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DIY Pillow Box Popsicle Treat Boxes

May 27, 2015

Create pillow boxes that look like popsicles! Such a perfect idea for summer party favors!

This month’s #12monthsofmartha project will have you craving for icy cold pops! I used the gift box maker, which easily transforms any paper or cardstock into pillow boxes, to create the cutest gift boxes you ever did see.

Grab a couple supplies, many you may already have on hand, and make a whole batch of these for your next summer party! I used the smallest gift box template to create mine but the gift box tool includes 3 template sizes so you can make them any size you like. If you choose to make medium or large popsicle boxes, I recommend using large or  jumbo wooden sticks.

Use a pillow box cutter to create custom party favors.

Supplies: gift box tool / colored cardstock / craft knife / double-sided tape / small popsicle sticks / cutting mat
Time: 30 minutes

This pillow box cutter is so cool! Perfect for making party favors and small gift boxes.

Step 1: Place the paper with the outside color/pattern face down on a cutting mat . Use the embossing tool to score the paper on the right and bottom side of the template. Press down on the cutting arm, while holding the template firmly in place, and cut the top semi-circle. Reposition the arm and cut the bottom semi-circle. Reposition the tool so the left side is aligned with the scored vertical line. Use the embossing tool to again score the paper on the right and bottom sides. Finish cutting the shape by cutting all the way around.

Score the bottom of a pillow box to turn it into a popsicle treat box.

Step 2: Fold the paper over so the side with the straight edge is touching the side with 3 semi-circles. Use a craft knife to cut a slit the width of the popsicle stick through both layers of paper. Apply double sided tape across the bottom piece, where you just cut.

Insert wood sticks in the bottom of a pillow box to turn it into a popsicle treat box.

Step 3: Press the bottom edges together and carefully insert the popsicle stick. Then add double-sided tape along the open edge and press it firmly in place.

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Then your treat box is ready to be filled! I filled mine with rainbow sour candies but you can use any of your favorite sweets. Once they’re filled, use a little double-sided tape to seal the top closed. These small boxes would also make cute gift boxes for gift cards!

I adore these cute pillow boxes that have been transformed into popsicles!

Check out my other #12MonthsofMartha projects including my mid-century modern side table makeover!
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Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Orange Beet Balsamic Vinaigrette

May 25, 2015

If you love beets then you'll love this delicious salad! It's the perfect salad to serve this summer! Click through for the full recipe including the recipe for the orange beet dressing!

When the temperatures heat up in the summer I love cooking meals that don’t involve cooking at all. Cold soups, ceviche, and salads are some of my favorite summer dishes that are served cold and require little to no cooking. I especially love serving a bright and colorful salad when friends come over for dinner because when salad can be pretty why would you serve a bagged caesar salad?

I created a seriously delicious salad and dressing that you’ll want to make all summer long. It combines some of my favorites like Natalie’s Beet Orange Juice with fresh roasted beets and goat cheese. The orange beet balsamic dressing is the perfect blend of sweet and savory and is just so great with this salad. It also would be great on any of your favorite greens. This salad makes a pretty side at a summer dinner or would make a great light meal when topped with a grilled chicken breast (or even salmon).

How delicious does this salad look? It would be the perfect salad to serve for summer dinner parties or you can top it with chicken for a light dinner.

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Orange Beet Balsamic Vinaigrette
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

For the salad
- 6 beets, any color you like, trimmed and washed
- 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
- 1/3cup walnuts
- 2 cups arugula

For the vinaigrette
- 1/3 cup Natalie’s Orange Beet juice
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (this is my favorite)
- salt & pepper

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400º. Toast the walnuts in a small pan over medium heat until golden and fragrant. Set aside. Wrap beets loosely in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet.

Step 2: Bake beets in oven for 45 minutes – 1 hours. They should be fork tender. Remove from oven and unwrap. When they are cool enough to handle, use a paper towel to gently remove the skins. Cut them into 1/4” slices. Set aside to cool completely.

Step 3: In a large bowl, add arugula, toasted walnuts, beet slices, orange pieces and goat cheese crumbles. Top with desired amount of dressing and gently stir until combined. Serve on a serving platter or in a salad bowl. Enjoy!

The extra dressing can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

This beet salad with orange beet balsamic vinaigrette is the perfect side dish for summer dinner parties! Click through for the recipe.

This roasted beet salad with goat cheese, toasted walnuts and arugula looks so delicious!

Yum! Cannot wait to try this beet salad with goat cheese, walnuts, and arugula. The orange beet balsamic vinaigrette is the perfect dressing for this salad or your favorite greens.

Looking for more delicious recipes from summer sweets to savory salads? Check out my recipe index.

This post is sponsored by Natalie’s Juice. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep Sarah Hearts going!

#Punch4Everybody: Spiked Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca Punch

May 23, 2015

Nothing says summer quite like a refreshing cocktail made with juicy watermelon! Try this crowd pleasing punch recipe that’s perfect for Memorial Day and summer parties. (Click through for the recipe to make watermelon mint aqua fresca punch)

Though it’s felt a lot like summer around here (I mean, hello 95+ degree temperatures!), Memorial Day is what most people think of the official start of summer. And nothing is better than a long weekend and a backyard bqq with friends to kick off summer, right?

And because every good hostess enjoys serving a delicious punch, I’ve created the essential summer drink. A watermelon mint agua fresca punch that really tastes like summer in a glass! It’s easy to make and combines fresh ingredients with Smirnoff Watermelon. It’s the perfect punch to serve at backyard parties and Memorial Day barbecues. Punch is my go-to cocktail of choice when serving a crowd because it’s so easy to make and the large batch means I don’t have to worry about making more half way through the evening.

Watermelon vodka with fresh watermelon, mint and lime? Yes, please! Can't wait to try this punch recipe this summer.

Spiked Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca Punch
Makes 8 servings

Ingredients: 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon + more for ice cubes / 1 cup fresh mint leaves / 1 lime, thinly sliced / 1/2 cup simple syrup / 1.5 cups Smirnoff Watermelon / 1 cup club soda

Step 1: Puree 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon in a blender until smooth. Strain mixture over a fine mesh sieve and into a large bowl. It’s easiest to do this using the back of a wooden spoon to push the watermelon puree through the sieve. Discard solids and set aside.

Step 2: Place the mint leaves, lime slices, and simple syrup in the bottom of a large pitcher. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush the leaves and fruit.

Step 3: Top the muddled mixture with 2 cups of the strained, pureed watermelon. Add the vodka and club soda and gently stir to combine. Refrigerate the punch until you’re ready to serve.

Getting ready for Memorial Day (and the official start of summer) by making watermelon ice cubes! Just cut seedless watermelon into 1-inch cubes, place in an ice cube tray and freeze until you’re ready to use them.

Easy Watermelon Punch Hack
Why fill a glass with ice when you can fill it with frozen watermelon chunks instead?

My ice cube hack involves cutting fresh seedless watermelon chunks into cubes that are about 1 inch wide and placing them in an ice cube tray. Pop them in the freezer for at least an hour (or overnight). Take them out when you’re ready to serve the punch. Place about 5-6 cubes in each glass and serve with a small fork or cocktail pick so your guests can enjoy the watermelon after they finish the punch!

This watermelon punch looks so delicious! The addition of watermelon vodka makes it perfect for summer!

Yum! Serve up this spiked punch that uses fresh watermelon, mint and limes at your next summer bbq!

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Links to Love

May 21, 2015

Add some color, pattern and fun to your home with one of these easy to do DIY projects! Click through for a link to each tutorial.

I’m dipping out early this week to work on a TON of new projects! I’m still playing catch up after an amazing week in Hawaii at the Silhouette Summit. Have you checked out their new products? I seriously cannot wait for the Curio to come out this fall!

If you’re hosting a Memorial Day bash, I’ll have a fun recipe for you on Saturday. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite links from this week!

1. DIY pom pom trimmed napkins perfect for summer parties.

2. DIY grid planter. Doable in minutes!

3. DIY dot mug cute for coffee or your washi tape stash.

4. DIY connect four game. Connect Four next looked so good!

I’m also loving:

Amazon’s 20% off all fashion related items sale!

These DIY gold leaf planters.

These dishwasher safe, candy colored bento boxes.

DIY Solid Color Photo Backdrops

May 20, 2015

Add a pop of color to your photos with custom painted photo backdrops! Click through for step-by-step tutorial and tips!

I’ve been working behind the scenes with one of my favorite designers on all new branding for Sarah Hearts! I cannot wait to share it all with you! In the meantime, I’m working on sprucing up a couple things here and there to get ready for the rebrand.

One of the things on my to-do list was to create some new photo backdrops in my new color palette. So when my friend Rachel posted about creating her own photo backdrops last week, I finally went to the store and picked up supplies to make my own! With just a few supplies, I created 6 bright and oh-so-Sarah Hearts backdrops that you will soon see in lots of photos.

Create your own candy colored photo backdrops! (Click through for tutorial)

Time: 15 minutes + drying time
Supplies: plywood panels / house paint samples / 4″ foam roller and paint tray

I went to Lowes and matched Valspar paint samples to my new color palette. I had each color mixed in a sample size. They are a great value for a ton of craft projects! They are so much cheaper (and way easier) than custom mixing the color yourself with craft paint.

Want a pro-tip? Cover your paint tray with Press ‘N Seal. This one is a game changer you guys. No clean up after painting? Yes, please!

Learn how to transform a cheap piece of plywood into a custom photo backdrop!

Use a foam roller to cover the entire surface of the plywood with paint. The foam roller covers quickly and leaves a perfectly smooth finish. You will likely need to apply 2-3 coats to get a solid look. I found it covered best when you rolled the paint on perpendicular to the wood grain. Just allow the paint to dry for 10-15 minutes between coats. Once you’re done, you can flip the board over and paint the other side a different color. Easy peezy and perfect for all kinds of photos!

Loving the bright, summery paint colors used to create DIY photo backdrops.

Colors used are Valspar Rose Dust, Camille Pink, Afternoon Tea, Fountain Mist, Poppy Field, Rushing Stream

What’s your favorite photo backdrop? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Loving these custom painted photo backdrops! Such a simple way to add a pop of color to blog and Instagram photos.