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mini caramel apples

Late last night, I got together with some friends to make mini caramel apples. They turned out so cute and are so easy to make! If you’ve ever had an unsuccessful caramel apple experience – I’ve had many, then you should give these a try.

The trick is the melon baller. Just core out some of the apple and then you have little manageable pieces to work with.

Put a stick in the little piece of apple and then dip and sprinkle until you’re heart is content.

My favorite were these apple pie version. Just like Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, except with none of the guilt.

How to Make Leather Napkin Rings

I shared the theme for my Thanksgiving Table today over on Babble, I decided to go with a Nautical theme. One of my very favorite details is this golden leather anchor napkin ring, which I’m going to show you how to make today.

 Gather your supplies;
Veggie Tan or tooling leather – for this project I used the 6-7 oz variety
Anchor Napkin Ring download
Hole Punch
Rubber Cement
Leather Paint

Start by getting your leather wet.

 Using something sharp, carve the anchor image into the wet leather.

Cut out your anchor.

Wet and shape a 1/2 inch piece of leather about 6 inches long. Shape into a ring with a clothespin.

Once both pieces of leather are dry, paint them any color you like.

Glue the ring closed, secure with a clothespin until dry.

Glue the anchor to the ring and secure with a clothespin until dry.

How to Make a Leather Packaging Bow

So, I know everyone was wondering (myself included) what to do with those leather confetti curlers from last week, well how about using them for really pretty present wrapping with these leather packaging bows.

These are really easy to make, but like with everything made from veggie tan leather, you just need a little waiting time for things to dry.

Supplies Needed:
veggie tan leather, I used the 2-3 oz variety
rubber cement
waxed linen thread (not pictured)
needle (not pictured)
leather hole punches

Lets get started!

Start with your pieces, feel free to play around with length and width. I used 3/4 inch strips cut into;
(1) 11 inch piece
(2) 10 inch pieces
(2) 9 inch pieces
(1) 8 inch piece
(1) 3.5 inch piece

Next get your leather wet.


Then shape your leather strips into figure 8′s.

Hold the 8 closed with a clothes pin. Loop the little strip into a loop, hold that closed as well.

After the strips have dried, use rubber cement to glue the 8′s in place. Reattach the clothes pin and allow the glue to dry fully.

When the glue is dry, take off all of the clothes pins and then put a dab of glue in the center of each piece.

Start arranging your bow by stacking the figure 8′s on top of each other biggest to smallest.

Allow to dry.

Take your hole punch and punch as near the center as possible, but just outside. Go through as many layers as you can on either side of the middle.

Punch two holes in your circle piece.

Grab your needle and thread. Begin on the bottom of one of the sides, pulling the thread up to the middle.

Loop in through the circle piece and back down through the other holes coming out the back.

Tie in a knot.

Ready to attach.


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