Soda Bottle Valentine

Previously posted on All Things Thrifty

All signs of Christmas have been packed away and we’re enjoying a little bit of blank space in the house. But still, I can’t help but look forward a bit to Valentine’s Day. There is something about all of the red, pink, glitter and lace that gets me excited! This holiday lovin’ girl always has seasonal crafts on the brain. Today, I’m going to share one of my favorite Valentine gifts to give! 

soda-bottle-valentine-titleI have been making these adorable Soda Bottle Valentines for years! Really they work great for any holiday or event, but I especially love them for heart day. 

coke-bottle-valentine-suppliesTo make your own Valentine pack, you will need a case of glass bottled sodas {any soda brand will do, but the red Coke bottles works great for Valentine’s day}, Valentine colored candy pieces, needle nose pliers, and any embellishments you’d like. I gathered a variety of ribbons, baker’s twine, paper doilies, washi tape and felt hearts & roses. 

coke-bottle-valentine-candyAs far as candies go, anything that is small enough to fit through the neck of the bottle will do. I chose holiday colored M&M’s, candy corn, and conversation hearts. 

The very first step is to empty the bottles and wash them thoroughly. Make sure to save all of the bottle caps. Give them plenty of time to dry before starting your project. If you put the candy in a damp bottle, you’ll have a big sticky mess on your hands! 

coke-bottle-valentine-fillOnce your bottles are ready and dry, start filling them with candy. 

coke-bottle-valentine-capsNext, you’ll replace the bottle caps. Use needle nose pliers to make them fit back onto the bottle. 


soda-bottle-valentine-backAll you have left to do is embellish the bottles {read : make them cute!}. On some bottles I just tied on some cute ribbon or vintage lace. On others, I used paper doilies and baker’s twine or heart patterned washi tape and hot glued on felt hearts and roses. You can either give each bottle individually to different friends, or give the whole case. I added a little gift tag and attached it with a mini-clothes pin. 

coke-bottle-valentinesHave you started thinking about Valentine’s Day at all, or are you still detoxing from the Holiday season? 

soda-bottle-valentineI’ll see you next time, friends! Until then, come visit me at Like a Saturday! You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


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Christmas Home Tour {Part One} – and a $500 Giveaway!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I seriously love Christmas, y’all. We decorated the house a little early this year and I’ve been listening to Christmas music for weeks. I’ve basically turned into Buddy the Elf. Our first Christmas with our baby girl is adding to the excitement for sure! 

Carrie from Lovely, etc. invited me to join in on her “A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour” this year, along with 24 other fabulous bloggers. Be sure to check out all of the other tours for more Christmas inspiration. Their links are at the bottom of this post…along with a $500 giveaway! HOLLA! 

Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Part OneI’ll be sharing the first half of our home all Christmas-ified today; our living room and kitchen. I’ll mostly just share photos with minimal dialogue. If you have any questions about sources, feel free to ask! 

Christmas Tree 2015


This year, the tree was trimmed with a red & white checkered burlap ribbon and a felted ball garland. We opt for sentimental ornaments over a themed tree. Our tradition is to pick up an ornament on vacations or for any momentous occasion. This year we’ve added some sweet pink to the tree! :)







christmas-tour-2015-18I really love the mantel this year. It’s fun and whimsical! I used my sparkly bottle brush trees again, but also added our little deer friend. 



christmas-tour-2015-20Lucy’s adorable stocking came from TaDa! Creations on Etsy. I’m officially obsessed with this shop. 



christmas-tour-2015-1Another tradition we’ve started in recent years is purchasing a new Christmas album to play on our record player. Among my favorites are A Christmas Gift for You and Merry Christmas by Bing Crosby. This year’s addition is the Beach Boys Christmas Album. So much fun!

christmas-tour-2015-23I loved our kitchen table centerpiece so much last year, I kept it the same. I love my thermi! ;)


christmas-tour-2015-4The coffee bar got a little holiday touch, as well as a few Christmas vignettes throughout the kitchen. 







christmas-tour-2015-10I’ll be back soon with the rest of our Christmas home tour. Until then, here’s a little sneak peek! 


Don’t forget to visit the rest of the homes on the tour – there are some amazing homes here! Catch a sneak peak from the photos below and follow the links to see everyone’s homes.



Lovely Etc.

Thrifty and Chic

Bigger than the Three of Us



One Krieger Chick

All Things With Purpose

The Happy Housie

Blue I Style

Little Red Brick House



Southern State of Mind

Seeking Lavender Lane

Designing Vibes

The Tale of an Ugly House

Domicile 37



Like a Saturday

It All Started With Paint

Little House of Four

Boxy Colonial

The Turquoise Home



A House Full of Sunshine

Making it in the Mountains

View from the Fridge

Casa Watkins

Shabby Grace Blog

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JOYful Christmas Door Hanger

Previously posted on All Things Thrifty

It’s hard to believe it, but Halloween has come and gone, Thanksgiving is upon us, the temperatures are dipping and I’ve already seen a whole slew of Christmas commercials. I’m starting to feel the Holiday spirit! I don’t like to skip Thanksgiving by any means, but I do like to start working on a few Christmas related projects in November so they’re ready to go come December! I get so excited for the Holiday season and love planning out my Christmas decor and crafts. It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year! 

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things Thrifty

Along with our Christmas tree and mantel, my favorite spot to decorate is our front door area. I usually use a fresh greenery wreath for our front door at Christmas, but I wanted to try something new this year. Thus, my Joyful Christmas Door Hanger was born!

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things Thrifty This door hanger/banner was very simple to make and didn’t take too long at all. To make your own you will need:

  • 2 extra wide ribbons in different widths and colors/patterns
  • Paper mache letters to spell out word of your choice
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks

To begin, give your paper mache letters a coat or two of metallic spray paint in the color of your choice. I used a silver hammered metal paint. I chose this particular paint to add texture and give a more vintagey rustic feel. 

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things ThriftyWhile your letters are drying, you can start working on the banner part of the door hanger. Lay out your two ribbons and decide on the length of your cuts. I found a great burlap ribbon to serve as my base, and a festive, sweater like ribbon at Hobby Lobby. Your local craft store should have a variety of options to choose from. 

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things ThriftyOnce you have your ribbons cut and positioned, you’re ready to attach them together. Apply a line of hot glue every 5 or 6 inches. Make sure you are keeping the ribbons straight as you go. 

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things ThriftyWhen the paint on your letters has dried and the banner is ready to go, you can play around with the placement of the letters. Once that is settled, use a good amount of hot glue to adhere the letters to the banner. I also made a bow with some of the leftover ribbon {using the opposite side of my double-sided ribbon} to place at the top of the banner. 

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things ThriftyI also folded over the top of the banner and hot glued it down to create a pocket for hanging. I used a piece of twine and a dowel in this pocket to hang the banner on my front door.

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things ThriftyI’m anxiously waiting for December to get here so I can hang this on my door without looking like a crazy person! ;) I think it will look beautiful with some fresh garland hanging around the door frame and a few twinkle lights, too!  

Have you started planning your Christmas decor, yet?

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For more Christmas inspiration, check out these posts:

Vintage Inspired Christmas Mantel via Like a Saturday{Vintage Inspired Christmas Mantel}

"A Thrill of Hope" - Christmas Porch{“A Thrill of Hope” Christmas Porch}

Easy Ornament Frame{Easy Ornament Frame}