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Valentines Day Crafting

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I always become very excited about valentines day crafting and usually begin lots of love themed crafts around this time of year, sometimes before Christmas even! I thought I would share some of my favourite makes, some available at Paper Doily and some just for eye candy! All of the items pictured above are simple, enjoyable to make and very effective.

The wooden washi tape pegs are perfect for prettifying gifts, dessert tables or used around the house to hang favourite cards or photographs. Wooden pegs are so easy to find and it’s quite amazing how a simple piece of patterned tape can transform such a plain item! If you’re anything like me and have jars full of washi tapes, this is a great way to use your stash! I’ve also seen patterned fabric tape in a fair few craft shops, which is a lovely alternative.

I could imagine these pegs used on wedding favours/wedding dessert tables. I had several sweet jars on my dessert table at my own wedding in April of last year and I wish I had thought of this idea back then. They are the perfect addition to sweet bags if guests wish to take away sweet treats without getting covered in sugar.

The heart gift tags were also very enjoyable to make. I always seem to have lots of patterned wrapping paper left over from gift wrapping and I thought this was a really good way to use it up. I’m also a sucker for patterned paper packs and have so many floating around my craft room. The glitter paper is my favourite at the moment. I actually had hundreds of beautiful paper straws left over from my wedding and decided to use the glitter paper to add heart embellishments to them. As of yet, I haven’t started any valentines themed crochet projects, but this could be on the pipeline!

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I’ve been browsing the web for lots of crafting inspiration and wow, I certainly found it! I thought this would be a lovely way to end the post. If you’re anything like me and spend hours on pinterest, you’ll know how hard it was to choose such a small selection of favourites! Will you be doing any valentines day crafting this year and do you get as excited as I do?

The beautiful products in the above grid are courtesy of: LaLibeLula, A Field Journal, Annie’s Eats, Sisters Guild

Happy new year and happy crafting!

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DIY Hand Stamped Heart Gift Tags

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I’ve recently opened the handmade part of my new business, which can be found on Etsy under the name of Paper Doily Parties. I have been very busy crafting lots of party products over the past few weeks, which has been so much fun! These beautiful gift tags are one of the most favourite things I have made so far. I imagine they would be absolutely perfect as wedding favour tags, or used to adorn a gifts for special people in your life. I can also imagine them looking stunning if used for an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea party. The possibilities are endless, and the fact that they are handmade, makes them that extra bit special.

If you are feeling crafty yourself, why not have a try? For these particular tags I searched for some plain brown tags in my local craft store, which happened to come with a long length of beautiful twine, which I divided into 30 pieces. You will need a sharp pair of scissors to achieve a nice finish. I particularly loved the scalloped edges on these tags, but there are so any variations. I also purchased a beautiful heart shaped stamp from Jolyonates, as shown in the photograph above. This was of excellent quality and added the perfect finish to my tags. I bought some standard red ink alongside the tags and stamped away as soon as I arrived home!

I would advise you to work on a hard surface and put some newspaper down. I made the mistake of not using newspaper. My table is wipeclean but the process was a bit messier than I initially thought and I am still finding bits of red ink on the table a few weeks afterwards! The stamps can be cleaned in warm, soapy water and left to dry naturally. The tags took a few hours to dry fully. Once they had finished drying, I carefully fed the twine through the small holes… which needed punching through but I got there eventually. I have now developed a new love of hand stamping, so expect many more posts on this.

I imagine this would make an excellent supervised children’s task. If your child has a party coming up, why not have some stamping fun? You can always go back to basics and make your own stamps from an eraser or a baking potato!

If you love these so much, you can purchase them here otherwise, do let me see the result if you choose to make them yourself.

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