DIY: Birthday Candle Lip Balm Printables

They say you’re not supposed to let children play with fire, but no one ever said you couldn’t let them play with paper in the shape of fire, now did they? When it comes to party favors, I’m all about ease and simplicity. So today I’m going to show you how to turn your favorite lip balm into birthday candle party favors. Slip one in each goody bag and watch your guests faces light up!

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DIY Wedding: Wine Cork Escort-Card Display

If you’re also a fellow wine lover, then there’s a conundrum we all encounter: What to do with all of the corks? If you hang on to them, like I do, then you’ll know how tough it is to find a unique way to display corks. However, re-purposing them into an escort-card display is clever way to share your love of wine with your friends and family members.

Wine Cork Decor

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DIY: Hand-Painted Paper Lanterns

I’ve had these plain paper lanterns in my party supply for ages but have never used them because they were a little boring. I decided to change all that and pulled out my trusty acrylic paints to do the job. Ten minutes later, I had three completely custom lanterns. It couldn’t be simpler.

easy party decorations

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DIY: Knotted Fabric-Wrapped Favor Boxes

Written by Olivia Kanaley

Take some cues from the soft textures and subtle hues of springtime and package up favors for your next event using this wrapping technique. Mismatched florals and tidy knots create a look that is feminine, tailored, and oh-so-sweet.

Supplies:
• 3″ or 4″ square favor box
• Fabric (these prints and more here)
• Scissors
• Ruler
• Double-stick tape (optional)

Steps:

1. Measure and cut a 15″ square from fabric (cut a 20″ square if you are using 4″ boxes).

2. Place fabric face down on work surface with the favor box on top. Pull opposite corners of the fabric around the box and cut away corners, leaving just enough material to meet at the top of the box. If desired, you can use a piece of double stick tape to secure the fabric here as you keep working.

3. Fold fabric over the sides of the box, just as you would wrap a gift with paper. Pinch with index finger and thumb where shown, pulling fabric taut around the sides of the box.

4. Working with one side at a time, continue to pinch fabric taut, while bringing the fabric “tail” up over the top of the box.

5. Cross the tails around each other as shown, creating 90 degree angles.

6. Tuck each tail under the knot once more as shown, and pull taut. For a tidy look, gently conceal the unfinished ends under the gathered fabric.


 

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Valentine’s Day Challenge: Special Prize Winners

We’re excited to announce the winners of our “Just My Type” Valentine’s Day Card Challenge! We asked the Minted Community to create fresh, out-of-the-box valentines that would make hearts go pitter-patter this Valentine’s Day. Here are the special prize winners!

Out of the (Candy) Box Award: For the most creative and innovative take on Valentine’s card
You’re A-MAZE-ING” by Adori Designs
Jennifer’s “A-MAZE-ING” pun complemented her equally amazing design capabilities. The rigid inner-lines in the maze perfectly contrast both the smooth, flowing outer edges as well as the inner heart. Jennifer’s fantastic use of contrasting textures and font-sizes make this card visually appealing, yet easy to read. It took me eight seconds to solve the maze—can you do better?

Runners Up: “So Fancy” by Bethany Anderson | “Be My Bestie Doodles” by Loree Mayer | Super Cool by Shirley Lin Schneider | “Tic-Tac-Toe XOXO” by Stacy Kron


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Recipe: Raspberry and Rose Water Ice Cream Sandwiches

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like roses and berries, and to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, I’ll be stirring up these sweet rose water and raspberry ice cream sandwiches. With a little love (and a few shortcuts!) they’re surprisingly easy to pull off…

rosewater and raspberry ice cream sandwiches by kelli hallrosewater and raspberry ice cream

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Playlist: Sweet Tunes for Your Valentine’s Day

Written by Annie Montgomery of  MontgomeryFest

Whether this weekend has you curling your hair for a fancy-pants dinner or curling up on the couch in your coziest pair of socks, you’ll need some sweet tunes to hum along to. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite romantic jams—consider it my valentine to you: the perfect soundtrack for your February 14.

Total time: 44 mins
Listen to it right here

Valentine's Day Playlist from Julep

Photo: The track list image of pretty pink peonies (above) was taken by me at the King of Belgium’s garden just outside Brussels (and since I couldn’t pick the flowers themselves, I had to settle for a different kind of pic!).

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DIY: Quick and Easy Heart-Shaped Brooches

If you’re scrambling to find a simple Valentine’s Day craft that you can pull off by Saturday, then this is the project for you. These easy-to-make heart brooches are crafted from wool-blend felt, which is one of my favorite fabrics to work with since it won’t unravel when cut. Whip up a bunch of these heart brooches, then play Cupid this weekend and pass them out to all your sweeties.

DIY: Quick and Easy Heart-Shaped Brooches

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DIY: Valentine’s Day Succulent Party Favors (with printable)

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  alice & lois

When I throw parties, I love to come up with a favor that the guests can actually use and enjoy at home. This Valentine’s Day, we came up with a sweet idea using succulents (if you can’t find succulents at your nursery or hardware store, any flowers would do). Then, all you need is our free “Love Grows Here” printable (get it below) and you’ve got a special valentine for friends or a cute favor to send home with party guests (it’d also make a great DIY wedding favor, don’t you think?).

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Design to Dish: Easy Chocolate Croissants

When I was a newlywed, my family went on a big trip to Paris… without me! So, I like to make up for never having been to France by eating chocolate croissants, or pain au chocolat, whenever I get the opportunity. Fortunately for my waistline, I don’t live next door to a French bakery. But I can still have chocolate croissants whenever I get a craving for them thanks to a couple of easy grocery-store shortcuts and a little bit of work.

puff pastry homemade chocolate croissants“A Little Paris Day Planner” by Sharon Rowan; Easy Chocolate Croissants (recipe below)

I love this cute Minted day planner featuring iconic Parisian sights like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. I can think of a few Francophiles in my life who would love it!

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