Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and if you’re struggling with what to get your partner, we’ve got some DIY suggestions for you. Don’t worry if you’re not crafty; we’ve picked a few things that range in difficulty from complete novice to experienced hot-glue-gun expert, and these can double as great gifts for family and friends on other holidays or special occasions. We’ve also priced out about how much each craft should cost you, and we’ve included our Facebook live videos of us making them so you can see how it’s done!
Four Gifts You Can Make Yourself
Confetti Painted Heart Mugs
Simple, fun mugs you can make with paint markers and sticker shapes from Kim at Today's Creative Life!
- white mug
- Elmer's paint markers
- Sharpie paint pens NOT markers, paint pens
- Contact paper, vinyl or stickers
After applying the heart to my clean mug, I took my first color and dabbed dots outlining the heart first.
Then I randomly dabbed for the confetti look.
After the first color was dry, I took my second color and filled in. Wait about 5-10 minutes for colors to dry.
You shouldn't need to bake the mugs, as the paint dries on its own without heat. You probably shouldn't put these mugs through the dishwasher, but handwashing gently is safe.
This project, if you make 6 mugs, will run you about $45.
We are live with #ValentinesDay #DIY gifts with Louryn talking cheap date tips and Valentine's Day sales!Make these mugs here: https://www.fatwallet.com/blog/diy-valentines-day-giftsShop Valentine's Day deals here: https://www.fatwallet.com/valentines-deals
Posted by FatWallet on Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Valentine's Day Slime
Little Bins for Little Hands has a Valentine's-themed slime recipe for kids and adults alike who love the tactile experience of slime!
- 1/2 cup clear glue or white glue
- 1/2 cup liquid starch
- 1/2 cup water
- measuring cup
- heart confetti
- pink and red glitter
- red food coloring
In one bowl mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of glue. Combine completely.
Pour glue into water.
Stir the glue and water well!
Now’s the time to add color, glitter, or confetti! Remember when you add color to white glue, the color will be lighter. Use clear glue for jewel toned colors!
Mix the glitter and color into the glue and water mixture.
Pour in 1/2 cup of liquid starch. You will see the slime immediately start to form. You won’t be able to use a spoon for very long.
Switch to mixing with hands for a few minutes until you feel the majority of the liquid incorporated into the slime.
Put in a clean, dry container or on a plate. Slime can be played with right away but it’s consistency changes a bit over the next 30 mins to a smoother looking substance as opposed to the stringier slime you may originally see.
Keeps up to at least a week, loosely covered.
This project should only run you about $10 total, more depending on how much slime you make.
We're live with Louryn making a slimey Valentine's Day craft your kids will love! Also talking some Valentine's Day deals.Valentine's Day slime recipe: https://www.fatwallet.com/blog/diy-valentines-day-gifts$100 AMEX gift card giveaway (last day to enter!): https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1553316
Posted by FatWallet on Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Floral Heart Wreaths
From Haeley Giambalvo at Design Improvised, we think these beautiful, easy-to-make floral heart wreaths are a great gift and decoration for Valentine's Day!
- 5-6 small bunches of faux flowers
- grapevine wreath form
- wire cutters
- hot glue gun
Use a wire cutter to clip the flowers from their stems, leaving a good inch of the stem left.
Slot your flowers into the grapevine wreath form. If you want the flowers to stay more permanently, add a dab of hot glue to the stem before sticking it into the form.
Work your way around the wreath form. Use 2-3 different types of pink flowers for this wreath, scattering them randomly around the wreath, making sure not to leave any gaps between flowers.
Hang your pretty floral heart on the wall!
We estimated this project should cost you about $26 for everything.
More Valentine's Day DIY with Louryn and Mika! Today, we're making heart flower wreaths that you can give to your sweetheart this Valentine's!Shop Valentine's Day deals on FatWallet: https://www.fatwallet.com/valentines-deals
Posted by FatWallet on Thursday, February 9, 2017
Lil' Love Monsters
Super cute and great for kids or making together as a couple, these Lil' Love Monsters from Eighteen25 are a great Valentine's Day gift!
- pipe cleaners
- googly eyes
- glue gun
- 5 oz. paper cups
- piece of cardboard 2 1/2" x 4"
- scrapbook paper
Monster Body Assembly
Wrap your yard around the cardboard piece (long-ways) about 150-200 times.
On one side of the cardboard, tie a knot around the center of yarn.
Flip the cardboard over and cut through the center of the yarn. This is your main hair pom pom.
Take an upside down paper cup and hot glue your pom pom to the top.
Make another pom pom by wrapping the yarn (width-wise) around the cardboard about 20-30 times.
This is your “toupee” pom pom. Hot glue it on top of the other pom pom.
Add your googly eyes.
Make some pipe cleaner antennas and hot glue to the top of the head under some yarn hair.
Punch or cut out some paper hearts and hot glue to the tops of the antennas.
Yarn is a bit pricey, so this project will probably run you about $45.
The finale of our #DIY #ValentinesDay live series with Louryn and Mika making Lil' Love Monsters!
Posted by FatWallet on Friday, February 10, 2017