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Make a craft for your mom this Mother's Day

Crafts aren't just for kids

What can you give to the mother who has everything? By thinking outside the box and making some special treats, you're sure to give her a smile this Mother's Day. Crafts aren't just for kids, after all. Adults may find that these crafts are fun and easy — and can take family bonding to a whole new level!

Brownie Bouquet

Girls love chocolate and flowers, so a brownie bouquet is the perfect way to show Mom you love her. Wilton Industries, Inc., a company that's all about celebrating events, offers up their recipe and instructions for a yummy group of spring petals that is sure to brighten any mom's day. After all, chocolate always makes everything better!

 

What you need:
Pan (silicone blossom brownie pops mold)
Cake decorating bag with number 5 tip
Jumbo confetti sprinkle decorations
Brownie pop sticks
Jelly spearmint leaves
Craft foam
5-inch flower pot or container
Knife
Scissors
Curling ribbon

 

Directions:

 

  1. Bake and cool brownies in mold supported by cookie sheet; unmold and trim to level.
  2. Outline petals with tip 5 in rose, blue, violet and yellow buttercream.
  3. Insert sticks. Cut a small slit in spearmint leaf and slide onto stick.
  4. Attach confetti for flower center with a dot of icing. Position craft foam and cut to fit inside container.
  5. Insert brownies on sticks in container.
  6. Curl ribbon and arrange around sticks; each brownie serves one.

Buttercream Icing Recipe

What you need:
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 pound)
2 tablespoons milk

 

Directions:

 

  1. In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla.
  3. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry.
  4. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Re-whip before using.
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