Valentine’s Day DIY Decoupaged Candle Holder Craft

Looking for a pretty Valentine’s Day craft that is simple enough for the kids to do? Try this decoupaged candle holder craft! Use your imagination to decorate it to match your home décor or to make it special for the holiday. You can cut out hearts, X’s & O’s, flowers, or just do a lovely abstract in Valentine’s colors. Grab the supplies {you probably already have everything around the house already!}, call the kids to the table and have fun making one or two. This craft can also be repeated for all the holidays with just a few seasonal changes, and looks lovely sitting on your table. They make great teacher and grandparent gifts for Valentine’s Day as well.

DIY Valentine's Day Craft Decoupaged Candle Holder

Supplies Needed:

Glass candle holder
White tissue paper
Red or pink tissue paper
Scissors
School glue
Water
Paintbrush

Directions:

1. Make a homemade modge-podge by mixing equal parts glue and water in a small bowl.

2. Tear or cut white tissue paper into small pieces

3. Cut red or pink tissue paper into hearts of various sizes.

4. “Paint” the entire outside surface of your candle holder with your homemade modge-podge.

5. Press white tissue paper all over the outside of candle holder to completely cover.

6. “Paint” another coat on top of the white tissue paper.

7. Press shaped colored tissue paper into white tissue paper to create design.

8. “Paint” with another layer of modge-podge.

9. Allow to dry completely.

10. Drop a tea light into your candle holder for maximum drama and enjoy!

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Thanks to contributor Jody for this fun craft idea!

Homemade Scented Play-dough for Valentine’s Day

Thanks to contributor Jody for this fun DIY Play-Dough recipe!

We love homemade play dough! I make a special batch for nearly every holiday, and sometimes just because a wild idea strikes me and I need to try it out on the kids-luckily they are always happy to have new colors, scents and textures. Play-dough recipes are pretty basic and similar, with a few ingredient changes here and there. This particular one is scented with yummy flavors, and the pastel colors resemble conversation hearts. I added in Duncan Hines Frosting Creations and I love how it colored the play dough pretty pastel colors and scented them so deliciously- I used Strawberry Shortcake, Mint Chocolate, and Cotton Candy.

While the play dough smells heavenly it tastes horrid, so please take my advice and refrain from tasting it- although it is safe {another reason I love making it at home}. The ingredients are basic pantry staples so you are likely to have everything on hand. Set out a batch of this play dough with cookie cutters and a rolling pin for a fun invitation to play. If you have a budding speller provide letter stamps for a little learning thrown in and see what fun messages you can both come up with.

Homemade Scented Play-dough

 

Ingredients

-1 ½ cups all purpose flour
-½ cup cornstarch
-1 cup salt
-2 cups water
-2 Tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
-1 Tbsp. cream of tarter
-3 packages of Duncan Hines Frosting Creations

Directions:

1. In a medium pot over medium-high heat, combine all ingredients.

2. Stir constantly until the dough solidifies and begins to pull from the side of the pan. {I bought a cheap pot at the thrift store to dedicate to play dough making.} If dough still feels sticky, cook a few minutes longer.

3. When it resembles a dry bread dough, turn out of pan onto counter. Allow it to cool until it is comfortable to touch with your hands. Knead several times to combine and smooth dough.

4. To scent: I divided this batch of play dough into 6 equal pieces but only scented 3 so that it would be stronger. Make a dent in the center of your play dough, dump an entire packet of frosting creations into the well. Fold play dough over gently. {Be careful! I was a little rough the first time and powder went everywhere.} Continue kneading and rolling the dough to work the powder in.

5. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. I find ours usually lasts for months. If it begins to dry out a bit just add a tad more oil and work it in.

What scents would you use on your play-dough?

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Red Velvet Cookies Recipe for Valentine’s Day

If you’re craving something sweet or want to treat your sweetie to something delicious for Valentine’s Day, look no further than this Red Velvet Cookies recipe! It uses Red Velvet cake mix to make rich, delicious cookies you can easily gift or enjoy.

Red Velvet Cookies from @NotQuiteSusie

Red Velvet Cookies

Ingredients:

1 box red velvet cake mix
2 tablespoons flour
2 large eggs at room temp
1/2 cup coconut or canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-2 cups of quality white chocolate for the top

Directions:

1. In the bowl of your mixer, quickly combine the flour and dry cake mix. Add in the room temp eggs, oil and pure vanilla extract. Turn the mixer onto medium for 1-3 minutes or until you have a smooth consistency. Remove and place the balled up dough into tight plastic wrap, chill for 2 hours.

2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Form balls with the dough that are about 1.5 inches around, bake for 10-14. All ovens cook differently, so keep a close eye on the first batch to get a better idea for how long the following trays will take.

3. Cool completely on racks. When all of the cookies are done and cooled, start to melt your white chocolate. Follow the package instructions- the microwave method is fine. With the cookies still on the wire cooling racks, drizzle each cookie with the white chocolate. Using a large fork will help this process go faster {because of the number of prongs}. Let the white chocolate fully set before storing.

Red Velvet Cookies for Valentine's Day @NotQuiteSusie

Who would you make these for?

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Thanks to contributor Kacey for these delicious cookies!

Chocolate-Strawberry Muddy Buddies

These Strawberry-Chocolate Muddy Buddies are a delicious snack that make a perfect Valentine’s Day treat for you, the kids, and anybody else you want to share with! Muddy Buddies have been quite popular as a sweet treat lately, and while I have seen lots of different flavors I had a craving for a Strawberry and Chocolate combo. Here is what I came up with:

Strawberry Chocolate Muddy Buddies @NotQuiteSusie

Ingredients:

5 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 ½ cups White Chocolate Chips
1 tsp. Vegetable oil
1 cup Powdered Sugar
½ cup – 1 cup Milk Chocolate or Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1 pack Duncan Hines Frosting Creations- Strawberry Shortcake

Directions:

1. Pour Chex Mix into a large bowl and set aside.

Coating mix for Strawberry Chocolate Muddy Buddies

2. In a gallon sized Ziploc bag, combine Frosting Creations and powdered sugar, set aside.

Melting chocolate for Strawberry Chocolate Muddy Buddies

3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt white chocolate by heating it for 30 seconds at a time, stirring at each interval. When melted, add in vegetable oil to smooth out chocolate.

Stirring Strawberry Chocolate Muddy Buddies

4. Pour melted chocolate over cereal and stir well to cover.

Coat Strawberry Chocolate Muddy Buddies

5. Pour cereal into powdered sugar mixture, seal bag, and toss to coat well.

Strawberry Chocolate Muddy Buddies

6. Spread cereal out on a baking sheet to allow chocolate to set.

7. Stir in chocolate chips.

8. Enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Have you tried other kinds of Muddy Buddies? Which are your favorites?

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Thanks for contributor Jody for this delicious post!

DIY Valentine’s Day Book Page Banner

An old book picked up from a yard sale or thrift shop can make a variety of beautiful inexpensive home décor ideas. Here, I have created a banner that can be hung over doorways, on mantels, or on shelves. It makes for a great DIY Valentine’s Day decoration!

DIY Valentine's Day Book Page Banner

My book was quite old and the pages were very yellowed with time {I love that about it} but I thought a pop of color and a bit of bling would make a really pretty contrast to the vintage paper. I love how it turned out {although I may or may not have gotten carried away with the glitter}!

This craft could be easily done for other holidays as well and one book would last for more than a whole year of holiday banners-that’s a pretty thrifty craft! You can even use old children’s book pages to decorate you child’s room or for birthday parties. {If all you can find is newer paperbacks that will work too the size will just be smaller.}

DIY Valentine's Book Page Banner Supplies

Supplies Needed:
-An Old Book
-Scissors
-Paint
-Sharpie
-Glitter
-Ruler
-Tape
-Yarn, string, or twine

Directions:

DIY Valentine's Book Page Banner- Tear Out Pages

1. Pull pages from book at the binding. {Yes, I know- this was painful for me too, being a book lover and all, but mine had some water damage so I got through it.}

2. Using a ruler or even the book spine, use a pencil to trace a triangle onto your book page. Cut it out when you have it how you want it and use this as a template for your other pages.

3. Cut as many as you need for the words you have decided on {one per letter}.

4. Use a sharpie to write bubble letters on each banner piece.

5. Using the paint color you have chosen for your words, fill in the space inside the sharpie outline.

DIY Valentine's Book Page Banner- Sprinkle with Glitter

6. While paint is still wet, sprinkle lightly with glitter.

7. Allow to dry completely and hang pennant pages on twine with clear tape.

8. Hang and Enjoy!

What word{s} would you display on your banner?

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Thanks to contributor Jody for this great DIY Valentine’s Day Décor idea!

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