artsy-fartsy mama: February 2015

Easy Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Who loves pancakes?! My daughter would eat pancakes and/or waffles for every meal if she had her way. Her favorite kind of pancakes are chocolate chip pancakes, topped with some peanut butter. Since they are requested so much at our house, I decided to share our easy and quick basic pancake recipe so that you can make some, too! Eat them plain, or add in whatever mix-ins you like (chocolate chips, blueberries, etc) to fit your tastes.

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Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
1 cup milk
2 Tablespoons oil
1/2 cup (or small handful) semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips

Directions:
1. In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar baking powder, and salt.
2. In a small bowl, combine beaten egg, milk, and oil.
3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the egg/milk mixture.
4. Stir until just combined. The batter will be lumpy.
5. Add in chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
6. Pour about 1/4 cup for each pancake and cook until golden brown. Top with peanut butter and maple syrup (sounds weird, but it's totally delicious!!).

Makes about 7-8 pancakes.


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Shamrock Spritz Cookies

St. Patrick's Day treats are so much fun to make! With a little green food coloring, you can make some adorable cookies, candies, and even make your dinner festive for the holiday! These Shamrock Spritz Cookies are super simple to make, and taste amazing. The kids will love getting to help, and the cookies would make a cute St. Patrick's Day treat to share with family & friends!

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Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
green gel food coloring
sprinkles (optional)
vanilla frosting

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light & fluffy.
  4. Add egg, milk, vanilla, almond extract, and food coloring.
  5. Add flour mixture and mix well.
  6. Fill cookie press with dough, and use three-hole disk.
  7. Press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet. Top with sprinkles (optional).
  8. Bake 10-11 minutes or until edges are are a light golden brown.
  9. Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then move to a cooling rack.
  10. Once cooled, fill a Ziploc bag with vanilla frosting. Clip the corner, and pipe frosting to the underside of a cookie. Top with another cookie. Repeat until you've put all the cookies together.
Makes about 7 dozen cookies.

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Crazy Hair Day with Lalaloopsy Girls

This post is sponsored by Lalaloopsy Girls. All opinions are my own.

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My daughter loves everything Lalaloopsy lately (especially Lalaloopsy Girls), and playing dress-up. Combine the two, and we've got a crazy hair day with Lalaloopsy!

Lalaloopsy Girls is doing an Instagram giveaway on March 6th, and we're so excited to join in! You can enter the giveaway by sharing a photo of you/your child and a Lalaloopsy Girls Crazy Hair doll with both you and your dolls’ hair styled to your liking. Each photo must be tagged with #CrazyHairDay hashtag on Instagram, and you can win a $100 Target gift card!!

**Check out the full giveaway details at the end of the post.

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We've been playing with the new Lalaloopsy Girls Crazy Hair dolls, and absolutely love them!! There are four dolls in the collection: Cinder Slippers, Confetti Carnivale, Jewel Sparkles, and Scoops Waffle Cone. They have have yarn hair, and some pieces are wax-coated, so they are easily moldable to create crazy cute hairstyles!

My daughter loves curling their hair and giving them matching hairstyles. They are the same size as the original Lalaloopsy Girl dolls, so they can all switch shoes, clothes, and hair accessories. You can purchase the Lalaloopsy Girls Crazy Hair dolls at Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, and Amazon.

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Each doll comes with an outfit & shoes, 2 hair clips, a curling wand, and a bottle of glitter hair gel to add some sparkle. They also come with 15 extra wax hair strands (5 strands in 3 colors) to add more color and styling options for your doll.

The wax strands are a little tacky, so they are easy to put in the hair. You can twist them at the root of existing hair pieces to make the hair fuller and more colorful, or twist them on lower to create longer hair. You can also create accessories with the wax strands (like a purse, flowers, or hair bows) to add a little more creative fun!

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Curling the hair is easy! Simply take a wax strand, and wrap the end on the curling wand. Then wrap the hair around the wand (closer together for tighter curls, more spread out for looser curls). Then, gently pull the curling wand out, and you've got the perfect curl!!


Now, I'll show you how we created my daughter's crazy hair style (it's easy, I promise!!) that will be a fun entry idea for the Lalaloopsy Girls Crazy Hair giveaway or for a crazy hair day at school!!

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1. Spray the hair with water, and separate the hair down the middle. Pull the hair into pigtails with an elastic. The last time pulling the hair through the elastic, only pull the hair through halfway so you have a loop.

2. Dampen the ends of the hair, and hold the hair about an inch from the ends. Twist a little if needed. Pull the end up toward the backside of the hair loop to create a second loop. Pull the ends down through the elastic and tuck the ends into the inside of the second/bottom loop. Repeat for the other pigtail.

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3. Spread out the loops a little, and now you've got two cute little messy buns. They don't have to be perfect - that's why we call them messy buns!

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4. Now to make the hair a little more crazy! Get out some pipe cleaners (we got ours from Craft Project Ideas). I wrapped a pink piece around the elastic, then curled the ends with the Lalaloopsy Girls Crazy Hair curling wand. Then, I just pushed a blue, yellow, and purple pipe cleaner through the bun (in a star/asterisk style) and curled all the ends with the wand. Now there are cute, colorful curls all around the messy bun!

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We did a similar style with Scoops Waffle Cone by separating the hair down the middle and twisting the hair into two buns. The waxy pieces helped hold all the hair in place, so we didn't need to use an elastic or anything! I left a few waxy pieces out of the bun, then curled them with the curling wand.

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Now my daughter and Scoops Waffle Cone have matching crazy hair!! We're working on more ideas for the Lalaloopsy Girls Crazy Hair #CrazyHairDay giveaway. Can't wait to see what other creations we'll see on Instagram!!

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Lucky St. Patrick's Day Printable

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Now that Valentine's Day is done, we are starting to decorate for St. Patrick's Day! I wanted to add a little more green, gold and a bit of sparkle to my decor, so I created a "Lucky" St. Patrick's Day printable that I'm excited to share with all of you!

There are 3 different colors that you can download: green, gold glitter, and white - all with the word "lucky". This printable doesn't just have to be for St. Patrick's Day either! You could easily display this printable year-round.

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Easy Beef Enchilada Casserole

Mexican food is a favorite at our house, and we are eating something with taco seasoning at least once a week. This easy beef enchilada casserole is an easier and quicker version of my Enchilada Lasagna recipe with a few adjustments that has turned into one of my husband's new favorite dishes.

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Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
1 (14 oz) can enchilada sauce
1 can refried beans
2 cups cooked white rice
1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
  1. Cook ground beef, drain and add packet of taco seasoning. Stir until all the beef is covered.
  2. Stir in enchilada sauce and refried beans. Keep stirring over medium-low heat until combined.
  3. Pour meat/bean mixture into a 9x13 pan* and add cooked rice. Carefully stir until combined and make sure all the rice is covered with sauce.
  4. Add in 1/2-1 cup of cheese and mix in. Then spread the mixture evenly in the pan and top with remaining cheese.
  5. Cover the casserole with foil and bake at 350º for 15-30 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  6. Top with favorite taco/enchilada toppings and enjoy!

*If you have a large enough pan, you could easily make this into a one-pot dish and take out the baking step. Just mix all the ingredients together in the pan, and top with cheese. Place the lid on the pan and heat on low (or turn off) until cheese on top is melted.


24 Red Velvet Dessert Recipes

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Red Velvet is a popular flavor this time of year, and with it's gorgeous red color, it's a favorite on Valentine's Day and anniversaries!! Today I'm sharing 24 decadent Red Velvet dessert recipes for you to make this Valentine's Day or just to enjoy for dessert tonight! I'm excited to try some of these this weekend!!

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1. Cupid Cookies from Created by Diane
2. Cookies and Cream Red Velvet Brownies from This Silly Girl's Life
3. Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes from Baked by Rachel
4. Red Velvet Cupcakes from Annie's Eats
5. M&M's® Red Velvet Skillet Cookie from Frugal Foodie Mama
6. Red Velvet Puppy Chow from Your Cup of Cake
7. Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze from Not Your Momma's Cookie
8. Red Velvet Hot Cocoa from Heather's French Press
9. Red Velvet Popcorn from Inspired by Charm
10. Red Velvet Crepes from Duhlicious
11. Red Velvet Cheesecake-Stuffed Cake Balls from Willow Bird Baking
12. Red Velvet Cake Mix Bars from Yellow Bliss Road
13. Red Velvet Sugar Cookies from Eat it and Say Yum
14. Red Velvet Bundt Cake from A Simple Pantry
15. Red Velvet Oreo Trifle from Beth Cakes
16. Red Velvet Cheese Ball from Taste and Tell
17. Homemade Red Velvet Pudding from Taste of Lizzy T's
18. Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies from The Novice Chef
19. Skinny Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls from The Skinny Fork
20. Easy Red Velvet Oreo Sandwiches from Sewlicious Home Decor
21. Red Velvet Milkshake from Chocolate, Chocolate and More
22. Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake from I Am Baker
23. Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction
24. Baked Red Velvet Donuts from Spoonful of Flavor


15 Simple & Sweet Valentine Treats

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Valentine's Day is almost here, and my daughter is so excited to help me make treats for the big day to share with friends, family, and neighbors. Today I'm sharing 15 of my favorite simple & sweet recipes that you can make this week to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved ones. 

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1. Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies from Two Twenty One
2. Valentine’s Day Ombre Sweet Treat from Tastefully Frugal
3. Hershey's Kiss Cookies from Life is Sweets
4. Valentine’s White Chocolate Popcorn from Gimme Some Oven
5. Valentine’s Day Muddy Buddies from The Rebel Chick
6. Valentine Blondie Bars from A Helicopter Mom
7. Heart Shaped Rice Krispies Treats Pops from Food Family & Finds
8. Red Hot Dark Chocolate Fudge from Kleinworth & Co.
9. Mini Heart Pies from The Gracious Wife
10. Mini Valentine Sandwich Cookies from Artsy-Fartsy Mama
11. Easy Valentine’s Day Patties from Mom On Timeout
12. Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Hearts from This Mama Loves
13. Oreo Valentine’s Day Fudge from Sewlicious Home Decor
15. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pops from A Night Owl


Easy Pom Pom Valentine Wreath

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Valentine wreaths are so much fun to make, and look adorable! This Valentine Pom Pom Wreath is SO simple to make, and you can get all the supplies for less than $10 (even more savings if you already have a wreath form)!!

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First, you need a heart wreath form (a circle one would look cute, too!), pom poms, and a glue gun. I found packages of pink, red, and white pom poms at the dollar store. I ended up using about 3 packages to cover the entire wreath.

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Pick a starting point. I started at the middle top, but you can start on the front or bottom. Whatever works for you! Then, I glued the poms on in a pink, white, red pattern and repeated it all the way around the wreath. You can create a color pattern, or place the poms randomly. Whatever you choose to do will really be cute!!

Once the outer edge is done, start right below, and repeat the pattern. Keep filling the wreath with poms until it's covered. I made about 5 lines of pom poms, and didn't put any on the back.

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Add a loop to the back, and the wreath part is done!! I love, love, love how this turned out!!

You can leave your wreath as is, but I just felt that mine needed a little something extra.

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I found a cute wooden banner piece that fit beautifully on the front of my wreath, and cut out the word "love" on my Cricut Explore.

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Then, I sprayed the banner piece with gold metallic spray paint and let dry. Once it was dry, I applied the vinyl* to the center of the banner.

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If you know anything about me, you know that I can't resist adding a bit of sparkle to almost everything I create!! Same goes for this "love" banner!! Mix a bit of Mod Podge and fine gold glitter in a disposable cup. With a small paint brush, cover the entire banner, but do your best to not cover the vinyl. If you do get some on there, you can use a damp q-tip or your fingernail to remove the glitter from the vinyl.

Let the Mod Podge dry completely, and decide if you need more sparkle. If so, just add another coat and repeat until you get the desired sparkly-ness! I painted about three coats.

*Instead of applying the vinyl first then adding glitter, you CAN put the glitter on first and apply the vinyl over top when it's dry. I've had success both ways. However, sometimes the vinyl will look bumpy when placed over the glitter.

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Once the banner is dry, lay it on your wreath and decide where you want it to be placed. Once you've decided, add a drop of glue to each side of the wreath and press the banner on top. Hold for a minute or so until the glue is set. The banner should be light enough that it will hold wonderfully.

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Now your wreath is finished! If hanging your wreath on your door, I personally love the magnetic wreath hangers. Otherwise, Command Strip hangers have been great for indoor use on walls and wooden doors.


Teach Your Child Addition at Snack Time!


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My daughter has been learning addition and subtraction lately, and seems to do better when she's learning in a more creative way. So, I created a fun "Math Bites" printable to help her practice addition at snack time! This would also be fun for kids who are out of school for the day (or summer) and need a fun learning activity to keep their brains working!

Speaking of snack time, I'm always looking for different snacks that my daughter will love, and that I won't regret letting her have. Honey Maid Go Bites (crispy graham pockets filled with vanilla or chocolate filling) have been just that. They are quite delicious and are made with 7g of whole grains and 5g of protein per serving, so I know she's getting some nutrition instead of just a sugar high. I even grab a handful when I'm needing a snack during the afternoon!!

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Here's how the Math Bites printable works:
  1. Print out the Math Bites printable on cardstock and laminate.
  2. Give your child a small bowl and fill it up with some Honey Maid Go Bites or other small snacks.
  3. Have them put some pieces in each of the large boxes. Now they have more of a visual aid to help them learn to add.
  4. Count all the pieces, then write the answer in the last box with a dry erase marker.
  5. On the bottom of the page, there's a number line. If your child is just learning addition or wants to practice counting, add one piece at a time to each square. The number above each square will help them remember how many pieces there are. It's also a great way to begin teaching basic addition.*
*For example, for the problem 3+1, have your child fill up three squares on the number line. Then, show them how many snacks they will have if you add one more: there are four squares filled up! Then, show them how adding three snacks plus one snack in the larger boxes is the same thing. It just looks a little different.

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I was going to create a subtraction page, too, but I figured it would be easy for your children to learn by just eating the snacks! Fill up the number line, then eat one or two pieces. Now how many are left??

I hope your kids have a lot of fun with this printable. My daughter has been loving it and it has really boosted her confidence being able to figure out the math problems all on her own. It doesn't hurt that she gets to eat all the Honey Maid Go Bites when she's done either!


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Did you know less than 1% of children get the recommended amount of whole grains in their diets? That's why it's important for me as a mom to do better at finding snacks that are healthier for my daughter and provide the nutrients she needs. Honey Maid Go Bites are made with whole grains and real honey, which means they aren't filled with high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or colors. They also provide 15% of both the recommended daily value of whole grains (48g) and protein (34g), so I can feel better about letting her eat up at snack time!! You can purchase Honey Maid Go Bites in vanilla or chocolate flavors at most retailers nationwide for about $4.19 per box.

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Unicorn Valentine Card Box

This is a sponsored post with Plaid and Blueprint Social. All ideas and opinions are my own.

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My daughter loves everything unicorn. Every. Thing. I designed her some unicorn valentines to give to her friends, and when I told her we were celebrating Valentine's Day with Plaid Crafts by making a fun Valentine card box, you can guess what her answer was. With a little help from Apple Barrel Paints, Mod Podge, and a few other supplies, I think we came up with a pretty cute Unicorn Valentine Card Box that she will love showing off at her Valentine's Day party!!

To make your own Unicorn Valentine Card Box, you'll need:
  • Cardboard Box (we used a corn dog box)
  • White Tissue Paper (5-10 sheets)
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Extreme Glitter Mod Podge (or Mod Podge & iridescent glitter)
  • Mod Podge Collage Clay
  • Apple Barrel Paints
  • Clear Tape
  • Iridescent Gift Wrap Ribbon
  • White Cardstock
  • Glitter Paper (we used pink & silver)


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Start by cutting a hole in the top right side of the box with a utility knife for the Valentine cards to be dropped in. Mine measured about 3x2 inches. Also, cut a door in the back for larger Valentines and to be able to remove all the cards later.

You can paint the box, but I was having a hard time getting all the packaging covered even after three coats of paint... so I decided to just wrap it instead! So much easier, and way less time!! Start with 5 sheets of tissue paper and check if you can still see the packaging through the paper. If you can, add more sheets. I used 10 just to be sure nothing would show through.

Wrap the box like you would a regular present, but keep the seams on the back and the sides so they won't show on the front. Use clear tape, and try to keep all the edges as smooth as you can.

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Once the box is wrapped, you need to be able to access the holes you cut. You'll be able to feel the edges of the holes with your fingers, so just kind of press around it to lightly mark where the edges are. Then, take an Xacto knife and cut an "X" from corner to corner in the top hole. Then, you can bend the 4 triangles into the box and stick them down with a piece of tape.

For the door in the back, cut around the door edges, then just tape the 3 edges down. If you cut a hole instead of a door, do the same as the top hole. This way, all the edges are covered, and you won't have tissue paper ripping off.

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Using Extreme Glitter Mod Podge (or some Matte Mod Podge mixed with some glitter), paint a light coat on all sides of the box. It will crinkle a little, but I like how it looks. Once the first coat is dry, you can add a second light coat of you want a little more sparkle. I did one coat on the sides and back, and two on the front.

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Next, I cut out two hearts out of some silver glitter paper for the nostrils. You can easily cut them with a Cricut machine, a paper punch, or by hand. To stick them on, I painted a light coat of Mod Podge on the back and stuck them on.

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For the ears I cut an ear shape out of white cardstock, and an inner ear piece from pink glitter paper. Then, I flipped them over, and cut out a second set. Paint a light coat of Extreme Glitter Mod Podge (or some Matte Mod Podge mixed with some glitter) on the white cardstock, then just put the pink glitter paper piece on while it's still wet. Let dry completely. If it warps at all, just carefully bend it back to lay flat.

Once the ears are dry, glue them on the top front corners of the box with a little Mod Podge. Let dry completely before doing anything else to ensure they stay in place.

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While the ears are drying, roll a piece of white cardstock into a cone, trim the excess and stick together with tape. Then, paint stripes onto your unicorn horn with Apple Barrel paints. We used Pink Parfait, Key West, and Purple Pansy. I only had to paint 1-2 coats, and the stripes looked great!

Once the paint was dry, I painted a couple light coats of Extreme Glitter Mod Podge (or some Matte Mod Podge mixed with some glitter) on the horn, letting each coat dry completely before adding another one. It turned out sparkly and magical, just as a unicorn horn should be!!

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While the unicorn horn is drying, start cutting pieces of ribbon. I cut 20-30 pieces at all different lengths. Curl all the pieces using scissors or a ribbon curler. Then, attach two or three pieces together with a small piece of tape at one of the ends. You'll now have 10-15 pieces of hair!

Trace the unicorn horn on the top where you want it to go. Then, attach all 10-15 pieces of hair around the circle using pieces of tape.

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Next, you'll need to use some Mod Podge Collage Clay. This was my first time using this product, and it is so much fun!! It's like frosting, but in craft form. It totally keeps its shape if you are using it for decorating, and comes with three different tips for a different look. It also made it super simple for me to securely attach the horn to our unicorn's head!!

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Use the regular round tip for the Mod Podge Collage Clay. Pull the ribbon ends out of the way with your fingers (or ask a friend for help), and trace the circle you drew with a thick layer of Collage Clay. Then, place the horn into the collage clay, and hold in place for a few seconds. Make sure it's level, then leave it to dry for a few hours.

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Now all you need are some eyes!! I drew some up on the computer and printed them out, but you could easily create some eyes from paper scraps/circle punches, add some big googly eyes, or draw them on with marker.

Unicorn Valentine Card Box at artsyfartsymama.com #plaidcrafts #modpodge #applebarrel

Once everything is dry, your Unicorn Valentine Card Box is ready to take to your Valentine party!! My daughter absolutely loves her new unicorn, and can't wait to fill it up with Valentine cards from her friends!!

I don't know about you, but I love when I can save on craft supplies. Right now you can save $10 off orders over $35 on Plaid brands like Apple Barrel, Mod Podge, FolkArt®, Martha Stewart Crafts® and more. Just use the promo code LOVE2015 when you check out. The code is valid through 3/31/15. See site for details.

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