Wookie Gingerbread Cookies

I made Wookie Gingerbread Cookies! I have been wanting to make these ever since A Force Awakens came out 2 years ago, and I finally did it! I used the “healthy” gingerbread cookie recipe from Mind Over Munch. I don’t regret it for one moment. The cookies turn out so good. They are soft and chewy and full of that holiday gingerbread flavor!

I’m not going to cover the cookie recipe here, since it’s not mine! But you can check out my video on YouTube for a little inspiration.

To make these into WOOKIES follow below:

Step One:

After making the gingerbread cookie dough of your choice, cut cookies into gingerbread man shape. Step Two: Using a fork add lines all over cookie to add “fur-like” texture.

NOTE: Since I made my cookie dough using homemade oat flour, my cookies already had a lot of texture, so I feel like I could have honestly skipped this step.

Step Two:

Bake cookies according to your favorite cookie recipe. Let cool completely before continuing to decorate.

Step Three:

Using melted chocolate (I used dark chocolate because YUM) in a piping bag with a number 5 tip, pipe 4-5 lines of chocolate from underneath the wookies left arm to just above his right arm. This is the start of your wookie’s bandolier, duh. With that same melted chocolate add your wookie’s eyes and nose. Just dots of chocolate!

Step Four:

Now using white chocolate, add details to the bandolier. Your wookies might be holding onto extra ammunition, grenades, supplies of syntherope, or maybe some space snacks. If I were a wookie, I would have snacks on me at all times.

But I think that’s obvious.

Dots of white chocolate will do for your details. Also add a thin line for the mouth. Hopefully your mouths will turn out a little bit better than mine. I was hungry for gingerbread cookies at this point and over decorating them.

This is what a wookie cookie looks like after proper quality testing. Just in case you wanted to know.

What do you do with all that extra chocolate? Well, that’s a great question. The dark chocolate tastes good right out of the piping bag. The white chocolate tastes great as a dip for your gingerbread cookie.

Oh, you still have extra chocolate?

Then write out some of your favorite Star Wars quotes!

“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” (for eating all these cookies)

“I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” (but not about these cookies!)

“Thank the maker!” (for all these delicious cookies)

“I find your lack of faith (or cookies) disturbing.”

“It’s a traaap!”

And finally.

I just got married (and had just watched Return of the Jedi), so I went romantic.

DIY Spray Painted Letters

I will be honest. Not every craft project I touch turns to gold. For the amount of DIYs I try, there are going to be some missteps, mistakes, and some crafts that I don’t know why I tried in the first place.

But when I make something work AND it’s better than my original source material?? I get pretty darn excited.

I made these “I Do” letters for my cousin KC’s bridal shower, and we have reused them whenever possible for anything wedding related. My source material was a photo from Pinterest (like most projects!), but the tutorials I found with it were less than desirable.

The first suggestion was to use plain Elmer’s white glue and spray paint on top. Easy as that?

Just fyi, BIG WASTE OF TIME.

You could barely see the design I drew in glue, and it didn’t look anything like the source picture. I decided to step it up. I had already bought the paper mache letters, and I KNEW I could do better!

The secret?

You need puffy paint. I had never used the stuff before, but it was perfect for this project.

You will need:

  • Paper mache letters*
  • Puffy Paint
  • Spray Paint

Simple Directions

  1. Use puffy paint to create designs on your paper mache letters. I did swoops and swirls and really just winged it on each.
  2. Let puffy paint set. You don’t have to wait till it’s completely dry since your just going to spray paint on top of it. Which brings us to our next step.
  3. Spray paint the crap out of them.   Depending on what color paint you use, you may have to do multiple coats. I used a silver spray paint which covered real well. I just had to spray paint in multiple goes since I had to spray paint where my hand was holding the letter in the first place.
  4. Let your letters dry overnight and enjoy!

KC & Miles Spray Painted letters

To make the “I Do” letters that I made into a hanging decor, I used silver wire to attach each together. If I had more time/forethought, I would have drilled holes into the letters and used those holes to connect them. But I was going for functional, not perfect, so i just used the wire to “hug” the bottom of the “I” and connected it to the “D” leaving enough space to differentiate the words.

*Wood or homemade letters would work as well!

Bridal Shower Theme: Our Family is Growing

If there is one thing I have learned growing up in my family, it’s how to throw a party.

Thanksgivings, Christmases, Easters, first communions, birthdays, social gatherings, baby showers, bridal showers… We know how to gather a large group of people, feed them, and entertain them. We definitely know how to get them in the door; however, we are not quite as skilled at getting them out the door. But I’m sure that is a sign of an extremely successful party! Am I right?

Since moving home from Florida last May, I have assisted with one baby shower and three bridal showers. THREE BRIDAL SHOWERS. I’ve renamed 2016 as “The one with all the weddings.” I’m running out of single cousins at an alarming rate, but I’m gaining new family at the same time!

Our last bridal shower was for my cousin, KC. She actually has a blog called Beautiful Havens, where she blogs about her craft and design projects. As you’ll notice from her crafts, she knows what she’s doing in the creative department. Usually she is the one who takes charge of our bridal/baby showers, from concept to execution, so when it was time to plan her bridal shower, not only did we want it to be very special and personal for her, we also wanted to keep it at the level KC would operate for any one of us.

We went with a Garden Party theme, since KC loves nature, as does Miles, her fiancé. The original concept was Love Blossoms. I wanted it to feel like a classy English Tea party out on the terrace, with girls in pretty flower dresses, and a game of croquet out in the garden. I quickly realized that the weather was not going to be reliable enough to plan for any of my outdoor dreams (April in Indiana??), but that’s okay! Keeping everything inside helped keep it a little more casual and meant less space to decorate!

 

inspiration photo

My floral version

I found this display on Pinterest and knew KC would love something that put old family photos on display. Plus it ended up being a wonderful way to incorporate Miles’ and his sister as well!

 We streamed butterflies across the ceiling as decoration.

We made a “sandwich cake” made of wheat bread, chicken salad, and egg salad.

Why yes there was indeed a Mimosa bar…

This was a couples shower, so putting the focus away from a girly theme and more focused on incorporating new members of our family ended up being so perfect. We couldn’t have had a better focus for the shower!

We even created a floral backdrop just for the picture opportunity. Have I mentioned that my family loves photo opportunities?

Enjoy the photos in the post and look for some follow up posts with more how tos and printables for your own parties!

Welcome to the Family!

Julie