Valentine's Day DIY Gift Ideas

Hi friends,

I hope your Saturday has been smashing so far! Hubby is gone for the weekend on a retreat with the middle school ministry of our church, where he leads a small group of 6th grade boys, so I went early this morning to help our friends Nate and Maria pack up their apartment. You may remember from previous posts that they're moving to Miami. I tried not to cry when I left, but didn't have any luck with that. At least we'll get to visit them this summer at the beach! 

Later on this afternoon, I had lunch and did some shopping with my sweet mother-in-law, Wanda, and sister-in-law, Cassi, and got to go for a ride in Cassi's new Mini Cooper! I was hoping it would have a roadrunner-type horn, but, to my chagrin, it sounded no different than the horn on my Grand Am. But Cassi has officially named her Mini "Lady Guinevere", so that makes up for it. 

Tonight I decided to get a little crafty! I bought the most adorable frames from my friend Mary Beth's yard sale a few months back, and I finally figured out how I wanted to re-purpose them. I think these frames would make a sweet Valentine's Day gift for a friend, so take a look and let me know what you think:

Step 1: Take your thrifted frames (these are about the size of an index card)
and select various colors of nail polish (preferably colors you don't wear anymore)
to use as paint.

Step 2: Paint your frame one solid color (go back and touch up, if needed).
Step 3: Select color for the background and paint (you will probably need
to use more than one coat, just like your nails!).

Step 4: Once the background color dries,
paint the design of your choice on top.
If you want to give your frame as a Valentine's Day
gift, hearts or even something non-traditional
like vintage keys, are always a good choice!
Step 6: Display your frame or wrap it up to give to a loved one!

To help with the presentation of your gift, you can use this tutorial for stamps to create a simple, sweet Valentine's Day card:

Step 1: Gather old wine bottle corks, cardstock or index cards, an ink pad,
and a letter opener to get started.
Step 2: Carve the design of your choice on one end of the cork with the
sharp end of the letter opener (I find out later that a nail
file works a little better). If you want, you can carve one design
on each end of the cork to get the most use out of it.

Step 3: Press the carved end of the cork into the ink pad.
Twist as you press to make sure the entire face of the
stamp is covered with ink.

Step 4: Stamp your cardstock or index card where desired.

Step 5: You might want to do a few test stamps before attempting
to create the final version of your card or gift tag.

Step 6: Attach your card or gift tag to your Valentine's Day
present and admire your lovely handiwork!

I'd love to see your own creations, so feel free to shoot me an email with pictures once you've completed your own DIY project! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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