4 Ideas for Valentine - Use what you've got

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Uh, oh, I know that it's only three days away until Valentine's Day but I'm still flat on my back and unable to reach up or down and haven't been able to make anything.  I can, however, peruse the web to find some quick and easy ideas for you and the kids to make. So hang on, here we go:

Valentine Balloons

I've actually used an idea like this one to make a pirate-inspired invitation balloon cards for the wee guy in my life. Tonia at The Gunny Sack created this Valentine version you can quickly put together for the day. Use up any balloons and ribbon you've got on hand and, if you have no treats, just insert a little paper birthday wish,  roll it up and put inside the balloon. What could be easier? Tonia's instructions and download are here.

By the way, balloons are made of latex rubber and can be placed in the recycling bin. Don't toss punctured balloons into your regular garbage as birds will often mistake them for bits of food. 

Valentine Flower Holder

Just have time to buy some flowers, get home, and what - no vase? Improvise with this idea - grab an umbrella and use that to display your flowers. Wrap the stems in waterfilled plastic bags (check to ensure the bags don't leak, first!) and stick them into the umbrella. Add a ribbon and you're done. You do know that grocery store flowers are way cheaper than the florist shop, right? So save your cash for a night out and head out to your local store to pick a variety of blooms (they don't have to be roses, either).

This idea comes via Gina over at Random Thoughts from an Incoherent Mind. Although it is self-explanatory, if you're anything like me, you might need some how-tos, so click here.

Paper Heart Garland

This Valentine paper garland would look sensational if you make several and stick them up to hang in a doorway. I spotted a similar paper heart garland in the window of Boogie and Birdie, a local shop that sells the kind of expensive stuff you wish you could afford (and I go in occasionally to steal ideas - I mean - for inspiration!). Best thing about this garland is that you can make it from any kind of paper you have on hand: gift wrap, old letters, envelopes, even book pages. All you need is a stapler (and staples, natch!). No stapler, just glue the thing together!

Easy-peasy instructions come via Craft Stalker.  The original post appears to be Japanese (or Korean) but the steps shown look pretty easy to follow (even for me). To view, click here

Paper Flowers

Good news, paper flowers can also be made out of any type of paper (as long as it is foldable - I wouldn't recommend cardboard). When we were kids we used to make tissue flowers for friends' weddings. These went out of fashion for a while but now seem to be in again. For a twist on the old tissue paper, I like these sewing pattern tissue ones that I found at the Rural Bride site. You can use the tissue paper patterns  that you won't be reusing or that are too worn-out to be used again for sewing purposes. These can be made exactly like the traditional tissue flowers, just fold, tie up, and spread out! For instructions, go here.

No sewing tissue patterns on hand? Use paper coffee filters instead. These are made exactly the same way as the sewing tissue paper shown. And, or course, gift wrap tissue paper another way to go. For the coffee filter flowers, Sneaky Spoons shows you how here.

If you are looking for more last-minute inspiration, just enter "last minute valentine craft ideas' in your browser Search box. As for material, look around the house and see what you've got before heading for the store. Remember you can make something from anything. You just gotta figure out how.

Happy Valentine's Day to All

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Have a wonderful day whether you're with someone or on your own. If you are far away from your love and family, take heart and know they love you and can't wait for you to be back home.  

To make the cherry tomato heart, click here.

Last Minute Valentine - One for the boys

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

If your little one (a little boy, perhaps) needs something to give to a good friend or even a teacher tomorrow (Valentine's Day), here's an idea I borrowed from Thirty Handmade Days blog.

Everything in these Valentine parcels is recycled except for the candy. I cut out the Valentine toppers from a couple of last year's Valentine cards and the plastic bag is from chocolate treats (yes, I save everything!!), and the little cars are a charity shop purchase! Inside the package I included homemade caramel candy (from a church bazaar sale) along with a handful of red hots. Took only a few minutes.

Green Valentine - Something Bookish

Posted on February 9, 2014 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes the nicest Valentine we can give are those we make from whatever we find in our cupboards, drawers, and closets. If you know your Valentine treasures a special photo - whether it's a photo from your wedding day, one of your child or pet, why not make a gift of it. An old book can easily be turned into an unusual frame. It only takes minutes to do and is a great way to showcase your favorite photos along with your favorite hardcover books. The book frame stands on it’s own and, best of all, the book is still completely readable.

To Make a Book Photo Frame:

Take a photo that you want to use and copy it - don't use the original unless you print it off online and can make others. Open up the book and centre the photo on the inside of the cover and draw an outline. Remove the photo and then draw another line around the original one making it slightly small than the photo. Use an Xacto knife to cut out the opening. Glue the edges of the photo and place it over the opening (on the inside) pressing down and you're done. Wrap it all in pretty paper and give it to your sweetie.