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Cute Homemade Valentines

You rock pop rocks valentine

For Valentine’s Day I love to make cute little surprises for my friends and loved ones. Instead of expensive gifts or crazy dinners, I think Valentine’s Day is all about small signs of your love.

Today I bring you the first in a whole mess of Valentines that I’m making. I’ll reveal why I need so many different kinds later. For some of these I’ve also included a generic image to download if you want to print them off and make your own at home!

You rock pop rocks valentine

You rock, Valentine!
Pop rocks are so fun! This downloadable slogan is wrapped around the package and stapled.

Scrabble Valentine’s Art

Valentine's Scrabble Art

George and I like to play Scrabble. We used to play Words With Friends on our smart phones all the time. I made him this cute piece of art out of Scrabble tiles for Christmas, but it would be a perfect Valentine’s DIY present.

Valentine's Scrabble Art

I bought individual scrabble tiles on etsy from Liberty Aspen. With shipping, the tiles were just over $5. I also purchased a shadow box to house the piece.

I hot glued the tiles onto cardstock. I wanted a border, so I glued a smaller black sheet onto a white page. The white page just sits in the frame. I was hustling to get the project done, so I’m sure you could think of a different presentation method.

DIY Fail: Gilded Business Cards

diy fail cards to spray

George is starting his own business and is looking into ordering business cards with his new logo and information. We love the look of Moo cards that have a stripe of color in the middle of the card. It’s a really nice way to add a pop to your business card. The only problem is they can cost over 50 cents a card!

On Pinterest I saw someone who had spray painted the edges of their business cards in order to get the gilded edge look. I thought this would be an excellent way to add  a bit of color and interest to his cards without shelling out major cash for fancy cards. We gave it a shot on George’s old business cards, and it did not work out!

diy fail cards to spray

Wrapped Glass Bottles

Wrapped Glass Bottles

Wrapped Glass Bottles

I am still working on making my jewelry storage wall. Part of it will obviously need to store and display bracelets. To handle that task, I decided to make wrapped bottles.

bottles with peeled labels

I collected four bottles of slightly varied shapes. Before I got started, I removed as much of the labels as possible. I started to get really crazy trying to get the labels completely off, soaking them and using Goo Gone, before realizing that it wasn’t necessary for this project. Just do the best you can removing loose labels.

DIY Magazine File

Messy dining room table

I would not describe myself as a neat person. I like when things are put away, but my default is leaving items where they land until I decide it is overwhelming.

Messy dining room table

This has become problematic in my current apartment. The first room you enter is the dining area, and all my mail and papers accumulate on the table. Then I don’t end up eating at the table because there’s all this stuff covering it!

I am in the process of rearranging my desk area in the living room, and I decided to make some upright storage to deal with incoming paper. I didn’t want to spend money on something that I might not use in 3 months, so I didn’t make a single purchase for this project.

boxes for magazine file