How To Create DIY Marshmallows With I SPY DIY

This holiday has been one of our favorite seasons to date. With great #AEOGIFTS, friends and family, it’s no wonder we’re embracing every day with open arms. To make the holidays even better, our favorite DIY guru, Jenni R., from I SPY DIY shows us how to make our very own marshmallows! Check out her recipe below and start sprucing up that hot chocolate. Don’t forget to add critter mittens to make this tasty treat taste look even sweeter.

IMG_0118What You’ll Need:

  1. Critter Mittens
  2. 9×13 baking dish, buttered generously
  3. snowflake cookie cutters, any size
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  6. 2 cups granulated sugar
  7. 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 tablespoons pure vanilla
  10. 2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, for coating

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Step 1: In a stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment, add gelatin packets and 1/2 cup water. Let stand for water to soak into the gelatin. (You could use a large bowl and hand mixer if you do not own a stand mixer. Just make sure the bowl is deep enough to avoid anything splattering out. Mixer will become very hot later.)

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Step 2: In a saucepan, on high heat, add in sugar, salt, corn syrup, and remaining 1/2 cup water. Stir to combine, and then let mixture come to a boil. Let mixture boil for 1 minute, and then remove from heat.

Step 3: Turn stand mixer on to low to combine the gelatin. Then slowly start to add the hot mixture. Be very careful at this point!

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Step 4: Once the hot mixture is combine, turn stand mixer up to high, and mix for 12 minutes. Batter should become white and thick. Turn off mixer to add in vanilla, and then back on briefly to combine.

Step 5: Using a spatula, transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Working quickly, smooth out mixture evenly. (Because holy moly this stuff is sticky!)

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Step 6: Using a piece of greased plastic wrap, cover the marshmallow mixture and let sit at least 3 hours. (Or overnight!) Marshmallows will be too sticky to cut out right away.

Step 7: Cookie cutter time! This is where the powdered sugar comes in. As you start to cut out your shapes, coat the marshmallows with a generous amount of the powdered sugar. (I also find it beneficial to coat my cookie cutters with the powdered sugar as I go.)

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Step 8: Eat and Enjoy! Or wait and make some hot chocolate to put them in.

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How To Create A Dip Dye Scarf With I SPY DIY

For our next DIY installment, we’re adding a pop of color to our #AEOSTYLE! DIY expert Jenni R., from I SPY DIY will show you how to create your very own dip dye scarf using our Heritage Plaid Blanket Scarf. Follow her easy step by step instructions below and be sure to tag us on Instagram and Twitter wearing your new accessory.

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What You’ll Need:
Heritage Plaid Blanket Scarf
Rit Liquid Dye
Hot Water

IMG_9798What to do:

  1. Mix the liquid dye with hot water

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3. Ring out excess liquid

4. Let dry.

5. Hand wash in cold water.

6. Enjoy!

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How To Create A DIY Pom Pom Hat With I SPY DIY

At AEO, we love a good DIY. Taking what we make and creating it into your own #AEOSTYLE is a motto we love to stand by. That’s why we brought in our DIY expert Jenni R. from I SPY DIY to create a super fun Pom Pom using our Chunky Cable Knit Beanie to wear all winter long. Check out Jenni’s easy step-by-step instructions below and start getting creative! Plus, check out her other DIY projects for AEO on our blog.

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What You’ll Need:
AEO Chunky Cable Knit Beanie
Scissors
Yarn
Safety Pin

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To make the pom poms: 

  1. Wrap yarn around your fingers
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  2. Next, take the yarn off your hand and tie another piece around the middle of the yarn, tie in a knot
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  3. Then, cut the loops
  4. Trim uneven ends
  5. Next, use a safety pin to attach the pom pom to the top of you hat.
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And you’re done!

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How To Make Studded Denim With I SPY DIY

Hello! It’s Jenni R., from I SPY DIY. For my fourth installment with AEO, I wanted to add metallic flair to AEO Sateen X Jeggings. Follow my easy step-by-step below to create eye catching #AEOSTYLE that you can call your very own! Want to add studs to more than just jeans? Check out how to make a studded band for your hat here.

How to create studded denim with I SPY DIY.

What you need:
AEO Sateen X Jegging
Studs
Gem Tac

How to create studded denim with I SPY DIY

What you do:
Step 1:
Cuff the AEO Sateen X Jeggings from American Eagle to your desired length.

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Step 2: Arrange the studs on your cuffs into a pattern that you like.

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Step 3: Next, glue on the gems and let dry before you wear embellished jeggings that are  perfect for fall!

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How To Make Patchwork Pocket Denim With I SPY DIY

Jenni R. from I SPY DIY here. For my next installment, I took a pair of classic denim and added a pop of color to create patchwork pocket shorts. You can choose any fabric that suits your #AEOSTYLE to create a pair that’s unique to you! Check out my easy step-by-step guide below.

DIY Patchwork Denim Shorts

What you need:
AEO Denim X Kick Boot Jean

Fabric
Scissors
Marker
Hem tape
Fabric Glue

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What you do:
Step 1:
Turn your AEO Denim X Kick Boot Jean into shorts by cutting a straight line across both legs.

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Step 2: Choose a piece of fabric that is large enough to cover the back pockets of the jeans. Lay the fabric flat on the jeans and trace the shape of the pockets onto the fabric.

Step 3: Create another outline of the pocket that is 1/2” wider than the initial one on all sides. Cut around this outer line.

DIY Patchwork Denim Shorts Step 4: Apply hem tape to the inside of your guidelines and fold the excess 1/2” of fabric over the tape. Press down to secure. Do this around the entire perimeter of your fabric until you create something that resembles the shape of your pocket.

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Step 5: Adhere the fabric to the pocket using using fabric glue and let dry. Be careful not to glue the opening of the pocket shut.

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Step 6: Repeat these steps again to create another fabric pocket and a unique pair of jean shorts!

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How to Make Southwestern-Inspired Print Jeans with I Spy DIY

Hi there, it’s Jenni with I SPY DIY back again for my next installment with American Eagle Outfitters. This week, I created a Southwerstern-inspired look with AEO Denim that you could wear all season long. Check out my easy step-by-step guide below to add a pop of color to your already fabulous jeans.

DIY How to create southwestern jeans

What you need:
AEO Denim X Jegging
Iron-on fabric
Scissors
Iron

DIY How to create southwestern-inspired jeans
What you do:
Step 1:
Decide on the design that you would like to transfer onto your AEO Denim X Jeggings.

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Step 2: Cut the pieces of your design out of the iron-on fabric and place the pieces flat on the outer seam of the jeggings.

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Step 3: Set the iron to the ‘cotton/linen’ setting and being ironing the cutouts onto the jeggings. Make sure that the shiny side of the iron-on fabric is facing upward.

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Step 4: Remove the film from the iron-on fabric and repeat your design up the seam of the pants until you’ve created a unique pair of jeggings!

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