January 25, 2023 / Caroline Shapley / The Homefront, Holiday
DIY gifts sure to put a smile on a face!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! By now, you’ve seen store aisles covered in everything heart shaped from shades of light pink to dark red. February 14th is a great way to let a friend, family member, or significant other know you care about them.
Stumped on what to gift someone? We’ve got you covered! From sweet treats to homemade crafts, these gifts are sure to be a big hit without breaking the bank.
If you love baking, these decorated sugar cookies are sure to be a hit. They’re perfect for a friend or significant other.
Frost the cookies with your choice of color and then letter a message on top with a different frosting color. Simple phrases such as “luv you” or “ur mine” or “bff” mimic the heart message candy everyone loves.
Get creative with a mini memory book! A memory book could be something as simple as a filled photo album or carefully crafted scrapbook. This is the perfect gift to reflect on adventures, laughter, and memories.
Want to avoid the typical Valentine’s cliché of flowers but still want to show your sweet side? Make your very own DIY candy bouquet!
Step 1: Use the hot glue gun to secure vertical edges of the king size candy bars together. Be careful to use only as little glue as needed to avoid melting the chocolate.
Step 2: Cut a cube of FloraCraft Green Foam to fit inside of the candy bars. Press the foam cube into the “vase” of candy bars and use hot glue to secure as needed. Set it aside.
Step 3: Tape the personal sized candy bars or bags to the end of the skewers. Create a fuller bouquet look by taping two back-to-back. Insert the skewer into the green foam to mimic a floral arrangement.
Step 4: Fill the remaining room in the vase with the individually wrapped candies.
After completing Step 4, this sweet bouquet of blooming candy is ready to be gifted. This sure does beat a dozen roses!
A time capsule is the gift that keeps on giving! Literally. Because you will open it again years down the road.
Have everyone in your family choose a hard copy of a photograph that is important to them to place in the capsule. This will be a fun way to see how people have changed over the years.
Write a note to your future self! Some information to include in the note you might want to look back on:
Avoid adding any items that have expiration dates or anything food related. Some great objects to put in the capsule would be empty perfume bottles, books, trophies, or durable souvenirs collected from recent travels.
Store these items in a large tin coffee can or plastic box that securely closes.
Pro Tip: Avoiding putting any sort of padlock or device that requires a key to reopen your time capsule. It would be a bummer to lose the key in the meantime!
Choose a date in the future that your family will reopen this capsule—maybe Valentine’s Day a few years down the road. Finally, tuck the collection of memories away in your basement, closet, or other secret space.
Any of these gifts are sure to wow the recipient(s)! Whether it’s a time capsule with your family or baking and decorating sugary, sweet cookies for a loved one, memories are sure to be created with these homemade DIY Valentine’s gifts.