Make It: Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes for your Valentine

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start making plans. Nothing screams Valentine’s Day quite like conversation hearts. They’re colorful, they’re graphic, and they say something (sorta) meaningful in ten characters or less. But, they taste kinda icky, so this year, I’m combing the classic conversation heart with something we all actually want to eat: chocolate. 

 

Not only is this approach budget-friendly, but it’s a very simple project that you can easily customize for your Valentine, no matter your level of experience with crafting. Continue Reading

Recipe: 2 Extra-Special Valentine Treats Made with Popcorn

 created at: 02/07/2012

Flea Market Find guru Matthew Mead helps us get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with two darling treats made with, of all things, Angie’s Kettle Corn.

First, Honey Caramel Kettle Corn Balls (pictured above).

  • 10 cups Angie’s Caramel Kettle Corn (click here to find a retailer near you)
  • 3/4 cups butter, cut into chunks, plus more for your hands 
  • 3/4  cups honey 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • wooden sticks of the popsicle variety
  • stickers, cutouts, etc for embellishments
  • cellophane, optional 
  1.  Preheat oven to 325°.
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Roundup: Crafty Valentine Goodness Across the Blogosphere

Hearts! Hearts everywhere! With so many fabulous tutorials out there, it’s hard to choose only one. Of course, with these clever & easy how-tos, you can do them all with time to spare. Pictured above is felt heart garland from How About Orange.

    

This gathered heart pillow couldn’t be sweeter.

No work here; just print and go!

Keep Calm Cupid

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without wrappers for your sweets. And, yes, they’re free printables. Continue Reading

The Best of Curbly: The Valentine’s Day Edition

If you haven’t heard, Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. Are you ready for it? If not, check out these great how-to posts from the Curbly vault. We <3 them!

First up, an origami heart envelope for your love note, pictured above.

 

This video that’ll show you how to make woven fabric heart ‘baskets‘, is great way to hide a sweet secret. 

How about framing your favorite love poem on antiqued paper for your Valentine? We’ll show you how to do it.  Continue Reading

Make Homemade Conversational Heart Cookies

Most people find conversational hearts charming, but that chalky texture? Yeah, not so much. If you make these cookies, you can keep the conversation going while still enjoying a charming and sweet Valentine treat. It all starts with your favorite shortbread recipe. If you don’t have one, check this, this or this.

After mixing up your batter, you separate it, add food coloring of your choice, roll out, cut out and bake. For the conversation part, the mad scientists over at EMS suggest stencils and a can of decorating spray. Continue Reading

Curbly Video Podcast: How to make woven fabric hearts.

Danish woven hearts are part of every kid’s childhood. (Or they should be.) If you were like me, your hearts ripped as you wove them or as you filled them. Either way, they lead to heart ache.  Making them out of fabric, however, will save you countless tears. They’ll last for many Christmases and Valentine’s days to come and they’ll never break your heart. (Over use of puns intended.)

What you need to make ’em:

  • fabric, calico works perfectly
  • fabric stiffener or white glue, like Elmers
  • tin foil or waxed paper
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • buttons, each heart requires two
  • needle and thread

 

Have you heard? A fellow Curblier was recently ENGAGED!!!

I’m not telling who, but let’s just say he is one of my friends. So, in the spirit of things, I’ve decided to keep a look out for ideas which might be of interest to those preparing to walk down the aisle. First up are these absolutely sweet heart-shaped paper clips from the Spoon Sisters. They could be cute in wedding invitations to keep all those important slips of paper–including RSVPs, maps and where-we’re-registered info sheets–neat and tidy. Continue Reading