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Have any big plans this weekend? With the day of love right around the corner, I’ll be hanging out with my little lovebug Lulu, making Valentines for her classmates.

Play Dough Valentines

This year we are skipping the candy and making these sweet homemade play dough Valentines. I love this project because it’s a no-cook play dough recipe, so little kids can help out.

Cutting out play dough

What about you? Do you go the homemade route for Valentine’s Day, or do you hit up the store for love letters from your favorite cartoon characters?

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If you don’t know how to knit, the process can seem mystifying — two sticks, a ball of yarn, some knots and presto! It’s a scarf. But really, learning to knit a simple scarf is super easy. In fact, the cute kid’s scarf in this video only requires learning two steps.

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To fasten the scarf, you can buy a pin or make this sweet stuffed heart pin just in time for Valentine’s Day. Click here for the step-by-step on making your own heart pin. Even if knitting is still a challenge, the pin is great for crafters of all skill levels!

Knitted Scarf and Valentine Pin

Don’t forget, you can find loads more adorable Valentine’s Day crafts and projects on HGTV.com. Happy crafting!

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I have a confession to make: mid-January is not my finest time. The days are grey, cold, and dreary, and without the distraction of the holidays, my mood goes down the tube. My prescription? Lots of cozy evenings by the fire. I’m no girl scout and end up using way too much paper when building a fire, so when I saw this great winter party favor idea I thought, why stop at a favor? Why not make a jar of full-sized fire starters to fuel my own flames?

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One or two of these pinecones will leave you with a roaring fire of your own in no time. Don’t have a fireplace to call your own? They are also handy on camping trips!

Pinecone Fire Starters

How are you staying warm this winter?

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The holiday season is over and I don’t know about you, but I’m already starting to feel cabin fever setting in. As the mother of a small child, these winter months stretch before us as a period where we are cooped up inside without the respite of the park or zoo to channel toddler energies. With this in mind, this week’s episode of Weekday Crafternoon features a kid-friendly craft that also benefits our feathered friends. To prove it’s kid-approved, I enlisted my own daughter, 3.5-year-old Lulu, to help. Check it out:

Making these DIY homemade bird feeders is a great way to spend an afternoon indoors, and with February being National Bird-Feeding Month, we’re ahead of the game. We hung these feeders on the branches of a rhododendron bush outside our house and the birds went crazy for them. As fun to watch as they are to make!

DIY Bird Feeder Kid Craft

Also worth noting? This is a peanut-free bird feeder craft, so it’s safe for kids (and adults!) with nut allergies.

Want more ideas that are for the birds? Check out this DIY bird bath project from our archives. And as always, you can find all of our episodes of Weekday Crafternoon right here. See you next week!

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I don’t know how to break this to you, but…Christmas is officially less than one week away. I KNOW. Are you ready yet? Because I am not. Suddenly my free time is booked solid and the remaining handmade gifts I was hoping to tackle? Not happening, people. But it’s not too late to give something handmade from the heart, thanks to A Hip Handmade Holiday. Check out these excellent last minute gifts using the most adorable printables:

Cute, am I right? A Hip Handmade Holiday is a sweet ebook from the ladies at The Craft Pack, and it’s chock full of adorable handmade gifts for anyone on your list, all ringing in at under $10. Pretty great stuff.

Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas

Don’t forget, you can always find even more handmade gift ideas right here on HGTV.com. Are you guys giving handmade gifts this year? Are you all finished or elbow deep in glitter, glue and spray paint?

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Today’s craft comes straight from the ever-inspiring Handmade section right here on HGTV.com. I couldn’t resist these Ombre Tabletop Christmas Trees and decided to recreate them in neutral colors. I love how they look a little bit like snow-capped mountains!

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These make a great centerpiece, but I paired them with some oversized ornaments and created a charming tableau for my mantel. I can’t wait to use these year after year!

Handmade Ombre Felt Trees

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Congratulations, Saly!

Good afternoon, Design Happens readers! Or should that be good crafternoon? Hmmm. Anyway, I digress. You guys made some excellent suggestions in last week’s episode, and several of you wanted holiday wreath ideas. Well, today is your lucky day! Also, since the ornament giveaway was such a hit (Were you the winner? Check your email!), I’m giving away this wreath as well! Scroll down for details.

I love how inexpensive and easy to customize this project is. In fact, I went home and made a big version for my own front door!

DIY Pompom Wreath

Want to win the wreath featured in today’s episode? You are in luck! To win? All you need to do is leave a comment below answering this question: are you finished decorating for the holidays? Or are you just getting started?

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 12:00 p.m. ET on December 4, 2012 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 10, 2012. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $30. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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The writers at Design Happens are topnotch perfectionists. It’s not often that I see Liz, Jessica, Kayla, Abbi, Farima, Camille, Marianne, Briana, Lili or Sarah flub anything.

Sooooo – when our Video Manager (thanks, Nick!) showed me this funny outtake from a recent Weekday Crafternoon episode, oh how I enjoyed it. I’m showing it to you today because I think you will too.

Fortunately for me, everyone on this staff has a great sense of humor. Right, Marianne? Uh, Marianne?

Marianne Canada

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Congrats, Donna C.!

Oh yeah, it’s Christmas tree time; at least it is at my house. We have a yearly tradition of buying our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, and it instantly puts me in a holiday mood. And so, inspired by the tree trimming going on in my abode, I decided to make some new ornaments for this week’s installment of Weekday Crafternoon.

Those glittery polka dot ornaments are seriously easy to make, and don’t you want to PlastiDip everything now? I know I do.

Handmade Ornaments

Not up for the challenge of making these festive ornaments? How about winning a set of them for free? That’s right, I’m giving away four handmade ornaments from this week’s episode of Weekday Crafternoon, just because it’s the holidays and I’m in a giving mood. To win? All you need to do is leave a comment below answering this question: what kind of craft would you like to see me tackle next?

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 12:00 p.m. ET on November 27, 2012 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 3, 2012. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $20. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Hello Design Happens readers! It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means: it’s time for another Weekday Crafternoon. This week I have the last handmade gift project from my Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presentation. So far in this series I’ve walked you through a thrifty gift for a group, a simple gift for a guy, and now I bring you an easy DIY gift for the ladies in your life. Check it out below.

My aunts love to cook, so I plan to make one of these crock and custom wooden spoon sets for each of them! Don’t give away my secret. How about you? Who would you make this handmade goodie for?

Gift for a Gal

See you next week!

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Good afternoon, intrepid crafters! I’m back with another round of Weekday Crafternoon, and this week we’re tackling more handmade holiday gifts. Last week I showed you an inexpensive gift for a group, and this week we’re addressing gifts for the men in your life. This project was part of my presentation last week at the Epcot International Food null Festival, and people went nuts over the simple fabric wrap and custom leather gift tag. So check it out below!

Of course, just because I call it a gift for a guy doesn’t mean any beer or spirits drinker on your list wouldn’t enjoy this little bundle. And be sure to check back with us next week, when I’ll have another Handmade Goodie They Won’t Regift video for you to watch.

Gift for a Guy

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We’re back with another installment of Weekday Crafternoon! Today I have a great gift idea for a group. You know the drill — the holidays are looming and you have a group of coworkers, your kids’ teachers, or some other group of people you need to come up with gifts for. You want to do something personal, but you don’t want to spend a lot.

Well, that is my spin on those ubiquitous tins of stale popcorn we all seem to get around the holidays, but instead of trite and expected, you’ll be giving a homemade snack packaged in a personalized tin. Also, here is a secret: this is one of the projects I’ll be doing this weekend at the Epcot International Food null Festival. Is that exciting, or what?

Gift for a Group

Are you dying for the Salted Caramel Corn recipe I mention in the video? Well, it’s your lucky day:

Salted Caramel Corn

That’s it for this week’s Weekday Crafternoon! Be sure to check back in next week, when I’ll have another handmade gift how-to. In the meantime, pop some popcorn and tell me: what groups do you have to buy gifts for this year? I have to tackle my daughter’s preschool teachers and a pack of great coworkers.

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