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Monday, February 6, 2012

Easy Valentine Projects

I wanted to share a couple of incredibly easy Valentines projects that you can complete in about ten minutes each. You really can’t get much easier than that!

First up – I made a similar keychain a few years ago for an ex-boyfriend after I saw this awesome keychain online at a store that sadly closed last year. I thought it was a great gift for your DIY-lovin’ guy and I figured I could recreate the idea for a fraction of the cost. They were selling this for $20:

nutsaboutyou My version was a lot less – in fact, I just had to buy the cap for the end from the hardware store ($.15 cents).  If you are anything like me, you have a box full of random hardware from other house projects similar to this:

valentinekeychain_supplies_athomewithh I just fished around until I had similar nuts/bolt to the inspiration piece and made this:

valentinekeychain_finished_athomewithhI then made a cute tag that said “I’m nuts about you” and tied it onto the keychain with red twine.

The second project is simple art from scrapbook paper that I had in my basement. I simply cut out a bunch of small hearts using a heart-shaped paper punch…

valentinephoto_punches_athomewithh…folded them in half after scoring them with my ScorBuddy…

valentinephoto_fold_athomewithh …played around with the layout on a square piece of red scrapbook paper…

valentinephoto_layout_athomewithh…then attached them to the paper using glue strips and placed the paper into a frame.  I love that by folding them you make them stand out from the background. To do this, just put your tape/glue strip along the folded middle only. You could put your initials on various hearts or even a date that is special to you.

valentinephoto_finished_athomewithhThe last project I completed was to make Valentine’s Day cards for sick children at The Children’s Hospital of Michigan. A store that I frequent is collecting handmade cards to give to the kids and I thought it was a great cause so I quickly made around 12 cards Friday night after work. I tried to make some for different age levels and hope that they enjoy them. The ‘Love Bug’ and the dog are cards that are reminiscent to those that I made in elementary school – I think they turned out cute for young kids.  The store is giving away a necklace to anyone who brings in three or more cards and makes a store purchase but I didn’t make these for a gift – I made them since every kid deserves a Valentine’s Day card.

valentines_athomewithh I also thought I’d share a couple of great ideas I found on my blog feed this week:  Fist up, the girls at Eighteen 25 have a free download for giving away goodies

Michelle from 4 Men 1 Lady showed how to make cute heart-shaped crayons with molds from Target’s dollar section

Lauren from Lauren Makes made some cute heart hoops from felt, fabric and embroidery hoops

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I don’t usually make Valentine’s decor/gifts since I’m not big on the holiday but this year I thought I’d join the fun. I have to admit, though, that my favorite part of the holiday is the heart-shaped candy at the store – I’m a sucker for heart-shaped Junior Mints.

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