9 adorable (and easy) valentine crafts
If you like to paint, try your hand at this mini pallet from Design, Dining, and Diapers.
Brush red and pearlescent paints over a dozen wood shims to create a shimmery, ombre effect.
Make a plain pillow stand out with just a snip of canvas, permanent marker, and hot glue gun. (This project, featured on Craftberry Bush, took less than 30 minutes to complete!)
The subtle heart motif extends the shelf life of the pillow, so toss it on an armchair and show it off year-round.
This Valentine’s Day, give someone a basket of beautiful soaps, like the ones made by Live Laugh Rowe.
Dye strips of drop cloth and use them to wrap around bars of soap (purchased at the dollar store). For the finishing touch, secure the cloth with twine and buttons.
Read ‘em and weep
Some of the best crafts are made with items you already have lying around the house. Dig into your spare button stash and affix a motley collection onto a well-read novel.
Then comes the hard part: choosing where to display it. If you can’t decide, get inspiration from Crafty Scrappy Happy.
Heart to heart
If you’re looking for a quick craft (and don’t feel like getting your hands dirty), we’ve got the perfect project for you: specimen art, courtesy of Christina’s Adventures. Start with a heart-shaped punch, scrapbook paper, glue tape, and a ruler. Top it off with a couple scrapbook letters and glittery cardstock. Find a frame, and you’re done — in less than an hour.
Let love bloom with these faux mulberry paper roses. Paint both sides of stock paper and gently scrunch. Once paper is dry, un-roll before cutting out petals and leaves. Place flowers in a pot enveloped by scrapbook paper.
Flair for drama
Add a romantic touch to your Valentine’s dinner. Start with a tattered placemat or buy a cheap one (for as low as $1). Cover it with silk rose petals using a hot glue gun. After February 14, move the placemat out of the kitchen and create an elegant space in your living room.
Dress up an ordinary candle with aluminum foil. Use letterpress dies to cut out the heart border before fastening the foil around the candle with hot glue. Customized votives also make for easy, affordable gift ideas.