DIY Headbands – How to Make Beautiful Headbands for Just a Couple of Dollars!

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As we get ready for back to school, my girls and I were out looking at accessories, and specialty headbands can be very pricey at department stores. We decided that we would make our own instead this year, and it was a big success! We made them for as low as $1.60 ea (compare that to the $15 + price tag we were seeing many other places). Some of the fancy headbands were over $50. The way my kids lose things like this, those price tags were out of the question for us.

So we made our own.

Not only are they fun to make, but they turned out so cute. After gathering materials, they take very little time to actually make. The trick is to find the items you want to add to the plain headbands to embellish them, without spending too much on those. Here are some ideas on where you can gather supplies that are inexpensive, but won’t look cheap.

DIY Headbands

Start with the plain headbands (shown in the middle) we got for less then $1. Add ribbon, old earrings, appliques, flowers and more to come up with your own personalized embellished headband!

Materials:

We got our headbands from JoAnnes. They were $1 ea (and came in multiple colors) but JoAnnes often has coupons available too. We downloaded the JoAnnes App on our phone and got 20% off our purchase, making the headbands just $.80 ea.  The Dollar store also sells $1 headbands, but I like the quality of the JoAnnes ones better. The Target Dollar Spot is another spot to keep your eye out for the plain headbands.

Items to embellish the headbands with can also be found at JoAnnes. We grabbed the flowers and jeweled ribbon for under $1 on the clearance rack at our local JoAnnes. After coupons, they were just $.80 (and the ribbon was a scrap piece left over from another project). When I am in JoAnnes I like to check the clearance section for items I think will look nice on headbands.

The Dollar Store fake flowers are another great place to grab some flowers you can add to the headbands.

We like to shop thrift stores, like Value Village (or garage sales) for the jewel items. Think outside the box. Look for old earrings or brioches you can take apart and use on the headbands. Or appliques from belts or other craft projects.

Thin ribbon that you love is another great item to grab when you see it on sale.

If you look at the picture above you will notice that we layered those headbands quite a bit. We started with a line of ribbon on the plain headband, and then added a part of an old belt we find (that is the beaded section on the black and brown one) and then some old earrings we found and clipped the stem off of. The funnest part of making this is to be creative, and just keep trying combinations until you make something you love.

You will also need a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks if you do not already have these items on hand.

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How To Make These DIY Headbands:

  • Start by laying out the supplies you have collected.  Then you will simply use your hot glue gun to attach them embellishments to the plain headbands, to make them beautiful!

Embellished headbands

  • To keep it really simple, start by hot gluing a flower you love to the headband. These headbands take just minutes to make, but are perfect to dress up kids outfits.

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  • To step it up a bit, add a ribbon to your headband before adding a flower.

Jeweled headband

  • Next you can get really creative, by starting to layer all of the other items we mention above. You will simply use the hot glue gun to start attaching the items in the combinations you like. Its that simple, and so much more inexpensive then buying them pre-made. Plus you can make them to color coordinate with your outfits, or those of your kids.

DIY Headband Holder

And be sure to check out our post on how to make a DIY headband holder too!

Summer Bucket List Activity + FREE Bucket List Printables

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A friend of mine recently shared with me how she creates a family bucket list for each season.  She says it helps her to be intentional with their time and do things they always “talked” about, but never got around to.  I have wanted to do it for a while and summer seems like the perfect time to give it a try.  I always start the summer with grand plans of fun things we are going to do or visit, but it seems like come August we haven’t done nearly what I had envisioned!  I am hoping that making a family bucket list will help.

We started first with brainstorming together as a family, things we each wanted to do.  My husband really wants to go camping and my five year old wants to go fishing, go swimming and on picnics.  My three year old wants to pretty much play in his sandbox all summer!  I want to visit the farmers market, go on some hikes and bike rides.  There are also a few museums that we want to see and local events.  It wasn’t hard at all to come up with 50!  In fact, we keep thinking of things to add!!

Summer Bucket List Scrapbook

We have these fun, FREE printable bucket lists {Rainbow Bucket List Free Printable and Blue & Green Bucket List Free Printable} created that you can use so you can keep track of your list all in one place, too.   I also decided to make both boys a simple scrapbook so we could put pictures of some of our activities.  I am hoping that will also make me more likely to take some pictures!!  My five year old is beyond excited to get started and frankly so am I!

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Some other ideas I came across was writing the ideas on strips of paper and putting them in a sand “bucket”-and labeling the bucket, “summer bucket list”.   Then everyone can take turns &  draw out a strip with a different activity each day.   You could also make a summer calendar, with different days labeled with activities.  There are so many different ways you could do this same idea for creating a Summer Bucket List!

One thing I was sure to do was make some things really simple.  We can’t afford to visit museums every day nor do I want that kind of crazy schedule for the summer.  For example, some of the items are as simple as blowing bubbles, going on a nature walk, or making popsicles!  Others will take more planning like camping, but with that one we will probably do another at the same time like swimming and having campfire.  Just creating the list and making the scrapbooks has gotten me so excited for summer – now if only we will get some summer weather around here!

Free Bucket List Printables:

We have created two versions of a Bucket List printable that you can print off & use as a base for ideas for all the summer fun you want to do as a family this year. It’s also fun to check it off to see all that you accomplish!

Print it off & hang on the fridge or put it in an inexpensive picture frame so you can keep it where you can see it & use a dry erase marker to mark off the activities all summer long.

We’ve created two different versions for you to choose from:

Supplies Used for Scrapbook:

Scrapbook: I picked up the mini blank scrapbook at Michael’s for around $5-10.  Use one of their 40% or 50% off one item coupons to lower your price. You can find cute little embellishments in the $1 bins at Michael’s or Target’s Dollar Spot.

Bucket: You can pick up a bucket or sand pail at a number of places – Target Dollar Spot, the Dollar Tree, Michael’s, JoAnn’s, Walmart. Just use a sharpie to write on it or use chalkboard paint to make a little chalkboard to write on.

Summer Bucket List Ideas around the NW:

  1. Camping
  2. Picnic at the park
  3. Family Game Night
  4. Puppet Show & make puppets
  5. Nature Walk
  6. Go Mini Golfing
  7. Swim Party
  8. Go to Nisqually Bird Refuge
  9. Build a sand castle
  10. Play Hopskotch
  11. Slumber party with cousins
  12. Have a water fight
  13. Have a watermelon spitting contest
  14. Make rootbeer floats
  15. Visit the King County Fair
  16. Ride the Sounders Train
  17. Visit a new park
  18. Run through the sprinkler
  19. Visit the Seattle Aquarium
  20. Do a science experiment
  21. Have a lemonade stand
  22. Pick berries
  23. Invite friends to a picnic
  24. Visit the Pacific Science Center
  25. Go to the ocean
  26. Make ice cream
  27. Concert in the park
  28. Visit OMSI
  29. Visit Alki Beach
  30. Go to the Dollar Theater
  31. Play with Sidewalk Chalk
  32. Take a family hike
  33. Go to Great Wolf Lodge
  34. Visit the Hands On Children’s Museum (Olympia)
  35. Go to the zoo
  36. Celebrate summer birthday’s
  37. Go see a new kids movie
  38. Plant something & watch it grow
  39. Make popsicles
  40. Walk the trail at Chambers Bay
  41. Go to the Farmer’s Market
  42. Make jam
  43. Go junking
  44. Read a chapter book
  45. Build a campfire
  46. Ride the Portland Aerial Tram
  47. Go for a Sunday Drive
  48. Create art
  49. Go fishing
  50. Movie in the park

We’ve got more ideas for you to add to your Bucket List here::

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Summer Boredom Jar:

Here is another fun idea to use over the summer – very similar to the Bucket List, but this is called a “Summer Boredom Jar“. Fill the jar with simple activities & have your kids pick out a new activity each day. My friend Melissa created this super cute jar using a Phinneas & Herb theme.  You can check out her huge list of summer activities over at “I’m Bored, Let’s Make Something“.

What is on your summer bucket list??

By  Contributor ,  Sarah from Chickie Momma Crafts


Using Recycled Glass To Make Flowers – DIY Glass Flowers!

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Glass Flowers

How to Make DIY Glass Flowers

If you do not have the patience to grow real flowers, or if you do love to garden and add art pieces as accents to your garden, you are going to love these glass flowers, made from recycled materials. They are the perfect upcycle project for the summer time, and make beautiful gifts for others too. This is the perfect time of the year to start collecting pieces to make these glass flowers too, since garage and estate sales are prevalent this time of the year. Spend a weekend shopping for used dishes, bowls, and more that you love. Look for shapes and colors that will blend well, and nest inside each other.

If you are interested in making the glass flowers for your garden, here are some tips to use while shopping for the glass (and then see below on how to make the glass flowers with plates and more)!

Tips for shopping for dishes to make Glass Plate Garden Flowers: 

– Start by searching your own cupboards to see what dishes you might already have on hand. It could be a great way to display that special dish you have been holding onto from your great grandma for instance.

– Other great sources for dishes are thrift shops (shop their sale days), garage sells and neighbors and family members (let them know to drop their unwanted dishes off with you.

– Think beyond just your standard dishes. For example large bowls or chargers make great larger flowers. Old glass ash trays make nice centerpieces for the flower s, and bowls and small vases will make a nice funnel looking flower.

– If you have storage space, stack all of your plates you are collecting on a shelf. It makes it so fun to mix and match and design flowers that way (and my kids love to get involved and get creative too)!

– Have fun with it!

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The photo below is my front yard in the summer with my glass flowers. Most of my flowers are growing but not blooming yet, so I use glass flowers made from recycled dishes, to brighten it up during all seasons. The photo at the top of the page is my moms garden, and she uses bouquets (three similar looking flowers grouped together), to create statements in her gardens.

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I am very fortunate in that my mom (Debi) owns Misty Meadow Gardens (the maker of all of the glass flowers art work you see in these pictures).  She drills her glass flowers with a diamond drill bit, and creates stems out of custom made iron work they create on site. These flowers are pricey. They can cost upwards of $100.  The good news though, is that she has shared some tips with us on how you can make your own version of this glasswork on a dime (a $5 version, and a $10 version)!

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The flowers are all made from recycled glass. They are dishes, bowls, ash trays, chargers and plates that are mostly found at local garage sales and thrift stores. We simply look for pieces that we thing will make a beautiful floral look. Vases can be used it you want a more three dimensional look (like the orange flower in my garden, shown in photo above).

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I have had the pleasure of making a few of these glass art beauties with my mom and here is the basic process:

  • We start by playing around with all of the glass, nesting one piece into the next until we find a look we like.
  • They use a diamond bit (and wear protective glasses) to carefully drill a hole in the center of each dish.
  • The pieces are then held together with a basic nut and bolt system.
  • They make their own iron stems, but we have some other DIY options below.

Here are some more examples of flowers she has made from reclaimed dishes!

recycled glass flowers

 Glue butterfly’s, lady bugs, dragon flies, or whatever other creatures you can find to the side of your plate for extra drama.

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And one we made from a silver charger in my front yard (shown below). I have seen these go on sale for around $1 before – so its a fun option too. They get great reflection from the sun!

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How to make your own DIY Glass Flower for Garden Art:

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Here is how you can make your own version of these beautiful glass flowers from items you may have at home, find at a garage or thrift sale, or barter with your friends for. Display them in your house, use them as gifts, or hang them on walls in your garden. However you choose to display them, they are likely to be a big hit with visitors.

To display in a garden, you can either add a picture hanging piece on the back and hang on a fence, or put a nice solid wooden stake in the ground and mount on that.

Cost: Under $5 for flower shown above, cost will depend on what you pay for your plates.

Supply List:

  • Plates
  • Glue (epoxy glue or Gorilla glue)
  • Plate stand or plate hanger

The most important part of this project is finding the glassware. We found ours at a local second hand store.  The largest size plate for this flower was a salad plate.  That plate and the two yellow plates where $.97 ea. The small flower in the middle was a tealight candle holder we paid $.50 for and the decorative button in the middle was a piece we pulled off a pull knob (another $.50).  The cost of our plates was $3.91.  The plate holder was one we found at the dollar store for you guessed it, $1.  I used glue left over from a cake stand project I did, but you will pay anywhere from $1 – $4 for glue (my dollar store sometimes carries epoxy glue for $1).

The first thing to keep in mind when shopping for glass is to think of the big picture. Each of these pieces on their own might be considered a bit tacky. Take the gold plated cat plate pictured above, that we used for the back of our flower. This is actually 14 carat gold, so a special plate, but because it looked a little dated on its own we got it for a great price. You also want to think about dimensions. Things that fit inside each other, and give a more traditional flower look to them work well. You can use bowls if you want a more dimensional piece (a vase was used for the orange horn style flower pictured above).

Get your plates all set out and design your flower before you start glueing. Once you know what you want your finished flower to look like start with the bottom piece and glue them on in layers, working up to the final center of your flower.   We used the quick set epoxy glue. You will need to follow the instructions on the back of your glue, but essentially you mix a small amounts of a two part glue in a discardable dish and then you are ready to use it. It dries in about 5 minutes, so you will need to go to work right after mixing. You can also use Gorilla Glue for this, but it dries more yellow.

 

We started by putting a bead of glue around the bottom of the second largest plate and gluing it to the center of the gold cat plate pictured above. If using the epoxy glue method, allow to dry 5 minutes before starting next layer for best results.

We repeated that step for the rest of the layers as well, allowing to dry between layers.

Once you are finished with your flower you could use the same glue method to attach a plate hanger to the back of your flower, or get a plate stand to use to display it in. Its that easy, but makes a gift people will be talking about for a very long time. They are great dining room display, you could use pastel colors for a nursery gift, or do something in green and red to use as a host/hostess gift for a Christmas party. I will be putting this one in my office, just for something pretty to look at.

Want to dress it up as a $10 version?  They sell gold charger plates at my local dollar store, or there were some very nice gold plated chargers I found at Ross for $2 each. That would make a very fancy backing if you wanted to turn it into a more grand display.  Your still well under $10 if you use an affordable charger. I have this rustic Italian style charger lying around my house (my little ones broke the matching ones….so I am stuck with nothing to do with this one). You could use it as a backing for a nice eclectic piece of art. When all was said and done, I liked the small flower, so I did not end up glueing it to the larger charger plate, but its an option.

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Do you plan on trying your hand at the glass flowers? Be sure to share a photo with us on Facebook to see what you create!

 

 

St Patrick’s Day – Watercolor Gift Idea + FREE Printable Gift Tag!

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Free St Patricks Day Printable Tag

If you’re looking for a fun gift idea to hand out to your children’s teachers or maybe a fun little gift for your child to give to a few friends for St Patrick’s Day, then this is the perfect idea for you -a St Patrick’s Day Watercolor Gift! It’s so simple & easy that your child can make it with you!

It’s very affordable, too, as you can find the kids watercolor sets at the dollar store or around $1 at many stores. I had to resort to buying a Crayola set at Target as the Up & Up brand was wiped out after a mobile coupon made them only $.08 last week. The Crayola watercolor set was $1.99, plus a bag of candies.

Free Printable St Patricks Day Pot of Gold Tag

We’ve now updated this to include a FREE St Patrick’s Day printable tag as well that says “You are the Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow”- so that this will literally just take you five minutes to put together once you have your supplies. This is a very versatile tag as you can not only use this with this St Patty’s Day Watercolor gift, but you could also attach it to green lollipops, a bag of chocolate gold coins, a bag of rainbow licorice & some Rolos & more! {Don’t forget that Winco has some great options for bulk candy – I found the chocolate gold coins there around Valentine’s Day}

St Patricks Day Watercolor Gift:

Items Needed:

Supplies for St Patricks Day Watercolor gift

  • Watercolor Paint Set (find these at the Dollar store, Target Up & Up brand for $1 & more)
  • Candy of your choice – Rolos, Chocolate Gold Coins, Hershey’s kiss, Reese’s peanut butter cup, Hershey’s Nuggets (shaped like little treasure boxes)- whatever you think the recipient would enjoy the most. Just make sure your candies are individually wrapped (I made that mistake by buying a roll of Rolos at first)
  • Cardstock for your printable St Patrick’s Day tag
  • Adhesive for attaching everything (tape, glue dots, glue, etc) – I just used regular tape

Directions:

St Patricks Day Watercolor Gift

  1. Print off the FREE St Patrick’s Day printable  “You are the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” gift tag  – cut on the dotted lines to make it into a flag shape
  2. Take out the inside label for the watercolor set (this is just preference, but I thought it made it look cleaner with just the white background)
  3. Attach a Rolo, chocolate gold coin (or candy of your choice) to the tag – you could use a glue dot or regular glue/tape or a piece of scrapbook adhesive, or double-sided tape
  4.  Attach the tag with candy to the paint set using double-sided tape or a glue-dot.

See how simple that is! Perfect little gift to give or for you to make for your kiddos to give them on St Patrick’s Day!

What are some fun ideas you’ve done for St Patrick’s Day?

St Patricks Day watercolor gift

Thanks to Chickie Momma Crafts‘ inspiration for this fun gift idea! 

 

DIY Duct Tape American Girl Doll Shoes!

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Duct Tape Shoes for American Girl Dolls (or 18″ Dolls)

My kids love to accessorize their dolls, but sewing projects can get complicated. I do light sewing, but not much in general, and I wanted to make shoes the kids could help design (and make too if they want), so we made duct tape shoes for the dolls the other day.

Once you get the concept down, each pair can take less then 5 minutes to make (for adults – it takes the kids longer), and duct tape is a pretty affordable material (considering one roll will make multiple pairs). I found all of the rolls shown in the photo above at my local Dollar Store, for just $1 a roll!

One idea to save on materials is to invite a few friends over, and have everyone bring one roll of their favorite duct tape. That way you each only have to buy one roll, but can make multiple pairs of shoes with different designs!

Materials needed to make Duct Tape Shoes for American Girl Dolls:

  • Duct Tape (it comes in so many fun designs now days)
  • Material for the Sole of the Shoe (we used sticky felt, I paid $1 per sheet at craft store, so this is a much better deal if you will use more) but you can also use foam, cork, etc.
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue (to secure the sole)
  • Foil
  • Doll that you want to make the shoes for (for fittings)
  • Free American Girl Shoe Pattern Printable (or one of your dolls shoes that you can trace)

American Girl Doll Duct Tape Shoes

How to Make No Sew Duct Tape Shoes for American Girl Dolls:

#1 – Start by cutting out your shoe base (you can use this pattern, or trace an american girl doll shoe you already have). You can use craft foam, cork, or cardboard for your base. We got a $1 placemat from the dollar store, in flexible plastic material, which is what we used.

Once your base is cut, stand your american girl doll on it to figure out how long you need that first strap that goes across the top to be. We used a 3 1/2 inch strips. You can use a string to measure. Wrap it over the top, and leave a few centimeters on each side so that you will be able to wrap it under the bottom of the shoe.

To make the strap that goes across the top of the shoe, simply cut a piece of duct tape the length you measured, and fold it in half. Wrap it around the top of the doll foot, to figure out how much room you need for the doll foot to fit, and then secure it to the bottom of the sole with a small piece of duct tape on each side.

#2 – To make the back of your shoe, you will use a similar method. Take your string and measure how long you will need a strip of duct tape, so that it will go from the middle of the strap all the way around the back of the shoe. For us, it ended up being about the same size as the strap piece.

For the back strip, fold the tape over 1/3 of the way, so half of the tape is left exposed (you will use this to tape it to the shoe sole).

#3 – Next, wrap that strap carefully around the back of the shoe so that the sticky part of the tape sits below the sole. You can then slowly fold the sticky part of the tape under the sole to attach.

#4 – Now you can use a small piece of the duct tape to secure the back strip to the front strip on each side.

At this point, you could use the shoe as a sandal by jumping down to step 8 if you want to.

#5 – To turn it into a full shoe, put the dolls foot back into the shoe. Use a small piece of foil to wrap around the toe of the shoe, to create a form for what your shoe should look like.

Carefully remove the dolls foot at this point, and keep the foil form in place.

#6 – Cut a piece of duct tape long enough to cover the top of the shoe, with room to fold over to the bottom of the shoe on both sides.

Cover the foil with the duct tape (overlapping it some, so no foil peaks through at all). Wrap it around the bottom of the shoe, and attach it to the sole. Take your time on this step, as it can be a little tricky to wrap it around the curve of the front of the shoe.

#7 – Use small pieces of duct tape secure the wrapped duct tape to the bottom of the sole. Make sure everything is nice and secure on the bottom at this stage.

#8 – Attach a finished sole to the bottom of your shoe, to complete the shoe. For this step you can use sticky felt, or hot glue on a second piece of foam or cork. Simply cut it out of the same pattern you used for the shoe sole.

 This would also make a fun gift idea for a child you know who has an 18″ doll. Grab a box and add in the materials we have mentioned above. Print out directions, and let her know you have given them a craft box to make doll shoes!

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Create A Chalkboard – Super Simple Idea!

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Create a Chalkboard Sign with a Few Simple Materials!

Create a chalkboard sign with these two simple supplies: a wood remnant (cut off from a stump) and chalkboard paint! This is a really affordable way to add some new decor (and functional decor too) to your kitchen, or any other room of the house you want to use it in.

Supplies Needed Create a Chalkboard (like the one pictured above):

*Optionally, you can use a second wood round and hot glue or wood glue if your wood is not smooth enough.

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We cut our own wood off of a stump we had in the yard. If you are not able to cut wood from yours or a friend or family members yard, sometimes craft stores will sell pre-cut (and sanded) wood rounds.

Wood Cuts

You can even order them off of Amazon here.

The trick with using a cut off stump as a chalkboard is that you will need to make sure it’s sanded really smooth if you want to be able to erase and rewrite on your sign.

The first chalkboard I made using a stump was not so smooth, and although I loved the rough look, I was never able to really use it well after this first sign that we made for a Seahawks party, so that one became a permanent Seahawks sign. The reason is that it never erased to a clean looking slate again with all of the grooves.

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Paper Flowers Made from Coffee Filters – Easy Last Minute Valentines!

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If your like me, and often end up doing things at the last minute, here is a super easy idea for kids Valentines to hand out for school, using some items you may already have around the house, coffee filters!

We made these simple paper flowers, and attached them to a pack of Valentines pencils we got at the Dollar store for the stem. The pencils make it fun, but you could even just make the flower as the valentine if you did not have access to those (or use a small candy for the base).

I made 12 for my daughters class last night, and it took me about 10 – 15 minutes. The kids even helped, so its one that you could have the kids do on their own if you prefer. And my daughter loved the result, and is excited to hand them out to the class!

To make the flowers shown above you will need:

  • 2 coffee filters per flower
  • Tape (we used craft tape as it is easy to take off when the kids want to use the pencils, but regular scotch tape would work fine too)
  • Pencils if you choose to use for the base (optional)
  • Construction paper for the leaf (this is where you will write the childs name who you plan to give the valentine too). We chose to go with the traditional green color here, but any paper color cut into the shape of a leaf would work fine.

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How to make your paper flowers with coffee filters:

Step 1: (Optional) Coloring your filters

I made both all white flowers, all pink, and ones with white and pink. I loved them all, so you can certainly skip this step and still end up with pretty white flowers.

This step will need to be done one day in advance if you choose to color them, so they have time to fully dry. I added a half cup of water to a shallow bowl and about 4 drops of food coloring. I then submerged my filters into the colored water. I did all of my filters at one time, but you can do them one at a time if you want. I left them in there for a few minutes and made sure all the filters were absorbing the color. You will end up with more of a tint then a strong color, but its perfect for valentines.

I then put them on a piece of cardboard to dry overnight. Be careful of the surface you dry them on, so you don’t risk staining anything with the food coloring that drips out.

Step 2: Making the Flower

Once your filters are dry, or if you are making all white flowers, simple stack two filters on top of each other.

Next fold them in half.

Then wrinkle them up into a flower shape by twisting a base at the bottom and adjusting the filters until you get the look you like.

(Note – these are simple flowers for kids valentines. If you wanted a more robust flower you could stack 4-6 filters, or fold them into 4ths and cut a scalloped edge around the filters for a more refined flower look too). 

Step 3: Attach them to your Pencil Base

For this step you will want to have your tape handy. Wrap the bottom of the flower around the eraser of the pencil and attach with tape. Craft tape is my preferred tape, as it is easy to remove later on, but regular scotch tape will work fine too.

Step 3: Make the Leaf

Cut out a leaf shape from the paper of your choice (we used green construction paper) and write the recipients name on the leaf. Attach it to the pencil just under the flower, and thats it. Your Flower Pencil Valentine is now ready to hand out!

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DIY Bubble Gum Machine (For Just a Few Dollars – Perfect for Parties)!

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Bubble Gum Machines

DIY Gumball Machines for Just a Few Dollars!

Make a DIY Bubble Gum Machine for just a few dollars! These are great for birthday parties, Valentines Day gift baskets, baby showers or just because! My kids have been begging for a bubble gum machine, and they had a blast making these.

I got most of my supplies at my local Dollar Store, but you can really use items you may even have on hand. I found the pre-made plastic bubble gum machine shown in the pictures above at the Dollar Store. While my kids loved them, they did not hold up real well as they tried to get gum out. So I decided to make these fun homemade versions, and they worked great. They are a nice alternative if you don’t have the pre-made versions at your Dollar Store too. You can use various materials for them. The key is to shop for shapes (and in various colors too if you’re throwing a theme party).

Some Suggested Materials to Use for the Gumball Machine: 

  • Round plastic bottles (ex: Aqua Water, or coke bottles if you can find the round variety). You could also use the single serve Martinelli apple juice bottles, but they are glass).
  • Small Mason Jelly Jars (this pack of 12 mason jelly jars is $10.02 (so you are getting a better deal then the Dollar Store, as that is just $.84 per jar)!
  • Small semi- round jars we found at Ikea (shown below)
  • Small Glass fish bowls found at the dollar store (you will need to use a small plate, or bottom to a terracotta pot to cover the opening if you choose to use these)

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Valentine Treats – Candy Kabobs! + FREE Printable To Make Cards With!

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Valentine treats Candy Kabobs

Valentine Treats – Candy Kabobs!

My kids love when we make these Candy Kabobs for Valentine treats! They are super easy (and kid friendly) and are really affordable as well. That makes them perfect for last minute ideas. The other thing I love is that they act as an activity for the family too. We made this set last night for an upcoming bake sale at school, and I got big kudos from the kids. They had a blast! Plus, we have a FREE Printable below, that you can use to turn these Valentines Treats into Valentines Day Cards to hand out!

Candy Kabobs Final

I got all of my ingredients at our local Dollar Store, but you can pick up candy where you find the best prices. The Winco bulk candy bins would be another great spot to grab affordable candy for these kabobs.  I grabbed 5 different types of candy, but really you could use just 3 or four. We were able to get 24 candy kabobs out of the 5 bags of candy (and we made pretty full kabobs). You could make yours a bit smaller, and get more or bigger for less.

Making Candy Kabobs

The other great thing about these Valentine treats are that set up and clean up are also very easy. I grabbed a foam board at the Dollar store too, just to create a work station for the kids (contains any mess, and makes clean up easy). To make it feel more festive, I dumped the candy in some pretty white dishes I had on hand. We chose to color coordinate our candy kabobs for a Valentines Day theme, but you can really use any colors you like.

Candy Kabob Kids Making Them

The trick with the candy is to find items that are soft enough to push onto the kabob sticks. Gummy candies or marshmallow types are perfect. I especially loved the licorice squares we found. If you bend those and push on the kabob they have that old fashion ribbon candy look that works great on these.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 3-5 bags of soft candies (gummies and marshmellow candies are perfect)
  • Wooden Skewer Sticks (I prefer the shorter ones, to make your candy kabobs look fuller)

Making these Candy Kabob Valentines Day Treats:

  • Put out the candy so you can easily grab
  • Simply add one candy at a time to a wooden skewer, until you have the look you want (we found 5-6 candies per skewer made a nice sized treat).
  • Thats it. Its that simple! Next either eat them, or show them off.

Candy Kabobs Display

 Displaying the Candy Kabob Valentine Treats:

You can use a display as simple as laying them out on a plate for folks to enjoy at a get together. I used an apothecary jar that I had. I found these round Styrofoam pieces at my Dollar store (2 to a pack, so $.50 ea). I poked the holes in it first, then placed it in my jar and added the finished candy kabobs. This way I can keep them out for the kids to enjoy before Valentines Day.

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For their school bake sale, we covered with cellophane bags and ribbons for individual sale.

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FREE Valentines Day Printable:

You can also print out these FREE printables to turn these Valentine Treats into Valentines Day cards. Just put them in the cellophane bags like pictured above, and add one of these printable tags to it. They are perfect for school valentines day parties, or make a candy bouquet for your sweetheart! There are two versions. One is black and white printable, if you don’t want to use color ink. The other has a splash of red, for a little color!

Download the “I’ll Stick By You Free Valentines Day Card (In Color) here, to print!

Download the “I’ll Stick By You Free Valentines Day Card (In Black & White) here, to print!

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Homemade Gift Idea: Snowman in a Bag Kit

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Snowman In a Bag Kit

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If you’re looking for a last-minute gift to give your neighbors or friends for Christmas, here’s a fun idea – Snowman in a Bag Kits!  This is a snowman accessories kit you can give as a fun, thrifty gift for Christmas or when we get our next snow.

Items you’ll need:

Materials for Snowman in a Bag Kit

  • A scarf  – You could use fleece and cut and glue or sew together.  Or just find an inexpensive scarf at the Dollar Tree – I found a few different colors in scarves

Santa Hat for Snowman Kit

  • Hat – also an easy one to find at the Dollars store. I found Santa hats for $1 since we are using them for Christmas gifts.
  • 7 medium sized stones about 2-3 inches in size – Have your kids paint them black (my boys LOVED this)
  • Large black buttons – I got mine at Walmart in a large pack for $2

Carrots for Snowman in a Bag Kit

  • Carrots: You can get fake carrots at Michaels – a 3 pack for $4 (even cheaper if you use a Michael’s coupon).  Or you could get a carrot with roots still attached (the roots seem to help extend their life) about a day or so before you deliver your Snowman Kit.

How to put together your Snowman in a Bag Kit:

Snowman Bag:

Parts of a Snowman Kit

I sewed a little snowman draw string bag, but you could make something similar with a white paper gift bag.  For sewing the bag,  I used an old white sheet and used Wonder Under (available at Walmart or fabric store) to applique the “carrot and coal” on.  I then sewed on buttons for the eyes.  Making  the bag took a little more time than I would probably do if I were trying to mass produce them-but I think it will make a fun and unique gift for my niece and nephews so it was worth the extra effort.

No-Sew Option for Snowman Bag

Snowman in a Bag Kit out of Paper Bag

You could use a white or brown paper gift sack and draw or paint a snowman face,  if you don’t sew and it would turn out super cute, too!

“Snowman in a Bag” Tag: 

You can then make a cute little tag explaining that this is a Snowman in a Bag Kit.

Here’s what the tag could say:

Snowman Kit: Just add snow! Includes a hat, scarf, button eyes, coal mouth, and carrot

Snowman Soup:

You could also include the ingredients for Snowman Soup inside your kit.

Recipe for Snowman Soup:

  • 1 packet of hot chocolate
  • 1 mini candy cane
  • 2 Tbsp of mini marshmallows

Snowman Soup Poem:

I was told you’ve been real good this year.

Always glad to hear it!

With freezing weather drawing near,

You’ll need to warm the spirit.

So here’s a little Snowman Soup

Complete with stirring stick.

Add hot water, sip it slow.

It’s sure to do the trick!

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By Contributor Sarah from Chickie Momma Crafts