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February DIYs




  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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