taffy cone party favor

Oh friends. I'm seriously loving planning events. With the summer Eat Drink Create in the works, I'm researching, planning, and plotting like cray.

Along with organizing a rad event for all the Colorado folks out there, I'm also continuing my Be Creative project by trying different techniques for sparking creativity. May is all about play and channeling that inner child... you know? That part of us that creates + shares fearlessly and playfully like when we were little? Yep. It's there. Buried under my overly analytical ways...

I had the idea for this little party favor diy during one of my brainstorming seshes with "play" in mind. My inner child definitely approves of these taffy cone favors... and of eating all the taffy after these pictures were taken.

taffy cone party favor
taffy cone party favor


+ taffy + ice cream cones + tissue paper + regular paper + baker's twine or string + small clear favor bags + confetti (optional, but oh so fun)

taffy cone party favors
taffy cone party favor


01 Wrap twine or string around the ice cream cone and tie a bow. This step is optional, but super adorbs. I recommend.

02 Cut tissue paper into 4" x 4" squares.

03 Cut regular paper into 3" x 3" squares.

04 Place tissue paper into the ice cream cone first, followed by the regular paper. These little guys create a sturdy structure to hold the taffy.

05 Add taffy into the cone one at a time. One cone will hold 5-6 pieces.

06 Place taffy cone gently in a small clear plastic favor bag. Feel free to add confetti or additional candy to the bag.

07 Tie the top of the bag with more twine or string. Now that taffy is secure and ready to par-taaayyy.

taffy cone party favor

This post is part of the Be Creative project. Join me as I try 12 different methods for boosting creativity over the course of 12 months. Every Tuesday I’ll share my progress along with creative projects… Psst May is dedicated to PLAY, the act like a child method. Catch up on past Be Creative posts here!

Images by artsocial.

DIY Date // 2

DIY Date number one went pretty well... fun washi tape craft, good conversation about the environment, pretty good looking, there was a little booze involved. Pretty great first date, so that means a second date was in order. In case you missed the first round, DIY Date is run by the fabulous Louise of Laid Off Mom. She picks a certain supply or medium and whoever wants to participate will use the given supply/medium to create something unique. This month? BEADS.

When I first started researching for this date, I realized what a bad rap bead crafts have (macrame plant holders come to mind). As a result, finding inspiration for this date ended up being a bit more challenging than the previous washi tape date. Washi tape is just so loved and adored by all... but ya know, with a little perseverance and lots of time on Pinterest, I think it turned out preeeetty good. These simple necklaces were very much inspired by this and this. I realized on this DIY Date, crafts don't have to be complicated or time-consuming... and they definitely never need macrame (I apologize in advance if anyone did macrame for this DIY Date).

This DIY Date came with a little twist: we have to give our craft to someone. Eeep pressure! Now it actually has to look good. Welp. I decided to give one of these gems to my incredibly talented and inspiring friend/fellow craft gangster: Kate Donaldson, and the other is going to the most awesome niece in all the land: Diem. She's turning 5 at the end of the month, so this will be part of her birthday prezzie. Shhhh. Don't tell her. Good thing she's too young to read my blog... She loves trying on my necklaces and bracelets when I visit, so now she can have her very own "grown up" necklace. I hope she likes it even though it's not Hello Kitty related... Hello Kitty seems to be all the rage amongst 5 year olds.

Anyhoo, in case you want to partake in this easy shmeesy craft:

what you need wooden beads chain paint (the brighter, the bettaaaa) sponge brush masking tape

what to do Using masking tape, tape off part of the bead. Paint exposed portion of the bead. Paint as many or as few as you'd like. Get creative, friendies. After the beads dry, remove the tape, then string them onto the chain. You're ready to rock those beads.

Images by artsocial.

Crafting for the Crafting Inept

Confession time. I may claim to be a "craft gangster" but, guys, I craft like a child. If there are more than 5 steps, I know I'll never finish. If I have to spend more than 15 minutes in Michaels gathering supplies, I get anxiety. If any power and/or pneumatic tools are involved, please, I won't even attempt it. Now, crafts that take minimal time, supplies, and allow me to drink one of these whilst making it? Sign me up.

I've come across some very "pinteresting" (ha!) crafts lately that I could totally handle and may even attempt one day...


The Dipped Wooden Utensil via House of Earnest

Painting a wooden spoon I can handle... but it better not take me too long to find "food safe shellac" in the craft store.


The Chain Bow Necklace via Harper's Bazaar

They almost lost me at "lobster clasp" and "beading pliers" but it's so cute, I must overcome.


The Rotating Goal List via Cornflower Blue Studio

Post-its and sharpies? Done and done.


Why do I call myself a craft gangster, you ask? Because I'm still forging ahead, despite my child-like crafting ability, and making crafts the way I want to make them... and listening to Flo Rida while I do it. That's pretty gangster, right...