Dollar Tree Valentines for Gifts, Party Favors and BFF’s

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Whether you need Valentine’s day gifts for someone special or affordable favors for your Valentine’s day party, these easy DIY Dollar Tree valentines are the perfect way to show you care, And you don’t need to spend a lot of money. Crafted entirely using products from the Dollar Store, these dollar store valentines are easy to create and customize. Keep reading to learn how to craft your own Dollar Tree valentines two ways in 5-minutes or less.

Dollar Tree valentines. How to craft DIY Dollar Tree valentines two ways in just 5-minutes or less using nothing Dollar Store items for easy, inexpensive DIY Valentine's day gifts that also double as cute Valentine's party favors or DIY wedding favors. Whether you need valentines or gift ideas for someone special or a Valentine's day party, these easy DIY Dollar Tree valentines also make easy Valentine's Day Dollar Store crafts for make and takes. #diyvalentines #dollarstorecrafts #valentine

To be frank, Valentine’s day is not my favorite holiday. My son is grown and off in grad school, and I’m an empty nester. So there’s no excitement in decorating a Valentine’s day box for cards, or picking out the perfect valentines for his classmates. And when you’re dating, especially in your forties, yet another holiday (how many of these things are there?) often evokes a WTF moment in which your brain teeters on shutting down completely. (Or at the least throwing up from the trepidation.)

That’s not to say there’s no love in my life. I have some pretty amazing friends. That my friends are the true blue forever kind of friends always gives me a warm and cozy feeling. It feels good to know that if I’m ever truly in need, they’re there.

These women are the kind of friends that, even if you drop off the face of the planet for a while, they’re still around to help you climb back into their universe when you’re ready. The people who you’d do anything for and they’d do anything for you in return. Including standing up for you when you aren’t around. So while Valentine’s day may not be the same gross happy couple ooey gooey holiday for me as it is for everyone else, I feel really good about celebrating Galentine’s day instead. 

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Easy DIY Dollar Tree Valentines

Regardless of who’s your gift recipient, these super cute Dollar Tree valentines are perfect for kids and coworkers as well as friends and family. They’re both affordable and easy to make. Gift them to your valentine solo, or pair them with one my free printable valentines cards for an extra special, DIY Valentine’s Day gift.

I made these Dollar Tree Valentines using mini metal buckets intended for wedding favors. They’re perfectly sized for Valentine’s day party favors or mini gifts. And I love that there are a number of ways to use them. Whether if it’s as a candy bucket for Valentine’s day treats or a mini Valentine’s day bouquet complete with a heart shaped lollipop flower.

They even come with tiny white ribbons. However, I chose to use Valentine’s day themed ribbon I picked up from the floral section at my local Dollar Tree and saved the smaller ribbon for a later project down the road.

Conversation heart crafts. Easy Valentine's day gifts for crafting Valentine's day party favors filled with conversation hearts. Make these Dollar Store valentines for your Valentine's day party or to give as inexpensive valentines to friends, family or coworkers to show your love! Conversation hearts are a Valentine’s day classic. It’s always so much fun reading the little sayings stamped onto each heart shaped candy. Discover more Dollar Tree valentines now at Soap Deli News blog. #valentines

DIY Dollar Tree Valentines with Candy Hearts

Conversation hearts are a Valentine’s day classic. It’s always so much fun reading the little sayings stamped onto each heart shaped candy. (If you’ll notice on this photo, the green one front and center says “Gal Pal.” And no, that wasn’t planned. It just happened.)

However, you don’t have to fill your buckets with little messages. Any small candy, such as jelly beans, also work great for this Valentine’s day gift idea.

What You Need:

Dollar Tree valentines with candy hearts. Whether you need valentines or gift ideas for someone special or a Valentine's day party, these easy DIY Dollar Tree valentines are the perfect way to show you care without spending a lot of money. Crafted entirely using products from the Dollar Store, these valentines are easy to create and customize. Learn how to craft your own Dollar Tree valentines two ways. Conversation hearts are a Valentine's day classic. #valentines #dollarstorecrafts

What To Do:

First, fill a zipper seal bag for each Valentine’s day candy bucket you’d like to make. Place the zipper bag inside the bucket to fill to the correct height. Then, cut off the zipper top on the bag.

Next, use scissors to cut the ribbon to length. Then tie the ribbon tightly into a bow around the top of the bag. Place the bag of candy hearts inside the mini metal bucket.

Then, adhere foam hearts to the front of each pail using either glue dots or glue. Alternately, you can also use heart shaped stickers for this step.

Dollar Tree valentines with candy hearts. Whether you need valentines or gift ideas for someone special or a Valentine's day party, these easy DIY Dollar Tree valentines are the perfect way to show you care without spending a lot of money. Crafted entirely using products from the Dollar Store, these valentines are easy to create and customize. Learn how to craft your own Dollar Tree valentines two ways. Conversation hearts are a Valentine's day classic. #valentines #dollarstorecrafts

Your Dollar Tree valentines with candy hearts are now complete and ready for gifting! Simply repeat this process until you have the amount of Valentine’s day gifts you need for your party, event or gifts.

Dollar Tree Valentine's Day Bouquet. Easy DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Day gifts in 5-minutes or less. I love these little bucket bouquets for Valentine's day. Not only are these Dollar Tree valentines edible, but once the candy is gone the floral arrangement can be used through the month to decorate a small space, sided table or a work desk. And, unlike real flowers, there's not need to swap out the water or worry about them dying. Dollar Store crafts for simple Valentine's Day gifts. #valentine

DIY Dollar Tree Valentine’s Day Bucket Bouquet

I love these little Valentine’s Day bucket bouquets. Not only is the “flower” in these Dollar Tree valentines edible, but once the candy lollipop is gone, the floral arrangement can be used throughout the month of February to decorate a small space, sided table or a work desk. And, unlike real flowers, there’s not need to swap out the water or worry about them dying. 

What You’ll Need:

Dollar Tree Valentine's Day Bouquet. Easy DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Day gifts in 5-minutes or less. I love these little bucket bouquets for Valentine's day. Not only are these Dollar Tree valentines edible, but once the candy is gone the floral arrangement can be used through the month to decorate a small space, sided table or a work desk. And, unlike real flowers, there's not need to swap out the water or worry about them dying. Dollar Store crafts for simple Valentine's Day gifts. #valentine

What To Do:

Using a knife, cut the floral foam into small sections that fit inside the mini metal buckets.

Dollar Tree Valentine Bouquet. Easy DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Day gifts in 5-minutes or less. I love these little bucket bouquets for Valentine's day. Not only are these Dollar Tree valentines edible, but once the candy is gone the floral arrangement can be used through the month to decorate a small space, sided table or a work desk. And, unlike real flowers, there's not need to swap out the water or worry about them dying. Dollar Store crafts for simple Valentine's Day gifts. #valentines

Then, center the heart shaped lollipop into the center of the foam block and push it down to the bottom of the foam. Now place the foam block inside the bucket.

Dollar Tree Valentine Bouquet. Easy DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Day gifts in 5-minutes or less. I love these little bucket bouquets for Valentine's day. Not only are these Dollar Tree valentines edible, but once the candy is gone the floral arrangement can be used through the month to decorate a small space, sided table or a work desk. And, unlike real flowers, there's not need to swap out the water or worry about them dying. Dollar Store crafts for simple Valentine's Day gifts. #valentines

Using scissors, cut down the the floral stems into smaller sections and arrange them inside the foam around the lollipop.

Keep working until your mini Dollar Tree valentine bucket bouquet looks full and lush, and the foam block is no longer visible.

Dollar Tree Valentine's Day Bouquet. Easy DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Day gifts in 5-minutes or less. I love these little bucket bouquets for Valentine's day. Not only are these Dollar Tree valentines edible, but once the candy is gone the floral arrangement can be used through the month to decorate a small space, sided table or a work desk. And, unlike real flowers, there's not need to swap out the water or worry about them dying. Dollar Store crafts for simple Valentine's Day gifts. #valentine

If desired, you can tie a decorative ribbon around the bucket and tie it into a bow. That’s it!

Dollar Tree valentines. Easy DIY Dollar Tree valentines two ways in 5-minutes or less. Dollar Store crafts for Valentine's day to give as candy filled Valentine's Day gifts. Whether you need valentines or gift ideas for someone special or a Valentine's day party, these easy DIY Dollar Tree valentines are the perfect way to show you care without spending a lot of money. Crafted entirely using products from the Dollar Store, these valentines are easy to create and customize. #valentines #diy

Love my DIY Dollar Store valentines, but don’t have time to make them right away? Then be sure to pin this project to Pinterest now, so you can easily find it again when you have more free time.

More Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

If you enjoyed my ideas for easy, DIY Dollar Tree valentines, then you may also like some of my other Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

You can also visit my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest for more great DIY ideas for easy Valentine’s day gifts.

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Homemade DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas – Creative Ideas for Custom Handmade Gifts

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Valentine’s Day is officially less than ten days away. So whether you are still hunting for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift, want to craft a homemade Valentine’s Day gift, or just want to make yourself something super awesome – well, you’re gonna need some ideas. Here are some of my latest favorites.
Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Creative Ideas for Custom DIY Handmade Gifts - Handmade Leather Bracelet Tutorial
Lend your favorite person some inspiration or just tell that person he or she is loved with a bracelet! Happy Hour Projects has several great diy bracelet tutorials. Pictured above: Handmade Stamped Leather Cuff – Also check out Adrienne’s projects for making a Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff, Conversation Heart Charm Bracelet and Stamped Cuff Bracelet.
Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Creative Ideas for Custom DIY Handmade Gifts - Hand Embroidered Paper Cards and Keepsakes
Remember those sewing card books you could buy at the grocery store when you were a kid? They had pre-punched holes to sew around colorful images with yarn and huge plastic needle. I loved those! My favorites were always the Holly Hobby ones. Well this embroidered journal page (pictured above) from One Sheepish Girl brought back those awesome memories and has me kicking myself for not picking up needles and embroidery thread when I was out at A.C. Moore on Saturday.
I love the idea of paper embroidery. It’s a great way to save your favorite memories and make a terrific keepsake to pass down through generations in your family. You could use paper embroidery to customize a blank journal to give as a gift, to create a souvenir of your relationship with someone special, or simply embroider an image onto card stock to make a lovely handmade Valentine’s Day card.
Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Creative Ideas for Custom DIY Handmade Gifts - Homemade Customized Candy Conversation Hearts Recipe
If cooking is more your style, then you’ll definitely want to try out a homemade conversation heart candy recipe! With just a little bit of gelatin, clear soda, powdered sugar and food color and flavoring of your choice, you can create your own custom candies with any message you like! You’ll find the step by step photo tutorial and recipe at Instructables.
Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Creative Ideas for Custom DIY Handmade Gifts - Handmade Scented Soy Wax Tart Melts DIY
If sweetly scented fragrances are more up your alley, then I’d suggest making these homemade soy wax melts from Zolea. They are super simple to make and can be customized with any candle safe fragrance of your liking. All you need is soy candle wax, fragrance, and a mold! You’ll find the soy wax tart tutorial over at Zolea. (It’s in Dutch so you may have to give Google Translate a quick visit.)
Want even more awesome ideas like these? Well then head right over to Pinterest and follow me! For Valentine’s Day you may be especially interested in these boards: DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts, Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas, Printables and  Pretty Packaging. Also be sure to check out my Gift Guides and Valentine’s Day Gifts right here on Soap Deli News.
What’s your medium of choice for gifts this Valentine’s Day?

DIY Cranberry Gummies Recipe – How to Make Candy Gummy Shapes

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DIY Gummy Shapes Recipe - Perfect for Toasting in the New Year
Love gummy worms and gummy bears? Then make your own gummy shapes with this easy diy gummies recipe! They’re perfect for soaking in vodka for that big New Year’s Eve party or for dropping in a glass of bubbly for that special New Year’s toast! Or cut them into heart shapes and drop a few in two glasses of wine for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with your sweetheart!
DIY Cranberry Gummy Shapes Recipe
Adapted from a recipe for homemade gumdrops on Mom on Timeout blog.
Ingredients:
1 Cup white sugar
3/4 Cup applesauce (I used Kroger brand regular applesauce)
1 3-oz. package of Cranberry Flavor Gelatin or flavor of choice (I used JELL-O brand)
1 package of unflavored gelatin  (I used one packet of Knox Gelatine)
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
 
Directions:
Coat a 9×9 square glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and place in the refrigerator. Next combine 1 Cup sugar, 3/4 Cup applesauce, 1/2 teaspoon lime juice, the whole package of flavored and unflavored gelatin in a saucepan. Allow to stand for one minute, then place on the stove top and set to medium heat. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil. Allow to boil for a full minute, then pour immediately into the cold baking dish and place in the refrigerator until it solidifies completely. This took about 1 1/2 hours in my fridge, but set up times can vary so don’t get carried away too soon!

How to make homemade gummy shapes - DIY Cranberry Gummies Recipe

Once your gummies have set up in the fridge, use a spatula to loosen the sides of the gummies then invert onto a sugar coated cutting board. Then dust the tops of the gummy sheet with white sugar. Using a knife or small cookie cutters, cut the gummies into desired shapes.

Homemade DIY Gummy Shapes - A Gummy Bear Alternative with a Bit of Moxie

Once your shapes are cut, dip the sides of each gummy shape into white sugar so the sides are coated and no longer sticky. Allow to dry completely if necessary then place in an airtight container until ready to use.

Looking for more fun ways to use flavored gelatin? Then be sure to check out the recipe blog, Jelly Test Shot Kitchen! Psst. You can also use unflavored gelatin to make homemade marshmallows! Grab the recipe for mocha coffee vanilla marshmallows here.

How to make Homemade Caramels

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How to Make Homemade Caramels - DIY Homemade Caramels Recipe
I’ve been trying to give new things a try lately and while food is definitely not my specialty, I did venture into making homemade caramels for the first time. I used a recipe I found at High Heels and Grills Blog and cut the recipe in half. And I’m pretty glad I did. Even half a batch made a ton of caramels – which by the way took FOREVER to wrap. I think these would look so sweet for holiday gifts, handmade stocking stuffers or wedding favors tucked inside a little pillow box and tied up with ribbon. I decorated a few of my wax paper wrapped caramels with Japanese Washi tape which I thought added a cute touch.
Having made this particular recipe I can attest that it does take a while. You can’t really rush the process. I didn’t have a candy thermometer – which looking back I do sort of wish I had one – but I persevered without and learned what firm ball stage was much to the amusement of the men in my life who follow my personal facebook page. (Yes, grown men are perpetually trapped at the age of 12.) According to About.com, firm ball stage occurs at 245-250 degrees. You can tell when you’ve reached firm ball stage by dropping a bit of the caramel into a cup of very cold water. If you’re able to roll the caramel into a ball that holds it’s shape in the water, but loses shape when you remove it from the water and reintroduce to room temperature, then you know you’ve got it.
Now to be honest I thought I’d hit firm ball stage, but I may have just almost been there, because my end caramels were still a little soft. I remedied this by dusting the caramels lightly with flour before wrapping. This also kept them from sticking to my hands. It didn’t affect the flavor at all. So my suggestion would be that cooking the caramels a little longer than you think you should may be in your favor. Especially if you don’t have a thermometer handy. Just don’t stop stirring.
Just for fun, I dusted half of the pan of caramels with Himalayan Pink Salt after pouring which made them taste absolutely fabulous. However, I doubt I’ll make these again unless I am just insanely bored because they really are a lot of work. You have to give some mad props to the handmade sellers who make these for a living. It’s probably just as time consuming as soapmaking, but soaps are a ton simpler to wrap even if it’s my least favorite part of making soap. I do think these would make excellent gifts though. After the first twenty-four hours I was afraid I was going to eat more than I would wrap.
Has anyone else ventured into making caramels yet?

Handmade Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Don’t just give any gift this Valentine’s Day, give the gift of handmade! Following are a few of my favorite handmade Valentine’s Day gift ideas.
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For more handmade Valentine’s Day gift ideas, be sure to check out my Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest!