Next Tuesday is Valentines Day. It’s a fact we can’t change, but who wants to spend 3 times more for flowers? Not me.
If you’re a little handy, you can make something yourself that will mean even more then flowers and candy.
(But not too much beats a romantic dinner that she doesn’t have to cook. just sayin)
After a little search on the internet, here are a few projects you can get done before next Tuesday.
You can even get the kids involved for a family activity.
Heart Light Bulb
1. red thin gauge wire or pipe cleaner (available at craft stores)
2. light bulb (any standard incandescent bulb with a regular size base will do..no fluorescent or halogen bulbs)
5. safety goggles
6. scrap piece of wood or wood cube (craft stores usually sell wood for crafts and would have a small square or chunky piece that would work)
7. 2 pins
8. paper and pen (or type written message)
9. wire cutters
10. hammer and nail (optional- if you are using soft balsa or craft wood these are not necessary)
11. hot glue gun
1. prepare a surface on a work table for hollowing out the bulb. make sure the area is large because little chunks might jump off the base when you crack the glass.
2. follow these instructions on how to hollow out the light bulb from teamdroid.com. these are easy to follow instructions that also give good tips on safety and procedure.
3. when you have your bulb ready, clean the outside carefully and put it to the side somewhere where it is protected from breaking.
4. cut a ten inch piece of wire to make a heart “filament”. fold the wire in half to create a sharp crease, then unfold. about an inch from the crease, take both loose wire ends and loop both wires around to create the heart halves. then pull both wires back down, overlapping the center of the crease and extending beyond the heart shape. you may want to tweak the heart halves a little to get heart shape that you like. your heart should be about 1/2″ wide so it will fit through the base of the bulb pretty easily.
5. if you want two or more heart filaments in your bulb, repeat step 4 one or more times.
6. take your filaments to your bulb and hold them up to see how long the stems need to be to have the heart filaments positioned in roughly the center of the bulb. use your pliers to cut the extra wire off the ends. also test that they fit int o your bulb without having to smush them or distort the shapes. if that is the case, make them smaller.
7. if your wood is soft, you should be able to poke the wire filaments down into the top of the wood and they will stay in position. if you are using a firmer wood, use a hammer and nail to create a small guide hole. then remove the nail and push the wire down into the hole. you may want to secure these with glue as well.
8. now fit your glass bulb over the filaments and glue the bulb down to the wood at the base.
9. use the pins to attach your love note or message to the front of the piece of wood.
This project will only work if you actually remember where you met, got engaged and where married to your significant other. Let’s assume you do.
Your first job is to source a frame from department store or 2nd hand shop of some kind with 3 compartments already in it.
Next get maps that show the places you met, engaged and married him/her.
After a little cut and paste you should end up with something like what is shown in this picture.
Extra points for drawing a heart, ring and wedding bands on each map.
This works best if each of these places are different. Mine would all be of Goderich, ON. Nice but a little boring.
Heart Eating Dino
He/She will never see this one coming. If the one you love really really likes dinosaurs or star wars or fish or what ever, simply paint it and glue some felt, paper or wooden hearts to it in an amusing way.
The dollar store or Walmart toy section should be a good place to find something fun to paint.
Spray paint it Gold or Silver or his/her favourite colour.
The finishing touch that shows how much you care is gluing on the hearts.
To get full instructions CLICK HERE.
If you can get Crayola air drying clay or small wooden hearts this is an easy one to do.
To get full instructions CLICK HERE
Paint red, and glue small magnets or magnet cloth to the hearts and your good to go.
For full instructions CLICK HERE.
Cutting the slices of wood is the hardest part of this job.
Once that’s done, sand each end so they don’t wobble.
Paint hearts and initials as shown or whatever else shows how much you care.
After a couple coats of clear coat paint to seal it all, your ready to go.
Note: you don’t have to use tree branch slices, coasters can be made from almost anything.
Any metal works if you glue on silicon feet. Shiny aluminum or Stainless looks great if you have some left over pieces from another job.
Used tire inner tube from your tractor is a fun material. Cut it into 4″ circles with any good scissors and paint hearts on with the same paint used on patio furniture.
Pallet wood is great if you find some with an interesting grain.
Have Fun Creating
(but don’t do too good a job, as the bar will be too high for next year)