DIY Crossroad Destination Sign

DIY Crossroad Destination Sign | www.gigglingcaravan.com

It’s always fun to have a little travel inspiration around the house, but what about for the outside of your home? Well, here’s a really easy way to create some travel inspiration with the kiddos!

DIY Crossroad Destination Sign | www.gigglingcaravan.com

-Wood shims

-Craft paint

-Letter stickers

-Wood stick

-Utility knife

-Hot glue gun

-Craft varnish

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Take a wood shim (you can get these at Home Depot for pretty cheap) and draw out a point on one end. Take a utility knife and score and snap off the unwanted wood. Paint the wood shim white. Let paint dry completely. Place letter stickers onto it, spelling out any destination. Paint over the white paint and letters with a second color. Let it dry completely. Once dry, peel off the letter stickers. Carefully use a hot glue gun to glue the destination wood shims onto a wooden stick.  Make sure to keep in mind where you are located and the direction your destination should point. Lastly, if you’re worried about weather ruining your sign, just add a layer of craft varnish!

DIY Crossroad Destination Sign | www.gigglingcaravan.com

DIY Crossroad Destination Sign | www.gigglingcaravan.com

We loved how easy this was to make and yet it added so much spunk to our garden. Have fun making your crossroad destination sign! What destinations are you going to include?

Metallic Gold State Mug

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We all know THE golden state is California …but it’s fun to give every other state (or country) a try at being golden every once in awhile. Well, any chance to make anything golden is a great idea in my book. Here’s a really easy way to create a mug that is perfect to proudly display your state or give as a gift.

DIY Gold State Mug | www.gigglingcaravan.comHere’s what I used to make this: a blank mug, metallic paint pen, and metallic gold paint. You can purchase a blank mug for pretty cheap at a 99c/dollar store. First, make a paper stencil of the state you wish to have on your mug. Then tape the stencil onto the mug. With your metallic paint pen, follow the outline of the state stencil.

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With metallic gold paint, paint in the state. This may require a few paint coats. We prefer using the paint because we wasn’t a fan of seeing all the pen lines. When the paint is dry to the touch, put the mug in the oven (NOT microwave oven) for 30 minutes at 300 degrees (Place the mug into the oven while it is preheating) . Let it stay in there for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven, leave the mug inside, and let them cool down together. Once the mug and oven are cool, cautiously take the mug out of the oven. Also, make sure to only hand wash these.

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We may like my coffee black, but our states as golden as they can get. Enjoy!

Nanaimo Bars

  Nanaimo Bars | www.gigglingcaravan.com

Nanaimo Bars | www.gigglingcaravan.com

In prep for our next gift book, See the World…, we take you to Canada. This delicious Canadian treat is named after Nanaimo, British Columbia. It comprises of three delicious layers, all of which require no baking. There’s a bit of a wait between making layers, but it’s well worth it!Nanaimo Bars | www.gigglingcaravan.com

Here are the ingredients for the first, bottom layer (photographed above):

-1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

-1/4 cup granulated white sugar

-1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

-1 large egg, lightly beaten

-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

-2 cups graham cracker, crushed

-1 cup sweetened or unsweetened coconut (shredded or flaked)

-1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped

To make the bottom layer you will need to first melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Once the butter has melted completely, remove from heat and add the sugar and cocoa powder. Stir. Now whisk the beaten egg in. Bring the saucepan back to low heat for another 1-2 minutes. Once the mixture has become thick, remove from heat and add the vanilla extra, crushed graham cracker, coconut, and walnuts. Stir until all the ingredients have mixed together. In a 9x9in prepared pan, spread the mixture evenly onto the bottom. Refrigerate for about an hour or until the mixture has become firm.

Nanaimo Bars | www.gigglingcaravan.com

Ingredients to make the second, middle layer (photographed above):

-1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

-2 – 3 tablespoons milk or cream

-2 tablespoons vanilla custard powder or vanilla pudding powder

-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

-2 cups powdered sugar

To make the second layer you will need to first beat the butter in an electric mixer (or hand mixer). Once the butter has become smooth and creamy you can go ahead and add the rest of the ingredients. Beat all of the ingredients until the mixture is smooth. Evenly add this mixture on top of the first layer. (Tip: If the mixture is too thick, add some milk). Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until the second layer has become firm.

Nanaimo Bars | www.gigglingcaravan.com

Ingredients to make the third, top layer (photographed above):

-1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

-1 tablespoon unsalted butter

To make the final layer you will need to put the chocolate chips and butter into a heat-safe bowl. Place this heat-safe bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.  Once it has completely melted, spread the final layer evenly on top.

Nanaimo Bars | www.gigglingcaravan.com

Nanaimo Bars | www.gigglingcaravan.com

I’ve heard there are a bunch of different variations of the Nanaimo bar and after trying this one and falling in love with it I’m eager to try the others. I hope you enjoy this Canadian treat!

DIY ADVENTUROUS GIFT TAGS

DIY ADVENTUROUS GIFT TAGS | See the World... | www.gigglingcaravan.comWe have this book on California that has pages torn and falling out. But since it is filled with all these great images of California, we decided that instead of tossing it out we should keep it for some “reuse DIY” projects. Here is one of those “reuse DIY” projects: a super easy way to create your own gift tags!

DIY ADVENTUROUS GIFT TAGS | See the World... | www.gigglingcaravan.com

DIY ADVENTUROUS GIFT TAGS | See the World... | www.gigglingcaravan.com

DIY ADVENTUROUS GIFT TAGS | See the World... | www.gigglingcaravan.com

You can either cut out your own tag using thick construction paper like we did here or you can buy pre-made tags from a craft store. Cut out an image and glue to it one side of your tag. Let the glue dry completely. Trim down the image to fit the tag. Using a hole puncher, punch a hole on the top side of the tag. Use some decorative string to attach the tag to the gift. Leave a sweet note or an inspirational travel quote on the opposite, plain side of the gift tag.

DIY ADVENTUROUS GIFT TAGS | See the World... | www.gigglingcaravan.com

DIY ADVENTUROUS GIFT TAGS | See the World... | www.gigglingcaravan.com

If you’re looking for more gift wrapping ideas, make sure to check out our DIY Map Decorative Tape post!

Adventure Awaits! Free Printable

Adventure Awaits! Free Printable from GigglingCaravan.com

You can download these free  Adventure Awaits with purple text here  and with orange text here. You can also purchase a larger size without a watermark of each printable at our shop. Just like our books, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of our prints benefit children charities.

 

Adventure Awaits! Free Printable from GigglingCaravan.com

 

We always LOVE seeing the creative ways you use our printables, so make sure to tag #gigglingcaravan on social media. Also, make sure to keep checking back because there will be plenty of free printables all month long!

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This printable is inspired by our gift books, I Know a Boy… and I Know a Girl….

Pumpkin Trail Mix Bars

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These pumpkin trail mix bars are the snack to bring along for a fall hike or to just snack on in between sips of pumpkin spiced latte.

Ingredients:

-4 cups oats

-½ cup vegetable oil

-½ cup honey

-½ cup pumpkin puree

-2 teaspoons cinnamon

-½ teaspoons salt

-1 1/3 cups sliced or slivered almonds

-½ cup pepitas

-11 ounces butterscotch chips

Steps:

1. In a large bowl, stir the oats and vegetable oil together.

2. Add the honey, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, salt, and stir together. (If you want them to be really sweet add ½ cup brown sugar)

3.  Add almonds and pepitas, stir.

4. Lastly, stir in the butterscotch chips

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5. Using your spatula, press the mixture down and evenly across a parchment lined cookie sheet.

6. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

7. Take out of oven, using your spatula, carefully press down mixture again and put in the oven for an additional 20 minutes. 

8. Let cool before cutting. When storing it is helpful to put parchment paper between each layer so the bars don’t stick together.

Pumpkin Trail Mix Bars | www.gigglingcaravan.com

Pumpkin Trail Mix Bars | www.gigglingcaravan.com

Pumpkin Trail Mix Bars | www.gigglingcaravan.com

Enjoy your pumpkin trail mix bars!

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Check out our print Bake the World a Better Place! Just like our books, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of our prints benefit children charities.