Category Archives: DIY

14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Day 13

Have an old tee or cardi in your throw away pile?  WAIT! Don’t toss it yet!   Transform it instead!!  That’s what I did for this DIY Valentine idea.  I was prepared to throw away this coral colored cardigan but instead decided to make it into a Valentine’s day number.

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-What you’ll need-

old tee or sweater

felt squares ( about .35 per square at fabric or craft stores).

scissors

fabric glue or needle and thread (optional as to how you’d like to adhere the hearts).

Cut out your hearts from the felt square.  Lay tee or sweater flat on a surface.  If using glue, make sure you have a thick piece of paper or cardboard to protect the inside of your garment and to make sure the glue doesn’t seep through.  Place the hearts where you’d like them, pin if you’d like to make sure you keep them in place until you’re ready to adhere them.  Glue or stitch in place!

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14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Day 12

A sweet for your Sweet! This one is tooo simple, but sure to be appreciated by the special someone in your life.  Who doesn’t like to get a bag full of their favorite cookies?!  Uh, no one!

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Take a visit to your beloved’s favorite bakery, or bake them their all time favorite cookie and just like the popcorn post, put them in a cellophane bag, tie with a pretty ribbon bow and if you’d like, a hang tag with a cute little phrase like ‘A sweet for my Sweet”!

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You could also use these as party favors-with a ‘So Sweet of You to Stop By!’ tag, or add them to a cute Valentine’s day gift basket!

Stop back tomorrow for a Valentine’s Day fashion idea! :)

14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Day 11

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Day 11 brings you another yummy idea-Heart shaped french toast! It will make your sweetheart’s heart melt, and hopefully their mouth too! :d  For this recipe, I stuffed the French toast with strawberries and chocolate chips.  Use what your heart desires! (no pun intended)  I’ve also seen strawberries and nutella! Yum :d  I’ve tried blueberries and cream cheese too-which is very tasty as well.

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-What you’ll need-

Bread

Milk

Eggs

Heart shaped cookie cutter

Strawberries

Chocolate chips

Prep:

Mix your French toast mixture together (eggs, milk-add cinnamon if you please!)
Thinly slice some strawberries.
Use the cookie cutter to cut the bread into heart shapes.

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Soak one piece in the mixture, throw on the skillet and immediately spread sliced strawberries and chocolate chips on the bread. Soak second piece and place on top of the first to make a sandwich.
Cook until chocolate chips start to melt and bread is slightly browned on both sides.

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Serve with some coffee and OJ!! (And whipped cream on top! :d) Enjoy!

14 Days of Valentine Ideas- Day 10

‘You Make My Heart POP”!  A very simple Valentine trinket for your special sweetie.  Just pop some popcorn, melt a little chocolate, and type up a cute hang tag!

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I am a popcorn lover if you’ve ever met one, unfortunately, a ton of popcorn reaps havoc on my insides.  Regardless, the smell of popcorn is a yummy perfume to my nose…so when I make popcorn I like to make it the old fashioned way-on the stove.  So bring out your kettle, oil, and kernels and pop away!  I promise, the popcorn made on a stove is way better than the ready in a minute microwave kind.

-What you’ll need-

popcorn kernels

vegetable oil

salt and some melted butter

chocolate (optional)

cellophane party bags (found at party store or in the baking isle at the grocery store).

ribbon

hang tag and single hold punch

Pop the popcorn ( Note* Measurements should be on the back of the popcorn package-I recommend heating the oil first, and then throwing in a few test kernels before you throw them all in there).

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Make sure you don’t keep the heat very high, medium heat is fine.  After all the kernels are in the kettle, make sure you keep lifting and shaking the kettle so the kernels get evenly distributed in the oil and don’t burn. 

Melt your chocolate, in the microwave is easiest, but only melt it in about 30 second intervals so it doesn’t burn.  Lay your popcorn out on some foil or wax paper on a cookie sheet.  Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate all over your popcorn.

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Let cool, and then put into your plastic party bags.  Tie with a ribbon, secure your hang tag and finish your ribbon in a bow.

Now you’re all set to make your sweetie’s heart pop! (Not literally, of course ;) )

Another great use for bags of Valentine popcorn would be as your Valentine’s Day party favors! Instead, your hang tag could say ‘Thanks for poppin’ by! ;)

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Stay tuned for another yummy Valentine Idea tomorrow! :d

14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Days 9

This Valentine’s day DIY idea is for Valentine’s day cake parfaits! YUM! What a great idea! This would be a delicious little treat for your Valentine’s Day party, or as a dessert for your Valentine’s day dinner, especially if you’re making a homemade dinner. :d

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These may sound tricky, but they’re really not difficult at all. Here’s what you’ll need:

cake mix ( I went with Pillsbury Pink Lemonade flavor)

ingredients for your cake mix (*Note: Instead of the recommended 3 eggs, I used 4 eggs; instead of water, I used milk; and instead of 1/3 c of oil, I melted a full stick of butter–You would not believe how much fluffier the cake batter comes out! Give it a try!)

glasses/cups about 6-8

circular cookie cutter

cake pans

can of frosting and preferred toppings

large ziploc bag

cake frosting tip (find in your baking isle at the grocery store or craft store)

Ok, so first thing’s first-mix the cake batter and spread into 2 cake pans. (I used 8×8 pans).

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Bake your cakes. When they are done, let them cool for about 20 minutes. While waiting, using a spatula, scoop the frosting into a large ziploc baggie (make sure you clip the corner and put the frosting tip in first) This will make it easier to get the frosting into the cup/glass.

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Flip your cakes onto two plates, and using the circular cookie cutter, cut circles out of your cakes. Put one cake circle into a cup, and then squeeze a layer of frosting. Then another cake circle, and another layer of frosting. Sprinkle your toppings on the top layer of frosting on your cake parfait and you’re ready to enjoy! :d

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Enjoy your cake parfaits!

14 Days of Valentine-Day 8

Remember how I mentioned I’d show you what to do with some of those fun vintage valentines?  Well here it is!

A Valentine & Heart Garland!  Decorate your front door, your dining room, your classroom, your mantle, or use for your Valentine’s day party!  This Valentine DIY is pretty simple too.

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-What you’ll need-

scissors

construction paper

vintage valentines (can be found at stationary stores, but your best bet is an antique store).

hemp string or ribbon (whatever you want to attach them to)

tacky or craft glue

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Cut out your hearts from the construction paper, and your valentines if they’re not pre-cut.  First, cut the string the length you want your garland to be.  Then fold it in half to find the middle point.  Start from the middle and work your way outward to the ends (this way makes it easier to have more even spaces and lengths of string at the ends).  Glue your hearts and valentines to the string-make sure you hold it there a few seconds to make sure the glue takes-and finish with a small piece of scrap paper over the string/valentine to secure it in place.

Voila! Your garland is made. :)

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14 Valentine’s Day Ideas- Day 7

Wow! Already on Day 7 of 14 Days of Valenetine Ideas!! Thanks for sticking around!! Remember, there’s still 7 more days of ideas coming your way and you won’t want to miss them! Today’s Valentine idea is LOVE magnets! 

I took this idea from my own wedding reception!  As part of our favors, we made these little love magnets for our guests.  Each one had a different LOVE quote or lyric, which makes them perfect for a Valentine’s day idea too!  Instead of using framed magnets, you can also do this with picture frames-just in case you can’t find framed magnets.

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-What you’ll need-

Framed magnets or picture frames (Here in Northeast Ohio, we have a grocery store called Marc’s that sells close-out merchandise too, which is where I found the framed magnets, they were very inexpensive at about $.25 a piece)!

Favorite LOVE quote or lyric.

There’s really not much instruction to this one other than to print out and place the quote or lyric in the frame! Simple as that!

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Stay tuned tomorrow to see what you can use those adorable vintage valentines for! :)

14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Day 6

Get out your Modge Podge, it’s time to start decoupaging!  This DIY is a bit more time consuming than some others I’ve listed, but it’s one that would make a great Valentine’s Day centerpiece on your kitchen table!

A decoupaged heart votive! 

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-What you’ll need-

construction paper

scissors

Modge Podge (craft store, with glues)

a small votive candle

candy message hearts

a sponge brush

 

Cut out several different size hearts from your construction paper.  Dip the sponge brush in the modge podge and paint over the hearts onto the votive where you’d like them.  Use as many or as few hearts as you’d like! 

Note* After I applied the hearts to the votive, I brushed modge podge over the entire vase again in order for it to look more finished.  The modge podge will dry semi clear with a bit of a milky finish.

 

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Fill the votive with some candy message hearts for an added holiday touch! :)

14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Day 5

There is so much you can do with burlap.  And the greatest part about it is how inexpensive it is!  This Valentine’s Day idea is for burlap placemats! 

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This one is a simple décor idea.  Just a little something Valentine’s themed to decorate your space.  And not very hard either…  Here we go!

-What you’ll need-

About a half yard of Burlap fabric (about 3.99/yard at the fabric store)

2 sheets of felt (found at craft or fabric stores…about $.35 a sheet)

Fabric paint

Acrylic paint

Sponge brush

Thick thread or string

2 paper doilies

Use the felt sheets as a template to cut out the shape of burlap.  I cut about 2 inch borders around the felt.

Pin the felt pieces in place onto the burlap.  Stitch the felt onto the burlap using the thick thread.

Using the fabric paint, draw a couple hearts in the corners.

Using one doily per placemat, lay flat on the placemat where you’d like the pattern to show.  Using a sponge brush and acrylic paint, brush paint all over doily so the pattern shows through onto the placemat.  Keep dabbing the brush over the doily, making sure the paint is getting through.  When you remove the doily, the pattern should appear on your placemat!

Let dry and use for your Valentine’s Day dinner!

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14 Days of Valentine Ideas-Day 4

Today’s Valentine’s day idea is another good one for a Valentine’s Day party.  Straw toppers!  This one’s an easy one too.  All you really need for this DIY is construction paper, scissors, and of course straws.

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I personally love the idea of using mason jars as glasses.  There are so many ways to use mason jars, it’s ridiculous!  Fill yours with pink lemonade, or juice, and fancy it up with a pretty little ribbon!