Thursday, March 26, 2009

Baby Shower Project - Lifesaver Pacifiers

My friend and collegue, Deanna, is eagerly anticipating the birth of her second daughter. We're having a baby shower for her on Saturday, so my crafting and cooking projects are well under way. The picture above shows the gift basket I put together for her and the diaper cake I made. Cute, right?! Scattered in front of the gifts are LIFESAVER PACIFIERS, wrapped in cellophane and tied with curly bits of ribbon.

So... the directions to make the pacifiers is today's crafty project.

Supplies Needed:
Meringue powder & powdered sugar (for "glue")
1 Bag of Pep-O-Mint or Spearmint Lifesavers (Do not use the rolls. The candies are too small.)
"Jelly Belly" jellybeans (regular sized jellybeans are too big)
Cellophane and ribbons

Step 1: Make a small batch of Royal Icing (glue). Mix one cup of powdered sugar, one tablespoon of meringue powder, and two tablespoons of warm water in mixing bowl for about 5 minutes.
Step 2: Assemble your materials. Lifesavers will have to be unwrapped :-)

Step 3: Put a bit of Royal Icing "glue" on the edge of one Lifesaver. (I put my icing in a bowl and used a chopstick as my "gluing tool".)

Place the glued Lifesaver on top of another Lifesaver as shown above. Hold it for just a moment and it will stick. Royal icing is tough stuff! Place your glued Lifesavers on a cookie sheet and allow to dry for about 10-15 minutes.
Step 4: Put a drop of glue in the center hole and attach your Jelly Belly. I lined mine up along the edge of my cookie sheet in a "standing position". Allow to dry thoroughly before wrapping (15-30 minutes).

There you have it! A simple and quick project, sure to delight a mother-to-be and all of her baby shower guests.
Tomorrow will be my 14-LAYER CAKE project. I'm a little nervous about this one, but we'll see how it goes. Wish me luck!
Hugs and Blessings~

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