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‘Tis the Season for... LOVE! Homemade craft ideas for Valentine's


By Dawn-Renée Rice


Published December 27, 2017

The holidays are over but that doesn’t get you off the hook for presents. Valentine’s Day is upon us and that means the typical gifts of chocolates and flowers for your special someone. Or does it?

Instead of a mad dash to the store, why not try making your own gift? A handmade gift means so much more because of the thought and time put into it.

And it doesn’t have to stop at gifts. You can make your own decorations to showcase your love around your home. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve rounded up some ideas for you to consider.


“I Love You Because …” picture frame

If your loved one’s love language is words of affirmation, this is the perfect gift to make.

What you’ll need:

Picture frame (new or repurposed)

Patterned paper or fabric

Scissors

Dry Erase Marker

What to do:

Buy or repurpose a picture frame with glass. Find a romantic background to print out and cut to size or use something you might already have on hand, like fabric, wrapping paper or a paper gift bag with a pretty pattern.

You can also find a ready-made printable at www.thinkingcloset.com/2014/02/09/30-last-minute-diy-gifts-for-your-valentine. Insert the paper into the frame as you would do a photograph and secure the back. On the front, use a dry erase marker to write love notes to your special someone. The coolest part? You can leave love notes year-round, not just for Valentine’s Day.


Seed Starter Mason Jar

Does your special someone have a green thumb or want to try their hand at gardening? Gift them a cute seed starter jar!

What you’ll need:

Mini Mason jar

Glass paint

Rubbing alcohol

Stiff bristle paint brush

Small piece of cardstock

Potting soil

Seeds

Coffee beans or small pebbles

Thread

Scissors

Glass adhesive, heart-shaped stencil

Hole punch

Spoon

What to do:

Clean the jar with the rubbing alcohol and once dry, place your adhesive stencil. Dab the paint over the stencil until it’s filled completely. Let the paint dry before removing the stencil. Place the coffee beans or pebbles in the bottom of the jar (this allows for drainage for seeds and plants). Add the potting soil to the jar, leaving enough room for coverage depending on the type of seed you’re using. Plant the seed depending on the depth required according to the seed packet. Water according to packet instructions.

Next, cut a little card out of the cardstock, punch a hole in the corner and write your love note on the card. Then, thread some ribbon or twine through the hole and tie the note around the jar. Secure the lid and you’re finished!


Picture Perfect Pull-Out Photo Album

If your special someone is the sentimental type a handmade photo album is a great option.

What you’ll need:

Five images (small enough to be cut into 2-inch squares)

Heavy card stock (8.5 inches x 14 inches)

Ruler

Pencil

Hot glue

Small lidded wooden box

Spray mount adhesive

What to do:

Cut the card stock to a width of 2-13/16 inches. Measure and mark the card stock crosswise with a ruler and pencil every 2-13/16 inches. Fold the card stock at the first mark, creasing it, then fold the opposite direction at the next mark and so on to create an accordion fold. Erase the marks after folding the card stock. Place the folded card stock on a flat surface with the topmost fold facing you. Cut your five images into 2-inch squares, center them onto each card stock square and adhere with spray mount.

Let them dry for at least 10 minutes. You can also hot glue the last square to the bottom of the lidded box, allowing at least 10 minutes to dry. Then hot glue a loop of ribbon to the back of the first photo to make it easier for your loved one to enjoy their mini “scrapbook” of memories.

Whether you’re handy with crafts, there are plenty of DIY ideas to make this Valentine’s Day unforgettably unique and easy to do.


DIY HOME DECOR

Planning to entertain for Valentine’s Day or decorate for the special occasion? We talked with Dylan Palmer, head designer at Ellis Pottery, for some ideas on how to dress up your home with love.

“You can put together grapevine wreaths with mesh, add materials and embellish it,” Dylan said. “Or you can do a mesh garland and put it around your front door.”

He also suggested using the mesh to make table pieces for your table if you’re entertaining for the special day. It can be something as simple as “fastening the mesh into small wreaths and putting a candle in the middle.” Or, you can embellish plaques that say Happy Valentine’s Day with bows, ribbons, glitter and hearts to hang in your home.


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