diy natural valentine's day garland- anna licari

diy natural valentine's day garland- anna licari

To celebrate the launch of our Valentine's vintage tees, we asked Anna (@dearauggie) to share a Valentine's Day DIY with us!

If you are like me, it can sometimes be hard to keep up with the hype or activities surrounding holidays. But, this cinnamon ornament heart garland is a simple, homemade Valentine's craft you can do with your kids that is made from things you probably already have in your pantry at home. Plus, it makes your house smell AMAZING!

TIP- it is cheaper if you buy your cinnamon in the bulk section of your grocery store. 

What you'll need:

  • 2 cups apple sauce 
  • 2 cups cinnamon 
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • twine or ribbon
  • scissors 
  • heart shaped cookie cutters
  • straw for punching holes in your dough
  • parchment paper 
  • cookie sheet
  1. Mix the apple sauce, cinnamon and flour together until you form a moldable dough. If dough is too sticky, add more flour.
  2. Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick between 2 pieces of parchment paper. The dough is somewhat sticky so this helps make a smooth surface for cutting out your heart shapes.
  3. Cut out your shapes and place on baking sheet.
  4. Punch holes for threading ribbon or twine, using a straw.
  5. Bake at 200 deg F for 2 hours.
  6. Allow shapes to cool overnight and dry completely.
  7. Thread hearts together with twine or ribbon!

Thats it! Have fun with different colored ribbon or doing different heart shapes!

Thank you Anna for sharing this Valentine's Day DIY! 

Instagram: @dearauggie | Blog: I Dream in Flowers

Featuring our crimson color block set, found in our shop HERE and pairs perfectly with our Valentine's Vintage Tees!

February 11, 2020 — Makel Gardner
Tags: crafts DIY
Last Minute Gifts in Mason Jar Ideas for Caregivers

Last Minute Gifts in Mason Jar Ideas for Caregivers

It takes a village! We've all heard the phrase before. Have there been any special people in you and your child's live this year to help with their care? As a single mother who works from home, my son spent two days of almost every week this past year at my dear friend's house where she graciously played, fed, and loved on him. I can never repay her for all of those hours spent caring for my child when I needed to get some work done! Whether it's your child's teacher, grandparent, parent, or simply a kind friend... making sure we can gift them something special for the holidays is a must! They work so hard to help make sure our babies grow up happy and healthy.

If you are like me, then you love to gift handmade and from the heart! Below I have listed a few fun ideas that you can easily make in less than a day, even the little ones can join in. 


 Beeswax + Soy Wax Candle


Did you know that beeswax can purify the air? It's the most amazing tool to help clean your home! The negative ions released when burning react with the positive ions floating in the air such as pollen, dust, dirt, and other pollutants. Their positive charge is what causes them to float, but the beeswax turns them neutral and either sucks them back into the candle or drops them to the ground! Soy, though all natural, does not have an amazing cleaning property like beeswax. It does, however, create an even burn to your candle which beeswax has trouble doing alone! Making your own beeswax and soy candles is incredibly easy!

Supplies (to make 4 candles):
  1. In a makeshift double boiler (old soup pot for candle making only!) or crockpot (also for candle making only!), melt the beeswax and soy wax together. This will take a few minutes. 
  2. While the wax is melting, position your wicks within their vessels. I always seem to use mason jars to make my candles as I tend to have them on hand! You could use any vessel you choose, though soy seems to work best in a glass container. I use wicks with metal bottoms. To position them, dip the bottom of the metal into some melted wax, and stick to the bottom of the vessel. Allow to harden and straighten the wick as much as possible.
  3. Once the wax is melted, using an old soup ladle, pour the candle over the wick and into the vessel. Straighten the wick if it has moved.
  4. Allow to cool until solidified, about an hour or two.
  5. Decorate with a cute ribbon or some twine!


Lemon + Rosemary Sugar Hand Scrub

I have gifted this to friends and family more years that I care to count! It makes such a great gift for anyone. Upon opening, they'll receive the most delightful scent of fresh lemon and woody rosemary. I just think rosemary makes the perfect winter-time herb! You'll be surprised how incredibly easy and fast this recipe is!

  • 1 1/2 cups fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp Vitamin E oil or almond oil
  • 2 tbsp natural lemon hand soap
  • 25 drops tea tree essential oil
  • zest of one lemon
  • zest of one orange
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients. Mix all ingredients until well incorporated. If you find the mixture too liquid-like, add more salt. I wanted mine a bit more creamy, but you may like it to be crumbly. Choose whichever suits you!
  2. You can also substitute the sea salt for epsom salt, but this can be a bit course and rough on your skin. Because this scrub is very fresh, it should only last a month or two. Please be aware that it can go bad due to the use of the liquids! I would also say that this scrub is fine enough to use on the rest of your body (avoiding private and sensitive areas, of course). I might try it on my arms and legs!
  3. Place in a pretty glass jar with a seal and tie with a piece of twine! All done!


Simmer Pot in a Jar


I love a good simmer pot! I think I would just cry if someone gifted me one all packaged up cute in a jar. This is the simplest gift you can give to someone, especially if they are trying to create less waste in their life and gain less things. You can quickly fill up a mason jar with the ingredients, tie it with some twine, and write a little tag that lets them know how to use it. Everything can be composted inside and the jar can be reused for other things! 

  • 4 star anise
  • 2-4 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup allspice berries
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh evergreen trimmings
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 3-4 slices of dried oranges and/or applies
  • Jar with an airtight seal
  1. Place all ingredients in the jar in the order listed above.
  2. Seal the jar, tie with twine, and add a slice of dried orange for decoration!
  3. Write them a tag that says the following: "Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and cover with water. Add a teaspoon of vanilla if desired. Heat to a simmer and allow to sit for as long as you prefer! Place in the fridge to use again up to 2 more times."

I hope you enjoyed these simple, handmade gift ideas! There is nothing I love more than watching the expression of others who receive a handmade gift. It's almost as if they've never experienced it before these days! I think you could really surprise someone this year by gifting handmade. Plus, it's so much less expensive!! Wishing you a happy holiday season (:

xoxo Kayla

You can find more DIY ideas and recipes on my blog at

December 20, 2017 — Kay Haupt
12 Days of Handmade - Bird Seed Ornaments

12 Days of Handmade - Bird Seed Ornaments

DAY 10

So now that we've done some seriously ornament making for the indoor trees, it's time to show you guys how to make some ornaments for the outdoor trees. These ornaments even happen to be nature friendly and bring a little holiday love to the creatures living in your backyard! Here's how to make these simple bird seed ornaments using pinecones and peanut butter!

What you will need -

peanut butter (or any nut butter or a nut free butter option if your little one has a peanut allergy)




paper plate (optional, but easier for clean-up!)


How to -

Using your forged pinecones, cover them in a good amount of peanut butter. This will make it easier for the birdseed to stick to it.

After you get done applying your peanut butter, spread your birdseed out on your paper plate and roll your pinecone in the seed.

Next, tie your yarn to the top of the the pinecone and it's ready to hang! 

You can hang these on your tree, fence, patio, etc!

xo - Emily

December 08, 2017 — Kay Haupt
Tags: christmas diy
12 Days of Handmade - Kid's Art Ornament

12 Days of Handmade - Kid's Art Ornament


The artwork my little guy brings home from school is probably one of my most favorite things. The problem is that I usually tuck it away in a drawer and it never gets the full admiration it deserves. This year I decided to change that by making some christmas ornaments out of his favorite pieces of art work. It's simple to do and is a great way to cherish those precious little pieces for years to come. Here's how to transform your little one's artwork into simple, handmade ornaments - 

What you will need - 

art work or any drawling, doodle, name, etc of your kiddos 

construction paper



twine/string (for hanging) 


How to - 

- after your selected your kids favorite artwork, cut out the main pieces of it or the part that you want to make into ornaments. For example, my little guy crafted a photo of him and myself so I cut out that portion of his drawing to make into an ornament. 

- after your done cutting, glue the pieces to your construction paper and let dry. 

- after drying, cut shapes out of those pieces (I did a star, heart and the shape of his artwork). 

- after cutting, glue (or tape) a piece of twine to the back of your piece for hanging. 

- hang on the tree! 

These precious little ornaments make for great little keepsakes and gifts to family and friends. I look forward to the years when I pull these out and place them on our tree. So much love in these sweet little pieces! 


xo - Emily 

December 07, 2017 — Kay Haupt
Tags: christmas diy
12 Days of Handmade - DIY Wooden Bead Ornament

12 Days of Handmade - DIY Wooden Bead Ornament


Welcome to day 8 of our 12 Days of Handmade! I hope some of you have tried out our fun little ornaments and enjoyed doing them! Today I'm showing you how to make a very simple, but yet pretty, beaded ornament for the tree using unfinished wooden beads and some string! Not only is this ornament fun and easy, but it's perfect for fine motor skill learning as well! Here's how to make this fun little ornament - 

What you will need: 

wooden beads (finished or unfinished - you can find these in most craft sections)

twine (optional)

yarn (color of your choice)



How to - 

 - cut 1 to 2 piece of your yarn (8-12in) and tie a knot at the top.

- start stringing your beads onto the yarn. you can string as many or as few as you would like! you may have to twist the ends of your yarn together to get them through the holes of the beads. 

- after you are finished stringing your beads, tie a knot at the end to ensure that your beads stay in place. tie the remaining yarn into a loop (or you can use twine) and hang on the tree! 

if you want to add some color to your tree, these ornaments are easy to paint or even color! we even made some the length of our names and wrote our names on the beads! super easy! 

only 4 days left of our 12 days of holiday handmade ornaments! I can't wait to show you what we've got planned for tomorrow! 

xo - Emily

December 06, 2017 — Kay Haupt
Tags: christmas diy
12 Days of Handmade - 3 Ingredient Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

12 Days of Handmade - 3 Ingredient Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

DAY 7 

Today I am so excited to share with you an ornament favorite that I've made since I was a kid! These cinnamon dough ornaments are so simple to make and will leave your house smelling like the holidays for weeks to come! Not to mention, they only require 3 ingredients so they are a low maintenance craft that your kiddos will love! Here's how to make these super simple cinnamon dough ornaments - 

What you will need - 

cinnamon 4oz (I like to buy two just incase my dough is sticky and I need more)

elmers glue 2 T. 

applesauce 1c. 


string or twine 

cookie cutters


How to - 

- combine cinnamon, glue, and applesauce into a bowl and mix well into a nice dough ball forms. If you dough seems sticky feel free to add a little more cinnamon to it. Note - the cinnamon can be a little strong so mix with caution. 

- Next, let your little ones roll the dough out on either a table or parchment paper (easy clean up!) until it's about 1/2 in. You can roll it out with a roller or just use your hands, either works perfectly fine. 

- After you get done rolling, use the cookie cutters to create shapes and repeat until you run out of dough. 

- Set them on a cookie sheet to bake and take your straw and make holes in the tops for hanging. 

- Bake at 200 degrees fahrenheit for 2 to 3 hours. This is when you house will begin to smell like heaven! ;) 

 - After they are done baking, let them completely cool. Add your string to them and they are ready to hang on the tree! 

These are ornaments that make for great holiday traditions! 

xo - Emily 

December 05, 2017 — Kay Haupt
Tags: christmas diy
12 Days of Handmade - Cheerio Wreath Ornament

12 Days of Handmade - Cheerio Wreath Ornament

DAY 6 

Welcome to day 6 of our 12 day of handmade holiday ornaments! Today I'm showing you how to make a fun little wreath ornament that involves a child snack favorite, cheerios! These little ornaments are great to hang on the tree and snack on. Here's how to make them - 

What you will need - 






How to -

- Spread some cheerios out on the table, gather your kids around and cut a few pieces of yarn about 12in long. 

- String cheerios onto string until you've got the desired wreath size. 

- Tie the ends together in a bow, string a piece of twine onto it for hanging, and hang on your tree. Pretty easy right! 

We've got some dough ornaments coming at ya this week so stay tuned! 

xo - Emily

December 04, 2017 — Kay Haupt
Tags: christmas DIY
12 Days of Handmade - DIY Popsicle Stick Snowflake Ornament

12 Days of Handmade - DIY Popsicle Stick Snowflake Ornament

Day 5

Can you believe that we are almost half way through our 12 Days of Handmade?! The holidays will be here before you know it! Today, for day 5, I'm showing you how to make a super simple popsicle snowflake ornament that is perfect for little ones... so pick up some popsicle sticks while your out today and make this fun little craft over the weekend! 

What you will need:

popsicle sticks


string/ribbon (of your choice)


How to:

 Have your little one take 4 popsicle sticks and glue them together to make a snowflake (as shown). 

Next cut a piece of your string or ribbon, fold in half and glue to the back of your snowflake. Let it dry overnight and hang on the tree! Pretty easy right?! Feel free to decorate these, give them a little glitter or even color them with markers. These are simple and fun for all ages. 

Stay tuned for day 6 and be sure to check out our other days that have already been posted! 

xo - Emily

December 01, 2017 — Kay Haupt
Tags: christmas diy
12 Days of Handmade - Photo Wreath Keepsake Ornament

12 Days of Handmade - Photo Wreath Keepsake Ornament


Welcome to Day 4 of our 12 Days of Handmade holiday ornaments! Today we've got a super simple kid craft ornament that's a must make this holiday season. It's easy and makes for a perfect little keepsake! Or even a fun little gift to give the grandparents! Here's how to make these super simple holiday wreath photo ornaments! 

What you will need: 

photos (4x6, 4x4, 5x4 any size will do!)

green construction paper

red yarn

glue stick or tape


twine (or string for hanging)


How To: 

Depending on the size of your photo, cut a circle out of your green construction paper. Make it large enough that the photo will fit into the center of it. Feel free to cut your photo into a circle as well so it fits nicely on your piece of paper. (as shown)

Next you will want to loosely fold your green circle in half and cut another circle out of it. This will give it the shape and look of a "wreath". 

After cutting your circle out, you are ready to glue you photo onto the wreath or you can tape it if you prefer tape over glue. 

Next take your red yarn, cut a piece about 6-8 inches long and tie it into a bow. Make sure it's nice and tight and glue it to the top or bottom portion of your photo wreath. 

Lastly you'll want to take a small piece of twine and tape it to the back of your wreath in a loop. This will make hanging the wreath on the tree easy peasy!

Hang these fun little photo wreaths on the tree or pass them out to relatives as a gift! The options are endless! 

Stay tuned for Day 5! We've got lots of other great things coming your way! 

xo - Emily

November 30, 2017 — Kay Haupt
Tags: christmas diy
12 Days of Handmade - DIY Cinnamon Fruit Ornament

12 Days of Handmade - DIY Cinnamon Fruit Ornament


Since we showed you how to make a super simple cranberry ornament yesterday, today we are staying on trend with another fun fruit inspired ornament - that involves cinnamon too. This little ornament is perfect for the tree and great to add to your gift wrapping this year... Not to mention, it smell heavenly! Here's how to make this super simple cinnamon fruit ornament....

What you will need:

orange slices (thinly sliced)

apple slices (thinly sliced)

cranberries (optional)

cinnamon sticks 



parchment paper



How to: 

In order to make these little ornaments you will need to first dry your orange and apple slices in the oven. Spread them out on a baking sheet with some parchment paper covering it, and bake your slices for about two and a half hours (give or take) at 200 degrees fahrenheit. As they bake, you will want to occasionally flip the slices. After they are finished baking, remove from oven and let them dry on the counter overnight. 

**note** - apple slices may cook faster than the orange slices so you may have to remove them before the orange slices are done baking. 

Once your slices have completely dried, you are ready to string them using your twine. Cut about a 12in piece of twine and let your little ones string the dried fruit onto it. 

After you've strung your fruit onto the twine, you are ready to add your cinnamon stick. Carefully place your cinnamon stick at the top (horizontally) and tie a knot and bow (as shown below). 

Lastly you will want to make another tie with your leftover lose strands. This will make hanging the ornament on the tree a breeze! 

Stay tuned for day 4! We've got another super fun ornament coming your way! 

xo - Emily

November 29, 2017 — Kay Haupt
Tags: christmas DIY
12 Days of Handmade - DIY Fresh Cranberry Heart Ornament

12 Days of Handmade - DIY Fresh Cranberry Heart Ornament

To kick off Day 2 of our 12 Days of Handmade Ornaments, I'll be showing you guys how to make a super simple heart shaped ornament using one of my favorite holiday fruits, fresh cranberries! You can usually find a fresh bag of cranberries in most grocery stores and since they're a hardy berry, they make for great garland and ornament making!

Here's what you will need for these super simple ornaments...

- fresh cranberries

- heavy duty wire (you can find this in most craft sections, usually located by the jewelry making items) / *you'll want to choose a wire that will keep its shape after bending.

- string

- pliers (or heavy duty scissors) 


How to: 

First you will want to pick through your berries and discard any that are squishy. Then you will want to cut a piece of wire, about 12in in length.

Next, you will want to string your cranberries on the strand of wire until it is full. 

After your wire is full, take both ends and twist them together. You now will have a circle. Take your circle and bend it into a heart shape. 

Lastly you will want to tie some string at the top to hang your ornament with and you are finished! These ornaments are so fun to make and great for most ages! 

I'll be back tomorrow for another fun day of ornament making! 

xo - Emily 

November 28, 2017 — Kay Haupt
Tags: christmas DIY
12 Days of Handmade - Easy DIY Knit Sock Cap Ornament

12 Days of Handmade - Easy DIY Knit Sock Cap Ornament

This year we are kicking off the holiday season with 12 days of handmade, do-it-yourself (and with the kids) ornaments that are sure to bring some love to your tree and keep those kiddos busy during the holiday break! I will be showing you guys how to make some super simple and easy ornaments that are great to make and share! We've carefully crafted these ornaments with busy parents and kids in mind so most of these ornaments can be made in an afternoon, will require supplies that you more than likely have around the house, and of course, are super fun! We hope you all enjoy our 12 days of handmade holiday ornament making! 

DAY 1 - Today, I will be showing you how to make these super simple knit sock caps using your leftover toilet roll holders - yes, you heard that right! Don't throw in the trash just yet! They make for some pretty cute ornament supplies! 

What you will need: 

Toilet Roll or Paper Towel Holder

Yarn (choose a color or two that you prefer)


How to:

1. First you will want to cut your toilet roll into pieces that are about 1/2 wide. You will still want to keep the roll in a circle shape, so don't cut through it. (as shown)

2. Next you will want to cut pieces of your yarn to prep for wrapping around the holders. I like to keep my pieces long, so I have plenty of string to work with, so I cut them at about 12in each. 


3. After you've cut all of your yarn, you are going to loop tie them through, as pictured above. It's super simple to do and you'll want to repeat that step until you've fully covered your paper towel holder (pictured below). 

4. After you've filled you holders with the yarn of your choice, you will want to take another piece of yarn (about 8in long) and tie it towards the top of your cut string making sure that all pieces are being tied. (see photo below)

5. Now you can see that it resembles a sock cap! Pull all the strings through, making sure they are tight. Trim the tops down about a 3/4 of an inch from where you tied the string and you've got yourself a super cute little sock cap ornament to hang on your tree! Feel free to hang these with ornament hangers. 

Stay tuned for more handmade ornaments coming your way this week! The fun is just getting started! 

xo - Emily 

November 27, 2017 — Kay Haupt
Tags: christmas DIY