Knock Off Purse Organizer and Giant Cupcake!

Our school held an annual fundraiser on Friday night. Each school family is required to donate 2 items to be auctioned off. This is along with the list of businesses that each family contacts for donations. Usually there is A LOT of stuff. It is always hard to know what to bring. Some things you wouldn’t think would bring much go outrageously high and others, that are worth more, bring what they are worth and nothing more.

Each classroom also does a themed basket which is then auctioned off. Things like a camping basket, a Lego basket, Rainy Day craft basket, Board games, etc. etc. My oldest son’s class did a farming basket – very appropriate because we live in a farming community and we’re farmers! My husband and I made fence, an open shed and a feed bunk.

I usually try to make a shaped cake of some sort. This year – in honor of one of the teacher’s birthday, I made a large cupcake. It was 6” around and about 12” tall with the candle on top.


It did really well, and the teacher was very appreciative.

The other thing I made was a last minute addition after the T-ring I let over rise did a nosedive!

So, Friday afternoon, I started on a knock off version of the PortaPockets purse organizer. And because I had to get it done and I had so little time, LOTS of things went wrong!

My craft room looks like a tornado hit after all the rushing around, so looks like that will be one of the things on my list of things to do!

This is how it turned out – not too bad for just winging it at the last minute. If I had to do it again, I would probably change a few things, but all in all, acceptable.



I hope to make another one for myself and possible put it on the list of things to give as teacher gifts next Christmas. Of course, I will need to actually write down the steps so that I can duplicate it next year!

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Cupcake Liner Organizer Makeover!

Wow – say that title 3 times in a row!

I like reusing peanut butter and mayo jars but I don’t care for the mis-matched look that the different colored lids give. I have been using the covered shoe box and the jars to store cupcake liners for the last couple months and find that it works really well.The liners don’t fall all over the place or take near as much room inside the jars. You do have to remove the packaging though. I have them sorted by silver, red, mini and other. I also added the chalkboard label to the box and like that also.

But today I thought I would try something to make them look more “put-together”, store bought.

Please excuse the messy craft table. As you can tell I use this table to paint, glue and for sewing!

I decided that I would try to decoupage aluminum foil to the lids. It is too cold to paint here and I haven’t had the greatest luck with paint sticking to the plastic lids. Especially if they get used often. We’ll see how the decoupage works! So – here is my attempt at a tutorial.

First I ripped off a piece of tinfoil – nothing out of the ordinary – just generic tinfoil. Then I covered the top of the lid with mod podge.

I place the lid down and pressed firmly making sure that I had good contact with the foil.

Some of the lids were more detailed and not flat on the top, so with those I flipped them over and firmly pressed the foil into all the grooves and pushed the air out to the sides.

After the top was firmly attached I brushed mod podge on the side making sure that I also got the lip at the bottom.

Holding the lid firmly down on the table, I gently pulled up the edges of the foil, smoothing them as I went around.

You will not get them perfectly flat but the foil bends easily and can be flattened.

I actually found that using a round dowel or you could probably use a bone folder and burnishing the edges worked well to make them really flat. (Not shown in the picture above)

I pushed the extra over the edge firmly and used an exacto knife to cut around the inside edge. I found that using a short sawing motion seemed to work best – but my blade was not the sharpest! No matter, it will not be seen.

I brushed another coat on the top to seal it in and left it to dry while I worked on the other three.

And this is what they look like now…in my cupboard.



Aren’t they pretty?!?!!? Much better and more uniform. Works for me!

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