Most likely our first memories of Valentine’s Day are exchanging cards (maybe with a lollipop attached) via a decorated shoebox in early elementary school. As part of that school celebration, each of us no doubt made Valentines for our family members. We’d choose our construction paper, fold it in half and cut the ice-cream-on-a-cone shape. Then we’d get to gluing – pure unadulterated joy.
More than any other holiday, Valentine’s Day seems meant for homemade gifts from the heart. From cooking and baking to continuing the tradition of homemade cards, this red-letter day awakens the crafter inside. For my family, Valentine’s Day means from-scratch spaghetti and meatballs, a heart-shaped box of chocolates and a store-bought gift. While they won’t appreciate a homemade offering, I know that my posse will love a gift made from the heart.
Just in time for the weekend before V-Day, here are a few ideas to recapture the joy of creating Valentine’s gifts for your loved ones.
Heart-Shaped Bird Feeder
As soon as I opened one of these from kMg for Christmas, I knew that we had to feature it on The Gracious Posse.
Beautiful in its simplicity and a gift to share with the birds, seeing this heart swinging from a tree outside my window brings me joy. It is also an easy and thoughtful gift to make with and for both girls and boys.
How delighted would your neighborhood children (as well as the birds) be to find a whole tree ornamented with these hearts? See recipe at the end of this post.
Pink Monogrammed Flower Pots
Several years ago, Ellen gifted her posse with these fabulous flower pots.
While I have purged my home of many of my plant holders, this one remains and looks as good as ever.
Pick up a can of
Krylon Mambo Pink Gloss Spray Enamel at Michael’s or Home Depot and give a clean terra-cotta pot a few light coatings of it. Allow to dry fully, then attach a vinyl monogram. With her vinyl cutter, Ellen can make you one: 3″ for $7 (the size shown on the 5½” tall x 6” wide pot above) or 5” for $8. Contact her here for details on getting a monogram made. You may be able to find these monograms on etsy, as well.
LOVE Watercolor Cards
captured my imagination. They also reminded me of this watercolor that I purchased from Laura a few years ago for my daughter
in honor of the way I sign notes and texts to my children. Combining inspiration from both Laura’s card and watercolor,
Then I taped off the top crease and brushed on red watercolor paint with a wide sponge brush.
After the paint dries, the masking fluid comes right off.
I love these cards and can’t wait to use them with my other gifts for a throw-back Valentine’s Day.
Are you making anything? #spreadthelove
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup very warm water
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 3 tbsp. corn syrup
- 4 cups birdseed
- molds (muffin tin, cookie cutters, etc.)
- nonstick spray
- drinking straw
- waxed paper
- Combine the flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined.
- Add the birdseed to the mixture, stir until well coated.
- Spray your mold(s) with cooking spray and spoon birdseed mixture into each mold. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to pack it down and make the top smooth. Spraying hands and spoons with cooking spray will help keep birdseed from sticking to hands and spoons.
- Poke a hole through the top of each birdseed mold using a drinking straw, making sure it goes all the way through.
- Leave the birdseed mixture in the molds for two to three hours. Then remove the straws and lay out a sheet of waxed paper. Gently remove the hardened ornaments from the mold and place them on the wax paper upside down. Allow them to dry for at least two to three more hours, or overnight.
- Cut your ribbon and carefully put it through the hole.
- Hang outside for the birds!
- Yields six 4” hearts