Thursday, February 7, 2013

Valentines For Grown-Ups

has a fat cherub flown by and smacked
you upside the head yet this year?

Yeah, me neither.

But I totally think that's what MY cupid would do...
no heart shaped arrows here.

Anyway...I am so excited to show you these
"sending homemade love" Valentine treats.

But first I've got a little tutorial for sending a Heart a can.
The good kind.
Trust me.

I put this together to send in Sara's Valentine treat box.

Start out with a clear sided can.
The silver one I found at Hobby Lobby...the red one was an extra
one I picked up in the Target dollar section at Christmas.

Grab some cute scrapbook paper and awesome
sparkly stickers and you are on your way.

Apparently I looked as if I needed help with this project.
She got up and sat with her font paws on the paper.

These instructions might seem unnecessary, but I'm gonna tell you anyway.

Measure your can...just the clear part.
You might need to take a little off if there's a lip.

My can is about 3 inches across so the circumference is
small and allows the 12 inch paper to circle all the way around.

Mark your paper and start snipping.

Nice long strip...perfect.

Roll it up and slide it into your can.
I lined up the ends of the paper with the seam on the can.

I didn't want my paper sliding around so I pulled out the handle
and used a pencil to poke some holes directly through the paper.

Then I just re-inserted the handle through the more sliding.


I wanted something for the lid, too...
so I just used it to measure a circle from some more scrapbook paper.

Attached it to the lid and HAD to add a SWEET cupcake sticker.

I cut out a BUNCH of hearts with my Silhouette
from different colors of cardstock.

You could totally cut them out by hand or I'm sure you could
find a package of heart shapes somewhere this time of year. :)

My husband and I did about half...I gave the other half to my folks.
We used them to write things we love about Sara on each one.

Pretty much filled up that can!

How awesome is this for encouraging someone?

Now...on to the sweet treats.


Standard chocolate chip cookie recipe here...
I just subbed Valentine M&Ms for the chocolate chips.

Easy peasy.

I portioned them out just like I was gonna bake them...
but rolled them into balls and stuck them like this on a metal cookie sheet.

I put them in the freezer for an hour or so until they were hard.

Once they were firm and I knew they wouldn't stick together,
I transferred them to something I could put a cover on and keep them all together.

Yes, this is a margarita bucket.
No, I did NOT empty it JUST to put the cookies in.

But I would have if it came right down to it.
The things I do for blogging.

I ADORE these cartons I ordered from Garnish.

LOoOoOoOve. I tell you what.

A little Washi tape around the lid...some baker's twine...

I printed out a label with baking instructions...

And away we go.

I fit about 10 cookie dough balls in here.
If you made yours a little smaller, you could get a whole dozen.

Shhhh...I'm giving these to the girls at work.
Don't tell.

You could do this for ANY occasion or holiday.
Just change up your colors and have a ball!

These make me smile.

Do you do some homemade treats for friends and co-workers?
What's your favorite to give or get?

Have a fabulous weekend!
See you on the flipside.

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  1. OMG! You should win a flipping award for this...seriously! They are hands down the cutest Valentine containers I have seen...I am pinning them now! Thank you for sharing!!! Adorable!

  2. Both of these ideas are so cute, Kelly...and so are you! I had to laugh about the margarita bucket! I've never seen the clear cans for the first project but I'll definitely look. And the they have to be kept refrigerated? I know that sounds dumb! lol! Just wondered how you did it. I am going to check out Garnish. Thanks so much! :)


  3. Wow, what thoughtful and pretty gifts! You did an amazing job on these. Thanks for the ideas!

  4. FAntastic Ideas!!! I especially love the cookie dough balls! Pinned! :)

  5. What wonderful gifts! Love them both! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I'll be featuring them tomorrow. Enjoy your Sunday!
    Jenn :)

  6. Popping by from I heart Naptime's linky party. I love both of these c-u-t-e ideas. I've made many a gift/project using those clear cans...but never thought about placing the paper on the inside! I like that. Also great idea about the cookie dough gifts. I'm afraid I would eat too much of the dough while making them. I'm now following you and look forward to catching up on your posts! I'm at where you can see my altered acrylic can projects. Come on over to say hello.

  7. These are so stinking cute! I love them! I'm addicted to Washi and the red dots on these are too cute! I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out!
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  8. What cute ideas, I love these! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Cute and yummy ideas! I love the containers but the content looks even better. This post gives plenty of time to make such a cute gift too. Thanks!

  10. oh these look so good
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  11. I love these ideas! What a great way to spread the love on Valentine's Day! :)

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