Wednesday 03rd, May 2017 09:18:54: AM, DIY Projects.
Valentine’s Day gets a lot of flack for being too much about expensive gifts and jewelry. But I think it’s safe to say that most of us in the online design community prefer something simpler, handmade and from the heart. So today, in addition to our regular DIY projects, I wanted to share some of our of all-time favorite ideas for making Valentine’s Day gifts for friends, family and loved ones. Whether you want to bake an apple pie covered in a heart-shaped crust or just want to make some quick and easy garland to decorate your home or a loved one’s dinner chair, there’s a project here for every budget, style and purpose. My personal favorite is still the wool filler project. It’s so fun and silly, but functional, too! I love the idea of surprising a loved one with a heart-shaped patch over an old wool sweater or blanket. It does double duty as a fix for a hole or tear and a sweet reminder showing someone that they are loved and appreciated. xo, grace
Over the next two weeks, we’ll be sharing a boatload of great low-cost and easy-to-make Valentine’s gift ideas. But before we dive into those this afternoon, I decided to go diving through our archives for the best of the rest: our favorite 20 DIY Valentine’s Day projects from the past few years. Whether you’re looking for flower arrangements, something to sew or something cute to wrap up freshly baked treats, this roundup of 20 projects has something for every recipient — and every budget. If you’re looking for simpler gifts, like a handmade card, we’ve got great ideas for those in here, too. No matter what you choose, a little handmade something is always a hit. xo, grace
The mighty ampersand takes two things and celebrates how they come together. “You & Me,” “Bread & Butter,” “Sugar & Spice.” Not only does the ampersand combine things, it also stands alone as a beautiful symbol. This year I made my valentine a card that celebrates being together. It is completed with a missing heart on the front that holds our pictures on the inside. In magazines, old books, vintage cards and other ephemera, I’m always coming across gorgeous floral images. Some vintage papers and cards are stained and often only have small sections that are in good condition. I like to find ways to incorporate the beauty of older floral illustrations into more modern designs for artwork and other projects. After giving this card, it can be turned into framed wall art to enjoy instead of being tucked into a drawer!
Of all the holidays, Valentine’s Day seems to scream “handmade cards” the loudest. Glitter, doilies and lace are the usual suspects for decorating, but why turn to them when you can easily create a sophisticated ombre valentine? With this simple technique, there is no need for vats of dye, oodles of drying time, complicated instructions or any special tools. Using materials as simple as paint, water and gravity, the paint pigment naturally fades and blends as it flows down the card, resulting in a painterly ombre effect without all the fuss. The edges of each card are then gilded so your love shines through the moment the envelope is opened. Paired with a classic “roses are red, violets are blue” poem and some heart-shaped Red Hots to fill the envelope, it is the perfect combination of chic and kitsch. And it’s handmade. Happy Valentine’s Day!