Stuck On These DIY Planters For Valentine’s Day

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We took a girls trip to Austin in November (hope to have a recap soon). As we researched the city, and all the fun things to do, the highly popular Austin murals popped up. We never made it to the Welcome to Austin wall, but we did run into the “I love you so much wall.” Just like everyone around us, we stopped to pose for a photo, or two (or 10).

With the month of love (or heartbreak…depending on your situation) upon us, we thought it would be fun to give our mom a small memento to remember “love” wall from the trip. Mom’s have the healing touch, so it seems fitting that we give our mom an aloe plant in a DIY planter inspired by the famous Austin wall.

We know this year is less about succulents and cactus, and more about the sloth. But, who can resist a cactus pun around Valentine’s Day? It’s a plant most people can keep alive (for at least half a year), and it’s an affordable gift to give friends and family.

Materials:

  • Terra cotta pots
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cactus or succulent
  • Vinyl

Directions:

Paint the terra cotta pot. Add the words from your favorite mural (or use the Austin one, too), or think of your favorite cactus puns. You can use paint markers, or paint and a paintbrush. Another idea is to use vinyl to decorate the terra cotta pot, just like we did for the “Stuck On You” planter. We used our Silhouette cutting machine. For some extra personalization, glue wallet size photos and hearts on mini wood skewers, and stick in the pot. Finally, spray the pots with sealant to prevent water from damaging it.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day DIY: Sweet Heart Packaging

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This project reminded me of my grandma, because she use to love Russell Stover  chocolates. I don’t know anyone who loved those tiny chocolates like she did. I don’t even know if she had a favorite flavor inside the famous heart-shaped boxes, but still to this day, when I see those boxes, I think about her. It was really nice to have quiet moments to think about her while I painted the hearts. So many of my memories about my grandparents revolve around food. Coffee in the mornings with my grandparents, delicious biscuits and gravy at their dining room table after a sleepover, homemade perogi’s, Twizzlers stored in my grandparents kitchen cupboard, and the countless homemade meals that nourished my body and soul. Life is so sweet with all those memories!

Whether you have someone you buy Russell’s candy boxes for, or want to send a sweet gift to a loved one this Valentine’s Day, this craft is for you! This would also be an adorable gift for grandparents – just let the kids paint the art on the box! You can fill the boxes with anything small you want to give including jewelry, doTERRA oils, lipgloss, notes, tea bags or money. It’s a keepsake people can keep on their dresser, too!

Materials:

  • Russell Stover heart shaped boxes (found them on sale for $1 each in the Valentine’s Day section of the grocery store, which was better than the $10 pre box online)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes

Paint, paint and paint some more. That’s it! I painted the outside of the box white first, and then the colorful design on top of that.

If you plan to buy keep the chocolates inside the heart-shaped boxes, don’t paint the inside of the box. You can paint the outside, and it will still be food safe. Also, the bottom of the box (where the label is) is not as shiny as the top, so you can paint the bottom white, and then flip the box so it’s the top with your design on it.

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The HEART Of The Matter: Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Just like most women, we’ve had our hearts broken, and we’ve been madly in love (still am). So, whether we’re feeling all kinds of anger, jealousy or heartbreak, or we’re happy, on cloud 9, or feeling all those butterflies, we have a thing for hearts. It’s not just throughout the month of February. We love them year-round; however retail loves all things hearts when it’s Valentine’s Day. So, we rounded up our favorite gifts to give friends or loved ones this month. We say, keep the heart thing going past February. Wear your heart on your sleeve, fall madly in love, follow your heart, rock those heart sunglasses, and remember…love, is all around.

 

 

DIY Lip Balm Pouches Just In Time For Valentine’s Day

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We love our essential oils, and one of our favorite goodies to make with our oils is DIY lip balm. Our lips are so dry in the winter, plus we love when we can put pure ingredients on our lips. Valentine’s Day is coming up, and for those that want kissable lips, or want to give a gift of kissable lips, we recommend DIY essential oil lip balm.

Read our DIY lip balm tutorial for the ingredients and instructions. To jazz it up a bit for gift giving, make a cute holder for it – a DIY lip balm pouch. It’s almost like a lip balm sleeping bag. It’s a cute DIY that can be made into all shapes and sizes. We made heart-shaped pockets to hold gift cards for teachers. You can also make DIY felt pouches to hold tissues, treats, and even larger pockets for photos and sweet notes.

This DIY project is incredibly easy. Here’s how we did it.

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Cut felt (we bought a pretty library of felt from Target, and it’s thicker than traditional felt, which worked well) into a rectangle larger than the width of the lip balm tube.

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Step 2: Once you have the pieces cut, thread a needle (don’t forget to tie a knot on the end), along the edges of two rectangles that are lined up. We do not have any sewing skills whatsoever, and we did it! Just go in and out of the felt, which will create a cross stitch pattern. Leave the top of the rectangle open so you have an opening for the lip balm.

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Hope you find a way, even if it’s a wave or hug, to spread the love on Valentine’s Day!

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DIY Typography Tray: I Heart You

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We tend to hoard things we find in the Target Dollar Spot, known as Bullseye’s Playground. Does anyone else have that problem? They are never absolute necessities, but at the time they are must-haves, and at $1 or $3, it’s hard to pass up. This tray was sitting in Jessica’s craft pile for months and months. It was one of those Playground finds. Finally, a lightbulb moment went off. We played with letters, and with just a couple materials we made a unique DIY tray for a loved one this Valentine’s Day. It can be used year-round because the words I (heart) you can, and should, be said year-round.

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Materials:

Step 1: Lay the letters out on the tray the way you want them to look. Spread out the I, heart and you among the black letters so the message stands out. If you want to use a different object other than letters, such as matches, beads, etc you can, just make sure they are thin. The thinner they are, the less Dimensional Magic needed to cover them.

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Step 2: Super glue the back of each letter, and lay it back down where you want it. Wear gloves for this step – you don’t want letters stuck to your skin!

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Step 3: Once all the letters are glued, start to pour the Dimensional Magic. We suggest smaller trays for this project. We needed four packages of Dimensional Magic, which wasn’t too expensive at $5 each, but the smaller the tray, the less product you need to buy.

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Step 4: Let the Dimensional Magic dry for at least 8 hours. The color will be clear, and not cloudy once it’s fully dry.

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