16 Valentines, Gifts, & Decorations for Valentine’s Day

by Dinah Wulf

I noticed that I have done a lot of Valentine’s Day crafts this year compared to last year.  I must love my husband more this year… JUST KIDDING! After perusing through all of them, I thought I’d create a list of this years and years past. I came up with 16 Valentines, Gift Ideas, and Decorations for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Round-Up

Let’s start with the new projects I did for this year. Holy smokes there’s a lot!

Heart Clothespin Valentines

Duck Tape and Washi Tape Valentine Treat Bags

Non-Candy Valentine for School

Valentine Front Door Decoration

Recycle Juice Carton Valentine Treat Box

Decorating for Valentines with Paper Feathers

Recycled Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll

Easy Homemade “Love You” Valentine

Pretty Lace Valentine’s Gift Wrapping

The next few are some ideas I had from last year, 2013.

Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits

Valentine’s Day Craft Garland

DIY Candy Valentines with Free Printables

This post was from when I first started blogging in 2011and gets shared around this time of year each year. I did this for my husband when he hurt his foot and was out of commission for a while.

Sweet Gift Idea, A List of Clever Candy Sayings

Here are some fun ideas you can do with the kids on my new(ish) site, InheritingOurPlanet.com! These are crafts that my daughter and I did together.

Recycled Candy Jar Bowls

Handmade Owl Valentine Card

Recycled Toilet Paper Roll Valentine Card Kids Craft

Phew! I think that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my round up of 16 Valentines, Gift Ideas, and Decorations for Valentine’s Day! Until next year (because I’m already onto St. Patty’s Day… hee hee)!

Heart Clothespin Valentines

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter and I have been making clothespin crafts lately {airplane clothespins & caterpillar clothespins}. I had some left over and thought it’d be fun to make heart clothespin valentines.  When you turn a heart sideways it looks like lips so I printed little tags that say “Smooch. Muah. Kiss.” Here is how I made them.

Materials:

  • Clothespins
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Computer and printer

Instructions:

I picked some pretty pink scrapbook paper with a light print, cut them to size with a paper cutter and glued and sealed them with Mod Podge.  This is the bottom of the clothespin. I let them dry completely.

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I printed “Smooch. Muah. Kiss.” on it in different fonts on the same pink paper and I cut them out to fit on the clothespins for the top half.

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I put Mod Podge directly on the clothes pin, the tag I made on top, and then sealed it with another layer of Mod Podge on top of that. Allow it to dry for about fifteen minutes.

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While those were drying I cut out hearts and cut them in half.

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I Mod Podged the heart on the side of the clothespin and sealed it with more Mod Podge on top.

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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I also made a collage!

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The possibilities are endless with this little craft. You can make different sayings, similar to conversation hearts or make them more personalized.  I thought these would also be cute with lips instead of a heart.

Easy Duck Tape and Washi Tape Treat Bags

by Dinah Wulf

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You’re going to think I’m crazy, but I couldn’t help it. The other day, a few moms at my daughter’s school arranged a big playdate for about a dozen kids at a local park.  I had about 15 minutes before I had to leave my house to meet.  I decided to bring some treats for the kids and in a few minutes I ended up making these easy Duck Tape and Washi tape treat bags.

Being the DIY’er, Crafter, and Party Planner that I am I already had these supplies handy.  I took out a dozen plastic treat bags, some Duck Tape and some Washi tape.

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Since I only had a short time, I decorated the bags by adding the tape and folding over each side.  They weren’t perfect by any means!

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I put pink Washi tape on the bottom, heart patterned Duck Tape that I won at CHA in the middle, and blue Washi tape on the top.

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I filled them with some SweetWorks Valentine’s treats that I had, closed the top with more Washi tape and we were out the door.

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When I arrived at the play date, of course I had to get permission from the other moms to give their kids a bag of candy just a couple hours before dinner. Luckily, these small gifts were well received.  These were SO quick and easy to make, I thought about making them for future parties.  It’d be easy to change up the colors and patterns to fit any party theme or holiday.

 

Easy Homemade Valentines for School

by Dinah Wulf

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Are you sick of my Valentine’s Day posts yet? Ha! Anyway, I didn’t want to give out candy with my daughter’s Valentine’s for school this year, so I thought I’d try something different.  Of course buying in bulk is always cheaper, so I found these mini colorful gel pens at Staples for a good price.  They actually write really nicely and come in so many fun colors. I made these easy homemade Valentines for school and they turned out so cute.

Here’s what you need:

  • Mini pens
  • Card Stock or Scrapbook paper
  • White paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Tape
  • Paper cutter
  • Computer and Printer

I asked my husband for help when trying to think of what to put on the Valentine card and he was absolutely no help. In my head I was trying to think of things like, “Ho-PEN you have a nice Valentine’s Day.” I know! I know! Cheesy! But I finally decided on, “You’re the WRITE friend for me. Happy Valentine’s Day!” I designed and printed them out. I used a paper cutter to make things easier on me.

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I used double sided tape and right aligned it so that I could put the pen on the left side. When I hooked the pen, I also put a piece of regular tape on the back to secure it because I knew I’d be traveling with a dozen Valentines in one bag.

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That’s it! Here they are. Mia said they were “cute” (I love it when she says things are cute because she’s still so little and it’s funny).

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Hope you like them and try it out!

Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas and Giveaway

by Dinah Wulf

This post, Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas is sponsored by Rich Products for the Bakery Because. Give the Gift of Deliciousness. campaign.

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As you may or may not know, I am not confident in my cooking or baking skills. Sure, I make dinner for my little family every night, and I’ve even pulled off a few successful Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner parties before. But know you know that this is why I don’t post any of my own recipes!

I do, however love eating and giving baked goods gifts. I thoroughly enjoy visiting the bakery in my local grocery store and all the tasty and tempting cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. There is always a great variety and I’m never disappointed. For this Valentine’s Day, I thought it be fun to buy some sweet treats from my bakery and get creative with the packaging to give away as gifts to my friends, Mia’s teachers, and a couple neighbors. Here is what I came up with.

Oh and don’t forget to stick around for the GIVEAWAY below!

I made this Recycled Juice Carton Treat Box myself.  You can view the full step by step tutorial {HERE}. You can also use a milk carton as well.  I simply cut, measured, and glued on paper party straws to embellish it.  I filled it heart shaped sugar cookies I got from the bakery.

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Washi tape is a simple way to embellish a gift. I used it on my recycled carton treat box as well as added it to heart shaped tin as well.

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If you don’t want to make your own treat box for your bakery goodies, the dollar bins and several retailers have great options.  I bought these two for one dollar each! I am going to add a pretty “Happy Valentine’s Day” tag and ribbon to the handles.

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As you can see there are several fun, inexpensive, creative ways to gift some sweetness on not just Valentine’s Day but any holiday or special occasion! Visit your local grocer’s bakery to find easy and delicious treats that you can personalize and give as gifts on Valentine’s Day and every day. Now for the giveaway…

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Who: Three winners with the best stories will be chosen to receive a $25 Gift Card. You must live in the US and be over 18 years old to participate.

How: Just simply leave a comment answering: Name a person in your life who makes every day better and WHY.

I will pick the three best stories on my birthday! If you decide to make a gift of your own to give, I encourage you to take pictures and upload photos to Pinterest using the hashtag #BakeryBecause so that we can all see them! Thank you in advance for entering! GOOD LUCK!!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this article and giveaway!

 

Easy Valentine Front Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I love sales! I found this hanging grapevine basket at Joann’s on sale for $8.49 from $29.99. Score! I thought I could use it for my front door and easily change it up each holiday.  Today, I am sharing an easy Valentine front door decoration that I made.

Materials:

  • Grapevine hanging basket
  • Wide burlap ribbon
  • Pink ribbon
  • Love sign
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Safety pins

Here is a close up of the basket.  I saw them during Christmas and liked it but I didn’t want to spend thirty dollars on it.  Even with my 40% off coupon, I couldn’t do it. Yes… I’m THAT cheap! But nine dollars… that’s 70% off!

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I bought a roll of wide burlap ribbon and safety pinned it so that I can easily take it off for St. Patrick’s Day when I change it.

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I hot glued a pink ribbon and a “love” sign made of MDF. I originally had the intention of painting it, but once I saw the white, I liked it. Since my front door is black, I thought the white letters would pop better.

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Now, I’m not a HUGE fan of fake flowers and plants (unless their crafted out of paper… or duct tape!) but I couldn’t resist when I saw these. Oh! And I bought them in green too for March (they were on sale too!).

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Pretty right? I put them inside my basket and had a pretty and easy Valentine front door decoration in literally minutes!

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I already can’t wait to change it up for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. 

Recycled Carton and Straw Treat Box

by Dinah Wulf

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Being a craft hoarder at heart, I went to throw away this juice carton and in mid throw I stopped myself. I decided to myself up to the challenge and upcycle it. I stared at it for a bit and stared some more. After a few minutes knowing that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I willed myself into a trash to treasure making a Recycled Carton and Straw Treat Box.

Materials:

  • Clean milk or juice carton
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Straws (the pretty paper kind!)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Large plastic treat bag
  • Ribbon
  • Washi tape

Here’s the juice container that taunted me.

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I cut it in half by measuring and marking with a pencil and ruler and cutting with a craft knife.  I measured about three inches from the bottom. I washed and dried my new box… oh and the craft knife and ruler too because they got sticky (apparently I didn’t rinse out the carton well enough).

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The straws are a little over seven inches, so I ended up cutting them into three and a half inch pieces. To make it easy, I used the ruler each time and cut.

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One by one I hot glued each straw to the carton. You can kind-of-sort-of create a pattern by arranging the stripes as you go. Make sure you know which side you want to show before you add the hot glue since it dries so quickly.

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A large treat bag fits perfectly over the treat box. I filled it with Valentine’s day heart shaped cookies from my bakery (no I didn’t make them!). I closed the top with a little bit of fun patterned washi tape and tied a pink ribbon around the outside of the plastic bag.

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There you have it! Instant treat box! You can use these for any holiday or occasion and switch up the straw colors. I thought that this one would be cute for Christmas as well. 

Unique Twists on Traditional Valentine Gifts

by Dinah Wulf

Be an Original Valentine: 4 Unique Twists on Traditional Gifts, By Guest Author Deb Russel

When the Huffington Post asked readers to share the worst Valentine’s Day gifts they’d ever received, there was almost no end to the list of atrocities, including a book bearing the title “Love Isn’t Easy” and a garden gnome clutching a soccer ball. Avoid your gift from ending up on a similar list this year by taking special care to come up with a creative twist on the traditional gifts.

It doesn’t have to involve a dance troupe or a fireworks display—although if you have access to either or both, don’t count them out! Simply think of the things that your partner enjoys and use those as inspiration to find the perfect gift to make her feel special.

Exotic Chocolates

Photo by HC’s Foodventure via Flickr

Unless your Valentine has some aversion to the delightful confection that’s known to have aphrodisiac effects, a box of chocolates is a safe bet for a Valentine’s Day gift. Remember, though, that you’re not aiming for safe, you want original and unusual. The great news is that there are more varieties of chocolate to choose from than ever before. Give your Valentine hand-dipped chocolate-covered potato chips, caramelized cocoa hazelnuts, Himalayan sea salt truffles or a chocolate-dipped persimmon. When you go the extra mile to find a special version of the mouth-watering traditional holiday treat, your effort will be appreciated.

Valentine’s Day Treasure Hunt

Photo by the_exploratorium via Flickr

Tap into your creativity by using an activity to stretch out the anticipation for Valentine’s Day this year. Choose a Valentine’s Day gift from FTD and have it delivered to her office, containing the first hint to your treasure hunt. From there, leave additional hints in places that are special to your relationship, such as the place where you had your first date, your favorite restaurant, or in your very own home. Each hint should be a tip to lead her to the next hint, so spend time coming up with creative riddles to really get her thinking. At restaurants or small stores, you might even be able to enlist an employee to assist in your exciting activity.

Take Your Sentiments to the Social Networks

Photo by mkhmarketing via Flickr

You might not be one for store-bought gifts, and that’s perfectly fine. But even though you compose clever, even poetic romantic prose for the object of your affection each year, take special care with your presentation this year. Take your poetry and heartfelt sentiments to the social scene to let everyone know how much you care. And if you haven’t made it Facebook-official yet, now’s the perfect time! Make a statement by letting your Facebook friends know that you are officially in a relationship. It’s a bold move, and one that will send the message that you are committed to someone special.

About Deb Russel

Deb has a culinary degree and loves to host gourmet dinners for her closest friends.

15 Minute Craft: Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll

by Dinah Wulf

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Woo hoo! Another series of Craft Lightening is here and I am sharing a fun recycled Valentine that my daughter and I made for my husband (hopefully he doesn’t see this post before Valentine’s Day)! This craft only takes fifteen minutes (or less) to make.  Here is how we made our Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll.

Materials:

  • Two paper towel rolls
  • Three sheets of scrap book paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Double sided tape (or glue)
  • Computer (optional)
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

First cut two pieces of paper (in the same color) with a paper cutter in 8X11 pieces. These will cover the paper towel rolls at each end of the scroll. Cut a third piece of scrapbook paper in a size 11X12. This will be the center piece that the letter is on.

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On both of your 8X11 pieces, place double sided tape (or glue) down the center to secure each paper towel roll.

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Next tape one of the paper towel roll ends to the center piece as shown.

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Fold it over and secure it with tape or glue.

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Repeat on the other side.

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Write your message on the blank side of your scroll.  We typed it, printed it, and taped it inside with a boarder (optional).  Our message said:

Daddy,

On this special Valentine’s Day,

There are a few things I want to say.

Even though I’m only three years old,

I know you love me more than gold.

And when push comes to shove,

You’ll always be my first love.

Because when I’m older and give life a whirl,

I’ll remember that I’ll always be your little girl.

Will you be my Valentine, Daddy?

Love, Mia

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You can roll it right up with the message inside…

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…and the patterned part on the outside.

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Lastly, add a pretty bow!

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Thank you to Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for allowing me to participate in another fun Craft Lightening!  If you want to see some of my other 15 minute crafts you might like:

Easy Homemade Love You Valentine

by Dinah Wulf

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I love making my own cards. It only takes a few minutes and is such a great personalized touch…oh yeah, and it’s cheaper than buying one! I made this easy homemade Love You Valentine in a few easy steps. I love that you can pull the little felt flower out as an added bonus! Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Cardstock (I used a pretty lavender color)
  • Paper cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Straight Edge
  • Felt
  • Toothpick
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Circle punch

I started off by cutting my card. If you have envelopes handy use those dimensions. For some reason I always have extra envelopes lying around. How does that happen???

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I used a cutting mat and craft knife to cut slits in the front of the card for my heart toothpick to go through. This slit was approximately one inch from the bottom of the card.

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Next, I cut out a heart out of some scrap pink felt I had left over…

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…and glued it to a toothpick. Hot glue works best because it’s quick and easy and you don’t have to wait for it to dry especially if you are making several of these cards at once.

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I also used a craft punch to cut out a circle and drew a “u” in the center of it.

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Finally I glued the circle to the front of my card.

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That’s it! A sweet, simple, and thoughtful “love you” card with a bonus gift! I thought this would be cute for Mia to send to her grandparents, cousins, and uncles and aunts.

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Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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You KNOW I love a good Mason jar craft.  I’ve even done a round-up of Mason Jar Crafts in the past. Most recently, I glittered some for to look like candy corn for Halloween and Fall. This time, I wanted to come up with something quick and easy.  Specifically, I wanted to make this Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece because it was a great décor piece to transition from Christmas to New Years. As an added bonus, it only take about 15 minutes to make!

Here’s what I used, but you can make any variation to fit your décor.

Materials:

  • Mason jars or Recycled sauce jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Raffia and twine
  • Tea lights
  • Silver serving platter
  • Gold and silver ornaments
  • Tea light holders

My favorite jars to save are the Classico sauce jars (notice I don’t have any recipes on this blog… yes, I use sauce in a jar a lot of the time!) They come in a couple sizes and they are pretty without the label. Also, the label comes off SUPER easily. All you need is a little hot soapy water and the abrasive side of a sponge and you are good to go!

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I sprayed the jars upside down in a well-ventilated area. I only needed one coat for these.

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The jars look plain but I wanted to add a little raffia and twine to the top.

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I found the platter and ornaments at the 99 cent store… SCORE! I thought it turned out quite nice for a 15 minute craft project!

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Check out more of my Mason Jar Crafts!

 

Merry Christmas 2013 from DIY Inspired

by Dinah Wulf

Merry Christmas 2013

Three Holiday Party Tips with The Bouqs

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to The Bouqs for sponsoring this holiday party tips post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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When hosting a dinner party, there are several tips that I personally like to keep in mind.  Today, I wanted to share some Holiday Party Tips with Bouqs. Why Bouqs? Here are three reasons:

  1. The Bouqs cut only what they sell. Other providers source from a supply chain that sees 1 in 3 stems wasted. Across hundreds of thousands of bouquets a year, that’s a lot of wasted land, resources, labor and fuel. They cut only when you order and avoid the waste.
  2. The Bouqs also save energy through their direct-from-the-farm supply chain. The standard supply chain must keep stems cold for up to 2 weeks, meaning hundreds of hours of refrigeration and the associated energy use. They use cold storage for only 4 days from the Volcano, and not at all from California, resulting in a lot of energy savings.
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Not only does Bouqs source only from eco-friendly, sustainable farms that respect the environment and their workers, the process of ordering and delivery experiences are great too.  I have never received flower delivery quite like this.  The flowers were packed in a way that they cannot get damaged.   

Holiday Party Tip #1

Make serving convenient.  I created a mini self-serve salad bar as the first course.  Not everyone likes all the toppings, dressings, and vegetables you like. Let your guest make their own combinations. You can also do this with dessert bars as well. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. I just used a small long and narrow tray.

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Holiday Party Tip #2

Fresh flowers are THE BEST centerpiece, in my opinion when you host parties. I have had two parties so far and my bouquet is still lasting and pretty! You can use them not only on the dinner table, but everywhere in your home. I chose the yellow-green, Hydrangea Antique with Green Solidago for my centerpiece.

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Holiday Party Tip #3

Think simple when it comes to small details to make your party stand out, intimate, yet won’t kill you! I simply placed colorful festive scrapbook paper under the plates as a charger.

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I also used small photo frames as name cards.  Just print the name on your computer and add a glittery backing.

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Preparing Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

by Dinah Wulf

I LOVE entertaining, especially for the holidays. Every year my best girlfriends and our families get together for an annual Christmas party. In fact, I plan weeks in advance for every detail to make my home warm and inviting for them every Christmas. There are always a few things I keep in mind while preparing my home for holiday entertaining.

Deck the Halls

Oh boy!  One of the reasons I love entertaining is because it’s a great excuse for decorating… I literally DECK the halls, the staircase, the mantel… EVERY room! Showing off my crafty touches excites me (I’m such a Geek).  I of course have to start with the front door. The hanging pinecone wreath was one of my favorite tutorials last Christmas.

This year I’m adding a small tree in addition to the big tree filled with homemade vintage inspired ornaments like these.

Last year I made this Holiday Joy Wreath that I put up to decorate the coat closet door.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

I think soft music playing in the background is a must to help get your guests in a festive mood while you are entertaining and holiday music is my fave!  This past Friday at 3pm, a local radio station started playing non-stop Christmas music. Oh how I counted down the minutes! They will play it all day every day until Christmas. Guess which station all the radios in my house are tuned to?

Sweet Holiday Treat™

Every season Glade® comes out with fantastic seasonal scents.  This year, they have a special scent, Sweet Holiday Treat™. Talk about Indulging in the irresistible scent of rich cocoa, toasted nuts and creamy caramel! I love scented candles like this burning throughout the season.  I like to light them in the evening during my parties to not only make my home smell great, but to create a comfy ambiance through the candle light.

Additionally, Glade® has a product for every moment. Every Glade® product brings true-to-life fragrance into your home, while the wide variety of devices assures there’s one for all your life’s needs. Some additional scents are:

  • Glade® Apple Cinnamon CheerTM
  • Glade® Sparkling SpruceTM
  • Glade® Pure Vanilla Joy
  • Glade® Frosted Berry Kiss

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Christmas is right around the corner!  I hope these tips help with your next holiday party!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glade®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Mason Jar Teacher’s Survival Gift Kits

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter is only three years old but she is in her first year of pre-school. So, this is the first time she’s really had teachers AND the first time I’ve gotten to make a teacher’s gift for the end of winter break. I decided to break out the good old recycled Mason jars and make Mason Jar Teacher’s Survival Gift Kits for her teachers, Mrs. Shelly and her assistant Mrs. G.

Materials:

  • Mason jar per gift
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Double sided tape
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Circle craft punch
  • Computer and printer (optional)
  • Felt ribbon
  • Gifts (see below)

I started off by using two spaghetti sauce jars.  I had to REALLY wash them because they smelled like sauce!

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I decided to buy some fun small things to fit inside like, candy, mints, gum, note pad, pen, lip balm, mini lint roller, hand sanitizer, lotion, and band aides. The possibilities are endless for this gift.  Gift cards and movie tickets are great too.

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Next I designed, printed, and cut out my scrapbook paper to cover the jars. Since they are pre-school teachers I picked little blue mittens and red stockings for my decorative paper.

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I stuffed the jars and everything fit nicely.

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I added them to the jar and painted the lid blue and used a circle craft punch to cover the top with corresponding paper. I love the combo of blue and red.

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Finally, I used felt ribbon to mimic a scarf for the ribbon around the lid. That’s it! I thought they turned out so cute.  I really hope Mrs. Shelly and Mrs. G love them!

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Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

OK, so I warned you on my first Elf on the Shelf post that I may be posting 2-3 Elf on the Shelf posts! I SWEAR this one is my last one (for the year…hee hee).  If you missed my first two here they are:

Both of these posts I wrote as inspiration to myself as to ideas I could do for my first year of this awesome tradition with my three-year-old. This post is what I’ve actually done this year (some of the ones in the previous posts I ended up doing too). If you follow me on Instagram you already saw these. So here we go!

The first night Josie showed up, she came in on a sleigh and reindeer.

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That day, for some reason, my daughter was having the WORST day of crying, whining, and tantrums.  SO, the next day Josie showed up with this letter from Santa:

                Dear Mia,

                Josie was watching and said you were bad. She told Santa and it made him sad. You better shape up and all will be fine, if you want toys at Christmas time.

              -Santa

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She saw this and shaped up! She has been pretty good so far!

Here, Josie roasted mini marshmallows with a couple of Mia’s stuffed toys.

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The next day she took a “bubble” bath in mini marshmallows on our stove in a pot.

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She got creative this day and ate some candy and a made little mini toy car out of a mini candy bar, marshmallows, toothpicks, and a Starburst.

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Josie was kind enough to sweep up the pine needles from the Christmas tree. Too bad she couldn’t get the dog hair!

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Josie enjoyed the SoCal sun this day.  She laid on a kitchen towel and borrowed some toys (water bottle, blanket, Frisbee, and basket.)

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Josie played dress p and raided the jewelry, mirror, and comb in Mia’s purse (Yes, my daughter is SUPER girly).

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Josie played a trick in our guest bathroom and had some fun with the toilet paper.

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Lastly, Josie (the Elf UNDER the shelf) made a swing out of some left over ribbon and a toilet paper roll.

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I promise to save the ones that I do until Christmas for next year! 

Just in case, here are the previous two posts I wrote again:

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