Have you seen the gold sequined hangers on Pinterest or Etsy lately?  I'm kind of obsessed with them, but I can't justify spending $15 or more on a single hanger.
So, on a dark and rainy day last week
(hence dark/blurry pictures), I decided to make my own.  Lucky for me, I already had all the supplies I needed laying around the house.
Could this be a gift idea?  Sure, why not.   It's very blingy.  If someone you know has an upcoming trip or special occasion, make one for them!  Anyones little black dress for a big night out would extra fancy hanging on this baby!  Think Vegas, Miami, bachelorette parties, honeymoons, date nights, etc.
Or make one for yourself, like I did.
Supplies:
-Wooden Hanger (this one is from Ikea)
-Mod Podge (glossy)
-Spray adhesive (optional, but would probably make this project much easier)
-Painters or Masking tape (optional, unless you are using spray adhesive, then it's necessary)
-Glitter (I used Large)
-2 Foam brushes
-Foam Heart (optional.  Mine came in a pack from the Dollar Tree)
-Newspaper/cardboard... something to protect your work surface
Directions
1. Wrap tape around metal hook, especially near the base.
One side at a time:
2. Spray hanger with spray adhesive.  If you don't have spray adhesive (like me), you can use your foam brush to cover the wooden part of the hanger with Mod Podge.
3. While wet, pour generous amounts of glitter onto hanger, and pat it down with clean foam brush.  This will help it stick firmly and evenly to the hanger.
4. Let dry.  Repeat steps 2&3 to cover any bare spots.
5. Do the same process on the reverse side.
6. While you are waiting for everything to dry, apply  Mod Podge to the glitter side of the heart.  Don't worry, it will dry clear.  Promise.
Seal it: (you don't want your clothes and closet to be covered in glitter!)
6. Once the hanger is dry, and completely covered in glitter, apply generous amounts of Mod Podge to each side.  Gently push it around with the foam brush, and distribute it evenly.
7. While final layer of Mod Podge is still wet, set your heart in the center, and gently push down.  Let dry.  If you feel it could use one more coat, go for it girl.

 
 
 
 
If you're making and/or packing someones lunch on Valentine's Day, make it with LOVE....
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Tea Towel: $1 section at Target//Plate: Target//Sandwich Bags: Dollar Tree//Cookie Cutter: Wilton (I got mine at Ross)
This is just a quick and easy way to embarrass your kids (or hubby/boyfriend) at lunch time next Friday!

In the first picture, I simply cut out a tiny heart in the corner of the bread (before assembling it). 
I found this cookie cutter set at my local Ross last week, but you can find ithere (and cheaper too) on Amazon. 

In the second picture, I wanted to show you the adorable sandwich bags I found at my local Dollar Tree.  They come in packs of 25, and there were a couple designs to choose from. 

I love my heart plate I found at Target last week (trip one, triptwo).  It's hard to tell in the picture, but it's so glittery. There's no place like home ;).

That's all for this post!  Wait until you see what I did with that cookie cutter next!
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This candle smells as good as it looks, and it's only $1!
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For todays post, I threw together a quick, easy, and inexpensive gift idea.  All items shown (with the exception of the essie nail polish) are from the Dollar Tree!  This is perfect for a girlfriend*, daughter, roommate, or co-worker.  The essie nail polishes (usually about $8 a piece) hike up the price quite a bit, but they're totally replaceable with a different brand.  If you want to give something other than manicure items, there are plenty of other options to fill this adorable little box with.  Honestly, I made up this gift idea just as an excuse to buy the box.  I liked it that much.  I sure hope someone benefits from my impulse buy....


Other combinations could include:
Chocolates (of course!)
Lip balms
Scratch off tickets
Perfume rollers or samples
Starbucks gift card
Homemade treats
Hand lotion
Body Spray
Earring studs
Pez Dispenser
Gum
etc..



*You could make this into a funny gift for your mutually single girlfriends.  Fill the box with lollipops, and put a sign on it that says "Valentine's Day Sucks"
There were many February 14ths where my friends and I would've gotten a big kick out of that!


Oh, and if you haven't noticed, I love confetti, and add it to almost all of my little photo shoots.
  I think it adds a little something to the presentation.
Just a suggestion ;).
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Hey everyone!  For many reasons I won't bore you with, I've decided to move my blog over to Blogger.  As of right now, I'm posting on both Weebly (which is what you're on now) and Blogger until the transition is complete.  This blog will be much easier to follow and keep up with from there.  The URL will be the same, but "blogspot" goes in between thepaperpinata and .com. So it's,
ThePaperPinata.blogspot.com

Thanks so much!

Ashley <3
 
 
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Another Target post today.  Lucky for us, they've outdone themselves this year! :)

 
 
Hey guys!  I don't always post on weekends, so consider this a
....Special Report......
Coupons and More found an amazing deal on cookbooks!  I don't know about you guys, but I currently have 3 'Save the Dates' hanging on my fridge, and that means one thing... Bridal Showers!  Bridal registries are full of kitchen supplies and gadgets, so giving them a cookbook would be a perfect addition to your gift.  Plus, it's nice to give them a little something that's not on their list.  There's got to be some element of surprise somewhere?!  Besides, with prices like these, it's almost a no brainer.

Head over toCoupons and More for more details on this deal!

Hope your weekend is going well!  I have lots of Valentine's Day ideas coming your way next week.  Stay tuned!
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There are 2 main reasons I do these posts.  1) To show you guys what's on the store shelves, without you having to get out of your chair, and 2) So that I get to relive my shopping day.  Some people take pictures on vacation to reminisce, I take pictures on shopping trips. 
Same idea. 
Don't judge me.

My Dollar Tree Finds
I have to admit, there were a couple things I was impressed by here!
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They've gotten MUCH better with their bag selections!  I love Target, but you'd pay up to $4 or $5 for the same "level" of design for some of these!
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These fuzzy hearts are fun.  They'd be a nice gift basket filler, and young girls might love them on their bed.  If you have small wrapped gift, you could place it in the center, and hold it all in place with some ribbon.  Basically, I thought these would be best for gift presentation purposes.
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In this picture, I just wanted to show the tins they have if you're making treats for your neighbors, mailmen, or people at your office or school.  I think it's nice to think of them too :).  Make someones day!
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Heart garland.
Ehh, this was ok.  Definitely a little on the "cheap looking " side.
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Heart treat boxes: like plastic Easter eggs, but hearts with sayings on them
Silicone heart trays: For ice cubes or candy molds maybe
Pair of pink plastic champagne flutes: Best for kids and sparkling cider maybe
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Bag of foam hearts (barely pictured, sorry): Use in various crafts, gift baskets, or as table confetti
Puffy Sparkly Stickers: I thought these were great for the dollar store!
Heart maracas: For kids obviously.  I'm not sure what else you could do with these?
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Pencils and Erasers:  I thought a teacher might like to give these out?
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Cardboard Heart Boxes: Ohh, the possibilities!  I used mine to hold the matching game I made.
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Big Marshmallow Roses: They looked like Peeps (with the sugar on top).  Cool looking, but not my thing.
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This picture is blurry.  Sorry.  I just wanted to show you guys that they have lots of table setting decor!
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Balloons on a stick.  Frogs, Monkeys, Bears, and Hearts.
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More treat boxes.  I bought one from the bottom shelf.  They were too cute to pass up.  I made mine into a gift idea for your roommate.  Stay tuned for that!
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Can you tell yet that I was being super fast and sneaky with my picture taking??  The employees were watching me like a hawk lol.  I wasn't going to post this picture of the gift card holders, until I realized what was on the left of them!  These are flat little pouches that you smack with your fist on a hard surface.  That causes some kind of chemical reaction.  The whole thing starts to get bigger and bigger (and you can hear them hissing) and it goes POP!  Out comes a little balloon!
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I think my littlest cousins would could a kick out out these fridge magnets!
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I bought these too!  If you pack your kids (or boyfriend's/hubby's) lunch, these would be perfect!  You could use them for treat bags too?
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Palmer chocolate bars
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Magic towels?  I've never seen them before.  I'm sure the quality isn't much better than a paper towel, but might be a fun addition for you Disney lovin' kid :).
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These were one of my favorite finds.  These candles actually smell pretty good, almost like dessert!.  You could light a few if you are having Valentine's dessert at home, or include one in your gift to someone.  They had tiny ones too.  I just think they'd look so cute on a table decorated for Valentine's Day!  Check out Kohls and Target for place mats and table runners!  They had some great ones!
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Remember these?  I used to LOVE slap bracelets!
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Ok, going off topic for a sec (although you could include these in a gift with nail polish and such).  When I saw these, I thought OMG.. Fairy dust!!  If the Tooth Fairy is visiting your kids, her fairy dust (sprinkled on the window sill or dresser?) may change colors depending on the color shoes/dress/wand she is carrying that night??   Or maybe she "accidentally" left if behind.  Just a thought :)
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Nail Files: For your daughter or friend.  Add a bottle of nail polish, a Valentine, and put it in one of those boxes I posted above.

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I thought this puppy paw print paper was adorable.  Maybe for a "puppy love" gift?  Or, if you know someone who got a new puppy, this wrapping paper might go well with a gift idea I posted in mygift basket section.

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These are supposedly handmade cards.  They were adorable, and I was surprised to find them at the dollar store.  You'll need to come up with something good to write in them though (and you should anyway!), because the sayings in them are very...well, dollar store.
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Strawberry Shortcale Pez Dispenser: Pink? Check.  Candy? Check.
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Looking at this now, maaaaaybe I could've taken a different, less suggestive, picture angle when I took this one ;).  These red glittery battery operated tea lights (also come in silver) are great for setting the mood, and keeping things safe!

Here is a video where Bethany Mota used battery operated tea light candles in her DIY project:  (if you don't want to watch the whole video, skip to 6:19)
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Place mat: Target//Heart Tag: Target//Chocolate Covered Pretzels : Here

Just a quick easy post today!

 This was totally not my idea, but I saw it somewhere (not Pinterest!), and wanted to recreate it to give you guys another option for Valentine's Day.  I found this tag at Target, but I've seen them at Michaels too.  I actually like the ones at Michaels better, because they don't have the chalk holder attached to it. That thing got in the way when I was trying to legibly write "You had me at Merlot."

If you don't want to use chalk, a gold, silver, or red paint pen (also available at Michaels) would work.  It might look better too.  The only problem is, you only get one chance to write your message ;).  I would definitely screw it up and need to buy like FIVE tags.

The weekend's almost here!! Hang in there!
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I spent all Monday with my 5 little cousins, and I know they're looking forward to Valentine's Day just as much as I am.  When I visited them last week, they were already decorating their entire first floor with big hearts, red garland, and the cutest ribbon & heart banner I've seen!

I wanted to come up with another crafty project to keep them busy, so I came up with Valentine's Day Matching Game


also commonly known as "Memory"


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So I must confess, the game pictured is not the exact version we made...
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Who has time to take lots of pictures while watching over 5 kids?!
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A box to keep your "cards" in is necessary! 
I found this one at the dollar store.

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Ok, so here are the only supplies you'll need for this easy DIY project:
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1. 2 identical packs of stickers (these were from the Dollar Tree!)
2. At least 2 pieces of SOLID card stock paper*
3. At least 2 pieces of printed, decorated paper*
4. Glue stick
5. Large heart punch, like this one
6. A box or other container to hold your playing cards
7. Scissors*

*If making with little ones, I recommend buying more than 2 pieces of card stock and 2 pieces of printed paper.  Their favorite part will be punching out the hearts, and they won't be focusing on paper conservation! 

*You'll need scissors to trim the card stock/printed paper in order to punch out more hearts from the center, and you might need them to trim any sticker that sticks out over the edges.
Easy Instructions
1. Decide how many hearts you need by counting the number of stickers you'll be using. 
2. Punch out that number of hearts in both the card stock, and printed paper.
3. Using your glue stick, attach your card stock hearts to your printed hearts to make the cards.
(Make sure to line them up the best you can!)

4. Apply stickers to the center of the blank side of the cards.
Make sure every card has a match!

To Play
  • Randomly spread out cards, face side down.  You can line them up in rows, or to make things a little more challenging, spread them out in a messy circle.
  • Taking turns, each person flips over 2 cards...attempting to match the first card to the second.
  • If the 2 cards flipped over do not match, the player turns them back over in the same spot they were in.  As each card is turned over, the players will try to remember where they are.
  • When a player gets a match, they take those cards.  
  • The person who has the most matches at the end of the game, wins!
Here are some iPhone pics of the game we made on Monday
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I bought Disney stickers because this family lives, eats, and breathes Disney :) 
I highly recommend finding stickers of things your kids will LOVE.  It takes the game playing to a whole new level ;).

I found these at Hobby Lobby.


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We didn't get to decorating the box, but our plan was to paint it and/or decoupage it.
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And this is just one of the many games we played :)
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Thanks for reading!
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