20 valentine’s day crafts and tutorials

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I’ll admit-for a crafts-related blogger, I don’t tend to decorate for a lot of the holidays. My mantle, for instance, hasn’t changed since Christmas, and I’m okay with that. So when I do decorate, I like creative and simple crafts that don’t take a lot of time. And if we’re talking Valentine’s Day crafts, I don’t want anything overly cutesy or over-the-top that won’t fit in with my everyday décor (unless my kids are involved, then I’ll welcome it all into my home, cutesy and over-the-top included). So today, I’m sharing 20 creative V-Day crafts with a modern edge that you’ll love to add to your holiday décor! Enjoy!

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Rice Krispie Treat Valentines from Foodie Crush

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DIY telephone from Monkey Choo

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free printables from paper & stitch

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glitter boxes from the house that lars built

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DIY coffee cup wrappers from eat drink chic

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geometric heart love letters from minieco

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watercolor and gold garland from burlap+blue

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gift tags from 100 layer cake

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milk ice cubes from a subtle revelry

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how to make heart shaped cupcakes from sugar swings!

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diy gift from oh hello friend

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cement valentines from lovely indeed

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ruffled heart from joy ever after

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diy wreath from the house that lars built

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painted heart bag from v and co

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heart calendar from me and my diy

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heart garland from project wedding

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stitched heart card from dandee

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love pallet from hometalk

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heart notebooks from cosmo cricket

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tulle garland from my so called crafty life

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ghirardelli valentine’s bark + free printable

 ghirardelli valentines bark + free printable

When it comes to great gifts to give (and receive!), edible treats are at the top of my list. Gifts of food are thoughtful and convey to the recipient that they’re worth the time it takes to create and package up an edible gift. My favorite type of food gift to give, though, is one that only looks complicated and time-consuming, so for Valentine’s Day this year, I was inspired by some enticing Ghirardelli products while at Target, and created this it-only-looks-complicated Valentine’s Bark! Keep reading for the how-to and free printable  tags…

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Who wouldn’t love a gift of this yummy-looking bark at Valentine’s Day? The ingredients for this are so simple, here’s what I used:

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Can I take a moment to wax lyrical about these Ghirardelli Candy Making and Dipping Wafers? First and foremost, they are versatile and easy to use, ensuring smooth and even melting. Meaning, of course, NO tempering! We all know that Ghirardelli products are an essential ingredient in any baker’s kitchen, but these Melting Wafers just took the cake. Anyone who’s ever ruined a batch of chocolate by tempering-gone-wrong (raises hand) knows what I mean.

But back to the recipe. I ended up not using the sprinkles; I really liked the neutral and simple feel of the bark on it’s own. You’ll also need a sheet pan, a spatula, a skewer or toothpick and a couple of microwave safe bowls. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Pour two bags of the Dark Melting Wafers into a microwave safe bowl. Be sure to microwave the wafers slowly; even though the wafers don’t need tempering, they can still burn if you’re not careful. I microwaved at 50% power for 30 seconds, stirred the wafers, and then continued to microwave at 50% power for 10 second intervals. When the wafers are almost melted, pull out the bowl and stir to finish melting.

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Step 2: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and pour the melted wafers onto the sheet, smoothing out with a spatula.

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Step 3: Take a handful of White Melting Wafers and microwave until smooth. You’ll have to work a bit quickly, as your sheet of Dark Wafers will quickly want to set.

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Step 4: Drizzle the melted White Wafers over the dark, and use a toothpick or skewer to gently swirl the two together.

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See how pretty it turned out? I could stare at pretty swirled bark all day…

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Step 5: Time to decorate! I used a bag of Ghirardelli Valentine’s Day Impressions, which are perfect all by themselves, but even more so when they’re nestled into Valentine’s Bark!

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Step 6: Let your bark set (I set it in the refrigerator because I’m impatient like that). In the meantime, gather your packaging supplies.

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Like the gold and black geometric hearts I used? Good news-I’m offering them as a free printable!

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Step 7: Once the bark is cool, use a sharp knife to cut into pieces. I like my bark cut into random shapes-no perfect squares here! Bag up, add a tag, and you’re done!

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I just love how these turned out, what a fun gift for the special people in your life!

I’d love to know-what’s YOUR favorite way to bake with Ghirardelli products?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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30 creative ways to use essential oils

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Essential oils–they’re the new must-haves for all things health and wellness, and they’re currently going through a major surge in popularity. I’ve been using them myself for about 6 months now, for everything from aromatherapy to help with sleeping to keeping the kids healthy to clearer skin to flavoring my water.

And, today, I’m sharing even more ways to use them! Today’s post, 30 creative and crafty ways to use essential oils, is the perfect way to merge a love of crafting with an interest in you and your family’s health. There’s just so many reasons to hop on the essential oil bandwagon! I currently am using doTERRA oils, and I’d be more than happy answer any questions you have. I had a LOT of questions starting out (and still do), but I’ve gotten a pretty good grasp on what the oils are and how to best use them, so if you’re on the fence about starting an essential oil regimen, feel free to contact me! Now, onto the crafts…

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diy dry shampoo via doTERRA

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frankincense and cinnamon winter balm via teacups and pearls

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aromatherapy play dough via doTERRA

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air freshener via living chic on the cheap

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aromatherapy jewelry via doTERRA

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body wash via tried and true

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lemon soap via a pumpkin and a princess

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body butter via sarah titus

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lotion bars via doTERRA

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bubble bath via doTERRA

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dish soap via doTERRA 

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candle via amy bayliss

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shower discs via practically functional

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diy lip balm via doTERRA

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homemade lip balm via everything etsy

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