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Ohhh, Valentine’s Day…
A holiday that’s either loved or hated depending on the person’s relationship status.
I’ve never been wild about the holiday, but I do enjoy chocolate and hearts, so I’ll make it work. Of course, with that in mind, my Valentine’s Day themed craft involves candy. A lot of it!
If the person you want to gift the mason jar to isn’t a fan of sweets, you could fill it with nuts or mints. It’s the thought that matters, right?
This is a quick and easy one (really, it took longer to photograph the process than it did to make the gift). All you need to buy is the candy, jar and ribbon. I have a printable below for the lid insert and heart tag.
Mason Jar Gift Materials
Scissors or hole punch
Download and print the image above.
Choose the ones you want and cut them out.
Insert the round printable into the lid of the mason jar.
Using scissors or a hole punch, put a small hole in the corner of the heart cut out.
String the ribbon through the heart and tie it in a bow around your mason jar.
Now you can gift it to someone special—your significant other, a friend or maybe a parent. Or you can just keep it on your desk at work and eat all of it yourself. Whatever works for you 🙂
The other Valentine’s Day crafts from the Craft Challenge will be posted at some point today. Check out A Pop of Red and Eclectic Enchantments to see the rest of the DIYs!
I’ve noticed a trend in the last year or so. People love personalized gifts; everything from monogramed purses to homemade birthday cards are popping up all over the place. But, many people don’t feel comfortable making gifts for someone else.
To fix that problem, I’ve decided to make a tutorial for a great, personalized gift that anyone can make: photo magnets!
I chose to personalize my photo magnets with photos I took of bridges from my hometown, but you can use whatever imagery you prefer.
If you don’t have Photoshop, a free tool you can use to resize your photos is Pixlr. You don’t have to download anything. You just upload your photo, go to Image in the menu bar, then Image Size. From there you can shrink it down to whatever size you need.
Every year I post a list of Valentine’s Day gifts for the men, and it’s about that time of year again. Have you started thinking about it yet? It’s okay if you haven’t. I have a list of good buys and DIYs for your man.
My lists rarely consist of the typical, cliche gifts. I try find unique gifts throughout the year, mostly from Etsy or something you can make yourself, and make note of them.
Here’s a list of my previous Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him:
As always, if you have ideas, please leave them in the comments. I want to hear if you’ve received something that you’ve really enjoyed or if you gifted something that got a positive response.
Let’s get to the gifts!
Hand-painted winter landscape on a saw blade – $27.50
How awesome is this? It’s landscape art on a saw blade! Morethebucles got it right with this idea! The lucky receiver of this gift can hang it in his house or in his garage and enjoy the outdoors any time he wants.
Beer cap USA map (birch plywood) – $16.50
I love this idea by BeerCapMapShop. Not only does it make for unique wall art, but it also gives him a chance to track all of the beer he’s tried from different US states.
Hand-painted Doctor Who shoes – $51.33
LittleDaisyMouse makes these really neat hand-painted shoes. If he’s a Doctor Who fan, he might like these. If Doctor Who isn’t his thing, there are a ton of other options on Etsy ranging from sports teams to disney movies.
Stay Focused vinyl motivational quote – $32.00
This is one of my favorites in the vinyl art department! The Beepart shop gives you plenty of options in terms of size and color for the quote so it will look fantastic on any wall in his house. It’s probably not appropriate for the office (unless it’s a home office).
Rustic couch table – $50.00
Dunn Rustic Designs understands that everyone needs a little bit of lazy time. The couch desk is perfect for his work (if he’s that much of a workaholic), laptop, dinner or whatever he needs to relax. You can choose the size of the table and the stain to match the rest of his furniture.
Star Wars wall decor – $12.00
If he’s a Star Wars fan, he might appreciate this one by Go Go Book Art. Yoda’s famous line “Do or do not. There is no try.” and Yoda in a suite (interesting) layer old printed pages for a fun decor idea!
Vintage pocket watch – $55.00+
If he likes the old-fashioned, steampunk look, he’ll love this pocket watch by Cabany Co. Look at the detail in that thing! It’s amazing. All of those gears! The colors work well together too. Beautiful!
Clock made from bike parts – $70.00
Dream Great Dreams made this really neat wall clock from recycled bike parts. What better gift is there for the cyclist in your life?
Nintendo controller posters – $7.50
Last, but not least, Nintendo art by DiffernType. They’re definitely geared toward the (old time) gamers, but the coolest part is that these posters are downloadable. You don’t have to wait for them to get shipped from across the country. You can download and print them right now. They’re perfect to hang on the wall behind his gaming spot.
MistoBox- monthly coffee subscription $13/month
I’m a little bias because I’m a coffee drinker, but I’ve had a MistoBox subscription for a little over 6 months and I love it. I don’t splurge on a lot of stuff, but coffee is definitely on my spend-money-on list. I haven’t received a coffee that I haven’t liked.
It works like this: You sign up, tell them what kinds of coffee or flavors you like, you’re assigned a curator and that person chooses coffee for you from around the world. You can choose the quality and frequency, too. You can also rate coffee after you try it, so your curator can learn what you like and don’t like.
Not everyone has $50 to spend on their sweetie and I totally get that. Soooo, I have a few more things you can make on your own that will cost you little to nothing, and he will really appreciate it.
I made this beard oil for my boyfriend last year and he loved it. He uses it often and I’ve made 1 bottle since then, so it lasts forever. It smells like rosemary, orange and bergamot (which smells amazing).
I will warn you that the ingredients are pricey, but this stuff lasts forever and you can use the oils for so many other things (like lotion and lip balm for yourself).
It is still cold enough for hot chocolate. Grab a jar and fill it with hot chocolate packets, marshmallows and some candy hearts. Wrap it up with ribbon and you’ve got a warm treat to share while you Netflix.
If he likes to snack, you should definitely make a snack 6 pack. You can buy empty bottles at a craft store or save glass bottles. Then clean them out really well, decorate the bottles and the 6-pack carrier and gift away!
Does he own an iPhone? If so, check out my tutorial on how to make personalized cell phone covers. You can make a bunch of designs that he will like and he can swap them out when he gets bored with one of them.
I know this looks girly, but you can decorate this headphones organizer any way you want. It’s really easy to make and surprisingly works really well. I take it to the gym and to work with me all the time.
Make him a coffee or tea jar. Or just a jar for his junk. Whatever you designate for the jar is your choice. All you need is a jar, glass paint, stencils and a brush. Cute and easy.
Last one! The device charging station! I don’t know about you, but I had devices and cords everywhere. All you need to make this and organize your cords is scrapbook paper, desktop organizer, glue and a knife (I used a pocket knife but it’s probably better to go with a utility knife). He’ll love it!
I know that e-readers are popular. I love my Kindle. But there is something about opening a real book and flipping the pages while getting a whiff of each one.
E-readers are great but, for me, nothing will ever replace the experience of a physical book. That’s why I am always reading a few books at a time, one on my Kindle and one with real pages.
Recently though, I misplaced my bookmark so I had to find a replacement. Why buy one when I can make one, right? So I decided on watercolor bookmarks. They’re quick and easy and I can make a bunch of them fairly quickly.
If you like the ones pictured above and might want to make your own, keep reading.
DIY watercolor bookmark materials
Measure and cut out your soon-to-be bookmarks.
Mine were smaller than the typical bookmark. They’re about 1.5″ wide by about 4″ long.
Pick two watercolor paints and blend them together.
In the image above I used pink/purple and yellow/orange. I started at the top and moved down along the right side with one color and then flipped the bookmark upside down and repeated with the other color. Then blended them in the middle.
If you’re unfamiliar with watercolor, this video is great for beginner instruction.
Let it dry. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
Using a marker, draw a design you like or write a quote on your bookmark.
When you’re done you will have something like these. They’re colorful, possibly inspirational and something you’ve made by yourself. You could make them with your kids too! The Happy Hooligans blog has a fun tutorial on how to use Sharpies and rubbing alcohol to make pretty neat bookmarks.
Try to get creative if you’re up for a challenge. Use a decorative hole punch to cut out the edges, use shades of the same color, experiment with typography… whatever you can think of. It’s a fun, quick project and you have nothing to lose.
Let me know what you think! I’d love you hear your ideas or how you might decorate a bookmark.
This week, I got out my acrylic paints and the plastic bucket I keep them in broke right down the side. Paint tubes spilled out all over the floor. That was my inspiration for this week’s Make Something Monday’s craft project. There’s a little bit of good in every situation, right?
Since I try to work on a lot of upcycled crafts, I had kept some cardboard shipping boxes from Christmas to reuse. I found one that would hold all of my paint and decided to turn it into a storage box. Now, I have to make a concerted effort to not buy any more paint because, as you can see, the box is pretty full (and I probably don’t need any more paint).
I’ve been trying to throw away less and reuse more and this is a great way to do it. I’m sure you have boxes stacked by the garbage to take out on trash day. Don’t do it! Get some decorative Duct Tape and turn them into pretty storage boxes.
DIY Storage Box Materials
This might be the shortest materials list I’ve ever had for a craft.
Begin to layer the Duct Tape around the box in even strips.
Repeat until your box is covered OR move onto step 2.
Step 2 (optional)
If you want, you can add a solid strip of Duct Tape to break up the design a bit.
Pile in your stuff!
And you’re done!
I like this idea much more than throwing the boxes away. Do you know how much money people spend on storage boxes? Neither do I, but it’s too much. In my mind, the less crap I have the better. But I still have stuff that needs to be organized so I can find it. For that stuff, I use shoe boxes, shipping boxes, old jars and tins. That stuff is especially useful for storing my craft and art supplies.
So, next time you think about throwing away a cardboard box, take it to your closet instead, get some Duct Tape next time you’re out and beautify it. The tape is so great because there are so many designs, so many places to buy it and it lasts forever. I like to get my from hobby shops like Michael’s or Pat Catan’s, but you can get it at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Amazon, or somewhere else online. I believe they have a generic version at the Dollar Store, too.
Can you believe I’ve been writing this blog for about 4 years? Me neither
that means I’ve posted a craft tutorial every Monday, with few exceptions (Christmas or being sick), for 4 years.
I started this blog as a way to keep my creativity flowing, but it has become soooo much more than it was intended to be. I’ve met some amazing people who are really talented who have heart-warming stories, I’ve been offered 2 jobs (partially because of this blog) and I’ve been able to enhance my artistic abilities. I’ve gotten so much out of this blog and it’s all because of you!
Thank you for for an wonderful 2015 and an amazing journey to this point.
I don’t have fantastic blog stats, but the stats are as much yours as they are mine. Here they are if you’re curious.
Thank you to the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys for preparing a 2015 annual report for my blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.