Sweets for my Sweet (coconut ice)

It’s Crafty Tuesday and we’re getting ready for St Valentine’s Day! These coconut ice hearts shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to put together and are so simple that the kids can probably make them on their own – if they have strong arms 😉  I’ll be posting a new photo later, when DD7 is home and can make the heartshaped gifttags…

You’ll need:

  • 1 tin of condensed milk 397g (in Denmark you can buy it from any Turkish greengrocer)

  • 340g of icing sugar (flormelis in Danish)
  • 340g dessicated coconut (kokosmel in Danish)
  • food colouring (optional)

Mix the condensed milk and icing sugar together. Takes a strong arm…or four! 😉

Then mix in the coconut, a little at a time. Don’t worry, you will get there eventually though it might take some time.

We took out half the mixture at this point and spread it out on baking paper. Easiest to use a spatula dipped in water. Keep it fairly thin if you’re going to cut out shapes.

We then added some pink food colouring to the rest of the mixture and spread it out. Leave the mixture to dry out – should take a couple of hours or you can leave it overnight. Then cut out shapes…we used small heart and star cookie cutters.

You could also colour the coconut ice mixture with green for St Patrick’s Day, orange and black for Halloween, yellow for Easter, etc, etc.

Parcel up a few (we’ve put ours into small cellophane bags) and give them away to the ones you love. Remember to keep a bag for yourself – because you’re worth it! 😉

Happy Tuesday! 🙂

Crafty Tuesday – 19 January 2010 (You light up my life…)

OK, hope that corny title got your attention! Are you ready for another 15 minute craft? 😉

Today’s ‘candle jar’ craft is inspired by one that DD7 made for me at scouts. She painted the outside of a glass jar with red, pink and yellow paint. We received our ‘gift’ at the Scout Christmas party – they put out all the lights and the beaver scouts did a little candlelight procession. Yep, the ‘Mum tears’ were certainly out in force that day 🙂 Here’s DD7’s jar in all it’s glory…

We placed the jar on the coffeetable in the livingroom and have had it lit every night since Christmas. It gives a surprisingly warm glow! 🙂

Well, yonks ago I saw a similar candle jar craft in a Danish library book. And, of course, completely forgot all about it. Until DD7 made her one! Very simple, easy for kids and takes no time at all. Well, okay, it takes about 15 minutes… Set that timer, hold on to your hat and let’s go! 😉

You’ll need:

  • Découpage Lak (that’s the Danish name) or Podge or clear glue
  • a brush
  • tissuepaper
  • old glass jar, size not important
  • tealight votive
  • salt, optional

Tear the tissuepaper into manageable strips or pieces. Put a layer of glue over the entire glass jar. Cover with a piece of tissuepaper and paint a layer of glue on top of the tissuepaper.

Keep going until the whole jar is covered. Doesn’t take long! I used yellow tissuepaper. The colour will look much stronger when it’s dry. Leave to dry for a couple of hours.

Then you can sprinkle some salt in the bottom of the jar, pop in your tealight (votive) and bob’s your uncle! 🙂 I decided to add a red heart to my jar. Did I hear someone say Valentine’s Day? 😉

Have a tee-hee-tealight Tuesday! 🙂