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

DIY Valentine Ideas

We’ve got a spankin’ new recipe coming atcha tomorrow, but today I got all nostalgic and wanted to share a few of our greatest hits in the Valentine’s Day DIY…

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

We’ve got a spankin’ new recipe coming atcha tomorrow, but today I got all nostalgic and wanted to share a few of our greatest hits in the Valentine’s Day DIY category! Looking back, some of my favorite projects we’ve ever done were for Valentine’s Day, and it was so fun to revisit a few of these. Check ’em out, and make something for your Valentine! xoxo

GUERILLA BALLOON VALENTINES

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

CONVERSATION HEART COOKIES

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

ANTI-CONVERSATION HEART SWEATER

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

RESIN CONVERSATION HEART PAPERWEIGHT

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

GOLDEN DINO VALENTINE

 

DIY Valentine Scavenger Hunt and Instax Camera Giveaway!

Whatcha doing for your Valentine this year? I’m thinking it’s time to ditch the heart-shaped box of chocolates and do something a bit cooler. I had the idea to put…

Whatcha doing for your Valentine this year? I’m thinking it’s time to ditch the heart-shaped box of chocolates and do something a bit cooler. I had the idea to put together a photo scavenger hunt downtown to send my Valentine on a mad dash looking for his gift. That dude loves a challenge. It’s so fun and so simple to put together! Grab your Instax Mini 70 and head to your favorite part of town. The rest is quick and easy. Check out the video or read our instructions below! There’s also a chance to win your own FUJIFILM Instax Mini 70 camera and film, so be sure to read all the way to the bottom!

 

Start by hiding a gift somewhere. Use the Instax Mini 70 to take a photo of the location and make sure it’s recognizable to your valentine. Take that Instax Mini instant film to another location and tape it up. We added a balloon by every photo to help locate them. Once you tape up your photo and balloon, take another photo. Then go hang that photo somewhere else. Get the idea?

Keep going until you have about 3-5 locations. Then give your Valentine the photo of the first location to lead them all the way to the end and to their gift! The camera is so much fun to play around with, and makes these great photos that are colorful little keepsakes.

And NOW let’s talk about a giveaway!!! One of you lucky duckies can win your own FUJIFILM Instax Mini 70 and Instax Mini instant film! You’ll need to head over to our Instagram to enter, details are all over there. Can’t wait to give one of these away and spread the fun around! xoxo

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

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine Photo Backdrop

We haven’t done a photo backdrop in forever! I was pumped to put together a quick and easy little Valentine photo backdrop for some family photos. (Please note the absence…

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

We haven’t done a photo backdrop in forever! I was pumped to put together a quick and easy little Valentine photo backdrop for some family photos. (Please note the absence of good ol’ Hank in these “family photos” — he was particularly opinionated on this particular day and couldn’t be persuaded to come take pictures. Sigh.) Anyway! This is a perfect photo backdrop if you’re on a money and/or time budget. There are only two materials and it took me about 10 minutes to put together. Let’s do it!

Materials

  • 6″ x 6″ cardstock squares (we got a pack of assorted shades of pink at Michaels)
  • removable glue dots
  • scissors

Make Time: 10 Minutes

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

Step 1: Start with a blank wall. Decide where the upper right and lower left corners of your backdrop will be. Place a glue dot on the back of two squares of cardstock and stick them to these corners to outline your backdrop.

Step 2: Start filling in the wall. You can work in an ombre pattern like we did, or mix colors all together. We just placed the colors in a pixelated formation, leaving an empty space at random.

Step 3: Once you’ve filled it in, step back to assess and check for any spots that may need adjusting.

Then just snap away! This one is fun because it looks great both up close and a little farther away. It would be perfect for a Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day party  — you could snap photos of your guests or let them do their own thing with their smartphones. So cute! xoxo

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Print

Hey gang! Here’s another fun use for your gold leaf supplies. We still have a few blank spots on our walls and I wanted to DIY something simple but cool,…

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

Hey gang! Here’s another fun use for your gold leaf supplies. We still have a few blank spots on our walls and I wanted to DIY something simple but cool, so this is what we came up with. We had all of the supplies, so it didn’t cost a cent! If you’ve got your gold leaf materials and some old frames laying around, you can do it too.

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes per Frame

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

Step 1: Use a paintbrush to splatter or drip gold leaf adhesive on a piece of cardstock.

Step 2: Allow the adhesive to dry for a minute or so, until the adhesive is tacky but not wet. If you have lots of adhesive pooling, gently dab it with a tissue to soak up a little excess. Be careful not to smudge the glue. Place gold leaf over all of the adhesive and smooth it down with a soft, dry paintbrush to be sure it adheres.

Step 3: Use a stiff paintbrush to buff off the excess gold leaf.

Step 4: Place the finished product in a frame and hang it up!

Love how these look all hung up together. I feel like this technique would be SUPER cool on a large-scale canvas, hanging over a mantle or something. Would you try it?  xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

DIY Photo Album with Instax Film

There’s this thing that happens to parents — I like to call it the Documentation Fail. You have a kid and you totally mean to take photos all the time and…

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

There’s this thing that happens to parents — I like to call it the Documentation Fail. You have a kid and you totally mean to take photos all the time and print them out and put them in a baby book for the kid to enjoy for years to come. And then you have a baby and thanks to your smartphone maybe you realize to snap some photos, but they pretty much just sit there in your camera roll collecting dust, never to be seen again. I can’t tell you how many adorable photos I have of my babes that have never seen the light of day. I don’t even really remember I have them. BUT! I just fixed the Fail. I discovered that Fujifilm has a printer that will print instax film using any photo you’ve got in your phone. So like any mother obsessed with her adorable kids, I decided to finally get a book together of Henry’s monthly photos from his first couple of years.

Materials

  • smartphone with photos
  • Instax SHARE Printer SP-2
  • FUJIFILM Instax Mini instant film
  • spiral bound book or album
  • patterned paper
  • washi tape
  • double stick tape
  • scissors

The printer is super easy to use (I didn’t even need Ryan to show me how to set it up, ha!) and I had Henry’s prints in my hands in about 10 minutes. You just download the app that connects with the printer, jump on the printer’s wifi, and select the photos you want to print. You can even edit them, make them into collages, or add little templates for holidays. So because I had all of these photos on my phone, I was able to just choose and print one from each month. They print on FUJIFILM Instax Mini instant film, which is so fun!

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Once you’ve got your photos all printed, find a blank spiral bound notebook. Grab some washi tape and fun paper to decorate your book. We added a background paper to each page with double stick tape and taped the images onto the background with patterned washi tape. If you like, label each month.

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

I love that I finally have a really simple way to get our daily snapshots off of my camera and into my life! We’ve already got these plastered all over our fridge, too. Even though we take posed monthly photos of both of the kids, this is a chance to print some of the photos that we take while we’re just doing our normal day-to-day stuff. I will always love holding a photo in my hands better than looking at it on my phone, especially the little moments we catch that aren’t part of some photo shoot. And by the way, you could make a book like this for anyone! It would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart or your bestie, a fun birthday gift, or a great idea for a teacher gift from the whole class.

I showed Henry his album and he wants to flip through it every day and have me tell him where we took each photo. That kid loves a story. He also wants us to make one for Maggie (hello, melt my heart), so I’ve been letting him pick photos and press the Print button which totally floats his boat. I’m thinking we’re gonna need to get some more film. 😉 xoxo

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

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

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron On Weekend Shirts (5 Minute DIY)

Two things led me to this project. First, I’m sick of the hustle! Forget it already! Yes, work hard and go chase your dreams and all that jazz. But do…

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Two things led me to this project. First, I’m sick of the hustle! Forget it already! Yes, work hard and go chase your dreams and all that jazz. But do we really have to do that every second of every day? Not me, gang. Sometimes I just want a day of nothing. Well, nothing and bottomless mimosas. And secondly, I’ve started seeing these fun shirts with sayings on them being sold all over the place at an insane price point. I mean, a t-shirt with flocked iron-on letters for $40? Nope. Because you can DIY that business for a few bucks! And I’m here to show ya how.

Materials

  • Iron-on letters
  • Blank t-shirts (there are a bunch of great options on Amazon if you search “plain women’s t-shirts”)
  • Iron

Make Time: 5 Minutes

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

I hardly have to include instructions but I will! It’s so simple I’m sure you can figure this one out on your own.

Step 1: Peel off the flocked letters from the page of letters. Place the letters on your shirt where you’d like them.

Step 2: With a hot iron, press down firmly on all the letters for about 15 seconds each. Turn the shirt inside out and repeat.

That’s IT. And you just saved yourself a bunch of bucks by DIYing it! I’m calling these my weekend shirts but I’d wear ’em any day of the week to proclaim my love for taking it easy. Let’s all slow our hustle and just enjoy life a bit, huh? What would you have yours say? xoxo

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

I have a deep and abiding dislike for tissue boxes. I know they try to make them cute with colors or patterns or whatever, but they’re just… not. Ryan likes to have…

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

I have a deep and abiding dislike for tissue boxes. I know they try to make them cute with colors or patterns or whatever, but they’re just… not. Ryan likes to have tissue boxes in approximately every corner of the house (allergies, ya know), and so I finally have had to wage war against the boxes by making my own cute covers. Obviously, we turned to gold leaf to get the job done.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

Step 1: Paint the top and upper half of all four sides of your box with gold leaf sizing. A coat just thick enough so that it doesn’t puddle should be plenty.

Step 2: Once the adhesive is tacky, lay down pieces of gold leaf on all of the areas you painted. Smooth the gold leaf down so that it adheres thoroughly.

Step 3: (I recommend doing this step outside!) Buff away all the excess gold with your clean, dry brush until the gold finish is smooth.

Step 4: Measure the 4 sides of your tissue box and cut a piece of vinyl long enough to cover all four sides.

Step 5: Cut it to the height you’d like around your box (or cut it on an angle for each side like we did). Carefully wrap one layer of vinyl around the lower portion of the box, smoothing as you go.

Step 6: Optional: If you can see through your vinyl, you might consider adding an additional layer to make the coverage more opaque.

Yes! I win. Tissue boxes that don’t annoy me every time I see them. And my stuffy husband can blow his nose to his heart’s content. All is well with the world! xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Nothin’ fancy today, gang, just a little inspiration from me to you. I love the new year because people everywhere are amped on a fresh start and everything seems possible. So…

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Nothin’ fancy today, gang, just a little inspiration from me to you. I love the new year because people everywhere are amped on a fresh start and everything seems possible. So this one is for you Boss Ladies who need a reminder throughout the year of how you feel right now — energized, powerful, excited, and clear-eyed. Go get it, girl.

Just pick your color, download, and print. Then trim the edges and hang it up anywhere you need some inspiration. Let’s smash 2017, y’all. xoxo

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Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

DIY Elf Christmas Cookies

As we prepare to head out for the holidays, I’m sharing one final best-of-Lovely Indeed post! These Elf Quote Christmas Cookies were maybe one of our most popular posts ever, and…

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

As we prepare to head out for the holidays, I’m sharing one final best-of-Lovely Indeed post! These Elf Quote Christmas Cookies were maybe one of our most popular posts ever, and I was so pumped to see that you all loved them as much as I did! They were a total ball to make and I remember having fits of laughter with Ryan as we were deciding which quotes to use from Elf. I mean, there are just too many to choose from, right?! I still can’t pick a favorite. But in case you need one more baking idea, you can get the recipe and how-to for these fun cookies here. Happy baking! xoxo

MAKE OUR ELF QUOTE CHRISTMAS COOKIES

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Eight Simple DIY Gifts

8 Simple DIY Gifts

Be done with shopping already! If you’ve still got a couple of people on your list, it’s time to get your DIY on. We rounded up eight simple but totally…

Be done with shopping already! If you’ve still got a couple of people on your list, it’s time to get your DIY on. We rounded up eight simple but totally fantastic DIY gifts, with a little something for everyone on your list. So tonight, turn on White Christmas, pour yourself a glass of something sparkly, and start making. xoxo

Eight Simple DIY Gifts

For your Mom // Bead and Stone Necklaces
For the Teacher // Lemon Printed Tote Bag
For a Kiddo // Smiley Toy Crates
For the Cook // No-Sew Apron
For a New Mama // Beaded Pacifier Clip
For the Apartment Dweller // Concrete Mini-Planters
For your BFF // Rhinestone Flats
For your Dude // Copper Candelabra

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

DIY Custom Cover for Annual Photo Book

It’s that time again! I’ve been sorting through all of our zillions of photos from the year to compile into an annual family photo book. I love this tradition, and to…

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

It’s that time again! I’ve been sorting through all of our zillions of photos from the year to compile into an annual family photo book. I love this tradition, and to me it’s totally worth all of the work of organizing all of those photos. Looking back at our family photo books is always such a treat, especially now that Hank likes to look at them with us. And this year, after we had ours printed I decided to add a little custom DIY to the mix, because you know I can’t leave well enough alone. 😉

I came across the premium photo books from Mpix this year and really fell in love with the covers — they’re linen and they come in a bunch of colors, including my current favorite shade of aqua. So I got to work on their site and once I got the hang of the book editor it all came together in about 90 minutes. Seriously! You can customize every page if you like with different layouts, text, and all that jazz. I did a custom layout for every page and it still went super fast. I made myself a rule a few years back when I started putting together these albums, and it’s this: Don’t Agonize. You could spend days and days agonizing over every choice, but then you’ll most likely toss your hands up and forget the whole project. So I gathered all of my photos, uploaded them to the site, and popped them into the layouts. Mpix does the rest, and their printing makes it all look so beautiful. I especially love using full-frame layouts where the images go right up to the edges of the page — I think it looks so fun! And if you’re into the DIY cover, here’s the how-to.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Step 1: Download our printable 2016 template. If you have a cutting machine, upload the file to your machine’s software and cut out the design from the vinyl. If not, print and cut the design and trace it onto the back of the vinyl. Use the craft knife to cut out the design, leaving the rectangle outline and the numbers on the vinyl backing and pulling away the excess vinyl. Either way, be sure to reverse the image so that it’s correct when you iron it on.

Step 2: Place the design with the backing down on the front of your linen photo book. Be sure to center it. Smooth the design in place.

Step 3: With a hot iron, press firmly onto the clear backing of the vinyl. Press and hold for about 15 seconds in each area, being sure that it all adheres to the linen.

Step 4: Carefully pull away the clear backing; the gold design should remain affixed to the book.

That’s it! I love the gold against the aqua color of the book. And I love how the linen cover feels in your hands. Just a little something to make the book extra special! This one will be going on the shelf right next to our previous years — that is, after Henry finishes looking at it for the 37th time. (Have I mentioned that kid loves pictures?) xoxo

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

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