Now that the month of love is in full bloom. there's something that you may be itching to cross off your agenda. The closer we get to Valentine's Day, the more apparent it becomes that we're going to have to scramble for that absolutely perfect gift for that special someone.
For fellow procrastinators, these insightful words by Bill Watterson have never looked more promising: "You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic." Luckily, these swoon-worthy Valentine's Day gift ideas will prove that you don't have to be a DIY connoisseur to avoid showing up empty-handed.
The greatest aspects of these gifts are that they're easy to make and can be done in your spare time, showing that a little TLC goes a long way. Plus, you'll save yourself from feeling like you're in the hunger games along with all of those crunch-time shoppers.
1. Love Note in a Bottle
By Sam of Thrive360Living
- Tag Paper Punch
- Mini hole punch (from Paper Source)
- Glass bottle ($1.19 at Michael's)
- Confetti hearts
Not only is this easy to make (writing your love note and decoring the bottle with confetti hearts, and stickers - Could life be any simpler?), it's a great idea for a thoughtful and personal custom gift.
2. Valentine Light Bulb
By Kate of Design Sponge
- Red thin gauge wire (available at craft stores)
- Light bulb (any standard incandescent bulb with a regular size base will do..no fluorescent or halogen bulbs)
- Safety goggles
- Scrap piece of wood or wood cube (craft stores usually sell wood for crafts and would have a small square or chunky piece that would work)
- 2 pins
- Paper and pen (or type written message)
- Wire cutters
- Hammer and nail (Optional- if you are using soft balsa or craft wood these are not necessary)
- Hot glue gun
- Wire: $2
- Wood scrap or cube: $2
- Tools, paper: on hand
Time: 1 hour
1. Prepare a surface on a work table for hollowing out the bulb. Make sure the area is large because little chunks might jump off the base when you crack the glass.
2. Follow these instructions on how to hollow out the light bulb from teamdroid.com. These are easy to follow instructions that also give good tips on safety and procedure.
3. When you have your bulb ready, clean the outside carefully and put it to the side somewhere where it is protected from breaking.
4. Cut a ten inch piece of wire to make a heart "filament". Fold the wire in half to create a sharp crease, then unfold. about an inch from the crease, take both loose wire ends and loop both wires around to create the heart halves. Then pull both wires back down, overlapping the center of the crease and extending beyond the heart shape. You may want to tweak the heart halves a little to get heart shape that you like. Your heart should be about 1/2" wide so it will fit through the base of the bulb pretty easily.
5. If you want two or more heart filaments in your bulb, repeat step 5 one or more times.
6. Take your filaments to your bulb and hold them up to see how long the stems need to be to have the heart filaments positioned in roughly the center of the bulb. Use your pliers to cut the extra wire off the ends. Also test that they fit int o your bulb without having to smush them or distort the shapes. If that is the case, make them smaller.
7. If your wood is soft, you should be able to poke the wire filaments down into the top of the wood and they will stay in position. If you are using a firmer wood, use a hammer and nail to create a small guide hole. Then remove the nail and push the wire down into the hole. You may want to secure these with glue as well.
8. Now fit your glass bulb over the filaments and glue the bulb down to the wood at the base.
9. Use the pins to attach your love note or message to the front of the piece of wood.
3. Valentine Heart Shaped Tea Bag
- Construction paper (to create heart stencil & tea tags)
- Tea bags
- Tea leaves
- Coffee bag (optional - good way to preserve tea)
- Cut construction paper in the shape of a heart so that it's big enough to fit a teaspoon of tea leaves.
- Put the heart over the tea bag & sew around it. make sure each stitch is close together so there is no room for the tea leaves to fall out.
- Leave about an inch opening to fill the heart with 1 tablespoon of tea leaves.
- Make a funnel with a piece of paper and insert it into the opening.
- Scoop a tablespoon of your favorite tea.
- Fill the heart through the funnel with the tea leaves.
- Evenly distribute the tea leaves inside the heart.
- Take the funnel out & make sure all the tea leaves are inside the heart.
- Complete stitching the heart.
- After the heart is completely stitched, tie a knot and cut the remainder of the string
- Cut out a tea tag in any shape you like.
- Take a needle with thread (8 inches if single strand; 16 inches if double strand) and put it through the tea tag.
- Grab the heart sewn tea bag and put the needle through the crevice of the heart.
- Pull the string through the tea bag to the desired length.
- Tie a double knot and cut the remaining string.
- Cut around the heart (make sure to not cut too close to the stitch).