DIY Valentine’s Day Labeled Glass Bottles with Paper Mart

DIY Printed Bath Product Labels with Paper Mart

This project is in collaboration with Paper Mart. I was provided supplies to create a Valentine’s Day tutorial. All opinions are my own. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

There’s something about a suite of matching, pretty labels on all your toiletries…something high-end and chic-looking about lovely bottles all in a row. I’m a big fan of decanting product since it creates a consistent look and feel. Yet this was the first time I was using printable clear stickers in my inkjet printer…so I had a bit of a learning curve. In collaboration with Paper Mart, here’s how to make your own pretty bath product labels (for a Valentine’s Day gift or just for yourself!) with some printable adhesive sticker paper and a printer:

How to Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Printed Toiletry Bath Product Labels

You Need:

glass bottles (these are a smaller size, good for gifts)  /  bottle caps or dispenser pumps  /  scissors  /  printable clear sticker paper  /  white eraser (not pictured) Krylon Preserve It! spray (not pictured)  /  old newspapers or something to protect your surface (not pictured)
  /  label template  /  piece of plain paper (not pictured, optional)  /  tape (not pictured, optional)  /  rubbing alcohol and paper towels (not pictured)  /  small funnel (not pictured)

How To:

1. Create your labels on the computer.  I used these original templates from Creative Market, and customized them for this project. You can download the labels I created here – or use this version where you can type your own product names in Acrobat, Photoshop, or another graphics program.

2. Print out your labels on your inkjet printer. I found that my printer had A LOT of trouble feeding the clear sticker sheet through. I got past that by taping a piece of regular 8.5″ x 11″ printer paper to the back of the sticker sheet with a couple pieces of tape, and then the printer was able to grab it and feed it through. HOWEVER printing labels on an inkjet printer I found requires sealing the labels, or else the ink will run when it gets wet. More below. (You could also use this brand on a laser printer down at the print shop to get around this…or use this waterproof label paper here.)

3. I found that my inkjet had smeared the ink a little bit. I was able to clean that up with a white eraser, and scrubbing at the ink blots before the ink was completely dry.

4. At this point if you opted for printing in your inkjet printer, you will have to seal the labels so you can use the bottles in the bathroom (where they are bound to come in contact with moisture). Here is a tutorial for sealing with clear crayon, but I prefer to use Krylon Preserve It! spray. Lay the sticker paper, right side up, on some newspapers and give it a good spray according to the directions and allow to dry.

4. Cut out your labels, leaving a small amount of sticker sheet around the label edge.

5. Remove the sticker sheet backing. Clean the bottle surface with rubbing alcohol if you need to. Making sure your bottles are clean and dry, apply the labels to the front of the bottles.

6. If you purchase the dispenser pumps through Paper Mart, you’ll find they are a bit long for these bottles. Cut the straw shorter at a length that is long enough to touch the bottom of the bottle. (I made my straws long enough so they would be pushed up against the bottle bottom, and be slightly curved in order to fit.) Cut the straw on an angle, and round out the cut edges.

7. Pour your product into the bottles (you may need a small funnel) – and enjoy!

And that’s it!

These are super-cute as a gift (think a coordinating product suite, themed gift or spa basket, or even bottles for homemade body products!). Plus, they look great on the bathroom counter.

Oh, FYI – the rose petals are from here.

Happy DIY’ing – and Happy Valentine’s Day!

xo

Carly

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DIY Valentine’s Day Jeweled Wreath with Paper Mart

This project is in collaboration with Paper Mart. I was provided supplies to create a Valentine’s Day tutorial. All opinions are my own. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

Most of the year I have a seasonal wreath hanging on my door…but realized that for Valentine’s Day I’ve never made anything appropriate for the holiday. My initial thoughts were to just do something easy peasy (and a little cheesy 😉 : gluing foam cut-out hearts to a wreath ring and call it that. Then I decided I wanted to take things up a notch and make something sparkly, chic, and not so obviously Valentine’s Day…and Paper Mart came to my rescue. (And let me preface this by saying this project is as easy as gluing stuff onto a wreath form!!) Here’s how you can make your own bejeweled beautiful sophisticated wreath – not just for Valentine’s Day but for any day of the year:

How to Make a Jeweled Valentine’s Day Wreath

You Need:

16″ wreath frame / 1+ pack of pink round acrylic jewels / 1+ pack of 20mm crystals / 1+ pack of 12mm crystals / silver wired lame ribbon / jewel placement tool (optional) / slow-drying clear glue (recommended: Dazzle Tac) / scissors / glue gun

How To:

1. Start wrapping the end of your ribbon to the top of the frame (I didn’t even need a glue gun to secure because the wire inside of the ribbon will hold it down!).

2. Wrap ribbon around the entire frame to make a gluable ribbon base, overlapping the ribbon slightly.

3. Cut the ribbon once you meet the beginning of it again, fold over the cut edge slightly, and glue down the end to cover up the other ribbon end.

4.Now make a bow for your wreath. Here’s how:

How to Make the Perfect Bow (gluing wired ribbon)

Cut 3 pieces of ribbon. For 1.5″ wide ribbons like this, the measurements I used were:

  • 3.75″
  • 18.75″
  • 26.75″

5.Take the middle length of ribbon and hot glue the ends overlapping (about 1/2″) to make a loop.

6. Press the loop down in the middle and glue the inner center of the loop at the overlapping area to the other side of the loop on the inside. This now creates 2 loops: the loops of the bow.

7. Glue the center of the longest piece to the back of the loop you created at the overlap, right sides together.

8. Place the shortest piece on top of the bundle at the center front of the two loop piece and glue down.

9. Pull the ends of the shortest ribbon piece to the back of the bundle, scrunching in at its sides, and glue at the back, the ends slightly overlapping.

10. Fluff out your ribbon by making the loops large and round, and fold the long ribbon piece down so it’s visible behind the loops. Add some waviness to the longer ribbon ends.

11. Cut the long ribbon ends at an angle.

12. Top off your wreath by hot-gluing on a bow made from the wired ribbon.

13. Now it’s time to have some fun! Spread slow-drying glue onto the back of a large gemstone, and place onto the wreath. (I know it shows E6000 glue in the photo, but I quickly found that Dazzle Tac was much better.) I chose an evenly-spaced placement.

14. Then repeat for the medium-sized jewels (these too I opted for an evenly-spaced placement around the wreath).

15. Repeat the process for the smallest rhinestones. You could use a jewel placement tool to help place gems quickly, but you can also use tweezers or even your fingers depending on how much precision you want. It’s always helpful to take a step back and assess your work. I chose to create a cluster with the smaller pink jewels near the bottom of the wreath; you can add more or less depending on what look you like.

And that’s it!

Allow to dry, then hang on your door – or wall – or use as a centerpiece for your delicious Valentine’s Day dinner. Sparkle – ribbon – jewels – beautiful!

Happy DIY’ing!
xo
Carly

Have a Cute, Quirky Mother’s Day with ModCloth

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Unique, special, one-of-a-kind? Hard to find gifts for?

This year, ModCloth to the rescue…with fun, funky gifts sure to please even the most discerning Mom. Their cute and quirky, geeky gifts are great for that special lady in your life. Here’s my wishlist for mine (and maybe something for myself too…maybe my 10-year-old will take note 😉

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Click through the below link to see all the cute Gifts for Gals that ModCloth has – and maybe get a little shopping done for yourself while you’re at it 😉

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Shop Mother’s Day gifts from ModCloth!

Happy Mother’s Day to all wonderful moms, grandmoms, new moms, old moms, and all those special women out there! (ModCloth has something fun and quirky for each and every one of you 💋

xo

Carly

Celebrate the Unique About Mom for Mother’s Day with UncommonGoods

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Unique Mother's Day Gifts collage from UncommonGoods

UncomonGoods is my go-to for unique and uncommon gifts.

I’ve been a huge fan of theirs for more than 10 years – and the recipients of any gifts I buy through them are always delighted. All of the items they sell are handmade, and they are dedicated to featuring products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur. Besides being a founding member of B Corporation (click to see how cool this organization is!), UncommonGoods even lets you choose a nonprofit at checkout for them to donate $1 to with every order. They have a great selection of personalized gifts as well (see here) or gifts for all of those baby showers you’ll be attending this season (here). And who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive any one of these keepsakes for celebrating a milestone or anniversary?

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Unique Mother's Day Gifts collage from UncommonGoods

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(I gave my mom the Tea Party Soap Set (9) last year for her birthday and she just loved it!)

See more amazing and unique gifts to celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day at UncommonGoods.

If you haven’t checked them out yet, definitely do so – and get all your eco-conscious, socially-responsible gift-shopping done in one place.

Shop for Gifts at UncommonGoods

xo

Carly

Review: Beautiful Proflowers Bouquets for Mother’s Day

FTC Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary bouquet of my choice from ProFlowers.com. The below opinions are my own. I have not been otherwise compensated for this post. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

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Though Mother’s Day is about a month away still, now’s the time to plan ahead.

To that end, ProFlowers has you covered with a variety of beautiful bouquets for every pricepoint.

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ProFlowers Deluxe All the Frills Bouquet in Teal-Dipped Vase

I love that you can choose the type of vase you get the flowers in – which means you can customize it for your recipient.

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(I mean, how cool is this pretty teal-dipped vase above??) Many other online florists only offer the vase as part of the arrangement, and you’re stuck with what they’ve chosen. Major point in ProFlowers’ favor!

proflowers-box-proflowers-review-chic-stealsYou can specify delivery date at no charge (not a range-the exact day itself, which is awesome!) to make sure your recipient will be available on the date of delivery. When the flowers arrive, they’re boxed up in their nifty box with the card/greeting inside. The larger flower heads are even carefully wrapped to ensure perfection upon arrival! proflowers-box-inside-proflowers-review-chic-stealsThere are not 1 but TWO packets of flower life extend powder in the box, as well as detailed instructions for caring for your bouquet. (Other online stores don’t include instructions – kind of a no-brainer, no?)wrapped-bouquet-shipping-proflowers-review-chic-steals

Once in water, the flowers have a 7-day freshness guarantee, and the two packets of powder allow you to really extend their life. Mine are still alive at 15 days out!
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Right now ProFlowers is running a couple promotions where you can get some great deals. And, you can get 25% off your order when you sign up for emails too.

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You can also follow ProFlowers for updates, promotions, and shots of gorgeous, drool-worthy blooms here:

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So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and book a beautiful bouquet for your mother, graduation, birthday, or just because.

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xo

Carly