


DIY Easter themed gift packaging inspiration using handmade pom poms | Lorrie Everitt Studio




Let's Make Pom Poms

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Let's make pom poms using The Loome Tools | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I've been wanting to try out The Loome Tools ever since I found out we'd be getting one of them in our swag bags at the Create Now Summit this May. Thanks to Melissa and arounna, I was able to try out the Loome Pom Pom and Tassel Maker and the Loome Pom Pom Trim Guide a little early so I could add some handmade pom poms to a few of the Easter DIY projects that I'm working on. 


Let's make pom poms using The Loome Tools | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Let's make pom poms using The Loome Tools | Lorrie Everitt Studio

You'll need the Loome pom pom tool and pom pom trim guide, yarn and scissors.

Secure yarn to one of the notches on the loome pom pom tool ...
wind yarn around and around ...
tie the centre core using a single strand of yarn (or twine) ...
remove pom pom from loome and double knot ...
cut loops  on both sides ..
use the pom pom trim guide to give your pom pom a "haircut" on each side ...
continue trimming until you like the shape of your finished pom pom!


Let's make pom poms using The Loome Tools | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Check back to see how I used these pom pom on with of my favourite Easter packaging supplies from Creative Bag.

Note: I used cotton yarns to make these Easter themed pom poms. The finished pom poms were not as dense and fluffy as pom poms made with wool yarns but I think that they are perfect for my spring time projects.

pretty gift topper inspiration

Sunday, December 24, 2017

pretty gift topper inspiration from Lorrie Everitt Studio

Just in case you are still finishing up your holiday gift wrapping today here's a little last minute inspiration to make your gift wrapping a little prettier by using a variety of different gift toppers. I love to add gift toppers to my gift wrapping because it's pretty and because it's like you are giving a bonus gift. And who wouldn't like that?!

pretty gift topper inspiration from Lorrie Everitt Studio

This heart shaped bottle opener is both practical and beautiful. I stock up on these to use for hostess gifts all year round.


pretty gift topper inspiration from Lorrie Everitt Studio

For the bakers and foodies on your list - add a cookie cutter or an edible cookie ornament! My custom owl cookie ornament was made for me by Mary from Emma's Sweets and you can check out her cookie decorating tutorials here.

pretty gift topper inspiration from Lorrie Everitt Studio

This fresh rosemary wreath isn't just pretty, it will make your gift smell good too! I added a round coaster with a holiday message behind the wreath as a gift tag.

pretty gift topper inspiration from Lorrie Everitt Studio

Mini wreaths all tied up with ribbon are so simple yet so elegant.

pretty gift topper inspiration from Lorrie Everitt Studio

Add a one-of-a-kind hand painted ornament for a personal touch like this one from Jennifer Fryer.

pretty gift topper inspiration from Lorrie Everitt Studio

If you shopped at any local holiday markets you might have picked up handmade ornaments like this adorable wood fox by Kiriki Press. You can make your own gift tags using photos .

pretty gift topper inspiration from Lorrie Everitt Studio

I've shown you how to make these simple paper bows before and they are a great way to use up your wrapping paper scraps.

pretty gift topper inspiration from Lorrie Everitt Studio

Can't find something to use as a gift topper? No problem. You can add a personal touch to plain gift boxes and wrapping paper using markers, stamps and paints. I used a gold metallic pen to draw a design to the top of this gold foil edged gift box.

Happy wrapping and Merry Christsmas.



Sources: All of my gift wrapping supplies were from Creative Bag
Floral elements were created by Flower Treasures
All photography is my own with the exception of the two photos that were credited to Janet Kwan Photography.



pretty gift topper inspiration from Lorrie Everitt Studio

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Creating sweet tables has to be one of my favourite things to do during the holidays. 

You don't need to have a lot of different treats to create a holiday sweet table. I used assorted serving dishes, buffalo gift boxesburlap ribbons, mini trees and lights for my festive set up.

I prefer to put out a little bit of everything in smaller containers and then refill them every once in a while so that the display looks some what full for most of time.

Here's how I set up my little stress free sweet table:

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Buffalo plaid gift boxes are both functional and decorative in my set ups. If you don't have gift boxes, you can create a similar look using books covered with wrapping paper "jackets" like I did here.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I have created these snow globe inspired jars filled with cookies as hostess gifts for years. This year I thought that it would be fun to make one for myself and use it as the focal point of my sweet table display. 

 I use coarse sugar to create a snowy base in the glass containers.The mini gingerbread house and cookies are from Mad Batter BakersThe container is more of a display element so you may want to fill another serving dish with gingerbread cookies for guests to easily take and eat.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I filled a candy dish with custom made sugar cookies from Emma's Sweets. You can add coarse sugar to the bottom of the candy dish so that the cookies will stand up.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Another small candy dish was filled with assorted colours of french macarons from Macaronz and placed on a gift box for height.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Not everything on your sweet table has to be baked goods. I like to fill larger containers with chocolates, popcorn, candy and nuts.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Once the serving dishes have been set up I fill in large spaces with gift boxes tied up with ribbon. I like to use pretty gift boxes in my holiday decor and in January I fill them with Christmas tree decorations for storage.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Finally I add in mini trees and battery operated strings of lights.

home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Guests may think that your sweet table is too pretty to eat so make sure that you tell them it's okay to help themselves!


home for the holidays - set up a sweet table | Lorrie Everitt Studio