Posts Tagged ‘valentine’s day’


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.


DIY Mylar Containers

Right now, my mind is somewhere in between January organization and Valentine’s Day projects.

Which is probably a weird dance for my brain to be doing, now that I think about it. But no matter, because I’ve combined the two in a new DIY that is part office organization and part V-day celebration. Mylar Striped Ceramic Containers.

The full tutorial is over on my friend Chelsea’s blog, Lovely Indeed, but I couldn’t let the day pass by without sharing a few of the photos.

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DIY Mylar Containers

DIY Mylar Planter

DIY Mylar Containers

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Recipe // The Best (Sugar Glazed) Candied Blood Oranges

It’s finally blood orange season, which you may have caught me blabbering about on Instagram recently.

And next month is Valentine’s Day, so I whipped up these candied blood orange treats to get a head start on the February sweets. I also made some with kara kara oranges (the ones that are pink in the inside). So…yum!

To make these candies citrus treats even more unusual, I dipped them in a glaze (the same one that I used for these donuts) and sprinkled them with colorful sugar sprinkles. Just for fun.

Here’s how to make your own…

Recipe // The Best (Sugar Glazed) Candied Blood Oranges


  • 2 blood oranges and 1 kara kara orange
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of confectioner sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of half and half or cream
  • water


1. Start by thoroughly washing each orange, then slicing up the oranges into 1/4 inch thick pieces. Discard the end slices of each orange.

2. Next, blanch the orange slices in a medium or large skillet, by adding the slices into a pan full of water and bring it to a boil for 3 minutes. Then, drain the oranges and repeat this process one more time, before putting the orange slices into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Blanching the oranges this way will remove some of the bitterness.

3. Next, pour out any excess water from the pan. Then, on medium heat, add one cup of water and 1 1/2 cups of sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Once dissolved, stop stirring. Add oranges slices once it begin to bubble.

4. Leave the oranges to simmer for 45-60 minutes. You know they’re done when the edges are slightly translucent. 

5. Remove the orange slices from the pot and place on a cooling rack for 4 hours.

6. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of granulated sugar into a small bowl. Dip orange slices into the sugar. Then set aside.

Candied Blood Oranges

***You can stop there, if you don’t want to add the glaze and you’ll have a perfectly respectable candied orange. But if you’re a fan of sweets to the degree that I am, you’re going to want to continue on to steps 7-9.

7. Next, mix powdered sugar and cream in a bowl and whisk until a smooth glaze is created.

8. Dip each orange slice into the glaze. Then place on a cooling rack.

9. Add sprinkles over top the glaze and let the glaze harden for several hours. Enjoy!

The process is not exactly a quick one, BUT it is really easy, which makes up for it. And the oranges taste delicious.

Candied Blood Oranges Recipe

The Best Candied Blood Oranges

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff // Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski

Have you ever made candied oranges before? Curious to know if you’ll give these blood orange ones a try.