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Peanut Butter Baked Oats

Peanut butter chocolate chip baked oats are a delicious, healthy, and easy to make breakfast!

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I forgot to add the vanilla to this pic!

I’ve been alternating daily between making these and the Cinnamon Baked Oats from my last post… they are so good, easy to make, and healthy! Oats have been proven to help with weight management, lowering both blood sugar and bad (LDL) cholesterol, while also providing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and easing constipation.

I had been trying to come up with a breakfast that provides a decent amount of protein and fiber while also keeping within a reasonable calorie count. One way I’m able to do that is by using PBfit, which is a peanut butter powder. I originally purchased a smaller size at Hannaford to see if I’d like it, but if you decide you’ll use a decent amount I’d suggest this 30oz size from amazon, which is only a few bucks more for double the size.

It even comes in chocolate PB!

According to the PBfit website, “PBfit is peanut butter powder. We make it by pressing gently roasted peanuts to remove most of the fat and calories. Then we grind the peanuts and mix in some coconut palm sugar, and a pinch of salt. The result is a delicious peanut butter powder that has 87% less fat and 1/3 the calories of traditional peanut butter.”

WHAT YOU WILL NEED (single serving)

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats – quick or old fashioned (NOT steel cut)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 Tbl PBfit (or another brand of peanut powder) DIVIDED
    • 1 Tbl will get mixed in with the oats
    • 1 Tbl will be used for the topping
  • 3 Tbl unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbl mini chocolate chips
  • Blender – I like the Ninja Blender
  • Ramekin or other oven safe dish

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Place your ingredients in the blender (remember to use just one tablespoon of the PBfit here) and blend until smooth.

Pour the mixture into your ramekin and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. If you want to double or triple this recipe you could also use a loaf pan.

Yes – that’s only 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate chips!

Bake at 400 degrees for 14 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the other tablespoon of PBfit with 1 Tablespoon of water. I like to make mine a little on the “liquidy” side so I can pour on top of the oats. You can adjust your water to create a thicker or thinner peanut butter mixture depending on your preference.

Once the oats are baked, let them cool for a minute, then pour your peanut butter on top and enjoy!

This recipe can be made the night before – once it’s cooled, you can just pop it out of the ramekin and wrap it up and place in the refrigerator. You can eat it cold like a muffin the next morning, or warm it up in the microwave. I think it is delicious when warm!

Nutrition information per serving: Calories-285; Protein-10g; Fiber-7g

If you aren’t calorie conscious, feel free to up the peanut butter and chocolate chips to make this a bit more decadent!

Peanut butter chocolate chip baked oats
yum!!!

Enjoy! Please let me know if you tried this recipe and how you like it. Would you change anything? Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Dollar Tree Mini Meditation Garden

DIY mini Japanese rock garden with Dollar Tree supplies

Completed mini Japanese rock garden!

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Everyone has those days where you’re stuck at your computer and just need to quiet your mind, so here’s a quick and easy project that not only is cheap to make, but pretty to look at! Commonly known as a Japanese Rock Garden, this mini version can be placed on your desk or table where you can calmly rake the sand and rocks to de-stress.

Why do we find these “zen” gardens relaxing? The use of rocks and sand are used to recreate the essence of nature and promote feelings of tranquility, calmness, and peace…all of which equate to a stress-free environment. At least, that’s what google says – why not make one and see for yourself!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Any sort of tray – design and size are up to you
  • Sand
  • Smooth rocks
  • Decorative accessories
    • I’m using a wishing well figurine, copper wire LED lights, and a fake succulent
  • Bamboo rake
    • or just use a fork (but trust me, the bamboo rake looks way cooler)

I got all my necessary supplies at the Dollar Tree! I’ll admit, I did splurge on the bamboo rake from Amazon because it made my garden a bit more authentic and was less than $3 (you get a pack of 3 for $8.79)!

My local Dollar Tree (shout out store #8488 in Clifton Park, NY!) had several different container options but I opted for this silver looking tray, which is pretty sturdy. Most stores have a floral aisle and that’s where I found the sand (I used 2 bags for mine, but one would have been sufficient), the mini lights, and the bag of rocks.

The two other elements were the mini wishing well and the fake succulent – both of which were located on an end cap near the gardening supplies. I also saw a buddha head, but I’m not really into that. Much to my delight, the wishing well was amongst a whole display of fairy garden figurines! Of course I purchased a bunch, and will have a fun day with my nieces and nephews making fairy gardens…stay tuned!

The garden design is totally up to you and what you think looks good! But if you like mine, here’s how I did it:

I poured in the sand, then added my wishing well and succulent on opposite ends. I originally just dumped the rocks on the sand after that but it looked too chaotic. Before I changed my design I took a minute to run my fingers through the sand and for a second I thought I was in Miami. See how good these things work?? But then I opened my eyes and just made 2 stacked piles of rocks.

The last part was to add the mini lights. I’m not sure if I was too dumb to open the battery pack or if I got a bum set of lights but after many attempts with my tiny screwdriver, I ended up just prying the thing open. No harm done, they still worked! The wire is bendable, so I just twisted it around my tray, and hid the battery pack under the edge of the tray as best I could.

After choosing my favorite rake out of the 3 pack, I moved the sand around and immediately felt calm, peaceful, and worry-free! Not a care in the world!

You’re not buying it, huh? Ok, well at least you have to admit it looks pretty.

Have fun making this and may it bring you tranquility or at least a pretty table centerpiece. 🙂

Make Your Own Car Decal (free file included!)

Make your own quotable car decal with your Cricut!

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I don’t know about you, but I can never find a car decal that suits my personality. I can also never find anything personalized either because my parents spelled my name with one L instead of 2, but I digress.

This will be a quick post because it’s a pretty simple process. I’ve added 2 downloadable files: one for you to use as your car decal, and the other to print and frame (or use as a screen saver!). I hope you like this decal, but I’d love to see you use your creativity and create your own!

So, I decided to make my own. And to be honest, this car decal is actually for my sister because she knew what she wanted and I’m still thinking about what to put on my own car.

She decided upon this awesome quote:

Do small things with great love.

St. Teresa of Calcutta

I love this because it reminds everyone that even small actions can make a huge impact when done with love!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

INSTRUCTIONS:

Download your file to Cricut Design Space, and save as a cut file.

I chose a height of 4″ for my decal. After you’ve resized your design, click the “make it” button for Cricut to start cutting! This decal will go on your outside glass, so there’s no need to mirror the design.

Once it’s cut, weed out the background and then apply your transfer tape. The transfer tape I suggest in the “what you will need” section has guidelines on it to help you to make sure your design is straight when you transfer it to your window.

Apply the transfer tape

Make sure your window is super clean and dry – use rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

Once you’ve peeled the backing off your vinyl design, you can adhere to your window with the transfer tape. Use your Cricut scraper or something similar, like a credit card to rub on top of your design to make sure it is fully stuck on your window. Then carefully peel off the transfer tape… and voila!

Do you like this project but don’t want to make it yourself? I’m happy to create it for you-just email me to purchase!

And no worries…I didn’t forget about your downloadable print! Thanks for reading this whole post… here’s your reward!

Leave a comment and let me know what kind of decal you made for your car!


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Dry Erase To-Do Board

How to make your own custom To-Do dry erase board.

You’ve seen them at the discount home stores, right? Dry erase To Do lists, calendars, chore charts, etc.. but can you ever find one that is perfectly tailored to you? Probably not, so read on for an easy and fun way to make your own!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

If you do not have a cutting machine – use an oil based sharpie pen to write on the back side of your acrylic instead of using vinyl.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Take your canvas and paint, and go wild! Paint anything you want, just keep in mind that this will be the background of your dry erase board, so keep things light. I decided to just do a quick swash of baby blue, like so:

Please… tell me, does it remind you of the jazzy solo paper cups??

my inspiration haha

While you wait for your paint to dry, you can start designing your piece of acrylic. I was deciding between two titles – both are a little on the aggressive side, but I need that sort of motivation!

I designed my title in PicMonkey and then imported to Cricut Design Space. Once in Design Space, you’ll need to create the numbers and lines to complete your To Do board.

Click on the “text” button on the left side and enter numbers 1 through 8 (if you’re using an 18″ x 24″ canvas change the font size to 55). To make your lines, click on the “shapes” button and use the square. You will then resize your square to 11.5″ width and .15″ height, and that will create a nice line for you. You will then duplicate your line to create 8 total lines.

**BEFORE YOU CUT YOUR VINYL** Make sure you mirror your images before cutting! Why? You are going to adhere your vinyl to the underside of your acrylic sheet, as that will keep the front nice and smooth to write on and wipe off!

Once you’ve cut your vinyl, weed your title and apply the transfer tape. That will be centered at the top of your acrylic sheet.

Ignore the fact that these are not mirrored… I make the mistakes so you don’t have to!

Next you’re going to add the lines and I found that the easiest way to do that is to slide your Cricut mat underneath to use as a guide. I did not use transfer tape for the lines or the numbers, I just peeled them off and applied to the acrylic as I found that to be easier and quicker.

Once you’ve got all your vinyl applied to the acylic, grab your gorilla glue. Apply a small amount to each corner of your canvas and gently press your acrylic sheet on top of the canvas. Let dry overnight.

The wooden stretcher bars on the back of the canvas will allow you to just hang it on a nail in the wall. Another option would be to use command strips to keep it more secure. As mentioned in the supply list, a small command strip can also be used to attach your dry erase marker to your acrylic. You could also tie a long ribbon or string to your marker and then staple to the wooden stretcher bar on the back.

Here it is on my wall (before adding my marker)

That’s it! You can modify so many things to make this project work for you. Change the canvas size, collage photos or other design elements to your canvas, change the list to a weekly or monthly calendar… be creative to make this perfect for you!

I’ve got some projects to start!! Let’s gooooooo

Leave a comment and let me know how you liked this project! I’m hoping mine will motivate me to get sh*t done!

How to Clean Your Cricut Mat

Easy and cheap way to clean your cricut mat.

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Is your Cricut mat dirty and gross? Are you considering throwing it out and purchasing a new one? Please don’t! Read on for a quick and easy (did I mention cheap?) way to clean your mat without it losing its stickiness.

There’s nothing like bringing a point home with a good before and after. I have no idea how this mat got so filthy, but craft happens.

The before 😱

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • A disgusting Cricut mat – if you don’t have one now, you will soon
    • I bought my green mats from Amazon… 3 for $12.99!
  • LA’s Totally Awesome Cleaner – you can get a small bottle of this at Dollar Tree
  • Stainless steel chopper/scraper – also from the Dollar Tree

Have you ever heard of LA’s Totally Awesome Cleaner? I had not until very recently, but apparently it’s totally awesome! I have yet to use it on anything but my mat, but I think it’s awesome for that alone!

So, give your mat a few sprays all over….

And now grab your scraper and start scraping in one direction. Just when you think your mat couldn’t get any more disgusting… it does!

Hopefully you’re not eating lunch while you read this!

Once you get all the crap to the top, you can just wipe off with a paper towel. I have to admit, it’s very satisfying to scrape all the junk off your mat. (Please tell me it’s not just me??)

Let your mat air dry, and here’s the final result (yes, they’re still sticky!):

Hope this helps you keep your mats clean! If you have used LA’s Totally Awesome Cleaner for other things, let me know what else it is awesome at! Thanks for reading and happy crafting! 🙂

Custom Doormat

It’s almost spring, time to freshen up your front porch, and that means you probably need a new doormat. I know I do! Here’s the before (I have a fluffy white dog in case you couldn’t figure that out!):

This was a relatively easy project to complete. I’d make a couple changes if I did it again, as it didn’t turn out perfectly…but part of being fearless is creating without worrying about perfection! Hopefully yours turns out awesome!

** read all the way through before starting this project! I made some improvements as I went along, and you can decide which method works best for you! **

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Plain coir doormat – I used a 18″x30″
    • You can find these for about $6-10 at most local stores (WalMart, Target, Home Depot)
  • Outdoor Paint in your desired color
    • regular or spray – depending on your patience
  • Hard bristled round brush if using regular paint
  • Masking tape
  • Permanent vinyl to make a stencil – I made mine with a Cricut & transfer tape
  • Clear protective spray sealer

First thing you’ll need to do is decide what you want to put on your doormat. This took me much longer than it should have – do I want to show that I’m sweet & welcoming? Or sarcastically offended that you are at my front door? Ultimately I combined those 2 thoughts and went with this design, which I created in PicMonkey.com and uploaded each line of text to Cricut design space as 2 separate projects.

Are you wondering why I don’t design directly in Cricut Design Space? Well, there’s a monthly fee to gain access to the good fonts and graphics, and basically I’m too cheap for that. I can find everything I need on PicMonkey and use my own fonts (which are much better than the free ones on design space). So there you have it, and on to making the doormat!

I added the “welcome!” part to design space and since that’s going to be fairly big, I had to rotate it 90 degrees because the width of my Cricut cuts only to 12″ and I wanted this as big as I could get it…. I used the largest dimension I could, which was a length of 22”…this will require use of my 24” Cricut mat. (Which I got from JoAnn etc for $12.49 for a 2 pack!)

Handy tip: make sure your Cricut machine is at least 20” or so from the wall as this long mat will go almost all the way through the back of the Cricut as it makes its cuts.

Here’s the second line of my design uploaded to design space – I rotated 90 degrees, as before, and made the width slightly smaller at 19″.

“I hope you texted us first” 🙂

After you’ve got both of your stencils cut, you’ll use transfer tape to adhere them to the mat – the tape will keep those little cut out pieces (like the center of the “o” for example) in place. I would suggest using a low tack transfer tape, or one that has been used before. Mine was a little too difficult to remove once I had my design on the mat. Due to the nature of the coir mat, the vinyl will not stick very well, so I had to hold part of it down and secure with masking tape as I removed the transfer tape. Once down, I used a heat gun to slightly “melt” the vinyl onto the mat (don’t over do it!). It still appeared a little loose, but I forged on hoping for the best.

Once I adhered the second line of my design, I got out the paint and paintbrush and got to work. Have I ever mentioned that I’m impatient? You’ll find that out as you read on…

I chose to start out using Behr black exterior paint, since I already had it on hand.

I think my bristles were too soft, because this was taking me FOR.EV.ER! I managed to get 3.5 letters done before I frantically began searching for some spray paint. Yay! I had just the perfect can, and since it was relatively warm and sunny I happily transferred the mat outside and started spraying. Make sure you block off the rest of your mat (I used the old transfer tape plus some masking tape). I sprayed straight down and went a little overboard I think. If you are going to use spray paint, I’d suggest doing a few lighter handed coats instead of one, very aggressive, impatient coat. And be sure to use proper ventilation (outside!) and follow all directions on the spray paint can!

Let your mat dry for a few hours and then carefully peel off the stencil and discard outside as it will likely still have spray paint fumes. Once it’s dry, seal with a clear spray and you’ve got a new mat!

As you can see, some of my vigorous spray painting seeped underneath my stencil. But all in all, I think it turned out “ok” enough to keep at the front door!

But I wasn’t totally satisfied, so I went and bought another plain mat and tried to be more patient using the outdoor paint and paintbrush! I also switched to a stiffer bristle paintbrush and I think that made a huge difference!

I planned on placing this new mat inside my garage, where the family typically enters the house, so I wanted a more personal message and went with “Yay! You’re home!”

So, although it might’ve taken a few minutes longer, I definitely prefer the paintbrush method over the spray paint. But…. you might be better using the spray paint than me, so do what you think will work for you! The nice thing about this project is that the mats are very inexpensive, so don’t be afraid of making a mistake. People are going to be wiping their feet on them, not hanging them on a wall! Have fun and let me know how you liked this project!

DIY Etched Glass Mug

Learn how to make your own etched beer mug.

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Whether you are looking to create a stylish collection of your own glasses, or want to create a personalized gift, this will be a great project to try! I’m going to create my stencil using my Cricut machine, but I’ll give you other options if you don’t have a Cricut.

I’ll show you step by step how I create my etched glasses, and where I purchase everything. Let’s do this!

Here is the glass mug I’m going to create:

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Glass – I got this huge beer mug at Dollar Tree (great selection and only $1!)
  • Armour Etch – click the link to buy on Amazon, or check your local craft store (sometimes it’s hard to find in stock!)
  • Old paintbrush or popsicle stick – something to spread the etching cream on your glass
  • Painter’s tape or masking tape
  • Stencils
  • Gloves
Supplies

INSTRUCTIONS:

First thing you need to do is wipe down your glass – you can use a damp paper towel or ordinary blue Windex (not the streak free version). When you clean the glass, make sure you don’t get your fingerprints on the part you are going to etch. Then set your glass aside to dry.

Now we’ll work on the stencil. If you plan on using the Rub n’ Etch option, follow the application directions and you then you can skip ahead to the etching part.

The glass I’m going to make is a beer mug, with a nod to the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day. “Slainte” translates to good health, and is a commonly used drinking toast in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. Since my husband’s family is Irish, he’ll be getting this mug to enjoy!

I create all my stencils in PicMonkey.com and then import to Cricut Design Space. Here’s what I’ve designed to use as my stencil:

Once you’ve uploaded your design into Cricut Design Space, you’ll need to resize it to fit your glass. I chose the larger mug from the Dollar Tree (they have 2 sizes), so I chose to make mine 3″ wide, and 2.4″ tall.

Using your preferred vinyl, have your Cricut cut the design.

*Important: when you weed your design, you will need to weed out the writing – basically wherever you want the etching to show, that’s what you will weed out.

Here’s what your design should look like now:

Next, add your transfer tape and transfer your design stencil to your glass, and then surround the stencil with painter’s tape. The painter’s tape will give you an additional border to ensure the etching cream doesn’t stray to other parts of your glass. Why? …because as soon as the etching cream touches the glass, it will start to react, so make sure you keep the Armour Etch contained only to the part of your glass that you want etched!

Take your popsicle stick or old paintbrush and apply a thick layer of cream to your stencil. Cover your stencil completely, and set your timer for 5 minutes.

*Please follow the safety precautions on the Armor Etch bottle (I know I’m not in this pic, but please wear your gloves!)

After 5 minutes, use your popsicle stick or paintbrush to scrape off most of the cream – you can put it right back into your Armour Etch bottle!

Then you’ll head to the sink and rinse away the remainder of the cream, and dry it off with a paper towel. Take off the painter’s tape, along with your stencil and give it a good wash.

Voila! You’ve got a personalized, glass mug ready for St. Patrick’s Day! Or any day, really!

ready for something frothy

If you’d like to make this exact mug, feel free to download my Slainte and shamrock .jpg file absolutely free! (for personal use only, thanks!)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions, feel free to email me or comment below!

4 Ingredient PB Oat Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

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This is one of my favorite recipes to make. Why? 1- it’s easy! 2- it’s healthy! 3- it’s delicious! Whenever I feel like I need something sweet but don’t want to bake something full of sugar, I’ll whip this up!

I almost always have these ingredients on hand, as they’re pretty much staples around my house.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

That’s it! No eggs, no flour, no sugar, no butter, no oil!

Yep, that’s it…just 4 ingredients!

Just a note about the peanut butter…for this recipe, I prefer to use the type on the left. It is creamy natural, no stir. It does have palm oil and some sugar – it’s in the middle of regular peanut butter and the kind with just peanuts and salt.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Using your mixer, mash up the bananas
  • Add in the peanut butter (I used creamy natural in mine)
  • Add the oats
    • If you want to use old fashioned oats, I’d suggest chopping them up in a food processor first
  • Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips

This recipe is very forgiving. Only have 3 bananas? That’s ok. Want to try blueberries instead of chocolate chip? That’s ok. Want to add milled flax seeds? That’s ok, too! You really can’t mess it up.

  • Scrape the mixture into your pan…like so:

Place in the center of the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 28-30 min or until toothpick comes out clean.

Honestly it doesn’t look a lot different after it’s baked, but the toothpick came out clean!

These are tasty both warm and cold, so it’s up to you how long you want to let them cool!

Personally, I am not very patient so I am digging in after 3 minutes!

If you are like me and cut them after only 3 minutes, they may fall apart but no worries, the taste is unaffected!

I like to cut these in squares, wrap with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator to have a quick and tasty breakfast on the go!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Leave a comment or pin this post if you’ve tried it!

Nutrition values (may not be super exact because I’m not a professional dietician, sorry!): Servings – 16; Calories – 195; Protein – 5g; Fiber – 3.4g; Fat – 4.5g; Sugars – 10g (note that almost half of those sugars are naturally occuring from the 5 bananas)

Family Name Glass Tile

Create a personalized glass tile with your family name

Family name glass tile

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When I saw this gorgeous glass tile at Home Depot I knew I needed to create something with it. It’s just so pretty! A little too pricey to redo my kitchen backsplash with it, but it’s perfect to personalize one with a family name to keep for yourself or give as a gift!

In addition to the glass tile selection, you should be able to find the same size tile in a ceramic version, which will cost you less than a dollar. Personally, the ceramic tile seems a bit boring, but it’s your call (don’t do it). The glass tile was only $4.65, well worth the splurge!

Here is the exact glass tile I’m using. It was $4.65 at my local Home Depot

MATERIALS:

FONTS USED:

  • Last name: Bodoni XT
  • First names and est. date: I Love Glitter
    • use the underscore _ to make the heart
    • use the brackets [ ] to make the swashes on either side of the est date

WIDTHS:

  • Last name = 11″
  • First names = 9″
  • Est. date = 5″

INSTRUCTIONS:

I’m going to make this project using my Cricut. I’m assuming you have basic Cricut knowledge, so I apologize if I gloss over any of the steps – please email me if you have any questions!

Using the fonts and widths suggested above (or whatever looks good to you!), upload your names and dates into Cricut design space.

Here’s what I’ve got on my Cricut Design Space:

I created this using Oracal black vinyl for the last name and Siser gold vinyl for the first names and date. If you change the fill color on the first names and date, Cricut will plan on cutting those on a different mat, assuming you are using a different color vinyl. Thanks, Cricut!

the blue arrow is what you will click on to change the vinyl color of your highlighted item

Here’s my vinyl all cut out and weeded:

After you’ve created your cuts, use your transfer tape to adhere the est. date first. My transfer tape has grid lines, which is very helpful in aligning my projects. Starting with the date, I lined that up even with the inside border of the glass tile. If I did this again, I’d line it up a hair above the inside border.

Once you’ve got the date centered, then you can add the last name. You’ll need to center it both horizontally and vertically, so get your ruler out!

Next, you’ll center the first names and adhere on top of the last name. Keep in mind that the heart will not necessarily be the center of the first names! Grab that ruler again to find your center.

That’s it! A super quick, easy, and inexpensive family name glass tile! This looks cute on a small easel placed on your countertop, or use command strips to place on a small portion of a wall (think above your oven or sink maybe).

I’m sure you can find a cuter easel than this!

Did you like this project? What colors did you use and how did you display yours? Leave a comment and let our readers know! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Easy Dollar Tree Valentines!

I was in my local grocery store and saw a Valentine’s gift that was similar to the first pic above for $25 and with about half of the candy (and no balloon)! I knew I could do better… so I stopped at Dollar Tree for some supplies, and was able to create TWO Valentine’s gifts for about the same amount!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED (CANDY BUCKET):

  • Round Valentine’s themed tub (they have several design options)
  • Valentine’s balloon
  • Pack of hearts on sticks
  • Candy! (I purchased a total of $7)
    • Multipacks (like the Reese’s and lollipops) will give you more for your money
  • Floral foam – I used 2 for this bucket
  • Wooden craft dowels
  • Bag of red or pink paper shreds – find them by the gift bags
  • Masking tape (I already had this on hand)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut down your floral foam a couple inches below the top of the bucket so you have room to add the paper shreds at the end. This part doesn’t need to look pretty – you just need to insert as much foam as will fit into the bucket.

After I stuck the foam inside the bucket I added the balloon by just taping it to the back of the bucket. Then started taping my candy to the wooden dowels with masking tape.

If you end up getting smaller sized candy (like the Reese’s), you can tape more than one to each dowel like I did. The next part is easy – just start sticking the dowels into the foam until you like how it looks. You can use mine as an example. The key is to make it look as full as possible. You will also use the hearts on the sticks to fill in the empty spots. As you can see, I just placed one of the candy boxes front and center, along with the lollipops.

Once you are happy with the presentation, fill in with your paper shreds. If you own a Cricut machine, a nice touch is print out a cute sentiment like “BE MINE” as I did and add to the front.

Total cost: $13 . . . A very inexpensive and sweet gift from the heart!



WHAT YOU WILL NEED (ROSES AND TRUFFLE BOX):

  • Gift box – I used the 5″x7″ size
  • Rectangular floral foam (1)
  • 2 five-stem red roses
  • Truffles
    • Ferrero Rocher (2 three packs)
    • Chocolate truffles (1 pack of 4)
  • Bag of red paper shred
  • White cardstock-optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut the floral foam in half. Also, cut each rose off, leaving about an inch of the stem. Then you will start to insert the stems into one half of the floral foam like so….

Stick the foam into the gift box and make any adjustments to your foam and or flowers so that the top of the roses will be even with the top of the box (slightly over the top is fine also).

Next, add the other half of your foam block and cover it with the paper shreds. This is where you will add your chocolates. You can use mine as a pattern, or make up your own.

The inside lid of the box is just an ugly plain cardboard, so I cut a piece of cardstock to fit and secured it with tape. If you have a Cricut, you can cut out a Valentine’s Day design and adhere it to the cardstock. If not, print something out on your printer, or even handwrite a nice note! Close the box, and that’s it! Another cute and simple DIY Valentine’s gift that won’t break the bank!

Make your own variation – tape a gift card to the inside of the box lid, exchange the chocolates for a small piece of jewelry, or try an entire box of fresh flowers (maybe ask your local florist for tips on using the foam with real flowers since I have not tried that)!

Total cost: $8 … for a quick and classy Valentine’s gift!

Ready to impress your Valentine!

Leave me a comment and let me know if you tried this!

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