DIY Faux embroidered vacation t-shirt | Popcorn and Chocolate

Faux Embroidered Vacation T-shirt

DIY Vacation T-shirt | popcorn and chocolateI plan on wearing this vacation t-shirt on our next vacation. And guess what, that will be in a few weeks! If you haven’t heard, Rose and I are going to Seattle on July 1st! We are so excited for this trip and pretty much had it planned since our last vacation to Portland. We’re going to don our vacation t-shirts and explore Seattle!DIY Faux embroidered vacation t-shirt | Popcorn and ChocolateIf you’ve been to Seattle before leave a comment below telling us what we should go see or where we should eat. We’ve got our list going but are welcome to any suggestions from you guys ūüôā

DIY Faux embroidered vacation t-shirt | Popcorn and ChocolateThis faux embroidered vacation t-shirt is the perfect tee to throw on and wear on the plane. It’s loose and it’s comfy and it clearly states what you will be doing: going on vacation! Plus, it is a cinch to make.

Materials:

  • Plain white t-shirt
  • Iron on letters¬†– make sure they are the ones that have the outer rim
  • Iron
  • Ironing board or towel

How to make a vacation t-shirt:

  1. Lay your t-shirt out onto an ironing board or on top of a towel.
  2. Peel off the outer part of the letters to spell out vacation.
  3. Position the letters onto the t-shirt.
  4. Turn your iron on and iron press the iron firmly onto the letters. Hold for 10-15 seconds or per instructions on your iron on letter packaging.
  5. Put on shirt and go on a vacation!

DIY Faux embroidered vacation t-shirt | Popcorn and Chocolate

Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world right now? I’ve always wanted to go to Greece so maybe I’ll make that my goal for my next vacation. This shirt can travel with you anywhere you go!

If you want more clothing do it yourself projects then head over to our Pinterest page where I am always share fun diy and craft projects.DIY Faux embroidered vacation t-shirt | Popcorn and Chocolate

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DIY patterned coasters using resin | Popcorn and Chocolate

Easy Patterned Coasters Using Paper

DIY Patterned Coasters Using Resin and Scrapbook Paper | Popcorn and ChocolateTo find out how to make these easy patterned coasters, keep reading!

Patterned coasters add a fun pop of design to your table. As you know, we love easy crafts and coasters¬†so it’s no wonder that we are back to share another simple coaster diy. This patterned coaster diy was definitely a craft that I would do again and again. You could change up the scrapbook paper patterns you are using for whatever holiday is coming up, you could draw your own designs instead of using scrapbook paper, the possibilities are endless – that’s why I need to make more and more!DIY patterned coasters using resin | Popcorn and Chocolate

DIY patterned coasters using resin | Popcorn and Chocolate

It was a lot of fun trying to figure out what patterns I wanted to do for my coasters. A little known fact is that Rose and I used to scrapbook, so we have accumulated a lot of scrapbook paper. It’s so much that I can’t even lift the basket by myself. We haven’t scrapbooked since college so the paper has just been sitting around (apart from making some awesome photo backdrops).

 

DIY patterned coasters using resin | Popcorn and Chocolate

I didn’t want our paper to go to waste so I’ve been trying to come up with some do it yourself projects to incorporate it. These patterned coaters do just that! Stick around to see what else I end up doing with our scrapbook paper ūüėČ

Click here to find the full tutorial on how to make the patterned coasters with paper

DIY patterned coasters using resin | Popcorn and Chocolate

These coasters would make the perfect gift. You could wrap up a bundle of them and give to a friend who just moved as a house warming gift. If I knew someone who just moved I would definitely do that! They would also make a cute hostess gift if you have any parties coming up.

Jump on over to Homedit for the full tutorial and be sure to pin this image to save the diy for later!

DIY Patterned Coasters Using Resin and Scrapbook Paper | Popcorn and Chocolate

10 Simple Valentine’s Day DIYs

Eeeek! Valentine’s day is 6 days away! If you are still searching for something cute and simple to give your friends/loved ones then you have come to the right place because we are sharing 10 simple Valentine’s day DIYs. All of these DIYs are easy to make and involve minimal supplies so you don’t have to worry about rushing out to buy some weird material you won’t ever use again just to make the project. We got you, babe ūüėČ

Without further ado, here are 10 simple Valentine’s Day DIYs

Cupid’s Donut Hole Arrows by Squirrelly Minds020514-cupids-donut-hole-arrows-blank

Message Bracelet Valentine by Lindsey Craftervalentines-bracelet-3-min

90’s Pun Valentines by Well Kept Chaos1485449174811

Candy Heart Planters by Popcorn & ChocolateCandy Heart Plant Pot for Valentine's Day | Popcorn and Chocolate

Cardboard Heart Tassel Necklaces by Hello, Wonderfulimg_9525-copy1

Valentine’s Day Notebook by The Crafted Lifevalentines_day_notebooks-3

Stamped Air Dry Clay Bowls by Alice & Loisdiy-stamped-air-dry-clay-bowls-10

Heart Bath Bombs by The Suburban Momvalentines-day-bath-bomb-diy-tag

Geometric Heart Print by Rae of Sparklesdiy-geometric-heart-print

Printable Lyric Hearts by Popcorn & ChocolateFree Printable Valentines Lyrical Hearts | Popcorn & Chocolate

If you are looking for some more Valentine’s day ideas check out our Pinterest!

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 Рpush 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

Christmas lights gift wrap | Popcorn and Chocolate

Christmas Lights Gift Wrap Inspired by Stranger Things

Christmas lights gift wrap inspired by Stranger Things | Popcorn and ChocolateThis Christmas lights gift wrap is so festive and fun and it is perfect to make for any of your Stranger Things obsessed friends. Keep reading below to find out how to make this Christmas lights gift wrap!

Christmas lights gift wrap inspired by Stranger Things | Popcorn and Chocolate

When Stranger Things first came out and everyone was raving about it I convinced myself I would not like it. I mean sci-fi isn’t quite my forte. But, I just couldn’t resist all the hype and I am so glad that I got sucked in because Oh.My.God. That show was ahhmazing.¬†The actors/actresses, the costumes, the 80’s vibes… everything – so good.

Christmas lights gift wrap | Popcorn and Chocolate

Once Halloween rolled around there were so many costumes popping up inspired by Stranger Things. My favorite by far was this pair.¬†But, as it is near Christmas¬†and not Halloween, we’ve taken this inspiration into some gift wrap that you can easily DIY onto any present you are giving this holiday season. All you need to make this gift wrap is some colored paper, string, and glue.

Christmas lights gift wrap | Popcorn and Chocolate

Make your holiday season strange this year with this Stranger Things inspired gift wrap.

Materials:

  • Colored paper
  • Black string
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Glue gun
  • Black marker
  • Present

Instructions:

  1. Start with a wrapped present. We used just plain brown craft paper because the wall was a yellowish/brown color but feel free to use any plain color you desire!DIY Christmas lights wrapping paper
  2. Cut out small Christmas light bulbs from your colored paper.DIY Christmas lights wrapping paper
  3. Cut out small black rectangles to top your bulbs.DIY Christmas lights wrapping paper
  4. Using Mod Podge and a paint brush, glue on the bulbs and black tops to your present. Be careful not to glob a lot of glue on Рjust a little bit will do. DIY Christmas lights wrapping paper
  5. Taking a black marker write out either who the present is for or a festive saying.DIY Christmas lights wrapping paper
  6. Cut a piece of black string to the length you desire and then place it on your present above the bulbs. Lay out how you want the string to fall – we added some curlicues to ours by just twisting the string into a circle.DIY Christmas lights wrapping paper
  7. Once you have your string placed where you want it, take your glue gun and put the tiniest of dots underneath various points of the string. We glued ours down at the beginning and end and then where it met the Christmas lights as well as any curlicues so they would stay in place.

Christmas lights gift wrap | Popcorn and Chocolate

Your friends and family will love receiving a gift wrapped up in Christmas lights reminiscent of the wall on Stranger Things. It is simple to make and a lot of fun to give out!

Christmas lights gift wrap | Popcorn and Chocolate

Let us know in the comments below if you watched Stranger Things and who your favorite character was! Make your holidays strange this year!

Christmas lights gift wrap inspired by Stranger Things | Popcorn and Chocolate

 

Holiday Gift Guides & Free Printable

The holiday season is upon us, which means you have to start planning out your gifts for everyone. We’ve made this super easy for you by creating a free printable to write out¬†what you are getting everyone and two holiday gift guides to give you some ideas of what to get everyone. Sometimes present buying can be a lot of fun, especially when you know exactly what you are getting someone but, other times, it can be a huge struggle. We feel ya. This is why we’ve put together some fun gift ideas for all the men and women in your life. These gifts are mostly all under $50 so they won’t break the bank either. 2016 gift guide for men | popcorn & chocolate

From left to right: Peppermint snow tube, Drake pin, Desk bag toss, Camera strap, Bon Iver record, Beanie, This must be the place banner, Woven wall hanging, Hot steve spices, Bandana, Flannel button down, Cocktail carry on kit, Stranger Things pin, Bull wine holder, Giant jack, Slippers

And now onto the gifts for the women in your life:

2016 gift guide for women | Popcorn & Chocolate

From left to right: Eye mask, Woven wall hanging, Embroidery wall decor, Merlot sweatshirt, Mug, Flamingo pin, Margarita pin, Happiness planner, Motivational pencils, Pineapple measuring cups, Blue scarf, Retail therapy purse, Pineapple keychain, Wine socks, Teapot, Candle

Go ahead and download our printable gift list and start planning your gift buying now! Let us know in the comments below what YOU want for this holiday season!

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Sculpey Pilgrim Hat Wine Stoppers

Thanksgiving table | Popcorn and Chocolate

It’s finally starting to look like fall in Boston, just in time for Thanksgiving! Wait… how is it already Thanksgiving? Is it just me? I feel like this year is seriously flying by… To decorate the thanksgiving table, we made these sculpey pilgrim hat wine stoppers! Or, if you don’t drink wine, you can cork whatever you want with them like olive oil!

Pilgrim Hat Wine Stoppers | Popcorn and Chocolate

Before we get to the DIY, I’m going to tell you my thanksgiving story. Here it goes. A bunch of years ago, my parents met at thanksgiving because my mom’s best friend and my dad’s best friend were dating. In my head it’s a lot longer of a story than that…

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And I’m so thankful my parents met each other, not only because it means that I’m here, but because they love each other so much and they are always so endlessly supportive. So every year when we go around the thanksgiving table and talk about what we are all thankful for, I always feel obligated to say, “well I’m thankful for my parents, so I’m thankful for thanksgiving…” And as a kid it always felt silly, like I had to say that and wasn’t allowed to think of anything else. But now, as I get older, the more I don’t care because at the top of my list is always that I’m thankful for my parents because I’m so lucky to have such an incredible family.

holiday table | Popcorn and Chocolate

This is getting way soppier than I had intended when I sat down to start writing! Besides family and friends, and food… what’s the next best part of thanksgiving? Did you say drinking wine with family and friends and food? Good. That’s what I thought. In honor of wine, we decided to make these cute pilgrim hat wine stoppers. They would make the perfect gift with a bottle of wine as a guest or make them for your own table at home. If you’re having thanksgiving with fellow crafty people, I’d suggest just making a few sculpey pilgrim hats and bringing your glue gun and gluing them to the corks of each wine bottle you open through the night. Or just make them at home before you get there.. whatever floats your boat.

wine cork DIY | Popcorn and Chocolate

Here’s what you need to make the sculpey pilgrim hat wine stoppers:

  • Sculpey – black, white, yellow (if you don’t have colors, you can always paint white sculpey when it’s dry)
  • Cork wine stoppers – you can either buy these from the craft store, or just use the cork of bottles you open, up to you!
  • A hot glue gun and glue
  • Parchment paper

wine stoppers | Popcorn and Chocolate

It couldn’t be easier to make these cute wine stoppers, so you literally have no excuses this time! Here’s how to make them:

  1. Lay out your parchment paper on a surface you can work on.
  2. Roll a clump of sculpey into a ball – this will be the body of the hat, so use as big of a piece as you want the hat to be. Make sure it is at least as big as the cork wine stopper, but we thought it looked nicer if it was even bigger (about an inch and a quarter to an inch and a half in diameter).
  3. Start shaping your ball into a cone shape with a flat top and bottom. We did this by rolling it at an angle on the parchment paper on the table and pressing the top and the bottom flat. Keep working at it until it looks hat shaped! (See photo below).
  4. Grab a new piece of black – about an inch or so – and roll it into a ball and press it flat into a pancake. This will be the brim of the hat. Once it’s in the shape of the pancake, lay the body of the hat on top of it and see if it looks ok, if it’s too big or small, add or take away clay and redo this step. Once it’s just right, firmly press the body and the brim of the hat together so they stick well.sculpey pilgrim hats | Popcorn and Chocolate
  5. Roll the white out into a snake and press it flat. This will be the trim between the brim and the body of the hat. You can decide how thick you want it to be. Wrap it around the hat.
  6. Roll the yellow into a thinner snake but don’t press it flat! carefully make a small rectangle to place on the white rim. thanksgiving pilgrim hat | Popcorn and Chocolate
  7. Once your sculpey hat is assembled, bake it according to the package instructions – Mine said to bake at 275 F for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch, so mine was in there about 30 or 40 minutes, checking every 10 minutes after the first 20 minutes. I baked it on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  8. Once your sculpey is baked and cooled, warm up your hot glue gun and glue the hat to your cork! Now you’re ready to cork some wine bottles with your pilgrim hat wine stoppers!

cork bottle stoppers | Popcorn and Chocolate

I love playing with sculpey! Let us know in the comments if you have other sculpey crafts we should do! Or if you have other wine stopper ideas… Also, if you like any of the other table decorations in the first picture, keep checking back here because we’re doing a whole thanksgiving table DIY series!

thanksgiving pilgrim hat wine stoppers | Popcorn and Chocolate

Ugly Christmas Sweater Garland & Gift Tags

Paper ugly Christmas sweater garlandIt doesn’t quite feel like Christmas until you see your first ugly Christmas sweater. They have been out in full force this year.¬†Paper Ugly Christmas SweatersDon’t get me wrong, I love a good ugly sweater. In fact I’ve always wanted to throw an ugly Christmas sweater party just so I have an excuse to buy one (like this one or this one or this).¬†Ugly Christmas Sweater GarlandWhat’s not to love? Tinsel, pom-poms, bells, Christmas sayings!¬†Give me all of it! The tackier the better.¬†Ugly Christmas Sweater GarlandIn order to get a little ugly into our holiday we created this ugly Christmas sweater garland, which also can work as funny gift tags for your presents. It’s probably even more fun than just going out and buying a Christmas sweater because you get to fill your own sweater with whatever tacky items your heart desires.¬†Ugly Christmas Sweater GarlandTo make these sweaters, you will need to rummage through your craft supplies and pull out any random bits and bobs that you have, such as pipe cleaners, bells, ribbon, felt, string, anything! You will also need craft paper.¬†Ugly Christmas sweater garlandWe found a stencil online by just Google searching sweater outline and then traced that onto white paper and cut it out. Next, we traced our stencil on some grey cardstock. We did this a couple of times to get the number of sweaters we wanted.¬†Ugly Christmas sweater GarlandNow is the fun part – to decorate! Each of our sweaters have different decorations on them. For some we¬†outlined the¬†sweaters with patterned scrapbook paper. Others, we traced a Santa or Reindeer image from online and then colored them in on the sweaters. For the wreath we used a silver pipe cleaner and glued it to the center of the sweater and added a bow to it. We also stamped on some of the sweaters. It is really up to you how ugly you want to make your sweater!¬†IMG_8950We also made some smaller ugly sweaters using the same process for gift tags.¬†Ugly Christmas sweater gift tagsThese gift tags add a fun and festive flare to any present! Plus they are super easy and enjoyable to make. Once we started, we couldn’t stop making them and are still having ideas on what would be silly to add to them!Ugly Christmas sweater gift tagsBonus points – bring an ugly Christmas sweater gift tag to your next ugly Christmas sweater party!¬†Ugly Christmas sweater gift tags

Now tell us – have you gone to an ugly Christmas sweater party? Do you like ugly sweaters or are you over it? What would you decorate your ugly sweater with?

DIY ugly Christmas sweater garland and gift tags | Popcorn & Chocolate

 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Gift Tags | Popcorn & Chocolate