Easy—and Cupid-approved—how-tos for sharing the love.
Photography: Trisha Zemp1 of 6
Left your celebration preparations for the eleventh hour? We asked a few of our favorite crafters for their go-to projects for February 14th to put together in a pinch. Each takes just a few extra minutes to create than running to the store and buying chocolate (yet again!).
Photography: Erin Jang and Steph Hung2 of 6
In their book, Make and Give: Simple and Modern Crafts to Brighten Every Day, Erin Jang and Steph Hung put a new twist on conversation heart candies with these colorful macarons. They’re the perfect canvas for handwritten love notes. Romantic phrases in French pair perfectly with these Parisian treats, but sweet nothings in any language will do.
To make, pick up macarons from your favorite bakery (or bake your own) and use food-safe markers to write a word or phrase on each one. Allow them to dry completely before slipping them into a sliding macaron box.
Photography: Angie Cao3 of 6
Framed Pixel Heart
If it didn’t come from the pages of Fun With Washi!, you’d never guess this pixel heart by Jessica Okui is made with washi tape. Make a few to surprise your officemates or prop one on your mantle before a romantic Valentine dinner at home.
Cut a long piece of washi tape into 68 squares. Place the squares on a piece of Bristol board (or paper) using this heart template as a guide. Leave about 1/2 inch of space in between each piece of tape. Feel free to improvise you go!
Photography: Brandy Brown for Julep4 of 6
Sweetheart Cupcake Toppers
Pipe cleaners get a bad rap, but paired with cupcakes, they’re an easy way to put together a last-minute Valentine’s Day surprise. Impress your nearest and dearest by topping off a little treat with these sweet tokens of affection, created by Brandy Brown of Marabou for Minted’s blog Julep.
Use pipe cleaners to sculpt letters or shapes. To make the Xs, apply glue at the center of two intersecting pieces; for the Os, bend one piece of pipe cleaner into a circular shape and glue the ends together. Add a small dab of hot glue onto the base of each pipe cleaner shape and gently press the tip of a toothpick into it. Insert the opposite end of the toothpick into the treat.
Photography: For the Makers5 of 6
Woven Heart Pouch
Upgrade an assortment of Valentine’s goodies by delivering them in this Danish-inspired heart pouch. You’ll need soft vinyl or heavy paper, scissors, a marker, and a ruler.
Simply print and cut out the template, then fold your vinyl in half and line up the template’s dashed edge with the fold. Trace and cut the solid lines. Repeat with a second piece of vinyl so that you have two identical pieces. Flip one piece so that the cut sides face each other. Weave them together using the template for reference.
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Photography: Trisha Zemp6 of 6
Language of Flowers Printable Cards
For this Valentine, The House That Lars Built has done all the work for you. Brittany Watson Jepsen paired vintage botanical illustrations with witty flower puns to use the language of flowers to speak the language of love.
Simply choose from the below, download, print, and sign.