I love boxes…all shapes, all sizes…colors, patterns…you name it I probably love it. For Valentines Day, I thought it would be fun to design some custom boxes you can print off and make from home. They are a great way to dress up your small gifts or party favors for February 14th.
How To: Get some plain white card-stock and print the template from the link below. Fold along each edge (tabs included). Then use a glue stick to attach the tabs to the inside of your box. Let your box dry for a minute or two before filling with goodies. Enjoy!
By Steph Hung
A valentine is my favourite way to tell someone I’m thinking of them: a sweet gesture in a little note. This year my cards were inspired by tea parties – of the Indian variety.
Stamped with a traditional wood block and packaged with the ingredients to make a unique brew, this valentine celebrates the moments shared with a loved one.
Materials you will need: notecards, envelopes, wood block stamp (I bought mine here), printing ink, brayer, and scissors.
Step 1: Spread ink with the brayer and roll onto the wood block.
Step 2: Place an envelope onto scrap paper, with a cloth or dishtowel laid underneath as padding.
Step 3: Stamp the wood block onto the envelope with firm and even pressure.
Step 4: Cut notecards into elephant shapes. Poke holes for the eyes and cut around the ears.
Materials you will need to fill the valentines: individual black tea bags, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom pods, peppercorns, and allspice berries.
Step 5: In each envelope include a notecard, tea bag, cinnamon stick, and a few pieces of each spice.
Step 6: Seal the valentines and hand out to your sweethearts.
To drink: steep the tea ingredients in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Remove all the bits, add milk (if you like), and enjoy. Nothing warms the heart and conjures fond memories like a cup of tea with hints of spice.
Have you ever heart attacked someone? Like in the good way, not the medical emergency way? I used to do heart attacks by cutting out oodles of hearts and plastering them to someone’s door (like this). This time I wanted to figure out a way to do it a bit differently so I came up with this heart stencil that can be done on someone’s lawn. It’s super easy to do and is best seen from an elevated vantage point so if you can get some real estate below their window, even better!
Materials: flour, sifter, bowl, large paper, scissors, pencil
Step 1: Draw a large heart onto a piece of large paper (over 11×17″). I found that the bigger the heart the better it turned out. Smaller hearts don’t show up very well.
Step 2: Cut out heart.
Step 3: Pour a large amount of flour into the sifter over heart shape. Start with the edge of the heart and work towards the center.
Step 4: Use different shaped hearts to add more interest to the “attack”.
For bigger impact, heart attack the entire lawn. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Need something new to send out for Valentines this year? Well, then you’re in luck! Download the free pdf printable below for your own set of Valentine Scrabble Grams.
Simply print out the pdf, then grab a cutting board, ruler and exacto knife. Cut using the crop marks. You can use envelopes you have at home (or even make some with one of our other free printables), or if you’d like you can order some like the adorable little one above here, at Paper Presentation.
Click the image below for your free printable pdf!
I have to say, Valentine’s Day is one of my all-time favorite holidays. Something about all the pink and red makes me giddy. Here are some sweet little Valentine’s Day favors – made with wax paper, and secured with mini crepe paper flowers on a toothpick. And although I made them with Valentine’s Day in mind, they really could be used for any event, from a baby shower to a wedding. I love glassine bags, but figured I could do a more ‘cost-effective’ version with a roll of wax paper from the grocery store. They are simply folded, punched at the top, and threaded through with a toothpick to close them.
Materials needed: crepe paper, toothpicks, scissors, glue, wax paper, a hole punch (I found the smaller size works better with the toothpicks), and some green paper and white-ink pen for name tags.
Step 1: Cut out 5 or 6 crepe paper petals, about 1/2-inch wide by 1-inch height, and follow Jordan’s great tutorial for crepe paper flowers here (steps 1-9 of her Basic Rose Instructions). The only difference is that these flowers are miniature, and glued onto the end of a toothpick. (Lightly apply a dab of glue on each petal and twist it onto the toothpick, instead of using wire). Let dry.
Step 2: Tear off a 12-inch piece of wax paper. Fold it into thirds vertically. Then fold up from the bottom, 5 inches from the bottom. At this point, gently open the top of the ‘bag,’ in between the highest side of the wax paper. Fill with goodies (I used red jelly hearts), and then fold the top flap back down.
Step 3: Punch two holes, about 1 inch down, and 1 1/2 inches from each side. Be sure you are going through all layers of the wax paper. Insert your mini crepe paper flower toothpick through the two holes, so that the bag stays closed and the candy is secured inside. I cut out a little green leaf and printed each guests name on each leaf. I added this to the toothpick before I threaded it through the two holes.
Step 4: Put your treats in a bowl by the door, with a reminder for guests to take one as they leave.
P.S. These would also make super-cute cupcake toppers, don’t you think?!