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Valentine Heart Sugar Cookies

7 Last Minute Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

I adore Valentine’s Day! Red and pink hearts, chocolate temptations and Valentine’s Day cards make me smile. It’s also the perfect time to show a sweetheart, family and friends how much you love them. And what better way to show your love than with a delicious treat you make yourself? Whether you are a novice or have some baking experience, here are seven sweet Valentine’s Day confections to inspire you.

1. Valentine’s Day Ombre Cake

Bake a Special Valentine's Day Ombre Cake Stylish and sophisticated, this cake is as fancy as anything you’ll find at a bakery. Cut into the cake to reveal the real drama – multicolor tiers and a tiny heart design baked inside the bottom layer.

 2. Valentine’s Day Candy-Dipped Pretzels

Hand Dip Pretzels in Melted Chocolate No baking required! If you are in a pinch timewise, this sweet and salty treat is for you.

3. The Wilton Method Sugar Cookies (Video)

Watch how easy it is to make these oh-so-charming heart cookies! This free online class takes you through all the steps, including making the dough, cutting out shapes and using a pastry bag to create these colorful icing designs. To see how to decorate the three Valentine’s Day cookies above, skip to minute 39:30 of the 43-minute video.

4. Chocolate Lover’s Deep Dish Cookie

Bake This Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie Elevate a humble chocolate chip cookie into a decadent dessert by topping it with buttercream icing, chocolate chunks and hot fudge sauce. Yum!

5. Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Decorate Heart-Shaped Cookies Love, hugs and kisses – say it with cookie cutters shaped like a heart, an “X” or an “O”. Use a pastry bag to create designs using icing or to spell out “Love” or “Amour.”

6. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies valentine_whoopie_pie

Super cute and easy to make – nothing says I love you like a Red Velvet Whoopie Pie!

7. Tattoo Your Love Mini Cupcakes

Easy to Make Valentine Cupcake With Edible Decorations How cute is this? Imagine serving your sweetie this tiny cupcake decorated with sprinkles and an edible tattoo heart decoration. What is your favorite “go-to” dessert for Valentine’s Day?

Classroom Valentine Party Craft

Classroom Valentine Party Ideas

As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, I know many of you are helping your little Cupids craft handmade Valentines for their classmates and friends. Whether you’re a teacher or crafty room mom, we have gathered up a few classroom Valentine party ideas for you.

Valentine’s Day Teacher’s Door Décor

Valentine Door DecorDecorate the classroom entryway with this lovely door décor. Each student can decorate their own heart to hang.

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Decorate a cute mailbox for your Valentines! These boxes come with a pre-cut slot so all you need to do is add tape, stickers, doodles & a little love!

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Of course we need a fun craft for the kids! This foam heart project is the perfect way to say “I Love You Beary Much”.

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Dress up simple kraft bags with doilies, felt hearts & a doodle. Fill them up with treats or even fun finds like erasers, stickers & little toys.

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Don’t forget about the teacher! Show her how much you care with this sweet mason jar gift. I am sure we all agree that she could use a relaxing soak in the tub!

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No party is complete with out some sweet treats! Valentine paper liners & picks make these cupcakes just a bit more sweet. If you’re in a pinch, you can add these glittery heart  picks to store-bought cupcakes for that extra touch of love.

Are you crafting for the classroom this Valentine’s Day? Share your projects with us on Instagram & Pinterest using #MadeWithMichaels!


Be My Pun-ny Valentine!

Oh, Valentine’s Day. You know, when I was a kid, it was all about the card. What kind you bought, did it have an awesome character or a joke? Who got it, because we all know you hand picked the ones you wanted to give special friends, then everyone else got “the rest”. And, of course, how many you got back!

Anyone can stop by the big box store and pickup a pack of Valentine’s Day cards with their favorite superhero or brightly colored character. But, not everyone will have a handmade card, especially one that your child can say they made up themselves! So, put your pun writing hats on, come up with a creative phrase and make Valentine’s Day awesome this year. Check out a few of the Pun-ny Valentines we came up with for inspiration!


Give your Valentine a wink with a googly eye covered card!


Sea creatures can say “Be Mine” just as well as cuddly puppies! Check out this card using some ocean inspiration.


Need a card for a puzzle lover? Give a card they’ll love to solve!


We could come up with owl puns for days! Use a few of these fun ones to inspire a Valentine’s Card for your favorite bird lover.


With a Valentine Card this cute, why would you “knot” want to be their Valentine? We used a Loopdedoo™ to create an easy bracelet for an extra gift on Valentine’s Day.


And last, but not least, use your favorite colorful tool, The Original Rainbow Loom®, to create a fun Valentine’s Day charm to share with friends!

Show us some of your favorite Pun-ny Valentine Creations on Instagram & Twitter! #MadewithMichaels!


Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th

Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th!  It’s the unofficial holiday increasingly celebrated around the nation encouraging people to commit acts of kindness out of the goodness of their hearts. Leading up to this day, we are asking YOU to craft a heart and pass it on to someone else. Give them to friends, family, co-workers, leave them on the bus or train, surprise your barista … you get the idea! Your crafted heart can take any form. We’ve even created a free printable tag to include on your crafted heart! Here are a couple of ideas to inspire you:

This Glitter Heart Card is easy to make and gives you lots of room to write kind words inside. Glitter Heart Card

If you’re feeling artsy, make this Chevron Wrapped Canvas with a Felt Heart. It comes together in no time at all and would be perfect for a co-worker or your child’s teacher. Heart Canvas

I think it would be fun to get the kiddos involved and craft these Heart Wands. It’s never to early to teach them good deeds! Heart Wand

In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day, we are hosting an in-store event on February 12th, where you can come make a tissue-paper heart to get your started!

Don’t forget to share your heart project on Instagram. We’ll re-gram our favorites! Random Acts of Kindness

I can’t wait to see all of your sweet hearts!

- Jillian


kids valentine ideas

5 Fun Valentine Ideas for Kids

Valentine Ideas for Kids

I absolutely LOVED Valentine’s Day as a kid. School parties were the best. I have fond memories of crafting Valentine boxes & making tiny, pink frosted heart cookies with my Mom. I was always on the hunt for the most unique box of Valentine cards at the grocery store. Whether it was My Little Pony or Pound Puppies, (don’t judge); I had to have the coolest Valentines for my classmates. Now that I think about it, store-bought Valentines aren’t very creative. So we thought up some of the coolest, crafty Valentine ideas for kids and rounded them up for you.

1. Safari Toobs® Animal Valentines

Safari Toob ValentinesThe perfect way to tell your Valentine “I’m Wild About You”.

2. Crayon Heart Valentines

Crayon Heart ValentineThese are super fun to make, and a genius way to use up all of those broken crayon pieces!

3. Rainbow Loom® Valentine Pencil

Rainbow Loom Valentine PencilI have a feeling there will be lots of Rainbow Loom® Valentines this year.

4. Glow Bracelet Valentine

Glow Bracelet Valentine These Valentines will make your heart “glow”.

5. Rainbow Loom® Lips Charm

Rainbow Loom LipsAdd a Lips charm to your gift or tie it on to a Valentine card. How fun!

Are you DIY’ing your valentines this year? We’d love to see them! Tag @MichaelsStores on Instagram and show us!


- Jillian



milk jar centerpiece

DIY Valentine’s Day Milk Jar Floral Centerpiece

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I can always count on gold, glitter, and florals to bring a smile to my face. When you combine all three into one craftacular project, my heart skips a beat. It is a good thing too, because as my heart goes “pitter patter” over this gilded project, the day of love is just around the corner. This glittering, gold, DIY Valentine’s Day vase is the perfect vessel for a bouquet of romantic, springtime florals. Put this sparkling centerpiece on display at a brunch just for girls, celebrating the loving and kind women in your life. Fill this gold milk jar vase with flowers all year long to remind you of the love-filled day. Try out different metallic paints combined with varying shades of glitter for a whole new look. Simply gather the materials, paint your milk jars, and fill with florals. Let’s get started!

You will need…

•Milk Jars
Design Master® Spray Paint – Antique Gold
•Recollections™ Signature Glitter, Extra Fine – Gold
Mod Podge®
Foam Pouncer, Round
Floral Stems

First, spray the milk jars with the spray paint . Allow it to dry completely. Next, dip the foam pouncer in the Mod Podge® and add dots to the jar. While the Mod Podge® is still wet, sprinkle glitter over the dots. Shake off the excess glitter and allow to dry.

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Last, but not least, add flowers to your new vase! Make several of these DIY Valentine’s Day vases for friends, family, and anyone you want to show a little love this holiday.

- Meredith