10 Sweet & Adorable DIY Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is upon us again! What I love about this holiday is that it is 100% about love, whether it’s love for a significant other, a best friend or even your child. Even though the marketing for it is usually centered around romance, Valentine’s Day can be enjoyed with anyone you care about.

One of the sweetest ways to show someone you care about them is by gifting them something delicious. At my house, we love baking treats we can be creative with and share with our friends and family. Valentine’s Day is no different. There are so many fun ideas to play with to create something unique and delightful.

To give you some inspiration and ideas, here are 10 DIY Valentine’s Day treat tutorials.

DIY Valentine’s Day Treats

10 Sweet & Adorable DIY Valentine's Day Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comA pink milkshake is the perfect beverage to share with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.
Tutorial: The College Prepster

10 Sweet & Adorable DIY Valentine's Day Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comHeart s’mores put a festive spin on the classic campfire treat.
Tutorial: The Cake Blog

10 Sweet & Adorable DIY Valentine's Day Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comHow adorable and clever are these little pizza hearts?
Tutorial: Bake at 350

10 Sweet & Adorable DIY Valentine's Day Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comChocolate crispy treat Valentine’s Day bears taste delicious and are a treat kids and adults alike will love.
Tutorial: Sofab Food

10 Sweet & Adorable DIY Valentine's Day Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comStrawberries and cream puppy chow is an easy-to-make Valentine’s Day treat you can share with your Valentine or friends.
Tutorial: Life, Love and Sugar

10 Sweet & Adorable DIY Valentine's Day Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comHow decadent and delicious do these chocolate chip cookie dough hearts look?
Tutorial: OMG Chocolate Desserts

10 Sweet & Adorable DIY Valentine's Day Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comFor an adorable DIY Valentine’s Day twist on teddy grahams, add these little conversation hearts to make it look like they’re holding sweet sayings.
Tutorial: Hello, Wonderful

10 Sweet & Adorable DIY Valentine's Day Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comMake your own Valentine’s Day donuts with this easy recipe and use your creativity to customize them.
Tutorial: The First Year

10 Sweet & Adorable DIY Valentine's Day Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comThe only thing better than popcorn is Valentine’s Day popcorn.
Tutorial: Oh Nuts

10 Sweet & Adorable DIY Valentine's Day Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comRed velvet cake in a jar — yes, please!
Tutorial: My Baking Addiction

Enjoy!

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Adorable DIY Christmas Treats

Some our favorite activities at my house during the holidays are creating DIY Christmas treats. We love getting together in the kitchen and seeing what we come up with. It’s always fun to do and a great way to flex our creative muscles!

I’m always excited to see what new ideas for DIY Christmas treats other people are coming up with each year. It’s amazing just how much creativity is out there. These recipes are perfect whether you’re hosting a party, need to bring a dessert to a party, or simply want to have some fun creating something cute and delicious for you and your family.

Here are 10 of some of my favorite ideas for DIY Christmas treats to inspire you that your family or your guests are sure to love.

DIY Christmas Treats

10 Adorable DIY Christmas Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comMake your hot cocoa extra special and sweet with this darling snowman marshmallows.
Tutorial: I Am a Food Blog

10 Adorable DIY Christmas Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comMelted snowman chocolate bark is an adorable, tasty treat your kids are sure to love.
Tutorial: Princess Pinky Girl

10 Adorable DIY Christmas Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comHow adorable are these melted snowman Oreo balls?
Tutorial: The Girl Who Ate Everything

10 Adorable DIY Christmas Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comThe only thing better than chocolate cookies are chocolate cookies that look like reindeer. (Make sure one has a red nose to play Rudolph!)
Tutorial: One Little Project at a Time

10 Adorable DIY Christmas Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comCompliment your hot cocoa with these little cookie versions of the mugs. So cute and creative!
Tutorial: Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons

10 Adorable DIY Christmas Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comPut a spin on your Rice Krispie treats by turning them into reindeer with just a few little extra touches.
Tutorial: Thirty Handmade Days

10 Adorable DIY Christmas Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comThese colorful mini cupcakes are the perfect little Christmas dessert.
Tutorial: Baked Bree

10 Adorable DIY Christmas Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comThese snowman cookies are super easy and look very chic for a holiday party.
Tutorial: One Little Project at a Time

10 Adorable DIY Christmas Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comHere’s a creative way to use peanut butter cups and pretzels to create fun little characters.
Tutorial: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

10 Adorable DIY Christmas Treats | HomeandEventStyling.comWhip up these adorable little Christmas tree meringues as a party treat your guests are sure to love.
Tutorial: Bargain Mums

What ones are you going to try?

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Creative & Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Ideas

Christmas is a great time for DIY projects. There are so many sources of inspiration and fantastic elements to use to bring the spirit of the holiday into your home. DIY projects are a wonderful way to get your family together for a fun activity and it’s great to look around your home and see things that you and your family made with your own hands for the holidays.

Nowadays, DIY decor doesn’t have to look “crafty” or handmade if you don’t want it to. In fact, sometimes it’s hard to tell DIY decor from store-bought items because the ideas have become so much more stylish and polished.

If you’re looking for some chic, budget-friendly Christmas decor ideas, here are 10 of my favorite DIY Christmas decor tutorials from some very talented bloggers to inspire your own projects for the holidays.

DIY Christmas Decor

10 Creative & Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comPop this adorable “merry” sequin pillow on your sofa, bed, or an accent chair for a lovely little accent.
Tutorial: The Proper Blog

10 Creative & Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comGet glamorous with a furry sign that is perfect for the winter months.
Tutorial: Place of My Taste

10 Creative & Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comCreate your own chic, gold snowflakes out of some of the least expensive materials in the world: popsicle sticks!
Tutorial: Making Home Base

10 Creative & Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis adorable lighted Christmas wall art would look fantastic on a mantle or console table.
Tutorial: A Pumpkin and a Princess

10 Creative & Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comIf you love a more minimalist, abstract look for Christmas, these adorable wood trees are perfect for your decor.
Tutorial: Sugar & Cloth

10 Creative & Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis great tutorial shows you how to create your own pinecone wreath that will transition seamlessly from fall to winter.
Tutorial: Remodelaholic

10 Creative & Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comHere’s another beautiful Christmas wreath idea, this time with lovely succulents.
Tutorial: Nordstrom

10 Creative & Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis reindeer pillow is sure to charm anyone who sees it.
Tutorial: The Craft Patch

10 Creative & Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis adorable salt dough garland is perfect for a coastal or country chic home.
Tutorial: Twelve On Main

10 Creative & Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comGive Rudolph a glamorous makeover with gold glitter and a striped canvas for some chic wall art.
Tutorial: Hey Lauren Rene

Have fun!

Warm regards,
Megan

Holiday DIY: How to Make a Star Wars Gingerbread House

One of my family’s annual traditions is making a gingerbread house. We love the opportunity to express our creativity and create something entirely new each year. In the past, some of our favorite projects have been an UP! gingerbread house and a Doctor Who gingerbread house.

This year, there was no question that we had to create a Star Wars gingerbread house. (Who else can’t wait for the new movie?) We brought to life some of the most iconic characters and symbols from the series, including the Millenium Falcon, a storm trooper, and even Yoda himself.

This project was so much fun and as always, the kids had a blast creating it. Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house from scratch:

Step by Step: Making a Star Wars Gingerbread House

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

SHOPPING LIST
Fondant (comes in many colors, but you can use food coloring to change it, too)
Super white confectionery coating
Pretzels
Gingerbread cookie dough
Silver bubblegum
Small silver ball cake decorations
Bright white candy melts
Brown sugar
Pre-made gingerbread house

PART ONE: THE CHARACTERS

The day before, leave a tray of pretzels out. When they’re stale, they are even more rigid and easier to work with. Also, melt some confectionery coating. You can purchase it in a variety of colors, but since you only need it to hold the skeleton of the characters together in this project, it doesn’t matter what color you choose.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

(above) The beginning stages of creating C-3PO.

Start by making the basic skeleton of the characters with the pretzels and confectionary coating. This will give you a sturdier base for your characters so they don’t fall over when you place them in the display.  Let it stand overnight.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

(above) The skeleton of R2-D2.

Next, roll out the fondant and make pieces to wrap around the pretzel figure. For some characters, only one layer of fondant will be necessary. Others, such as Chewbacca, will need 2 layers each done day apart so they can dry out.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

(above) A storm trooper.

For Chewbacca, the last layer should be done with a garlic press to get the look of fur.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

(above) Chewbacca with silver ball eyes.

To make Yoda, use green fondant for his body and white rolled fondant for his coat.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

(above) Yoda with silver ball eyes.

PART TWO: THE MILLENIUM FALCON

The structure of the Millenium Falcon is simply cut from a home baked gingerbread cookie. Let it dry out for few days so it will be easier to work with.

Cut rolled white fondant into squares and triangles and place them throughout the ship, securing it with the confectionery coating. Use silver bubblegum for portals and the satellite.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

PART THREE: THE HOUSE

Use a pre-made gingerbread house and cover it in white chocolate rounds.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

On one side of the house, you can create a Fighter plane from gingerbread by shaping the dough before baking it and using a pretzel to hold it all together. Use the small silver balls again to cover the wings.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

For the base of the house, use white icing and cover it in brown sugar to make it look like sand. Then, cut out letters from strips of rolled red fondant to add the final (and one of the most important) touches to your Star Wars gingerbread house: “May the force be with you.”

For more tips and photos from this Star Wars gingerbread house tutorial, watch the video:

 

Hope you enjoyed this holiday DIY tutorial!

Warm regards,
Megan

DIY Halloween Project: Candy Towers

How to make candy towers, a fun Halloween DIY project for the family. Click through to see the tutorial at HomeandEventStyling.com!Halloween is one of my and my family’s favorite holidays. Besides dressing up and decorating the house, we also love all the fun, creative projects we get to do that are inspired by the holiday.

One of my favorite DIY Halloween projects are candy towers. They are super easy and inexpensive to make and look great when they’re finished. They are also very versatile because you can choose the colors of the candy wrappers and shape of the vases to make them your own.

You can do this project in an afternoon with your family or even create a party around it. Kids love bringing their own candy to mix and match to turn into towers.

Here is the easy step-by-step tutorial for creating your own candy towers:

Step 1: Choose large, clear vases to hold the candy. Tall, round vases work the best, but other shapes can work well, too, depending on the type of candy you choose.

How to make candy towers, a fun Halloween DIY project for the family. Click through to see the tutorial at HomeandEventStyling.com!

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Step 2: Select a large assortment of candy. Some candies are better for stacking than others because they more evenly lay in the towers. Candies such as nerds and milk duds come in small boxes, making them perfect candidates. These boxes can be sorted by color and stacked horizontal one time and then vertical a few rows later.  Large gum balls in a single row stack well and laffy taffy can me molded to the curve of the bowl if round.

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Step 3: Pack them tightly to prevent shifting. I like to face all the candy going the same direction for a more fluid look.

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Step 4: To top off the towers, gumballs, M&M’s, jelly beans, Hershey’s Kisses, and candy corn work really well. I think it looks best to use a loose top of solid color or something similar, such as candy corn.

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This project is a ton of fun to do and makes a dramatic table setting to a Halloween party. They are also great for the trick or treaters to see as they enter your home.

You can even get creative with them and mix in other elements. Let your imagination take over.

Warm regards,
Megan