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DIY Candy Hearts

Making your own Candy Hearts is a sweet way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day! It is so easy to make your own DIY candy hearts, and then box them up in little boxes to pass out to friends! You can add extracts to your hearts when you make them to give them a custom flavor… maybe you like peppermint, almond, lemon, or anise… each adds its own special touch to the holiday!

This project is part of Craft Lighting Holiday. Each day this week I’ve been sharing a fun and fast Valentine’s Day craft that can be done in 15 minutes or less. And my co-hosts Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and Laura from Handmade Home have been sharing in the fun! We’ve also asked our crafty friends to join in… check out all their great projects below!

Make your own Candy Hearts and a cut box to package them up in!

To make the candy heart boxes, you’ll need:
Paper
Sizzix Thinlets Mini Recipe Card Box (from the Where Women Cook Collection)
Sizzix Thinlits Plus Die Set – Box, Matchbox (optional – for the lattice cut-out)
Sizzix Die-Cut machine and baseplates
Hot glue

Candy hearts (check out the video below on how to make them)

 

Cut out the Mini Recipe Card Box shape:

If you like, cut out the lattice.

make box

Glue together using hot glue.

Add candy hearts, and you’re done!

Your friends won’t believe you made them yourself!

Check out these other fun and fast Valentine’s Day Crafts:

Ready for more quick and easy Valentine’s Day craft ideas?  See the ideas below!  Start with these fun Valentine mailboxes from See Lindsay.

Great quick and easy Valentine's Day crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less!

Turn conversation hearts into sugar scrub with this recipe from Happy Go Lucky.

Star Wars fans will love the heart of Kyber from Doodle Craft.

Make your own heart stamps in minutes with this idea from My Craftily Ever After.

Turn a chipboard heart into something special like this one from Me and My Inklings.

This Valentine’s Day felt banner from A Sweet Berry is just too cute.

Give the gift of coffee in style with this idea from Scrappy Chick.

And Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made these adorable matchbook Valentines!

Conversation Heart Hoop Art

If it is possible to have Valentine’s Day without Conversation Heart Candies, I don’t want to know about it. Since I was young, these chalky, flavorless sweets with their kitschy phrases are quintessential Valentine’s treats. When I was younger, I loved eating them. Now I marvel at them, and love creating Conversation Heart Crafts, like this Conversation Heart Hoop Art. If you love Conversation Hearts, you might also want to check out my Conversation Heart Earrings.

Conversation Heart Hoop Art

 

This project is part of Craft Lightning Week. All week long I’m sharing a fast, 15 minute craft you can make for Valentine’s Day. And I’m not alone! My Friend Angie from The Country Chic Cottage is co-hosting with me again, and we got Laura from Make Life Lovely to join us as our guest co-host this week! Check out their projects, and the projects from lots of our other friends down at the bottom of this page.

To stitch up your own conversation heart hoop art, you’ll need:

Small wooden hoops
Colored cotton fabrics
Red Embroidery Floss
Scissors
Water Soluble Marker
Water & Paintbrush

supplies for hoop art

I’ll be detailing the steps below, but you can also watch this quick video that will take you through the steps of making your Conversation Heart Hoop Art.

Start by cutting a piece of fabric a little larger than your hoop, and then hooping your fabric.

hoop fabric

Write on the text using the water soluble marker.

Cut a length of embroidery floss about as long as your arm. Split it so that you’re only using three threads.

split thread

Thread your needle, and start stitching!

stitch text

After stitching, trim away the excess fabric around the hoop. If you like, add glue to the edge of the fabric where it meets the hoop. This will make it more durable.

trim away fabric

Use a paintbrush and water to wash away the blue lines.

water on hoop

Wait for the water to dry (or use a hair dryer if you’re impatient). While you’re waiting, stitch up another one!

Make your own Conversation Heart Hoop Art

Check out all these Valentine’s Crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less!

Over at Pet Scribbles, you’ll learn about decorating lip balm for Valentine’s Day.

Cindy DeRosier turns Conversation Hearts into a cute bunny!

These have to be the sweetest You Rock Valentines, Carla Schaurer really rocked this!

Here Comes the Sun will show you how to make your own scratcher Valentines.

The Gagen Girls whipped up these Pokemon Valentines.

This ribbon bookmark idea from Mad In Crafts is a Valentine any bookworm would love!

How cute are these skateboard Valentines from Laura’s Crafty Life?

I’m really loving the Valentine’s Mason Jar that Angie from The Country Chic Cottage Created!

Spend Valentine’s Day passing on some relaxation with these DIY Bath Bombs from Laura at Make Life Lovely.

Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for the last day of Craft Lightning Valentine’s!

 

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Chocolate

Valentine’s is my favorite. I’m not sure why. It might be because my favorite color is red. Or that Valentine’s Day is right after my birthday. Or it might be that so many Christmas items go on sale the month before, and can be repurposed to make awesome Valentine’s crafts at a fraction of the price! Like this Chocolate. It comes with a Santa on the wrapper (scroll down to see), but peel that off, and add my free printable wrapper, and you’ve got instant Valentine’s Chocolate goodness. I bought this chocolate bar just last week at 75% off the pre-Christmas price!

Valentine's Chocolate - Made from On Sale Christmas Chocolate!

This Project is part of Craft Lightning Week. All week long, my crafty Co-Hosts (Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Laura from Make Life Lovely) and I are sharing a new Valentine’s craft that can be made in 15 minutes or less. And, we’ve invited a bunch of our crafty friends to join in as well. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to check out today’s 15 minute or less Valentine’s Day craft ideas!

To make this Valentine’s Chocolate, you’ll need:
Russel Stover Santa Chocolate
Valentine’s Chocolate Printable
Scissors
Double-Sided Tape

note: If you can’t find these Santa Chocolates, check out my Valentine’s Chocolate Bar craft instead.

supplies

Cut out the printed shape.

cut on lines

Remove the paper wrapper from the chocolate (leave on the foil). Then wrap in the new paper.

fold around chocolate

Tape flap down with double-sided tape. Your Christmas chocolate has been converted to Valentine’s Chocolate!

wrapped chocolate

I made it a two dollar bill because Valentine’s Day isn’t about big sums of money – it is about two people getting together. Which is also why I left the center of the wrapper blank. You can add a picture of you and your sweetie, write in your names, or do anything you like to make this chocolate bar extra special for the two of you.

Turn Christmas Chocolate into Valentine's Chocolate

 

If you’re looking for more fast Valentine’s Day crafts, you’ll want to check out these great projects:

 

Over at Creative Cynchronicity, you’ll learn all about making these Air Dry Valentine’s Ornaments.

My Mom Made That whipped up these Conversation Heart bookmarks.

Find out how to whip up some heart stamped tea towels with Sparkle Living.

You’ll want to hang one of these chocolate cones from Busy Mom’s Helper on every doorknob in your house (good thing each door has two doorknobs)!

Why should Christmas be the only holiday with a countdown calendar – check out this Valentine’s Countdown Calendar from Gingersnap Crafts.

Our crafty guest host, Laura from Make Life Lovely, made these great Valentine’s treat boxes.

 

My Craft Lightning Co-host, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made this adorable Valentine’s pallet art that made me squeal from the cuteness!

Be sure to swing back by tomorrow for more great Valentine’s Day craft ideas that can be done in a time crunch!

Magnetic Photo Frames

My kids are obsessed with my Instax Camera. They love taking photos of themselves, me, our animals, their legos… anything they can capture in the camera frame. As soon as they take the photo, they get to watch it appear like magic on the photo paper. I love finding fun ways to display their photos, like this Instax Cartridge Frame, and these fun Magnetic Photo Frames that are perfect for a Valentine’s Display!

Make these simple Magnetic Photo Frames

These magnetic photo frames are part of Craft Lightning Valentine’s Day. All week long my crafty co-hosts and I are sharing fast and fun Valentine’s crafts that can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less. We’ve asked our crafty friends from around the internet to join in. Check out all their ideas at the bottom of this post.

Supplies:
Wood Frame (mine were from Michael’s in a “Fun in a Jar Wood Stamps”, you can find similar on Etsy here, here, or here, and Amazon [affiliate link] here). If you want the exact same, you might want to contact a laser cutter on Etsy to make you identical frames.Paint
Paint brushes
Decorations – rhinestones, ribbon, flowers, etc.
Glue
ProMag Magnet Tape
Scissors

supplies

Measure out the right amount of magnet tape, cut. Cut into one wider and one more narrow strip, and adhere to top and bottom of the wooden frame.

cut and place magnets

Paint frames.

paint frames

Glue on decorative bits.

add accessories

Your magnets are complete!

make these fun magnets to display instax photos

Here are more great Valentine’s Crafts you can whip up in 15 minutes or less:

How cute is this Valentine’s Bracelet over at Try it Like it?

Over at Dragonflies and Lilypads, you’ll find a fun twist on the classic Scandinavian Woven Heart.

Underground Crafter gives me a serious case of “why didn’t I think of that?” with her pancake breakfast mix for two in a bottle.

Don’t tell my husband, but one of my dreams is to have a full set of china for every holiday. I’ll be one step closer with this great idea for painted Valentine’s plates from wife in progress.

 

Skip the traditional tissue-box Valentine’s holder for this fun door hanger valentine holder from My Very Educated Mother.

Albion Gould whipped up the easiest ever Valentine’s hoop art – I love this no-sew project!

Laura from Make Life Lovely, our crafty co-host for this week’s series, designed these adorable pencil valentines.

Over at The Country Chic Cottage, Angie has been co-hosting this series with me for years… and she made this great (and surprisingly simple) Valentine’s Wreath.

 

Valentine’s Lock and Key Earrings

Making Jewelry for Valentine’s Day is a simple and inexpensive gift for someone you love, or a fast and fun way to whip up a special accessory for yourself! These lock and key earrings are great for Valentine’s Day, either to wear yourself or give as a gift.

Make your own Lock and Key Earrings in just a few minutes!

 

These earrings are part of Craft Lightning Week. All week long, my crafty co-hosts and I are sharing fast and fun crafts that you can make to share the love… in 15 minutes or less! And we’ve invited our craftiest friends from around the internet to share their fast Valentine’s crafts as well. Check out the bottom of this post for their fast Valentine craft ideas.

To make the lock and key earrings, you’ll need:
Key Charms
Lock Charms
2 earring wires
2 head pins
2 red beads
2 small crystals
Jewelry Pliers (2 pair – you’ll need 1 round nosed, and 1 with wire cutters, or a separate pair of wire cutters)

supplies for lock and key earrings

Grab 1 earring wire, 1 lock charm, and 1 key charm.

parts for earring

Open up the jump ring, and put them together.

put pieces together

Grab a head pin, red bead, and crystal.

pieces for dangle

Put crystal and red bead on head pin. Bend head pin over round-nosed pliers.

curve wire

String onto the loop on the bottom of the lock charm. Wrap wire around itself two times.

wrap wire

Clip the excess wire off the head pin, and tuck the end out of the way with pliers. One earring is complete!

one finished earring

Repeat steps for the second earring.

DIY lock and Key earrings - perfect for Valentine's Day

Want some more great Valentine’s Craft ideas? Check out these great ideas:

This watercolor card from It Happens in a Blink is simple and fun to create!

Over at 100 Directions, Jen made these great Valentine’s cards you can print and color.

Morena over at Morena’s Corner made this Valentine’s Family Tree that is super fun to make for Valentine’s Day!

I love these little Valentine’s bags from 5 Little Monsters.

Over at the Southern Couture you’ll get details and a free printable for this Love Bible Journaling.

At Anika’s DIY Life, you’ll learn how to make this fun Valentine’s Headband.

Salvage Sister and Mister show you how to make these fun Hatch Animal Valentines.

Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for more fast and fun Valentine’s Day Craft ideas!

 

 

Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

This year brought with it two new nieces. I thought it would be fun to give them each a special ornament for their first Christmas. Making a special ornament doesn’t have to be difficult, complicated, or requir of fancy materials… I made each of these cute ornaments in about 10 minutes, and I’ll show you how!

DIY Baby's First Ornament

This post is part of Craft Lightning Holiday – all week long my co-hosts and I will be sharing fast and fun Holiday crafts that can be made in 10 minutes or less. Check out their posts, and the posts from our friends around the internet for lots of fast crafting ideas. I’ve linked them up at the bottom of this post.

To make the Baby’s First Christmas Ornament, you’ll need:

baby's first christmas ornament supplies

Clear Glass Ball Ornament
Lace
Ribbon
Hot Glue
Paint Pen
Baby Shoe Stickers from Little B

Start by hot gluing the lace around the ornament.

glue on lace

Tie ribbon around the top, glue in place.

glue down ribbon

Use the paint pen to add the baby’s name and date, and your ornament is done!

Make a DIY baby's first Christmas Ornament

Here are some more great 15 minute or less Christmas and Holiday Crafts!

How great are these  pine cones turned into cute little Christmas trees from Wife in Progress!?

I love this jingle bells ornament from Sparkle Living Blog.

Add some style to any gift with these great shaker Christmas tags from Laura’s Crafty Life.

If you’re looking for a simple neighbor gift, you might want to Hand paint a Christmas mug easily  like this one from Practically Functional.

Make an extra large tree skirt in just minutes with the great video from Just JP.

Convert wine corks into bird house ornaments in just minutes with My Very Educated Mother.

Don’t make a trip to the mountains to cut down your own mistletoe, whip up paper mistletoe to decorate your home with this project from Busy Mom’s Helper.

How sweet is this twine ornament from Dragonflies and Lillypads.

Our guest co-hostess for this series is Tried & True.  She shows you how to make this adorable recycled bottle snow globe.

Angie from The Country Chic Cottage is my Co-host for each Craft Lightning. She is a genius with fast crafts, and made this adorable plaid ornament.

Easy Santa Gift Tags

These Santa Gift Tags are super simple to make! With just a few minutes and a few supplies, you’ll have this adorable gift tag to put on a gift for someone special! I love how easy these Santa gift tags are to make!

This post is part of the Craft Lightning Holiday series. All week long Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and I, along with our guest-host, Vanessa from Tried & True, are sharing fast and fun Holiday Crafts – all are Holiday Crafts that can be done in 15 minutes or less! And each day we have crafty friends from around the internet sharing their fun and fast ideas as well! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for their ideas.

Santa Gift Tags

To make these gift tags you’ll need:
Scrapbook or construction paper in red, white, and flesh tones
Sizzix Santa Die
Scissors
Glue Stick
Hole Punch
String

santa sizzix die

Run one layer of white, one of red, and one skin toned through the machine.

run-through-machine

supplies for santa tags

Use scissors to cut out the face, hat, and nose out of the appropriate colors. Glue in place with a glue stick.

glue parts in place

Punch hole in top of hat, and add a string.

finished santa gift tags

 

Check out these other fun projects:

These Dreidel Gift Tags are another fun option! The Underground Crafter will show you how they’re made.

gift-tag

How fun is this DIY wrapping paper? You’ll find the how-to over at Nap Time Creations.

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over at My Mom Made That, you’ll learn how to add the smells of Christmas throughout the house with these Christmas sachets.

cinnamon

Cinger Snap Crafts has a fun ornament idea – these wood slice ornaments!

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Check out this great rustic Christmas Sign from Here Comes the Sun!

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This fun modern clock is a great way to remind your children of the joys of the holiday season… and good behavior!

modern-clock

Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for more fun and fast holiday craft ideas!

 

Halloween Jack-o’-Lantern Necklace

I hope you’ve enjoyed all the quick and easy Halloween Crafts I’ve been sharing! Here is an easy Halloween Jack-o’Lantern Necklace. No fancy tools, no sewing – and you can make it in about 5 minutes! Be sure to scroll all the way down to check out the other fast and fun 15-minute-or-less Halloween craft ideas!

 

halloween-jack-o-lantern-necklace

 

To make this necklace, you’ll need:

Necklace Pendant
Orange Fabric
Black Fabric Paint
Mixed Media Glue
pencil or pen
Scissors

supplies for necklace

Open the package, and trace the top hoop onto the fabric.

trace

Cut out just inside the tracing line. Don’t cut the bump at the top.

cut out fabric

Add glue to the base.

add glue

Place the fabric circle on top.

glue on fabric

Glue the top hoop in place, and you’re done!

finished halloween jack o lantern necklace

 

Here are some more awesome and fun Halloween Craft ideas!

My Craftily Ever After is whipping up  fun Halloween treat boxes.

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A weet Berry shows you how to create this great pumpkin banner in just a few minutes.

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Give your guest bath a makeover with these Halloween themed pump soaps from Happy Go Lucky.

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If you’re going for an 80’s-themed costume this year, you’ll want to whip up one of these 80s themed bracelets by Scrappy Chick Designs.
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Have you tried quilling? It is an easy and inexpensive craft, and Creative Cynchronicity will show you how with these quilled paper bat earrings!

quilled-earring

How fun is this  spider wall hanging that Dragonflies and Lillypadswhipped up!?

spider-decor

Over at Artistic Endeavor, you’ll learn to turn any jar into a metallic pumpkin lantern.

metalic-jar

I love anything that glows in the dark, and so I’m a huge fan of this glow in the dark spider jar from Me and My Inklings.

glow-spider

Your kids are going to love this this great windsock project from Me and My Very Educated Mother.

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My co-hostess for this series, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, made this awesome Frankenstein treat bag.

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Our guest co-hostess is 100 Directions had the fabulous idea of turning mason jar lids into glowing eyes to decorate for Halloween.

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Googly Eye Headband

I have a thing for googly eyes. They make me go completely googly on the inside. For realz. And I can’t explain it. Googly eyes are my catnip. And Halloween is the perfect time to break out my giant stash of googly eyes. Like this Googly Eye Headband. It is crazy simple to make, and is the perfect “un-costume”. Maybe you work in an industry where you can’t dress up for Halloween, but want your attire to be a nod to this festival of tricks and treats. Or maybe your child’s school doesn’t allow costumes, but you can’t resist bending the rules on the 31st of October. Take a few minutes, and whip up this fun Googly Eye Headband!

This project is part of Craft Lightning Week. All week long, I’ve been sharing 15-minute-or-less crafts here on 30 Minute Crafts as part of the series – so have my friends Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Jen from 100 Directions. AND, we invited a bunch of our crafty friends from around the internet to join in. Scroll down to check out all their fun projects!

Googly Eye Headband - easy to make Halloween accessory!

Supplies for Googly Eye Headband:

Googly Eyes (you can use all the same, or different sizes and colors)
Hot Glue
Headband (wide or skinny – up to you!)

supplies for googly eye headband

Just glue the eyes in place. On a wide headband, you’ll want different sized eyes, Stagger them for a less structured look.

glue on eyes

I really like the thin band with the row of same-sized googly eyes. It is also easier to make. Just add a line of glue about an inch or an inch and a half long. Then put on googly eyes. Repeat all the way around the headband. Your Googly Eye Headband is complete.

glue eyes in a row

I’ve got one more day of 15 minute Halloween craft ideas… be sure to come back tomorrow to check it out!

Check out these other fast and fun Halloween Crafts:

Try it Like it shows you how to make a simple mummy wrapped candle.

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Midge and Madge show you how you can make your own Halloween Treat bag – these are so simple, you could make them the morning before!

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Crafty kids will love making these Halloween beadie buddies – this is a great scout craft project, and The Gagen Girls will show you how!

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Over at Laura’s Crafty Life, you’ll learn how to make a Halloween wreath that is pretty and spooky at the same time!

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Albion Gould used glow in the dark embroidery thread (how did I not know about this stuff??) to make a cute ghost tassel necklace.

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Our crafty-guest-co-host, Jen from 100 Directions, made these fun Boo Bags using adorable Halloween printables.

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And Angie over at the Country Chic Cottage, my crafty co-host for this series, made these cute burlap candy corn gift bags!

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Hanging Spider Hoop

Looking for an inexpensive Halloween craft to make with a group of kids? This simple hanging spider hoop is easy to make! For younger kids, you can have an adult man the glue gun, or you can switch it out for some crafting glue or even adhesive dots.

This hanging spider hoop is part of Craft Lightning Week – all week long my friends Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Jen from 100 Directions and I are sharing 15-minute-or-less Halloween crafts… and we’ve asked a bunch of our crafty friends to join in. Scroll to the bottom to check out their projects!

Hanging hoop spider - simple craft

Supplies:

To make this hanging hoop spider, you’ll need:
Black Doily
Black Ribbon
Embroidery hoop smaller than the doily
Scissors
Hot Glue
Googly Eyes
String

supplies-for-spider-craft

Put the doily in the embroidery hoop. Cut 4 ribbons, each 12-18″, depending on the size of your hoop.

supplies for hanging spider craft

Tie the ribbons around the hoop using double knots.

tie on ribbons

Trim the ribbons to be about the same length. Glue on the eyes.

add eyes

Hang in your room using string tied to the center of the doily.

Check out these other fast and fun Halloween craft ideas:

Kelly from Here Comes the Sun made a cute dessert stand – perfect for serving Halloween treats!

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Over at Stuff and Such, Lisa shows you this fun take on spider web door decor.

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My son is a fan of candy corn and Mickey Mouse – he’d love these Candy Corn Mickey Mouse cookies from Danielle at Busy Mom’s Helper.

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Looking for some Halloween sensory play? Or maybe just a gross Halloween craft? Laura at Housewife Hellraiser has you covered with this great DIY Slime.

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Lindsay from Artsy-Fartsy Mama made the most adorable Halloween charms. But you don’t have to beg to be her new bestie to get your hands on some… she shows you how to make your own!

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Carla shows you how to customize your tumber for Halloween using vinyl (so easy!) on her site CarlaSchauer.com

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Love simple and elegant Halloween decor? Paula at Frog Prince Paperie shows you how to make these upscale pumpkin candlesticks.

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Dress up some store-bought cupcakes, or use these bat and raven cake toppers from Jen at 100 Directions as an easy way to decorate your favorite homemade cupcakes!

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Halloween decor for pennies? Angie from The Country Chic Cottage shows you how to use sticks and leaves from your yard to make this fun Halloween decor!

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Come back tomorrow for more fun and fast Halloween craft ideas!