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DIY Conversation Heart Napkin Rings

January 30, 2015

I had originally created these napkin rings for East Coast Creative but I thought I'd share the tutorial with you today in case you missed seeing it on EC2's site last year :)



I used the following supplies to make my napkin rings:



Supplies shown:
  • A paintbrush
  • Super glue (hot glue would probably work too)
  • Conversation hearts. I ended up needing 9 boxes because I ran out of purple hearts halfway through making the napkin rings. Each napkin ring takes 40 conversation hearts, if you're wondering :)
  • Pink paint (feel free to use another color)
  • 4, 1 1/2" x 2" pieces of PVC pipe I cut from a leftover piece of 2' PVC pipe I had on hand

Supplies not shown:
  • Something to protect your work surface
  • Spray lacquer


I started by pouring all of my conversation hearts into a bowl so it'd be easier for me to grab them as I went along:



I made a puddle of pink paint on a paper plate:



And starting painting each piece of PVC pipe:



I also painted the top and bottom edges of the pipe pieces:



Don't worry about your pieces of pipe being brushstroke free, the conversation hearts will cover most of the paint!

After all the pieces were painted, I let them dry for an hour.




Note: I should have let them dry on a ceramic plate and not a paper one because some of the paper peeled up with the paint when I removed the pieces. Keep this in mind if you decide to make a set of your own! You don't want to be peeling pieces of paper off, trust me haha

I noticed that there was some writing showing through some of the pipe pieces after the first coat of paint:



So I added a second coat of paint which made the writing disappear!



I started gluing my conversation hearts onto my painted pieces of PVC pipe after the second coat of paint had dried (another hour or so):



I made a small "V" shape with my super glue and then stuck a conversation heart in place:



I held each heart in place for 20 to 30 seconds before gluing another one. Be careful not to add too much super glue! You don't want it to seep out and have your fingers getting stuck to a heart or the piece of PVC pipe!



I started on my second row using the same gluing method but I changed the direction of the hearts so they'd fit into the gap left from the first row:



Turn on a movie or some old episodes of your favorite show because these little guys take a while to complete!



After the napkin rings were finished, I took them outside and sprayed them with some spray lacquer to seal the candies so I can use the napkin rings again next year.

I slid a red cloth napkin through one of the rings and paired it with my favorite beaded white plates. Would you believe the plates came from the dollar store?!



These napkin rings would be so cute to have on display at your Valentine's Day dinner table!



If you're looking for a Valentine's Day craft your kids can help you with, this could be one of them! Maybe use Elmer's glue instead of super glue though ;)



What do you think of the napkin rings? Will they be making their debut at your Valentine's Day dinner table?

Wedding Wednesday: Planning Updates

January 28, 2015

Our wedding is coming up so fast! I feel like we’re so behind on planning but then I look at what we’ve already checked off our list and it makes me breathe a little easier.

A few of weeks ago, we dropped off a deposit and signed a contract which secured our wedding date and our ceremony and reception venue!



They take care of the food, beverage, cake, and coordination so we can check those items off our list too.

We met with a florist, a DJ, and a photographer a couple of weeks ago. We'll be booking the DJ and photographer very soon. We're passing on the florist in favor of a fun DIY idea I dreamed up!

We picked our Save the Dates and will be ordering them this week. We didn't plan on ordering any at first but think they're necessary since 95% of our guests will be traveling from out of town.

We still need to find an officiant (if a friend/family member doesn’t get ordained) and I need to find a hair and makeup person.

We’re also debating on hiring a videographer. I really, really want to but unfortunately, I don’t think the option is in our budget right now. Maybe we'll win the lotto between now and the wedding so that dream can become a reality ;)



We also need to ask our bridal party to stand by our side. We have everything we need for asking but haven't found the time to get together with anyone just yet. I made some cute "how to ask your bridesmaid" gifts that I'll be sharing as soon as the recipients receive them!

Anyway, in other non-wedding related news, I'm working on some very exciting behind-the-scenes house stuff that I'll be sharing next week! It's good to be (semi) back :)


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2015

January 1, 2015



[ Image via Pinterest ]


I've been waiting for 2015 to begin for a while now. Don't get me wrong, 2014 was great!

Some highlights include:

  • Getting engaged
  • Celebrating my fiancĂ©'s 30th birthday in Las Vegas
  • Meeting blog friends in real life at Haven
  • Working with Home Depot and
  • Being one of Better Homes and Gardens Top 10 DIY blogs of 2014


I know I'm biased but I think 2015 is going to be the best year ever because...

...we're getting married!

That being said, the blog is going to slow down a lot in 2015. I took some time off around the holidays and really enjoyed not being stressed or frustrated about posts and projects. I didn't realize how much of my life the blog consumed until I stepped away from it!

Anyway, my plan for 2015 is to blog about things as they happen, not to create things just so I have something to blog about. No, I'm not pulling a YHL and bowing out of the blogging game, I'm just taking a big step back to refocus my priorities as we plan our big day! It'd be great if I could plan our wedding while keeping up with my ongoing project list but project supplies cost money and I need to save every penny possible for the wedding.

We've been planning for a little over a month now and I already feel like I'm behind haha I plan on sharing some of the DIY projects we make for the wedding as well as some of the plans for our big day.

We're also in the process of finishing up our laundry room while simultaneously working on our master bedroom and I'll be sharing details from those projects soon.

In the meantime, I want to thank each of you for reading! I can't wait to share more with you soon :)


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