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21st May2014

Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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I have done so many Mason Jar Crafts over the years.  This time, I wanted to try out some new Krylon glitter blast spray paint that I got.  I decided to make a Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece. It turned out beautifully and I only needed a few materials to get the job done.

Materials:

  • Clean recycled sauce jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Tarp
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper
  • Glitter Blast spray paint
  • Fresh flowers

Instructions:

Make sure you sauce jars are clean and dry. I like to save all sizes because you’ll never know when you’ll need them!

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Turn them upside down and spray paint them in a well-ventilated area. I sprayed three light coats of metallic gold.

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Once they are dry, use Painter’s tape to tape off the area you would like glittered.  Again, I used three light and even coats of Krylon’s Glitter Blast spray paint. . I used the colors Posh Pink, Silver Flash, and Fierce Fuchsia. Allow them to dry.

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I filled my vases with water and made an arrangement of fresh peonies and roses.

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Isn’t it pretty??? Here are a few more pictures.

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For one of them, I decided to wrap a little lace and make a “welcome home” tag to give to my best friend as a house warming gift for her new house! It’s a great gift for teachers appreciation and Mother’s Day too!

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These would also make great inexpensive bridal shower, baby shower, wedding, or birthday party centerpieces.  The possibilities are endless with color combinations as well. You can embellish them further with lace, ribbon, or burlap.

15th May2014

Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots

by Dinah Wulf

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If you can’t tell by now, I have been obsessed with getting ready for a Mad Hatter Tea Party themed baby shower I am decorating.  The party isn’t until June but as my friends will tell you I always start WAY in advance for things like this. I like to get the creative juices flowing! The other day I shared my Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups and today I am sharing my Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots from all the great finds I got at the Goodwill.

First of all, I have to say that I found some GREAT STUFF at Goodwill. I have a few tips I go by when I thrift shop:

  1. Don’t buy it just because it’s cheap. Buy it because you love it!
  2. Ask what the color of the day is, that means it’s 50% off.
  3. When looking for pieces, think outside the color because that can always be changed.
  4. Ask for a discount if there is something wrong with the piece.

Here’s all the loot I got this time around.  Check out all my thrift store loot the first time around!

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Tip number three was helpful in this case because, I was drawn to the shape of these pots, but they didn’t match the décor style I was going for. Here they are BEFORE.

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All I did was simply spray paint them with Krylon’s Metallic Gold Paint (two light coats).

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Now, a Christmas themed teapot completely fits my décor style for this party. These little flower pots would also make a great DIY gift for a mother, teacher, or friend.

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This teapot had a chipped lid, but that’s OK! It was dirt cheap and I don’t need the lid anyway because I am using it as a flower vase. By the way, I will be using fresh flowers at the party…just sayin…

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So, thrift store shopping is a fantastic way to save money when decorating for fun events like this! In case you missed it, check out my other ideas I have for this Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower:

13th May2014

Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been on a thrift store hunt for tea party decorations for a Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower I have coming up! It has been SO fun, let me tell you. I have raided a few Goodwill stores in our area and have found some great deals.  I ended up making these Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups to a few plain (but cheap) tea cups I found.

Here is all my loot (so far because I am still on the hunt) from my thrift store shopping adventures.

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Good stuff! Besides the tea pot, all the cups, saucers, and plates, and trays I found were less than $2.00. Here is the inspiration for this upcycle. I love the gold.

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I found these plain white tea cups and saucers, all four pieces for $2.99 so I couldn’t pass them up.

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I wanted to add gold to them to match the others.  At first I tried painting them but I would have had to do so many coats using the metallic paint I chose.  I wanted a deeper gold. I searched my craft room and found a metallic gold Sharpie!  Awe man! It went on like butta’. It was fantastic.

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Here is how I imagined using these tea cups for the Mad Hatter Tea Party I am decorating. I added a little moss and fresh cut flowers from the side of my house. These would also make cute little gifts too!

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The little pop of gold just makes it all better! In case you missed it, here are some of my other ideas for this Mad Hatter Tea Party I am doing:

For more fun Sharpie craft ideas check out these fun projects:

30th Apr2014

Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gifts

by Dinah Wulf

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Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gifts and GIVEAWAY is a part of the “Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious.” campaign sponsored by Rich Products.

Teacher Appreciation week is May 5th-9th and Teacher Appreciation Day is May 6th! Recently, I made a free Teacher Appreciation Printable that you can download to make bookmarks or gift tags. I wanted to use them as both. In a jiffy, I put together these Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gifts for Mia’s teachers. All they have to do is just add milk!

Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Gift

The Grocer’s Bakery is a convenient and ideal destination for purchasing baked goods that can be customized for any gifting occasion. This is perfect for the busy parent on the go that still wants to give a semi-homemade gift.

You only need a few things:

  • Mason Jar
  • Free Printable
  • Decorative Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Drinking Straw
  • You favorite Grocer’s Cookies

I bought two different types of yummy cookies, chocolate chip and lemon crisps, and layered them in a Mason jar. I embellished my printable tag with decorative paper and photo corners and added a ribbon at the top so that it doubles as a bookmark. Add a drinking straw and tell your recipient to just add milk when you give it to them!

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This little Cookie Mason Jar is an inexpensive, quick, and unique way to show your appreciation!

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Giveaway Alert!!!

Who is that special person in your life that makes every day better?

Simply leave a comment and I will randomly select two winners to receive a $25 gift card!

The winner will be announced in one week! Good luck!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this post! Be sure to check out their Pinterest Page for more Bakery Because Inspiration

21st Apr2014

Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops

by Dinah Wulf

 

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Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops is a part of the Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious. campaign sponsored by Rich Products.

The Grocer’s Bakery is a convenient and ideal destination for purchasing baked goods that can be customized for any gifting occasion. My daughter just started dance this year and she always talks about her teachers, Miss Michelle and Ms. Kathy.  I wanted to give something to them just because. I thought it’d be a nice gesture to show our appreciation for them.

These easy cookie lollipops save time because there is no baking involved and very affordable because you only need a few products:

  • Your favorite cookies from you Grocer’s bakery
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Cookie icing
  • Treat bags
  • Baker’s twine or ribbon
  • Gift tag

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To make the lollipops, simply apply a generous amount of cookie icing to the back of each cookie. Insert a lollipop stick in the center of two cookies. Place them in a treat bag. I chose pink sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles for Mia’s dance teachers.

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Add a little tag for that special someone and tie it with ribbon of baker’s twine.

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Tah-dah! In minutes you have quick, adorable, and affordable gifts for anytime gifting.  What’s great about the bakery at the grocery store is that they have a variety of cookies to fit the season or holiday. One package of a dozen cookies will make six just because gifts!

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Giveaway Alert!!! ** Giveaway CLOSED**

Who is that special person in your life that makes every day better?

Simply leave a comment and I will randomly select two winners to receive a $25 gift card! The winner will be announced next Tuesday the 29th!

Good luck!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this post! Be sure to check out their Pinterest Page for more Bakery Because Inspiration

08th Apr2014

DIY Bachelorette Party Favor Bags

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Bachelorette Party Gift Bags

I am honored to be sponsored by BurlapFabric.com today for this tutorial. OK, so I’m not technically going to a Bachelorette party, rather a fun annual girls weekend that my four best friends and I try to do once a year (it doesn’t always work out with over a dozen kids among us!).  This year, is special because it’s the first year in the last five years that all five of us will be going on a weekend getaway.  I wanted to do something special so I decided to make personalized stenciled swag bags, which would also make a great DIY Bachelorette party favor bags.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jute tote bags from BurlapFabric.com
  • Paper plate
  • Craft paint
  • Spouncer
  • Letter stencils
  • Clean towels

If there was a Queen of natural fiber stenciling, I think I’d be in the running! Ha! I have done so many stenciling projects because it’s both fun and simple to do.  I was able to stencil these five bags in no time. Here is one of the bags I got from BurlapFabric.com. They are great because they are sturdy and lined inside. The 9X11X4 size was perfect for these party favor bags.

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First I chose a paint color for each of my best girlfriends. Naturally, I chose their favorites. Several different colors look vibrant and pretty against a natural fiber like these jute tote bags.

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I stenciled our names on each bag in each of my friend’s favorite colors. Since I wanted our names to go up and down from the top right of each bag, it helped to start stenciling with the last letter first.

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Stenciling Tips:

  • Use a spouncer to help prevent bleeding.
  • Apply in a straight up and down motion.
  • Remove the excess paint before stenciling.
  • Wash your stencils in between each application so that your stencils will stay clean and last a long time.
  • Less in more. In the picture below you will see that I used very little paint for each name.

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Here’s how they turned out! The girls are going to love them.

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I can’t wait to show you what’s inside! Stay tuned for a fun Girls Weekend FREE Printable!

I want to give a big THANK YOU to BurlapFabric.com for sponsoring this post. Be sure to stop by and see all the fabulous products from bags to ribbon and much more! You can also follow them on FacebookPinterest ,  Twitter, and  YouTube!

07th Apr2014

Easy DIY Personalized Pens Gift Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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My crafty older brother gave me this idea. He was actually moving and gave me these pens. His intentions when he bought them were to make these easy DIY personalized pens as gifts. So I thought I’d do them for him! With Teacher’s Appreciation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s day all just right around the corner these would make a fun craft idea and accessory for a set of note cards or stationary, and would even make a cute party favor.

You only need three items:

  • Clear Pens
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

There are several types of clear pens available. These are very easy to open, fill, and close.

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I chose a few patterns and colors of ribbon.  There are so many fun ones available these days. I also chose a 5/8” thick ribbon.  It does not reach completely around on this particular pen; however I adjusted it so that the gap was aligned with the writing on the pen for a clean look.

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Simply disassemble the pen and insert the ribbon. Cut it at the desired length and put it back together.

I even use rhinestone ribbon for one. This ribbon has two small rows of rhinestones and it fit perfectly into the pen. It’s a trial and error process. You have to test out various thicknesses to make sure both the rhinestones and pen will fit.

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The more colorful the pattern the better so that your pen stands out!  I hope you give it a try. It’s such an easy way to dress up an ordinary clear pen and give it away as a small gift. For Teacher Appreciation coming up, give these pens away along with this homemade bookmark and this homemade bookmark!

31st Mar2014

Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to be sponsored by Alliance Rubber Company! Today I wanted to share a step by step tutorial on how to make a stenciled rubber band inspiration board. With just a few craft materials and some colorful Super-Size Bands from rubberband.com, you can do this Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY.

Materials:

  • 16” X 20” White Canvas
  • Spray Paint
  • Craft Paint
  • Stencils of choice
  • Spouncer
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Super-Size Bands
  • Towels

Step One:

I chose a Citrus Green spray paint to paint my blank canvas. It’s quicker, easier, and dries faster than other paints. You can also opt for any other paint as well. Be sure to protect your surroundings and spray in a well-ventilated area.

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Step Two:

I decided to stencil “inspire” on my board because I wanted to hang it in my craft room. I worked backwards when stenciling the word with a spouncer. You need very little acrylic craft paint when stenciling. Dab on the paint and remove the excess by dabbing it on the paper plate. Stencil in an up and down motion to avoid bleeding.

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Step Three:

Once the paint is dry, begin adding your super-size bands. I chose two alternating colors. When adding the bands also alter them horizontally and vertically.  This will “weave” the rubber bands together and will come in handy when adding things to your inspiration board. You can choose how many rubber bands you would like to use. Mine is four vertical and three horizontal. Consider covering the entire board!

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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The super-size bands will fit larger canvases as well for larger boards.  They come in red, blue, and green. A big THANK YOU goes out to Alliance Rubber Company for sponsoring this post. Visit them for a wide variety of rubber bands for almost any craft project!

In case you missed it, here are more Inspiration Boards I have made in the past:

27th Mar2014

Shabby Chic Office Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been a busy girl making some fun things for my friend’s shabby chic office makeover. As a recap, she wanted a colorful shabby chic and Anthropologie inspired office. These ideas and projects are also perfect for a home office or craft room!

I started off by making some pretty Inspirational Wooden Signs from cut outs I bought at the craft stores. Be sure to check out the full tutorial! Here is a picture of the four that I made.

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My friend had a sheet of BOLD laws that she follows. They are inspirational quotes that she tries to review daily. She wanted them displayed, rather than just a piece of paper with all of them written on it. I made her this Bird Cage display with some of the BOLD laws framed.

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I also rewrote them in different colors and fonts for her to display on the wall and put them on some pretty off-white patterned scrapbook paper.

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I added magnets to some clothespins for any notes or reminders she has to put on a metal magnetic board.

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I also got her a chalkboard and some chalkboard jars to help her stay organized. The colors were perfect!

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I also made her a matching lace and fabric scrap bunting for her to hang in her office.

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In case you missed them, here are the links to projects I have done for this makeover!

19th Mar2014

Teacher Appreciation Free Printables

by Dinah Wulf

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This is the first year in many years that I finally get to participate in Teacher Appreciation week!  As a bonus, I have the honor of participating in another Craft Lightening! This sweet little gift can be made in less than 15 minutes! Mia is in her first year of pre-school and has three teachers. I thought I’d make a few Teacher Appreciation Free Printables that can be used as gift tags, bookmarks, or little signs. With a little bit of paper scraps and ribbon you can embellish them any way you’d like.

I came up with three sayings that I found online:

  • 2 Teach is 2 Touch Lives 4 Ever
  • Thank you for helping me GROW.
  • There’s no one quite like a special teacher and no one quite as special as you.

Materials I used were:

  • Scrapbook paper scraps
  • Paper Cutter
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Picture corners
  • Double-sided tape
  • Craft flowers
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue
  • Skewer

The printable looks like this, so that you can dress them up however you’d like!

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They can be used any way you please. I thought the “Thank you for helping me grow” one can be attached to a BBQ skewer and inserted into a favorite blooming flower or plant.

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Download the FREE Printable…

Teacher Appreciation FREE Printable

I hope you enjoy them! The creative possibilities are endless for these.

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:

Be sure to check the other fabulous Bloggers participating in this series!

10th Mar2014

Recycled Gift Wrapping Idea: Pop Top Cans

by Dinah Wulf

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I first saw this trash to treasure idea on the Dukes & Duchesses blog. Randi made the most adorable Pop Top Valentine in a Can. She also made Christmas pop top tins. It just so happened that I was at my crafty older brother’s house helping purge his things for a move and he had been saving these cans specifically for this purpose! Score! I made mine a little differently than Randi’s because my brother had already taken off the top of the can, so here is my version of a fun recycled gift wrapping idea, pop top cans.

Materials:

  • Any cans with a pop top
  • Smooth Edge Can Opener
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue or tape
  • Strong glue
  • Something heavy
  • Ribbon

Step One:

Use a Smooth Edge Can Opener to open the can. Remove the contents and label and thoroughly clean and dry the inside. I used tuna cans for this project.

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Step Two:

Once the can is clean and dry, fill it with the desired gift.  I was wrapping the Modpodgeable key chains I made for my best friends.  I put a little burlap scrap inside to pad it.

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Step Three:

I’m not going to lie. I had a little trouble at this part.  First I tried hot glue, BUT the glue dried too quickly and it was also too thick. I ended up using Elmer’s Probond Advanced glue. I set my craft jar I made on top of it to add pressure and left it there overnight to dry.

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Step Four:

Once it was dry, I wrapped them in some pretty paper and added a ribbon.

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I gave them to the girls and it worked beautifully! Success! Thank you to Randi Dukes for the original inspiration! Make sure you stop by her blog and tell her DIY Inspired sent you! :) 

27th Feb2014

Modpodgeable DIY Photo Key Chains

by Dinah Wulf

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My brother is moving away… booooooo. I’m so sad about it. I went to his house the other day because he had some extra craft supplies to give me that he didn’t want to pack. One of them was a bag of these plastic photo key chains. They reminded me of Modpodgeables! So I decided to try and make Modpodgeable Photo Key Chains for my friends and family and it worked beautifully!

Materials:

First picked out photos and edited and cropped them accordingly on my computer. I measured and cut out scrapbook paper and the desired photos that I found. I also cut out some letters. I wanted to make three key chains for two of my best friends and myself.  The three of our daughters are thirty days apart and are best friends. I cut out BFF (best friends forever) to put on the other side of the key chain.

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I placed the photos and scrap book paper inside.

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These are photos I picked out for the grandparents.

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Using a little bit of glue stick glue, I adhered the BFF and rhinestone on top of the plastic.Then, I used the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glue on top. Be careful not to shake the bottle to avoid bubbles.  Also, I used my finger instead of a brush to smooth out any bubbles and to help cover the entire surface. It helps to keep a wet paper towel nearby. As you can see in this photo the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glue goes on cloudy.

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Allow it to set for three hours.  It will look like this when you are done! Here’s the front and back!

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Here some of the other ones.

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12th Feb2014

A List of Two Dozen Candy Sayings

by Dinah Wulf

A List of 2 Dozen Candy Sayings

My husband LOVES candy and sweets.  A couple years ago, he severed his Achilles tendon playing soccer and needless to say, he was on crutches for a while. He hated it! I wanted to surprise him with a candy bar with a clever saying every day when he opened his briefcase just to cheer him up a little. We kept it up for over a month and I just wanted to re-post an updated list of Two Dozen Candy Sayings since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

  1. Mini Chips Ahoy Cookies – For our own special ‘COOKIE’ monster!
  2. Butterfinger – We love you so much “BUTTERFINGERS” won’t count that high!
  3. Kit Kat – We don’t ever want a break from you!
  4. Snickers – We love how you make us laugh and “SNICKER”!
  5. Junior Mints – You are worth a “MINT”!
  6. Peanut M&M’s – We’re “NUTS” about you!
  7. M&M’s – You make us melt!
  8. Rice Krispies Treat – I think it’s a “TREAT” that you’re my Daddy!
  9. Peanut Butter M&M’s – Daddy, we think you’re Magnificent and Marvelous!
  10. Hazelnut Chocolate Bar – We love you so much it’s “NUTS”!
  11. Milky Way – We think you are out of this world!
  12. Anything with cookies – We love you so much it makes us COOKIE!
  13. Zero Bar – You’re not a “ZERO”. You’re our hero!!
  14. Heath – Sugar and Spice you’re everything nice!
  15. York Peppermint Pattie – Daddy, we get the sensation from you!
  16. Twix – Just be “TWIX” you and me, we love you!
  17. Rolos – Daddy, you’re my “ROLO” model!
  18. Slim Jim Twin Pack – Daddy, we hope no one gives you any “BEEF” today at work!
  19. Candy Dipped Fortune Cookies - We are so FORTUNE ate to have you in our lives!
  20. Anything with Nuts – There’s “nuttin” I wouldn’t do for you!
  21. Anything chewy – We CHEWS you!
  22. Bit O’ Honey – You’re as sweet as honey.
  23. Mini Nutter Butters – We love cookies “BUTTER” hearts are with you.
  24. Here are some sweets for my sweet.

I recently did a post on Briefcase notes for Daddy.  Who says you only have to do this on Valentine’s Day?

07th Feb2014

Briefcase Candy Notes For Dad

by Dinah Wulf

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I know Valentine’s Day is coming up, but I don’t think you need a holiday or special occasion to send sweet and thoughtful notes to a loved one.  I think the best thing is sending them little surprises when they least expect it. My husband LOVES candy. When he hurt his foot a while back, we would put a candy bar in his briefcase with a little candy saying. For example, we put a Butterfinger candy bar with a tag that said, “We love you so much BUTTERFINGERS can’t count that high!” For a full list of fun candy sayings check out my Sweet Gift Idea post. Anyway, I kept it up five days a week for over a month! I wanted to get back to it, maybe do it once a week, so we made some new briefcase candy notes for Daddy.

Here’s what we used:

  • Candy Bars
  • Paper Scraps
  • Paper Cutter
  • Craft Punches
  • Craft cut out letters
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue stick

First we cut out some letters. You can always hand write the notes or print them on your computer.  You can even cut words out of old books or magazines.

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We covered our candy in colorful paper from our paper scraps bin.

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One by one we glued on our message with a glue stick.

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Now we have to hide them somewhere so he won’t see them. Oh! And we have to remember to slip them in his briefcase! Hope you like our briefcase candy notes! Don’t forget to check out those candy sayings too. There are some good ones!

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