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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

I love to make chocolate covered pretzels! They are super easy and I love the sweet and salty combo. The fun thing about making these is you can dress them up to match any holiday just by using different colored sprinkles. I made some for a Valentine theme and I used sprinkles and packaging I bought at the Target Dollar Spot to make them perfect for gift giving.

Pretzel ingredients

Here are the things you need:

  • Snyder Pretzel Rods
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Sprinkles (I got mine at Target One Spot)

pretzels cut in half

You can dip the big long pretzel rod in chocolate, but I like to cut them in half, it makes it much easier for gift gifting and you also get more that way. I use a serrated knife to saw a little notch in the middle of the pretzel and then break them in half. This makes for a nice clean break.

pretzels double broiler

I recommend using a double broiler to melt your chocolate chips (on medium/low heat). Make sure you stir when they start to melt to make sure there is no scorching. I don’t have a double broiler, so I create my own by sticking a smaller pot on top of a slightly larger one. Works like a charm!

pretzels coat in chocolate

Once you chocolate chips are melted, you can begin covering the pretzels. I find it works well if a take a spatula with some chocolate and roll the pretzel until it is covered on all sides.

pretzels wax paper

Place chocolate covered pretzels on wax paper and cover with sprinkles. Let them cool and harden, should take a couple hours to be complete. You can speed up the process by sticking them in the freezer.

I like to lay my wax paper on cooling racks, it makes it easier to move them around and into the freezer if necessary.

Target dollar spot items

If you want to pass these out as gift, I recommend checking the Target Dollar Spot for packaging, they usually have some kind of cute packaging for any holiday that comes along. Here are the items I picked up for Valentine’s Day.

  • Cello Bags
  • Twine
  • Heart Tags

pretzel target dollar spot bags

Here are the pretzels all packaged up and ready to give as gifts!

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Toxic Treats - Made with containers from the Target Dollar Spot

Have you checked out the Target Dollar Spot recently, there are so many cute things for fall and Halloween. I will be making a few fall gifts and treats out of these items to share with you over the next couple of months.

Target Dollar Spot treat holders

I made some fun treat holders out of the Test Tube Shot Glasses that I found in the Target Dollar spot.   These come in a 3-pack for $1.00.   These didn’t require much effort at all.   I simply filled the test tubes with fall colored M&Ms, added a cork to the top (I picked these up at JoAnn Fabric & Crafts.)   I made a tag using my Silhouette machine, if you don’t have a Silhouette you can easily make tags with your computer or a rubber stamp.   I finished it off by tying the tag on with black and white Baker’s Twine.

Super simple!    You can get a great deal on the M&M’s for this project using the following coupons:

M&M Chocolate Candies $2.66 ~ Buy 2
$1/2 Target printable coupon
Save 10% with Cartwheel by Target (-$.22)
$1.50/2 coupon from 8/18 Red Plum insert
Final Price = $1.30 each

You can also save 10% off (4) items from the Target Dollar Spot with Cartwheel by Target.

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Photo credit: Landee See, Landee Do

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Oh my goodness, I am so impressed with the creative teacher gift ideas over at Landee See, Landee Do.  They really are some of the cutest ideas EVER!    You have to check out all of her amazing ideas.    Most of these gifts are made with items from the Target Dollar Spot.   I am having a hard time deciding which one to make!

Printable Target Gift Card Holder

Time to Relax

Now that the strain is over!

Bucket List

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Target Dollar Spot: DIY Magnet Clips

by Christy on March 29, 2013 in Home Decor,Ideas

I just wanted to share how I turned the wooden clips that I bought from the Target Dollar Spot into magnetic clips to hold my kids’s important papers. I bought the 3-pack of wooden arrow clips for $1 and simply glued a strong magnet on the back. I thought they turned out nice!

These magnets hold my kids job charts on an organizational wall that my husband and I built in our laundry room. It holds also holds their backpacks, but more importantly it just looks really nice!

This is part of a Spring Cleaning and Organizational Bash that I participated in with other Northwest Bloggers. If you are interested in viewing the whole process I went through to clean and organize my laundry room (which also stores all my craft supplies and is the organizational hub for our family) head over to Thrifty and Thriving to check it out! Just promise you will still like me after you see how messy my laundry room was.

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I love shopping the Target holiday clearance, and some of the items I like to look for are items that would make some inexpensive party treat bags. I have put together a couple examples for you.

Here are all the items I picked up at 70% off. I do my best to find candy that doesn’t have a holiday theme to it, and these Tootsie Rolls were perfect, the only Valentine theme is on the outside bag, they are plain colored Tootsie rolls on the inside.

Here are the boys items:

  • Treat bags with Stickers (12) $1.20 ($ .10 each)
  • Sports Erasers (24) $ .90 ($ .04 each)
  • Sports Notepads (20) $ .90 ($ .05 each)
  • Rulers (4) $.45 ($ .11 each)
  • Tootsie Rolls $1.34 ($ .03 each)

I used the following items to put together the boys bags for only $ .53 each!

Here are the items for the girls party treat bags:

  • Nail Files (12) $ .90 ($ .08 each)
  • Fingernail Polish (4) $ .90 ($ .23 each
  • Flip Flop Key Chains (4) $ .45 ($ .11 each)
  • Tootsie Rolls $1.34 ($ .03 each)

These are the items that went into the girl’s treat bags for a total cost of $ .57.

Here are the final party items all packaged up!

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Do you have a group of people that you would like to give a Christmas gift to, but you don’t want to spend a ton of money. I put together this movie night gift with items I picked up at Target, and the final cost comes in at just under $3.00.

Here is what you will need to make some of these up:

  • 2-Pack Plastic Popcorn cups (Dollar Spot)
  • Market Pantry Single Microwave popcorn (10-pack)
  • Theater Box Candy
  • Redbox Gift Certificate (one-night movie rental)
  • Cellophane
  • Ribbon

In the Target Dollar Spot you will want to pick up some of the plastic popcorn containers, make sure you look for the 2-packs, they are a little bit smaller and since there are 2 of them, they end up costing you only $ .50 a piece.

I bought the Market Pantry 10-pack of Microwave Popcorn Singles, since the box was $2.59, it works out to $ .26 each.

Next up, get a theater style box of candy. These run $1.00 at Target.

I bought some e-gift cards from Redbox, so I could put a FREE movie night rental inside of each popcorn container. To do this, you simply send the e-gift card to yourself, and then you can print each one out individually. As a bonus, when you buy and e-gift card you will get an FREE movie rental for yourself. The cost is $6 for 5, so they end up costing $1.20 each.

When I printed out the gift card, I reduced the image to 75%, so it would fit in the popcorn container better.

I took all of the items and added them to the popcorn container. The cost of everything comes in at $2.96.

To finish it off, I wrapped it in cellophane and tied it up with a bow. Cheap, easy and thoughtful!

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Target Dollar Spot: My Stache Gift Can

by Christy on November 9, 2012 in Crafts,Gifts,Ideas

I mentioned that I had plans for some of the Halloween candy I purchased, and I am sharing the final project with you today.   Not sure why, but the tweens seem to love ANYTHING with a moustache on it.   So, going with that theme I made some of these “My Stache” containers that can be given as gifts.

I picked up a couple gift tins at the Target Dollar Spot.   I love this section for little containers suited for gift giving.

I used my Silhouette Cutter to cut out the Vinyl moustache and the words “My Stache”.   To make sure I was able to adhere the words in a straight line, I attached a straight piece of vinyl and then make sure the letters matched up with the line.   I am sure you could easily find some moustache and letter stickers if you don’t have access to a vinyl cutter.

Lastly, I added some of the candy I bought at 70% off and finished it off with a bow.   These were super quick and easy, and super cheap too!   The finished product cost me around $1.50 to make.

Anybody else have a weakness for the cute little containers in the dollar section?

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Here are a couple of options for some quick and simple teacher gifts with items you get for FREE at Target.    Just pick up one of the containers from the Target Dollar Spot and you can put these together for around $1.00.

Pick up the following:

Metal Container $1.00 (Target Dollar Spot)

Hershey’s Simple Pleasures $2.99
$1/1 Target printable coupon
$2/1 coupon from 8/19 SmartSource insert
Final Price = FREE

Stuff a little tissue paper in the bottom of the metal container.

Add the Hershey’s Simple Pleasures on top of the tissue.

Wrap in cellophane and add a tag to complete your gift. I always pick up my cellophane when the Christmas or Easter clearance goes 70% off.

Here is another option for you:

Buy the following supplies:

School Container $1.00 (Target Dollar Spot)

Hershey’s Simple Pleasures $2.99
$1/1 Target printable coupon
$2/1 coupon from 8/19 SmartSource insert
Final Price = FREE

PaperMate Pens $1.00
$1/1 Target printable coupon  (Back to School category)
Final Price = FREE

Add the package of pens and the package of candy to the basket, wrap in cello, tie with a bow and add a tag. Super simple!

I love using the baskets from the Target Dollar Spot to dress up simple gifts. I really love it when I got the items inside the baskets for FREE!

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