DIY

DIY: Scrabble Frames

For Christmas I had made these frames for a few friends and family members. I had been holding off on posting this because I was still waiting to give the last frame away. They were all successfully given away to the rightful owners in January. Yea, I lagged.

Anyways, these are really easy to make and make great gifts for home decor.

What you need:

  • A frame
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Wooden Scrabble pieces
  • Glue
  • Scissors

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For the frame I used a 5″ x 7″ frame that I bought at target. Be sure that it is a floating frame where the glass does not lay on top of the picture, you will need some space for the Scrabble pieces to fit between the glass and the backing of the frame.

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Cut the scrapbook paper into the proper dimensions of the your frame.

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Gather your scrabble pieces together. I bought these off of Amazon but they can also be bought at any craft store.

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Lay out your pieces on the center of your paper. Be sure to give yourself enough space around the edges so that a scrabble piece is not covered by the rim of the frame. Once your pieces are aligned in the desired position start gluing.

Once all the pieces are glued to the paper, let your masterpiece dry for a few hours before placing it in the frame.

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Once the letters are dry, place into the frame. You can make the frames with two words as shown here for my friend who is a true country girl. I also made one that said zumba queen, connecting the two words with the ‘u’. And also love you by connecting the two words with the ‘o’.

Or you can use just one word as demonstrated above for my friend Erika, which said hermana.

I am afraid when I move out every room in my house my have at least one scrabble frame. Happy scrabbling.

Keep your head held high.

Valentine’s Day Recipe: Strawberry Hearts

Here, have a heart. These little heart pastries are so easy to make and I bet you, you couldn’t eat just one. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can make it your own by filling the pies with whichever type of filling your heart desires.

Recipe adapted from The Sweetest Occasion.

What you will need:

  • Pie dough (I use the pre-made Pillsbury dough but you can also make your own).
  • Strawberry Jam (or filling of your choice)
  • A heart cookie cutter
  • 1 egg
  • Flour
  • About 2 tablespoons of sugar

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Preheat your oven for 350 degrees.

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Sprinkle flour on your surface to keep the dough from sticking. Roll out the dough and begin cutting out little hearts.

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Once all the dough is cut into hearts, put about a spoonful of jam on every other heart. Be careful, if too much jam is used it will ooze out during baking. It won’t affect the pastry but there will be a lot of scrubbing after the finished product.

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Next beat the egg with a splash of water to create an egg wash. Using your finger or a pastry brush, paint the outside rim of the heart with the jam to create a seal for the top heart. Once the egg wash is added put the top crust on the hearts. Using a fork, pinch the two edges together while also creating a fancy design.

Paint the top heart with the egg wash. Then sprinkle some sugar over the egg wash. Place the hearts on a greased cookie sheet and bake them for about 20 to 30 minutes. Check them every 15 minutes.

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These give a new meaning to “eat your heart out!”.

Keep your head held high.

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift:12 Dates in a Jar

This Valentine’s Day I caught the Pinterest fever. Kenny and I decided not to buy any gifts, even though he already broke that rule, and no dealing with all the hectic restaurants on the biggest date night of the year. Since we weren’t buying gifts, who said I still couldn’t make something.

I found this idea on papervinenz.com and it is the perfect gift for couples who are looking to save some money. Even if we are cutting back on going out to dinner every week, it’s important to make sure we still treat each other at least once a month. So each month we pick one date from the jar and our wallets still grow without dwindling the romance.
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What you will need:

  • A glass jar
  • 3 or more sheets of scrapbook paper
  • Ribbon
  • Stickers
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue (something a little more heavy-duty depending on how thick the scrapbook paper is)

12 dates in a jar

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First, cut your scrapbook paper into 3″ x 4″ rectangles.

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Roll the paper together to form a cylinder. Then tape the one side of the cylinder. Papervinenz.com suggested using double-sided adhesive tape which would probably be a lot easier to work with, but due to limited resources you can use tape or even staple the paper together.

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Type up 12 different date ideas for you and your significant other. Make sure they are dates both of you enjoy. Take one date and then roll it into the paper pouch.

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Lastly, seal the other end of the paper pouch. Make 11 more and you’re set. Decorate your jar and place the dates into the jar.

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And voilà, 12 dates in a jar.

I hope my first ever DIY post is approved by all you mini Martha Stewarts out there. Keep your head held high.