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Valentine’s Day-themed phrases can make even simple tokens the perfect gift for the holiday. For example, print out or write “We’re mint to be” on mints or mint candies. (Republican Eagle photos by Danielle Killey)

DIY: Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and many people, from students to parents to young couples, are looking for ways to show friends and loved ones what they mean to them.

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But with the expenses of the holidays likely still fresh on your mind (and wallet), making your own Valentine’s gifts and cards might be the way to go. Plus, you can personalize them more with the recipients’ favorite foods, photographs or memories.

Gifts, cards and decorations

Make your own Valentine’s Day cards or crafts at home, whether from pictures, playing cards or construction paper.

3-D sucker photo cards

Materials:

•Camera

•Photo paper (or print at a store)

•Sucker or lollipop

•Craft utility knife (ex. X-Acto knife)

Take a photo of the subject (a child, for example) with an arm stuck out toward the camera and making a fist. Make the fist and hand the focus point of the photograph.

Print the photos.

Use the knife to cut a small slit at the top and bottom of the fist in the photograph.

Insert the lollipop or sucker behind the fingers.

Tips

• Make sure your photo size is appropriate for the size/weight of the sucker.

Heart suncatchers

Materials:

•Pink or red tissue paper

•White paper

•Scissors

•Clear-drying glue

•Hole punch

•Ribbon or yarn

Cut the white paper in the shape of a heart. Cut the tissue paper into squares or rectangles.

Glue the colored tissue paper on to the white paper.

Punch a hole at the top and string through yarn or ribbon for hanging. This colorful and easy Valentine’s craft can be a decoration or gift.

Hand heart card

Materials:

•Construction paper

•Scissors

•Markers, stickers or other materials for decorating the card

Fold the construction paper in half (top to bottom). Place your hand on the paper, with pointer finger and thumb touching the fold. Trace hand. Cut out the outlined hand, leaving thumb and pointer finger parts attached at the fold.

Open and decorate.

Other card ideas

There are many creative ways to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day cards made at home. For example,

•Make a card on the computer in the style of an eye reading exam that says “I only have eyes for you.”

•Find a matchbook and take out all but two matches next to each other. Write “we’re a perfect match.”

•Glue birthday candles to the front of a card with the phrase “you light up my life” or similar.

52 reasons gift

Materials:

•Deck of cards

•Paper (write or print out reasons)

•Photographs, stickers or other decorations

•Hole punch and ring (optional)

Here’s an easy way to let someone know what you love about them. Take a deck of cards you don’t use anymore or buy a new set, and write or print out a reason you love the person on each one. Decorate with photos, stickers or other embellishments.

Either put the cards back in the original box, or punch a hole in the top corner of each card and place a ring through.

Product puns

Valentine’s Day seems to be the holiday of puns. But a play on words can make even small, simple items holiday themed and double as a card and gift.

Find a favorite candy, token or snack, design and print a simple Valentine’s phrase and decorate.

Here are just a few ideas you could use for the gifts.

• We were meant to bee friends/valentines, You’re the bee’s knees — honey candy, honey, Burt’s Bees products

•I’m a sucker for you — sucker/lollipop

•You warm my heart, I like you a latte — coffee, cocoa or tea or gift card for a coffee shop

•Hugs and kisses — Hershey’s hugs and kisses candy

•We’re mint to be together — mints or mint candies (ex. Peppermint Patties, Junior Mints)

•I’m nuts about you — nut candy or nuts (be aware of allergies)

•You are a-maze-ing — maze game

•You’re the perfect catch, You’ve hooked me, Hooked on you — gummie worms or Swedish fish, Goldfish crackers

•Blow me a kiss, Won’t chew be mine — bubble gum, gumballs

•We just fit together, We’re a perfect fit — puzzle

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Danielle Killey
Danielle Killey is the city reporter for the Republican Eagle, where she has worked since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
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