We have been getting a lot of rain here in Arizona. A lot to me that is. Even those tiny sprinkles with shady clouds are treats to me. Just something to break up having the same weather every day. Here in the desert we love rain storms.
You all know what happens when it rains, rainy day inside DIY’s, and lots of them. I took a break from my garden make over for the day and had fun creating Valentine decor.
Just a few little ideas to get you all in the spirit of love. The whole world should join in for this special day. Doesn’t always have to be about couples either. Just a day celebrating LOVE.
Here are a few fun and easy DIY’s that everyone can get involved with. Best of all is they don’t cost a lot so they won’t break the pocket book. Wait, I mean break the bank. Oh…you know what I mean.
First project is a heart garland.
Using fabric scraps draw out some hearts and sew together then stuff.
Add to a Jute rope and hang on the wall or in a window.
All these supplies were donated to me from a neighbor. Total cost…free. I will be making a baskets of chocolate chip cookies to give to my neighbor as a thank you gift. Her and her daughter like baked items the best.
Project two involves one of those mini wreaths I made for Christmas. I used real pine when I made the original wreath. after Christmas I removed the old pine branches to reuse the wreath.
I had a bunch of faux flowers and some faux moss that I had in a jar. I probably used about a cup of moss for the whole wreath. Bought the bag from a dollar store. I still have about 80% left from the bag. The faux flowers were part of a thrift store grab bag of miscellaneous items that cost around $2.
Just glue moss on wreath then once dry glue on flowers.
If you aren’t into wreaths then use as a pretty center piece on a tabletop. Just add extra flowers to the centers or a candle. Total cost was around $3.
Third project are paper valentine cards. Remember these as kids. We used to buy the boxes of valentines to hand out to classmates. I had several sheets of card stock and pretty scrap book papers from a book exchange store in our area.
Then a neighbor that we share garden seeds, eggs, and food with dropped off some veggies from her garden. This is a different neighbor then the one who donated the fabric scraps for the garland. Here on our street we all donate things to each other.
With the veggies I made a yummy salad for the family for lunch and my husband grilled chicken to go on top.
With the scraps from the beets I added a little vinegar to a bowl with some water and let it soak over night. The next day I used the mixture to watercolor some pretty designs for my Valentine cards.
I might do a more detailed post on using nature to watercolor with. This is not something new. They have been using leaves, plants, and dirt to create dyes and art with for centuries. I can not take credit for this idea or the beauty of the colors that come from nature for us all to create with…that’s all God.
Anyway, here they are finished.
So easy, making cards ourselves. Who doesn’t have scraps of paper laying around, even brown bags can be decorated and made into pretty cards. Total cost less then .25 cents a card.
Last project is garden picks. I still have stickers from a little sticker book I bought a couple years ago.
They are usually in hobby stores. Each booklet has different activities to do. Paper dolls, mazes, animal facts and lots of stickers. I used to let my kids pick out these little booklets when we had long road trips or over night sleep overs to keep them busy. Perfect for eating out too. Kids usually are not great at waiting for anything, best to keep them busy.
Just add stickers to card stock and glue a wooden skewer to back then add to plants.
Total cost is less then $1.
Valentine’s should never be about pressure to over spend and go into debt to impress the ones you love. A home cooked meal, baked treats, a love letter, a book, a card, a hug, a kind word, the list can go on and on. The economy is not so great right now with the pandemic. So many do not have jobs or are afraid of loosing their homes. This is a hard time for many people. We don’t know the stories they have to tell. Kindness no matter how small is still the best gift to always give. Valentine’s Day isn’t just an excuse for another gift, it is though a big reason to let someone know they are loved.
Happy rainy day creating everyone. Hope you all get a chance to make something pretty today. I will be trying to figure how to turn my daughter’s old sweater into an Alpaca later. Maybe, just maybe I will have some laughs to share with you later in my nailed it moment adventures. We will see.
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