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Category: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Heart Treat Cups

Valentine’s Day Heart Treat Cups

Make these cute treat cups for a kids party to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Learn how we upcycled a cardboard egg carton.

Hot Air Balloon Valentines with Fruit Snacks

Hot Air Balloon Valentines with Fruit Snacks

Create this crafty Valentine’s Day snack with cardstock and ribbon. These hot air balloon fruit snack cards combine a sweet thought with a sweet treat!

Cute Paper Heart Bookmarks

Cute Paper Heart Bookmarks

Inspire kids who love reading with one of these cute paper heart bookmarks! This easy kids craft is fun to make for yourself or for friends. Easily customize these heart bookmarks with your favorite colors!
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DIY American Girl Valentine’s Day Doll Mailboxes

DIY American Girl Valentine’s Day Doll Mailboxes

Valentine’s Day is a great holiday for making fun kids crafts! Use our printable template to create these adorable doll-sized Valentine’s Day mailboxes, designed for American Girl dolls.

DIY Sensory Slime Easy Recipe For Kids

DIY Sensory Slime Easy Recipe For Kids

Making homemade slime is a great hands-on activity for kids to practice chemistry in the kitchen. You can make a bunch of colors and add interesting mix-ins!

WellieWishers DIY Elastic Doll Headbands

WellieWishers DIY Elastic Doll Headbands

My girls absolutely love their American Girl WellieWishers. They dress them up, have tea parties, and go on backyard adventures. My girls also enjoy doing crafts. We made some very easy DIY headbands for our WellieWishers dolls Ashlyn and Camille. These pretty headbands can be customized with rhinestones, flowers and bows. Learn how to make WellieWishers headbands using elastic, a hot glue gun and decorative accents.
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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For the Whole Family

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For the Whole Family

I love celebrating Valentine’s Day with my kids and family. We make treats, set up a post office and give small gifts. These Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the whole family are inexpensive and fun!

How to Make Freeze Dried Raspberry Macarons

How to Make Freeze Dried Raspberry Macarons

Have you ever dreamed of making your own flavored macarons? Once you learn how to make the basic macaron recipe, you can add all sorts of creative ingredients to make impressively creative treats!

The Best Sugar Cookie Icing & Decorating Tips

The Best Sugar Cookie Icing & Decorating Tips

Cute sugar cookies are a great family project to make for practically any holiday. Most everyone loves cookies and you can customize your cookies to match the season! Make heart cookies for Valentine’s Day, star cookies for Fourth of July and snowflake cookies to celebrate winter. Colorful sugar cookie icing is easy to make with 4 ingredients. I discovered a super efficient method for creating cookie icing designs, without using pastry bags that can be hard to clean.

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Valentine’s Day Gift List That Everyone Will Love

Valentine’s Day Gift List That Everyone Will Love

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast! Our gift list includes something for everyone; affordable toys, stylish accessories and delicious treats your whole family will love.

Kids Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Kids Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is a super fun day to celebrate with your family! Of course, kids love holidays more than anyone else. We’ve put together a list of fun kids gift ideas that are engaging and educational too!

Easy Homemade Italian Sodas for Any Party

Easy Homemade Italian Sodas for Any Party

Good food, tasty drinks and great company are three must-haves for any party. Everyone has their favorite party treats and hosting activities, and it’s especially to get the kids involved too! A DIY Italian Soda station is always a hit for adults and kids alike! We’ve made Italian sodas for birthday parties, holidays and even camping trips! Easily make these tasty drinks and customize your beverage with your favorite flavored syrup.

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Easy DIY Dried Fruit Slices

Easy DIY Dried Fruit Slices

Fruit is a go-to snack for our family. I’ve dried slices of fruit in the oven, with pretty good results. I made dried strawberry slices and homemade banana chips. Follow these steps to learn how to make your own dried fruit.

Valentine’s Day Inspired Activities, Crafts & Snacks

Valentine’s Day Inspired Activities, Crafts & Snacks

Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate with the people you love! These creative Valentine’s Day kids’ projects, sensory activities and yummy snacks are some fun ways to make the holiday memorable for your family.

DIY Kids Photo Valentines + Printables

DIY Kids Photo Valentines + Printables

Valentine’s Day is a fun opportunity to get crafty! We love making seasonal crafts and treats. Some years my kids have traded those paper character Valentines. However, they inevitably end up in the trash. One year I wanted to make our family something truly special for Valentine’s Day. I created some templates you can use with any picture to make custom photo Valentines. I’m excited to share my printables and simple tips for making Valentine’s Day fun!
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