Ready to get your craft on? Here you’ll find my favorite do it yourself projects and party ideas. If you are searching for something specific try the search box on the right or see my list of categories at the bottom of the page.
Here is a sweet little homemade Valentine. It is great for kids because they can decorate the boxes. The materials are pretty simple. I had the matchboxes around from another project and then was inspired these awesome matchbox valentines by Brooke. They were easy to make and a fun little project.
When I spotted these gift mailers at The Container Store, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them (I love how inspiration might strike while you are looking for a kid’s thermos for school lunches). Who wouldn’t love to receive this pretty and sweet Valentine’s garland in the mail? It’s very simple to create, and really – no rules…….say whatever you want to say (I Love You, Be Mine, Love Is All You Need, or just X O X O X O).
The hard part of living in the city so long is that you see your friends start to move away. It seems like we go to a lot of going away parties these days. Here are a couple of my favorite ideas for a going away party. The first are these little favor baskets filled with the guest-of-honor’s favorite locally made treats put in little wood baskets. A perfect way to celebrate where they’ve been or where they are going. The second idea is putting the face of your friend that is leaving on little buttons. It is a little silly and a great way to give a nod to your friend without getting too sentimental. Find more details below.
For the baskets we chose local products from San Francisco. (you could even base them off where the person was moving to.) For the baskets we ordered them from here and we made the ribbon by making quick drawings on cotton ribbon with a pen.
For the buttons you’ll need a button maker or else order them from somewhere like Etsy. My friend has one that I borrow but if you don’t have any nice friends with buttonmakers then they are really affordable to order (like here.) To make the image I just take a picture with my phone and then trace their head in photoshop and then layout each button with a smiley face.
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Here is another Valentine’s Day Project! I made these giant Valentine posters 5 years ago and we thought it would be fun to put together another version that people could download. It is so easy, you just download the files and take it to your nearest Kinkos and print it out giant for $5 on their giant copy machines. I like the idea that these could stay up for a while even after Valentine’s Day is over. See all the instructions and details below!
Materials Needed: Download the images right here, Kinkos
Step 1: Download the six poster images and print out or else email the files to your nearest Kinkos.
Step 2: At Kinkos print out the images in giant poster size (each one should be about $5.)
Step 3: Fold up and give to someone you love.
Here is another Valentine’s Day idea to do a for a friend or lover. It is easy and cheap and all you need is a roll of white paper. (On a sidenote: we make it a family policy to always keep a cheap roll of white butcher paper around for art projects etc. My mom always kept one around when I was a kid and I remember it was my favorite thing.) For this project you fold up these big letters and then send one every day until your message is spelled out loud and clear. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Materials Needed: Roll of white butcher paper, bone folder, envelopes, stamps
Step 1: Trace out a giant letter on the white paper and cut it out.
Step 2: Fold the letters down using the bone folder (it gets bulky without it.)
Step 3: When it is small enough to fit in an envelope, tie it up and put it in the envelope. Address, Stamp, and Send.