DIY Chalkboard Valentines

One last Valentine’s Day DIY coming your way! If you’re not a fan of the store- bought cards and prefer to make your own, these Valentines are for you! All you need is some black construction paper and a white crayon- how much easier could it get?!- and maybe some washi tape if you want to mix things up a bit. These take minutes to make and the results are super cute. Just look up some cute phrases and pretty designs on Pinterest for inspo and you’re good to go- voila! (I’m also thinking this would make cure wrapping paper if you can find sheets of paper big enough… what do you think?).

Materials

Black construction paper

White crayon

Washi tape

Directions

1. Fold the paper in half to make the card and using the white crayon draw out the design you want

2. … or cut out washi tape to size and create a cute heart (or other pretty Vday design).

Tip: you may want to use a glue stick for extra hold- I found my washi tape didn’t stick too well to the paper for some reason…

I thought these were a fun twist on the classic Valentines we see every year, and if you’re really talented at calligraphy, think of how beautiful these could turn out! For kids, this is a fun way to get them making their own cards and encourage them to add a personal touch when they write out what goes inside (even if they just add some stickers or write their name). Does anyone else like making their own cards or do you like to buy them? What are some of your favourite ways to personalize a card or gift?

For more Valentine’s Day ideas:

Easy Homemade Tablecloth (that also doubles as a cute photo backdrop!) 

Cheers to Good Friends! A Valentine’s Day Tutorial- Ava to Zoe

Pretty in Pink Ice Cream Floats

Growing up, ice cream floats were that thing you got when you were a good kid, did all your chores, ate all your dinner, and showed your parents that you could sit at the table without behaving like a zoo animal. Long story short, they were a treat right up there with milkshakes, staying up late, and junk food. Before making them for this post I can’t honestly remember the last time I had one, but oh em gee I remember why I loved them so much as a kid after making these!

There’s something about the combo of a sweet carbonated beverage  and classic vanilla ice cream that is just plain ah- mazing. And really, does it get much better than a drinkable dessert (bonus points when topped with sprinkles 😉 )? I know there are classic combos like lemon- lime soda or root beer paired with ice cream to make these, but something about swapping in ginger ale (I used cranberry) took these to another level. And since they were part of a cute Valentine’s Day shoot (see that post on my friend Keisha’s blog here), the cute pink colour was a happy bonus of trying a different take on this classic. I think the beauty of these is that they only require 2 ingredients: ice cream and pop, and the rest is up to you and how crazy/ creative you want to get with flavour combos and toppings. But no matter what, there’s a major YUM factor with these and proof that you can’t beat a classic.

 

Ingredients

Vanilla ice cream

Cranberry or raspberry ginger ail

Sprinkles

Red licorice

Directions

1.Pour equal amounts of ginger ale into all of your glasses- leave approximately 1 to 2 inches of space at the top of the glass.

2. Top with 1 to 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, adding sprinkles for a fun touch.

3. Finish off with a piece of red liquorice and a party straw for a cute drinkable dessert.

  

  

 

Want more ideas for a Valentine’s Day Party?…

 

See more from the Heart Eyes Valentine’s Day Party collab on Loving Little’s Blog & get more great Valentine’s Party ideas from some of the other talented ladies who collaborated:

The Cheerio Diaries: Valentine’s Day Vanilla Dip Donuts | Owl Be Your Valentine

Creative Wife & Joyful Worker: Marshmallow & White Chocolate Sprinkle Strawberry Hearts | Teddy Bear Love You Colouring Sheet 

Raising Jay and Abel: 2 Step Valentine’s Day XO Tablecloth

Valentine’s Day Party Details {Bloggers & Makers}

Photos:

Recipe steps- OHP

Valentine’s Day Party- Vanessa Marie Studios

Heart Flower Wreath & Table Flowers – Sequel Events

Silver Heart Banner & Gold Heart Cupcake Toppers – BC Baby Creations

Cake – Vintage Rose Afternoon Tea

DIY Marshmallow and White Chocolate Sprinkle Strawberry Hearts – Creative Wife and Joyful Worker

DIY Donut Recipe – The Cheerio Diaries

Darling Print – A Little Love Creative

Marshmallows – Marsh & Mallow

Gold Heart Popcorn Holder & Rose Gold Love Balloon – Joonie and Joe

Tissue Paper Garlands & Noise Makers – Fun Fiestas by Ili

DIY Kid’s XOXO Table Cloth – Raising Jay and Abel

Red Heart Banner & Valentines Cards – Pink Paper Boutique

Kid’s Valentine Printable Download – Creative Wife Designs

DIY Potato Stamped Favour Bags & Ice Cream Floats – OHP

Valentine’s XOXO Sprinkles – Dainty Sprinkle Co.

Easy Homemade Tablecloth/ Photo Backdrop

I’m just going to say #sorrynotsorry right now for all of the Valentine’s Day posts that will be coming your way in the next week or so. I’m not necessarily that girl who goes all- out for Vday, but I love any excuse to try a new recipe or DIY and with all the hearts and cute things that come with February 14th I can’t resist the chance to try out some things I’ve had on my to- do list. Whether you’re looking for ideas for date night or a Valentine’s Day party, I’ve got some good stuff coming your way!

And before you think ‘girl I don’t have time for that’ I’ve got you covered: this project only takes 15 minutes to make and can double as either a tablecloth or photo backdrop. With 2 kids running around a lot of my projects usually end up with that ‘nailed it‘ moment at the end (you know that feeling when you try an idea on Pinterest thinking it’ll be easy and it fails miserably with you laughing the whole way ;)). But I promise this DIY is super quick and easy (the drying time is the longest part of the process), so even if you leave it to the last minute, you can whip this up the night before and still have it ready in time (just make sure you pick a design that’s simple enough to paint on fabric). If you’re looking for the perfect finishing touch for a party table or a cute photo backdrop, it doesn’t get much easier than this.

oxox KP

Materials

White fabric (cotton or another natural fibre is best)

Black fabric dye

Sponge brush

Large plastic garbage bag

Directions

1. Lay down the plastic garbage bag underneath the fabric. Mix up the fabric dye according to the instructions (we only used half a box) making sure you mix it well. It’s better to add a little water at a time so it doesn’t get too diluted.

2. Using the sponge brush, paint on the fabric the design you like- I went for Xs and Os for Valentine’s Day but the options are limitless. Repeat the pattern as desired.

3. Allow to air dry before using. If you need to wash the table cloth, follow the instructions on the fabric dye box. Add all of your party treats & have fun!

Details

Photos: Ava to Zoe

Marshmallows (pops, on straws, mini heart s’mores & hearts)- Marsh & Mallow

Heart pizza- Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Love envelope cookies- Que- T Sweet Treats

Sparkling rose wine- Haywire Winery

Paper flowers- Blooms and Paper

Cupcake toppers (used in marshmallows)- Paper + Parties 

For more Valentine’s ideas from the styled shoot visit this post on my friend Janette’s blog:

Cheers to Good Friends! A Valentine’s Day Part Tutorial (+ Free printable)

Potato Stamp Treat Bags {DIY}

This DIY totally brought back memories for me- who else remembers using potato stamps when they were kids??? This craft might have a Valentine’s Day theme, but it’s great for any occasion or party when you want to send guests home with a little favour. Just pick a design that matches the theme/ occasion and that’s simple enough to carve into a potato. I love how these turned out and how simple they are to make- it’s the perfect project for little hands to help with (once the potato is cut of course!). The hardest part is deciding what to stash inside them. 😉

Materials

For the bags

1 large potato

tempura paint

cotton bags (find these at the dollar store or craft store)

sharp pairing knife

cutting board

paper towel

For the treat bag inserts

clear plastic bags

twine

candy/ treats of your choice

Directions

  1. Slice the potato in half and cut out the shape you like (Bonus: ‘X’ and  ‘O’ are nice & easy). If you prefer, use a toothpick or the tip of the knife to etch the design into the potato as a guide to cut along.

2. Blot the potato on a piece of paper towel to help remove some of the moisture.

3. Pick the colour(s) of paint you want to use and blot off a little bit of the paint on the paper towel.

4. Press the potato stamp down on the cotton bag and repeat until you’ve completed the design you want.


5. Add other colours if using to finish your design & allow to air dry.


 

6. Pop the treats into a clear plastic bag and tie- off with some twine. Insert into the cotton bags and pull closed.  Optional: tuck in a little Valentine’s Day card or add a name tag to personalize.