I love working with flowers. Fresh or fake, they just make me happier. While not all of us have a green thumb (I am not declaring I do as I am still struggling to keep my plants alive), paper flowers are the easiest way to enjoy some new blooms and keep them around far longer than a few days. And you can learn how to make paper roses in a matter of minutes! So hunker down with that hot glue gun and let's get to work.
Do you, like me, find vintage Valentine's cards irresistible? If so, then you must take a trip back in time to the Vintage Valentine Museum. They have compiled a images of those darling tokens of love. Some of them are available for sale, others are just documented for our enjoyment. Here's a few that caught my eye.
Nothing says 'I love you' like a severed bleeding heart. Add a card and a ring embedded in the left Atrium and you've got just about the most romantic/mind-blowingly-gross Valentine I've ever seen.
And you can make one to traumatise or enrapture your own sweetheart! There are very detailed instructions and even a video over at I Make Projects
- One heart-shaped mold (find one here.) You could use a use a Valentine heart-shaped cake pan for a less restraining order inducing response.
- 1 large package Strawberry flavor gelatin (6oz, or 170g)
- 1/2 can evaporated skim milk
Is a gigantic box of Godiva chocolates and a dozen roses not in the budget this Valentine’s Day? Then how about making this very easy, one-piece-of-paper pop-up flower card for your sweetie?
Most people find conversational hearts charming, but that chalky texture? Yeah, not so much. If you make these cookies, you can keep the conversation going while still enjoying a charming and sweet Valentine treat. It all starts with your favorite shortbread recipe. If you don’t have one, check this, this or this.
Creede from Grassroots Modern has outdone himself. He's gathered 30 mod and pop Valentine's Day gifts that anyone with fine taste would be happy to give OR recieve. Check 'em out here! Lovely.
Top Row, left to right: Josh Jakus Wine Pocket, Fauna Pico Pillow, 2d:3d Letter Holder, Hybrid-Home Print, Heath Ceramics Bud Vase
Bottom Row, left to right: Giclee Print by Jenn Ski, Cupcake Canisters, Clocky, QUEUE 2-tone Stick Lighter, Hug Salt +...
This is an easy fold and perfect for sending a love note to your Valentine!
What you need:
- a piece of origami paper--preferably red on one side, white on the other.
- glue or tape
What you do:
Start with the white side of your paper up. (Square base.)
Fold in half, top to bottom:
Unfold and repeat, folding left to right.
Unfold and turn paper over.
Fold in half, top to bottom.
Unfold and fold in half left to right.
Unfold. Your paper should collapse at...
Robert Sabuda, the pop-up book master, has some great tutorials on his website to make pop-up greeting cards for your Valentine. They even include printouts for mistake free assembly! I would encourage you check out Robert’s entire pop-up tutorial library. It’s pretty fabulous.
Valentine Candy Box
Valentine's Day is the perfect holiday for giving things from the heart, and there's nothing more heartfelt than a homemade gift. Hand made cards are their best accompaniment, but if you're short on time and inspiration, here are some FREE printables from Scrapbooks Scrapbook.
This romantic vessel has 6 jets and measures an ample 66" L x 58" W x 24" D, which should be big enough for two but maybe not three, if that's the way you roll.
If the thought of a gigantic red heart-shaped whirlpool is off-putting but you still wants some frothy amour this...
Check out Think Geek’s Flashing Sweetheart Kit, which contains everything you need (minus the soldering iron, a 9V battery and your own two hands) to create a romantic gift every geek-lover would adore. And, at $9.99, it's cheaper than a box of Godiva’s.
Need to ply your Valentine with liquor to get lucky? Take a look at Love My Martini Glasses by Lolita, which are available for about 25 bucks a piece on-line and at retailers near you. The design of each hand-painted glass is inspired by the martini recipe painted on the bottom of the stem.
For a more personal--and probably cheaper--alternative, visit Michael’s website for instructions on how to paint your own martini glass that will be just as...