Hey there! I’m not much into Valentine’s Day. Not that I’m not romantic, it’s just that you know, the whole commercialisation thing doesn’t appeal to me. I’m also of the belief that, if you feel you want that special someone in your life to know how much they mean to you, you could or should do it any old day. Having said that, though, I do like making things for Valentine’s Day, because.. well I like making things.
So when I do feel inclined to give gifts it’s not just my spouse who receives them. In the past my kids, parents and friends have been on the receiving end of a gift from moi. This year I had every intention of sending some little goodies to my penpals from my snail mail group but time got away and it’s now the day before. I don’t think they’ll make it on time.
Some ideas for gifts that I’ve made in previous years include sweet little magnets and bookmarks for the kids, a dinner voucher for my parents and a batch of bikkies for the hubster. The list of ideas is endless really.
This year I’ve been playing with magnets again. One of the absolute bonuses of running an online craft shop is that I have access to all sorts of lovely new stock as it arrives. This, of course, means that I have literally thousands of rolls of washi tape begging to be used. So I’ve made some really quick peg magnets using washi tape and stamps. Fun and sooo easy.
Buy yourself a pack of wooden pegs from the $2.00 shop. Play around with the washi tape – cover the whole peg or just part of it. Cut off any excess. *Tip : turn the peg over to cut the excess tape off. It’s much easier to see what you’re doing. You could dress it up a bit with some small wooden buttons, pretty little flower cabochons and some baker’s twine.
Next, get hold of some letter stamps – you could get some from my shop. They are the small wooden ones – very easy to use, a nice typewriter font and come in a neat wooden box for easy storage. Then have a play with stamping your pegs. The ones I made are a combination of ‘love’ and ‘for you’. Pop a magnet onto the back of your finished pegs. You can buy the ones with the sticky back but they don’t hold all that well. Otherwise get one that is a bit stronger and glue with E6000 (a super strong jewellery glue – I sell this in my online shop). They look great as a set of four. Now package it up prettily. I’ll be doing some tutorials in the near future about packaging ideas.
And there you have it. These are a great craft activity to do with the kids as well. And they are a very practical gift idea. I have these stuck all over our fridge. The easiest little gifts, EVER.
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?