This Valentine’s Day garland is one of the simplest crafts I’ve ever done. I love a good decoration that fills up a big space in a little amount of time. All you need is one of these handy heart punchers. It should be easy to find at your local craft store. I mixed copper sheets with some hand-painted card stock, punched a bunch of hearts out, and interlocked them with ease. Then set I up a little area of the room to create a quick and easy backdrop.
Meet Nicole Smeltzer, the author and illustrator of The Middlest Sister. After the loss of her grandfather, Nicole sought out ways to cheer up her family with nostalgic recounts of days gone by. With a spark of craftiness and necessity, she began cutting up old greeting cards and junk mail to put together a comic that has now taken off with popularity. Her family centered plot-lines, painstaking attention to detail, and hard work has captured the hearts of thousands of followers.
Nicole is going to lead us through a Valentine’s DIY today that is easy on the wallet and designed with love:
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Take a look at Nicole’s favorite Carhartt item: The Rapid City Utility Work Apron.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re all scrambling to figure out what to do for our loved ones. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, handmade gifts are the best. Here are a few quirky and inexpensive ideas to show someone you care. Be creative and put your own spin on whatever you’re making. Each personal touch will make your craft more heartfelt.
Valentine’s Day can be a very divisive topic. You love it or you hate it. It does feel like a very commercial holiday that pointlessly makes us buy tons of things covered in little pink and red hearts and end the night with a self-indulgent candy binge. I’ve never been a fan of store bought cards or heart-shaped chocolate boxes. But boy do I love a good old fashioned handcrafted sentiment. That’s why these wire words are the perfect craft for this time of year. Give them as a gift or simply use them in your own home as decoration. This year, make something from the heart to remind those you hold dear how much they mean to you. Go ahead, state the obvious.
“The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say- because they were too obvious.” -Andre Gide
I made another trip to the hardware store to get inspiration this week, and it hit me– a candelabra made out of pipes! It’s different, sturdy, and easy to do. This is a great idea for a Valentine’s gift. Make a night out of it; pizza and beer by very rustic candlelight. Use some great textures to to set the table. Faux fur and wool blankets, a nice slab of wood for a flat surface, bamboo plates, his favorite beer, and a nice pizza pie are the perfect set up for a cozy night in. Forget the cards covered in pink hearts and get to the hardware store! This will be a piece you can keep around forever. It’s a fun conversation starter in the home and perfect for late-night picnics.
While you’re at it, cuddle up in this Carhartt Clarksburgh Quarter-Zip Sweatshirt & Copper Harbor Hat.