Posts Tagged ‘valentine’


DIY // Dyed Message Favor Bags for Valentine's Day

If there is one (newish) craft supply that I am loving more than any other lately, it has to be Lumi Inkodye. I used it for these Thanksgiving napkins last year, and since then, have thought of a zillion other ways to use this stuff. Although I haven’t tried any of those ideas until now.

So…for Valentine’s Day, I made these fabric message gift bags with some help from the sun, some stickers, and (of course) Inkodye. You can create conversation heart messaging (Be Mine, Luv You, etc) or add names to create candy-filled place setting bags for V-day dinner guests instead.

Want to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need…

V-Day DIY Idea


  • Lumi Inkodye (which you can get from Darby Smart)
  • Cloth Favor Bags (again from Darby Smart)
  • Sticker Letters (which are available on Amazon)

How To:

1. Start by shaking up the Lumi Inkodye for at least 30 seconds. Then snap open the package, according to instructions, and spread the dye all over the bag. Use the ends of the packaging to scrape the dye around, making sure it evenly coats the fabric.

2. Next, create a message on each bag with a pack of letter stickers.

3. Then, place the bags outside, in direct sunlight, for 15-30 minutes (depends on the time of day – peak sun hours will need less time).

4. Then bring back indoors and remove the stickers in a low light area. Wash the bags according to the Inkodye instructions and let them dry flat.

V-Day Fabric Gift Bags Idea

Stuff the finished gift bags with wrapped candy, macarons, candied blood oranges…whatever makes your heart (and stomach) go pitter patter, and enjoy.

DIY // Dyed Fabric Gift Bags for Valentine's Day

DIY // Typographic V-Day Favor Bags

DIY // Dyed Message Favor Bags for Valentine's Day

DIY // Dyed Message Favor Bags for Valentine's Day

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Have you started thinking about Valentine’s Day yet? What kinds of holiday projects do you have up your sleeve for next month?

This post is in partnership with Darby Smart. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.


V-Day Fruit Loop cupcake toppers

If you’re looking for a quick and easy last minute DIY to try for Valentine’s Day, I have one more for ya. This is the last one, I swear.

Over on Momtastic, I’m sharing the tutorial for making these heart shaped cupcake toppers made with Fruit Loops. Yum! This project is a good one for kids (and kids at heart, like myself). And if cereal isn’t your style, no worries…I have this salt water taffy cupcake topper and drink stirrer DIY for you to try. Something for everybody.

cereal cupcake toppers DIY

DIY cupcake toppers for V-Day // using fruit loops

Side Note: I bought a whole box of cereal to make these and only made three topper (I only had three cupcakes, so that was kind of the limit). And then, Jeff and I ate the rest of the box…in like two days. Fruit Loops are no joke, guys. They are like candy.

For more photos (there are a lot of them) and the full tutorial, visit my post on Momtastic.

heart shaped cupcake topper for V-Day

What I’ve been up to lately…This week has been a busy one for me, so far! I shot a bunch of projects with Sarah on Monday, which I’ll be sharing over the next couple of weeks. There is one in particular that I’m really looking forward to sharing. So, let’s hope I can contain myself until then. Kelly, Chelsea and I have been working hard on the final Meet/Make/Do details, which is coming up quick (MMD is two weeks from today – Palm Springs here I come)! I’m finishing up decorations for Amanda‘s baby shower. And I have a new column in the works (hope to share that info next week). Sooo…it’s kind of crazy right now. But it’s a good crazy. I think.

What are you up to this week? Has it been a busy one for you too, so far?


Last of the Valentine DIY Roundups

I know I usually save my DIY roundups for Friday. But this Friday is Valentine’s Day and I’m worried that if I wait until then to post these, you won’t have time to make ‘em.

Sooo…to rectify that situation, I’m posting one last roundup of my absolute fave Valentine DIYs today.

1. leather heart pin DIY from The House hat Lars Built

2. honeycomb heart mobile DIY from Jesi Haack Design fodesignlovefest

3. DIY copper arrows from Anna for Style Me Pretty

4. cake recipe for Valentine’s Day (found via Oh Happy Day)

5. fringed DIY cake toppers from Molly for Sugar & Cloth

6. DIY printables for Valentine’s Day from Jenn for Camille Styles

7. DIY V-Day party ideas from Kelly for Balloon Time

8. cocktail ideas for V-Day from designlovefest

15 DIY Projects to Try this Weekend

9. paint chip heart garland DIY from Lovely Indeed

10. giant cupid’s arrow balloons DIY from Studio DIY

11. ‘for like ever’ clay marquee DIY from This Heart of Mine

12. scren printed conversation hearts poster from Mandi for A Beautiful Mess

13. ‘love you mean it’ printable from A Fabulous Fete

14. saturated bouquets for V-Day from Jeanne Ciasullo for Paper & Stitch

15. party hearts and straws for V-Day from The House That Lars Built

Now you’ll actually have some time to create a few of these, before Friday rolls around.

Have more DIY Valentine ideas to share? Leave a link in the comments below.