I know everyone always knocks Valentine's Day as a Hallmark Holiday, and blah, blah...
But I really like to amp up the hearts for February every year, it's fun!
Except here's the thing... I am super cheap; so DIY / homemade / cutesy is the only way for me to go.
This past weekend, I made three Valentine's Day crafts for the price of nothing:
I started with the birthday candle, "You light my fire," jobbie.
It took about 4 minutes.
The only snag I ran into was when I tried to attach the candles to card stock with Krazy Glue.
If you're going to do this; go for the glue gun.
The method I used was; squeeze a line of glue, place a candle, press down, repeat.
If you squeeze all three lines first, the glue will harden before you get to push down your candles... which will eff your shit up... so remember, squeeze, place, press, repeat.
Once it was done, I popped it into a spare Target frame I had on hand (it cost $2 last year)... and called it a day.
The next thing I did was make heart garland out of paint chips.
I got them from the Paint Section at Wal-Mart; where I casually pretended to be interested in a bunch of colors that I would never, EVER, EVER paint in my house... and then shoved them all in my purse.
Why I thought I would get in trouble for taking twenty seven paint chips is beyond me... but I def felt like a thief on the way out.
Once I got my stash home, I took it waaaay back, old school style.
You know, fold in half and cut half a heart?? That technique was like my third grade LIFE.
Then I just taped them up onto some twine we already had, and I was in business.
I suppose if someone wanted to, they could go up to the garland and point out the letters on the back, since they are paint chips and there is some sort of paint chip info on the back of them.
But let's just hope no one acts that douchey in our house.
The last free craft I tackled was these adorable, "I Love You," hand prints by the kids.
In case you live under a rock, which would be weird, but not unheard of... the symbol above is the universal sign for, "I love you,"... it is also the American Sign Language sign for, "I love you..."
This craft is pretty self explanatory, I traced the kids hands, cut them out, and glued down the two middle fingers.
Again with this craft, you are going to want to skip the Krazy Glue... which will seep right through the paper, and look like nail polish on the other side.
Plain old Elmer's worked for me.
Then I popped it in a frame and placed it next to last year's super easy Valentine's Day craft.
And there you have it... three crafts for the price of none... four weeks before Valentine's Day.
That means you have plenty of time, and no monetary excuse not to make one, or all of them, yourself.