Valentine’s Day Heart Bunting {a Budget Friendly Craft}

When is the last time you saw something in a store that was meant for one thing and you thought of an idea to use it for something else? It honestly doesn't happen to me very often, but the other day was different. I went in to Dollar Tree to let my daughter spend her $5 from the tooth fairy and while there I stumbled upon glittered heart table scatter. My first thought was, "why would I scatter this all over my table?" That's when it hit me. These glittered hearts would make the PERFECT bunting when all sewn together! So, I bought a bunch of bags, went home and got to work creating this tutorial for YOU! Without further ado, the perfect Valentine's Day Heart Bunting. {Did I mention it is budget-friendly?} First, gather your supplies. You'll need: glittered heart table scatter {or … [Read more...]

Candy Lei Necklace DIY

Have you ever made  a candy necklace? The first time I ever made these necklaces, I was looking for something different than cards for my child to take for “Friendship Day” (aka Valentine’s Day) at school.  It was a very Martha Stewart moment – I made 18 for the class and teachers. Whew!   The good news? These are really very easy with lots of room for personalization.  Change the candy, change the ribbon, use colored plastic wrap, add a To/From tag – the options are endless. Here’s the basics of what you'll need: Plastic Wrap Candy ( demonstrated here is a “kiss” ) - 15 pieces Ribbon - 15  5-6"lengths Measure off  plastic wrap – I used 50”   which will make for a nice finished length . Lay the wrap out and position the candies – about 2” in from the edge and … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make

Once the Christmas decorations leave the store shelves the Valentine's Day cards and decor make their grand appearance {sooner and sooner each year, too}. However, unless you want to take the easy route, the store bought boxed Valentine's Day cards can be cheesy. The fun and quirky ideas that I've gathered for you today are simple enough for your kids to make. Best part? Your kids friends will love them! /1/ PlayDoh Valentine - Every kid loves PlayDoh! {It's never been my favorite activity to sit my kids down to. Ha!} You can find these little bitty containers in the party section or the seasonal section of your store. Cute, right? /2/ "Eyes for You" Valentine - The kids will have fun with this googley eye ring long after Valentine's Day. /3/ Nerdy Straw Valentine - … [Read more...]

Our Favorites in FEATURED on Blissfully Domestic for 2014

2014 has blown by in what seems to be a blink of an eye. Wasn't it Valentine's Day just last week? Am I right, this year has just gone by so quickly?! Over the last 12 months, Blissfully Domestic has featured some pretty great writers with unique ideas, creative crafts, tasty recipes and so much more. We thought it would be fun to share with you our top 10 favorites from the Featured section of Blissfully Domestic! Without further ado, in no particular order, here are our Top 10 Featured Favorites: 11 Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids - With Valentine's Day being just around the corner, this one is a great one to check out sooner than later! 9 Father's Day Gift Ideas - Great news! Gifts for Dad never go out of style. Give him something he'll love all year … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Heart Math

Do you ever wonder what to do with all of the Valentine's Day candy that your children collect this time of year?  We put it to good use by doing this simple graphing activity, using the popular candy conversation hearts. Materials: one box of candy hearts per child one printed copy of the Valentine's Heart Graph per child Start the activity by talking about graphs and how they help you to easily read and compare numbers.  Introduce the concepts of rows and columns and invite them to take out one heart at a time and place it in the correct color column. As they are putting their hearts in place it is fun to read and discuss the text in the hearts and to make hypotheses about which colors they will have the most of and which colors they will have the least of. When the graph … [Read more...]

DIY Heart Bokeh Photography Effect

Did you know that you can create different shaped bokeh in your photographs? Bokeh is that beautifully blurry background portion of your photos, typically achieved with a wide open aperture. Time to get a little creative with that bokeh - you can turn it into different shapes using a few commen household objects that you probably have sitting around your house! Here I am going to teach you how to make heart shaped bokeh (in time for Valentine's Day!) but you can make any shape that you want for different holidays and occasions. What You'll Need: - black construction paper - tape - pen or pencil - scissors - camera and lens with wide aperture (1.2-2.8 would be great) Steps: 1. Gather your supplies. I included a tape measure in my supplies but it isn't necessary. The first … [Read more...]