…my Christmas decorations are down! I delayed so long that it is time to lay out some Valentine’s decorations. This spurred a bit of lazy creativity; I repurposed my mini Christmas tree into a Valentine’s centerpiece. Added to some Target garland (see more of their affordable holiday items – I love Spritz!).
I decided to replace my kitchen Christmas garland with a DIY garland because I have some time for crafting after my recent lectures are complete. I saw this killer Brit + Co. article on 5 DIY Paint Chip Garlands for Valentine’s Day and was inspired. They used a heart-shaped hole punch but did some fancy sewing machine business to secure the chips – this is some next-level stuff that I will file away on Pinterest for another project! I have a broken bobbin and haven’t gotten everything up and running. So I compromised and used a needle and baker’s twine.
Valentine’s Paint Chip Heart Garland
- Get some paint chips from your local paint/home supply store.
- Punch out some hearts (or circles, or other shapes – be creative) – the punch definitely saved me some time! You can stick to one color, blend multiple colors in a variegated pattern as I have done, or create a truly ombre look. I did end up with some hearts that were not complete as I was trying to get as many as possible (the sugar cookie conundrum) – some I ditched and some I save for other crafts. The left over cut outs were used in the Brit + Co. article to a nice effect.
- Starting on one end of the twine, thread your needle and punch the needle with some force through the heart (I went front-to-back and then back-to-front so that the middle of the heart does not have the twine showing – you could reverse this for a different look). The paper is soft enough it is easy to punch through but does leave a little bit of a raw edge on the side you push through from. It didn’t mar the look for me at all.
- Thread this heart as far down as you desire.
- Continue in this manner until you have a garland of desired length. I had to rearrange my garland to make it a bit longer as I ended up with more hearts than I had anticipated.
- Tie knots on either end, trim your garland as desired and hang it. I can’t wait to try this with other shapes and colors and maybe using the sewing machine text time.
After-punching – reusable!
My heart punch
Arranging my hearts
Stringing them along…
The finished product
Hocus Pocus is one of my favorite childhood Halloween movies (Double, Double, Toil and Trouble is definitely on the list). if you haven’t seen Hocus Pocus, it’s the perfect blend of campy humor, silliness and plot holes that are fun to point out. Recently I found out that one of my friends has not seen the movie and that my husband was fuzzy on the details (indicating it has been too long since he’s seen it for my liking!) This inspired an afternoon dedicated to viewing Hocus Pocus. In typical fashion, I turned watching a movie into an Event!
I adapted a drinking game from PopHangover, made a printable (which I have since revised – you’re welcome!), and we had an afternoon of cocktails, wine, and witchy snacks. I have created an invitation and the recipe for our cocktail as well (modified from a McCormick’s recipe). I created some invites to introduce your guests to the fun.
The game is the most important piece of the day. It is fun and silly even without the alcohol. Feel free to add any “house rules” you come up with. The PopHangover site has many more options, but I wanted some that were easy for everyone to remember. We added a prop, using a witch’s hat – anytime someone started chanting Amuck, Amuck, Amuck, the last to join in had to wear the hat. This was a really fun element in our party!
Drinks can be anything you desire! Certainly we had witchy wine and bourbon, but our special cocktail was the Hocus Pocus Fizz. This was a very smooth (almost tropical) pineapple and coconut rum drink topped with sparkling wine and tinted to a virulent shade of orange! You can make this with pineapple juice, coconut extract and top with sparkling juice if you have children/nonalcoholic party goers. We also had wine, I used these labels.
We don’t typically have Halloween parties, so I have a board of Pins that has been sitting around for precisely this occasion. I went a little crazy and may have made too many, but it was so fun! Some of them are so easy that they would be a great recipe for little hands to help with.
- Witches Hats – I used Halloween Oreos instead of the upside Fudge Stripe Cookies. I found some orange glitter, Pumpkin Spice flavored gel frosting and couldn’t resist! You simply lay down a ring of the frosting on the cookie (or around the Hershey’s Kiss) and press into the center of the cookie. I used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Kisses for extra impact!
- Witches Brooms – Simple! Gently twist a thin pretzel stick into an upside down Reese’s miniature.
- Veggie Tray with pumpkin dip holder – Carve the top off your tiny pumpkin, ensuring you make a wide enough top so people can dip within. If not, you can provide a spoon to assist them. Scoop out flesh and seeds. You can save the seeds for a roasted treat if you desire. Rinse and pat the pumpkin dry, then fill with your dip of choice.
- Caramel Apples – Kraft now makes Caramel Bits – gone are the days of tediously unwrapping piece by piece to create meltable caramels. The bit-size makes for fast melting in the microwave. Melt a bag with 2 tbsp milk and stir. Dip in your apples, sprinkle with your choice of topping and let dry on waxed paper! They are so beautiful whole, but I think my next event shall be a DIY caramel apple bar with wedges for dipping (they are SO much easier to eat!)
- Cauldrons of chili – I also made my standard chili as well as a white chicken corn chili.
- And of course lots of orange snacks and candies: Cheetos, Doritos, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, etc. If I had more time, I would have created some creative tags describing them as some witchy potion ingredients.
I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions!