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Forget Flowers, DIY this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching, and what says “I love you” more than a DIY gift? Nothing is more special than the work someone puts into a homemade present. Because of this, NYMM has compiled a few romantic options that get your message across without breaking the bank.

1. 12 Months of Dates

If you’re committed enough to hope for another few months of romance with your partner, this can be a fun way to look forward to the year ahead. The idea is to plan 12 different dates to be picked at random, seasonally, or one every month. This can remind you and your partner to take the time in the coming year to treat yourselves! You can design this gift a few different ways.

One way is to write the date ideas on Popsicle sticks with a marker. You can store these in a decorated mason jar, a festive tin, or whatever suits you. Here’s a cute example from Pinterest.

Another option is to write out the dates on cardstock and create a booklet. These can be really nice if you want to decorate with scrapbook paper, stickers, or markers.

2.  52 Reasons I Love You

This project involves more brainpower than creativity. All you need is a deck of cards and a Sharpie. Now it’s time to think up 52 jokes, fond memories, or things that you love about your partner to write on the cards. The project is great because it is super personal but does not require too much artistic talent.

3.  Scratch off Card

Our final project is a scratch off Valentine’s Day card. It’s sappy and fun all on one sheet of paper! You can check out a full video explaining the process here:

First print out a sheet of paper with as many hearts as you want to fill. The hearts should be big enough to write a message inside. Along with this you can write a clue of what will be inside the hearts, such as “Reasons I Love You,” or “Why You’re the Best.” When this is printed you can then write your messages inside the hearts. The most important part of this step is taking a white crayon and coloring in the hearts over your writing. This will keep your message intact.

To make your scratch off material, you mix one tablespoon of dish soap with one tablespoon of acrylic paint. After you have created the mixture you can apply one to two coats as needed to the hearts. Once the paint has dried, you will be able to give the card to your Valentine and watch them reveal your personalized messages!

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