DIY emoji heart valentine with free printable | Popcorn and Chocolate

Heart Eyes Emoji Valentine with Free Printable

Heart eye emoji pin for Valentine's day with free printable | Popcorn and ChocolateValentine’s day is right around the corner and if you are stuck as to what to get your friend/S.O./mom we’ve got the perfect DIY for you! These heart eye emoji Valentines are simple to make and even more fun to give away. Plus, using shrinky dinks totally takes you back to your 90’s – crimped hair and slap bracelets not included.Heart eye emoji pin for Valentine's day with free printable | Popcorn and Chocolate

We’ve included a free printable Valentine to go along with the heart eye emoji pin. So now all you have to do (besides make the pins) is decide who you have heart eyes for! Olive, I’m looking at you.

DIY valentine emoji pin with free printable | Popcorn and Chocolate

Materials:

DIY emoji heart valentine with free printable | Popcorn and ChocolateInstructions:

  1. Trace or free hand a heart eye emoji onto your shrinky dinks using a yellow sharpie. For size reference mine was about 3.5 in diameter. Once you have traced the emoji, color it in using red, yellow, and grey sharpie.DIY emoji shrinky dink pin | Popcorn and Chocolate
  2. Cut out the emoji.
  3. To shrink the shrinky dinks you can either follow the instructions on the package (in the oven at 325°F for 2-3 minutes; make sure to place them on parchment paper) or you can use a heat embossing tool for about 1-2 minutes. Again, make sure to put them on parchment paper so they don’t stick to your surface. The shrinky dinks will shrivel up and then begin to flatten out – once they are flat again they are done.
  4. Taking some plain white paper, trace the size of the emoji on it and cut it out. Glue this to the back of the emoji using Mod Podge. This is so you won’t see the pin back through the pin.DIY emoji shrinky dink pin | Popcorn and Chocolate
  5. Using a hot glue gun, glue on the pin & back to the white paper.DIY emoji shrinky dink pin | Popcorn and Chocolate
  6. Print out our free printable and stick the heart eye emoji in the middle of it.

Now you have a cute, homemade Valentine to give away to your loved one! Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more Valentine’s day DIYs!

DIY emoji heart valentine with free printable | Popcorn and Chocolate

Download the free printable Valentine card to go with your emoji pin by clicking here

DIY heart eye emoji pin with a free printable Valentine's day card | Popcorn and CHocolate

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DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate

DIY Flamingo Piñata

DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateWe are taking a slight break from the typical Valnetine’s DIYs and Super Bowl goodies that should be going up right about now to share with you a fun DIY I made for my birthday that was on Sunday. It’s still pink though so it might be able to pass for Valentine’s Day.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateActually, this DIY flamingo piñata might do pretty well at a Galentine’s party if I do say so myself. It’s pink, it’s full of candy, it’s a flamingo – perfect for any party really.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateYou might be wondering why I chose a flamingo piñata of all things. Well, to be perfectly honest, I’ve seemed to have collected or made a lot of flamingo themed things this past year. I guess when you’ve got a whole flock of flamignos around you you sort of become associated as the flamingo lady, a title I will gladly hold.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateDIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateYou also might be wondering why flamingos of all creatures. I’m not too sure tbh. Maybe it’s because they are pink or that they stand on one leg or that they have funny necks, who really knows – just call me crazy flamingo lady and leave it at that.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateI knew I wanted to make a piñata for my birthday since I made one for Rose’s and made a cactus one, it was just a matter of what to make a piñata of. Looking back on the year flamingos seemed to come up more than once so it was a pretty easy decision from there. Now we’ve got a nice little flamingo added to our ever growing piñata collection.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateMaterials:

  • Cardboard boxes – cereal boxes worked really well
  • Cardboard paper towel rolls and/or toilet paper rolls
  • Exacto knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Streamers in pink, orange, and white
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • A helping hand

How to make the flamingo piñata:

  1. I apologize in advance for the pictures of this DIY – I needed both my hands to do most of the steps so it was a bit tricky photographing it as well, but I will do my best to describe the process. Start with drawing a flamingo body shape onto cardboard and cut out using an exacto knife. Trace this body onto another piece of cardboard and cut that out as well. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  2. Cut out a lot a lot of strips of cardboard about 2 inches across – these will be what connects the two layers of the flamingo body (and the rest of the flamingo later). I found the sides of cereal boxes were the perfect size. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  3. Cut out a head shape and then trace it onto another piece of cardboard and cut that out as well. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  4. Cut out two feet shapesDIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  5. Now it’s time to glue the two layers together. This is when a helping hand is needed. Take the two layers of the flamingo body and put hot glue on the sides of each of them then quickly place down one of the 2 inch across strips as far as it will go along the body. Do this across the top of the body and most of the bottom – but make sure to leave room for the legs. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  6. To make the legs I used 1 paper towel roll and 3 toilet paper rolls. Place the straight paper towel roll in between the two layers of the body and glue it down with hot glue. To make the bent leg place 1 toilet paper roll in between the two layers of the body and glue it there. Slightly bend another toilet roll and glue it to the first toilet paper roll. Add a third toilet paper roll to the bottom. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  7. For the neck of the bird glue 1 paper towel roll to the body.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  8. For the head, glue each of the two layers to the top of the paper towel roll. Then take another cereal box strip and glue it between the two head layers. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateDIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  9. Glue the feet to the bottom of the two legs.
  10. Now you should have a full flamingo body and can start adding the streamers. To do this start at the bottom of the flamingo (so the legs) and wrap the streamer around the area you are going to put it then cut it to that size. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  11. Add small cuts to one side of the streamer to create the fringe.DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate
  12. Add glue to the top part of the streamer where you didn’t add the fringe. Then carefully glue it onto the birdDIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  13. Continue doing this all the way to the top.
  14. To do the back and top of the head (the cereal boxes) just cut small strips and layer them like you did for the body. Before you do the top of the head make sure to hot glue on a string so it can hang. DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate

 

Now your flamingo is ready to mingle! DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and ChocolateOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Peace out 24 and hellooo 25! Now I’m taking this flamingo and adding it to my piñata collection.  If you have any suggestions as to another piñata I should attempt – leave them below! Also, if you have any good names to give this pretty lady comment them below! Happy crafting!

DIY Flamingo Piñata | Popcorn and Chocolate

Click here for some more piñata ideas! May I suggest a cactus?

DIY Candy Heart Succulent Pots | Popcorn and Chocolate

Candy Heart Plant Pots for Valentine’s Day

DIY Candy Heart Succulent Pots | Popcorn and ChocolateThese candy heart plant pots are the perfect gift to give away to your friends or coworkers on Valentine’s day. They are very quick and cheap to make so you could easily make a bunch to give away – or just make some for yourself to decorate your home with!  Keep reading below to learn how to make these candy heart planters. DIY Candy Heart Succulent Pots | Popcorn and Chocolate

Candy Heart Plant Pot for Valentine's Day | Popcorn and ChocolateBefore I teach you how to make these candy heart planters I have a confession to make. I’m kind of freaked out by candy hearts. When I was in 4th grade around Valentine’s Day I was eating a bunch of these candy hearts, as kids do, and shortly after I was sent home sick with the flu. In my kid head I thought the candy hearts were what made me sick. Ever since then I’ve had a huge food aversion to candy hearts. I haven’t eaten them since 4th grade (and probably never will). I was traumatized. Candy Heart Plant Pot for Valentine's Day | Popcorn and ChocolateThough I refuse to eat candy hearts that doesn’t mean I won’t craft with them! I love the bright colors and the cute messages they have… just not so much the taste. They are certainly abundant in January and February so it’s kind of hard to avoid them, so my as well embrace them as I did here. Candy Heart Succulent Pot | Popcorn and Chocolate

Valentine's Day Candy Heart Pot | Popcorn and ChocolateIf you do love candy hearts then this DIY is perfect for you! Quick and easy to make so you can give them away as Valentine’s Day gifts this year. Here’s what you will need:

Valentine's Day Candy Heart Pot | Popcorn and Chocolate

Materials:

  • Terra Cotta pot (or pots)
  • White paint
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge
  • Candy hearts picture  – I just googled this and chose one I liked

Instructions:

  1. Paint your terra cotta pot white. Mine took 2 coats – make sure you let it fully dry before you put a second coat on.
  2. Cut out individual candy hearts – as many as you want to cover your pot. Candy heart planters | Popcorn and Chocolate
  3. Using mod podge, glue on the cut out candy hearts on various places on your pot. If you like a lot of candy hearts then glue on a lot but if you like a more minimal look, like mine, just do a couple on each side. Candy heart planters | Popcorn and ChocolateOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACandy heart planters | Popcorn and Chocolate
  4. Let dry and stick a succulent in it!

See wasn’t that easy?? We gotcha girl – easy peasy gift ideas for your Valentine’s day! Let us know in the comments below any weird food aversions you have.Valentine's Day Candy Heart Succulent Pot | Popcorn and Chocolate

Valentine's Day Candy Heart Planter | Popcorn and Chocolate

Don’t forget to pin this DIY to your Valentine’s Day board 😉

Candy Heart Succulent Pot | Popcorn and Chocolate

Heart hand warmers for Valentine's Day | Popcorn and Chocolate

Hand warmers for Valentine’s Day

Heart hand warmers for Valentine's Day | Popcorn and Chocolate

Valentine’s day is in February and February, at least where I’m from, is still very cold so I thought it would be a cute idea to give your Valentine some homemade hand warmers to keep their hands and hearts warm.

Heart hand warmers for Valentine's Day | Popcorn and Chocolate

There’s nothing worse than having cold hands when you have to go outside. It makes me very grumpy so I always have the thickest mittens with me at all times. But sometimes even gloves fail me in the harsh New Hampshire winters. That is where these hand warmers step in. They are cute, they are functional, and they are easy to make.

Heart hand warmers for Valentine's Day | Popcorn and Chocolate

Heart hand warmers for Valentine's Day | Popcorn and Chocolate

In fact, they are so easy to make that I went a little overboard and made about 6 pairs. I don’t exactly have a Valentine to give them to so I might have to force them upon my friends and family. Hopefully they appreciate pink. And warm hands.

Heart hand warmers for Valentine's Day | Popcorn and Chocolate

Speaking of which, these heart hand warmers would make the perfect gift to give away to your loved ones or friends this Valentine’s day. Or, if you are like me, you can just make them for yourself and enjoy having toasty warm hands.

Heart hand warmers for Valentine's Day | Popcorn and Chocolate

Heart hand warmers for Valentine's Day | Popcorn and Chocolate

You can easily customize what you put on your hand warmers. Since mine are Valentine’s themed I went with hearts but you could do any shape or even put someone’s initials on them. So many fun ideas! Keep reading below to find out how to make these heart hand warmers.
Heart hand warmers for Valentine's Day | Popcorn and Chocolate

Materials:

  • Felt in various colors – I used white, pink, and red
  • String in color of choice – I used white and red
  • Needle
  • Rice

To make the square hand warmers:

  1. Start by cutting out the shape of your hand warmers. For these it was a rectangle about 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches. You will need 4 pieces this size.
  2. Next cut out two small hearts out of a different color of felt (I used red). Heart shaped hand warmers | Popcorn and Chocolate
  3. Using a running stitch sew on one of the small red hearts to one of the pink rectangles. If you want the stitches to show you can use a contrasting color, otherwise use red to hide the stitches. Heart hand warmers | Popcorn and Chocolate
  4. Taking one of the rectangles with a heart and one plain rectangle, overlap them and begin stitching by bringing the needle through one of the layers then use a running stitch, stitch along the side. Stitch up 3 of the 4 sides.
    Heart hand warmers | Popcorn and Chocolate

    Sorry I have a cut on my hand from getting overly excited at Target…

    Heart hand warmers | Popcorn and Chocolate

  5. Once you have 3 of the sides stitched, take your rice and fill the hand warmer with it. Heart hand warmers | Popcorn and Chocolate
  6. Finally, stitch up the final side and tie off. Heart hand warmers | Popcorn and Chocolate
  7. Repeat stitching with your second set of rectangles.
  8. To use pop in the microwave for 30 seconds.

To make the heart hand warmers:

  1. Start by cutting out a heart shape on your felt. Mine was about 3.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches across in the biggest area. Cut out 3 more hearts the same size by using the first heart as a stencil. Heart shaped hand warmers | Popcorn and Chocolate
  2. Taking two of the hearts put one on top of the other and begin stitching them together. I used a blanket stitch to do this, which I will try to explain below, but feel free to use a running stitch here too. For the blanket stitch you will start by putting your thread in one layer and pulling it through. Next take the thread and bring it to the back overlapping where you first put your stitch. Before you pull the stitch all the way through, put the needle through the small loop you have left and then pull it tight. For the next stitch, put your needle about .5 cm away from the first and then follow the same steps – push the needle to the back and then before you pull it tight, put the needle through the loop. The pictures and video below might help explain it a bit better:
    Heart shaped hand warmers | Popcorn and Chocolate

    Start by putting the string through one of the hearts

  3. Continue with stitching up the majority of the heart until you have about 1.5 inch opening left.Heart shaped hand warmers | Popcorn and Chocolate
  4. Fill the heart with rice. Heart shaped hand warmers | Popcorn and Chocolate
  5. Finish by stitching the remaining 1.5 inch and tying it off. Heart shaped hand warmers | Popcorn and Chocolate
  6. Repeat with your second set of hearts.
  7. To use pop in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Heart hand warmers for Valentine's Day | Popcorn and Chocolate

Now you are ready to give your loved ones (or yourself) some toasty and cute heart hand warmers for Valentine’s day! If you end up making this project be sure to let us know in the comments below!

Valentine's Day Heart Hand Warmers | Popcorn and Chocolate

DIY Agate Napkin Rings | Popcorn and Chocolate

Simple Agate Napkin Rings

DIY Agate Napkin Rings | Popcorn and Chocolate

Admittedly these agate napkin rings were meant for our Thanksgiving table but we had so many other great Thanksgiving crafts going up that they just didn’t make it in time for Thanksgiving. It would be a shame to have to wait until next Thanksgiving to share these simple agate napkin rings so before we dive into our Valentine’s day crafts we thought we would sneak these guys in.

DIY Agate Napkin Rings | Popcorn and Chocolate

These agate napkin rings don’t have to just be for Thanksgiving – they are perfect for any holiday table or just a fancy Friday night! You could even set them up for a romantic Valentine’s day table for your special someone 😉

DIY Agate Napkin Rings | Popcorn and ChocolateDIY Agate Napkin Rings | Popcorn and Chocolate

Head on over to Homedit to find the full tutorial for these agate napkin rings.

DIY Agate Napkin Rings | Popcorn and Chocolate

Click here for the tutorial.

DIY iron-on slogan beanie | Popcorn and Chocolate

Easy Iron-On Slogan Beanies

DIY slogan beanie | Popcorn and ChocolateI am living in this iron-on slogan beanie because it is currently freezing here in New England. This morning it was 3 degrees. THREE.

DIY iron-on slogan beanie | Popcorn and Chocolate

Don’t get me wrong I actually love winter – it’s my favorite season – but 3 degrees is a wee bit chilly for even me. Good thing I have all these slogan beanies to keep my head warm.

DIY Slogan beanies | Popcorn and Chocolate

Slogan beanies | Popcorn and Chocolate

Despite the constant hat hair, I live in beanies in the winter. I’ve got a collection that is ever growing but I’ve been reaching for these slogan beanies to add a fun kick to my all black winter ensemble.

DIY iron-on slogan beanie | Popcorn and ChocolateDIY Iron-on Slogan beanies | Popcorn and ChocolateDIY iron-on slogan beanie | Popcorn and ChocolateLucky for you they are super easy to make and only involve a beanie, some iron-on letters and an iron. No sewing involved – my kind of craft!

DIY iron-on slogan beanie | Popcorn and Chocolate

DIY iron-on slogan beanie | Popcorn and ChocolateDIY Slogan beanies | Popcorn and ChocolateThe best part about these slogan beanies is that you can choose what slogan you want on yours! I’ve gone with the appropriate permanent hat hair because that is me for 3 months of the year. I also have snow day because who doesn’t love a good snow day!? Lastly, I made a sleigh hat – more for Christmas, but could be worn all year round if you just want to be reminded to sleigh all day everyday.

DIY Iron-on Slogan beanies | Popcorn and Chocolate

Materials:

  • Beanie
  • Iron-on letters – if you want a longer slogan I suggest using smaller letters
  • Iron

DIY Iron-on Slogan beanies | Popcorn and Chocolate

To make the slogan beanies:

  1. First determine what you want your slogan to be then lay out your letters on your beanie.DIY Slogan beanies | Popcorn and Chocolate
  2. Turn on your iron and firmly press on top of the letters to iron them down. Hold iron on top of the letters for a couple of seconds or for however long the packaging says for.DIY Slogan beanies | Popcorn and Chocolate
  3. Let cool for a second then put on your head and proceed to wear the rest of the winter.

DIY iron-on slogan beanie | Popcorn and Chocolate

Enjoy your snow days and permanent hat hair from these simple and fun DIY iron-on slogan beanies! Let us know in the comments below if you make these hats and what your slogan was – we’d love to hear from you!

DIY Slogan beanies | Popcorn and Chocolate

DIY iron-on slogan beanie | Popcorn and Chocolate

 

DIY Slogan beanies | Popcorn and Chocolate

Top 10 Posts of 2016 with Behind the Scenes

I’ve been seeing these top 10 posts of 2016 pop up all over my feed lately and was just dying to find out what Popcorn & Chocolate had in store. I can’t believe a whole other  year has gone by. This year was full of some fun crafts we shared on our blog and some not so fun transitions and moves in our personal lives. Throughout it all we’ve always had our blog going, even if it has meant spending our whole weekend dedicated to taking pictures and creating crafts. I love the grind of blogging and wouldn’t have had it any other way. So, without further ado, here are our top 10 posts from 2016 with a bit of behind the scenes commentary as well (inspired by Laurel at A Bubbly Mess).

10. Free Thanksgiving Table Printables thanksgiving grocery list | Popcorn & ChocolateAs you make your way down the list you will see that this was the year of free printables. Since they seem to do so well we will definitely incorporate lots more in 2017! Behind the scenes: I sent this picture to Rose of me using our printable to plan my Thanksgiving. Double behind the scenes: my Thanksgiving was delicious (thanks for asking), Rose’s was a disaster as her thermometer exploded in the oven and ruined her whole turkey. Thanksgiving printable

9. Flamingo and Swan Pool Float Costumes Bird pool float costumes | Popcorn & ChocolateI’m so glad you all loved these costumes as much as I did! They were a hoot to make and looked ridiculous on, which is a sure sign of a good costume. Behind the scenes: What you didn’t see with these pictures is us attempting to take them. I kept laughing at Rose behind the camera. I’m pretty sure she still has these costumes floating around her house…Pool float behind the scenes

8. Fruity Flower PotsDIY Stamped Clay Flower Pots | Popcorn & ChocolateAnother favorite DIY of mine. These guys were super fun to make but also so fun to take pictures of. Some crafts just don’t want to go your way when you are photographing them, but these little gems were great. Behind the scenes: We used one fake air plant because Rose keeps killing all of ours. Before you scroll down to the next picture can you guess which one is fake from the 3 above? Fruity pots behind the scenes

7. Candy Cane Lawn Flamingos Candy Cane Lawn Flamingos | Popcorn and ChocolateAgain, so glad you guys liked these silly candy cane flamingos! Behind the scenes: When I was making these my mom kept laughing at me every time I went outside to spray paint them. Then I left them drying propped up in our wheelbarrow in the garage so everyone saw them whenever they went in out of the garage. This was me on the day I photographed them – red nose and all. It was cold. Flamingo behind the scenes

6. DIY Pom-pom Easter Baskets DIY Pom-Pom Easter Basket | Popcorn & ChocolateBehind the scenes: these baskets were super easy to make but the hard part was finding the actual basket. We were at my house in NH and my mom had Easter baskets she was getting rid of so we were going to take them but forgot them so we scrambled all over Allston trying to find some cheap but decent looking baskets. We ended up finding these at the dollar store and they seemed to get the job done. Also, fun fact, we were in San Francisco when we wrote and published this post.

5. Colorful Etched Vases with Flower Puns and Sayings Colorful etched vase with sayingsThis is one of our most popular DIY’s on Instagram as well so I’m not surprised to see it make it on the list. Behind the scenes: Oh, where to start? These vases damn near killed us. It was one of our first crafts we made for Homedit so we wanted to make them perfect. Well, we soon found that what we originally wanted to do, which was to have the etched words colored, would not, will not work. We were stubborn AF trying to figure out a way to make this work. We must have dyed a million jars with different solutions. Eventually we flew in the flag and just went the easy way out and spray painted them. So much easier.

4. Cactus Piñata Cindo de mayo cactus pinata | Popcorn & ChocolateThis was one of my all time favorite crafts to make. I mean, it’s a cactus piñata, what isn’t to love? I was smitten with it. Behind the scenes: See how proud I am of my piñatas? I made that Aries ram for Rose’s birthday and promptly named her Lucinda and the cactus Señor. I convinced myself that I had a hidden talent of piñata making… perhaps we shall see if this holds true in 2017??Piñata behind the scenes

3. Nautical Hand-Painted Backgammon Board Handmade backgammon board | Popcorn & ChocolateThis was another one I loved to make (and play)! It involved us going to the beach to take pictures, which is always a win in my book. Behind the scenes: the one problem with taking pictures at the beach is that it can be windyyy. Everything kept blowing around so we had to strategically place rocks and bags onto the towels. Unfortunately we couldn’t do the same with my hat… Backgammon behind the scenes

2. 2016 Printable Oscar Ballots 2016 Oscar Ballot | Popcorn & ChocolateAnother printable for the top! Behind the scenes: This ballot came out great but what you didn’t see were the countless hours we took to make sure everything was aligned nicely and that the colors were bold enough. Not to mention having to look up most of these movies as we hadn’t seen any of them… eek.

1. Printable Super Bowl 50 Commercial Bingo Super Bowl Bingo Boards | Popcorn & ChocolateI am not even surprised that this is the number 1 post of 2016. These bingo boards got us so much traffic, we were tootin’ our little horns we were so excited. You best believe we will be doing them again this year. It’s our little tradition since college so we gotta stick with it. Behind the scenes: Our other tradition is to make so.much.food. and eat it all through the whole game – just the two of us. Here was our spread: lots of veggies and apples(?), pretzel bites, a faux chicken tender (we thought we should have some protein), chips, and a huuuge bowl of a vegan cauliflower cheese dip. Sooo good. I think I eventually got up for dessert too. No shame. super bowl behind the scenes

Anddd there you have it, our top 10 posts of 2016. I love looking back on our crafts and seeing which ones do well. I get so happy when I see that a craft I loved to make is popular. I hope you all are having a wonderful start to 2017 and hope you all stick around to see what we get up to this year. Let us know in the comments below which one of these DIY’s you liked the best!

50422011067__fcade0b3-b189-4181-bd48-ce77464e5e11And, also, just because I couldn’t leave without sharing this little New Years behind the scene fail. Here is what I wrote without thinking when I was trying out the 2017 champagne bottles. I sent this picture to Rose but she was grocery shopping so I’m going to guess she didn’t notice I put 2007 either.  #whatyearisit?

Wooden Tray with Door knob handles | Popcorn & Chocolate

Wooden Tray With Drawer Knob Handles

This wooden tray uses drawer knobs as handles to add a cute, whimsical touch.

Wooden Tray with Door knob handles | Popcorn & Chocolate Ever since I saw these handles I knew I needed them. They are little dogs! Just too cute! But I didn’t want to put them on my dresser so I needed to come up with a DIY that would incorporate them somehow. Welcome this tray. And welcome me learning how to (properly) use power tools.

Wooden Tray with Door knob handles | Popcorn & ChocolateI was quite proud of my handiwork and that I didn’t take off any fingers whilst drilling holes into the wood. Although this project does sound daunting – it is by no means so. You can get all of your wood cut at Home Depot and can use wood glue to hold the tray together instead of hammering nails into it. Coming from someone who has barely used any tools before in their life I was able to make this whole tray so I think you can too! Check out the full tutorial over on Homedit. We show you step by step instructions on how to put together his lovely wooden tray with drawer knobs as handles.

Wooden Tray with Door knob handles | Popcorn & ChocolateThis project gives you an excuse to go look for fun drawer knobs, which means going to places like Homegoods or Anthropologie… sounds like my kind of project! Let us know if you end up making this tray! You can find the whole tutorial here on Homedit.

Wooden Tray with Door knob handles | Popcorn & Chocolate

P.S. If you like the coaster in the first photo you can find the DIY here

Wooden tray with drawer pull handles | Popcorn & Chocolate

DIY Emoji Magnets

DIY Emoji Magnets

Who doesn’t love a good Emoji!? Sometimes there is no better way to express yourself then to send out an Emoji. Be there soon – little car emoji. Getting out of work early – dancing girl. It’s Friday night – 5 wine glass emoji’s. You get the picture – or should I say emoji??

Emoji magnets

Because you asked… my favorite emoji’s in no particular order are the red dress dancing girl, the two bunny ear girls tap dancing (I don’t dance I swear), the party popper, the chocolate (duh; yum!), the pineapple, and the one face that has red cheeks and big round scared eyes. Since I was so open about sharing, let us know what your favorites are in the comments below! There are just so many to choose from!

DIY Emoji Magnets

Want to know something sort of kind of really sad but not really because ya know, emojis are totes worth it. The thing I was most excited about before I got an iPhone was that I would finallyyy be able to text all my friends (Rose) emoji’s! Now half of our conversations end up just sending emoji’s back and forth. It usually ends with one of us saying why isn’t there a ____ emoji? (taco, flamingo, come on!).

DIY Emoji Magnets

We had the brilliant idea, in the spirit of back to schoolness, to create these little itty bitty emoji magnets! They would be so perf to leave on your locker or stick on your friends locker to leave a quick message for them.

DIY Emoji Magnets

Supplies: All you need to create these beauties is a print out of all the different emoji’s, a magnet strip (we got our roll for about a dollar at the craft store), and some scissors. We Googled emoji’s and once we found a good clear image, we slightly enlarged the image and then printed it out on plain white paper.

DIY Emoji Magnets

Instructions: First, we cut out each of the emoji’s from the printed off sheet. Next we cut off tiny strips of the magnet and peeled off the paper to reveal the sticky side and then stuck that to the emoji cut out. It couldn’t be any simpler!

DIY Emoji Magnets

Don’t forget to comment below some of your favorite or most used emoji’s!

DIY Emoji Magnets

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DIY Color Block and Ombre Wooden Pencils

DIY Painted Wooden PencilsBack to school. Yes. It is coming. For you. Or it already has?? Going back to school was always about 75% scary/stressful/no don’t make me go and 25% exciting/yay I get to see my friends/have something to do other than Netflix. At least that’s how I saw going back to school each year. It seems to get more stressful the older you got, especially once you were in college and had to deal with physically moving all your stuff. I do not miss those parts of going back to school, but I do miss certain things that I don’t get now that I am working and out of school (for now).

Color Blocked and Ombre painted wooden pencils perfect for back to school

One of those things I do miss is being able to buy all new school supplies before the academic year starts. In grade school you would get a list sent to you with everything you might need, including things such as crayons! Crayons! My mom would load us all up in the car and take us to Staples to pick out new binders, folders, pens, pencils, and anything else we might think we would need.

DIY Painted Wooden Pencils

We would roam the aisles looking for our favorite colored binder or the assignment book that had the best cover. Everything was so shiny and new and smelled like office supplies. It made me maybe an extra 10% more excited to start the school year.

DIY Painted Wooden Pencils

We thought we would share this simple painted wooden pencil DIY with you all to get you eager about the approaching school year, or to just keep in your office or at home for pretty decoration/use. This DIY adds a fun flare to the regular yellow number 2 pencil so you can write in style. Plus, it is completely customizable so you can decorate your pencils to your binders, notebooks, even your outfit! It’s all up to you!

What you will need:

  • Different colors of acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Water cup
  • Scotch blue painters tape

DIY Ombre Painted Wooden Pencils

Ombre: To ombre the pencils we used a color (such as pink, blue, or green) and white paint. We squirted out some of the color and then started to paint the top of the pencil with that color. Once we were about a third of the way down the pencil we mixed the color with a little bit of white to get that faded effect and painted that onto the pencil, blending it a little with the previous color. We kept adding more white to the color to get the shade lighter and lighter and added that onto the pencil. Once you are happy with the results leave the pencil to dry completely before using.

DIY Painted Wooden Pencils

You can also fade or ombre two colors together as we did with this blue and green. Just start with the blue at one end and the green at the other and use the same lightening trick by adding white paint to each. Once you are in the middle just blend the two colors together so it looks coherent. This may take a few tries or a few coats but be patient and it’ll look awesome!

DIY Color Block Painted Wooden Pencils

Color block: To color block the pencil we used painters tape to mark off the edges of each stripe. For the first stripe you can just put the tape however far along the pencil you want your first color to be. Then paint it in! We did two coats because we wanted it to be more opaque. Let dry completely before taking the tape off, otherwise the paint will rip off or smudge. For the second stripe, use the tape to block off the end of the first stripe. You’ll need the first stripe to be completely dry before putting tape over it or you’ll peal the paint off when you peal the tape up. Also put tape on the pencil where you want the second stripe to end.  Paint the part in between the tape and continue taping/painting for however many stripes you want!

We played around with different styles of painting the wooden pencils and liked the ombre effect and the color block effect the best, but feel free to take the creative reigns on this project and paint whatever inspires you! Both of these methods were really easy to do and we had a lot of fun making them; it got us in the mood to pack up our stuff and make a visit back to Skidmore College!

DIY Painted Wooden Pencils