Chonky Boys: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that Scream Summer!

Featuring my thick and nuggy Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookies, these ice cream sandwiches are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.  If you've ever had the Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland , you are going to LOVE these!  These big and bold chocolate chip cookies are based on a recipe from my culinary school studies at Auguste Escoffier, but with a few modifications to give them that Jennuine touch.  They make the perfectas book for a fat slice of real vanilla bean ice cream.  And those mini chips?  You just gotta have that extra cronch! Thank goodness this recipe only makes 8 sandwiches, otherwise I would be eating them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  This way, my big family can help save me from my inner child diet-saboteur.   Print With Image Without Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Yield: 8 Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a

"Jellybean Factory" Glitter House DIY

Jellybean Factory Glitter House DIY
I've always been utterly enchanted by miniatures and still have my box of "tiny treasures" that I collected in my childhood.  The teeny-tiny toys, dolls, and lilliputian objects never fail to put a smile on my face. So, when I discovered the world of vintage German Putz houses several years ago, I was keen to get a collection going. Each year I enjoy setting up and adding to my little "Santa's Village", and am always a little sad when it's time to pack it away.  

Jellybean Factory Glitter House DIY

In recent years, there's been a resurgence of interest in the diminutive glitter houses, giving rise to an abundance of free templates and tutorials to get you started on creating your own little village.  This winter, my friend Holly (of 504 Main) and I stockpiled our cereal boxes and had fun experimenting with a few different glitter house patterns.  

With Easter just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to come up with an original glitter house of my own to suit the occasion.

Jellybean Factory Glitter House DIY

Starting with a Martha Stewart pattern, I made some modifications and came up with a simple pattern for a wee little house that sits perfectly atop a wide mouth canning jar.  An old cereal box and jar are reborn as a "Jellybean Factory".  Here's how to make one of your very own...

Jellybean Factory Glitter House DIY

Jellybean Factory Glitter House Jar
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1 Jellybean Factory Glitter House Template (Free HERE) *Note:  if you have any trouble getting template, please email me
1 Cereal Box, flattened
Pencil, ruler, craft knife, cutting mat
Tacky Glue
Assorted Acrylic Paints
Paintbrushes, assorted sizes
DecoArt Snow-Tex
Decorative Ribbon
Clear or Micah glitter
Wide Mouth Mason Jar
Mod Podge or Elmer's glue
Small piece of pink felt

Jellybean Factory Glitter House DIY

1. Print template. Cut out pieces. Trace pieces on to flattened cardboard (on the non-printed side). Using a craft knife, cut piece from cardboard. Fold at dotted lines (I find that making a shallow score along the dotted lines with the craft knife makes for a very clean fold -- just don't go too deep).

2.  Glue body of house together at the tab, using Tacky Glue. Attach roof.  Roll and glue chimney pieces (I use a pencil to help the process).  Glue chimney pieces to roof.  Dry.

3.  Using Tacky Glue, glue the two pieces of the canning jar lid together.  Paint the lid and the house with white acrylic paint.  Dry.

4.  Paint the house in the colors you desire.  Dry.  Add any fine details you wish.  Dry.

5.  Mix a small amount of light green paint with some Snow-Tex and apply to the top of the lid with a paint brush (this will be the "grass").  Set painted house directly into the wet "grass".  Dry.

6.  Lightly brush some Mod Podge or school glue on areas you wish to glitter.  Sprinkle with clear glitter.

Jellybean Factory Glitter House DIY

7.  Pull away some fibers from the small piece of pink felt.  Put a small dab of glue inside each chimney.  Using the end of a small paintbrush, tuck a small tuft of felt fibers into each chimney.

8.  To finish, use a bead of tacky glue to adhere some decorative ribbon around the band of the jar lid.

9.  Fill jar with jellybeans and enjoy!

Jellybean Factory Glitter House DIY 
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