Star Wars Valentines – DIY Valentine Cards

Star Wars Valentines – DIY Valentine Cards

Star Wars ValentinesValentine’s Day is in a couple of weeks.  It’s a fun holiday when you have school age kids, they love sharing cute Valentines with their classmates.  Every year finding the right Valentines for my grandson to bring to class can be a challenge.  They think most of the cards sold at stores are too “girly”.  This year it was a bit easier thanks to the new Star Wars movie.  I had seen similar Star Wars Valentines on Pintrest last year but Devon, my grandson wasn’t interested.

On my recent visit to Atlanta I took the boys to see the new Star Wars movie, they loved it.  When we got home I asked Devon if he wanted to give Star Wars Valentines out this year, he thought it would be super cool.  So with his help and that of his brother, Dion, we made the cool valentines.

These Valentines are so easy to make, we made 24 of them in less than an hour.  Instead of giving out candy Devon will be giving out glow sticks instead.  I’m sure his classmates’ parents will be happier!  Get a jump start on Valentine’s Day with these easy and inexpensive cards!

Here are some quick and easy to follow instructions to help you make Star War Valentines for your child to give classmates this year.  (Devon happily proclaimed they were “boy” valentines, but girls can give them out too!)

Supplies:

Star Wars Valentines

Photo of your child holding a toy light saber, if you don’t have one use a flashlight

Card stock

Paper cutter (this just makes cutting straight lines easier but if you  don’t have one you can use scissors or a craft knife)

Craft knife

Glow Sticks (bracelet type works best)

Tape

Directions:
  1. Take a photo of your child in his or her best saber fighting pose while holding a toy light saber or flashlight.   I used my cell phone.
  2. Edit your photo, add a Star Wars like background, and the text you want.  I used the free version of an iphone app called Galaxy Space Effects by Applause to add the galaxy background and the photo editor on my phone to add text.
  3. Print photo out on white card stock in the size you want, we used 4 x 6.
  4. Cut out photos using a paper cutter of scissors.  Make the edges as straight as you can.Star Wars Valentines
  5. Using a craft knife cut an “X” on the card stock as close as possible to the hand holding the light saber/flashlight.  Star Wars Valentines
  6. Insert glow stick into the cut “X”, position it so that the glow stick is “shooting” out of the light saber and doesn’t stick out of the card edges from the back.  Tape glow stick to the back of the card. Star Wars Valentines
  7.  You’re done!

Star Wars Valentines


Crafts & Supplies at joann.com!

DIY Cookie Bouquet

DIY Cookie Bouquet

Cookie Bouquet

One of the centerpieces we used for my grandchildren’s “Onederland” first birthday party are cookie bouquets.  These centerpieces did double duty as game prizes as well.

Cookie Bouquets are great for centerpieces, dessert table decor, and gifts.  Not only are they are very easy and inexpensive to make they’re yummy too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Base – I used a mason jar, but you can use whatever you want including vases, tin pails, or boxes.

Filler – I used candy.  Because it was basically Alice in Wonderland themed I used heart jelly beans I had left over from another party.
You can use foam stuck on the bottom of the container, dry beans, marbles, or whatever you have on hand.

Sticks – 8″ and 6″ Cookie sticks.  I used the Wilton sticks but you can use lollipop sticks, chopsticks, or wooden barbecue sticks.

Tape

Ribbons

Clear bags

Cookies – I used Alice in Wonderland cookies I bought from Etsy.  You can use your favorite cookies, either store bought or homemade

How to make it:

1.  Bake cookies with sticks inserted in them if you are making your own cookies and place each cookie pop in a clear treat bag (you can skip bagging them, but I like to bag them to keep them clean during transport) OR if using store bought cookies place each cookie in a clear treat bag and tape sticks to the back of the bag.  Tie bags to the stick using thin ribbons.

2.  Fill container halfway with your filler.  If you’re using styrofoam glue foam to the bottom of the container and cover with filler to hide.

3.  Stick the cookies into the jar arranging them how you like.

4.  Tie ribbon around the container and decorate with tags or stickers.

DIY Mardi Gras Masks – FREE Template

DIY Mardi Gras Masks – FREE Template

Mardi Gras
(Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is right around the corner, it’s on February 17, 2015.  Mardi Gras is celebrated the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  It marks the last day that folks can indulge in rich food and drink before the fasting and abstinence begins for the Lenten season which runs from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.

 In some places such as Venice and Rio de Janeiro the celebration called Carnivale or Carnival, begins in early February culminating on Fat Tuesday.  It’s a time for eating, drinking, and all out partying until the sun rises on Ash Wednesday.

 A big part of Mardi Gras celebrations are masks.  The tradition in Venice dates back to the Renaissance when artisans created elaborate masks and costumes for the wealthy, it was outlawed in the late 1700s and slowly made a comeback in the late 1900s.

Today there are many shops around the city specializing in reviving the almost forgotten craft.  Their handcrafted masks are works of art carrying a hefty price tag.

Mardi Gras
Courtesy of Isaactan.net
For your Mardi Gras celebration you need not fly to Venice to purchase a mask.  Here’s a round up of DIY masks you can make.  There are many lovely ideas and many are easy and inexpensive to make.  You may want to make one or two even if you’re not having a Mardi Gras event, you can always use them as decor around your home.
Here’s a super easy video tutorial help you out.  It uses supplies that you probably already have, cardboard, glue stick, construction paper, craft paint, etc.  The kids will love making them!

Mardi Gras
Courtesy of Thrift Store Runway
Learn how to make this feather mask using thrift store finds.  Thrift Store Runway will show you how.
Click here for instructions.
Mardi Gras
Courtesy of DIY Louisville
Here’s another feather mask by DIY Louisville.
Click here for instructions.
Mardi Gras
Courtesy of Keep Calm and Craft On

Here’s a lace mask from Keep Calm and 

Click here for instructions.
Mardi Gras Here’s a tutorial on how to make a Venetian type mask.  It’s a bit more involved and the tutorial by Stitchophrenia is in 3 parts.  Click on this link and scroll down – Part One is at the bottom, Part Two above it, and Part Three above Part Two.
Here are cute masks from First Palette.  Click here for instructions.  Click here for templates.
Mardi GrasCourtesy of First Palette
Mardi Gras
Make this sparkle mask by Aida Mollenkamp!  Learn how here!
For more Mardi Gras ideas follow my Mardi Gras board on Pinterest!
Valentine’s Gifts for a Savvy Nana

Valentine’s Gifts for a Savvy Nana

 

Valentine
Image from onlyoneihave.blogspot.com

 

Nothing says “I Love You” better than a dozen long stem roses on Valentine’s Day right?  I suppose for some women it does.  Don’t get me wrong, a floral gift delivered to my office always makes my day, and I know that a gift of  dozen long stem roses on Valentine’s Days is impressive considering their inflated prices at this time of year.
Years ago, in my single life, I was tickled when boyfriends sent over a bunch of roses, it was romantic.  Over the years my husband has brought home all sorts of gifts on Valentine’s Day; some romantic, others I’d guess you’d say practical.
One year he came home with a weed trimmer so I could trim around my flower garden, definitely NOT romantic. To make up for his blunder the next year he came home with a truck load of flowers, there were roses, tulips, crocuses, and more, all in varying shades of pink and red.  He literally filled the house up with flowers!  This gift definitely screamed ROMANTIC, although I didn’t feel the same way the following week when I had to dispose of dead blooms and clean the house of fallen leaves and petals.  The year after he gave me a humongous box of chocolates, things were definitely looking up even though half the box went to waste when the candy got old.  I tossed them out around Halloween.
I think he finally found a balance and has gifted me with flowers, jewelry, nice dinners, and normal sized boxes of Godivas or Neuhaus chocolates.  These days all these gifts are definitely appreciated, but my favorites are the bling and the chocolates.  I’m still working on the big box of Godiva’s he got me for Christmas, but I figure I’ll be ready for a new box on Valentine’s Day.
What are your favorite Valentine gifts from your sweetheart?  And what would you like to receive this year?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
DIY Valentine’s Edible Bouquet & Arrangements

DIY Valentine’s Edible Bouquet & Arrangements

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Image from Midwest Living

We all “oooh” and “ahhh” over those cute candy bouquets, cookie bouquets, and fruit bouquets we see at shops and online.  They are pretty cute, but can be pricey.  I purchased one at the florists on my way to see my daughter-in-law and new born grandbabies at the hospital a few months ago, I paid a pretty penny for the smallest size.  I kicked myself for not having thought of making an edible bouquet myself.  I’m pretty sure I could have come up with something just as adorable if not better.

Now with Valentine’s Day fast approaching I thought it would be nice to put some together for friends and family.  I scoured the web for inspiration.  I was surprised to find that edible bouquets are not limited to candy, fruits, and cookies!  There are cupcake bouquets, rice krispy treat bouquets, and even meat bouquets!  I guess you if you can skewer any kind of food and stick it on a piece of styro foam you can turn it into a bouquet!
Here are some edible bouquets I found around the web, maybe you’ll see something that will inspire you to make an edible bouquet for your sweethearts this Valentine’s Day.
The adorable cupcake bouquet above is from Midwest Living.  Click here for instructions.
Here are more cupcake bouquets.  Click on the picture for instructions.
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Cupcake Bouquet from Pillsbury

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Cupcake Bouquet from Slap Dash Mom

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Rose Bouquet from Cake Central

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Cupcake Bouquet from Crafts and Coffee

Here are some cookie bouquets.  I included meringue and macaroons here too.  Click on the images for instructions.

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Valentine Cookie Bouquet from Woman’s Day

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Valentine Cookie Bouquet from Little Nanny Goat
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
A Bouquet of Raspberry Macaroons from Tartelette

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Meringue Pop Bouquet from Make Fabulous Cakes

Here are cake pop bouquets, they’re pretty creative!  Click on the images for instructions.

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Cake Pop Bouquet from Hollywood Candy Girls

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Strawberry Shortcake Cake Pop Bouquet from Cake Central
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Flower Cakepop Bouquet from Hot DIY Tutorial
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Cakepop Bouquet from Swanky Chic Fete

Here are some Marshmallow and Rice Krispy Treat Bouquets.  Click on the image for instructions.

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Marshmallow Roses Bouquet from The Marshmallow Studio
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Bouquet from The Laws of My Life

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treat Pops Bouquet from The Lush Nest

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Marshmallow With Pearls Bouquets from Pandora’s Box

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Cupid Marshmallow Bouquet from Barnes Yard

Here are Candy Bouquets, as you can see you can use just about any kind of candy.  Click on image for instructions.

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Valentine Candy Bouquet from Edible Crafts

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Milkshake Bouquet from The Confessions of a Budding Baketress
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Gumball Flower Bouquet from Not Just A Mommy
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Lollipop Bouquet from Organized Chaos
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Candy Bouquet from Fave Crafts
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Candy Bouquet from Love This Pic
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Chocolate Flower Bouquet All Day Chic

A healthier alternative would be these fruit and veggie bouquets.  Click the image for instructions.

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Edible Arrangement from Sweet Tooth

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Strawberry Roses Bouquet from Food Viral Creek

 

YouTube Tutorial for making Strawberry Roses
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Dipped Strawberry Bouquet from Tastes Better From Scratch

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Veggie Bouquet from Super Healthy Kids
If your sweetheart is a meat eater here are some meat bouquets. Yes you can make bouquets with bacon, sausage, cold cuts, and other meats.  Click on the image for instructions.
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Bacon Roses Bouquet from Instructables

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Meat and Cheese Bouquet from Photo Appetite

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Ham and Cheese Bouquet from e-bento

Last but not least how about a booze bouquet?  Click on image for instructions.

Edible Bouquet
Booze Bouquet from Celebration Generation

 

Edible Bouquet
Booze Bouquet by Food Beast

Follow my Valentine board on Pinterest for more Valentine projects.

Conversation Hearts Valentine Treats Round-Up

Conversation Hearts Valentine Treats Round-Up

Valentine Treats
Image from Hungry Happenings

We all remember Conversation Hearts or Sweethearts, those sugary heart shaped wafers with cute Valentine saying imprinted on top.  We’ve given and received boxes of them throughout our childhood.  Conversation Hearts are an iconic symbol of Valentine’s Day.  They’ve been around since 1901, the sayings have changed over the years to keep up with the times.  But no matter what the words say the heart shape, colors, and flavors have stayed the same.

These days the candies aren’t limited to the boxed Valentine treats that have become classroom staples.  They’ve morphed into Valentine’s Day decor, cards, and treats.  They’re used in vases, as cake toppers, and have been replicated to use as streamers, cards, cookies, and more.  In short in the month of February Conversation Hearts are everywhere!

Here’s a round-up of Conversation Heart treats you can make and share with friends and family.
They all look cute and are definitely yummy!  Enjoy!

Learn how to make Hungry Happenings’ Conversation Heart Pinata Cake pictured above here.
Here are other treats from Hungry Happenings, click on the image for the recipe and instructions.
These 3 images are from Hungry Happenings.

Valentine Treats
Conversation Heart Pastries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine Treats
Conversation Heart Cheesecakes

 

Conversation Heart Pink Chocolate from Smart School House.
Click here for recipe and instructions.
Here are two treats from Gimme Some Oven.  Click on the image for recipe. Both images are from Gimme Some Oven.
Valentine Treats
Valentine’s Popcorn
Valentine Treats
Strawberries & Cream Cake

 

Valentine Treats
Image from Two Sisters Crafting
Easy to make Candy Heart Pretzel Bites from Two Sisters Crafting.
Click here for instructions
Valentine Treats
Conversation Heart Brownies from Bake Your Day.
Click here for recipe
Valentine Treats
Image from Annie Eats
Conversation Heart Cookies from Annie Eats.
Click here for recipe
Follow my Pinterest Valentine board for mor Valentine ideas and inspiration