DIY Gold Glitter Mason Jars

Hello my name is Brie and I have a problem. A mason jar problem. In that I currently have about 1,386 empty jars sitting in my pantry. It is a serious issue and I may need a 12 step program to help me stop collecting jars. Haha, who am I kidding? I’m never going to stop collecting jars. I’ll just find 1,386 new ways to use them in crafts instead. :)

This project was one of those perfect projects that was easy, cheap, and really quick! And I love, love, love the way these jars look.  I may have a new obsession…painted jars. Think of all the different colors! Oh so many possibilities!

The supplies are pretty straightforward. Empty and clean jars of some kind (old spaghetti or salsa jars work great!), tape, and spray paint.

I used two different types of spray paint for this craft, one solid gold and the other glitter. I love the touch that the glitter added to these jars, especially since I was making them with St. Patrick’s Day in mind, but it definitely isn’t a necessary step if you’d like to make it even easier.

I used regular ol’ painters tape to tape off sections on two of the jars with the plan being to paint the entire third jar.

The next step is…wait for it…PAINT the jars! What?!? I know, crazy right? I did two coats of the gold and one of the glitter, waiting about 15 minutes in between each coat.

After the paint dried completely I took off the tape to reveal my pretty, sparkly jars. I love how quick this project was and how great the results are.

These would be absolutely stunning for wedding centerpieces, to use in decorating bridal or baby showers, birthday parties, different holidays, etc. You can add stripes, do them all solid, glitter, there are endless possibilities to do exactly what you want!

So what do you think? Is this a possible craft project in your future?





A New Venture…Darling Photos

Hello there Darling Readers! I hope you don’t mind if I take a moment and share something personal with you today. When I started this blog a few years ago I had no idea that it would become such a passion for me, or that it would be such a blessing for our family. Through your support I have been able to grow and learn so many new things about myself and the world of DIY and crafts. I am more grateful than I can say! I couldn’t do it without you!

One area that I have really felt myself grow is in photography. My pictures when I first started this blog were…well, frankly…they were terrible.  I had NO CLUE what I was doing, or how to take a good picture. And while I can always learn more, I do feel like my photo skills have increased greatly. And more than that, I found my love for photography also growing in leaps and bounds. I found that I LOVE to take pictures! My family can attest to the fact that I bring my camera nearly everywhere and am always clicking away. I have realized the importance of capturing these moments and memories before they are gone forever, and how much I will treasure them in the years to come. And all this has created in me a desire to help other families capture their precious memories as well. This is why I have started another outlet of my darling business, Darling Photos.

I have a brand new website that I have put a lot of work into where you can browse through my photo galleries, see my pricing, and reach out to schedule a session. It is still fairly new but I will be updating it often as I continue to do more photo sessions.Right now I am busy with high school seniors and I have to say, these senior sessions are so fun! The kids are game to try anything and I’m loving the images I have captured.

You can also follow my Darling Photos Facebook page, or find me on Instagram @briesdarlingphotos.

If you are in the greater Phoenix, AZ area and find yourself in need of a photographer, I hope you will think of me. I would love the opportunity to help you record your families and the memories you create together. And again, I really am so grateful for the many kind readers who allow me to write this blog and do what I do. Thank you.

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Bingo Game

The other day we were walking around the store and my little girl saw the holiday aisles with all the Valentine’s Day displays. Her eyes were so big as she gazed around and whispered, “Mom, this is amazing!” There were stuffed animals, flowers, candy, glitter, and most important of all SO MUCH PINK! What more could a three year old want?

I was trying to think of something that would be fun to use with all of that colorful and yummy candy and I came up with a Valentine’s Day Bingo Game! I’ve created the set for you, all ready to go! All you have to do is provide the candy to use to mark off the squares.  Chocolate is recommended, but not necessary. But use chocolate. Life is better with chocolate in it.

To play this game simply click the link below and you can download the PDF files, which include four playing cards and the game squares. Print at home or any copy store (you can even laminate them if you’d like to reuse!) and cut out the game squares. Printing on cardstock will help make the cards more durable, which is key when playing with kids. Then just grab your candy and play! Tons of fun for kids and parents, and a great way to spend some time together.


I hope you enjoy these cards, and thank you for stopping by my blog!  I’d love it if you also hopped over to Instagram to follow along with me as I share more holiday ideas, home decor ideas, and behind the scenes pictures of our crazy and wonderful little life. And if you use these bingo cards, or ANY printable off this lil’ blog, use the hashtag #darlingdoodlesdesign so that I can be sure to see your creativity in action!



Creative Places to Hide an “I Love You” Note

There is no rule that says you are only allowed to celebrate being in love on February 14th.  In fact, I think it is a good thing to do every day! But having Valentine’s day come around every year does give us a little reminder to put forth some extra effort and do something a little special. I thought I’d share something I have been doing for my husband for years.  I LOVE to leave little notes for him to find.  Nothing big or spectacular, but just a tiny note that shows I was thinking about him and wanted to tell him I loved him. He always loves finding them when he least expects it. Sometimes he finds them right away, or at least on the same day I hid the note. Sometimes it may be awhile before they are found and then it is a pleasant surprise to both of us!  Here are some of my favorite places to leave a note:

Dealing with the trash is definitely one of my least favorite chores.  Especially taking it out to the stinky, smelly big garbage can outside. Whenever my man takes it out (which he almost always does) then I feel he definitely deserves a big “I Love You!”

In the mood for a yummy PB&J?  How about a happy surprise with your sandwich?  This is easily done by using a toothpick on a new jar of peanut butter.

If you have children then chances are you have multiple toys lying around with the alphabet on them. Put those magnets/puzzle pieces/blocks etc. to good use and spell out a message on the kitchen counter or table!

Where do men spend a lot of their time? At least give them something to smile about while they are…taking care of business.  :)

Any fruit with a peel you won’t eat is perfect for this! Throw it into their lunchbox or simply leave it in the fruit bowl for them to find when they reach for a healthy snack.

Leave a note so that when they are getting dressed they’ll see a note from you helping them get their day off to a great start!

Fighting over who has control of the TV? Stop the fight before it even begins with this peace-offering.

Get off on the right foot (sorry, I couldn’t resist) by tucking a love note into a favorite pair of shoes!

Let them know you are thinking of them even when they are out on the road. Whether just a quick drive around the corner to the store or away on a business trip, they’ll know they are on your mind!

These are just a few places to get you started!  Look around your house and think about drawers, doors, and cabinets that are used frequently.  Hide them in other pieces of clothing, under their pillow, taped onto food in the fridge, etc. There is no wrong way or place! And don’t forget, if you are on a budget this Valentine’s Day (or for an anniversary!) then this is a fantastic way to still make the day sweet and memorable! Have fun!


Printable Valentine’s Day Lunchbox Notes

When I first started this little blog years ago one of the first things I made were some lunchbox jokes and notes for each holiday.  Since that was so long ago I thought it would be really fun to create some new notes in all new designs! These are such simple little notes to slip into your child’s lunch, you will be on your way to “Mom of the Year” in no time!  And with very little effort.  :)

Valentine's cards on wood backgroundAren’t these little woodland creatures just adorable?  They make me smile.  They’re sure to put a smile on your child’s face as well.

Valentine's Day Cards on Wood BackgroundValentines Day notesI will probably be using these for my daughter’s preschool as well, I’ll just attach them to a small piece of chocolate and we will be good to go! Perfect valentine’s for all her little friends.

Valentines Day Cards on Wood BackgroundThis is a free printable so all you have to do is download, print, and cut! Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD THE PDF: Valentines Lunch Box Notes



Valentine’s Day Decor with FREE Printable Banner!

Would you all believe me if I told you that Valentine’s Day was less than a month away?  Isn’t that crazy!  I always feel kind of silly busting out the Valentine’s Day decor and crafts in the middle of January (it feels too soon after Christmas) but if we wait until February we’ll practically miss the holiday! I have lots of fun posts planned for the next couple of weeks all centered around this day of love! To start with I am setting the tone in my own home with a pretty pink and teal Valentines display, highlighted by a few glints of gold.

Valentines DecorI like that these aren’t the traditional Valentines colors but they still give a sweet and romantic feel. The addition of little hearts sprinkled throughout and the word love bring it all together.

I found this gorgeous gold tray at a thrift store, score!!!  It is really, really heavy and I love the texture it has.  I think I will be using this one in several displays as a fantastic background piece.  I love finding items like this that can be used over and over for many different holidays.  Versatile pieces help cut down on all the decor I have to store as well!

Valentines Day DecorConfession:  I stole the “Do Small Things With Great Love” plaque off the bedroom wall of my three year old. When she came down the stairs and noticed it on the piano…let’s just say she wasn’t happy.  I guess there is one person in the house who isn’t a fan of my display.  :)

Valentines Day DecorThe dollar spot at Target is currently filled with items in these colors!  I went by there after I had already put up my display and it is a pretty good thing, otherwise I would have spent way too much money.  But I couldn’t resist making one purchase, this tiny little “love” piece.  And for only $3, I think it was a necessity.  :)

Valentines Day DecorI made the banner by creating the flowered pennants and using clothespins to hang them onto some twine along with pink heart doilies from the Dollar Tree.  I tied some lace and ribbon in between each pennant to give it even more flair and dimension.

Valentines Day Decor

And the best part is?  I’m sharing the pennant banner with you for free!  Simply download and print and you’ll have an easy and cute Valentine’s Day decoration ready to go!


Valentines Day DecorIf you use this banner in your own home (or any of my printables) I’d love to see!  Simply share it on Instagram and use the hashtag #darlingdoodlesdesign so we can see your displays!