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

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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 😉

8 Craft Ideas for Jars

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1.) Burlap Kitchen (me 😉 )

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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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Free Easter/Spring Chick Printable’s

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I am printing these off and framing them for little Easter gifts this year along with a little bagged treat (post coming this week). These are so cute to sit around for Easter/ Spring decor! =)

* For a 4 x 6 photo print the 5 x 7’s to paper size 8 x 10. I made a few different sizes for you to play around with in case you wanted to use a different size photo frame. =)

 

8 x 10’s 

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8 x 10 Horizontal Printable

 

5 x 7’s 

5 x 7 Vertical Printable

5 x 7 Horizontal Printable

 

4 x 6’s

4 x 6 Vertical Printable

4 x 6 Horizontal Printable

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

DIY Dollar Tree Easter Wreath

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I wanted a cute Easter wreath but didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I decided to look around the dollar tree and see what I could find. I was very surprised with everything they had for a wreath, the options were endless. But I had to make a decision and this is what I came up with.. Hope you like it as much as I do =)

What you need:

* 4 packs of the mini eggs ( I bought 1 pack each of the all blue, pink and green and then I bought 1 multi -color pack)

* 1 bag of Spanish moss  ( 125 cu in /2 L ) ~ (2 if you want the back of your wreath covered, too)

* 1 roll of ribbon at least 3ft ( the one I bought was 9ft)

* 1 pack of birds ( or 2 birds)

* 1 foam wreath ring (9.8in (24cm) )

* Hot glue gun

* Hot glue sticks

Here is a photo with the items I bought for this wreath… Missing is the ribbon and the birds. My local Dollar tree did not have the color of ribbon I wanted so I found my pink ribbon for this bow at the Dollar General and yes, it was only $1. Everything else for this wreath was purchased at the dollar tree, except for the hot glue gun and glue sticks.. obviously. LOL =)

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How I made it: 

1.) First I hot glued Spanish Moss all around the foam wreath ring. I made sure to cover the front and sides good but I was not concerned about the back; no one will see it. However, if you are concerned about the back, then you will want to buy 2 packs of Spanish moss. I also want to warn you to be careful! The hot glue will sometimes seep threw the moss and burn your fingers; I use my scissors to press it down sometimes.

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When all the Spanish moss is glued on it should look like this. You will want to trim up any of the loose moss; kinda like trimming a beard if you want to look at it that way.. LOL

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2.) Next I glued two rows of the mini eggs around the wreath; rotating colors. I kind of had a pattern going that I stuck too.

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Here is what it should look like when they are all glued on.

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3.) Then I glued a third row on the bottom so the wreath slightly resembled a Easter basket. If you don’t like the way that looks you could always do a third row all they way around.
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4.) Next I took my little birds and figured out where I wanted them; then carefully hot glued them to the wreath.
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5.) Here is where my mom comes in; I needed a bow and she is so good at making them and was more than happy to help. Once she made the bow I just used the pipe cleaner to tie it on to my wreath; you could also hot glue it to the wreath if you wish.

Do you want to know how my mom learned to make a bow from ribbon? She bought some ribbon at a store around the holidays and the store had some one making bows for people for a small fee. My mom said that the line was so long and she kept watching the lady make the bows and by the time it was my moms turn she had all ready figured it out on her own. LOL. Smart lady, that mom of mine; now if only I could learn how to do it! LOL Here is a link to my youtube video of my mom making the bow… maybe you will have better luck than I have had with making them. =)

CLICK HERE – How to make a Bow From Ribbon

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And that is all there is to it. How cute? How simple? Hope you enjoyed this tutorial =)

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* This Wreath was Featured @ – Horse Shoes & grenades ,

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25 Easter Recipes & Crafts!

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1.)  Jelly Bean Bark ( Click link for recipe)

From – How to have it All ( click here to visit homepage)

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2.) Pretzel Chicks ( click link for recipe)

From- Simplee Thrifty ( Click here to visit home page)

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3.) Easter Chick Cup Cakes ( click link for recipe)

From- Thrifty DIY Diva ( Click link to visit home page)

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4.) 101 NON Candy Easter Basket ideas for kids  (click link for ideas)

     From- Ann’s Entitled Life ( Click link to visit homepage)

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5.) Mini Egg Cup Easter Basket Craft Project ( Click link for craft)

     From- Jinxy Kids (  click link to visit home page )

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6.)  Resorection rolls ( click link for recipe)

     From- The Frugal Mom ( Click link to visit hoe page)

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7.) Spring Cookies ( Click link for recipe)

From- Housewives of Frederick County ( Click link to visit homepage)

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8.) Hoppy Easter Printable ( Click link for printable)

     From- A Spectacled Owl ( Click link to visit home page)

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9.) Birds Nest Pudding Tarts ( click link for recipe)

From-  Suburbia Unwrapped ( Click link to visit home page )

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10.) Easter M&M Thumbprint Cookies ( Click link for recipe)

     From- Thrifty DIY  Diva ( Click link to visit home page)

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11.) Easter Muddy Buddies Recipe ( Click link for recipe)

     From- Cleverly Simple ( Click link to visit home page)

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12.) Lemon Easter Basket Cupcakes ( Click link for recipe)

     From- Simply Southern Mom ( Click link to visit Home page)

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13.) Paska ( Click link for recipe)

     From- Three different directions  ( Click link to visit homepage)

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14.) Easter Bunny Cake Recipe ( Click link for recipe)

     From- Slick Housewives  ( Click link to visit home page)

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15.)Easy Easter Basket Cake (Click link for recipe)

     *From-  Slick Housewives ( Click link to visit home page)

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16.) Chocolate Peanut Butter Egg Recipe ( Click link for recipe)

     *From- Gator Mommy Reviews ( Click link to visit homepage)

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17.) How to Hard Cook Eggs ( Click link for recipe)

     * From- Two Healthy Kitchens ( Click link to visit home page)

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18.) C – is for Craft- Easy Easter craft for kids ( Click link for Directions)

     * From- PhilZENdia (Click link to visit homepage)

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19.) Easter Decor & Crafts ( Click Link for ideas)

     From- The Country Chick Cottage ( Click link to visit homepage)

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20.) Bunny Munch Trail Mix ( Click link for recipe)

     * From- Momma of 3 Munchkins ( Click link to visit homepage)

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21.) Create a thumb print cross to teach your children about Easter ( Click link for directions)

       *From- Bare Feet on the Dashboard ( Click link to visit homepage)

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22.) Easy Easter Decor ( Click link to see )

     *From- A TIPical Day ( Click link to visit homepage)

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23.) Pink Lemonade Fudge and Key Lime Fudge ( Click Link for Recipes)

* From-  Tammilee Tips (Click Link to visit homepage)

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24.) Candy Coated Baby Chick Peanut Butter Cookies ( Click link for recipe)

* From-  Two Kids and a Coupon ( Click Link to visit Homepage)

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25.) Bunny Bouquet ( Click link for directions)

* From- Rural Mom ( Click link to visit homepage)

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Toilet Paper Roll Valentines Stuffed with Candy

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We are on a budget… a tight budget! So I am trying to do things as cheap as possible for awhile. I have been thinking about what my son and I can do for valentines day since it is quickly approaching. I have lots of empty toilet paper rolls.. I kinda started collecting them, strange, I know! LOL But they are such and awesomely cheap way to craft. Have you seen my DIY Toilet paper roll snowmen? I handed some out for Christmas, people loved them! So that got me thinking why not do something similar for Valentines Day? So this is what I came up with, hope you enjoy =)

What you will need:

* Empty toilet paper rolls

* Tissue paper ( my husband found some laying in the truck! My guess is we bought someone a gift and I wrapped it on the way! LOL Don’t. Judge. =P )

* Sandwich baggies

* Small candies ( whatever will fit in your toilet paper roll will work )

* Tissue paper ( red, white, pink)

* Scissors

* Tape

* ribbon or string ( I used yarn, just something to tie the ends with. You could use the ribbon that is used for presents and make the ribbon curl… why did I just now think of that??! … LOL, too late now)

* Foam brush

* Cheap paint ( I used the stuff in the craft section at Walmart, I think it’s like .50 cents?)

 

How I made them:

1.) First, using a foam brush, paint your toilet paper rolls ( I did mine in pink, you want to try to match them to the color of tissue paper you plan on using)Let them dry few hours till totally dry or dry overnight.

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2.) Once toilet paper rolls are dry, you can stuff them with candy. To do this put a few pieces of candy into a small sandwich baggie and roll the bag so it will fit into the toilet paper roll. Stuff the candy filled baggie into the toilet paper roll.

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3.) Cut tissue paper so that it is in a rectangular shape. You want it big enough to roll at least twice and I make the ends a little on the bigger side too, you can always trim them down later. Use your first piece of tissue paper as a sample, one you get it to the correct size use it as a guide to cut the rest of your tissue paper out. Once Tissue paper is cut to size tape one end to the toilet paper roll, roll the toilet paper roll in the tissue paper and fold the end so you have a neat edge and tape it.

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see how I folded the end to give a nice neat edge before I taped it.

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4.) Then I twisted the ends a little and tied a piece of yarn around each end to secure it. I then trimmed the tissue paper to the length I wanted and cut the excess yarn off.

5.) Once you are finished doing all the above steps you can decorate them any way you’d like. You could put stickers on them, make name tags for them, whatever you’d like. I decided to cut little hearts out of paper and glue them on. Don’t mind my penmanship, it’s not the best.

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And that’s it! These are very simple to make and fun too! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Burlap Kitchen wishes you a happy Valentines Day! =)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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