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How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I am so excited to finally reveal the entire Pantone-inspired luncheon tablescape I created for Oriental Trading Company! I snuck in a few peeks a couple of weeks ago when I shared my hack for doubling deli pasta salad, but now the entire collection of posts is officially live, and I can send you on your merry way to check them all out, one by one.

This was actually the first entertaining feature that I was able to pitch and execute since deciding to rethink how I conceptualized things for the blog back at the beginning of 2017. In years before, as you know, I typically went really bold and colorful with my parties, but this season I’m trying to be more intentional about a classic, neutrals-based look. This new aesthetic suits my current lifestyle, which is centered on investing only in things I know I’ll love long-term rather than for a single season.

Click over to Oriental Trading to see my feature all about How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon, and continue scrolling for a few behind-the-scenes tid bits, plus extra links to individual DIY tutorials.

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

The tutorial I came up with for DIY Leafy Burlap Place Settings truly takes just 30 minutes (if that), and feels so sophisticated despite the inexpensive materials I was able to use.

My favorite DIY project to come out of this collection though is the set of DIY Grassy Placecard Holders. When I create placecards for the blog, I love to get creative with the names I use and display. This go around, I decided to pay homage to my team mates over at Glitter Guide. It was fun to think, even just for an imaginative moment, that our team could all be in one place since we’re all scattered across the United States—from Annapolis and New York, to California, Nashville, and right here in Waynesboro, Virginia.

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I’m also pretty partial to the DIY Leafy Beaded Faux Leather Napkin Rings I created for this green-inspired luncheon. I am so drawn to organic, wrapped textures right now, so these beaded napkin rings felt just right. I love that they can be customized to any style and color palette you want, too!

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Hop over to the Oriental Trading blog to see so many more photos, plus the breakdown behind everything you see displayed here in my teaser post today: the full tablescape story and tutorials for DIY Leafy Beaded Faux Leather Napkin RingsDIY Grassy Placecard Holders, and DIY Leafy Burlap Place Settings. Here’s hoping you’ll soon feel inspired to throw a Pantone-inspired party of your own this spring or summer!

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5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

Today is an extra special day in my little world, because this morning I turned 31 years old! As soon as April comes around, I tend to get questions from friends and family asking how I’d like to spend my birthday. The answer is almost always the same: something ultra low key with just a handful of the people I love most. This usually involves things like a classic movie night, a wine and cheese dinner date in with everyone, or—as was the case this year—a simple gathering around our DIY fire pit in the back yard.

I’ve always considered myself a bit of an (unofficial) pyro. I could sit around a fire for hours and hours, flaming sticks in-hand, and there’s almost no better smell on earth to me than bonfire smoke. So, in order to properly appreciate my birthday bonfire this year, I teamed up once again with the team over at Duraflame. We tested their Campfire Roasting Logs around the pit in honor of the occasion and, just like always, had the time of our lives.

5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

If you ask me, there’s practically no better way to ring in a new year of life than gathered around a toasty fire, s’mores fixings in-hand, and good company all around. But, that said, in order to really appreciate this kind of party, it’s important to do a little bit of pre-planning before plopping down in those camping chairs.

As John and I worked to set up our outdoor celebration over the weekend, we made sure to keep a running list of all the little precautions we took before friends and family arrived. Most of these bullet points below you’ll already know, but sometimes it’s good to hear things all over again, plus you might just learn something you didn’t know before! Read on for the five main takeaways we came up with before lighting things up at my party.

5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

5 Precautions To Take Around A Fire Pit

  1. Check the forecast: Of course, rain is never ideal for your backyard fire pit party, but windy conditions also offer enough reason to postpone. Heavy breezes have the power to blow fire-causing embers off into surrounding areas, so do your best to schedule your outdoor gathering on a clear, quiet evening.
  2. Consider your combustibles: Beware of using pressure-treated wood in your fire pit. This type of material often contains harmful toxins that you and your pals definitely don’t want to be breathing in. Better yet, save a tree and skip traditional wood altogether. Use Campfire Roasting Logs, which are made from 100 percent renewable resources (like real wood charcoal!) and are a USDA certified biobased product.
  3. Light things up: If you plan to be relaxing around the fire pit after dark, make sure to have either a flash light or lantern around for easy nighttime maneuverability. Having a light source on hand could save you and your friends from after-dark falls and will make that hunt for extra roasting sticks much easier, too.
  4. Clear is key: Make sure your fire pit and flames are at least 10 feet away from any other combustable materials. It may be second nature to look up to make sure there aren’t any low-hanging branches, but it’s important to look down and around, too. Before lighting your fire, scoop away loose branches and leaves so that you’re left with a clear area around the pit, and don’t forget to keep your fire’s flames relatively low as well. There’s no need to have an extra tall fire since roasting treats really only requires embers.
  5. Water works: It, of course, goes without saying, but always (always!) have a bucket of water and/or hose within reach just in case the fire gets out of hand or someone gets a little closer to the flames than they should. You probably won’t have to use your water source for emergencies, but as they say—it’s better to be safe than sorry.

5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

As a generally anxious type of person, I need to think way ahead in order to really enjoy myself at any type of gathering or party, and this weekend’s birthday fire pit soirée was no different. Happily, because John and I had planned through all of the “what ifs,” I was truly able to relax knowing that we were covered for almost any kind of uncertainty. The only thing I had to worry about catching on fire was the marshmallow on the end of my stick—and that’s something I don’t mind mulling over any day of the week.

5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

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First Signs Of Spring | Dream Green DIY

I don’t know about you, but I find that it’s just so easy to let big, happy milestones slide right on by without much acknowledgement. We wait and wait and wait for big things to happen and spend so much time saying how desperate we are for things to happen (think: a trip, an anniversary, even that second cup of coffee!), but when the moment comes and goes, it’s on to the next thing.

I’m guilty of doing this constantly, both at work and in my personal life at home. For example, I was so excited for my thirtieth birthday last year, but the day came, we celebrated quietly, and then I started thinking about our beach vacation, which was just a couple of weeks after my birthday. The cycle goes on and on, and I rarely properly celebrate the moments that deserve celebrating.

First Signs Of Spring | Dream Green DIY

First Signs Of Spring | Dream Green DIY

First Signs Of Spring | Dream Green DIY

Spring is another one of those things that I think we all wait for with bated breath, but once it arrives, we immediately start thinking about summer. It’s almost like we live more for the anticipation than for the moment or season itself.

Before you know it, you’re no longer able to talk on social media about how desperate you are to start seeing flowers pop up out of the ground because, if you look up from your phone long enough, you’ll see that the flowers are already there. I’m speaking generally here, but really right to myself, too.

Spring is one of my favorite seasons (second only to autumn) and I’m always so excited for it to arrive. I can’t wait. But I recently took a long weekend away to visit my sister in Williamsburg and had the sudden revelation that spring was here and I was missing it.

First Signs Of Spring | Dream Green DIY

First Signs Of Spring | Dream Green DIY

First Signs Of Spring | Dream Green DIY

Since that trip, I’ve challenged myself to try extra hard to appreciate all of the sweetness that this season brings. I finally had my favorite sundresses dry cleaned, we invited friends over for a bonfire, went downtown to enjoy fresh gelato, and have literally taken the time to smell those brand new flowers.

In case you’re looking for a reason to stop and enjoy spring to the fullest, consider this your wake up call. Click “Play” on the short video below to see in-motion ideas for reveling in spring, and feel free to leave your own springtime bucket list items in the comments below. Just remember, you only have 75 days until summer arrives, so don’t let a single day go to waste.

First Signs Of Spring | Dream Green DIY

First Signs Of Spring | Dream Green DIY

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Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

If you were to ask what I would be doing for work if I hadn’t found my way to blogging, the immediate answer would be marine biology. I have always (always!) been animal-obsessed, and there’s just something so magical and illusive about life in the ocean.

So, earlier this month when John and my sister and I headed to the Outer Banks for a quick beach getaway, one of the activities high on my list was the aquarium. I actually didn’t realize that there was such a place near the Outer Banks, but as we rolled into town, my eyes couldn’t miss the signs advertising The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island.

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

The next day, while John, Kat, and I were cruising around exploring the coastal North Carolina landscape, I eventually blurted out that I really wanted to visit the aquarium. I’m not typically a very spontaneous person, but our quick adventure down south that weekend just seemed like it was begging for a random request like this one.

I could tell that neither Kat nor John was much into the idea of visiting the aquarium that day, but I think my utter excitement eventually won them over because we took the turn and headed over the bridge to follow signs for the aquarium anyway.

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

The space isn’t massive, but it was more than enough for me and my curiosity. We wandered the low-lit hallways amongst throngs of children to peer into all sorts of tanks filled with otters, jelly fish, sea turtles, crustaceans, and so much more.

We saw baby alligators sprawled lazily across rocks and gathered to see one large gator do its slick underwater dance behind glass in the open air atrium. We even had the chance to reach down and touch stingrays as they swooped by under water, and listened in as staff explained the aquarium’s sea turtle conservation and rescue program.

We also, of course, saw countless schools of fish, which John couldn’t help but tell us all about. Turns out that he was just as crazy for marine biology as a kid himself, despite the fact that he was trying to keep his excitement in check.

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

The highlight for me, though, was the shark exhibit. I’ve long been fascinated by these sea creatures in particular, and if I had followed that scientific career path way back when, there’s no question that sharks would have been my focus. I was mesmerized as I watched the sand tiger, nurse, and sandbar sharks glide by in their 285,000-gallon exhibit. It was frankly the most relaxed I had been in a long, long time.

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

Click “Play” on that video above to step inside the The North Carolina Aquarium along with us, and see a few of the highlights for yourself. If nothing else, I hope this slightly random oceanic aside challenges you to give in to your own childhood memories and fascinations. Whether that’s heading to the zoo, the local putt-putt gold course, or even visiting a children’s museum you once loved, there’s just something oh-so-freeing about giving in to the “kid in you” every once in a while. Have a great (and imaginative!) weekend, everybody.

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium On Roanoke Island

See and hear more about our Outer Banks adventure here!
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How To Double Deli Pasta Salad For A Party

Boy, do I have a tasty tid bit to share with you today! Namely, a recent life hack that I managed to accidentally stumble upon while styling a luncheon tablescape story (which will debut in full early next month). In the process of planning the meal for my mini at-home photo shoot, I decided that a hearty pasta salad was just the thing to serve as my menu centerpiece. The only problem was that I had never made pasta salad and was short on time.

So, instead of waking up at 6:00 A.M. to put together a giant bowl of pasta salad that was really just for photos rather than our bellies, I decided to hit the local grocery store deli. I figured buying pre-made pasta salad would be pricey, and I wasn’t wrong. I ended up ordering a pound and a half of deli pasta salad, but it was immediately clear that the $6 carton of food still wasn’t going to fill the bowl I needed it to.

How To Double Deli Pasta Salad For A Party

In a rush to get home and not wanting to spend another $6 to supplement the first batch of pasta salad, I decided to grab a box of bow ties from the pasta aisle that I could then cook to match the deli-made version. I did just that 15 minutes later, and voila! I had doubled my $6 pasta salad with just $2-worth of extra noodles!

After the shoot, I taste-tested the mixture, and it was actually delicious. Come to find out that the deli pasta salad was sort of drowning in dressing, so folding the plain extra pasta in was the perfect way to balance everything out.

How To Double Deli Pasta Salad For A Party

The moral of the story? If you’re ever hosting a real life luncheon or party, don’t feel like you have to spend a fortune on 2-3 pounds of deli pasta salad to feed your guests. Try this short cut and you’ll save money with no one being the wiser for it.

Have you ever had to think fast to solve a problem pre-party? I’d love to hear any other entertaining life hacks you’ve managed to come up with or put to good use, so please share away in the comments below!

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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The Perfect At-Home Cheese Board & Wine Tasting | dreamgreendiy.com + @pmallgifts #ad #pmallgifts #personalizationmall

If you were to ask what my favorite dinner is, you’d likely hear a quick reply: “Wine and cheese!” There’s just something so classic, so simple about the combination of flavors, plus I’m a sucker for finger foods. Suffice it to say, my idea of the perfect casual gathering of friends and family almost always revolves around a tray full of wine-filled glasses and a board layered with sliced cheeses and accompaniments, that could be some crackers, jam or even some toast made with a good toaster, you could find one by reading some 4 slice toaster reviews by Hotrate.

Have you given an at-home wine and cheese party a try? Even if you invite just a couple of other people over, the occasion almost always results in some pretty fantastic conversation and memories. Today, I’m teaming up with Personalization Mall to share a few tips for putting together your own wine and cheese party (complete with custom trayscutting boards and monogramed glasses), so scroll on for my entertaining advice, plus see it all unfold in real time with a video at the end of the post!

The Perfect At-Home Cheese Board & Wine Tasting | dreamgreendiy.com + @pmallgifts #ad #pmallgifts #personalizationmall

The Perfect At-Home Cheese Board & Wine Tasting | dreamgreendiy.com + @pmallgifts #ad #pmallgifts #personalizationmall

For our party, we decided to anchor the event with a Personalized Cutting Board (that we had etched with a “W” for Waller) laden down with bite size pieces of cheese, fruit, and meats. To make our at-home wine tasting feel a little more formal and fun, I also personalized an Acrylic Serving Tray with my name, and ordered six Stemless Wine Glasses, each customized with a “W.”

Since these types of exclusively-designed monograms and details are always free at PersonalizationMall.com, I didn’t have to worry about overspending for this party. Really, this type of gathering can be downright cheap when you start thinking about it! Middle shelf wine bottles are often well within budget and pack great flavor (I never can tell the difference, although I probably shouldn’t admit that), and a couple of high quality middle range cheeses go a long way, too. Think: $5 or less for each of your wine and cheese choices.

The Perfect At-Home Cheese Board & Wine Tasting | dreamgreendiy.com + @pmallgifts #ad #pmallgifts #personalizationmall

As for cheese board “accessories,” we love to serve things like sliced french bread, crackers, fruit like grapes and green apples (these especially complement cheddar cheeses), plus a few meats like ham and salami for a savory finish. As for sips, make sure to serve at least 2-3 different types of wine and include both white and red varieties, that way you won’t leave anyone’s taste or preference out. Don’t forget to have a carafe of water available on the side though, just in case!

Trying the different combinations of sips and bites is what makes this meal so fun and even a little interactive. Consider making handouts that list the food and drink varieties, then have people share their favorite pairings and notes. Offering this type of list with all of the cheese and wine names also allows everyone the opportunity to recreate their personal favorite flavors and combinations back at home.

The Perfect At-Home Cheese Board & Wine Tasting | dreamgreendiy.com + @pmallgifts #ad #pmallgifts #personalizationmall

The Perfect At-Home Cheese Board & Wine Tasting | dreamgreendiy.com + @pmallgifts #ad #pmallgifts #personalizationmall

Ultimately, don’t feel the need to splurge on your wine and cheese party. The main focus of this type of gathering is conversation and experiencing a range of flavors, so consider focusing your investment on customized serving pieces that will last through hundreds of parties in your home rather than just one night.

Sure, the brand behind said serving pieces sponsored this post, but I’m being completely honest when I say that my confidence in how this party unfolded was because of the foundation pieces I ordered beforehand. As you’ve probably gathered, I’m no expert when it comes to wine, and my palate for cheese is hardly refined, but I know what I love to eat and drink, and our monogrammed trays and glasses helped make me feel like my guests enjoyed themselves, too.

The Perfect At-Home Cheese Board & Wine Tasting | dreamgreendiy.com + @pmallgifts #ad #pmallgifts #personalizationmall

The Perfect At-Home Cheese Board & Wine Tasting | dreamgreendiy.com + @pmallgifts #ad #pmallgifts #personalizationmall

The Perfect At-Home Cheese Board & Wine Tasting | dreamgreendiy.com + @pmallgifts #ad #pmallgifts #personalizationmall

One final tip? We actually served everything—from the gourmet cheeses and fruit, to the three different wines—right on our coffee table, and had our guests sit on floor pillows around the table. It doesn’t get much cozier or casual than that, but the event still felt ultra fancy. It’s all about balance and enjoying the company of your loved ones over delicious handpicked flavors.

Click “Play” on the video above to see how I brought this casual fête to life in our home, and let me know what types of finger foods and wine or cocktails you love to serve in your own spaces by leaving a comment below!

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Dream Green DIY Celebrates Six Years!

Six years…wow! Although it’s a little hard to comprehend that I’ve only been blogging for six years as of today, it also feels like I’ve been doing this my whole life. I know that sounds so trite, but when you finally land your dream job, it just tends to make all of those silly little cliches feel real.

Creativity is something that I’ve naturally gravitated toward since day one. In high school, I was always messing around in the art room, and even ran for Art Club president my senior year, a role I took on with pride my last 12 months as an undergrad. And in college, I spent more time in the studio (elbow-deep in sawdust and acrylic paint) than I did sleeping.

Championing the arts (to include anything from music and drawing, to art history and, heck, even taboo things like tattoo art and graffiti) is just so engrained in my personality. So, it really isn’t surprising to me—or to anyone who knows me—that something like blogging ended up as my focus.

This job has allowed me to hone in on my aesthetic as a DIY interior designer, and I’ve also had the chance to test out my ability to problem solve as a crafter and handywoman. Again, it’s cliche as hell, but I never would have had the opportunity to grow into the person I am today had it not been for that little leap of faith I took exactly six years ago.

Dream Green DIY Celebrates Six Years!

As I set aside time this morning to reflect back on just how far I’ve come and how far Dream Green DIY has come, too, I wanted to make sure that I extend a little love your way as well. Of course, none of this would have been possible without your support and encouragement. Your comments, emails, and messages have pushed me to turn this blog into a unique space that’s not just all my own—really, it’s all OUR own. I hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate just how engrained you are in each and every word, project, and headline that publishes here on Dream Green DIY.

From the bottom of my heart…thank you for following along, for voicing your thoughts, and for your constant support these past six years. I’m so excited to continue evolving as a writer, and look forward to exploring new concepts and ideas in 2017.

Before I head out to revel in this little milestone, I wanted to send a dare your way. If you have a secret dream, goal, or desire, I’d love to challenge you to just go for it today. If you really get down to the root of things, those first few steps to making it happen probably aren’t as intimidating as your mind has led you to believe.

Whether it’s finally purchasing your future blog’s domain name, calling your local small business association to get information on opening your dream storefront, or simply emailing someone you admire to set up an informational interview, I hope you’ll take that first tiny step in the right direction today. Who knows! Six years from now, you could be sitting at your own laptop, living your own dream job.

Happy birthday, Dream Green DIY!

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DIY Stenciled Floral Gift Bag Toppers | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

There are two things in life that I will never understand: first, how a car engine works, and second, why gift bags are so freaking expensive. Why, oh, why are these disposable paper gift containers so pricey? Of course, the plain ones are usually within budget, but the pretty patterned ones with the trendy quotes and cute layered colors always tend to cost just about as much as the thoughtfully chosen goodies that goes inside the bag itself.

The good news is that we’re all crafty and DIY-inclined, so a boring, solid-colored gift bag is really just the first step for you and me. To prove it this week, I’ve partnered with the fine folks over at Oriental Trading once again to share a step-by-step tutorial for creating your own DIY Stenciled Floral Gift Bag Toppers. These simple embellishments take barely any time to make, and ultimately allow you to transform affordable gift bags into one-of-a-kind works for art.

DIY Stenciled Floral Gift Bag Toppers | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Hop over to Oriental Trading now to learn how to make your own DIY Stenciled Floral Gift Bag Toppers using scrapbook paper and layered stencils. When I say it couldn’t be easier, believe me…it couldn’t be easier! The possibilities are practically endless, and I can guarantee you’ll never show up to the party with the same gift bag as another guest ever again. Hallelujah!

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A Recipe For Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts | dreamgreendiy.com

It’s March 14, and you know what that means, don’t you? It’s officially time to celebrate Pi Day! In honor of this oh-so-tasty holiday, I teamed up with our pals over at The Farmhaus On Main, a local speciality coffee shop and café run by Bethany and Aaron Mallory, to share a recipe that’s sure to become a favorite.

Ever since the Mallorys opened the Haus’ doors last fall, it has been a go-to for me during the work week as a place to escape my office, and on the weekends when John and I are looking to enjoy a quiet ‘date day.’

A Recipe For Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts | dreamgreendiy.com

A Recipe For Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts | dreamgreendiy.com

A Recipe For Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts | dreamgreendiy.com

When Bethany suggested that we collaborate in honor of the handmade pop tarts that they added to their seasonal menu, you know I couldn’t say “Yes!” fast enough. So, early last week, I spent the afternoon over at The Farmhaus watching and documenting as Bethany and Aaron created a pile of scrumptious Mixed Berry Pop Tarts to serve their anxious guests.

Since most of you aren’t local to the Waynesboro, Virginia, area and can’t taste these in store for yourself (what a shame!), Bethany has graciously offered to share the secret recipe for these popular “Pi”-like treats. Scroll on for more photos of the process, plus all the recipe details, too, so you can make them at home in honor of Pi Day.

A Recipe For Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts | dreamgreendiy.com

A Recipe For Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts | dreamgreendiy.com

Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts

  • Store-bought pie crust (NOTE: Two boxes yields about 10 pop tarts)
  • Knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Fork
  • Egg (plus water to create an egg wash)
  • Pastry brush
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheets
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Stack pie crusts, and cut them into your desired pop tart shape/size—roughly 2-by-4 inches. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay pie crust on sheet. Fill with 2-3 tablespoons of filling (scroll on for instructions). Spread water onto the edges of the bottom pie crust, press the top crust over the filling and lower crust, and then use a fork to press down along the edges.

Cut slits into the top of the crust to allow the filling to expand without exploding in the oven. Mix an egg with some water and brush along the entire top of the pop tart.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, turn and bake for another 10. Keep an eye on them—you’re going for a golden brown crust. Take the tarts out of the oven and allow them to cool. Mix the icing (scroll on for instructions) and spread along the top of the pastry. Add sprinkles, if desired, and serve!

A Recipe For Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts | dreamgreendiy.com

A Recipe For Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts | dreamgreendiy.com

A Recipe For Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts | dreamgreendiy.com

For The Filling:

  • 2 cups fresh fruit
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zest and juice of one lemon

Combine ingredients over medium heat—mash fruit, dissolve sugar. Allow to reduce to jam-like consistency, about 30 minutes on medium-low heat. Ultimately, you’ll want a 2:1 ratio of fruit to sugar with a splash of lemon juice.

For The Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream (half and half or milk, depending on preference)
  • 1 tablespoon of cooked filling

Mix ingredients in a bowl. Add more cream or sugar as needed to thicken or loosen consistency. Note that a thick consistency is best so it doesn’t run all over the place.

A Recipe For Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts | dreamgreendiy.com

A Recipe For Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts | dreamgreendiy.com

This recipe is just as fun to make as it looks, and was a great way to spend time with my friends. You could even try including your kids, and get their help with measuring ingredients as a way to fuse the sugary motivation with the mathematical inspiration behind this holiday.

If you give our Pi Day recipe a try, don’t forget to tag @dreamgreendiy and @thefarmhausonmain on social media. Now, let’s get to making that pie (err…POP TART)!

A Recipe For Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts | dreamgreendiy.com

A Recipe For Homemade Mixed Berry Pop Tarts | dreamgreendiy.com

*Inspired by The Pioneer Woman, adapted recipe by The Farmhaus On Main, photography by Carrie Waller
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DIY Painted Easter Egg Hunt Canvas Bags | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Need I say more than that letter board message above?! As soon as spring officially kicks off (and by “officially,” I mean that first flowery breath of fresh air), I can’t help but get excited about Easter. It’s such a sweet and happy holiday, two qualities that we could use more and more of these days, plus it typically comes with copious amounts of candy. Sign me up!

To make sure that your own Easter Egg Hunt is as sweet as it can be, I teamed up with Oriental Trading to design a tutorial for DIY Painted Easter Egg Hunt Canvas Bags that will practically double your candy haul this season. How? By turning canvas totes into an up-sized version of the little plastic eggs we all know and love. A bigger container equals lots more room for sugar.

DIY Painted Easter Egg Hunt Canvas Bags | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

To pull it all off, grab the free printable template and craft tutorial over on Oriental Trading, fill your finished bags with candy, and hide the “eggs” around your home, yard, or church lobby just as you always have with the tiny plastic variety. Are you game to give this upgrade a try at your own Easter celebration? Get all the DIY details here and tell me in the comments below what your favorite springtime candy is.

DIY Painted Easter Egg Hunt Canvas Bags | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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