DIY Easter Eggs

Easter is among us, as from mid-February to April, mom’s shop at Target, and grab any cutesy, dollar-friendly, Easter item they can find. This year, I am proud to say I didn’t fall into the Target trap (as I only purchased 2 things this entire Easter season at Targte! This Easter, I ended up DIYing the most adorable Easter eggs using craft eggs from Walmart!!!!

Walmart has been a favorite place for me to shop at lately. Although, I can save the 5% using my Target RedCard, and also use Target Cartwheel, I’ve found many of my go-to’s currently at Walmart, and also without walking out purchasing things out of impulse.

We can all agree that Walmart isn’t the fanciest place to shop, as the crowds can attract all sorts of people with different backgrounds, shapes and sizes, but if you put that aside, you know you can get a few more things at Walmart for cheaper, and also save a whole-lot more other than falling into that Target trance.

This April, I was able to score some adorable DIY Craft Eggs from Walmart for $2 ($1.98 to be exact!)  The craft egg selection was huge this year! From chalk craft eggs, pastel chalk, to confetti filled Easter eggs. I purchased the plain eggs as I knew I wanted to paint a few to add a touch of my own personal crafty style in my home.

All the supplies I already had, but if you don’t have these art supplies, these are things you’ll be able to purchase all at Walmart in their craft section, for really inexpensive prices too!! ($1-$3each)

What You’ll Need:

  • Easter Craft Eggs
  • Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Pallet

Directions:

There’s really no hard-fine rules to this craft, because it’s all on your creative style! I just went with a few solid painted eggs, and added some spring flowers. Others, I did stripes, polka-dots, and other jazzy Springtime prints!

Floral Prints:

Above is a closeup on how I painted my eggs with my spring flowers. The top picture shows step-by-step exactly how I create them!

Helpful tip:

It’s all about blending and overlapping colors!!!!!!

Aren’t these eggs the cutest?!?! I seriously was in the zone while making these (along with binge watching the Gilmore Girls on Netflix!) When complete with your crafty eggs, style them in an egg carton filled with Easter egg grass, or paper filling. I had some from the DollarTree, and also purchased my egg carton from Target (The one other Easter item I purchased from Target all month!)

Have you purchased these Craft Eggs from Walmart?! What cool designs did you create?! Comment below or tag me on IG sharing your Egg-stra special Easter Eggs!

Happy Easter everyone!

Teddy Graham Hearts

Valentine’s is coming up, and while my kids are in the middle of basketball playoffs, martial arts, and are invited to birthday parties over the weekend, this mama has no time to do some extreme time consuming craft, or bake-good treat. Although, the creative juices in me want to, I have to be real with myself with the time I have.

So after a quick search on my pal Pinterest, I stumbled upon this cute Teddy Bear Graham Cookies Conversation Heart treat.

Pinterest Inspired By:

Teddy Bear Graham Cookies Holding Conversation Hearts

 By: Hello, Wonderful 

and also seen on…

Valentine’s Day Teddy Grahams

By: The Decorated Cookie

What You’ll Need:

  • Teddy Grahams (Honey flavored, or any of your favorite)
  • Conversation Heart Candies
  • Decorating Icing

Using ready made teddy bear cookies and conversation hearts makes this diy treat so easy to make, I could just make my kindergartener do it all. Seriously, no extra work for us working moms!!

Directions (it’s pretty simple):

  1. Add frosting/icing to the belly of each Teddy Graham and stick the conversation heart.
  2. You’re done! (Set to dry)

They are so cute!! With low effort too!!! Pack these cute adorable teddy’s in your childs lunch, or use them as a cupcake topper! I’ll probably make them as a cute Valentine’s Fay favor if time allows.

What’s your favorite Valentine’s treat?!

Check out more of my Festive Fun!!

100th Day of School

My youngest son has celebrated his 100th day of school today!!!! As a parent, and also a teachers assistant for a Kindergarten class, this is definitely a big event to celebrate for our little kindergarteners. Here are two fabulous ideas to do, for the special day to celebrate the 100th day!!!

Flashback: 100th Day – Transitional Kinder

In TK, my son was assigned to come to school on the 100th Day with a t-shirt that shows 100 of something. As always, I wanted an inexpensive, but still DIY-able project that shows effort, and fun for myself, and my son to enjoy. I created a fun One-Hondo Monster, using 100 different sized googley eyes, and some acrylic paint I already had.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • T-shirt
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush/Sponge Brush
  • Googley Eyes
  •  Fabric Paint
    EXTRA’S:
    Water, and plastic or cardboard

Directions:

  1. I first started out painting my monster on the t-shirt. Using a plastic reusable bag, I used it as a backing surface to separate the front and back part of the t-shirt, so the paint won’t soak through.
  2. I free-hand painted my monster, using different paint colors.
  3. Set to dry, as said on the acrylic paint bottle. (I had set mine to dry for the evening.)
  4. Have your child help in the next part. He/she should be able to count along with you, as 100 is the theme of day. Your child was probably expected to count to 100 at this point of the school year as well.
  5. Using the fabric glue, glue on the googley eyes to the monster painted.
  6. Get creative!!! I had purchased a pack of assorted googley eyes, so the monster would look goofy and just, darn right adorable!
  7. Set to dry again, to allow the plastic of the googley eyes stick to the acrylic paint on the fabric.
  8. Enjoy and sport your new DIY’d 100th Day tee at school!!!

If you don’t have any of these item’s, I promise you, this will cost you no more than $8-$10. All these items are relatively inexpensive at the craft store, and can even be purchased at the Dollar store, and WalMart!! I’m talking about savings here!!

This next 100th day celebration project, is a poster displaying 100 items. What is something you probably have in your kitchen pantry already, will probably also save you a few dollars, and also a treat to enjoy will crafting! This year, as I’m a kinder aid for a local school in my area, our class was to come to school with a poster, or project, to display 100 items. A few children celebrated using beads on a necklace, other’s used pennies, and other’s plastic insects from the DollarTree. As the children arrived to school with their posters/projects, one of my students stood out the most, and gave me the great idea to try it as well, with my son right after I picked him up from school that day.

Here’s are great flavor blasted treat to celebrate the 100th day of school with some extra cheddar for your craft!!

What you’ll need:

  • Gold Fish
    (I had actually had a huge box of them, in my pantry already!)
  • Blue Poster Board
    (DollarTree has these posters at $0.40-$.050 a pop!)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Green Streamers/ or construction paper

Directions:

  1. Cut out a huge fish bowl out of the blue poster board.
  2. Count out 100 gold fish with your child, and create a fun pattern as the fish were swimming together.
  3. Glue on the gold fish.
    Be really, really patient as the gold fish we’re falling off with our Elmer’s liquid glue.
  4. Using the green streamer, cut out a few pieces to create sea-weed. Twist, and glue firmly.
  5. Set to dry.

 

…And viola!!! Another fun, inexpensive craft to enjoy with your children, using supplies you can find around the house, or can just spend a few dollars for (that’s a latte!!)

I’m a huge fan of the 100th day of school! I can’t remember celebrating it at all back in elementary school, but I’m so happy to celebrate the day with my kids, and also my students! What have you done with your kids for the 100th day of school? Comment below!!

Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Pt.2

Here’s part 2 of my Cheap & East Christmas Crafts!! With a few new material’s — these material’s still won’t break your budget for holiday shopping!! From popsicle sticks, gift tissue, and also pipe cleaners. All these items can be found at the DollarTree!!!

Estimated Cost: Under $10

Time To Complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts +Using Pipe Cleaners & Popsicle Sticks

Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as an outlet to be creative and have some fun! Little do they know that it is so good for their development as well!

 

DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS 

Bilateral Coordination– Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting, all require your child to use both of their hands together. This skill is important in other areas of their lives as they continue to grow, such as writing, tying shoes, typing and so much more!

Fine Motor Coordination– In order to draw shapes, cut patterns, and hand writing, your child is required to use their fine motor coordination. These skills similarly translate to other areas of their lives, such as dressing ,eating, and in the academic setting.

Bonding and fun-Your kids will love spending time with you and creating something together! I’m not sure who enjoys it more, myself or my kids most times. Just kidding, I’ve been crafting with my kids since they were little. Everyday, they ask to do a craft. Call me crazy, but I literally TRY to plan a craft for them every week. Not every craft I do makes it to my blog.

Difficulty Level: Kid Friendly

What You’ll Need:

-Colored Construction Paper

-Scissors

-Glue

-Sponge Brush

-Colored Gift Tissue

-Colored Pipe Cleaners

-Popsicle Sticks

 
(Optional)
Christmas Miniatures
 Can be found at craft stores.

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By: Stacey, from Glued To My Crafts

Post: Popsicle Stick Christmas Door, Kids Craft

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Christmas Cards Pt. 2 | Holiday Pages

By: Ewelina, from Kreatywnie W Domu (Blogger from Poland)

Glass Stained Window Ornaments

By: Victoria, from ABC Creative Learning

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Craft For Cards

By: Michelle, from Crafty Morning

I actually mentioned her on Pt. 1, but wanted to feature her again, because she has the cutest holiday crafts on her blog!

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If you haven’t checked out the Pt.1 of my Cheap & Easy Christmas Crafts, you can check it out HERE, or the link below!

I’m super loving all these crafts right now!!! I’m currently saving them for Winter Break, once the boy’s get off school, and our schedules open up! I can’t wait to start crafting!! Having elementary school aged kids is just another level! I’m definietly in a point of a parenting lifestyle transition as my kids are older, have their own school/ extra curricular activities schedules. I miss the day’s of just staying home, and crafting all day.

Oh where did time go?!

Anyone else going through a transitional time of the kids growing up and their schedule’s take over your life? Anyone? Comment below!

……Until the next blog post.

Happy Holidays!!

And happy crafting!!!!!

Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Pt.1

Construction paper and tissue paper are dream materials for Christmas decorations for kids can make. Not only are they easy to work with, they also mean no mess. That’s why these Christmas crafts are some of my favorite simple Christmas crafts for kids. In three simple steps your little ones can create these cute kids Christmas crafts over a December weekend, or during Christmas break!

What You’ll Need:

-Colored Construction Paper

-Scissors

-Glue

And maybe some…

-Ribbon/Twine

Super simple right? These are all items we all may already have in your homes! Especially if you already to many crafts with the kids. If not, you can colored construction paper just about anywhere. From Walgreens, Target, WalMart, also the DollarTree!

Estimated Cost: Under $5

Time To Complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts

Difficulty Level: Kid Friendly

1. Paper Christmas Tree

By: Ruby And The Dodo

I also really like her Christmas Tree Sun Catcher 

By: Michelle, from Crafty Morning

By: Lisa SummerhaysStubbornly Crafty

4. Paper Cones

Source: The Art In Life

Check out their other 14 Take A Breath DIY Window Decorations that will amaze you!

Don’t you love Pinterest? Stay tuned for my second part of my Pinterest inspired Christmas crafts!

Happy Saturday!

Winter Trees

The holiday season is here! I’ve been going down my Christmas TO-DO Lists, and I’m so happy, I’ve made it this far into the month, still happily sane. If you’ve noticed the past Christmas seasons are usually rough and chaotic for me. So much, as I can’t even produce content to share with you all on my blog. I get so busy on the daily life grind, it’s impossible for me to hit publish. This year, I’m taking control of the holidays and checking my list more than twice!!!

We’re about 10 days into December and I want to hit it hard on my blog, sharing crafts, goodies, gift ideas and more!! Like always, budget friendly, thrift store finds, and dollar tree crafts! This post, is a fun holiday kid friendly craft, PINTERESTinspired with an additional add on. Check out my Winter Tree craft!!

Pinterest Inspired By:

Mary, from MaryMaking

Colorful Abstract Winter Trees

All the supplies, are pretty easy to find around the house. You’ll just need colored gift tissue!!

What You’ll Need:

  • Colored Tissue Paper (I got mine for the DollarTree!)
  • Glue
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • White Paper
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Purple/Indigo Colored Crayons

Directions:

  1. Take your gift tissue, one of each color, and cut into small cubes. I made mine about 2″x2″inches in size.
  2. Using you liquid glue and sponge brush, lightly brush glue onto the white sheet of paper.
    I used plain, white printer paper, but you can also use construction paper as well. Just make sure it’s white, so the colors show more.
  3. Fill your white sheet of paper, with colored tissue cubes as much as possible. Layering is key!
  4. Set to dry.
  5. Once dry, cut the sheet of paper into random sized triangles (Christmas Trees!).
    Any size will do, as the sky’s the limit as later you can decide to either glue the trees onto a new sheet of paper.
  6. You can create the triangles, by simply cutting “v” shapes.
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  7. After cutting your trees, take your purple, or indigo colored crayon, creating branches.
  8. Lastly, take your hole puncher and hole punch a a white scrap piece of paper. I just used a index card.
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  9. Using s glue stick, randomly glue on your snowflakes (hole punched holes) to your colorful Christmas trees!
  10. Finishing off the craft, you can glue the complete wintery colored trees onto a clean sheet on construction and create a cool wintery forest.The kids and I did two different color winter forests. One with snowflakes, the other, without. I truly really love this craft. The colors of the transparent tissue paper against the white sheet of paper gives this art piece a nice cool modern feel, and different from the rest of the holiday crafts.

Check out what we did with the our left over winter trees!

Since it’s the season of giving, I love sending snail mail to friends and family, so I took our leftovers, and glued it to a few envelopes I plan to use to send out!

Like this craft?! Stay tuned for more posts later this month! Or follow me on Instagram to see sneak peeks on whats to come next!

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Happy Holidays!!!

Cherrio Corn On The Cob

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a casual craft. I’ve been focusing on my new lifestyle here in Sacramento, that it’s been difficult to slow down, and enjoy a simple craft with my kids. With fall inches near us, I thought it was appropriate to share a harvest craft! In celebration of fall/autumn, and settled down in one of the top cities in California that harvests majority of the states agriculture, this would be a perfect craft to share!

I live fairly close to a few farms. One exit away, I’m already downtown. The other, I hit farms, and just a few yards away, is the Sacramento River. I actually drive by two farms every day, on my way to work. At first it was something to get used to, as in the Bay Area, there was only 1 or 2 farms I’d actually see. But these farms are gorgeous!!!!!! Acres and acres of amazing fruit and veggies. Early Spring, when I first moved to Sacramento, there were miles out to the sunset sunflowers. Beautifully, amazing tall sunflowers. A photographers dream. Living here in Sacramento has also inspired me to grow some fruits and vegetables. I’ll have to share with you how my garden boxes are doing. (So stay tuned for that!)

Like every craft I do, this was so affordable, quick and easy. It fits any age child, and if you have an older child (3rd/4th grade) I’d highly suggest talking about agriculture, and food.

 

Here are few examples to talk about with your kids:

  • Ask your child about almonds?
  • Where are they grown?
  • Where did almond trees come from?
  • When did almond trees arrive in the US?
  • What kind of weather do almond trees like?
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Have fun talking with your child during the craft…Here are some more questions you can ask your child over crafting!!! This encourages talking, learning, aside from doing the craft in front of you. Depending on the craft, keep topics concentrated of the same craft at hand! Since this craft if about corn, and fall harvesting, topics about farmers and agriculture should be covered!
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So as you enjoy this craft, be sure to talk to your kids. This is something that I’ll be incorporating into my craft tutorials. As my kids grow, and get older, so will my tutorial craft posts. I’ve come to terms with my children growing, and it’ll hit a point of no more kids craft posts (BUT that won’t hit for a couple more years, since I still have a kindergartener. ) Sniff. Sniff….. Imagining them getting older, not doing these crafts with me does sadden me, but I do look forward to whats to come!
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In the mean time, I introduce to you my version of the Pinterest Inspired: Cherrio Corn On The Cob!!!

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What You’ll Need:

  • Green & Yellow Construction PaperDon’t have construction paper handy?
    No worries!!! This craft can be done using crayons/markers/colored pencils/ or paint!!!! Read scroll down below for separate instructions!
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Cherrio Cereal
  • Hole Puncher
  • Fall Colored Yarn/Twine

Directions:

  1.  First, take your yellow construction paper and cut into quarters.
  2. Stack them together, then with a pencil freehand a corn ear shape. It kind’ve looks like a giant’s thumbprint.
    (Don’t worry about the bottom of the corn ear cut out, since it’ll be covered.)
  3. Cut and set aside.
  4. Taking the green construction paper, cut into 6 equal pieces.
  5. Stack the green squares together.
  6. Draw out two leaves, the shape of a “v.”
  7. Cut and set aside.
  8. Take green “husks,” and glue on top of the yellow corn.
    If you have young ones, this is where they can join. Older children, and definietly do the above steps.
  9. Take your Cherrios, and have your child glue Cherrio’s to the corn.
  10. Apply the Cherrios, set to glue, and wait to dry.From here they Corn on the Cob is complete.

    No Construction Paper?????????
    Sometimes we don’t always have the art supplies needed to create with out children. But, using white paperworks just fine, after applying paint/crayon or markers! All you need to white paper, and the colors yellow and green!
    To  transform it into a harvest garland, continue on to steps 11-13.
  11. Take your hold puncher, and punch a hole on the top of your ear of corn.
  12. String through your yarn/twine, through each corn.
  13. Cut, snip, and adjust to your desired length.Your corn on the cob craft is complete! Display your garland around your home, as it adds it that fun harvest DIY feel!

Once you have completed the garland, hang them around your classroom, or around the house. I usually place my decorative garlands on my china hutch. I also had a few extra corn on cobs, which I plan to tape around my kitchen!

If you’re interested in my Autumn decor, you can read more about HERE.

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And voila! A corn on a cob craft!!! This is a perfect craft the kids can enjoy after school, or in the classroom!! Enjoy this fall autumn craft, munching on Cherrios, and discussing farmlands, and your favorite vegetables!! Teachers, this is also a great introduction to fall harvesting topics, and Thanksgiving.

Stay tuned for more fall crafts!! I have tons to share, but so little time. So I’ll try my best to share as much can before October!! Once October hits, get ready for some Halloween crafts!!!

You can check some of my previous Halloween Craft HERE!

Creature Feature

Enjoy Halloween week with this too cute to scare craft! Create fun little Halloween creatures including spiders, Frankenstein, ghosts, pumpkins, witches and a vampire! There’s no doubt you and your children will have one terror-ific time! Here’s what you’ll need:

– Toilet Paper Rolls

– Glue

– Scissors

– Craft Paint

– Sponge Paint Brush

– Googly Eyes

Toilet Paper

Inspired by many of the PINteresting things I’ve seen, I’ve gone ahead and made my attempt on this run eco-friendly activity!

Spooky Spiders

  1. Cutting one toilet paper roll in half, this can create 2 spiders.
  2. Taking one of the halves, cut a one inch wide opening.
  3. Repeat same cut, opposite side of the roll.
  4. Cut 3 equal space cuts creating the legs of the spider.
  5. Taking black paint, paint the toilet paper roll completely black.
  6. Bend the legs of the spider out as you paint.
  7. Set to dry.
  8. Take as many goggly eyes, glue to the top half of the spider.

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These crafty creepy crawlers can be spotted around the house, placed on the window ledge, staircase steps, or just to play around with! Create a gang of spiders!!

Construct a monstrous mash up of a toilet paper roll and paint to create Frankenstein! Happy, sad, confused, dazed, give him whatever facial expression your ghostly heart desires!

Frank

Frankenstein:

  1. Snip short cuts all along one of the sides of the toilet paper roll, creating the hair.
  2. Paint the top 3/4 of the roll black.
  3. Using a finer tip brush you can line Frankenstein up with proper bangs.
  4. The rest of the roll will be painted green.
  5. Set to dry.
  6. Glue two goggly eyes, and create facial expressions for Mr. Frank.
  7. Don’t forget to add stitchings to the cheeks.

 

You can create other fun Halloween favorites with toilet paper and just a few other colors of paint, and maybe some construction paper. Follow me on Instagram to see more up coming Halloween Crafts!

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Vampire Handprint

As always, I was on Pinterest searching up a good kids craft for my children and also for my sons 2nd grade class. I come into the classroom every Friday afternoon and do a craft. As a crafty class mom, I love doing these crafts. If I could, I would want to come in at least 2 or 3 times a week to do arts & crafts with them.

In the spirit of Halloween I found this great Vampire craft by Michelle from (Crafty Morning). This is such a great Halloween art project your children or students will enjoy!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Construction Paper (Colors: White, red, and black)

Tempra Paint (Colors: Brown, white, black)

Goggly Eyes

Paint Brush

Glue

Scissors

Supplies

Directions:

1.  For a nice realistic skin tone, you’ll need to mix the brown and white tempra paint.

2.  Once Mixed, paint skin tone color to the palm of the hand, as well as the thumb.

3.  Add black paint to the 4 leftover fingers, with a widows peak detail.

4.  Place painted hand on white construction paper, and set aside to dry.

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5.   Take your red, and black paper and cut the body and collar of the vampire.

6.   Using scraps of white and red paper, cut out little triangles for the bowtie and white shirt.

7.   Glue your pieces together on white paper.

8.   By this time your handprint should be already dry, and ready to cut and paste.

9.   Once your handprint it cut out, glue your goggley eyes in place.

10.   Draw in a smile, and add 2 teeth like fangs. (Red or white using scraps of construction paper.)

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At this point your vampire should be completely dry and display in the classroom or on the fridge!

Happy crafting!

(Insert vampire evil laugh here!) Ah, ah, ah, ah!

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Blowing Kisses (Bubble Valentine)

Valentine’s is here just in a few days, an as baseball season kicks in, trying to find the time to make a DIY valentine card is quite difficult to find. Last year I made some fun Cupid’s Poop for my son’s 1st grade class. Since time is tight now-a-days, I have to create and fun and easy treat to prepare. Here’s a quick and easy valentine’s day treat to share with your child’s classmates. Take the time to add some personality, and fun to your valentine’s day “card.” This is fun treat to blow kisses towards your valentine. Plus, it contain’s no sugar!

What you’ll need:

  1. Bubbles (Bubble Wands/Favors)
    (I purchased mine from Target for about $3. These fun robot themed bubbles can add a great modern twist to your average Valentine color scheme.)
  2. Silver Round Metal Rim Gift Key Tags. Aqua, 1 9/16inch diameter
    (My older son  came with me in Michael’s, and picked the tags out himself!)
  3. Teal Bakers Twine (or ribbon! Whatever color that cou)
    ($1.99 at Michael’s, we found ours right at the check out line.)
  4. Scissors
  5. Pen

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Directions:

  1. Pre-write with your child the “To,” “From,” and “Happy Valentine’s Day” with your child is he already know’s how to write. Sadly, we were pressed for time, so mommy had to just do it. (It happens. But mommy, works more efficiently as well.)
  2. Eyeball however long you’d like your twine or ribbon to be, and tie a nice bow around your bubble lid.
  3. Secure gift tag to the favor.
  4. Pass our your Valentine’s!Class Valentine'sHere’s my finish product. Don’t mind one of the tags. I had a brain fart, and I was waiting for my coffee to brew.
    Simple, and easy right?Check out more of my Valentine’s craft inspiration here on my Pinterest page!
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    I hope you and loved ones have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! I sure know I am!
    (It’s our anniversary weekend! Eeek!! 14years!!)

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