Valentine Candy Box

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: box, mini pom poms, patterned paper, scissors, mod podge, sponge brush, hot glue gun, bone folder, stamps, ink, candy

DIY Valentines Candy Box | The Crafted Life

There’s no doubt about it, I love Valentine’s Day. I think more holidays should be dedicated to flowers, candy and all things heart shaped. This year, ditch the store bought junk and give your friends or that special someone a DIY Valentine Candy Box!

DIY Valentines Candy Box | The Crafted Life

DIY Valentines Candy Box | The Crafted Life

Trace around the outside of your box onto the patterned paper. Cut out then slip into the box, making sure it’s enough to line the bottom. Make adjustments if necessary. You’ll want to cut strips to cover the sides as well.

DIY Valentines Candy Box | The Crafted Life

Once you achieve the perfect fit, apply a layer of mod podge to the bottom of the box then cover with your paper. Smooth over the paper with a bone folder, to make sure all the edges are glued down. Repeat along the sides.

DIY Valentines Candy Box | The Crafted Life

While your box is drying, stamp a secret message on a separate piece of paper (should be half the size or less of the bottom lining). Apply a layer of mod podge to the back of the paper then position in the center of the box. Smooth over with your bone folder.

DIY Valentines Candy Box | The Crafted Life

For the lid, I glued mini pom poms in the shape of a heart using a hot glue gun. Instead of adding a drop to each pom, squeeze a bit out on cardboard then dip the pom pom into the glue. This helps to keeps achieve the correct ratio of glue (and makes it so it’s non-visible!).

DIY Valentines Candy Box | The Crafted Life

Fill with candy. Once they eat enough, they’ll uncover your secret message!

DIY Valentines Candy Box | The Crafted Life

DIY Valentines Candy Box | The Crafted Life

Wooden Magnets

Time: 1 hour + overnight dry
Materials: wood, saw, paint, paper, mod podge, magnets, E-6000 glue

DIY Wooden Magnets | The Crafted Life

After swooning over these Illustrated Birch Christmas Ornaments by Love From Ginger, I knew I’d have to scavenge for wood when home for the holidays. My fridge is looking a little bland, so instead of ornaments, I decided to make wooden magnets. Luckily, my dad is amazing and was able to lend a hand!

DIY Wooden Magnets | The Crafted Life

DIY Wooden Magnets | The Crafted Life

Remove a dead branch from a tree or find a fallen, dried one (we used Oak). Slice into thin pieces, no more than half an inch in diameter.

DIY Wooden Magnets | The Crafted Life

Cut out the paper design you’d like to use for your magnets. I used the cover of this calendar.

DIY Wooden Magnets | The Crafted Life

Paint your wood chip. I traced a circle around my paper cut outs for safe measure.

DIY Wooden Magnets | The Crafted Life

Let dry!

DIY Wooden Magnets | The Crafted Life

Glue your paper cutout to the wood chip, then seal with a layer of mod podge.

DIY Wooden Magnets | The Crafted Life

When the front has dried, flip over and glue a magnet to the back. Let dry for 24 hours before sticking on the fridge.

DIY Wooden Magnets | The Crafted Life

DIY Wooden Magnets | The Crafted Life

DIY Wooden Magnets | The Crafted Life

Resolution Time Capsule

Time: 15 minutes
Materials: clear ornament, confetti, paper, pen

DIY Resolution Time Capsule | The Crafted Life

Happy 2014 everyone! Being sick over New Year’s left me with a bounty of unused confetti from last week’s project. Rather than just toss it around the apartment (like I really wanted to), I chose to be an excellent roommate and make a resolution time capsule instead!

DIY Resolution Time Capsule | The Crafted Life

Fill the bottom of your ornament with confetti. To make this step go faster, you can make a funnel by rolling up a piece of paper.

DIY Resolution Time Capsule | The Crafted Life

Write down your resolutions on strips of paper. For all you lofty goal makers, you can’t really fit more than 6 in the ornament, so double up if you need to.

DIY Resolution Time Capsule | The Crafted Life

Roll up your strips of paper, the tighter the better, then seal with a piece of tape.

DIY Resolution Time Capsule | The Crafted Life

Slip your resolutions into your ornament then cover with confetti. Put the top back on and place with the rest of your holiday decor until next year!

DIY Resolution Time Capsule | The Crafted Life

DIY Resolution Time Capsule | The Crafted Life

Here are the goals inside my time capsule:

1. Make More Smoothies; I may have discovered the perfect smoothie recipe a while back, but I’m looking to up my game this year. Ultimately, I’d like to replace my traditional breakfast with a smoothie.. that is of course except for the occasional Sunday brunch.

2. Rebrand; this one is HUGE for me. More so than ever I feel that I’ve outgrown the name and design of this blog (luckily talented people like Jordan Brantley exist and can help me with this!). Don’t worry, I will still be crafting on a regular basis, and heck, I might even be posting more :)

3. Send More Mail; I have a friend who totally kicks my ass at being a long distance friend. I’m hoping to up my mail and email game this year, and be a little more thoughtful.

4. Learn to Cook; Let’s not go crazy here, I have no desire to be a chef. It would be nice to learn to cook a few dishes from scratch that are delicious and mind blowing. Is that so much to ask? PS Feel free to leave any trusted recipes below!

5. Start a Business; Bold? Yes. Impossible? Never! Details to come in the upcoming months.

What are your goals for the year?