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

Cross Stitch Heart

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: embroidery floss, cross stitch fabric, embroidery hoop, needle

Cross Stitch Heart | The Crafted Life

Cross Stitch Heart | The Crafted Life

Position then tighten your embroidery fabric inside your hoop, knot your thread, and you’re ready to begin.

Cross Stitch Heart | The Crafted Life

I based my heart loosely from this pattern. My stitches are 5×5 with a space on either side.

Cross Stitch Heart | The Crafted Life

When you finish, knot off on the back to keep your stitches in place. You may need to reposition the fabric to center your design. Once it’s in the desired position, cut excess embroidery fabric then display!

Cross Stitch Heart | The Crafted Life

Cross Stitch Heart | The Crafted Life

Guest Post: Shrinky Dink Keychain

I am thrilled to have Aly from Artisan des Arts return as a guest blogger this week! If you missed her previous post, you can find it here

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: photo of yourself, shrinky dink paper, thin black sharpie, colored sharpies

DIY Shrinky DInk Keychain | The Crafted Life

Instructions:

1. Take a photo of yourself or your keychain subject, as if you are hanging on. Try to stand on your tip toes, so that it appears as if you are dangling.

 2. Print your photo out, and place it under a sheet of Shrinky Dink paper. Carefully trace your photo, focusing only on key details (since it will be shrinking so much, too many details will look muddy.)

3. Flip your Shrinky Dink paper over, and color in your drawing using colored Sharpies. It’s important that you turn it over, because if you color on the same side you traced the outline on, the colored Sharpie will go over top of the black lines, and they will disappear. This also keeps everything much cleaner when coloring in the facial details.

4. Cut out your Shrinky Dink, as close as you can without cutting your black lines. Leave a large clear space around the hand, big enough to punch a hole into.

5. Punch a hole near the hand.

6. Bake according to Shrinky Dink packaging, usually 2-3 minutes at 325 degrees. Make sure to flatten your Shrinky Dink out as soon as you remove it from the oven, so it doesn’t curl up.

7. Attach a key ring to it and give it to someone you love! 

More from Aly-

Over at my blog, I post tons of art projects, as well as DIY’s. My husband and I are currently renovating our kitchen by ourselves, making as much as we can by hand and buying cheap anything else that we may need. We recently DIYed our butcher block countertops from scratch, using old office doors that we purchased for $60.

xo, aly