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Valentine Idea Faux Lollipops

Heart Valentines Beauty Shot

Heart Valentines Close-Up

My latest project for Smoothfoam is Faux Valentine Lollipops! These are great for giving or decorating with. Just be sure to let everyone know they only LOOK good enough to eat!


  • Smoothfoam hearts
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Glitter Skewers
  • Decorative paper straws
  • Ribbon
  • Craft glue

You can get the full how-to on the Smoothfoam blog.

Want some cute printables to turn these into valentines (or use them for any of your Valentine's Day crafts)? I made some just for you! Get your Valentines Tags.

Valentine Printables

Disclosure: I have a professional relationship with Smoothfoam and receive product and payment for my projects. The projects and opinions are my own.

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Chinese New Year DIY Chopsticks

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Felt Heart Pillows

LB Jan 25 Valentine Pillow Photo 1

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Sweet Faux Cupcakes

Faux Cupcakes

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Confessions of a Lazy Stitcher

Embroidered Frame Beauty II

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Computer Stock Photo

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Valentines Pin for Blog

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Adtech Demo Badge copy

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Smoothfoam DIY Beads

Smoothfoam Beads.

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