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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Valentine's Day Lip Balm Holder Weekend Project

 I have not made a Lip Balm holder in a long time.  These are very easy to make and trust me here, they are lots of fun!  I made some one time for stocking stuffers, for gifts and for the DIVA's around Halloween.  I remember taping some tiny square mirror tiles on the insides of those!!!  You can see them here.

The pattern for the holder was from SplitCoastStampers.  Click here for the pattern.

The front of my holder was actually made by me.  I took the conversation hearts candy and put them all face up on a piece of paper and took a picture of them!  Personally I don't like them.  The taste of them not the looks of them.  I think they are cute to look at but gross to eat!!! I printed the photo out onto a piece of label sheet.  I cut it to fit the lip balm and wrapped it around the lip balm.  It really did dress up that little tube!!!  And since I had printed out two of them (I was testing the color on one of them) I thought I would use it on the front of the holder.  It worked too!!! I thought it turned out cute.  I usually have a ribbon going around the holder.  It is added between the front layer and inside layer.  I decided to use a heart shaped brad for my closure.  Most of the time the one who receives the holder takes the lip balm out and tosses the holder.  I know I have done that!! 

On the outside of the holder I stamped the words Happy Valentine's Day from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I randomly stamped it all over the front.  It needed a little something but I didn't want to add too much color because I didn't want to take the focal point off from the printed candies.  

Isn't the inside paper cute?  It's from the "Sweet Shop" designer paper package.  

These little holders also sell well at craft fairs for me.  I often get my lip balms from Avon (when they have a great sale on them) and I have gotten them at Aldi, the ones they carry are REALLY nice and I didn't think they were very expensive either.  I try to find good deals on them so I have a better profit margin when I am selling them.

These also make a fun Stamp Camp project, a great Make n Take, customer appreciation gifts, hostess appreciation gifts and as I mentioned above they make great stocking stuffers.  Get busy on making them for your holiday gift giving. When I make a bunch of them I will make myself a template and use it on the inside of each piece so it's quicker to do. I only have to measure the one time.  After that I just trace the lines and use my x-acto knife and I'm done in no time.   I have great plans of making these for the fall craft fair. 

I have a little tip for you on the instructions.  They have you cut the front and inside the same exact sizes.  I cut mine 1/8" smaller on two sides.  Once they were put together you could see the inside.  I didn't like trimming it off and it didn't look very nice on the inside once you do that.  Cutting the piece a bit smaller made a world of difference!  Other than that I just followed the simple instructions. 

Have fun making these and thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

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