DIY Cake Pops + V-Day Printables
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I am over on 100 Layer Cakelet today sharing the recipe for these Valentines Day Cake Pops.  Come to find out, making a cake pop is way harder than it looks!  Give yourself some time and patience with these…..but I promise the outcome will be well worth it!

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I also designed these free printable tags for you to add to your finished pops, or any Valentine’s Day gift for that matter.  (for personal use only)

You can download them HERE >>>

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DIY friendship bracelets
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I thought it’d be fun to create a simple DIY that Rylee could gift her friends on Valentines day.  I decided on braided fabric friendship bracelets.

The only supplies you will need are scrap fabric or yarn (in shades of pink / red preferably) and a pair of scissors.

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Cut your fabric and / or string into three strips.  Two strips should be about 3 inches longer than your child’s wrist diameter, and one strip should be about 5 inches longer.  Knot the shorter strips around the longer strip and braid until you reach the end.  Create another knot at the end.

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Tie the long fabric ends together to create the bracelet.  Or, if you are feeling crafty, take apart an old necklace or bracelet that you never wear and repurpose the hooks for this bracelet.

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Using heavy kraft cardstock, I cut out several 2.5″ x 4″ rectangles.  I used this as my base to wrap the bracelet around.  I added a white doily heart sticker to the top and  hand wrote each child’s name on the bottom.

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DIY Sparkle Party Crowns

DIY Sparkle Party Crown | Kelli Murray

In honor of New Year’s Eve….I whipped up these simple sparkly party crowns for Rylee and I.  I’ve seen variations all over, but thought I’d share how we made ours in case any of you wanted to give it a try to ring in the New Year.

DIY Sparkle Party Crown | Kelli Murray

Supplies:  Plastic Headband //  Gild Sparkle Pip Cleaner //  Gold Sparkle PomPoms (optional)

DIY Sparkle Party Crown | Kelli Murray

1.   Wrap your entire headband with the gold pipe cleaner  //   2.  Fold the pipe cleaner in half to create points.  Place the first crown point in the front center of your headband.  And line up the others right beside that evenly.  You can make the front center one the tallest, and graduate down in height as you wrap around the back.  Or you can choose to make them all the same height.

DIY Sparkle Party Crown | Kelli Murray

3.  Glue a sparkly gold pom pom to the top of each point to finish it off!  Or double up the points to create a stacked effect.  Voila! Ready to party.DIY Sparkle Party Crown | Kelli Murray

Another variation is a star crown.  Shape your pipe cleaner into stars by just bending in 5 points.  Make them all in slightly different sizes to add a little interest.

DIY Sparkle Party Crown | Kelli Murray

Link them all up and tie it around your head with either a ribbon or another long pipe cleaner.

DIY Sparkle Party Crown | Kelli Murray

DIY Sparkle Party Crown | Kelli Murray

DIY Sparkle Party Crown | Kelli Murray

Top c/o Kindred Oak

 


Holiday Wrapping Inspiration

DIY wrapping paper // Kelli Murray

DIY wrapping paper // Kelli Murray

DIY wrapping paper // Kelli Murray

I am a big fan of kraft paper, always have been.  I’m all for the simple kraft look with twine & paired with a little green.  But why not spruce up your paper with a hand painted design?  It doesn’t need to be perfect and you definitely don’t need to be an artist.  In fact, I kind of like the  inconsistency….it gives it more character ;)  I decided to mix it up this year with a few different designs.

All you need is the kraft paper, a fine brush (or whatever size you prefer for your design), black paint, and a little water for mixing.  This isn’t just reserved for the holidays….you could create any design to fit your occasion!  I am sure most of you are done with your wrapping….but if you’re not, don’t forget you can download my holiday tags here! xx


FREE PRINTABLE 2013 HOLIDAY GIFT TAGS

Free printable holiday tags //  Kelli Murray

Free printable holiday tags //  Kelli Murray

I created this set of gift tags based on a few of my recent holiday greeting card designs.  I am offering them to you as a free printable as a thanks for following along, encouraging me, and in turn, inspiring me in so many ways!  I hope they can add a little something extra to your holiday packages this year!

Just print the file out onto cardstock, cut around the edges, punch a hole, and string with twine.  Happy wrapping!

Free printable holiday tags //  Kelli Murray

Free printable holiday tags //  Kelli Murray

You can also still print last years free Christmas tags HERE.

Enjoy!