Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

Valentine's Day Mini Mailbox from the Target Dollar Spot

Bullseye’s Playground is all kinds of amazing right now. I found planner supplies, oodles of things to help get organized, and plenty of goodies for Valentine’s Day. I couldn’t walk away without these pint sized mailboxes making their way into my cart. These things are as cute as they get. Tiny metal mailboxes in bright colors for only a dollar…score!

Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

Dressing up these mini mailboxes is a ton of fun. You could easily use whatever craft supplies you have on hand. For my mailboxes I used:

  • Valentine stickers (found in Bullseye’s Playground for $1)
  • scrapbook paper
  • tape
  • scissors
  • ruler

Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

Measure and cut the piece of scrapbook paper to make a rectangle that is 2.5″ x 12″. Wrap it around the mailbox and tape it together at the bottom.

Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

Add stickers to each side of the mailbox. I found quite a few different sticker sheets at Target. Be sure to dig through Bullseye’s Corner until you find something you like!

Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

The mailbox can be opened up so you can tuck a small Valentine’s Day card inside.

Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

I plan on adding some sweet treats before I gift them. Who wouldn’t want to receive such a cute little surprise?

Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

Santa Claus Cupcakes

Santa Claus Cupcakes

Make these cute Santa Claus cupcakes for your next holiday party or just for fun. The kids will have a ball helping to makes these. They are super easy because you can just use a cake mix and pre-made frosting.

santa ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 box white cake mix and required ingredients listed on the box (i.e. eggs, oil & water)
  • 1 container white frosting
  • 10 oz. Mini Marshmallows
  • 48 Chocolate Chips
  • 24 Red M&M’s
  • Red sugar sprinkles

decorate cupcakes

Bake cupcakes as directed on box.   Allow cupcakes to cool.

Spread a flat layer of white frosting onto each cupcake.  Place mini marshmallows along the bottom edge of the cupcake to form the Santa beard (you will stop 1/2 way up the cupcake). Place mini marshmallows in a slightly rounded line across the top half of the cupcake to create the Santa hat.

Place two chocolate chips below the hat line to create the eyes.  Place a red M&M slightly below the eyes in the center to create a nose.   Sprinkle red sugar sprinkles only on the top of the cupcake above the marshmallow line for the hat.  Roll a mini marshmallow into a ball. Dip the edge of the ball in frosting and place on one side of the sprinkled hat to complete the hat.

You will repeat this process on all 24 cupcakes.

Easy Snowman Ornament

Easy DIY Snowman Ornament

December is when I kick my crafting into high gear. I have so much fun making things to decorate my home and gifts for the ones I love. I bought a variety of ornaments from the craft store in hopes of creating unique ornaments for our tree. Finding “magic snow” in Bullseye’s Playground was great since it makes the perfect snow to put inside these easy to make snowman ornaments.

Easy DIY Snowman Ornament

You’ll need:

  • magic snow ($1 from Bullseye’s Playground at Target)
  • clear plastic ornament
  • chalk markers
  • ribbon

Easy DIY Snowman Ornament

Draw a snowman face on the ornament. Chalk markers work really well for this since they work kind of like paint to leave a thick, colorful design on the clear plastic.

Easy DIY Snowman Ornament

Let it dry and then fill the ornament with the magic snow. Once you add ribbon it’s all done and ready to hang.

The holidays can be a bit hectic, so it’s nice to have a simple but fun activity to do with the family. You don’t even have to stick to making a snowman. Use different colored chalk markers to create any design you want on your ornaments.

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

 

Hot Cocoa Gift Basket with Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Cocoa Gift Basket with Homemade Cocoa Mix

Today we are sharing a fun and festive hot cocoa gift basket filled with homemade hot cocoa mix, cocoa toppings and a mug. The majority of these items were purchased at Target.  The basket and jar were found in the Target Dollar Spot.   This would make a great Christmas gift for any cocoa loving friend.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

To assemble the hot cocoa gift basket you will first want to make some homemade hot cocoa mix . It’s easier than you think!  Just follow the recipe below.

Mix homemade hot cocoa mix

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix recipe:

  • 10 cups of powdered milk
  • 2 cups unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 3/4 non-dairy creamer powder
  • 5 cups of powdered sugar

Add all ingredients into large bowl, stir until combined.   Store in airtight container.   When making the hot cocoa you will add 1/3 cup of the mix to 3/4 cup hot water.

Add toppings to ornaments

Here is a fun way to add some hot cocoa toppings to the basket. Add marshmallow bits, sprinkles and mini chocolate chips  inside small plastic ornaments (found at the craft store).  These will give the finished basket a fun holiday feel to it.

Hot Cocoa Gift Basket

Here is what I used for the Hot Cocoa Gift Basket

  • Reindeer Fabric bucket (Target Dollar Spot)
  • Glass Jar (Target Dollar Spot)
  • Mini Wood Scooper 4″ (from Amazon)
  • Super Cute Mug (from Target)
  • Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
  • Plastic Ornaments filled with Hot Cocoa toppings (sprinkles, Marshmallow bits, mini chocolate chips)
  • Candy Canes

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix - great for gifting

You could also give the hot cocoa mix on it’s own too!

Bath Gift Basket with The Bathery & DIY Bath Products

The Bathery at Target

I picked up a few of the items from The Bathery® line at Target so I could put together a fun beauty gift basket for one of my friends.   I love that The Bathery® carries many items that make your favorite beauty brands work harder like scrub brushes, poufs, loofahs, pumice and more.   I also love the fact that the products come in either bright fun or natural colors so you will find a color that suits everyone. With gifts from The Bathery®, you can encourage everyone on your list to Live Laugh Lather® this holiday season.

Cartwheel and buy 2 get 1 free offer

There happens to be a super deal going on right now with The Bathery® line of products at Target.   You can save 10% on the entire line with the Cartwheel offer that is valid through 12/26.   It get’s even better because you can also score a FREE Bath Pouf when you buy 2 items from The Bathery® line through 12/12.    This sale makes gift giving easy!   If you choose to shop The Bathery® collection online you can get 10% off when you use the code SHINE at checkout through 12/5.

Homemade Lemon Sugar Body Scrub

I wanted to make some homemade bath products to gift with the Bath Body Sponge, 4-in-1 Foot Wand and the  Exfoliating Gentle Bath Cloth I picked up.   I started with a Lemon Sugar Bath Scrub.  I thought the bright yellow would compliment the bright fun colors of The Bathery products.

ingredients for Lemon Sugar Body Scrub

Here is the recipe of the Lemon Sugar Body Scrub, it’s super easy to make and only takes 3 ingredients!

  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 Lemon

Pour sugar into a bowl and squeeze in the juice from the lemon.   Mix in the coconut oil and that is all there is to do.   I told you is was super easy!   Add to a jar and attach a label.

Peppermint Bath Salt in plastic ornament

To make the basket have more of a Christmas theme to it I decided to Make Peppermint Bath Salt and add them to plastic ornaments that I picked up at the craft store.   The ornaments I used were flat on one side (for a photo), but you could use the ornaments that are round all the way around too.

I separated the bath salt into equal amounts and used some food coloring to make 1/2 of it pink.   When I added the bath salt to the ornament I used a funnel and layered white and then pink.

Ingredients Peppermint Bath Salt

Making the Peppermint Bath Salt is easy too, here is the recipe:

  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Red food coloring

Mix the Epsom Salt, Sea Salt and Baking Soda in a bowl. Add 4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and mix well. If you want to color the mix, add red food coloring to either all or 1/2 of the mix. I chose to add it to 1/2 and then layered the colors in the containers.

The Bathery Gift Basket contents

Besides the homemade products I also picked up some of my favorite brands like Dead Sea Essentials and Bodycology which can also be found at Target.   Here is what I added to the basket:

  • The Bathery® Body Sponge (Pouf)
  • The Bathery® 4-in-1 Foot Wand
  • The Bathery® Exfoliating Gentle Bath Cloth
  • Homemade Lemon Sugar Body Scrub
  • Homemade Peppermint Bath Salt (in ornaments)
  • Dead Sea Essentials Bubble Bath
  • Bodycology Body Lotion
  • Candle
  • Homemade Ornament

The Bathery Gift Basket

I took a look around Target in different departments to come up with an idea for gift basket.  The basket I used was actually found in the kids storage department.   I also found several other options in the regular storage section and I even found some cool jars in the kitchen department.

The Bathery Gift Tag

I finished off the gift with a printable gift tag from The Bathery®.   You can print The Bathery® gift tags for FREE to attach to your gift baskets too.

Attach ornament filled with bath salt to The Bathery Bath Cloth

Here’s another idea if you are looking for a smaller gift, you can attach one of the homemade Peppermint Bath Salt ornaments to The Bathery® Exfoliating Bath Cloth.   This would be something simple you could gift to neighbors, coworkers or friends.  My teenage daughter wants to give them out to her friends too.

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Don’t forget about these great offers on The Bathery® products next time you head to Target.  Get 10% off the full line with Cartwheel and get a FREE Pouf when you buy 2 products from The Bathery line.

Target gift card

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Dollar Spot Halloween Centerpiece

Halloween Centerpiece with supplies for Target Dollar Spot

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. As usual, the Dollar Spot has me covered with plenty of Halloween goodies to choose from. With just a package of decorative lights and bat stickers, I was able to turn a plain glass vase into an exciting Halloween centerpiece.

You’ll need:

  • LED string lights ($3 in the Dollar Spot)
  • stickers ($1 in the Dollar Spot)
  • glass vase (found near the decorative fake flowers in Target)
  • candle

Target Dollar Spot Halloween Centerpiece

Cover the vase with the stickers. You could use whatever stickers you like, but I couldn’t resist these bat stickers. They’re flocked so they have a nice texture to them. Plus, they have glitter that gives off a bit of sparkle.

Target Dollar Spot Halloween Centerpiece

I’ve had my eye on these LED lights for a while. Target seems to carry them in different colors for various holidays and seasons. This time I found them in silver, black, and orange. I love how versatile and sturdy they are. The lights are nice and bright too.

You’ll want to wrap the lights around the bottom of the vase. I started with one end of lights and worked my way around and around. Once you get to the battery pack, tuck it under the lights and towards the back of your vase. Add a candle and you’re all done!

Target Dollar Spot Halloween Centerpiece

If you wanted to get creative, you could fill the vase with other Halloween items. Candy corn, plastic spiders, or rubber eyeballs are some of the fun things that come to my mind!

Target Dollar Spot Halloween Centerpiece

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

DIY Pennant Banner

DIY Pennant Banner - Customize for any color or season

I love banners! I think every party should have one.  They are so fun and bring a lot of color to the event.  I’m going to show you how to make one that gives you a lot of WOW for very little money.  Plus, you can customize it to whatever colors you need.

A few things you need:

  • Plastic tablecloths, whatever colors you like.
  • Bias tape (Find this at a sewing or craft store by the zippers, or make your own)
  • Thread
  • 8 1/2 X 11 piece of card-stock
  • Tools:
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Sewing ruler (not necessary but helpful)

A few helpful hints:

  • The tablecloths  from Target (blue and pink) are very high quality and very thick, my store only had a limited selection so I had to get some colors elsewhere.  Another thing to be aware of is that if you are buying a patterned tablecloth make sure you know what the middle looks like and adjust accordingly.  Many patterned ones are white through the center, you may need two tablecloths to make the amount of pendants you need.  I used part of five tablecloths and got several yards of banner.  I would guess close to 12 yards.  The extra can be used for lots of other decorating projects.

tablecloth

  • Bias tape is available at sewing stores.  It is a strip of fabric that has both sides folded to the center and then folded on top of each other and ironed to make a crease in the middle.  This makes a perfect pocket for our pendants to slide into.  Bias tape from the store usually comes in solid colors, if you want a fun pattern you will probably have to make your own.  It is time consuming but worth it.  There are a lot of tutorials on the internet that explain the process far better than I can.  Look for a tutorial about continuous bias tape.

bias tape

Lets get started.

To cut:

Take the sheet of card-stock and mark the center on the short side.  Draw a line from both corners of the opposite side to the center mark.  Cut on the lines, this will be your template for the pendants.

It is easiest to do this part on a cutting mat, lay out the tablecloth.  Unfold the length of it to have a long strip, don’t unfold the width.  Lay the template on the bottom fold, using a rotary cutter, cut both sides but not the top.  If you have a hard time keeping it straight a ruler can be place along the edge.

cut 4

Turn the template around and line up the side with the previous cut and the top on the upper fold.  Every other cut slide your template over so the corner will not be cut off, you will have some waste.

cut 2

Some of the cuts will be a folded pendant and some will be two single pendants.  I left the folded ones folded and layered the singles on top of each other.

open pendants

I found that having too layers intensified the color.  You tablecloths will go much farther if you choose to do singles, if that is what you choose make sure to move the template up a little so you can cut along the top instead of leaving the fold.

cut pendants

To sew:

Take your bias tape and leave and few feet at the end to tie your banner up, put the bias tape under the pressure foot of your sewing machine and take the first pendant and slide it between the bias tape.

bias tape pendant

Make sure the pendant stays between the tape and start sewing close to the edge.

sewing closeup

When you get close to the end of the first pennant put the needle down and raise the pressure foot up.  Place the next pendant between the bias tape almost touching the first and begin sewing again.  Continue until your banner is as long as you like.  The sewing goes pretty fast.  This is a great project to do with a friend, one can cut one can sew.  I was lucky enough to have a friend help me, it took us a few hours to get ours done.  I love how it turned out and can’t wait to use it for an up coming ice cream party.  It’s versatile and sturdy enough that I’m sure it will last through may parties.  I hope this inspires you to make something fun.

bookcase banner

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This post was created by All Things Target DIY/Crafter Kamee.

Easy 4th of July Centerpieces (From Target One Spot)

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

Target’s Dollar Spot is the first stop I make when looking for cute, inexpensive holiday decor. You can bet I was thrilled to find these gems just in time for Independence Day decorating. The wooden stars came in a set of three for $3 and the flags were $1 for the package of three.

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

To make these 4th of July centerpieces you’ll need:

  • 3 wooden stars
  • 3 flags
  • drill

These couldn’t be simpler to put together. All you need to do is take your drill and make a hole for the flag to sit in. I used a 3/16″ drill bit which fit these flags perfectly. Drill at least 1/2″ into the star so the flag won’t topple over.

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

I like that the stars already come painted with a slightly distressed look, but don’t be afraid to put your own DIY spin on them. What kind of patriotic decor have you picked up from Target’s Dollar Spot lately?

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!