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Paper Doily Makes: Valentines Day

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I always become very excited about valentines day crafting and usually begin lots of love themed crafts around this time of year, sometimes before Christmas even! I thought I would share some of my favourite makes, some available at Paper Doily and some just for eye candy! All of the items pictured above are simple, enjoyable to make and very effective.

The wooden washi tape pegs are perfect for prettifying gifts, dessert tables or used around the house to hang favourite cards or photographs. Wooden pegs are so easy to find and it’s quite amazing how a simple piece of patterned tape can transform such a plain item! If you’re anything like me and have jars full of washi tapes, this is a great way to use your stash! I’ve also seen patterned fabric tape in a fair few craft shops, which is a lovely alternative.

I could imagine these pegs used on wedding favours/wedding dessert tables. I had several sweet jars on my dessert table at my own wedding in April of last year and I wish I had thought of this idea back then. They are the perfect addition to sweet bags if guests wish to take away sweet treats without getting covered in sugar.

The heart gift tags were also very enjoyable to make. I always seem to have lots of patterned wrapping paper left over from gift wrapping and I thought this was a really good way to use it up. I’m also a sucker for patterned paper packs and have so many floating around my craft room. The glitter paper is my favourite at the moment. I actually had hundreds of beautiful paper straws left over from my wedding and decided to use the glitter paper to add heart embellishments to them. As of yet, I haven’t started any valentines themed crochet projects, but this could be on the pipeline!

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I’ve been browsing the web for lots of crafting inspiration and wow, I certainly found it! I thought this would be a lovely way to end the post. If you’re anything like me and spend hours on pinterest, you’ll know how hard it was to choose such a small selection of favourites! Will you be doing any valentines day crafting this year and do you get as excited as I do?

The beautiful products in the above grid are courtesy of: LaLibeLula, A Field Journal, Annie’s Eats, Sisters Guild

Happy new year and happy crafting!

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Paper Doily Makes: Caramel Popcorn Pops

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My husband and I decided to throw our own mini new years eve party this year. It consisted of homemade tapas, fruity cocktails and some extremely sweet but truly delicious caramel popcorn pops. Yes you heard it right, caramel popcorn pops! I wanted to make something quick, easy and tasty which was a little out of the norm. As I was photographing them I realised how perfect they would be for a movie party, similar to the fabulous one pictured above. The paper straws I used added such a lovely touch and they were also perfectly adequate for the weight of the popcorn. They would be fabulous served with american style milkshakes and chocolate.

I thought it would be lovely to share the process with you below. If you love the idea and would like to have a try then I do hope you have lots of fun. I would love to see the results if you feel like sharing! Children would absolutely love preparing the ingredients and helping to make this recipe. Please do bear in mind though that the mixture does become very hot and sticky, so parts of it are best left for adults only. Here goes..

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp (42.5g/1/5oz) butter

2 Tbsp (27g/0/97 fl. oz) Vegetable Oil

Salt to taste

50g Light Brown Sugar

100g Popcorn Kernels

30g Small White Marshmallows

For Assembling:

6 Paper Straws or Cake Pop Sticks

Caramel Sauce:

Take a large pan and place it on the hob on a medium heat. Melt the butter. Add the marshmallows and light brown sugar. Continuously stir the mixture until it becomes bubbly and smooth. Remove it from the heat.

Popcorn:

Take another pan and heat the vegetable oil on a medium heat. Add the popcorn kernels and place the lid on the pan. Repeatedly shake the pan until all of the popcorn kernels have popped. Remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle with salt. Carefully spoon the popcorn into a large mixing bowl leaving any un popped popcorn kernels. Take the caramel sauce and pour it over the popcorn. Take a spoon and mix it to combine. A metal spoon is best as the mixture will be very sticky. It’s best to work as quickly as possible during this stage before the caramel sets! Allow the mixture to cool for 3 minutes. You can then form the caramel popcorn into balls and insert the straws/cake pop sticks. I made 6 medium sized pops, but you can alter the recipe/size to suit.

You can then sit back and enjoy them!