Valentines Day – Thrifty & in Love

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Make this years Valentines Day special without breaking the bank.

free valentines printable.jpfFirst you will want to head over to Style Crush for these FREE printable Mini Valentines!

These would be cute tucked into your kids lunch box each day leading up to Valentines, with a special note as to why you love the.

Or tape one to the steering wheel each morning before your Hubby leaves for work, with a little note as to how much you love him.

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This is a repost from two years ago.. but we had fun making them again this year. SO I thought I would post the idea again in case you wanted to make one too.

Make this years Valentines Day special without breaking the bank.

My 4 year old wanted to do a craft project with Mom so this is what we made.

 It was fun, and turned out rather cute!

You will need

  • A pair or little hands :)
  • Red paint
  • Paint brush or sponge
  • Card stock… I used a 12×12 sheet cut in half then folded to make a card
  • Marker

handmade valentines idea

On a side note you might want to make sure your little one is wearing an old shirt… cause they always seem to get paint everywhere!

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Use the red paint to cover the fingers and palm of their hand.  You will need to act quick so it does not dry.  Only do one hand at a time.  We painted her hand 4 times to make 4 cards then switched to the other hand and painted it 4 times as well.

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Firmly press  hand down, with the thumb pointing down to form half the heart.
childrens handmade valentines idea

 Once the paint is dry write your messages and draw a heart in the middle.

It was a fun little afternoon project!

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Valentine’s Socks~Thrifty Gift Ideas

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to show someone you love them this Valentine’s day?  This “punny” gift will knock their socks off!

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My husband and I are cheap, “thrifty” and don’t usually spend much on Valentine’s day.  I usually make his favorite meal and we may exchange cards, but it isn’t a big holiday at our house.  Our anniversary is the same week and we tend to focus on that instead.  I still like to do a little something for my kids though.  This gift is perfect for kids, or, really anyone you want to give a little Valentine to.

All you need is a pair of new socks, some ribbon and a tag.  You don’t have to get fancy with the tag, write it out on a sticky note or get some tags from the dollar store.  (I tried to create the tag as a printable, but my program wouldn’t cooperate.  I ended up having to use my Silhouette software, which doesn’t allow me to share as a printable file.  If you happen to have the Silhouette software and want the file, I would be happy to share, just give us your email address and I will send it to you!)

I have 2 boys that I don’t think would quite appreciate the cute socks the way my daughter does, so they are just getting white.  Practical, but still makes a fun gift when you add the little note. Just roll them up and tie the tag on with some ribbon or put in a cute little gift bag.  In case you can’t read them, the note on the white socks says “We make a perfect pair, Valentine!” and the one with the colorful pair says “Valentine, You knock my socks off!”  Valentine’s day seems to bring out the cheesy puns in all of us, doesn’t it?  So there you have it!  A practical, cute, thrifty, Valentine’s day gift!

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Valentine fortune cookies, QUICK AND EASY craft idea.  I have got to make these with the kids!!!

Make this years Valentines Day special without breaking the bank.

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Did you know you can make paper fortune cookies… for pennies!

Or FREE if you have extra scrapbook paper laying around like I do.

I just use a drinking glass to trace circles on the page.

The bigger the circle the bigger the cookie will be.  I

 find a 3 inch circle works pretty well.

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Write your love notes on a small strip of paper and place in the middle, you can fold it in half  to help keep it inside and not sticking out the ends.

Fold the circle in half, but DO NOT crease the end flat.

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Put your thumb and your middle finger on the ends, and use your pointer finger gentle press the middle inward.

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Place a small glue dot in the fold to hold it in place.

Easy at that you have some very  CUTE Valentines fortune cookies!

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DIY Wreath Made From Fabric Squares~Valentine’s Day Wreath

I love wreaths.  A lot.  Like, probably too much.  This obsession has only begun in the last couple of years, but now I want one for every season.  I have seen cute rag style wreaths all over the blog world and decided it was time to try to make my own.

What you will need:

A wreath form (I used a wicker style from the dollar store)

Fabric

Pinking shears

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Piece of cardboard cut into a 3×3 inch square

For your fabric, pick a few fat quarters up at your local fabric store if you don’t have scraps on hand.  I already had what I needed in my stash.  Use as many or as few colors as you want, but try to keep them coordinated.  Since mine is for Valentine’s day, I used pinks and reds in various shades.  Now lay out your fabric and begin tracing squares with a light pencil or a fabric pencil.  Do it very lightly so it doesn’t show too much.  Now either using pinking shears or a rotary cutter with a pinking blade cut out your squares.  The benefit of using the pinking shears as opposed to scissors is that it will not fray.  What a bummer to spend all that time making it to have it be destroyed because it frayed too much!  Pinking shears have a jagged edge to them making it harder for the fabric to fray when cut.  They come in handy when cutting fabric for many different projects.

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this picture above is a close up of what your fabric will look like once cut with pinking shears.

Once your fabric is cut it is time to attach the squares to your wreath form.  Do yourself a favor and buy a glue gun that has dual temp control.  Sometimes you don’t need it to be as hot and when you are going to be using your fingers a lot it really does help.  I forgot to take a picture of the wreath form before I glued the fabric on, so I turned it over so you could see what I used.  I just got this at the Dollar Tree near me.  You can use any type of wreath form you want.

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To help attach the squares, I used an ink pen WITHOUT the pen part out.  You don’t want to leave ink marks on your fabric.  It probably wouldn’t show, but just use a retractable ink pen or a pencil that has been sharpened, but is very dull now.  Grab your square and wrap it around the tip of your ink pen with the patterned side out.  Add a drop of hot glue to the tip and place it on the wreath where you want to put it.  Another benefit of using the pointed object is that you can place the squares in the holes of the wreath so they lay better.  Hold it there for about 30 seconds or until you think it is set.  Continue to do this until you have the wreath as full as you would like it to be.  The more full it is, the fluffier it will look.  As you go, the pieces will help support each other so that they don’t just flop open as well.  When you first start, you may think it will not turn out pretty because the pieces don’t set just right, but trust me, as the wreath fills up, it looks better.  These wreaths are perfect for holidays as you can change the colors.  Red, white and blue for 4th of July, Greens for St Patrick’s day.  Pastels for Spring.  You get the picture.  Would also be great to add a special touch to any room in your home, so easy to find fabric to match any decor!

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  I love Fudge!  It should be made all year round.  This recipe is super easy to make and delicious to eat.

Supplies Needed:
Big Metal Bowl
*  2 – 8 ounce Hershey candy bars. (The large one is only 7.5 ounces, so I buy the packet with 6 candy bars that are 1.5 ounces a piece)
*  1 bag of milk chocolate chips
*  ½ pound of mini marshmallows (The bag I buy is 16 ounces, so I guess-timate how much is half the bag)

Put all the ingredients in a large Metal Bowl.  Break up the chocolate bars into small pieces.  Set aside.

In a Heavy Sauce Pan:
*  4½ cups of cane sugar
*  1 cube of butter (½ cup)
*  1 can of evaporated milk (15 ounces)
*  Dash of Salt

Melt butter in a heavy sauce pan.  Next add milk, sugar and evaporated milk.  Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.  Once it begins to boil, stop stirring for 7 minutes.  This is why the pan needs to be heavy or it will scorch.  Once you have finished boiling the sugar mixture for 7 minutes.  Check is it is a soft ball stage, if it is, than pour the sugar mixture on top of the chocolate and marshmallows.

Add:
*   1 teaspoon of Vanilla
*   2-3 cups of walnuts (if you desire)

Stir the mixture all together until smooth.  Pour into a large buttered and wax paper pan and smooth out with a spatula.  Let cool.  Once cooled take a Heart Shaped cookie cutter and cut out mini-hearts.  I sprinkled pink sprinkles on top to add a bit of fun!

(When making candy,  Cane Sugar is the best to use.  The heat added to the sugar breaks it down to be smoother- My great-grandma only uses can.  However, you can use whatever you like.)
ingredients
Ingredients: 
Sugar
Butter
Milk chocolate chips
Candy bars
Evaporated milk
Salt
Vanilla
Walnuts
marshmallows and chocolateBreak up the candy bars.  Pour the marshmallows and the chocolate chips in a metal bowl.
butter and sugarThe sugar, milk, salt, and butter mixture.
carmel in the waterSoft ball stage.  Drop sugar mixture from the spoon into a cup of cold water.  I do this two or three times during the 7 minutes.

carmel out of waterOnce the sugar mixture has been dropped into the cup.  Pinch it together.  It should be like soft taffy.
carmel and chocolate pouringPour sugar mixture into the large metal bowl.
mixing 1stAdd the vanilla and nuts at this time.
fudge in the bowlStir quickly.  It will begin to harden. 
the panPour into buttered wax paper.
fudge in panSmooth the fudge out and let cool.
cut out fudgeCut out the fudge pieces.
fudgeYou can leave plain.  or
fudge with sprinklesAdd sprinkles….

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