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Austin, TX, 78721
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Austin's favorite stationery shop and workshop studio.

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D.I.Y. Donut Dessert Bar

Pei Sim


D.I.Y. Donut Dessert Bar For Your Next Brunch or Gathering

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 

If you've got brunch plans, you're going to love this fun dessert bar we whipped together! Trust us when we say that your brunch guests will have a blast at this dessert station, because nothing says fun like donuts!

All you have to do is pick up a box of donut holes from your favorite neighborhood donut shop, and snag a few of your favorite toppings. We set up little bowls full of chocolate hazelnut icing, cream cheese frosting, a few types of sprinkles, and chocolate chips. But feel free to get creative with your combinations—the options are endless! We also included a fun D.I.Y. below👇🏼  for our favorite way to jazz up party foods: tissue paper tassel toothpicks! 

D.I.Y. Tissue Paper Tassel Toothpicks

  • MATERIALS
  • Toothpicks
  • Colorful tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

STEPS

1. Cut 1" x 3" strips of tissue paper in your desired color scheme.
2. Snip the edges of each strip, creating a frayed edge.
3. Wrap a strip around each toothpick, and dab the ends with glue to secure the paper.
4. Allow to dry & use them to add extra flair to your donut dessert bar! 

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D.I.Y. Fall Cardigan Upgrade

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FELT ELBOW PATCHES

PROJECT CRAFT TIME: 30 MINS

  • MATERIALS
  • A cardigan from your closet
  • Felt pieces
  • Needle + Thread
  • Printer Paper + Pencil
  • Optional: Sewing pins

It's finally beginning to feel a lot like fall around here and that can only mean it's finally time for sweater and cardigan weather! Whether you're wanting to give your well worn and loved cardi an upgrade and fresh lease on life, this little hand stitched D.I.Y. is just for you. With simple supplies you probably already have lying around at home, you too can add some flair to your cardigan ensemble!

Follow our 3 simple steps and delight the person in line behind you while you order your pumpkin spice latte ;)

1. Using printer paper and a pencil, doodle your patch design! Pro-tip: simple shapes are the best, don't forget to size these to about 4-5" in diameter so it'll cover your elbows.

2. Cut out your design on paper and using sewing pins, attach it to your felt and snip away!

3. Using your sewing needle and thread, use a simple running stitch to attach your felt patch to your cardigan. Pro-tip: grab a friend to help you pin the patch on your elbow before stitching it on. This will help ensure your patch is in line with your elbow.

*If you get tired of your new elbow patches, simply get a seam ripper to gently pick the stitches out.

D.I.Y.: Mini Cakes

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We believe that there's ALWAYS a reason to celebrate with cake! And with our Mother's Day Market right around the corner, we wanted to share something special from our good friend and local favorite, Mindy's Bakeshop!

Mindy popped in our studio to share a sweet recipe with us, and trust us when we say that these little cakes are the best! Whether you want to add berries for a fresh touch or add sprinkles for a colorful finish, these mini cakes are sure to delight your brunch party!

Check out Mindy's recipes for these Mini Vanilla Cakes and Buttercream Frosting below!

MINI VANILLA NAKED CAKES

yield: ~5

INGREDIENTS

For the Cake:

  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½  cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk

For the Buttercream:

  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound unsalted butter (4 sticks), room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

To Make the Cake: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 11 x 17 rimmed baking sheet and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.

Add about 1/3 of the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until just combined. Add `/3 of the buttermilk and, again, beat on low until just combined. Repeat alternating additions of the remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk until all in, then increase the speed to medium and beat for another minute.

Pour batter into prepared sheet tray and smooth with offset spatula until it reaches a little less than halfway up the rim (any extra batter can be frozen for up to 1 month for all those late night cupcake cravings!) Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Rotate cake halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

To Make the Buttercream:

Combine egg whites and sugar in the metal bowl of a stand mixer and set over a pot of simmering water. Whisk constantly by hand until mixture is warm to the touch and sugar has dissolved (the mixture should feel completely smooth when rubbed between your fingertips).

Attach the bowl to the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. With mixer on medium-high speed, whisk until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Continue mixing until the mixture is fluffy and glossy, and completely cool (test by touching the bottom of the bowl).

Begin adding the butter a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well after each addition. It might start to look curdled and too runny - KEEP MIXING! It will come together after enough butter and air get incorporated. Once all butter has been added, whisk in vanilla and salt until incorporated. Scrape down sides of bowl with a flexible spatula and mix one more time to make sure everything is well incorporated.

To Assemble the Cakes:

Fit a piping bag with a large star tip and fill with buttercream. Using a 3" round cookie cutter, cut circles from your cake and set. 

Set your first cake layer onto a serving tray and then pipe rounds of buttercream on them. If you're adding fruit to yours, fill the center with cut berries. Lay the next cake layer on top and repeat until you've frosted all three layers of cake. Garnish with more fruit or lots and lots of sprinkles! 

RECAP: PAINTED PLANTER WORKSHOP

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Here at The Paper + Craft Pantry, we love having plants in our studio! From flowers to succulents, we just cant get enough! So naturally we decided a workshop to incorporate our love of plants and crafts needed to happen!

Last week, we hosted the Painted Planter Party with our sweet friend, Chelsea, with Chelsea Laine Francis Photography who is an all around DIY Queen :)

As a part of our D.I.Y. Series workshops, each student got to paint and pot two adorable succulents to take home!