How to Make a Gold Foil Iron Transfer Shirt for Valentine's Day

DIY Gold Iron On Foil Heart Shirt

I’ll let you in on a little secret: we filmed this video over a month ago and I’ve been dying to show you this project! I got this giant roll of…

How to Make a Gold Foil Iron Transfer Shirt for Valentine's Day

How to Make a Gold Foil Iron Transfer Shirt for Valentine's Day

I’ll let you in on a little secret: we filmed this video over a month ago and I’ve been dying to show you this project! I got this giant roll of gold screenprint foil a while back and it’s so fun to experiment with. You can put it on all kinds of stuff. This little stripey heart shirt is the perfect use for the gold iron on foil, and I decided to make a video to show you that this stuff is totally simple to work with. Take a peek at the video and you’ll see how fast you can make it!

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

FYI, the foil and adhesive come in large quantities, so you could get together with a bunch of besties and make shirts galore! They’re just in time for Valentine’s Day, and perfect to wear all year too. Don’t forget to subscribe to Lovely Indeed’s YouTube channel for lots more video goodness! xoxo

P.S. Another gold foil project!

How to Make a Gold Foil Iron Transfer Shirt for Valentine's Day

How to Make a Gold Foil Iron Transfer Shirt for Valentine's Day

How to Make a Gold Foil Iron Transfer Shirt for Valentine's Day

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Printable Tags for Valentine’s Day

Sometimes a free printable just hits the spot, right? I’ve been in a pinch more than a few times for a card or tag and just hit up some of…

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Sometimes a free printable just hits the spot, right? I’ve been in a pinch more than a few times for a card or tag and just hit up some of my pals on the internet for a quick printable for the occasion. So if you find yourself in need of some tags for your Valentine’s Day gifts, I’ve got your back!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Step 1: Download the files right here. Note: These are special files meant to work with Avery’s Design & Print Online platform, so don’t fret if it seems like they didn’t download properly! Just carry on to the next step.

Step 2: Open the files at avery.com/open.

Step 3: Choose the tags you’d like and print on the Avery Printable Tags with Strings.

Step 4: Fold the printed sheet at the perforations to pop the tags out, and wrap your gifts!

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Cute, huh? I sat down to design these and started liking the design so much I could have gone on making a slew of different versions. But I figured four was enough for even you Valentine’s Day superfans, so four it is. And I’ve also decided that pink and yellow is officially my new favorite Valentine color combo.

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Also! This is the first of a year full of awesome printables in a collab with Avery! So if there are any deep and yearning desires for a certain kind of printable that’s missing from your life, holla at your girl. xoxo

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

This post is sponsored by Avery. All opinions and ideas are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Waffles for Valentine’s Day

  Valentine’s Day is alllll fun and games until you have a kid. Seriously, forget any big sweeping romantic plans and just get comfy with the fact that you now…

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

 

Valentine’s Day is alllll fun and games until you have a kid. Seriously, forget any big sweeping romantic plans and just get comfy with the fact that you now have an extra mini-Valentine who will probably throw his peas at you while you’re trying to have a civilized dinner. It’s probably a good thing that Ryan and I have never been huge Valentine fanatics because our dreams would be dashed. But even so, you’ve gotta at least try to do a little something special to celebrate, so this year we did an early Valentine’s date at home, since we’ll be traveling on the actual day. I got all inspired when Wayfair came to us and asked what our ideal Valentine’s Day at home would be, because obviously it includes waffles. Waffles, and something to distract Henry while we try to eat them in peace and sip some bubbly, which is why we snagged a teepee for him. Bribing a kid with heart waffles and a teepee apparently works like a charm.

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

The heart waffles are as simple as it gets!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

Step 1: Make your favorite waffles!

Step 2: Slice a bunch of fruit in thin slices. Bonus points if you use lots of different colors!

Step 3: Use various sizes of heart cookie cutters to cut out the waffles and fruit.

Step 4: Stack them up, hold together with a skewer, and enjoy!

We had a blast hanging out and getting our waffle on, and Henry thought it was hysterical that he could eat in his little tent instead of at the table. We’re walking on the wild side over here, people.

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

A couple other Wayfair faves that made our V-Day so fun? That yellow couch!!! OMG. That baby is going in the new studio and I’m sure you’ll be seeing it around these parts all the dang time. It’s perfect with the little gold side table, too. See below for all of our Wayfair picks!

Mid-Century Sofa
Fur Throw Pillow
Canvas Teepee
Moroccan Shag Rug
Round End Table
Ice Bucket
Black and Gold Shaker
Black Flatware Set
Pink Dishes
Striped Blanket
Mrs. Throw Pillow

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

What about you? Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? Or a favorite thing to do? If you have kids, do you celebrate with them? I cannot WAIT until Henry’s old enough that he and I can secretly DIY a Valentine for Ryan together. Oh man that’s gonna be fun. I’m just picturing me trying to force him to use glitter on everything and him wanted to draw a tractor with hearts on it. In any case, hope these little heart waffles make their way to your Valentine’s table! Big thanks to Wayfair for helping us celebrate in style. xoxo

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

This post is presented in partnership with Wayfair. All opinions and ideas are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

Conversation Heart Popcorn

Quick Note! This is one of those projects we made and then saw on Pinterest that someone else had the same brilliant idea. So shout out to my homegirl-in-popcorn Sugar…

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

Quick Note! This is one of those projects we made and then saw on Pinterest that someone else had the same brilliant idea. So shout out to my homegirl-in-popcorn Sugar and Bash! We have slightly different techniques but we both clearly know what’s up. 

Valentine’s Day, Schmalentine’s Day — it’s conversation heart season! Maybe, just mayyyyybe my favorite seasonal candy. And you guys KNOW I’m a candy connoisseur. So clearly I’m the authority on these things. If you love those weird little hearts as much as I do, I’m thinking you should probably test out this super quick little popcorn recipe, just to be safe. I’m only looking out for your best interests.

Ingredients

Make Time: 10 Minutes

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

Step 1: Make your popcorn. We just use plain kernels and an air popper like this one. So simple!

Step 2: Spread your popcorn in a single layer on some wax paper.

Step 3: Melt your chocolate. Start with one cup of unmelted wafers and microwave according to the instructions. Once they’re about half melted add two drops of pink food coloring (the neon set in our ingredients list is awesome!). Melt fully and stir to mix the color.

Step 4: Drizzle the melted chocolate over your popcorn, and while it’s still melted, sprinkle conversation hearts over the top. You may want to individually nestle some hearts into the spots with lots of chocolate so that they stick well.

Step 5: Allow the chocolate to cool and harden, and eat up! You can bag it and give it to pals, or just make a big bowl for a Galentine’s Day movie marathon.

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

So easy and SO GOOD. For bonus points you can sprinkle a little sea salt and get that extra good sweet-salty combo going on. I accidentally maybe ate a whole bowl of this stuff while watching an episode of Jane the Virgin. Which, by the way, is my new favorite show. Are you watching it? Watch it ASAP so we can talk about whether you’re #teammichael or #teamrafael! xoxo

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

P.S. Need more Valentine’s Day ideas? I’ve got you covered.

How to Make a Modern Pop-Up Card for Valentine's Day

DIY Modern Valentine Pop-Up Cards

Pop up cards have always fascinated me! They’re so simple but so brilliant. In my head I have all these lofty aspirations of making those crazy fancy ones with lots…

How to Make a Modern Pop-Up Card for Valentine's Day

How to Make a Modern Pop-Up Card for Valentine's Day

Pop up cards have always fascinated me! They’re so simple but so brilliant. In my head I have all these lofty aspirations of making those crazy fancy ones with lots of different levels and layers, but I figured — maybe start small? So here we have it! A simple, modern take on a pop-up card that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day.

And don’t tell Mr. Lovely but this is for him. Remember our past DIY battles at Valentine’s Day (see  here, here, and here.)? Instead of buying things for each other we had to make something, and he would beat the pants off me every single time with something insanely thoughtful and cool. (Except for maybe the dino Valentine. I dominated that year.) Well this little beauty is for him so he’s got his work cut out if he’s going to try to top it.

How to Make a Modern Pop-Up Card for Valentine's Day

This also just so happens to be my first project over at eHow! I’m pumped to say I’ll be contributing over there from time to time this year, so head over to get the full how-to and make these little pop-ups for all of your Valentines. Happy making! xoxo

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How to Make a Modern Pop-Up Card for Valentine's Day

How to Make a Modern Pop-Up Card for Valentine's Day

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

DIY Anti Conversation Heart Sweater

Psst — don’t forget to submit your applications to work with Lovely Indeed! See job descriptions and learn about the application process right here. I’m sure you guys know by…

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

Psst — don’t forget to submit your applications to work with Lovely Indeed! See job descriptions and learn about the application process right here.

I’m sure you guys know by now that I love love. I’m definitely a rose-tinted glasses kind of gal, and even on the Valentine’s Days when I’ve been single I’m totally into all the schmaltz. But I know that there are some of you out there who are all, “It’s a fake holiday created by Hallmark to blah blah blah,” and for all of y’all, I’ve made the perfect Valentine’s Day project. I present: The Anti Conversation Heart Sweater.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (plus drying time)

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

Step 1: Use our printable template to print, cut, and trace, or draw your own hearts onto freezer paper. Cut the hearts out of the freezer paper.

Step 2: Place the freezer paper down on the front of the sweater and be sure it’s centered the way you’d like. Gently run a hot iron over the freezer paper to adhere it to the sweater and create a stencil.

Step 3: In each heart, use stickers to create the words that you’d like. Place the stickers down and press firmly. Tip: Run the hot iron over the stickers for a couple of seconds to get them to adhere a little better while you’re painting.

Step 4: Paint each heart a different color, being careful not to pull up the edges of the freezer paper or stickers.

Step 5: First peel away the freezer paper carefully. Then carefully remove each letter with a pair of tweezers. Be sure to wipe your tweezers after each letter to avoid paint smears.

Step 6: You can leave your shirt just like this if you love it! A couple of the colors I chose didn’t contrast enough with the color of the sweater and so they were difficult to read. To remedy it, I painted in the letters with white paint.

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

Let all the paint dry thoroughly and put that baby on! I showed Ryan the one that said “Hard Pass” and he totally laughed out loud. Mission accomplished. (And by the way, he’s actually the one who suggested “Swipe Left” for all you Tinder fans out there. So what are you gonna put on yours?! xoxo

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

Photos by Scot Woodman

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

DIY Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies

We had so much fun at Christmas with our Elf Quote sugar cookies that we had to do it again! I figured Valentine’s Day would be the perfect opportunity to…

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

We had so much fun at Christmas with our Elf Quote sugar cookies that we had to do it again! I figured Valentine’s Day would be the perfect opportunity to get wordy on some heart-shaped cookies, so these Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies were born! I went a little hog wild making up phrases or putting our favorite lyrics on them…

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

And just in case Valentine’s Day isn’t your thing, we made a few cranky ones. Because “Bye Felicia” should definitely be on a conversation heart somewhere in the world.

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

If you want to make these bad boys, follow our tutorial for our Elf Quote cookies! Be sure to read it thoroughly – there are lots of tips and tricks for getting the cookies just right. It’s the exact same process with the exact same materials. If you’d like to replicate our colors, use the food coloring on that ingredients list and separate the dough into quarters. We colored each quarter differently with these drop amounts:

  • pale pink = 1 drop pink
  • bright pink = 6 drops pink
  • lavender = 4 drops purple
  • blue = 1 drop green, 4 drops blue

Then go to town with your cookie imprinting set and make them say whatever you want! This would actually be a super fun thing to do at a Valentine’s (or Galentine’s!) party. You could do it with kids, too — set up the cookies and let them stamp words to their hearts’ content.

Hope you try some of these bad boys! If you do, share ’em on Instagram with #thelovelysquad so we can see whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day. Ha! xoxo

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

Photos by Scot Woodman

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

DIY Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

I am on a resin kick! I always feel so fancy when I find a new material that looks like it’s really hard to work with but in all actuality is…

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

I am on a resin kick! I always feel so fancy when I find a new material that looks like it’s really hard to work with but in all actuality is a total snap. That’s resin, folks. We have a few projects like this one coming up and I can’t wait to share! But for now, how about an easy DIY that you can personalize and give to all of your besties this Valentine’s Day? I think some conversation heart paperweights will probably do the trick.

And the most beautiful thing is that the paperweights are my project of the month over on Darby Smart! So if you decide to make some, you can order a kit and everything you need will come wrapped up in one happy little box. I appreciate stuff like that more and more these days, since time is precious and sometimes I just don’t feel like hunting down materials. So whenever I put together a kit I always try to use supplies that you’ll love and most likely use again!

I have to tell you, I agonized over what words to put in these! I debated for a while about using some of the old tried-and-true conversation heart sayings but in the end I made up a few of my own. What’s better than a conversation heart that demands brunch?! Nothing, I tell ya. So head over to Darby Smart for the full tutorial and snap up the materials if you need those too. Have fun! xoxo

GET YOUR CONVERSATION HEART PAPERWEIGHT KIT HERE

P.S. More conversation heart projects!

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

DIY Resolution Reminder Bracelet with Handmade Beads

Do you make resolutions? I love making a few goals for the New Year, and if you do too, I’m about to help you out. We all start out with…

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

Do you make resolutions? I love making a few goals for the New Year, and if you do too, I’m about to help you out. We all start out with the best intentions, right? And then as January wears into February, sometimes we forget what we even were so adamant about resolving to do in the New Year. So! How about we wear a pretty little reminder to keep us headed in the right direction? I had some handmade beads left over from this project a while back and I think what we have right here is the perfect use for them.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

Step 1: Make your beads. You can use the instructions from this post; if you’re using air dry clay, you’ll just allow them to air dry instead of baking them. Make one bead for each of your New Year’s resolutions. Mix up shapes and sizes for fun!

Step 2: Once the beads are dry, string them onto the eye pin.

Step 3: Clip off the excess of the eye pin. Leave enough to grab with your pliers and twist into a circle (mirror the circle on the other end of the pin).

Step 4: Measure a length of chain about the size of your wrist or a bit tighter. Open a jump ring with the pliers and use it to connect a length of chain to the lobster clasp.

Step 5: Use the pliers to open a link in the center of the chain and connect the link to one of the circles on the eye pin.

Step 6: Connect the other half of the chain to the other side of the eye pin.

Step 7: Finish by adding another jump ring to the open end of the chain, so that the lobster hook can be inserted through the jump ring to close the bracelet.

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

Wrap that thing around your wrist and let it remind you what you’re working towards this year! I think it’s such a rad little reminder, and even a fun conversation starter. So — how many beads would be on your bracelet? xoxo

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

2016

Twenty Sixteen // Desktop Wallpaper

Hey lovelies — here we are. Back at the start with another chance to do it right. Isn’t that a beautiful thing? This has become a tradition around here, and…

2016

Hey lovelies — here we are. Back at the start with another chance to do it right. Isn’t that a beautiful thing?

This has become a tradition around here, and one of my favorites. I don’t do resolutions, but at the end of every year I sit down and think through what I need to focus on in the future. I boil it all down and it becomes this: a barometer of how I’m living, whether I’m on the right path, and where I’d like to be in a year’s time. Pretty much none of it is tangible or quantifiable. It’s more about what’s inside. And for me, I’ve always found that when what’s inside feels good, what’s outside tends to fall into place.

You should go back and read through my old ones (links are below). It’s pretty interesting to see what’s stuck around, what’s totally new, and what’s cycled back in from a previous year. Do any of these ring true for you? What would be on your list? In case this gets ya right in your ever-lovin’ heart, you can download it to add to your desktop as a little hug from me to you. Let’s make this year a beauty. xoxo

DOWNLOAD DESKTOP WALLPAPER

See past years: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015