Cupcake Liner Flowers with Chocolate Candy Centers

Cupcake Liner Flowers with Chocolate Candy Centers perfect for Teacher Appreciation or even a sweet Mother's Day Gift! {Dolen Diaries}

Teacher Appreciation Week is such a special week not just for teachers but for the kids, too! I taught kindergarten for 10 years before staying home with my boys and one of the most cherished memories of teacher appreciation weeks gone by isn’t the great gifts it was the little faces as they would eagerly present their gift to me. It made they all felt so proud and excited to show me how much I meant to them. I want my boys to experience the joy of giving to someone so important in their lives! Ash’s teacher LOVES flowers and chocolate so we decided we would make her some Cupcake Liner Flowers with Chocolate Candy Centers.


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For each flower cut two cupcake paper flowers. *To make leaves cut the petals of a flower apart.

Start with a green craft stick.

Add a dab of hot glue.

Place the first flower shape pattern side down.

To protect little fingers from getting burned, have them use a skewer to press the cupcake liner into the glue.

Add a dab of glue in the center of the flower shape.

Layer the second flower shape on top of the first, pattern side up.

Glue a White Mini Cupcake Liner in the center of the flower.

Add a big glob of hot glue to hold the chocolate candy.

Press the chocolate candy into the pool of hot glue and hold until the glue has a chance to cool.

Flip over the flower.

Glue leaves to the back of the green craft stick.

These adorable cupcake liner flowers with chocolate candy centers would be perfect to hand out just like this.

Use some floral foam and a Berry Basket to hold the cupcake liner flower bouquet.

Hot glue the Floral Foam to the bottom of the Berry Basket.

Press the stems into the Floral Foam.

Arrange the cupcake liner flowers with chocolate candy centers in the Berry Basket.

Top the Floral Foam with Paper Shred. These lovely Cupcake Liner Flowers with Chocolate Candy Centers only take a few minutes make and your child will proudly bring them to their teacher this Teacher Appreciation Week!

Cupcake Liner Flowers with Chocolate Candy Centers {Dolen Diaries}

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Quick & Easy Coat Closet Makeover

Quick & Easy Coat Closet Makeover {Dolen Diaries} Turn your coat closet into a mini mudroom


We live in a small house without a mud room which made for a bit of a disaster area by the front door especially during the school year!  This quick & easy coat closet makeover was a major game changer for the Dolen household last school year! This once messy & under utilized coat closet is now our very own mini mudroom! Things are easy to find as we are getting ready to head out the door & those pesky return to school papers are no longer lost in a pile!

Here’s the full before…yikes!

To start I emptied everything out of the closet and painted the inside the same color as our living room {Sherwin Williams Sleep Blue}. * A little quick tip: take all your measurements so you can be prepping the shelves etc. while you are waiting for the paint to dry. Once everything is dry you’ll be ready to throw it all together!

I picked this Martha Stewart shelf up at Home Depot. We had to assemble it inside of the closet because it fit perfectly along the back wall of the closet but wouldn’t fit through the door jam. *Make sure you are attaching to studs. If you just drill into the sheet rock, the screws won’t hold and you’ll have a mess of a shelf on the floor.

The closet really needed some baseboard to give it a more finished look and to keep the dirt from the shoes from falling down in between the tile and the wall. We, unfortunately, didn’t have any scrap baseboard so instead we used some extra cedar fencing we had from our fence. {It’s in a closet, it doesn’t have to match, right!?!}

Micah has big feet {size 13…not fun finding shoes for him} so it’s an easy assumption that our boys will have big feet, too. I wanted our shelves to be deep enough for all the big feet that are destine for this house. We took a 11″ wide plank of smooth cedar cut it down to fit our closet and sprayed it with a clear coat.

To attach the shelves we screwed pieces of L metal into the bottom of the shelf and into the wall. *Don’t forget to find those studs!

I knew we would use all of the hooks under the shelf for jackets so I picked up this hook at Target for backpacks.

To keep the boys’ hats, gloves, etc. tamed I purchased three of Martha’s grey fabric storage bins.

I had found this adorable metal chalkboard at a local gift shop and thought it would be the perfect addition to my mini mudroom! I hung it from a 3m hook and then secured it to the door with command strips so it wouldn’t swing when the door moved. {It would completely destroy the door & be SO loud!} This chalkboard also has three small pockets, perfect for my 3 boys!

I use them to hold papers that need to be returned to school and are waiting to be sent back. *These are NOT next day papers! Anything that goes right back the next day is put into their folders inside of the backpacks the evening before. This is more like picture envelopes that are supposed to go back on picture day or our Box Top collection envelopes that I only send in once a month. This isn’t long term storage so the smaller size is perfect! I love that they are “in your face” so you don’t forget to send them back!

This was such a quick & easy coat closet makeover and it really made a huge difference for us this past school year! I love it when simple projects make a big impact! Now let me show you what it looks like in use…

Coat Closet turned Mini Mudroom {Dolen Diaries}

I used to be embarrassed when the coat closet was left open but now it’s not the eye sore it once was and it works SO much more efficiently for our family!

We each have a hook for our jacket {Micah keeps his coat in his car just incase he needs it. He’s not a big coat wearer.} and this backpack hook is the perfect height for Ash to hang his backpack on. I try to limit the number of shoes each family member keeps in the closet to keep the top shelf clear for my purse, the diaper bag, and any bags with returns that need to be made.

See that black plastic tray!?! Oh how I love these trays! You can get them for SUPER cheap at Home Depot and they are amazing! Muddy, grassy soccer cleats, wet rain boots, etc all go on the tray where they dry and don’t make a huge mess on the tile! It may sound silly but these were game changers for me! I used to get so irritated by the wet mess that was always on the tile. {We live in the PNW, it’s wet here!} In fact I love them so much we have an extra one at the back door for shoes that play in the backyard. Okay, I’m done gushing over these trays…it’s totally the little things in life, right!?!

I know it may be a quick & easy coat closet makeover but trust me after a year of using this, it’s a total sanity saver! It really makes our mornings run just a little smoother and who doesn’t need that!?!

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