With Valentine’s Day at the end of the week you may still be worrying about getting the perfect gift for your loved one. Now this sounds easy, head for the roses, chocolates, a nice bottle of prosecco but what if you want it to be a little different. Sometimes, the best presents are those that come with a lot of thought or are even handmade.
Handmade doesn’t just mean you have made a present for someone but it means you have put lots of thought, time and attention into creating something unique and special for your loved one. If you are looking for the perfect finishing touch or the one-off wow look no further than our Valentine’s craft ideas.
Chalkboard Heart Frames
If you want to give an old frame a new lease of life or personalise a shop-bought frame to house that picture of the pair of you, or the one you love, look no further.
“Handmade doesn’t just mean you have made a present for someone but it means you have put lots of thought, time and attention into creating something unique and special.”
- Wooden heart (or other) frame
- Chalkboard spray paint
- White Chalk
- Spray the wooden frames with two coats of the chalkboard spray paint and allow to dry for at least 24 hours.
- To give your frames a rustic and aged look, go over them heavily with sandpaper. When done, wipe down your frames with a cloth to remove the paint dust.
- Go over the frames with a piece of white chalk, rubbing the chalk all over the frame (this sets the chalkboard). Then lightly wipe off all of the excess chalk with a cloth.
- For the final touch add a personalised message in chalk to the frame.
Homemade Bath Bombs
Now we know that both men and women love a good relaxing bath even if the men aren’t so vocal about it. There’s a reason why the bubble bath disappears that quick. These bath bombs are the perfect gift to get some ‘me’ time.
- 1 cup citric acid
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 oz shea butter (melted)
- 5-6 drops of an essential oil of your choice
- 1-2 drops of red food colouring (optional)
- Spray bottle of witch hazel
- Silicon mould (preferably heart shaped
- In a mixing bowl combine cornstarch, citric acid and baking soda, being sure to remove all lumps.
- Add in red food coloring, melted butter and essential oil and continue to mix.
- Using your spray bottle, spray the mixture 2-3 times and mix, slowly adding more witch hazel until the mixture holds its shape when pressed together.
- Press into silicone molds, making sure to compact them tightly.
- Allow to dry in silicon molds for 12 hours. Once 12 hours is up, remove from molds, and allow to dry an additional 24 hours for a nice hard bath bomb.
Valentine’s Pom Pom Bouquet
As much as flowers are a lovely gift to give at Valentine’s they will end up wilting and not looking quite their best. With a pom pom bouquet you can give an arrangement that will look fabulous day after day.
- Green felt
- Assorted ribbon and twine
- White spray paint
- Assorted coloured yarn
- Glue gun
- Wrap yarn around three fingers between 50-75 times. Use two fingers for a smaller pom and four fingers for a larger one. The more time you wrap the yarn, the more plush your pom will be.
Cut yarn from spool, and cut a second piece of yarn that’s approximately 8 inches long.
- Thread one end of the 8-inch piece of yarn through your middle finger and index finger. Pull other end of yarn piece up and over wrapped yarn.
- Turn hand over and loosely tie the two ends of 8-inch piece of yarn, as pictured. This should cinch the wrapped yarn to create a bow-tie style shape.
- Carefully slide wrapped yarn off your fingers. Pull tied yarn as tightly as possible and double knot.
- Use scissors to cut all loops.
- Fluff pom to create a ball shape and conceal tie.
- Give the pom a hair cut. Repeatedly roll the pom around in your hand, fluff it, and trim until a perfectly spherical shape is achieved.