Posts Tagged ‘valentine’s day’

02/12/14

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?

02/11/14

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.

02/07/14

Valentine DIY Roundup // 9 weekend projects for V-Day

Hard to believe, but one week from today is Valentine’s Day, which means that this weekend is the LAST weekend before February 14th to complete V-Day DIYs. So to bring you a little inspiration, here are nine Valentine DIYs to try this weekend…

1. giant heart photo booth prop and backdrop for Valentine’s Day

2. make this mini message bouquet for V-Day

3. organic heart shaped peppermint patties recipe

4. giant fresh flower ampersand photo booth prop and decor DIY

5. clay love notes tutorial

6. easy DIY cupcake toppers for V-Day

7. make these mylar treat bags for Valentine’s Day

8. deconstructed ombre florals (great V-Day gift or party decor)

9. super simple and delicious desserts for your valentine

P.S. My friend Caroline recently launched a new site called Made Vibrant and I wanted to share it with you guys. She does amazing hand lettering (and design). And I thought this DIY Mad Libs V-Day Printable, in particular, that she made would be something you’d want to check out (free download).

Hope you have a great weekend!

-Brittni

02/05/14

organic heart-shaped peppermint patties recipe for Valentine's Day

This contributor post was written by Amanda Toman.

These peppermint patties pack a Valentine’s Day punch in every heart shaped confection!  To me, peppermint patties are the perfect treat.  The chocolate coating is smooth and snaps a little when you take a bite.  The creamy peppermint center gives a nice cool blast that tingles and freshens the mouth.  And the two together?  Well, together the two are undeniably a good couple.

Like most things homemade, these are way better than your store-bought peppermint patties.  Although they taste eerily similar to your store-bought peppermint patties, these don’t contain anything funky like corn syrup or artificial flavors.  Plus, chances are high that you already have all the ingredients in your kitchen to easily whip up these homemade peppermint patties (even if they are not organic).  This recipe yields about 50 patties (if you don’t eat about 12 in the process of making them, like I did) so they are perfect for packing up into these DIY Mylar Heart Treat Bags .

organic peppermint patties for Valentine's Day

Organic Peppermint Patties

Yield: 50 Patties

  • 5 1/2 cups of organic powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of organic butter (room temperature)
  • 4 tablespoons organic cream
  • 4 tsp organic peppermint extract
  • 3 1/2 cups of organic semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons organic shortening

1: In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar, butter, peppermint extract, and cream. Slowly mix until the mixture comes together.  The mixture should feel like play-doh and shouldn’t be sticky.  If the mixture is sticky, add more powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time.

2: Place a sheet of parchment paper on your countertop, lightly dust with powdered sugar.

3:  Roll ¾″ balls of dough between the palms of the hands.

4:  Press each ball down slowly and flatten it out.  Take your heart shaped cookie cutter and punch out a small heart-shaped patty.  Repeat this step until you have used all of the peppermint dough.

5: Transfer the parchment paper and the hearts to the freezer to let them firm up (at least 45 minutes or even overnight).

6:  While the dough is chilling, melt the chocolate coating by placing all the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and melt in 30 second increments. Stir after every 30 seconds to avoid overheating.  When melted, add the shortening to the chocolate to thin it out.  Let cool a few minutes.

7: Remove the patties from the freezer (Note: the more frozen your patties are, the easier it will be to dip in the chocolate!).  Grab a fork and dip one patty at a time into the melted chocolate, making sure both sides of the patty are completely coated with chocolate.   Let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl and then place the patty back on the parchment paper.  Repeat this step until all the patties have been dipped in chocolate.

8: Allow the peppermint patties to cool where they are for a few hours.  If you like your peppermint patties chilled,  you can transfer them to the fridge, or if you’re like me and like them frozen, feel free to transfer them to the freezer.

yum! heart shaped peppermint patties

peppermint patties for V-Day

Recipe // organic heart-shaped peppermint patties for Valentine's Day

organic peppermint patties recipe

Recipe and text Amanda Toman // Styling and photography Brittni Mehlhoff

Editor’s Note: When I was styling / photographing these little patties, I managed to sneak in a few bites and they are SERIOUSLY delicious. They’d make a great gift for V-Day. And beyond February 14th, just use a different cookie cutter shape and you can make them year round.

amanda-tomanAmanda Toman wrote this post. Amanda is a northern born girl that is southern raised and loves road trips, new recipes, books (well, teen fiction), all animals (especially her little grey kitty cat), crime scene television shows and scary films. You can follow her on Instagram @nannertoman and here on Twitter.

02/04/14

Valentine DIY // mylar treat bags

I may have an affinity for flowers and it is true that I wore a skirt yesterday, but truly, I am not a girlie girl. I don’t like ruffles. I strongly dislike tiaras. And I’m not a huge fan of pink. But hot pink/magenta mylar? Oh yeah! I can get onboard with that.

So, I made these little treat bags for parties and gifts to celebrate the upcoming holiday.

As with pretty much all of my DIYs, they’re super easy to make. And won’t take long to knock out either. Want to make you own?

gift bags for valentine's day

Materials:

  • magenta mylar sheets (or metallic tissue paper)
  • glassine treat bags
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • pen or mater (optional)

How-To:

1. Grab your scissors and freehand cut hearts of various sizes. I prefer hearts are a little imperfect and even a little wonky. I think they have more character. BUT if you don’t feel comfortable heading straight for the scissors, draw hearts with a pen or marker first on the opposite side of the mylar sheet.

2. Once the hearts are cut, flip them over and cover with a thin layer of glue.

3. Attach to glassine bags and let dry. Add your favorite treat (donuts, popcorn, candy, etc) and enjoy.

Does it get any easier? I love the simplicity of this project because you can do it last minute. If you have kids, these are perfect little goodie bags to bring in as Valentines for your child’s classroom. And if you’re just a kid at heart, like me, they’re great for V-Day parties or as a little treat for friends.

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DIY mylar and glassine heart bags for V-Day

valentine DIY // mylar + glassine donut treat bags

Photography, concept, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

By the way, those sprinkled donuts were insanely delicious. So if you’re looking for something to fill your goodies bags with, go to the grocery store and pick up Entenmann’s party cake donuts. They aren’t fancy. Or good for you. But they will get the job done.