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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

Gold Glitter Milk Bottle Finished Gold Glitter Milk Bottle Step Out
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.

Gold Glitter Milk Bottle Finished 2

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


5 Trendy Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $15

valunder1501I love the day for love! I love my friends, my parents, my silly nephews, my wonderful hubby, and I love my pets. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t love my wallet, too. While I’d love to buy them everything their little hearts desire, sometimes you just have to find easy – and fun – DIY Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t break the bank. Here’s a few ideas that shouldn’t cost more than about $15 each.


For my friends, I’d make a few super cute t-shirts. Check out this idea using a bit of light colored lace on a dark t-shirt. Give them to your friends early so they can wear them on Valentines!


For my nephews, I love this piggy bank idea! I’d call it their “Love To…” fund so they can save up, and we can do a fun activity that they’d “Love To Do” later in the year when it gets a bit warmer.


For Mom, I’d give her flowers. How cute is this ribbon vase idea?! I’d make her something like this and add a fun daisy so she could set it on her desk at work and have a bright, cheery day.


For the hubby, we love to share little love notes to each other. This chalkboard frame idea is perfect. Just the right amount of space to make each other smile.


Finally, my fur-babies. What better way to say “I Ruff You” with a tasty treat! Of course, they’ll never know the jar is the gift, but they will sure love the puppy cookies inside!

There are many more fabulous Valentine’s Day Ideas in our Made with Love Lookbook as well. Go ahead – fall in love – with Valentine’s Day!

- Cara


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Host A Sweet Valentine’s Day Brunch

valentine's day brunch

It seems the moment that the holidays are over, signs of Cupid begin to pop up everywhere. Pink, red, hearts, candy, hugs, kisses … LOVE is in the air. This is wonderful for those that are happy in blissful la-la-land, but then there are those of us that reside in Singletown, population: 1.

So, instead of being bitter about spending Valentine’s Day without a boo, I rally ’round my girl friends and make the best of it. This year, I am dreaming up the most dainty and darling Valentin’es Day brunch to celebrate LOVE, in all its form.


To get started, send out an invitation. Making it yourself is just one more way to show your love, and they’re super easy to create! Setting the scene for your brunch party doesn’t have to stress you out. Simple florals and love-filled artwork can take your space from boring to beauty in no time.


Short on vases? Transform basic jars into gilded and glittered vases with spray paint, Mod Podge® & glitter. Here’s a tip: use a variety of jars for an eclectic look & varying heights!

Now, for the important part: FOOD. If you’re anything like me, brunch is the way to your heart. It’s the best of both worlds and it makes drinking champagne & eating cake before 2pm perfectly acceptable.

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Whipping up a sweet spread doesn’t have to equal hours in the kitchen. Mold cinnamon rolls into a heart-shaped pan to create a Cinnamon Roll Sweetheart. Stack those pancakes to the sky, add fresh berries & a dusting of powdered sugar. And, I love the aqua frosting on this Pink Velvet Cake; it’s the perfect pop of color.


Of course, brunch doesn’t come without bubbly. There’s nothing that I love more than gold, glitter & champagne. So this Embellished Champagne Bottle is a no-brainer. Plus, it’s so easy to make, I’m pretty sure I’ll bring one to every party I attend this year!


Gold Champagne Glasses set the mood and just take a little metallic paint. Dress them up a little more with Wine Charms that are sweet, but edgy.

Last, and most importantly, don’t forget the laughs. Take the time to show your friends how much they mean to you and cherish these friendships that will last a lifetime.

With love,



Craft Crush | January

Craft Crush

Happy New Year friends! I feel like I am allowed to say that until at least February, right? Every January, I get this sudden jolt of motivation and inspiration for all of the things I want to accomplish in the new year. That, and the urge to clean out and organize my entire house. That’s kind of hard to do when I’m excitedly starting a bunch of new DIY projects. One of my resolutions for this year was to learn a new skill, so currently my craft “area” is cluttered with inky doodles and layers of tracing paper trials. What are your resolutions for 2014?

Here are a few more DIY ideas that I’m crushing on this month. As you can see… Valentine’s Day adorableness is already all up in my Pinterest boards.

Craft Crush January

Clockwise from top left:

Dog Pom Pom Collar // As modeled by our furry friend Sophie. I love dogs. I love pompoms. This one was a no-brainer.

Fox Costume by Nalle’s House // The fox says “CUTE!” on this felt and plushie kiddo costume.

DIY Glue Gun Cabochons by Lil Blue Boo // I never thought of using a glue gun in tandem with silicone molds to make my own earring studs. Genius!

Ombré Painted Canvas // This project is actually SUPER easy. And, I love artwork with quotes to brighten a room. Choosing my favorite will be the hard part!

You A”Maze” Me Valentines by U Create // These are way better than the typical boxed Valentines that I remember. Plus, U Create has a free printable that you can download!

- Jillian