Reese’s Pieces Valentine Jar

My dad (and my husband) has always loved chocolate and peanut butter.  I remember watching ET withOUT my dad at the movies, and thinking how he’d be really excited that his fave candy, Reese’s Pieces, were in a movie.  Dad’s birthday’s around Valentine’s Day, and I can’t help but always think of sweet things to do for my dad each year that go right along with the whole Reese’s Pieces yumminess.  These Valentine Jars are so simple and so sweet! I think I may do some at the dinner table for Valentine’s Day dinner as place cards this year.  love-you-pieces-valentine-jars

Reese’s Pieces Valentine Jar

Materials

1 large bag of Reese’s Pieces candies Printable gift tags mason jars  Twine Single hole punch ReesesPiecesJar1

Directions 

#1. Wash and dry the jars. #2. Once the jars are completely dry, pour the Reese’s Pieces into the jar filling all the way to the top. #3. Close and seal with the lid ReesesPiecesJar4 #4. Print Love You to Pieces and cut out the gift tag. (You can also click the label image above) Use the single hole punch to make a hole in the top of the gift tag. String the twine through the gift tag attach to the jar. ReesesPiecesJar2

If you’re looking for other ideas to make your Valentine’s Day a little bit more special, I’m sharing a few ideas from my favorite bloggers.

valentine hop

 

American Girl Valentines

Got a girl who loves her American Girl dolls?  I know both of mine do- and most of their friends! Here are some a-doll-able Valentines that they can share with all of their friends- and their dolls!!

Click to download here: american-girl-valentines or click on the image of the cards. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

printable-american-girl-valentines

 

Check out our fun Hipster Valentines as well!

printable-hipster-valentines

 

{Free} Printable Hipster Valentines

I LOVE Valentine’s Day with kids.  I’ve not always been so enamored with it as an adult, but with my kids? I adore it.  Je t’adore!  Me gusto mucho!   Mostly, because it’s a day to celebrate friendship and get punny and funny, sweet, sappy and cute cards, plus…candy.  Or not.  Either way- here are some hip-hoppin fun printable hipster valentines that you can download here: hipster-valentines or you can click the pic of them to get the PDF file for download.  Enjoy!!

 

printable-hipster-valentines

 

Want more Valentine’s Day ideas? Here are some American Girl Valentines you can print too!

printable-american-girl-valentines

 

 

Snowflake Wreath from Paper Straws

I just love all of the paper straws I see in the party supplies or in the baking aisle.  They come in so many patterns and colors.  I recently found these blue paper straws with snowflakes at the dollar store and thought they would make a fun craft.  The last few days have been so, so very cold and we’ve been staying inside and doing crafts since it’s too frigid to be outside playing.  Today we made a Snowflake Wreath from those adorable paper straws.  This project took about an hour and cost less than $10 to make!

Snowflake Wreath from Paper Straws

Snowflake Wreath from Paper Straws

Supplies:

  • Paper Straws (I used about 5 packages of 15 count straws
  • cardboard to make a wreath form
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • scissors
  • wooden snowflake ornament
  • white paint
  • paint brush

winter straw wreath

 

Begin by cutting a circle from a piece of cardboard.  You could use other things for the wreath form but I found that the hot glue secured the paper straws to the cardboard better than to other items.  I first tried a ring for a mason jar and the straws did not want to stay attached.

winter straw wreath

Begin attaching the straws to the cardboard ring with the hot glue.  I attached straws opposite each other first to try to keep them somewhat in line, then added the straws in between.  Do not crowd them but keep them close together.  I let the straws overlap the card board on the inside by about 1 1/2″.

winter straw wreath

You’ll probably have lots of strings of hot glue but those can easily be removed when the wreath is finished.  Continue gluing the straw on, now overlapping them.  After you’ve made the wreath quite full with whole straws, cut several in half and add those.  This gives the wreath more depth and dimension.

winter straw wreath

Paint the wooden snowflake ornament with white paint and let it dry completely.  Once  dry, attach it to the center of the straw wreath with hot glue.

winter straw wreath

The cardboard ring that the wreath is mounted to easily slips over a trim nail or wreath hook.

Hang and enjoy all winter long!  I know after taking my holiday decorations down I needed something new and fun to brighten things up!

{2} Valentine’s Day Crafts- Votive Jars

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so why not enjoy a little Valentine’s Day themed crafting? You can make your own Valentine’s Day craft this year- themed votive jars for just pennies each, the end result being a votive holder you can use for candles or even sweet treats. Take a peek below at how we crafted these sweet Valentine’s Day votive holders, perfect for your holiday gift giving or decorating. Here is how to get started!

valentines-votive-jars

1. Valentine’s Day Heart Votive Holder

Supplies needed:

Small glass jar (canning jar works great)
Valentine’s Day themed craft paper
Ribbon or twine
Craft glue
Scissors
Votive candle

 

vday votive

Directions:

1. Begin by cutting a strip of paper to fit around your jar. Simply cut, wrap, and make any necessary trims to the paper so that it fits well. Remove the strip from the jar.
2. In the middle of the strip, gently bend it in half. Bend it gently, do not press on the crease. Cut a heart half out of the paper on the bend, so that when you open it up the heart shape will be present.  Remove and discard the paper heart clipping as you won’t need it further.
3. Wrap the strip back around the jar and secure it with glue. You should now be able to peek through the heart and into the jar.
4. Finish by wrapping a length of ribbon or twine around the top of the jar. Tie to secure.
5. Place a votive in the jar and light it up. You will see the glow coming through the heart perfectly!

vday votive4

2. Valentine’s Day Heart Treat Jar

 

Supplies:

Small glass jar (canning jar works great)
Valentine’s Day themed craft paper
Ribbon or twine
Craft glue
Scissors
Conversation hearts

Directions:

1. Begin by cutting a strip of paper to fit around your jar. Simply cut, wrap, and make any necessary trims to the paper so that it fits well. Remove the strip from the jar.
2. In the middle of the strip, gently bend it in half. Bend it gently, do not press on the crease. Cut a heart half out of the paper on the bend, so that when you open it up the heart shape will be present.  Remove and discard the paper heart clipping as you won’t need it further.

vday votive3
3. Wrap the strip back around the jar and secure it with glue. You should now be able to peek through the heart and into the jar.
4. Finish by wrapping a length of ribbon or twine around the top of the jar. Tie to secure.
5. Fill the jar with your candy conversation hearts. They will fill the jar and fill the heart space so you can look through the glass and see them.

 

valentine votive jars 1

How sweet is this pair of Valentine’s Day crafts? Give them a try and really get into the season for sweethearts!

DIY Cranberry Body Scrub

Listen, I love a good scrub.  Maybe too much.  Being able to make my own at home? I love it.Knowing exactly what’s going into things I’m putting onto my biggest organ, my skin, and having control?  Fantastic.  So if you like to indulge in the bath/shower, or want to spoil a friend with a sweet little DIY gift, check out this DIY Cranberry Scrub.  It smells as fab as it sounds!

Cranberry-body-scrub

DIY Cranberry Body Scrub

Ingredients

½ C. of fresh Cranberries, pureed

½ C. sugar

½ C. of coconut oil

4-8 oz mason jars

Directions –

#1. Puree the cranberries in a food processor or blender.

Cranberry1

#2. Combine the cranberries, sugar and coconut oil, mixing well.

Cranberry2

**Note – if you prefer you can also heat the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds melting it prior to mixing in the sugar and cranberries.

Cranberry3

#3. Scoop the mixture into your mason jars and seal.

*Makes approximately 1 ½ – 2 C. of scrub and will fill 3-4. 4 oz mason jars or 2, 8 oz mason jars.

Cranberry5

**Lasts 3-4 months. If you see the contents separating, simply stir and use as usual.

 

5.0 from 3 reviews
DIY Cranberry Body Scrub
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ C. of fresh Cranberries, pureed
  • ½ C. sugar
  • ½ C. of coconut oil
  • 4-8 oz mason jars
Instructions
  1. #1. Puree the cranberries in a food processor or blender.
  2. #2. Combine the cranberries, sugar and coconut oil, mixing well.
  3. **Note – if you prefer you can also heat the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds melting it prior to mixing in the sugar and cranberries.
  4. #3. Scoop the mixture into your mason jars and seal.
  5. *Makes approximately 1 ½ – 2 C. of scrub and will fill 3-4. 4 oz mason jars or 2, 8 oz mason jars.
  6. **Lasts 3-4 months. If you see the contents separating, simply stir and use as usual.

 

Ribbon Christmas Tree

I love to add something special to my gift wrapping.  Sometimes it is a simple piece of pine or berries, other times I tie a little ornament on, but this year I’ve made a simple Ribbon Christmas Tree for my packages.  Well, actually I made lots of them for my holiday gift giving.  They are so easy and so sweet.  Those on your gift list will feel like they’re getting a gift on their gift!

ribbon christmas tree

Ribbon Christmas Tree

Supplies:

  • twigs
  • ribbon – I used 4 different colors/prints of green ribbon 3/8″ wide
  • buttons
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors

ribbon Christmas tree craft

Instructions:

Begin by gathering twigs and cutting them to length.  I used twigs that were fairly thin and approximately 6″ long.  I liked the look of the twigs being crooked and having some knots for a more natural look.

Cut 2 piece of each color/pattern of ribbon approximately 4″-6″ long.

Starting 2″-3″ from the top, begin tying the ribbon onto the twig, alternating colors and leaving about 1/2″ in between.  You can glue the ribbon in place or simply knot it.

ribbon Christmas tree tutorial

After your ribbon pieces are tied onto the twig, use your scissors to trim them on an angle from the bottom to the top.

ribbon Christmas tree craft

When the ribbon is trimmed and resembles a tree, use the hot glue gun to add the button to the top.  This will be the “star” on top of the tree.  I found these really great vintage buttons at a thrift shop.  The gold color and design even look like a star.  If you don’t have the right buttons, you could use yellow ribbon tied in a tiny bow instead.

Ribbon Christmas Tree

There are so many things that these sweet little trees would be great for.  Not only can you tie them to packages, you could add a string and hang them from your Christmas tree or add a magnet to the back for a cute holiday refrigerator magnet!

Do you add anything special to your holiday packages?

 

Frozen Peg Dolls Craft

Sorry folks, the Frozen craze is not yet over. Clothing, toys, snacks, etc… Nope, I don’t think it is going anywhere soon.

frozen peg dolls vert

 

 

These Frozen themed peg dolls are a great way to indulge their love of Frozen in a simpler way.  Handmade gifts show that you put time and attention into just the perfect gift, even kids can recognize that.  These dolls are ideally sized for travel, great for keeping the kids busy in a restaurant or at the Dr.’s office or work with smaller doll houses.  You don’t have to be an artist to paint these, the key is to use a small paintbrush and keep it simple- just a few key details make these characters completely recognizable. If you are a craft supply horder like I am you will probably only need to pick up a bag of unfinished wood pegs.

 

 Frozen Peg Dolls Craft

Supplies:

unfinished wooden peg dolls

small paintbrushes

Acrylic paint in the following colors :

light blue

light teal/aqua

pale yellow

reddish brown

purple black

orange

pink

green

Black fine tipped paint pen

white fine tipped paint pen

frozen peg doll supplies

 

Directions:

Go ahead and put about a quarter sized dot of all your paint colors on paper plates (this makes for super easy clean up)

frozen peg dolls paint

We are going to paint these dolls in 3 different phases and let them dry well between each.

Start with Olaf- paint him white all over, set aside to dry while you move on to the other.

 

olaf peg dollNext paint Elsa light teal/aqua from the neck down.

Paint Anna’s Skirt area and chest blue, set aside to dry.

Once your peg dolls are dry to the touch:

Paint a dark purple cape on Anna, add detail like flowers to her dress front, paint on her hair.  Use white paint pen to add dress details (and the white streak in her hair). Add dot’s for her eyes and pink cheeks if desired. For very small detail work I use the opposite end of the brush, there is more control using the tip of the hard plastic than in bristles. Remember the key is to keep it simple.

anna collage

Paint on Elsa’s light blonde hair, don’t forget her famous side braid. Paint her light blue cape, if desired while paint is wet add a little glitter to make her cape sparkle.

frozen peg doll elsa collage

 

Finish of Olaf’s features like his carrot nose, eyes, arching eyebrows, buttons, and his stick arms.

 

If desired add a coat or two of clear spray paint to help your peg dolls last a bit longer.  Include a piece of white felt for a playmat and some small snowflake buttons or ornaments. These would be great in a sensory bin, travel case, or on their own.

DIY Ornament Gift Tag

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Tis the season for shopping…and wrapping.  Here are some fun (and easy) DIY Ornament gift tags you can make to add something personal to your packages- and also give a homemade keepsake to your family and friends! diy-ornament-gift-tags

DIY Ornament Gift Tags

What you need:

BIC Mark-It™ permanent markers (I used #Sapphire)

Cardstock Ribbon Scissors Printable ornament gift tags (OrnamentTemplates) OrnamentTemplates Your creativity   Inspiration: bic-merrymarking-sapphire

Directions Print your ornament templates on cardstock (or go freehand- I’m not skilled enough with scissors to do freehand) Design, decorate, have some fun with the ornament gift tags Cut out your ornaments, cut the ornament opening at the tip, slip ribbon through. Tie ribbon at top, curl ends, affix to package. Super simple, really fun, and these really add a personal touch to your gift.

diy-ornament-gift-tags-package

Make sure you get the booklet of merry marking and a coupon to start marking! Plus there’s a $1 coupon!

 

After you’ve opened your gifts, enjoy those ornament gift tags on the tree.  Happy Holidays!

diy ornament gift tags

What’s the next thing you’ll be Merry Marking this holiday season? I challenge Kelly, Melissa and Jen to get to some #BICMerryMarking!

Visit Sponsor's Site