Remember Valentine’s Day? No, not last year, with that reservation made at the fourth restaurant on the list, the place of last resort. The place where the hot appetizers were tepid and the mojito arrived looking more like a Cosmo. No, not the typical current Valentine’s Day we’ve grown to know that consists of mandatory public noshing and mummified roses.
Think about the Valentine’s Day from when you were in grade school. The handcrafted hearts scissored from the only available shade of red construction paper, the paper doilies glued to them; the trick your teacher showed you how to create the perfect heart by folding the paper, arching the scissor, then diving down; the satisfaction of walking up and down the classroom aisles, dropping the hand-addressed cards into other students’ (handmade) Valentine boxes.
Wasn’t that a whole lot more satisfying than calling up a florist, or wrangling a disdainful restaurant host? Here are a couple of ideas to bring back the feeling of personal Valentine’s sentiment, of making the holiday better by making something yourself. And remember: everyone appreciates a homemade gift far more than a trip to an overcrowded restaurant. And there’s something about Valentine’s Day that makes a handcrafted heart all the more precious. Here are a couple of ideas that I have grown to love that I think will make YOUR Valentine Day so very special!
Pre-stretched artist canvas
Assorted colors of acrylic paint
Wide chip brush
Working from above, squirt paint, one color at a time on canvas. Don’t worry about perfection, and make it random.
Mix paint with gel medium.
Apply paint with spatula, and create heart at center of canvas.
Gently go over heart with chip brush.
Apply additional paint squirts to heart as desired.
Red Mossed Heart
Styrofoam egg (3 7/8” x 5 7/8”)
Thick craft glue
Red-dyed reindeer moss
Use scissors or serrated knife to cut egg in half lengthwise.
Cut a ‘V’ out of the top and angle off each side to create heart shape.
Attach moss to heart with glue.
Use dental floss to secure base layer of moss to egg and tie off back.
Glue another layer of moss where needed.
When dry, trim with scissors to accentuate the heart shape.
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