Valentine’s Day DIY From At The Picket Fence

Heather and Vanessa from At The Picket Fence Share Their Sweet Idea for a DIY Valentine's Day Gift

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For proof that the “creative gene” is more than just a figure of speech, look no farther than Heather Patterson and Vanessa Hunt. The sisters, who write the blog At the Picket Fence, seem to have a never-ending well of ideas for DIY home decor, seasonal crafts, and imaginative entertaining ideas.

Since Heather and Vanessa are our latest curators over on Joss & Main (their event starts Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:00 p.m), we thought it would be a perfect chance to ask them to share a favorite Valentine’s Day DIY project that we could try ourselves. Their pick? A cute and easy gift idea that anyone would love, in the form of a personalized coffee mug and a set of chocolate dipping spoons. We re-created both projects over the weekend, and were surprised at how easy they were, and how fun the end result was.


Chocolate Dipping Spoons

First up, the dipping spoons, which are perfect for swirling in hot chocolate on a chilly day, or turning a cup of coffee into a sweet treat. Along with sprinkles and white chocolate ribbons, we loved the ladies’ sophisticated idea to add Himalayan pink salt to the spoons.

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Ingredients

  • Plastic spoons (vintage tea spoons can also be used).
  • Baking Pan with rim
  • Parchment Paper
  • 1/2 of a bag of 8 ounce Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Multi-colored sprinkles
  • Small Plastic Bags and Twine for gift giving

Instructions

  • Layer Baking Pan with parchment paper
  • Lean spoon handles along edge of pan so they are level
  • Melt chocolate chips in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes at 50% power, stir. Continue to microwave at 30 second increments until chips are fully melted
  • Carefully spoon melted chocolate into bowl of each spoon and gently smooth out chocolate
  • Sprinkle each spoon with a few pieces of pink salt and/or sprinkles
  • Melt white chocolate following instructions above
  • Using a small spoon, drizzle white chocolate across bowls of spoons using a quick zig-zag motion
  • Allow spoons to harden completely
  • Package top of spoon with small plastic bags and tie bottom for gift giving

“Love” Mugs
As simple as the spoons were, the mugs were even easier. Just draw a design on a white porcelain mug, bake in the oven for a bit and you’ve got your new favorite mug (we suggest making two, because you’re going to want to keep one. We chose festive-colored paint pens for our designs.

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Supplies

  • Paint pens in various colors (available at most craft stores)
  • Ceramic mug

Instructions

  • Draw a fun design. We chose to do our designs freehand, but you can use stencils, too.
  • Decorate both sides, or the handle if desired
  • Place on cookie sheet in cool oven.  Bring to 350 and bake for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool in oven.
  • Consider hand washing to maintain design.

The Finished Product
Once both projects are done, place the spoons in cellophane baggies and tie with twine or ribbon, and put them in the mug. Easy, right?
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