7 Valentine’s Day DIY’s that will make your Heart Happy.

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7 Valentine’s Day DIY’S that will make your Heart Happy

Here is 7 Valentine’s Day DIY’S that will make your Heart Happy. Valentines day is just around the corner and you know what that means… Love is in the air. To make your holiday a little more special, I have rounded up some fabulous DIY’s that are sure to make your heart happy. I mean seriously, how adorable are these? I am especially in love with the¬†Burlap & Yarn Wreath from Happy Deal Happy Day.

I am a little curious as to where you met your spouse? I met my husband at good ole wally world. I was about to get my nails done when I bumped into some friends that were talking to him. We decided to all go on a double date and we have been together ever since. I later found out that his younger sisters were the reason he was at Walmart. Apparently they had been begging him to go. I am glad he finally agreed to take them ūüėČ

1.) Valentines DIY M&M Jars Р Thrifty Jinxy

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2.) DIY Heart Garland – Sincerely Jean

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3.) Easy DIY Valentines Day Cards for Kids – Real Life at Home

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4.) Valentine Yarn and Burlap Wreath Р Happy Deal Happy Day

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5.) Hooked on You Gummy Worm Jar – Freebie Finding Mom

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6.) Toilet Paper Roll Valentines stuffed with Candy – Burlap Kitchen

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7.) You Make my Heart Race Valentine – Life is Poppin

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More Great Valentines Day Round-ups! :

25 Lovely Valentines Day Ideas – Life is Poppin

The Ultimate Valentines Day Round-up – The Jenny Evolution

DIY Snowy Pine Cones

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DIY Snowy Pine Cones

DIY Snowy Pine Cones are easy and fun to make! Making your house beautiful for Christmas doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Today I am going to show you how I made these elegant looking snowy pine cones without breaking the bank. These are so easy to make, I think you are going to love them! =)

What you will need:

Pine Cones ( find them in the woods somewhere or buy a pack of the scented ones at the store)

1 bag of Epsom salts

white glitters

mod podge ( you can by this at the dollar tree!)

paint brush

brown paper bag

The Step by Step: 

Step 1 – Add right to the brown paper bag, 1 cup of Epsom salts and about 1-2 tsp. white glitters. Give the bag a couple shakes and make sure the glitter is mixed in good.

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Step 2 – pour the mod podge in a very small bowl ( the dollar tree has the perfect bowls for this! They sell little packs of clear plastic bowls over near the party supplies.

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Step 3 – paint the tips of the pine cones with mod podge. When you are painting them try to imagine where the snow would fall, and those are the parts you want to paint.

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Step 4 – put the pine cone in the brown paper bag and shake it all around so all the painted parts of the pine cone are well coated with the salts (snow).

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Step 5 – pull the pine cones out and let them dry

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Step 6 – decorate the house with them or give them as gifts!

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5 Totally Adorable DIY Snowmen Crafts


These 5 Totally Adorable DIY Snowmen Crafts are a must this Christmas! Use them for your own Christmas decor or give them away as gifts. They all look super easy to make and frugal too! You don’t have to spend tons of money to make your home look like a winter wonderland ūüėČ

I love snowmen, I think they all have their very own personalities and are so cute. How do you decorate for Christmas? Are you like me and have snowmen everywhere, or is there something else you are into?
1.)  Bowling Pin Snowmen

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DIY bowling pin snow men from: Making of a Mom

Click HERE for DIY Bowling Pin Snowmen 

 

2.) Coffee Can Snowman Hat

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DIY Coffee Can Snowman Hat from: Evolution of Mom

Click HERE for DIY Snowman Hat 

 

3.) Sock Snowman Tutorial

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DIY Sock Snowman Tutorial from: Midwestern Moms 

Click HERE for DIY Tutorial on Sock Snowman

 

4.) Toilet paper and paper towel roll Snowmen family

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DIY toilet paper and paper towel roll Snowmen family from: Burlapkitchen.com 

Click HERE for DIY toilet paper and paper towel roll snowmen family

 

5.) Snowman in a bag kit

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DIY Snowman in a bag kit from: Thrifty NW Mom

Click HERE for DIY Snowman in a bag kit

DIY Scarecrow


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I didn’t have a second post for this week until I went to my moms house and caught her making this! Thanks to my mom I am going to show you step by step how she made this adorable scarecrow using a bale of hay and some of my dads old clothing. =)

* My mom said the hay made her very itchy, so I recommend wearing pants, long sleeves, and gloves to make these.

What you will need:

 

  • 1 bale of hay (every time I try to say hay bale it always comes out hale Bay… just in case you were wondering ūüėČ )
  • ¬†1 pair of old jeans
  • 1 old button up flannel
  • twine
  • scissors
  • a stick or small board to support the scarecrow head
  • hammer & nails
  • Permanent markers
  • straw hat
  • bandanna or a men’s ¬†handkerchief
  • someone to help ya ( It takes 2 people to put him together easily)
  • piece of burlap for the head ( we didn’t measure.. it just needs to be big enough to wrap around the ball and tuck into the shirt. Burlap is very cheap to buy… I think it’s only around $2.50 a yard.)
  • something round to use as the head.. we used one of my sons old bounce balls

How to:

1.) First, unbutton the flannel and start stuffing it with hay ( sorry, no photo.. this is where I caught her making it and ran for my camera! ha ) Once the shirt is all stuffed with hay tie some twine around the wrists but let a little hay stick out ( photo below).

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2.) Once the flannel shirt has been stuffed, it’s time to start working on the head. For the head, my mom used an old bouncie ball of my sons. She wrapped it in hay to make it a little fuller and so the head would not look so round. Once she got the head the size she wanted she wrapped a piece of burlap around it. Then tied a knot at the bottom with a piece of twine.

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3.) Take a scrap piece of board and stuff it down the back of the flannel, then attach the head by stuffing the board up threw the back of the head. We didn’t measure the board just eye balled it =P Here are some photo’s to show you what I mean:

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… use your hands to try to shape the head some; tie a handkerchief around the neck

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You will have something that looks like this..

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4. Stuff the pants up to the knees with hay.

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5.) This next part you are going to need some help with. Have one person hold the top of the pants while the other person lifts the body of the scarecrow on top the pants. Tuck the shirt into the pants.

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6.) Finish stuffing the legs and tie some twine around them letting some of the hay stick out. ( You could also use the rope that us used to hold the hay bale together.)

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7.) Take small bunches of hay and tie them together… this will be the scarecrows hair. Attach the hair by nailing it to the top of the board that is under the burlap.

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8.) Nail on the straw hat…

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9.) And the last thing left to do is to draw the face. Using permanent markers, she drew the mouth and eyes in black and the nose in red.

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DIY * Dollar Tree White Pumpkins

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What you will need:

  • Old T-shirt ( OR, I saw material at walmart that felt like T-shirt material and it was all ready a coffee dyed color… I think it was called cheese cloth?? If you use that, you will only need (I’m guessing) 1/2 a yard for 3-4 ¬†pumpkins. And you can skip the coffee dye step.)
  • cheap coffee for dying (dollar tree sales it!)
  • Dollar Tree bouquet of fall flowers ( you need 2 flowers per pumpkin)
  • Dollar Tree foam pumpkin ( as many as you want to make)
  • scissors
  • burlap ribbon ( I bought mine at walmart, but saw some at the dollar tree the next day =/ )
  • spray starch ( this is optional, it helps to keep the top part of the T-shirt looking the way you want, I’ll explain below)

The How To:

1.) ¬†I just realized I forgot to take photo’s on how to cut the T-shirt and coffee dye it. I am going to do my best to explain: Lay the T-shirt down flat and cut up both sides, cut the sleeves off, and cut the thicker part of the T-shirt that goes around your neck off. When you are done cutting you should have 2 pieces of T-shirt with no sleeves and no neck- line. If you ever have trouble or don’t understand what I mean, please feel free to ask. =)

2.) Coffee dye the T-shirts with the same technique I used for my toilet paper roll snowmen. CLICK HERE. Allow to dry.

3.) First set the pumpkin in the middle of one of the coffee dyed T-shirt halves. Bring the corners of the material up to meet each other and hold tightly.pumpkin 2

4.) Wrap a piece of burlap at the base of where the material is gathered ( Look at photo) and tie a bow. You want to make sure that everything is nice and tight.pumpkin 4

5.) Fold the ends of the ribbon in half and make a slanted cut downward. ( you may want to practice this before you try it on your pumpkin) This just makes the ribbon ends look nice.

 

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6.) Cut 2 flowers off of the dollar tree bouquet (scissors work fine to do this. I just cut with an old pair of scissors then bend them back and forth till they snap off) Push the flowers through the t-shirt material and into the foam pumpkin directly under the middle of the bow (look at photo).

 

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7.) Cut the excess material off leaving about 1 inch of material or until you think it looks nice.

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8.)  Spray the excess material with some spray starch to make it stiff.  ( this is optional, but I think it looks better. The spray starch only cost about $3 )pumpkin 10

Candy Corn Magnets

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What you need:

  • cupcake papers ( 1 cupcake paper makes 1 candy corn magnet)
  • Button magnets (found in the craft department at Walmart)
  • 3 paint brushes (one for each color of paint)
  • Orange, Yellow, & White paint ( I used the acrylic, plaid brand, paint at Walmart. It’s about $1 a bottle)
  • Glitter ( I used white)
  • Glue ( I used a hot glue gun because it dries fast, but school glue would work fine, too)

How to make them:

1.) First you need to fold your cupcake papers in half, then in half again, then again. With each fold place a small dab of glue to keep them from opening. Like this:

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2.) Paint your papers to look like a candy corn.

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3.) Apply glitter while paint is still wet.

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4.)  Let candy corns dry, then glue the magnet to the back. They make different kinds of magnets, I like the button ones because they seem to be much stronger than the others.

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DIY Comic strip pencil cans

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A few days ago my son and I made this cute comic strip pencil can. It was super easy and super fun to make! Not to mention I now have a cute can to store all his pencils in. Check out how easy they were to make by following the 7 steps below:
What you will need:

1- empty and clean pringle can

mod podge

foam brush

your favorite comic strips from the local paper ( about 15-20 strips)

The How to:

1.) First cut your Pringle can to the size you want it to be. I put a few pencils in the can before I cut, just to give me an idea of where to cut.

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2.) Place the Pringle can on top of one of the comic strips and trace the bottom of it. Cut the circle out.

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3.) Now here is where I went wrong. I am going to tell you how I should have done this. So… when I did this, I mod podge the entire inside of the Pringle can. After that, I placed the comic circle that was cut onto the bottom of the inside of the can. This was a sticky mess! What I should have done was ONLY mod podged the bottom of the Pringle can, then place the circular comic strip in.

(see what I did? LOL )

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4.) After you get the circle piece in, then paint the rest of the inside of the can with the mod podge, including the top of the circular piece you just put in.

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5.) Take your strips and stick them vertically or horizontally ( however they fit and however you want them to go) to the inside of the can. Paint over top of the comic strips with Mod podge.

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* You will want to fold the strips over the can to the other side that has been painted with mod podge ( read next step)

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6.) Paint the outside of the can and place the comic strips on the same way you did the inside of the can. Paint over top of the comic strips when finished.

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7.) Let dry for a few hours or overnight.

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Are they cute or what? These would be so cute sitting on a desk or shelf in a kids play or learning room. Load them up with some pens and pencils and they would make a cute and inexpensive gift for a teacher. Not to mention it will give them a good laugh throughout the day ūüėČ

8 Craft Ideas for Jars

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1.)¬†Burlap Kitchen (me ūüėČ )

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2.)¬†Ann’s Entitled¬†Life:¬†

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3.) Simplee Thrifty: 

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4.) Budget Girl:

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5.) Freebie Finding Mom:

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6.) Upstate Ramblings: 

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7.) Ashlee Marie: 

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8.) Thrifty Jinxy: 

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How to make Jar Lights

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Jar lights are easier to make than you may think. And, if you have the right tools on hand, they are fairly cheap to make. Jar lights make adorable gifts and can be filled with sand, seashells, rope, potpourri, etc… ¬†Here is my step by step on making jar lights, hope you enjoy.

And please, if you ever have any questions, feel free to ask! =)

What you will need:

  • Jar
  • string of white lights or rice lights ( In this tutorial, I am using battery pack lights with a timer, but you could use the kind that plug in, also.)
  • piece of tape
  • black marker, or pen
  • gloves
  • safety goggles¬†( I used safety glasses, but safety goggles would be MUCH safer)
  • Heavy gloves
  • old sentinels or a throwaway¬†tin cake pan works nicely.
  • Drill
  • Glass attachment for the drill, they cost around $10 but can be used more than once. ¬†I left my bit at my mom’s house, so I forget the size, but they are easy to eyeball and guess the size. If you have to just take your white lights with you so you can see the size of the cord compared to the bit. I am sure someone in the hardware store would be more than happy to help. ( If you go to your local hardware store and tell them you need a bit that will drill through glass, I am sure they will show you what you need.)
  • water
  • potpourri or something to fill your jars with
  • glass cleaner

 

 

1.) The first step is to find a jar that you want to use and clean it. You could use anything from old wine bottles, canning jars, maybe even something like a spaghetti jar. For this tutorial, I am using an old mason jar.

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2.) Once the mason jar is clean, soak it in water for 10-15 minutes. In my opinion, jars that have been pre-soaked are much faster to drill through. Soaking the jars also seems to cut back on the glass particles that fly through the air.

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3.) Once the jar is done soaking, place a small piece of tape on the back where you want your cord to be. Use a black marker to put a dot on the tape, where you want your cord to come out and where you will drill.

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4.) Lay your jar on some old newspapers or in a throwaway tin cake pan. Put on your safety glasses and gloves, and begin to drill. You want to apply a small amount of pressure as you are drilling.  Remember, this is not a piece of wood you are drilling through, this is glass. When drilling it is important that no one is around you, unless they, too, have safety goggles on. Also, NEVER drill in the house, always drill outside.

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5.) Make sure your drill bit went the whole way through the glass. Put the drill in reverse and slowly pull it back out.

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6.) Once you have drilled your hole, keeping gloves and safety goggles on, discard the newspaper or cake tin you drilled on and take off the tape. Wipe the are with a damp paper towel, to pick up any excess glass particles. Fill the jar about half way with water and swish it around to get any glass particles out of the jar, dump the water somewhere safe ( I dump mine in the woods). Take some glass cleaner and paper towels and clean the jar well. ONLY after all the glass is cleaned up and your jar is clean should you take off safety goggles and gloves.

 

7.) ¬†Once everything is cleaned up, it’s time for the fun part; decorating! Take your white lights and carefully feed them through the hole you just drilled in the back of your jar.

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8.) Next fill your jar, I used potpourri. I pulled the lights out the top of the jar and put a little potpourri in, then a few lights, and so on. You can also use a something like the handle of a wooden spoon to move them where you want them.

 

9.)  Put the lid on if you have one and put it somewhere pretty.

 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I look forward to hearing from you.  =)

learning – Fishing Game

WARNING: Small pieces are used in this game, and could be a choking hazard to small children and pets.

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Learning doesn’t have to be boring. Make it fun for the kiddos with this learning fishing game! This can be used to teach kids bible verses, numbers, words, the alphabet, etc. The possibilities are endless; just have some fun with it. =)

What you will need:

  • a stick
  • yarn or twine
  • 1 washer per fish ( I made 20 fish, so I used 20 washers)
  • 1 small round magnet ( found a pack of 8 at lowes for $2.48)
  • construction paper or card stock paper ( the card stock holds up much better)
  • some good glue ( something like crazy glue, or contact cement glue… the school house glue does not hold well on these)
  • Black marker
  • scissors
  • paper clips ( these just make it easy to cut a few fish at one time)

What to do:

1.) First I drew a fish. Please don’t laugh at my fish… I am no artist, ha.

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2.) Use paper clips so you can cut out 5 or more at one time. Trace your fish and cut them out.

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3.) Use a black marker to draw a mouth and eye on the fish. Then glue the washers on so that the black dot for the eye is lined up with the hole in the washer.

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4. Let them dry. Space them out so they eys’s are not touching each other, you don’t want them to stick together. Once they are dry use a black marker to write on them. You can write letters, numbers, words, bible verses, anything really.

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5.) Next, find a good stick and tie a piece of yarn or twine around it. I put a little glue on it so it stays in place.

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6. On the other end of the yarn/twine tie on a washer.

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7.) Glue the magnet to the washer.

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8. Scatter the fish on the ground, and ask them to pick up a certain number, letter, verse, or word, and let them fish away.

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