She Said YES!

My dear friend recently got engaged! I am beyond thrilled that she found someone who respects and loves her. I was beyond excited that I came up with this engagement gift. 

What You Need:

Ring Pop

Ring Dish

Wood Countdown

Cardstock

Scissors

Printer

Tape

Print: You said YES!

How to Make:

Start by collecting your gifts.

Ring pops can be purchased at your local dollar store. Which is a great deal because I got 4 ring pops for $1. I only used one ring for my gift but my husband always appreciates leftovers. 

This ceramic white and gold, Ring Dish was on amazon.

A wonderful purchase for only $6!

Amazon had hundreds of options to pick from. However, I thought this was perfect for my dear friend.

Next, a countdown…

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I had planned to purchased a wedding day countdown.

However, I am an extremely practical person. I wanted her countdown to serve a dual purpose.

Otherwise, it would most likely end up in the trash once she was married. 

So I did some research and found the best solution…

A Reversible Countdown.

Talk about perfection! 😍Doesn’t it just make your heart happy?

Not only does is countdown to your wedding day… but also keeps count of your anniversaries. 

The countdown only cost $17.99 from amazon. 

What a great home decor piece, for their future home!

Print my free download, I included at the top of the blog.

Then cut out the hearts and tape it to the each gift before placing in your gift bag.

OR…

Save the packaging for the ring dish and the countdown. Place each gift back into their packaging and tape each heart directly to the package. Before placing each item in your gift bag.

I wanted to make sure each gift did not break!

Last but not least…

My adorable gift bag and engagement card were from Target. I found them both in the dollar section.

The gift bag even came with two sheets of tissue paper! Doesn’t Target think of everything?

Thoughts by L:

This engagement gift is simple and affordable. The entire gift only cost $26!

Creating this gift brought back some many memories. Causing me to reflect on my own marriage. All the excitement that comes from being engage and all the anticipation from planning a wedding.

However, it also reminded me how grateful I am to have such sweet friends.

Let the countdown begin!

Curb Appeal

I wanted to give our entryway a facelift. I hated that the front door was black! I wanted more light in the entryway so I started thinking…

We would replace the front door, first. A new door with a window. Adding more natural light in our front entryway, inside.

Before

My original door was black. This is it, above!Which looked okay… but never quite made sense to me. Our entire exterior of the house is navy, beige and white. πŸ€” Before you ask, we didn’t pick the color originally.

So we ordered a new door, from our local hardware store. Making sure to purchase one with a window! Which only cost us $260.

We even saved a more money by painting the door ourselves!

At first, I thought about painting the front door navy.

But later came to the conclusion, that I wanted this new door to be bright and inviting!

Especially, since our entryway is covered. And because it is shaded, it always looks rather dark.

After

Once the door was painted and hung. We thought it looked nice. However, I wanted to add more color and personality to our porch!

So I ordered a cloth rug from amazon and joined the double mat revolution.

If you haven’t been on Pinterest lately, I’ll bring you up to date…

The new trend for front porches is to layer 2 front door mats.

Also adding pops of color, with green plants or colored flowers.

I’ve even seen individuals hang welcome signs or framed artwork, on their porch to add to their particular ambiance.

One adorable sign read: “Come, stay awhile.” Which is thought was fitting for a front porch.

There is nothing more inviting, then a covered porch and a couple of comfy rocking chairs!

But I digress…

I chose a buffalo check cloth rug on amazon to layer with my previously owned “hello” mat.

Buffalo Check Rug

The best part about the buffalo check rug, is that it is machine washable! It is easy to vacuum and can be thrown in the washing machine when it gets dirty!

There were many different sizes available. I purchased the 24″ x 51″ rug, so that it would cover the entire width of my porch.

Hello Mat

My hello mat was purchased at Walmart after we built this house. It was perfect to layer with my buffalo check!

If you love the double layered look, here are a few ideas to layering mats.

Once my mats were in place, I didn’t stop there.

The new white door looked nice and it certainly served its purpose. The entryway inside was bright and airy.

But the front porch was still in need of something else… greenery!

I considered buying two live plants.

But later decided against it. I came to the conclusion that they wouldn’t receive enough light or water, in the front entryway.

You see I tend to forget to water the plants I already have…

So I thought it best to avoid killing any future plants by purchasing a faux topiaries instead.

I looked everywhere for greenery I actually liked. They were either too small, too big or too expensive!

There was nothing else to do but… check Amazon, of course!

Then I found the perfect solution.

Something I wouldn’t forget to water.

Something that would stay green all year long.

Something that was 3 feet tall and had some personality.

Oh and don’t forget… reasonably priced!

Spiral Boxwood Tree

Isn’t she a beaut’! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

I couldn’t have been more impressed with by my purchase! I love them.

That’s right, I bought two!

One for each side of the doorway.

Marco wasn’t quite as impressed but I certainly was! I loved all the new changes we made. However, I will probably add a couple of items to the front porch in the future.

β€˜CEREAL’ously

We recently have a nephew who is serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

We wanted to send him a care package to show him just how much we care!

What You Need:

Box

Scrapbook Paper

Ruler

Scissors

Glue stick

Large Box of Cheerios

Variety of Cereals

How to Make:

Start by measuring the flaps of your box. Cut your scrapbook paper to fit your box measurements.

Once your paper is cut out, use a glue stick to glue each page, to each box flap.

When all of your pages have been glued on, you are ready to add the wording.

I used my silhouette to cut out the saying. However, you could just use a pen too!

I then hand sketched a spoon and a bowl onto cardstock. Once they were cut out, I glued them to the flaps, along with the letters for my saying.

I decided to use a hot glue gun to add a few Cheerios to the spoon and bowl to make it look more realistic.

Next step, collect all of your cereals.

I purchased these at my local dollar store!

I loved that they were small bags of cereal, instead of miniature boxes.

So about halfway through this project, I had a bright idea…

I was going to fill the box with loose Cheerios!

So I grabbed my personal box of Cheerios out of the cupboard.

And filled the bottom of the box with a layer of Cheerios.

Hahaha… πŸ˜‚

Next organize your bags of cereal inside your decorated box.

Before taping the box closed, fill the rest of the box will Cheerios.

I’m sure your loved one will thank you for the excess of Cheerios later! πŸ˜‚

Thoughts by L

I really got a kick out of this box!

I’m not sure how much my nephew enjoyed opening a box full of loose Cheerios but I thought it was hilarious.

Yes… you read that right.

I filled the rest of the box with loose Cheerios, just like they were plastic peanuts.

Hahaha… πŸ˜‚

Hopefully they weren’t crushed to a powder by the time it got to him. 🀞🏻

Happy crafting!

We apHERSHEYate You!

Do you ap’HERSHEY’ate someone in your life?

If so, don’t you think it’s time you show them just how much you care?

Well I have the perfect gift, for you!

This small but sweet gift will be sure to bring a smile to any face.

What You Need:

Cardstock

Scissors

Hershey Bar

Glue or Tape

Print:

We apHersheyate

I apHersheyate

How to Make:

Start by printing one of the PDFs listed above. One says we, and the other says I.

Since this gift was from both, Dax and I we obviously used the PDF we. However, I included the other PDF, as well.

Once printed, using scissors cut out the image.

After you have cut out the image. Next you are going to gold the grey tap backwards like so.

Then you will glue the grey tab, to the top of the page where the glue stick is.

Your paper should look like the photo above. The top and bottom should have been glued together to make a continuous piece of paper.

Once your glue has dried, you are ready to slide your candy bar into the paper sleeve. *Note- You do not need to use a king size Hershey bar like mine. A regular sized bar will work just as well.

Thoughts by L

I love to show gratitude for others. I think it is very important to be thankful for those who do kind acts of service towards you. I made this thank you gift for a sweet lady at my church who taught my primary class.

One of my favorite mottos is:

“Gratitude is the gateway to joy.”

-Elaine S. Marshall

Our Favorite Catch!

Father’s Day is always a good excuse to spoil dad.

So why not get dad or your husband, what he really wants?

A candy tackle box…

An afternoon full of fishing and his favorite snacks!

“Happy Father’s Day to our Favorite Catch!”

What You Need:

Tackle Box

Cardstock

Printer

Fish Themed Candy

-Goldfish, Gummy Worms, Swedish fish, etc

Print:

Fathers Day – Tag

Happy Birthday – Tag

Favorite Fish – Tag

How to Make:

I purchased a small tackle box from Walmart, found in the fishing section. There was a wide variety of boxes to choose. This tackle box only cost $6.

Tackle Box

Another option I considered, was the clear organizer tackle. Which was nice because you get to decide where the dividers go. Which makes it more customizable.

Clear Organizer

I wanted mine to be more of a tackle box than just an organizer. That’s why I went with the first option.

Be sure to consider the food you plan on filling the box with, when purchasing your tackle!

That way you know how many dividers you need and know that each candy will fit in it’s designated section.

Especially, if your candy is long like twizzlers or pretzel rods.

These adorable pretzel fishing rods idea, from the TipToe Fairy would be sure to make a splash at any party!

How to make Fishing Rods

I wish I had planned more time so I could have made these. SO cute!

The next step is to collect your candy!

If you couldn’t tell from the photo, I purchased Swedish fish, sour gummy worms, goldfish, twizzlers, and gummy snakes.

Other great options would be regular gummy worms, sharks, octopuses, frogs, peach rings, life savers, etc.

Once you have collected your candy, it’s time to start organizing!

Unwrap and sort each candy into your tackle box.

Print the tag above, if desired and tape to the inside or outside of the box.

This would also make a wonderful birthday gift, as well!

I included 3 different tags for all occasions! A father’s day, birthday and generic tag, so that you can make it your own!

Thoughts by L:

Father’s play a very important role in our lives and our personal development.

May you always be thankful for the father figure in your life!

They do a lot more than we realize and we don’t thank them, as much as we should.

Be sure to show your loved one, just how much you care.

Happy Fishing!

More Precious Than Silver and Gold

With Father’s Day is only a few weeks away. You might be looking for a creative gift…

Don’t look any further!

I enjoy making themed gift boxes for my all of my loved ones.

This year I couldn’t resist making this box for my dad!

What You Need:

Cardboard Box

Scrapbook Paper

Glue stick

Scissors

Ruler

Pencil

Vinyl or Pen

Silver Candy

– 3 Musketeers, Hershey Kisses, etc

Gold Candy

Twix, Rolos, Chocolate Coins, etc

Personalized Gift

My Box Included: Socks, Golf Card holder, Putting Cup, Golf Tees and a Wood Sign

How to Make:

Using a ruler measure your the dimensions of your box. Mark your scrapbook paper with the correct measurements using a pencil.

Once your scrapbook paper is cut out, glue paper to the inside of the box.

I prefer to put the glue directly onto my paper before sticking on the box. I also only glue half of the paper at a time. I think it is easier to be more precise when glueing it that way.

You can choose to glue paper to just the flaps of the box, or line the entire inside.

Place your gift or gifts, inside your box.

I used decorative shred to cover the gifts and keep them from shifting around. You can purchase it at the Dollar Store or Hobby Lobby, in the gift wrapping and party section.

Next, fill the rest of the box with your silver and gold candy. I purchased mine from the dollar store. The chocolate coins I had left over from St. Patrick’s Day, that I bought from Hobby Lobby.

I used my silhouette to cut the saying out. However, I had to place each letter individually or else the sticky transfer paper would have torn my scrapbook paper.

If you don’t have a vinyl cutter, you could type the saying into a word document, print and cut them out, before glueing to the box. Or if you have better penmanship than me, you could write the saying on using a sharpie.

Thoughts by L

This box is perfect for anyone you value more than silver and gold! It makes a great birthday gift, as well.

Date Night, Gift Box

What You Need:

Scrapbook Paper

Hot Glue Gun

Glue Stick

Ruler

Pencil

Tape

Small Box

Gift cards

(I used 4 gift cards but you can do more or less. Just be sure to purchase additional paper if needed)

How to Make:

Start by measuring the inside of your box. Make sure it is wide enough to fit a gift card in. It needs to be alerted than an earnings or ring box. Make sure it is rectangular.

Using the measurement for the inside of the box, take your scrapbook paper and cut it down to size. I cut one page in half and was able to get two sheets out of it.

Their wedding colors were red and blue, so I decided to use red scrapbook paper for their gift. I would suggest using a solid color, so that the pattern doesn’t clash with designs on your gift cards.

Then I measured the width of my box, to know how wide the folds would need to be in the paper. After they were marked, I used my amazing Martha Stewart Scoring Board to make smooth folds.

If you haven’t seen one of these before they are fantastic! These make smooth lines that are easy to fold. Without making wrinkles in the paper. You know what I’m talking about!

You can make some really neat things with it. I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby but you can also find it on Amazon or other craft stores.

Scoring Board

If you choose to, you can make a half inch tab on each end of each page. Which I used to secure the paper inside the box, by glueing it to the inside of the box, as shown below.

Once the lines are scored, I used an accordion method to fold the paper. Back and forth, the opposite direction with each fold. Like so…

Here you can see one page is scored, while the other is already folded.

Now glue both pages together. take one of the small half inch tabs and glue it to the top of the other page. Making sure NOT to glue it to the half inch tab on the other page.

Glue the half in tab to the regular width tab like in the image above. Leaving the half tabs exposed to glue to the lids.

I collected my gift cards and made sure to write the dollar amount on the back with a sharpie.

Swig- “When you need a drink to beat the summer heat!”

Chic fi la- “When you need a bite to eat!”

Movies- “When you need something to do!”

Cold Stone- “When you need a sweet treat!”

If you choose to do the same thing, I will attach the pdf for the sayings if you want to use them.

Date Night Sayings

With a glue stick, I attached the paper sayings. To attach the gift cards to the paper, I used a hot glue. Squeeze a small dot of glue in the center of the page, letting it cool for a couple of seconds before pressing the card on top.

TaDa! Simple as that.

I made my own bow out of paper, which I glued to the top of the lid. So simple to make and very adorable. Perfect for occasions when you need a bow but don’t have one!

A blog post on how to make them, to come!

Thoughts by L:

Our sweet friend recently got married! We were beyond thrilled that he found someone he truly loves, to build a life together.

We wanted to give them something fun, instead of making a quick click using their wedding registry.

So that’s when I decided to make them a gift card, date night box. It was so simple, I thought I would share!

Perfect for weddings, thank you gifts or Christmas.