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February DIYs

MADDIE ASHLEY

STAFF WRITER

 

  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about doing something nice for the people you care about. Why not create a special gift that can be enjoyed year round?

 

  One gift to consider is a succulent in a painted pot. Using acrylic paints, paint a terracotta pot with a background color and then a big heart on it. When dry, fill it with soil and plant a succulent. For fun, you can add crafty, colorful signs––Valentine’s puns are sure to lighten up the environment with your friends and loved ones.

 

  Who doesn’t love hearts? Another great gift is a paper heart garland. You will need a sewing machine, a three-inch heart punch, a two-inch heart punch, three sheets of paper per heart strand, and clear tape. Punch two-inch hearts out of red paper and three-inch hearts out of patterned valentine’s themed paper. Using a straight stitch on the longest setting, stitch the hearts together using a sewing machine. Leave one eighth of an inch between each heart. Hang the heart strands on the ceiling using clear tape.

 

  Another fun gift is a string art heart. It’s a great way to show a little love, with all the filaments that can make up a relationship. First, paint a two foot by two foot mason board pink or red. Let dry, then paint a second coat and let that dry as well. Next, take a two foot by two foot piece of craft paper, fold in half and draw half of a heart. Cut it out and use it to trace a heart on your mason board. Now take a pack of one inch nails and lightly hammer them in along the border of the heart, about an inch apart. Finally, take your thread (100 yards in a fun color like metallic gold) and wrap around the nails across the heart.

 

These simple DIY’s are a great way to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day!

 

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