I am totally into the whole chalkboard sign trend as of late. I love creating boards for myself and for friends. For a project, I wanted to take that same concept, but change up the medium a bit. So I thought, instead of art on chalkboard, let’s experiment with art on glass. It is a whole lot easier to make because all you need to find is a window or picture frame you like, instead of finding a chalkboard or creating your own. I’m obsessed with wall decor to the point that there is literally no empty space on my bedroom walls. They are just covered in posters, pictures, and things I’ve made. That being said, I thought it would be fitting to make my first DIY post about wall decor! This project is so simple and versatile for any need.
Supplies: - Old window frame - Staple Gun - Burlap Material (Or any fabric you want as your backdrop) - Window Paint Pens
Simply lay your window out on top of the burlap to get an idea of how much you need for the back. Don’t worry about getting an exact measurement, just make sure you have cut more than you need as you can trim the excess later. Cut out around the frame and then staple this to the back of the window frame. Then go around and trim the extra material off to clean up the edges.
Flip the window over and go ahead and write out whatever message you wish to have on your window. I wanted this window to be placed right outside my front door to welcome my guests in the home. Window paint pens are so easy to work with and forgiving. If you mess up, just wet a towel and wipe off the mistake.
The great this about this project is the amount of freedom you have with the wording and purpose of your frame!
1 cup dark chocolate morsels, melted and slightly cooled
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup dark cocoa
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3-4 tablespoons whole milk
chocolate sprinkles, for garnishing
1. Preheat over to 350°F. Spray three round cake pans (6-inch, 8-inch and 9-inch) with non-stick cooking spray and line the bottom of each pan with a circle of parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, pudding mix, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, buttermilk, egg and vanilla.
4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until thick and just combined. Stir in the hot coffee until smooth and well combined.
5. Divide batter among prepared pans, filling each pan about 1/4 full.
6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean. Let cakes cool on wire racks for 15 minutes before inverting them onto the wire racks to cool completely.
7. While the cakes are cooling, prepare the frosting. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate morsels until just melted, about 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Set aside to slightly cool.
8. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter until smooth. In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and cocoa. Whisk the powdered sugar mixture into the butter, one cup at a time, until frosting is thick and chunky. Add the melted chocolate and whisk until just combined. Add the milk, one tablespoon at a time, until frosting is of spreading consistency. Beat frosting on high speed for 2 minutes until thick and creamy.
9. Place the 9-inch round cake, topside down, on a cake stand or platter. Spread just the top of the cake with a thick layer of frosting. Place the 8-inch round cake, topside down, on the center of the frosted 9-inch layer. Spread with a thick layer of frosting. Place the 6-inch round cake, topside up, on the center of the 8-inch round layer. Spread with remaining frosting and sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles.
GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE; COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN; AND WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.
LIVING ONE DAY AT A TIME; ENJOYING ONE MOMENT AT A TIME; ACCEPTING HARDSHIPS AS THE PATHWAY TO PEACE; TAKING, AS HE DID, THIS SINFUL WORLD AS IT IS, NOT AS I WOULD HAVE IT; TRUSTING THAT HE WILL MAKE ALL THINGS RIGHT IF I SURRENDER TO HIS WILL; THAT I MAY BE REASONABLY HAPPY IN THIS LIFE AND SUPREMELY HAPPY WITH HIM FOREVER IN THE NEXT. AMEN.