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In August 2015, Red Carousel joined forces with Little House of Dreams (Dreams Establishment Pte Ltd). Please visit us at www.littlehouseofdreams.com and www.dreamsandconfetti.com for all your cake, desserts and celebration needs. Thank you for all your support past and present. 

Red more about the merger here. 

My daughter Ivy is turning 7 soon and we have started to make some of the decorations for the party. These are some old tin cans we have decorated with decoupage, to match the party theme colours of pink and aqua. The cans can be used to hold things like straws, cutlery and flowers. 

Decoupage is the art of embellishing an object by gluing paper cutouts onto it, to give a painterly appearance. I remember doing quite a bit of decoupage as a teenager – using the old fashioned technique of applying paper cutouts, then many coats of varnish and sanding in between. This process would take weeks (lots of drying time). But here I’ll show you the quick version using mod podge and napkins. 

My daughter enjoyed getting involved with some aspects of this project, particularly the painting. Do be careful with kids though – as scissors and sharp edges from the tin can be a hazzard.

Materials: 

Empty tin cans (make sure there aren’t any protruding sharp edges that could cause injury)

Acrylic paint

Paintbrush

Sponge

Mod Podge (matte finish) – from stores such as Spotlight and Art Friend

Small nail scissors

Napkins with images suitable for decoupage 

Method:

1. Get your materials together

2. Using the paint brush paint the can with the acrylic paint. We did three coats of paint, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next layer. 

3. Use the sponge to dab the wet paint to give it a nice texture

4. Cut out images from napkin. Separate the napkin layers, keeping the top layer where the image is visible.

5. Once the paint is dry, apply some mod podge to the surface of the tin and carefully stick on the napkin image. Dab the image gently with your clean fingers to make it adhere to the tin, making sure you don’t drag the image – it can distort easily.

6. With a clean brush, carefully dab some mod podge on the image and the rest of the can to seal in the image and paint. You may wish to give the can a couple more coats of mod podge to finish off. 

It’s been a busy few weeks at Red Carousel. Twins Brooklyn and Geraint, celebrated their first birthdays with a Sakura theme. I had a lot of fun making the cute Japanese Kokeshi characters. Little Hayley celebrated her first birthday too. Firstly, with a cake smash photoshoot with The Studio Loft and then a Hungry Caterpillar party. The ladies over at The Studio Loft are great to work with and their photography is beautiful – they took my family photos recently. We created a pink rainbow cake and styled the set with donut shaped balloons and customised tassels. 


And here’s the Hungry Caterpillar cake, cookies and dessert table Red Carousel created. We also designed the save the date, invitation and other printables to suit the theme. I love setting up at the gorgeous Pollen restaurant, it’s a beautiful backdrop for a party.


I also made Hayley this Hello Kitty Pinata for another little party she was having at home. Made quite simply with cardboard, crepe paper, a hot glue gun, ribbons and some coloured paper. 

And lastly, we just made this carousel cake for Ryouna. This one took quite a bit of planning to get right. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. 

Happy Easter everyone! I have a very quick tutorial to show you, for what I am calling ‘Colour In Cookies’.

I made a gift for a friend and her family and they loved it. So I am sharing it with you all. I think it would make a great gift or just a fun baking activity for kids. My kids had lots of fun with them. 

Here are the basic steps.

1. Make some sugar cookies and cut out with cookie cutters. There’s lots of recipes for ‘sugar cookies’ on the internet.  2. Cover with fondant and allow to air dry for about an hour or two. 3. Using cake decorating tools or utensils found around the house, create a pattern or image to colour in.  4. Get your ‘edible ink pens’ ready. 5. Get the kids coloring. 6. Admire the handiwork.

7. Eat.