Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

DIY Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

I’ve been dreaming and dreaming of these Valentines for so long, and this weekend it was finally time to do them! We teamed up with North Star Balloons to make…

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

I’ve been dreaming and dreaming of these Valentines for so long, and this weekend it was finally time to do them! We teamed up with North Star Balloons to make this little dream of mine come true and it was a¬†complete blast to run around, bombing downtown with balloon love. We met so many fun people who were wondering what we were doing, and it was so fun to see people come up and take photos under the balloons we left! I’m still on cloud nine. If you want a super-fast, super-simple, but high impact way to tell your Valentine you love ’em, grab some balloons and get going!

This one is super simple. Just get your alphabet balloons, spell something sweet, blow them up and string them on some twine. Tie the twine somewhere your Valentine will find it, and hide around the corner! (Or not, because that’s creepy?) If you don’t have anything to tie to, you can tape the ends up with duct tape or something similar.

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Or do like we did and just spread some love around your town! (Be sure to go back later and take the balloons down, lest you get arrested for littering. Or graffiti. Or any of the other myriad crimes I was afraid we’d get arrested for.) We also may or may not have tied some in the bushes in my sister’s front yard for her family to discover, which led to some pretty adorable photos of my niece and nephew.

So be a rebel and give some guerrilla Valentines this year! And if you’re in my neck of the woods, did you happen to see them downtown this weekend? ūüėČ xoxo

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Product for this post was provided by North Star Balloons. Thanks for the love, North Star!

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine with X and O Cookies

Why have I never discovered slice-and-bake cookies before?!¬†It’s such a cool take on sugar cookies, and right up your alley if you love to experiment with colors and shapes.¬†We teamed…

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

Why have I never discovered slice-and-bake cookies before?!¬†It’s such a cool take on sugar cookies, and right up your alley if you love to experiment with colors and shapes.¬†We teamed up with Creativebug to learn a few sugar cookie techniques (since I know you guys are suuuuuper into cookies right now, evidence here) and couldn’t resist making these cool swirly¬†cookies for Valentine’s Day. What I love about these¬†is that once you prep the dough, you just slice them up, bake them, and the decorating is already done for you! They’re ready to eat as soon as they come out of the oven. And we all know how important instant gratification is when it comes to sugar. And the best part is that these little x and o cookies go perfectly with our printable Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine!

Creativebug has an awesome cookie making class using the Wilton Method, where they break down the recipe and how to customize it with different flavors and colors. (I totally learned a new coloring trick that saved my hands from being dyed red all week!) You can check out the class here, and even try Creativebug for free. They’ve got bunches of Valentine classes too, if you need some inspiration to get your Cupid on!¬†To get going on your cookies, check out the video and make your dough. We’ll pick it up from there!

Materials

Step 1: Make dough according to Creativebug’s recipe.¬†Split the dough up into as many different bunches as you would like different colors. Color the dough according to Creativebug’s instructions.

Step 2: Roll out each color of dough and chill for about an hour.

Step 3: Remove from the fridge and stack the sheets of dough on top of one another; stack as many sheets as you would like colors in your swirl. Use the rolling pin to roll the stacks out a bit to help the colors adhere together.

Step 4: Roll the dough into tubes, following Creativebug’s instructions. Chill the tubes, wrapped in parchment paper.

Step¬†5: Remove from the fridge and slice the cookies into 1/4″ slices. For the o’s, leave as-is. For the x’s, cut each cookie into an x shape by cutting away a small triangle of dough on all four sides of the slice.

Step 6: Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for approximately 8-10 minutes.

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

Yay! Pull those bad boys out of the oven and enjoy. And if you want to give a little bag of them with our Tic-Tac-Toe printable, simply print, cut, and give about 6 x’s and o’s with each board. Write a little note on the bottom or the back of the board and tell your Valentine how much you love ’em. Be sure to head to Creativebug to see all the other fun ways you can get your cookie on! xoxo

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

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

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 DIY Pegboard Words

DIY Pegboard Words

Whenever I look at this sign I hear this in my head and so I’ve been singing¬†getitgetitgetitgetitgetitgetitgirl¬†over and over for the last two weeks. And honestly, there are worse songs…

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

Whenever I look at this sign I hear this in my head and so I’ve been singing¬†getitgetitgetitgetitgetitgetitgirl¬†over and over for the last two weeks. And honestly, there are worse songs to have stuck in your head so I don’t mind too terribly much. But whatever. I love this project! Michaels came out with these pegboard letters recently and I was¬†stoked because I saw them and immediately this project popped into my head. And it turned out exactly how I wanted it, which definitely isn’t always the case. It’s super simple and comes together pretty quickly — one of those instant gratification-type projects that we love so much around here.

Materials

  • pegboard letters from Michaels (I looked online and it seems like for now they’re in-store only)
  • 1/2″ thick plywood long enough for your desired word
  • #8 1 1/4″ screws (enough so that you have about 4 for each letter; some letters will take fewer)
  • 1/2″ nylon spacers
  • #8 flat washers
  • drill
  • pencil
  • white pegboard hooks
  • tools for hanging (screws, nails, etc)
  • optional: white paint and small paintbrush

Make Time: 30 Minutes

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

Step 1: Pick out your letters and know what you’d like to spell. Lay it out and measure the length of all the letters together; add a couple of inches on either side. This is how long you’ll need your wood to be. You can usually talk someone into cutting it for you at the hardware store!

Step 2: Lay your letters out on the wood. Plan where you’ll have your screws and trace the inside of those holes onto the wood.

Step 3: On each tracing, drill a little pilot hole.

Step 4: Stack two washers and then a spacer onto a screw. Insert the screw through the hole you planned to use in your first letter. Repeat with all of the screws you plan to use on the letter. Find the corresponding places on the wood and slot the screws into the pilot holes. Use the drill to tighten each screw.

Step 5: Repeat Step 4 with the remaining letters on your wood.

Optional: If you want a cleaner look, paint the heads of your screws white.

Step 6: Hang it on the wall in your preferred method! You can screw all four corners in, or hang it like a picture with wire across the back.

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

Insert your pegboard hooks and hang up your prettiest tools! I decided that I needed a place for all of my scissors to live¬†so they’ll finally all be in one place. So now when I need a tool fast, I can just go Get It. Get it? Good. xoxo
How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

P.S. See what the rest of the Michaels Makers are up to this month with the new Make Market line!

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 a Kir Royale

How to Make a Kir Royale

Hey party animals! Today is the day we dive head first into lots more beautiful and fun video content for you lovelies! Sometimes while I’m looking around online for tutorials…

How to Make a Kir Royale

How to Make a Kir Royale

How to Make a Kir Royale

Hey party animals! Today is the day we dive head first into lots more beautiful and fun video content for you lovelies! Sometimes while I’m looking around online for tutorials I don’t want to read or scroll through photos — I just want to watch a quick video to get the gist of how to do something. And that’s what we’re aiming to do for you with all of our videos this year! Quick, easy, awesome. We’ll be filling up our YouTube channel with lots of killer DIYs and recipes so be sure to subscribe. And in the meantime, let’s make a kir royale!

Ever heard of one? It’s soooo French, non? Mais oui. I had my first one on a trip to Paris in college and I felt tres chic. So let’s make the kir royale a¬†thing this Valentine’s Day, huh? It’s the perfect drink to make when you want to feel a little, ya know,¬†French, but don’t want to be fussy about it.

Ingredients

  • champagne
  • creme de cassis
  • optional: edible flower petals

Check out our quick ¬†video and you’ll be sipping kirs with your Valentine in a jiffy! Have fun! xoxo

How to Make a Kir Royale

How to Make a Kir Royale

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 an Ombre Abacus

DIY Ombre Abacus

In case you’re looking for a cool DIY project for a little one, I thought we’d share this DIY abacus we made for Henry! I’m so pumped on how it…

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

In case you’re looking for a cool DIY project for a little one, I thought we’d share this DIY abacus we made for Henry! I’m so pumped on how it turned out I kind of want to hang it on my wall as art and not let my one-year-old gnaw on it, but c’est la vie, right? It involves a couple of little power tools but don’t be scared! It’s crazy simple and the finished product is so worth it. Let’s do it!

Materials

  • 3/4″ square hobby wood board
  • 1/4″ x 3/4″ hobby wood board (find both of these at a hardware store)
  • 10 brass tubes
  • drill with 1/8″ bit
  • saw (optional)
  • 1/2″ screws
  • 100 5/8″ wood beads
  • craft paint (non-toxic if you’re giving this project to a baby!)
  • paintbrushes
  • wood skewer
  • sandpaper

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

Step 1: Cut the 3/4″ board into two 11″ pieces. If you don’t have a saw, they’ll do it for you at the hardware store if you ask nicely.

Step 2: ¬†Cut the 1/4″ board into 12 1/2″ pieces.

Step 3: Sand all the edges of the boards so that the ends are rounded and smooth for little fingers.

Step 4: On both 11″ pieces, make a mark with a pencil at every inch, making 10 marks total. Drill into the marks with a 1/8″ drill bit, drilling about halfway through the wood.

Step 5: Paint all of your wood beads. It helps to string them onto a skewer while you’re painting and suspend the skewer somewhere so that they can dry. Use 10 different colors and paint 10 beads in each color.

Step 6: Once the beads are dry, insert a brass tube into each hole in one 11″ piece of wood. Put 10 beads on each tube.

Step 7: Insert the other ends of the tubes into the other 11″ piece of wood. Push the two pieces of wood firmly together.

Step 8: Hold one of the flat pieces of wood against the top of the abacus, flush with the ends of the two 11″ pieces. Drill a pilot hole into the top of either side. Screw the wood into place on either end. Repeat with the other flat piece of wood and affix to the bottom of the abacus.

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

Now count, count, count to your heart’s content! Henry is obsessed with it and I love watching¬†his fat little fingers shoving those beads around. Sometimes, though, he gets tired of counting and just chews on it for a while. Either way, it’s adorable. Hope you try this one out. And if you do try it (or any other of our projects!) be sure to share it with #thelovelysquad so we can see your awesome work. Yay! xoxo

P.S. Find more DIYs for kiddos right here!

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

DIY Yellow Velvet + Hairpin Leg Bench

Not that we‚Äôre furniture-making experts around here, but hey this bench turned out pretty sweet, huh?! I swear it‚Äôs so easy you can make it even if you‚Äôve never touched…

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

Not that we‚Äôre furniture-making experts around here, but hey this bench turned out pretty sweet, huh?! I swear it‚Äôs so easy you can make it even if you‚Äôve never touched a drill before. And it‚Äôs the perfect little piece for a whole bunch of different spots in your house ‚Äď we have it at the foot of the bed now but I think I might move it to the entry way. Or maybe bestow upon it the responsibility of being our new coffee table.

So get to it! You can find the full tutorial right here. It’s a low-pressure project with a high-five payoff. At least, we’ve been high fiving ourselves since we made it. But we tend to really love high fives around here so maybe it’s just an excuse. Whatever. Go make one for yourself! Xoxo

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench