DIY

Valentine’s day LOVE tiles- A Fun Tutorial

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These scrabble love tiles are a great DIY Valentine’s day project. It’s also a great way to upcycle those “extra” scrabble tiles. These tiles can be used for anything. You can make one as a pendant for a necklace, attach one to a scrapbook or attach one to a Valentine’s day card for a little pop!

You can use any small photo for these tiles. For my love tiles, I used some old thumbprints of photos. You know, the kind that you get from Target, Walmart or Costco when you order photos. They fit perfectly on the scrabble tiles!

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For this project,  you will need:

-Scrabble tiles
-thumbprint photos
-modpodge
-acrylic sealer (optional)
-scissors or square paper cutter
-decorative stickers or paper
-nail file

Since the thumbprint photos didn’t completely cover the scrabble tile, I used a sticker as the base. Luckily, I had a square hole puncher that was almost the same size as the scrabble tile. I used this to punch out the sticker to fit perfectly over the tile. But if you don’t have a square hold puncher, scissors and a steady hand work just as well. I placed the sticker on the scrabble tile first. Then I used modpodge to glue the picture on top.Then I used a nail file to file the sides down since the sticker went a little over.

I made some tiles without photos. Basically, I did the same procedure minus the photo (and the modpodge for sticking the photo on the tile). When I was happy with the finished product, I brushed on modpodge over the whole tile after I had placed the sticker and/or photo on it.

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I placed the tiles on wax paper for easier removal after drying. I let the tiles dry for about 20 minutes, then I sprayed acrylic sealer to give it a glossy finish. This is optional. Sometimes, the modpodge is good enough, especially if you don’t prefer a glossy finish.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on Valentine’s day love tiles. I hope it inspires you to make them. Better yet, I hope it inspires you to create your own work of art or handmade treasure for your loved ones.

Today I am grateful for things handmade with love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

“When I saw you I fell in love and you smiled because you knew.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

DIY

How to make a Valentine’s day coupon book

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Here is a fun and quick handmade project that you can make for your loved one. A Valentine’s day coupon book is a fun way to show your love.

For this project, you will need:

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-Hard cardstock paper for the front and back cover
-Construction or scrapbook paper for the coupons
-Valentines day stickers
-Paper cutter or X-acto knife
-Rubber cement or padding compound

First, cut the hard cardstock and the scrapbook paper so that they are all exactly the same size. The hard cardstock will be the front and back cover of the coupon book. The scrapbook paper will be the coupons for your book. Decorate the front of your coupon book with the Valentine’s day stickers.

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You can also use the Valentine’s day stickers on the coupons. This coupon book is for Josh’s big sister. I wrote “This coupon is good for:” and had Josh write the rest based on activities that they already enjoy together.

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I used rubber cement to bind one side of the book. You can also use padding compound. Spread a generous amount of rubber cement to bind one side of the book together.

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Let dry overnight using a clip to hold it together.

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The finished product! A homemade Valentine’s day coupon book for Josh to give to his big sister on Valentine’s day!

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Sabrina is going to love this Valentines day gift from her brother! Wishing you a Valentine’s day filled with Love.

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
― William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

Today I am grateful for Valentine’s days filled with love.

Homemade Body Recipes

Witch Hazel and Olive Oil Eye Makeup remover

Are you looking for a 100% natural and inexpensive way to clean the eye make up off of your eyes? I can tell you that two ingredients will do the trick. They are both 100% natural and relatively inexpensive.

One is olive oil.

The other is witch hazel. I love witch hazel. Witch hazel has so many uses for the face and body. Let’s start with the face, specifically the eyes. If your eyes are puffy from crying or from lack of sleep, you can use witch hazel to take away the puffiness. Soak two cotton pads with witch hazel and put them over your eyes. Witch hazel helps tighten up the skin, including the under eye puffiness which in turn will reduce the bagginess.

This is why I feel that witch hazel along with olive oil used as an eye make up remover is great. It will remove your make up while at the same time, tighten your skin and reduce eye puffiness and bags.

So what are the ingredients needed for this homemade, natural eye make up remover. Just two- Olive oil and witch hazel.

Recipe for Witch hazel and olive oil eye make up remover:

1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of witch hazel.

Shake gently before using. Soak a cotton ball and gently rub on eyes to remove make up.

It is so refreshing and natural, you will wonder why you spent so much money on eye make up remover that includes ingredients that you can’t even pronounce or define.

I’ve been using this formula for some time now and I have no complaints. Homemade and 100% natural is always best for your face and body. Give it a try.