We’ve been apart for quite some time. I’ve been a busy girl and have had hardly any time for crafting. It’s something I’ve missed. So, I have a present for you. I have a gift bag.
Okay, I’m going to teach you how to make a gift bag… from scrapbook paper. Paper is really amazing. You can do so much with it. This particular paper craft is really easy to make and will hold lightweight items. I was thinking Valentine’s Day candy.
You’ll only need a few supplies to make your own.
Paper gift bag supplies
scrapbook paper (12×12)
Step 1: fold the edges inward
Find the center of the scrapbook paper and fold the sides into the center line.
Step 2: measure the base of the gift bag
Turn the paper horizontally and find the center again.
Then, measure 1″ in both directions and mark it with your pencil.
Repeat this step on the opposite side of the paper.
Step 3: Fold the base of the gift bag
Fold inward from one end to the other to match the marks you just created. You should have something that looks like the image above.
Step 4a: create the basket
Lay the paper flat again. Then, pinch one of the folds you just made.
Pull the piece you’re pinching toward the the top of the paper, along the edge.
The section you’re holding should meet the fold.
Repeat that step on all 4 sides.
Step 5: fold the corners upward to create a basket
Fold both sides of the paper upward so you have something that looks like this.
Step 6: hole punch the top of the gift bag
Pinch the top of the paper together and punch 2 holes, centered.
Step 7: tie it with a bow
Push a ribbon through the newly punched holes and tie a bow to hold it shut.
When you’re finished, you’ll have a cute little gift bag to give to someone special.
Just about every year I make a lists of gifts to get the man in your life for Valentine’s Day. Why not one for her too? Sometimes I do, but I usually stick to the boyfriend gifts because it’s harder to buy for him. (AND we don’t appreciate men very much during this holiday. We should work on that.) Guys don’t give you hints and they don’t care where you go to eat as long as there isn’t a crazy wait. Most of the time. They just want to get Valentine’s Day over with.
With that in mind, I always try to come up with some creative gift or experience ideas to improve the outlook of the holiday. That means no cuff links, monogramed junk or lovey dovey quotes. I’m going to take a creative or practical approach to gift recommendations. Which also means the prices aren’t going to be astronomical. Let’s be realistic. You can say I love you (or I like you) without blowing your paycheck.
There are also some DIY ideas in the bottom half if you don’t want to go out and buy something.
I know, we’re starting out super practical on this one. But seriously, stainless steel mugs with temperature retention are amazing. I have one (not this brand) for coffee and it keeps it hot for 4 hours and water cold for 8. So when I get called to a last-minute meeting and forget my coffee at my desk, it’s still nice and toasty when I get back. Traveling with these is awesome too. I’d recommend this mug to anyone as a gift. Bonus points for it be eligible for Amazon Prime.
Disclosure: I’ve never seen this bracelet on someone in person. BUT I’d love to. The design is simple, yet elegant, in a way. It looks like it could either be dressed up or down. They’ve also listened to their customer’s feedback and made improvements recently. Can’t complain about that.
This gift by ADADesigns3 on Etsy is pretty neat. You can get the growler customized to the state you live in. They will even send you a proof before they make it to ensure you like the way it looks. Some states might look a little strange, but if you’re located in a spacious one, I say get on this!
This one, from alkohaulers on Etsy, is pretty exciting! An insulated growler carrier that attaches to your bike. The perfect gift for the adventurer! Don’t limit yourself to beer though. He could carry water, soda, or whatever other beverage he fancies.
Artwork on the Run on Etsy sells awesome coffee art. If the man in your life enjoys coffee, art or coffee shops, he’ll love this stuff. I bought this painting at a craft show last year and I really enjoy it.
Gifts to DIY
It doesn’t have to be pink, obviously, but these DIY travel carriers are so easy to make and I’ve taken mine with me every time I’ve traveled since I made it about 4 years ago (it’s probably time for an update). Go to the Dollar Store, buy a wash cloth and ribbon, flip up the bottom and sew each compartment. It’s cake.
Another really easy DIY gift is these beer cap magnets. You could do it with glass soda bottle caps too. Or whatever he drinks. Super glue a magnet to the back and stick it on his fridge. If he has a beer fridge, that works even better.
Speaking of magnets, borrow some pictures from his Instagram and make these cute photo magnets. All you have to do is cut the images to size and glue them to the back of these glass tiles along with a magnet.
This homemade beard oil is pretty awesome, so I’ve been told. I made it for my husband a few years ago because he said he would get dry skin under his beard. It worked really well and he still uses it. His friends have even started asking for it.
More Gift Ideas
Here’s a list of my previous Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him:
First, I’d like to apologize for my absence last week. I got sick and missed all kinds of good stuff like my work holiday party and the 60 degree weather. For once, crafting was not on my priority list. It was not a good weekend. But this weekend is a better one.
Valentine’s Day is coming up… That means you want to look and feel your best, right? Of course. Forget V-Day though, I want smooth skin all the time. Sugar scrub definitely helps with that.
Seriously, this might be the best sugar scrub I’ve ever made. I know I’m a little bias, but it really does smell great. The citrus-y scent seems to brighten everything up (I think it’s mostly the grapefruit). And who doesn’t want a bright and fun Valentine’s Day?
The sugar scrub is really easy to make. I didn’t time it, but I’m pretty sure it took about 5 minutes excluding photography time. Everything you need + instructions are below.
Measure your sugar. This will depend on the size of the jar you are using.
I poured mine into the jar and then into the bowl to get an accurate measurement. My jar was 8.5 oz.
Microwave 4 big spoonfuls of coconut oil until it’s liquefied.
Pour in 20 drops of grapefruit oil and 15 drops of lemon oil.
If you’re making a larger batch, you might want to add a few more of each.
Pour the oil over the sugar and mix it together. It should be about the same consistency of a slushy.
Pour it into the jar.
If you’re feeling festive, print and cut out the Valentine’s Day printables below. The round ones are the perfect size for mason jar lids. If you can find some pink ribbon, use the heart printable too!
This blog post is part of The Craft challenge! If you want to learn more or are interested in joining the challenge, send a message to Emily from A Pop of Red.
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!
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 hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day!! The above drawing is the Valentine I gave to my boyfriend of almost 7 years. He actually said this about a week ago and I thought it would make a cute card.
This is what we did yesterday and it was wonderful.
I made these chocolate covered pretzels for him because they’re his favorite.
Then we went to a new brewery that opened up nearby for pizza and beer.
If you couldn’t tell yet, I love pink. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I have more of a reason to make everything pink. My first victim? A very fun and easy to make DIY candy jar! This is one of those crafts that you never would’ve guessed was under $5. You can get all of your supplies at the Dollar Store except the Deco Pens (but you could also use Sharpies). You might not be able to find the knobs there either, but any craft store will have them just a bit more than $1.
Things You Will Need:
Terra cotta pots
Terra cotta base
Deco markers (optional)
Newspaper or paper towels
Paint everything pink! I put two layers of acrylic paint on the pots, the base and the knob.
If you plan to decorate your candy jar with your Deco pens, now is the time.
Then, you can go ahead and super glue the bottom of your pots together, glue the knob to the bottom of the base, and glue the glass bowl into the top pot.
You will want to let all of these dry over night.
Add some ribbon if you’d like to spice it up a little bit. I used the heart-themed ribbon to break up all of the solid pink.
Pour your candy of choice into the jar. If you like the craft but are on a diet, fill the jar with pistachios or almonds instead.
This would be a fun craft to make with you friends or kids (sans super glue). Girls night, anyone? Get your friends together for a craft and movie night. When you’re finished, you can sit and eat all of the chocolate!
The candy jar might even be a nice Valentine’s Day gift. People keep coming up with more and more creative ways to give candy. I think this option will turn some heads 😉
I apologize for the rough pictures. The candy jar, when fully constructed, was slightly too large to fit in my new light box. I was sad. Oh well…
I still can’t believe 2015 has started, and now Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Ugh. Time moves too fast doesn’t it?
I was contemplating my craft for today and thought, Wow, Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away. I should make a craft for it. And what do you think of when you think of the love-inspired holiday? Right, hearts.
I found some burlap canvas at Walmart (surprisingly) along with red and white multi-sized buttons and decided that it would make a nice craft. Bonus: I paid about $5 for everything.
Button hearts are lovely aren’t they?
Things You Will Need:
Lay out your buttons on the burlap canvas in the color combination you prefer. Since I want to make a red and white striped heart, I alternated the colors.
When you’re happy with the heart shape, glue them down.
Start gluing down buttons into the stripes your set up. Alternate as you go.
When you’re finished, you’ll have a love-inspired canvas to hang on your wall (or set on a shelf) to decorate for Valentine’s Day.
I like it, but now that I’m done with it, I kind of wish I would’ve thrown a row of pink buttons in there. I guess I’ll just have to make some more 🙂
I love mason jar crafts; they make such cute gifts. So I decided to make a Valentine’s Day themed craft since the holiday is right around the corner. It was really easy to make and only took about 1/2 hour, if that. This could be a nice one to make with your kids, too!
Unfortunately, my camera card snapped half-way through, so the above photo is the only picture I was able to get. It’s a good thing this craft is easy to explain without a ton of pictures. I promise to have my camera card replaced by next Monday! Please bare with me…
Things You Will Need:
Hot melt glue
Hot chocolate powder
Clean your Mason jars and dry them thoroughly.
Trace the inner lid of the jar on the scrapbook paper. Cut it out and glue it in the lid like in the image above.
Hot melt glue a piece of ribbon all the way around the lid for a decorative pop!
Pour the hot chocolate powder into the jar.
Then layer in the marshmallows and sprinkles together.
Twist your lid on, and you’ve got yourself a cute little Valentine’s Day gift! Let me know what you think!!!