Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hey Valentines! Just popping in to say that I hope you have a beautiful Valentine’s Day! What are your plans? As it turns out, when you’re parents of a two…

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Hey Valentines! Just popping in to say that I hope you have a beautiful Valentine’s Day! What are your plans? As it turns out, when you’re parents of a two year old and an infant, Valentine’s Day is pretty low key. So we’ll probably be cheersing champagne while we sit on the couch and watch an episode of Crazy Ex Girlfriend in our pajamas. (Do you watch that show? Ohhhhhh my gosh it’s hilarious. And uncomfortable.) Anyway, whatever you’re doing I hope it’s a blast, and that your Valentine presents you with something chocolate. Or something sparkly. Or both. xoxo

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

Valentine Pompom Drink Stirrers // 5 Minute DIY

Bottoms up, Valentines! I wanted to put together a fresh DIY for all y’all who might be planning Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day festivities, but who might not have a whole…

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

Bottoms up, Valentines! I wanted to put together a fresh DIY for all y’all who might be planning Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day festivities, but who might not have a whole lot of time. So if you’ve got cocktails on the menu, these little stir sticks will take you precisely 5 minutes to put together. Pop them in your glasses before you start passing around the drinks, and they’ll up your festive quotient big time. Let’s make ’em!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

Step 1: Use the scissors to trim your bamboo skewers to your desired length.

Step 2: Use the glue gun to attach various pompoms to the top end of each skewer. Vary the arrangement and number of pompoms on different skewers for a fun effect.

Step 3: Trim all glue strings and be sure your skewers are free of any splinters. Pop them in your drinks and serve!

I love how they kind of look like bubbles! They look particularly fun in a fizzy pink drink, I’m just sayin’. And if your guests are smart and remember which stir stick is theirs, these can even double as drink markers! Pompoms are clearly the answer to everything, guys. Cheers! xoxo

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

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

ENTER TO WIN A FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 70

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

Galentine Gifts Under $20

Gifts for Your Galentines (Under $20!)

Hey girl! You got some Galentines? I have gal pals near and far and I love celebrating them in little ways whenever I can, but Leslie Knope was totally speaking…

Hey girl! You got some Galentines? I have gal pals near and far and I love celebrating them in little ways whenever I can, but Leslie Knope was totally speaking my language when she came up with Galentine’s Day. A whole day to celebrate your ladies? Yes, please. If you want to celebrate Galentine’s Day and get your gal pals a little something, here are a few ideas to get you going. And no, this post isn’t sponsored but every single one of these items is under $20 and just so happens to come from my favorite place: Target. I know you feel me.

Galentine Gifts Under $20

Makeup Bag. Flamingo CarpetTo-Go Mug. Heart Tumbler. Shower Curtain. Brushes. Wall Art.

Don’tcha just wanna traipse up and down the aisles at Target, tossing things in your basket to give to all your girls (aside from the fact that right about now a solo trip to Target sounds like a vacation)? Happy shopping, and Happy Galentine’s Day! xoxo

P.S. I just had to add that every single time I typed Galentine’s, my computer autocorrected to Valentine’s. I’m thinking autocorrect needs to join us in the 21st century. Get it together, technology!

Six DIYs You Can Make By Valentine's Day

6 DIYs You Can Do Before Valentine’s Day

Hey lovers! We’re gallivanting around this week to celebrate a combo Valentine’s Day and my 35th (THIRTY FIFTH?!?) birthday, but I couldn’t leave you empty handed on a Friday. I…

Hey lovers! We’re gallivanting around this week to celebrate a combo Valentine’s Day and my 35th (THIRTY FIFTH?!?) birthday, but I couldn’t leave you empty handed on a Friday. I care about you too much. So here for your clicking pleasure are six awesome DIYs you can do by Valentine’s Day (which is all of about 48 hours away so I hope you have Amazon Prime). Let’s check ’em out.

Six DIYs You Can Make By Valentine's Day

Lip Patterned Gift Wrap from Sugar & Cloth
Pipe Cleaner Pancake Toppers from The Sweetest Occasion
Sparkly Ice Bucket from A Bubbly Life
Emoji Heart Balloons from Studio DIY
Floral Arranging Tips from Dream Green DIY
Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies from Lovely Indeed

So do you have a Valentine? Do your plans for the weekend fall under the roses-champagne-chocolates-fancy-schmancy umbrella, or are you more in the chinese-take-out-on-the-couch-with-the-new-episode-of-Scandal camp? Either way, we’re wishing you just the right amount of conversation hearts with all the best sayings on them. Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo

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? 😉 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!