Showing posts with label Valentines Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Valentines Day. Show all posts

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Valentines Day Sweethearts Decoration


The more time I spend at home, and the more I feel like decorating for every holiday. Before I would just decorated for big things like Christmas and Halloween, but the small holidays deserve some love too! One of my favorite candies for Valentines Day, besides chocolate :), are the little conversation sweethearts. They taste terrible, but they're super cute and it is fun to see how the sayings change over the years.
  
This project was super simple, and I could have gotten it done in one day if I didn't have to wait for paint to dry :) Ignore the blue paint because I switched to green after realizing that there is not a blue conversation heart candy.

The wooden hearts were only $1.33 at Hobby Lobby and the ribbon was 50% off, so the bulk of my crafty budget went to the spray paint and the paint pen.
I gave the hearts at least 3 coats of paint; since they were raw wood they seemed to absorb the paint (is that a thing?)

This picture is terrible (it came from my phone at 2am) late night crafting is the best! You can kinda tell the glossiness of the paint, whereas in the previous pic you could still see the wood grain. 

I looked up a bunch of different ways to get awesome lettering on these babies, but in the end I just free handed it. I have to say I am pretty proud that they didn't turn out wonky. It's not perfect by any means, but I think it adds to the hominess of the project. Hey its for our home right :)


To hang the hearts, I just laid them out face down and stapled ribbon to the backs of them. Then I tied a bow and stapled the two ends on the top of Jeff's heart. I love that I can add more hearts for more babies when they come along :)

I have it hanging in our dining room, and it is one of the first things you see when you walk in the house. It makes me smile every time I see it :)

I can't take full credit for the awesomeness of this project because I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest, and of course it was something I didn't repin. Thus it is now lost. I even tried to go find it, but no luck :(

How are you decorating for Valentines Day? 

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More the Merrier Monday

Saturday, January 26, 2013

DIY Wall Clock


For Christmas Jeff and I received one of those clocks with the little frames for numbers you can personalize. At first I had no clue what to do with it. I thought about putting pictures in the little frames, but I didn't really like that idea. However after some brainstorming and a trip to Hobby Lobby, I figured out I could use scrapbook paper to personalize it for each season.

William as always is being a super helpful little boy :) 

This project was super simple and it took less than an hour to complete. All you need is a design-it yourself clock, scrapbook paper, number stickers, and scissors.  I grabbed scrapbook paper for the next three holidays; Valentines Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter.


All you need to do is use the included template to trace 12 circles onto the back of your scrapbook paper, cut them out, number them 1-12, put them in the frames. Hooray you're done! I told you it was super simple : )



Cutting out the circles took the most time out of all the steps combined. The template that was included with the kit was quite a bit larger than the actual circle frames, so I had to go back and trim the edges on most of the circles.





Now I have to make the circles for St. Patrick's Day and Easter, plus all the other holidays in the year. 

It took me a few days to figure out where to hang it, but I eventually decided to put it on the wall  by the kitchen. Now it's the first thing I see in the morning when walking down the hallway. I have to say I am pretty proud of how evenly the numbers turned out because I basically eyeballed my spacing on everything. If I stared at it consistently I could probably see the mistakes (like right now while writing this post :) but for day to day use it is perfect!

 I can't wait to make circles for all the other holidays and seasons. What would y'all do with a clock like this?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentines Day Pretzel Buttons

Today I made my very first Pinterest project! I just recently became a member of Pinterest and I love it. They other day while browsing around what my friends have pinned I found this adorable idea to make little pretzel snacks with Hugs and m&ms. Hugs happen to be my favorite type of Hershey Kisses so I absolutely wanted to try the project. The greatest part about this project is that it takes less than 30 minutes!

First you want to start with square pretzels, Hershey Kisses ( I used Hugs, but you can use whatever suits your fancy), and plain chocolate M&Ms.
Pretzels, Hugs, and M&Ms
Preheat your oven to 200°F.Next thing that you want to do is line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick mat (You will notice I did not do this because I didn't have either available :( ). Once you do that, you can spread out the pretzels in a single layer.
Pretzels ready for the Hugs.
Next, you're going to place an unwrapped Hershey Kiss onto the center of each of the pretzels. (This is the most tedious part because you have to unwrap each of the Kisses, but don't worry it's totally worth it).
Now you're going to put the cookie sheet in the oven for 4-5 minutes. You don't want to melt the chocolates, you just want them to get shiny and soft enough so that you can push an M&M into the center of each of the kisses. I put mine in for 5 minutes but should have taken them out closer to 4 minutes because mine melted a little too much.
William making funny faces while we wait for the oven.
Once you pull them out of the oven, press 1 M&M into the center of each of the kisses. When you finish putting all the M&Ms on top of the kisses, pop the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for a few minutes to harden the chocolate.
After a couple of minutes you're done and ready to start munching!!

All done!
I definitely recommend making these for Valentines Day or just because! These would be great wrapped up in little baggies as favors for friends or classmates. Once you have one, you're just going to want to keep eating more and more of them. Hopefully they actually last at our house until Valentines Day.
~Hilary
Source: Pinterest via g*rated