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Valentine’s Day Round Up & a FREE giveaway!

It’s no secret… we heart our readers! If you guys only knew how many text messages, emails, or chats are centered around how AMAZING you guys are… you’d probably be surprised. We get a random email from a new reader, a comment that brightens our day, or we see our projects being re-pinned or even re-created, you can bet later that day one of us will get a text from the other that says something like…. “you see that reader email? How amazing is she!?” or “OMG, you see that new comment? That made my day!” or even “OMGGG, I love our readers!! =) How lucky are we?!”.

Bottom line: You guys are the B.E.S.T so THANK YOU! Thank you, thank you, thank you, one million times over… thank you! Thanks for supporting us in this crazy adventure and making us feel a little less coo-coo for spending our free time DIY-ing & bloggin’ about it.

To spread the LOVE to all of you this Valentine’s Day, we are giving away a $50 HomeGoods gift card. But before we get to the good stuff, we want to inspire you with ONE LAST look at our Valentine’s DIY… it’s not too late!

framed lyrics
free printable love lyrics
Mint Chocolate Cupid Cake
http://www.thediyplaybook.com/2013/02/wood-block-art-youll-love.html
http://www.thediyplaybook.com/2013/02/i-heart-burlap-bubble-wreath.html
Now…before you run off to tackle one of our Valentine’s Day projects…enter to win that $50 HomeGoods gift card. First, sign up via Rafflecopter and follow the instructions. It will direct you to comment on our blog and we want to know…what are you LOVING this Valentine’s Day? It could be a favorite food, home decor trend, your dog, your mom, your +1, anything! Let’s spread the love here people!

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Thanks again for tuning in each and everyday! Tune in to our Facebook Tuesday to see if you’re the big winner, and if you are… promise us that you’ll buy something you LOVE! Happy Valentine’s Day.
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  1. Kylee

    I am seriously loving all the fun diy crafts! I have probably gone overboard and my fiance thinks I am crazy but they make the house look so cute!!

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  2. Casey

    I am loving working from home! Thankful for technology in storms like this so I don’t feel like I need to drive to the office in dangerous conditions

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  3. Leslie

    I’m loving that Valentine’s Day is on Friday and that means a fun, relaxing weekend is right around the corner. Plus it’s a good excuse to eat chocolate and watch movies all night =)

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  4. Jordan Troublefield

    Loving all the cool DIY craft idea and baked goods that my friends are instagraming! So fun to see what everyone pulls together

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  5. twenteries

    Loving on my pup extra hard, a few of my friends have lost their pups recently, and really makes you appreciate your furry family member!

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  6. Caitie

    I’m loving that my sweet husband knows the way to my heart- he brought home the materials I needed to finish up our DIY wine crate coffee table 🙂

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  7. Rhonda

    I am loving the red bubble wreath idea. I have never thought of making one out of colored burlap. Now I want one for every holiday!

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  8. erin

    I’m loving how I was snowed in for 2.5 days with my boyfriend this week and got to enjoy just being together and resting which rarely happens!

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60 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Round Up & a FREE giveaway!

  1. Kylee

    I am seriously loving all the fun diy crafts! I have probably gone overboard and my fiance thinks I am crazy but they make the house look so cute!!

    Reply
  2. Casey

    I am loving working from home! Thankful for technology in storms like this so I don’t feel like I need to drive to the office in dangerous conditions

    Reply
  3. Leslie

    I’m loving that Valentine’s Day is on Friday and that means a fun, relaxing weekend is right around the corner. Plus it’s a good excuse to eat chocolate and watch movies all night =)

    Reply
  4. Jordan Troublefield

    Loving all the cool DIY craft idea and baked goods that my friends are instagraming! So fun to see what everyone pulls together

    Reply
  5. twenteries

    Loving on my pup extra hard, a few of my friends have lost their pups recently, and really makes you appreciate your furry family member!

    Reply
  6. Caitie

    I’m loving that my sweet husband knows the way to my heart- he brought home the materials I needed to finish up our DIY wine crate coffee table 🙂

    Reply
  7. Rhonda

    I am loving the red bubble wreath idea. I have never thought of making one out of colored burlap. Now I want one for every holiday!

    Reply
  8. erin

    I’m loving how I was snowed in for 2.5 days with my boyfriend this week and got to enjoy just being together and resting which rarely happens!

    Reply

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Valentine’s Day Coasters

Valentine's Coasters
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the DIY Playbook is turning up the heat on red, pink and  gold inspired crafts that can add a v-day hint to your home OR be perfect gifts for your friends, co-workers, neighbors, or favorite family members.
First up, these fun tribal coasters. Because our scrabble coasters were such a big hit, we thought why not inspire our readers to replace those coasters with a little February spirit?
DIY Valentine's Day Craft
These lovely coasters are the perfect addition to your coffee table, nightstand, desk at home or work, or festive bar cart. We tried our hand at a cupid-meets-tribal inspired pattern, but you really can make your set of coasters to fit your valentine’s day needs. (names, hearts, polka dots, love is quotes, initials…)
supplies
Supplies Needed:
-Tile Squares (we scored ours at Habitat for Humanity Restore for 10 cents each)
-Paint Markers or oil-based Sharpie
-Felt stickers (4 per tile)
-Ribbon (optional for wrapping)
-Ruler
felt tips
coasters
Speaking from the perspective of having absolutely NO artistic talent, this pattern looks faaaaarrrrrr harder than it actually is. You don’t need to be at all “artistic” to make these coasters. With a ruler, we drew 3 or 4 vertical lines across the tile. Then, without the ruler, we made little lines that zig-zagged through the other lines. Here’s a sloppy version of the steps:
After that, we colored in random boxes throughout the pattern. No rhyme or reason to the coloring, it was all very random. As you can tell, ours are neither perfectly aligned nor perfectly straight and that’s okay. When you try and tackle all of these lines to create the desired pattern… don’t be hard on yourself. The imperfections make it unique to you and that’s what makes this project fun!
valentine's day coasters
Then we colored the border of the tile, baked the squares according to the marker’s instructions, let ’em cool, slapped the felt pieces on each, poured ourselves a drink & cheers-ed to our lovely new coasters!
ribbon and feather
And the extra coasters we created? We stacked these darling squares and wrapped them in a festive ribbon. We hope to give this adorable “package” as a valentine to someone who will LOVE them just as much as we do. (Sneak Peek: tune in tomorrow to get the story about the gold & glitter dipped feathers)
valentine's gift
We especially love the extra pop of color that the border provides when the tiles are stacked.
Valentine's Day COasters
And there you have it…. ten cent tiles that quickly turned into trendy coasters that you can’t help but L.O.V.E! In honor of these coasters, let’s all cheers to kickin’ off a week of Valentine’s Projects in style. See you tomorrow….
P.S. Speaking of LOVE. We would like to send our LOVE & a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Casey’s mom…the Janimal! We wish her a perfect day and the start of an unforgettable year. She deserves nothing but the very, very best. Cheers! 
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  1. Elizabeth Hoskins

    These coasters are super cute! I love the pink & gold combo and I’m obssessed with all things tribal 😉 Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

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    These coasters are super cute! I love the pink & gold combo and I’m obssessed with all things tribal 😉 Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

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XOXO Valentine’s Day Craft

XOXO
Welcome to the DIY Playbook! Thanks so much for stopping by; we’re so glad you’re here! If you’re searching for big league decorating dreams on a rookie salary…. we have your back!  Today’s XO  blocks are just the first of many vday craft ideas this lovely season. To stay up-to-date with DIY Playbook’s rookie DIY, make sure to follow us on Bloglovin’, Facebook, or Pinterest. Enjoy & thanks again for stopping by! Xo, Bridget & Casey (best friends & DIY Rookies)
Can you believe it’s almost February?! As in almost time to celebrate Cupid’s claim to fame? Although Casey and I aren’t head over heels obsessed with Valentine’s Day, we ARE pretty excited to turn up the heat and celebrate love for the next two weeks. We have two amazing +1’s, and we also have amazing families, wonderful friends, supportive DIY Playbook fans, and a whole lot of love surrounding us each and everyday. For ALL of that, we’re beyond thankful and excited to celebrate 02-14-14. To kick it off….
… an XOXO project that can have two different outcomes. Whether you use the final product as a wreath or as shelf decor, you’ll start with the same supplies.
Either way you will need:
-Cardboard Letters (XOXO)
-Acrylic Paint
-Mini Paintbrush or sponge brush
-Multi color yarn
-Hot glue gun
-Ribbon
-Washi tape
-Embellishments (button/broach)
You can paint your cardboard letters any color you want. To try my hand at a non-traditional Valentine’s day color scheme, I went with….
Aqua Blue!
After the XO’s were painted, it was time to dress them up. (My favorite part!) The embellishment is totally up to you and can look very different depending on what materials you have. I used yarn, a button, an old broach, washi tape, and some old string, but you should use what you have around.
I started with the multi colored yarn. I hot glued the yarn on the back of the letters and started to wrap it tightly around and around the letter.
After quite a bit of wrapping, I added more hot glue on the back of the letter and glued down the piece of yarn  to conclude that “section” of yarn.
I repeated that process on each of the letters, switching off where I put the yarn on each of the letters. I also used the hot glue gun to glue down some extra embellishments (like the button) and other types of string/washi tape.
My XO’s ended up looking like this.
You could call it quits there and style or “stage” them as bookshelf decor… kinda like this:
XO Decor
XOXO shelf decor
Xoxo
Ooorrrr… you can take it a step further. I took it one step further and hot glued these letters to a long burlap ribbon to create an XOXO wreath. Kinda like this…
This light weight wreath is unique, colorful and welcomes all of our guests with a warm x and o.
I love the wreath and especially love the happy POP of blue and orange on the clean white door. It seems festive without screaming…. I’M A TYPICAL VALENTINE’S DAY DECORATION DRIPPING IN HEARTS & PINK LEOPARD PRINT.
Whether you use these X & O’s as tabletop decor or a hanging wreath, all this DIY takes is a coat of paint and a little creativity with colorful embellishments. In no time, your home will be ready to greet February with a big hug and kiss!!

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Fondue for Two

Planning a romantic Valentine’s day date can be intimidating for most couples.  There is always so much pressure to pick the perfect restaurant, get the right gifts, and have a romantic evening.  I’m all about planning dates that are a little out of the ordinary, so I typically forgo the restaurant scene.

Making reservations isn’t exactly rocket science, and it can be expensive to wine and dine your beau by taking them out on the town. That’s why I think a romantic night at home is your best bet for Valentine’s Day.  

Here is a fun dinner/date option, that puts a creative twist on staying in with your sweetie.

“Fondue for Two”
*For all you Gleeks out there, here is a little “Fondue for Two” action to really get you in the fondue mood 😉

Okay, so we all know eating a heavy and greasy meal isn’t exactly the sexiest way to start off your evening.  So have a fondue night instead.  It’s very simple, so you won’t be slaving away in the kitchen all night.  And it’s the perfect mix of savory and sweet, so you’ll end the night satisfied.  

Cheddar and Beer Fondue
Level: Easy
Time: 10
Servings: 4 servings


Ingredients for Cheese: 
-2.5 cups shredded sharp cheddar
-6 oz. shredded gruyere cheese
-1 T. all purpose flour
-1 cup your favorite beer
-2 T. brown mustard
-A few drops of worcestershire sauce
-Hot sauce to taste
-Pepper to taste


For Dipping:
-Veggies like carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower
-Tortilla chips or pretzels
-Pita bread
-Crusty bread like rye, french, or sourdough

Here are our dippers…

Cheese Fondue Dipping

Directions:
Combine cheese in a bowl with the flour.  Add beer to a small pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce the head to simmer and add cheese in handfuls.  Stir constantly until cheese is melted with a wooden spoon.  When the cheese is melted, stir in mustard, hot sauce, pepper, and worcestershire sauce.  Transfer fondue to a warm fondue pot. 

Cheese Fondue Ingredients
Finn & I decided to test the cheese part of this fondue date…and man did we have a good time! 
Beer Cheese Fondue Recipe
Beer Cheese Fondue Recipe
But…word of advice don’t eat the entire pot of fondue. This pot serves 4, and we somehow managed to eat every.last.bite. #tummyache
We were way too full to indulge in the chocolate fondue portion of the evening, but give this recipe a try and let me know how it goes!

Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Level: Easy
Time: 10 minutes
Servings: Serves 4


Ingredients for Chocolate:
-2/3 cup half and half
-12 oz. milk chocolate, or 1 bag (11.5 oz) chocolate chips
-2 T. orange-flavored liqueur


For Dipping:
-Sliced fruit like apples, bananas, pineapple, and strawberries.
-Marshmallows
-Pretzel rods
-Cookies
-Angel food cake
-Chopped rice krispie treats


Directions:
In a heavy saucepan pour in half and half and chocolate, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.  Mix until completely melted and smooth.  Remove from heat and stir in liqueur.  


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Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial

wreath

I find that many new DIY recruits don’t exactly know where to start when it comes to kicking off their DIY career. If this is you, I recommend starting with a DIY wreath. Wreaths aren’t too hard, they don’t demand a ton of supplies, they have loads of potential, once you get the hang of them you can create one for each season/holiday and feel really creative, and who doesn’t love a new wreath? Nothing says All-American Home like an inviting wreath on the front door. Here’s your chance…

Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial
Note: This same tutorial can be used to create a wreath for EVERY holiday this year!! It’s early in the year so you have plenty of time to perfect your wreath making skills and build your DIY confidence along the way. I made a similar wreath a couple of years back for fall and found great tutorials here, here and here!

Bubble Wreath

Materials:
Scissors
At least 175 Large Head Pins
At least 1.5 yards of Burlap (Red)
Some Ribbon (or fabric in my case) to cover the wreath form (Pink)
Wreath Form (any kind, mine was about 3.99 @ Hobby Lobby)
Optional: Embellishment to put on the wreath
Note: I completed this project on a drop cloth because burlap tends to shed. When you’re simply shaking out your drop cloth after the project and not having to lug out your vacuum, think of me. =)
Burlap Bubble Wreath

To get started, wrap your wreath form in fabric or ribbon. This step is not necessary but adds a pretty backing.

Easy Valentine's Day Wreath
Burlap Valentine's Wreath
Cut the burlap in approximately 4 inch squares. The square part is far more important than the actual size.
Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial
Create one bubble at a time. Add the pin and stick onto the wreath form.
How to make a Burlap Bubble Wreath
Burlap Bubble Wreath
Once you pin all of your “bubbles” close together you will start to see the bubble look. There’s really no right or wrong way to pin.
How to create a bubble wreath
I added this embellishment as eye candy, but I love it even more for eating up a lot of space that I don’t have to “bubble”.
Easy Valentine's Day Wreath
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat and before you know it (about an hour of bubbling later)…
Valentine's Day Wreath
…your Burlap Bubble Wreath is complete!
 Burlap Wreath
I added a fun Valentine’s Day ribbon to hang this lovely lady from our door and I wasn’t completely sold.
Valentine's Day Wreath Tutorial
After a few minor changes & some extra ribbons, I was in l.o.v.e. Talk about a new DIY project that will make your heart melt!

 

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  1. DIY Playbook

    Good question, Jennifer. I actually don’t have a storm door either and the pins were not a problem at all! Just sticking them inside of the wreath form was good enough to keep that snug and protected from the elements.

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    Good question, Jennifer. I actually don’t have a storm door either and the pins were not a problem at all! Just sticking them inside of the wreath form was good enough to keep that snug and protected from the elements.

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