February is a fun month! Love is in the air. Winter is just peaking and starting to pass. Tulips are popping up through the snow. It’s time to have some DIY Fun with Valentine’s Day ideas! Here a few suggestions to get an un-expecting, friend, child, loved one, or even co-worker giggling and into the spirit.
1. Love potion labels – Get your kids in the Valentine’s Day spirit by removing existing water bottle labels and replacing them with these free “love potion” printables. Crack these water bottles open and love just might fill the cafeteria. Is it magic or just a mother’s love? (suggestion from good housekeeping.com)
2. Heart Crayons – This is fun to do as a surprise for the little ones in your life or as a project with them so they can spread their own love with friends. (NOTE: this project can be rough on your metal pans, try using a silicone heart mold. This can be purchased on line or found in your local craft store). Separate your crayons by color groups: reds/pinks, purples, blues, greens, oranges/yellows. To get the paper off easily, cut a slit down the length of the crayon with a knife. Break them into ~1/3″ – 1/2″ pieces and place like colors into pans. You get a better result if you mix lighter shades of a certain group with darker shades. The color contrast is pretty fun and makes for unique hearts. Bake between 225F and 250F for about 10 minutes. Take a look at them after 10 and if they are completely melted, gently take them out, and let them cool for at least 10 minutes. If there are still some chunks after 10 minutes, let them go for another minute or two. Keep an eye on them! (Recipe from goodknits.com)
3. Heart Shaped Hand warmers (Or any shape and color to use for all cool seasons) – You will need, felt, Embroidery Floss and a needle, Un-cooked rice, dried lavender or an essential oil that you find soothing. Cut the felt into the shape you prefer (hearts are great this time of year). You will need a total of four identical pieces (two for each warmer). Knot the embroidery floss and thread your needle. Sew your two shapes together until you are about ¾ complete. Be sure to sew you loops close together as not to allow the rice to escape through large gaps. Add the rice and lavender / oils to the pouch you have created. Be sure not to pack it tight as you need a little wiggle room to sew it shut and also keep them flexible. Finish sewing the open gap closed and secure the thread. To use these awesome warmers, microwave the, for about 30 seconds and tuck them into coat pockets. Your hands will stay warm and toasty. Re-heat as needed to re-use, but be sure not to heat for too long.
These are just a few ideas to get you thinking creatively. Ignite the passion and creativity inside your heart and share it with others. As always, have a happy day!