DIY: valentines for friends

DIY vintage valentines for friends
vintage valentines for friends DIY
vintage valentines for friends DIY
I thought it would be fun this year to give some of my lady friends some special little boxes of chocolate for Valentines day. Of course I had to dress them up a bit, and I thought I’d share the real easy DIY with you in case you’d like to make some for co-workers, friends, or anyone you’d like to give a little something more then a card to on Valentine’s Day.
supplies
Supplies:
Russell Stover 2oz I purchased a bunch of these little 2oz boxes of chocolate, these are the kind with just 4 pieces inside. Mine arrived in red boxes for Valentines. If you are really ambitious you could make your own chocolates and find little boxes to put them in.
-cardboard circles for the bases: I free hand cut mine from cereal boxes. These do not need to be perfect because your going to cover them up, you just want them to be about the size of your boxes.
-glue: I used a hot glue gun
-decorations: flattened cupcake wrappers, crepe paper streamer (I ruffled some of mine using a ruffler foot on my sewing machine, but you can also gather and glue down by hand) garland (I found red, and red and white garland after xmas on clearance and in thrift shops)
-vintage valentine cut out: I’ve made two pages page one and page two I had mine printed on card stock.
All you need to do for assembly is build up layers on your cardboard circle with glue. I changed each one around a bit sometimes using the garland first, some times a cupcake wrapper. Then I added a few little items to some like buttons, or little heart cupcake picks. Then just write a little note on the bottom of the box of chocolate and you are ready to give them out!
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**Personal use means non-commercial use of the valentines including copies and print outs for yourself, your personal crafts/scrapbooking and to give to friends. The valentines may not be used in any way whatsoever in which you charge money, collect fees, or receive any form of remuneration. The valentines may not be used in advertising, and they may not be resold.***

Vegan Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins Recipe


Vegan Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins
muffins:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup canned pureed pumpkin
1/2 cup soy or almond milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons molasses

cream cheese:
1 container of tofutti brand “better than cream cheese”
1/2 cup of powdered sugar

topping:
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a twelve-muffin tin.

In food processor mix cream cheese and powdered sugar, set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together walnut streusel topping, set aside.

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, oil, and molasses. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix.

Fill the muffin cups two-thirds full. Use a small ice cream scoop or spoon to drop a circle of cream cheese mixture into each muffin center. Sprinkle walnut topping over each muffin top.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

How To Tuesday – Halloween Party Toothpicks

craft yourself some halloween party toothpicks
I’m having a Halloween crafternoon this weekend, and I wanted to make some toothpicks for spearing finger food that would be easy to make, but still have a great spooky vibe. Even if you are not having a Halloween party this year I think these picks would be great for packed lunches, a spooky snack, or you can use the bugs as cupcake toppers.

supplies
Here is what you need to make “brooms” & “bugs”
rafia
-long bamboo skewers
-toothpicks
-assorted plastic bugs or spider rings
-scissors
-hot glue (the red “blood” glue is optional of course I found mine on ebay)
The brooms are very easy and work up really fast! Cut some raffia about the length of your skewer. Fold in half, and insert your skewer. Then use a piece of raffia to tie it all closed. Cut the ends of your broom and you are done.

For the bugs you want to cut off the “ring” part of the spider rings (I also cut the one side of tips off of the toothpicks), add some hot glue to the back of your bug and hold the toothpick in place until glue sets up.

When your toothpicks are dry and you want to add the blood push your picks into something hard to hold them in place. Since I was using mine the same day I used an apple, but if your making them a few days in advance push them into a piece of Styrofoam or something else that will not leave a bit of juice on the tips.
Then just heat up your glue gun like normal with a red stick and add drips to the top.

Serve them on a tray with some veggies, dip, and you can even turn those little babybelle cheeses into little jack-o-lanterns with a paring knife.


**yes, this is a day late—let’s just pretend it posted yesterday ;)