We’ve got a gorgeous weekend ahead of us in Texas, and we’ll likely be packing up and heading to a park or two. It’s going to be in the 80s! In the meantime, here are my favorites from the week:
Guess what? I’ve recently become a contributor to Land of Nod‘s awesome blog: Honest to Nod. Today is my very first post! It’s a great project for Easter and Spring, so be sure to check it out. I’m pretty excited to be included alongside this extremely talented group, which includes Nicole of Making It Lovely, Becca of CAKE and Brittany of One Charming Party, just to name a few.
In fact, here are a few of my favorite projects spotted on Honest to Nod recently:
Are you making cookies for Easter this year? We are! And we’ll be packaging them up for our friends like this:
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- Click the link/s above to save and print the file/s.
- Once your labels are printed, you can cut them out by hand or use a 3 1/2 inch circle paper punch. Note: the circles are slightly larger than 3 1/2 inches in diameter. I find this makes it easier to not end up with white along the edges.
- Glue the labels to your packaging (you could use gift boxes, paper bags, etc.)
I made Jenna’s Valentine’s for school on Sunday. Jason will be taking Lego Star Wars Valentine’s, so I thought I would enjoy making homemade ones for Jenna before next year, when she’s likely to insist on Hello Kitty or Cinderella.
Here’s how I made them:
I started with small glassine bags, heart confetti made out of decorative paper, large cut-out hearts, chocolate hearts and flat 3 x 4 1/2 cards.
I printed “you’re sweet” on the cards and then glued a large heart in the center. I attached the chocolate heart to the paper heart with tape. Next, I place the card in the glassine bags along with a small handful of of heart confetti. I sealed the bag using pink washi tape.
Here’s what the finished Valentine’s looked like:
These are pretty easy to make and would make great Valentine’s Day gifts.
We started with Sculpey polymer clay. I used an exacto knife to cut out the hearts, but a small cookie cutter would also work. Cook the hearts for 30 mins at 275 degrees and then let them cool.
I used a paper punch to cut paper shapes out of decorative paper and then used decoupage glue to adhere them to the clay hearts.
Once the glue was dry, I tied crochet string through the hearts to form necklaces.
I created this bracelet as a quick distraction for Jenna while I was working on another craft and never intended it to be a diy post. But it was so easy to make and it prompted such a reaction from her, that I decided to share it. Who wouldn’t want to make something that resulted in such an adorable smile? She even wanted a second one, so they became cuffs … super hero cuffs.
Here’s how I made it:
I started with duck tape, cardboard and a piece of scrapbooking paper.
I cut a piece of cardboard into a 1 1/2 by 6 inch strip. I cut a slightly larger piece of duck tape and adhered it to one side of the cardboard. I used an exacto knife to cut the sides of the tape to match the width of the cardboard, leaving some additional tape at one end (to secure the bracelet around Jenna’s wrist).
I cut out a paper heart to match the size of the band and then attached it with glue.
Crazy smiles immediately ensued.
Making cupcakes or other sweet treats for Valentine’s Day? Print out these labels to use as cupcake toppers, gift cards, labels, etc.
I think I’ve created a bit of a monster in Jenna. As soon as she heard that it would be Valentine’s Day soon, she immediately wanted to know when we were going to “do the decorations.” I didn’t want to disappoint, so this weekend we did just that – the decorations. I suppose it’s not February 1st, but at our house, we’ve officially kicked off the Valentine season.
As far as decorations go, we’ve added a series of hanging heart strands to our kitchen eating area. Here’s how I made them:
I started by making a batch of 27 paper hearts, each identical in size (about 4 inches in height).
Next I took 2 paper hearts and glued half of 1 heart to half of the other heart.
I glued a third heart to the first 2, again only glueing half of the heart.
I cut a piece of string approximately 4 feet long and place one end of the string along the seam of the unglued sides of the hearts.
I glued the final 2 sides of hearts together, forming a 3-dimensional heart.
I created another 3-dimensional heart, and attached it to the string approximately 4 inches above the first heart. I repeated this until I had 3 hearts per strand and made 3 strands total.
I attached the strands to our kitchen eating area, but you could also hang them from the ceiling.
We’re staying in for New Year’s Eve this year, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be celebrating. We’re planning a few surprises to ring in the new year with J+J, and yesterday I kicked off the NYE party planning by making a confetti garland.
Here’s how I made it:
Anyone else making confetti this week?
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