Roundup: 14 Valentine DIY Projects and Printables

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It’s Friday! Woohoo! What do you say…shall we kick off the weekend with a roundup of 14 Valentine’s Day DIY Projects and Printables?! Now if only there were enough hours in the weekend to make them all! xo Ez

1. DIY Wooden Polaroid Gift Set | 2. DIY Fabric Valentine Banner | 3. DIY Paper Flower Wreath | 4. DIY Heart Pillows

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5. DIY Candy Rings | 6. DIY Date Idea Arrows

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7. Printable Valentine Bubble Wraps | 8. Crepe Paper Heart Crown

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9. Fold & Send Valentine Printables | 10. Valentine Photo Puzzle

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11. Printable Valentine Paper Puppets | 12. DIY Valentine Mail Box

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13. Felt Sweetheart Charms | 14. Printable Candy Bar Wraps

Want more? Of course you do! You can see last year’s Valentine’s Day Roundup right here, find more Valentine’s Day inspiration on my V-Day Pinterest board, or dive into a few stellar DIY projects from the DIY Gallery right here on Creature Comforts:

Free Printable: 2013 Holiday Gift Tags

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Well friends, this is goodbye for a little bit. My daughter and I will be visiting family out of state for the holidays, and I’ll be back here again sometime shortly after Christmas…although I’m not yet sure about the exact date. I have loads of family memory-making to cram into just a few short days! I hope I can get it all in!

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Of course I couldn’t leave without first giving you all a wee holiday prezzie, could I?! These free printable holiday gift tags that I watercolored the other day are just a small gesture of gratitude for all the ways you inspire me and make this online space a better brighter place every day of the year. I hope they’ll bring smiles and cheer to your loved ones as they open your gifts this holiday!

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Tip: Attach a little pom pom to the top of each animal’s hat (using a dab of craft glue) for an extra festive touch!

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Warmest wishes for a happy holiday and the most joyful of new years to you all! xo Ez

P.S. You can find last year’s Free Holiday Tags here…and a 2012 holiday tag roundup here.

Last Minute DIY Gift & Wrapping Ideas

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Hi friends! Today I thought I’d share a few last-minute DIY gift giving and wrapping ideas pulled straight out of the Creature Comforts archives. Hopefully they will help solve at least some of your frantic gift giving woes. I personally have over 30 gifts to wrap / pull together, so I’ll be using some of these myself. xo Ez

If You only have 10 Minutes or Less:

If You need a gift for someone who is hard to shop for:

If You prefer giving foodie gifts:

If You need a few gift wrapping ideas:

Find more projects and recipes in the Creature Comforts’ DIY GALLERY.

DIY Faux Bois + Real Wood Gift Bows

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Oh craft fails! There have been so many in my life lately. In fact, today’s project came out of the aftermath of a particularly disappointing project gone wrong. What started as a hopeful bunting morphed into a heap of wonderful wooden gift bows, and since several of you asked me about them over on Instagram, I thought I’d share how I made them so you can make some too!

I initially hesitated to share this project because I used real wood veneer (on the pricey side) for my first bows. I’m an equal opportunity crafter, and believe that everyone should have a chance to make something great, so I came up with a more wallet-friendly solution: paper bows that are printed to look like real wood! I’ll be sharing the tutorial for those below.

If you’d like to try your hand at some true wood bows, simply follow the steps below, skipping the paper printing step and substituting the printed paper for Band-It Paper Backed Veneer Facing Sheets (found in some hardware stores – I found mine at Ace Hardware).

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  • Cardstock paper
  • Color printer
  • Woodgrain printables | Found via How About Orange
  • Scissors
  • Low-heat hot glue gun with glue sticks | Resist the urge to use other glues or tapes…I tried them and they do not adhere well enough for this project
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive glue dots (optional) | Used to easily attach finished bows onto gifts

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Start by choosing which woodgrain pattern you would like to use. Print it onto one side of your cardstock. Allow page to dry for a moment. Flip printed page over and print same woodgrain pattern onto the backside of your paper, so that both sides have a woodgrain pattern printed on them.

Trim off any white areas. Use your ruler and pencil to lightly mark long strips of “wood.” You can do anything from .5″ to 1.5″ in width, depending upon the bow size you’d like to make. The bows I created here were around .5″ wide.

To create bows like the ones I made here you will need to cut your .5″ wide paper strips into several different lengths. You will need the following:

  • Main bow portion: 8.5″ length (CUT 1)
  • Bow loops: 4.5″ length (CUT 2)
  • Tails: 2.5″ length (CUT 2)
  • Bow center: approximately 1″ length (CUT 1)

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Curl your longest strip of paper around until the ends overlap, and glue together.  Place a dab of glue inside the center of the paper band and press down to adhere.

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Place your shortest strip of paper onto the center of your bow, wrap around and seal with a dab of glue on the backside. Prepare your two bow loops by gluing ends together. For a neater bow, it helps to cut an angled portion off of the end of each loop (as seen in the image above).

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Prepare your bow tails by cutting out an inverted V-shape from the bottom of each paper strip, and removing an angled portion from the top of each. Attach bow loops onto the top backside of your main bow loop with ends pointing in towards the middle. Finish by gluing on the bow’s tails beneath the bow loops.

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Decorate your gifts…and your home. I put some of the bows I made onto our Christmas tree and love them! xo Ez

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Find more DIY projects and inspiration in the Creature Comforts DIY Gallery.

DIY Thanksgiving Luminaries

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I can’t believe that it’s nearly Thanksgiving! Too soon, too soon! Fortunately these DIY Thanksgiving Luminaries are a quick project that you can complete during a crafty afternoon…and then you’ll be able to check “feast table decor” off of your to-do list! Hooray! Let’s make some luminaries shall we?!

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Gather your supplies. You will need:

  • Free Thanksgiving Luminary Printable | Printed onto standard copy paper
  • Translucent Vellum Tracing Paper | Available in craft stores
  • Paper Cutting Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Pencil
  • Scrap paper
  • Ruler
  • Battery Operated Tealight Candles | Do not use flame candles with this project
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Craft Glue – such as Elmer’s brand (optional)

TIP: Click on how-to images below for a larger view (opens in a new pop-up window)

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Download and print your luminary designs onto standard copy paper. Place your ruler along the grey guidelines shown on the outer edges of the page. Use a pencil to lightly mark a straight line across the printed design. Avoid marking through any portion of the birds in the design (see image on right).

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Cut out along the straight side and base edges of the printed design, and then along your straight pencil lines and around the bird illustration. Next, place your cutout on top of a piece of scrap paper and apply glue (glue stick) to the back of the design, taking special care to apply glue onto the outer edges of the design. Place glued side of design down onto a piece of vellum paper, lining the base of your design up with at least one straight edge of the vellum. Use your fingers to smooth and adhere the two paper layers together.

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Use a ruler and pencil to determine and lightly mark guidelines for the height of your luminaries. I made my small luminaries 4.5″ tall, but you can choose any height that you’d like. Cut out design along your pencil guidelines.

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Help give your luminary shape by gently rolling it up for moment. Finally, apply glue (glue stick) to the inner edge of one end of your luminary design. Roll paper and place glued edge atop the other edge to adhere. You may need to hold the edges in place for a few seconds to help the glue set. Repeat with as many luminaries as you’d like and finish by placing a battery-operated tealight inside.

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For the larger turkey luminary, follow the basic luminary steps above, but increase the height of the vellum paper for a taller finished design.

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Optional: You can add a bit of sparkle to your luminaries by applying a fine bead of glue (such as Elmer’s brand) along the upper edge of your luminary and then sprinkling it with the glitter of your choosing.

Enjoy crafting friends! Happy Thanksgiving in advance! xo Ez

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The illustrations used for this project are from the Biodiversity Heritage Library and were provided under a Creative Commons – Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike copyright.

Note: this project was intended for use with battery-operated non-flame candles only. For your safety, please do not use open flame candles.