Valentine’s Day Paper Heart Favor

Valentine’s Day is coming up so I wanted to get started posting some fun projects for you! I found this project on Martha Stewart’s website years ago so I tried searching their new site to see if it was still there.

Here's how a couple of mine turned out!

Here’s how a couple of mine turned out!

I was able to find the tutorial but I think the video or template is missing so I decided to unwrap my heart and try to show you how to make it. I hope you find it helpful! These favors are great for giving at valentine party/wedding guests, school, or work. It would also be a fun class project for kids. And, they would look cute for a Valentine’s Day party decoration.

Supplies:

  • Double-sided scrapbooking paper (I found my at Michael’s)
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • Small hole punch (preferably 1/8″)
  • Scissors
  • Candy (optional)
  • Great folding skills!

Here’s how:

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Try experimenting when making your hearts. I tied two hearts at both ends of one ribbon here.

Try experimenting when making your hearts. I tied two hearts at both ends of one ribbon here.

Here is the original craft by Martha Stewart

Here is the original craft by Martha Stewart

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Repurposed Pin Cushion Mason Jar

I was walking around Joann’s and found this DIY takeaway on how to make pin cushions using jars. IMG_1780But I was a little disappointed because it didn’t explain how to make the actual pin cushion—it just asked for a premade store-bought one. So I decided to try to make my own. One of my colleagues gave me a mason jar with granola in it for Christmas so I repurposed the jar for this craft. I also remembered that I had a little jam jar that I saved when my friend, Windi, made me some yummy homemade jam. I really like this project because the pin cushion jar serves 2 purposes. I can store my sewing supplies like thread and buttons inside the jar AND I can stick my pins in the cushion. I think these jars would make great little valentine gifts for someone who likes to sew.

Here’s how to make them:

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Here's my finished creation!

Here’s my finished creation! The mason jar turned out so cute, I went on to make a mini version with the jam jar.

If you’re wondering where I got the cute heart pins, you can find them at Typo for a couple dollars:
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And I found the measuring tape ribbon for only 99 cents at Michael’s in the scrapbooking section:
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Shadow Box Print with Rose Petals

When I moved into to my new place, I had so much fun decorating. For my bathroom, I wanted to hang a piece of art on the small wall above my sink. I went to Michael’s and found a print of a vase holding pink roses, which matched nicely with my purple/pink rose theme. I looked around my garage and found a white shadow box frame that I had never used, which ended up being the same size as the print. Perfect! Then, I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to actually place pink rose petals inside the frame to simulate fallen rose petals? I took another trip to Michael’s and headed to the wedding section and found pink faux petals.

Here is a close up of the petals inside the frame.

Here is a close up of the petals inside the frame.

This project is really quick and easy and I love seeing it every time I go into my bathroom. I hope you find a place for it in your office or home!

D-ring Duct Tape Belts

The girls and I stayed in all day Saturday and had a craft day so I decided to look at my pins for some easy projects they could do. They are obsessed with duct tape projects and all the different prints they come in. Duct tape is so popular with girls lately. They can make bows, belts, wallets, and more. I found this fun and easy duct tape belt for girls tutorial by Randi at DukesandDuchesses.com. (She also has one for boys!)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • duct tape
    I used the checkered tape and gold tape from the Duck tape brand that I found at Michael’s but the blue tape was from the 99 cents store and it actually was a lot easier to use because it wasn’t as sticky and it was more ribbon-like and that made it SO easy to slide under the belt straps.  Also, a simple pattern or solid color works best unless you don’t mind the pattern not aligning.
  • pair of D-rings (2-inch rings for the wide belt, 1 1/2-rings for the skinny belt)
    It was difficult for me to find these in the sewing section at Michael’s so try Jo-ann Fabrics (about $2.50 per pair) or another fabric store. They come in silver, gold, and pewter—pick one that coordinates with your tape!
  • scissors
  • yard stick
  • craft mat
  • measuring tape or a belt for reference, pants for reference
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Here’s a photo of how the checkered duct tape belt looks on!

To make the wide belt:

  1. I measured an existing belt the girls had and added a little extra like the tutorial said for folding in and sealing the ends. The girls cut two strips of this length.
    The tutorial says to use a white tape for the inside of the belt but since this shows when the belt is worn, I decided to use the same tape for both strips.
  2. I overlapped two strips of duct tape together by holding and pulling each end of one strip and laying it on top of the other.
    Pulling from the ends helps to place it down straight. You need to make sure that the overlap height would fit through the d-rings and through the belt straps of a pair of jeans. Using a craft mat works great because it prevents debris from getting on the tape while you are working and the lines help you to measure and keep things aligned.
  3. To finish off, you fold one end and tape it down. Then, at the other end, place 2 d-rings through and seal it with another piece of tape. Don’t worry to much about aligning the pattern, you’ll barely notice when it’s on!

For the skinny belt:

  1. I rolled out the same length but only cut one strip.
  2. I then folded over one edge length-wise so that the overlap would be the height of my belt.
    While folding, pull the two ends and press down at the ends first. The kids can press down every 5 inches to help while you pull the ends. Once that’s done, you can safely press down along the entire belt.
  3. After that, starting at one end, slowly fold the non-overlapping tape down to seal the top edge of the belt.
  4. Finish with the last steps looping the rings in and sealing both ends.

Trust me, this tutorial was extremely easy and the girls love their belts. Thanks Randi!

Although Duck tape brand duct tape gets expensive sometimes, ranging from $5-10 at Target and Michael’s,  you can always use a Michael’s weekly coupon or get them for a little bit cheaper at Wal-mart and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. If there is a Dollar Tree or 99 cents store near you, these generic brands work great too! I’ve also seen a pack of 6 Duck tapes at Costco for $15. I hope these tips help you when making your own duct tape belts. Happy crafting!

#FreePrintable “Merry” Holiday Gift Tags

I’ve been working hard on a free holiday printable for you guys the past few days and now they’re finally ready for posting! I designed these gift tags with you ladies in mind. I hope you like the pink, gold, and black colors I picked. They are all centered around a “merry” theme. Simply print the PDF on cardstock, cut out, punch, and affix to your gift boxes/bags. In the photos above, you can see that I used gold baker’s twine, which I was excited to discover at Target. You can find a variety of colored twine in the scrapbook, holiday, or dollar areas at Target and Michael’s if you want the same look. You can also add your own metal eyelets to the holes for an added touch.

Happy Holidays!

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Preview of the gift tags

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Washcloth Lollipops

Today, I have a sweet treat for you! I’m going to share a tutorial with you on how to make these cute washcloth lollipops. They are fun for table decorations at a baby shower or decorating the outside of a gift box. You can also make a bunch and place them neatly in a horizontal box for the mommy-to-be!

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What you’ll need (makes 1 lollipop):

  • 1 solid color washcloth (I bought mine at Marshall’s, look for coordinating sets)
  • 1 striped, white, or patterned washcloth
  • 1 lollipop stick (You can find these at Walmart or Michael’s in the baking section)
  • white or pink tulle fabric (at least 6 in wide, 8 in is best; you can find these at Michael’s or a fabric store)
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • tape
  • sewing pin

Directions:

  1. Fold each washcloth length-wise so that the strip is about 3/4 inch.
  2. Place the solid color washcloth under the other washcloth.
  3. Roll the washcloths together.
  4. Pin the end temporarily.
  5. Tape the lollipop stick to the back center.
  6. Measure out the tulle and cut.
  7. Measure out the ribbon to the desired length and cut.
  8. Remove the pin and while holding the washcloths, wrap with the tulle.
  9. Tie the tulle to the stick using the ribbon.

You could also make a round pop or just a wrapped candy (without a stick) and tie both ends. Try a piece of cellophane or felt instead of tulle. I encourage you to take a visit to your local candy shop for more inspiration and see what YOU can come up with.

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein

Black & Gold Graduation Cupcakes

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For my sister’s graduation bbq, I decided to look for a savory bbq cupcake recipe. I found this BBQ Maple Cupcake recipe online and tried it out. The guests loved it!

For decorations, I browsed the internet for some inspiration and decided on a black and gold theme. I made gold fondant stars with sugar sprinkles, black fondant graduation caps with gold tassels, and sprinkled some with gold rice krispy balls I found at Do It With Icing. I also mixed it with some small gold stars I found in the baking section of Michael’s.

I had a lot of fun making these little graduation decorations. To all the 2013 grads out there–Congrats on such a wonderful accomplishment!