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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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! 

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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}




Baby Name Hoop

Hi y’all! I am this close to finishing the nursery! I have a couple of small projects to wrap up and then I’m calling it done! This has been my favorite room makeover of all time. It has been so much fun to put thought and care into creating a special space for my girl. I have especially loved creating personal touches along the way; i.e. putting her name on ever-y-thing {hello, monogram!}. 

I created a piece of personalized hoop art for her room. This is great for any kid’s room and can easily be customized for a boy or girl, or to match the room decor. 

Baby Name HoopTo make you own name hoop art, you’ll need an oversized embroidery hoop {I used a 14″ hoop}, fabric, felt and embroidery floss in a variety of colors, scissors and a hot glue gun. 

Baby Name HoopBefore you get started, iron your fabric to get rid of any wrinkles. Once the fabric is looking good and wrinkle-free, pull it tightly on the embroidery hoop.

Baby Name Hoop

I printed off and cut out letters in the size I needed to serve as a template. I pinned the template to a piece of felt and cut out the letters. 

Baby Name Hoop

Once I had my letters cut out, I eyeballed the placement on the fabric. I used a couple dabs of hot glue on each letter to secure them onto the hoop. 

Baby Name Hoop

The next step is stitching on the name. If you have glued the letters on, this is really more for looks than anything else. I just used a simple running stitch along the edges. If you want to try something a bit fancier, there are a ton of stitch tutorials online. It doesn’t have to be perfect! In fact, the imperfect-ness adds to the charm. 

Baby Name HoopWhen you have completed stitching on the name, it’s time to have some fun with felt embellishments! I chose to add rolled felt flowers. You could cut any variety of felt shapes to add; like kites, balloons, or animals. I attached the flowers and leaves with hot glue. 

Baby Name HoopAll that’s left to do is trimming the fabric, folding it over and gluing it to the back side of the hoop. I added a ribbon to the top of the hoop to hang on a hook on the door. 

Baby Name HoopYou could hang it alone or in a grouping for a gallery wall. It is a special custom piece for any child’s room! You could also do you last name or initial and use it as a wreath on your front door. So many possibilities! 

Baby Name Hoop

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