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Valentine's day decor and gift ideas

It's the time of the year when we all go crazy about love. Valentine's Day is the one day of the year that you can go all soppy and lovey-dovey to show your partner just how much you care. We put together a selection of Valentine's decor and gift ideas.

 

Valentine on a budget doesn't have to be cheap and cheesy. There are plenty of ideas for cards, decor and gifts that you can easily and affordably whip up for your loved one (or someone you fancy!) without breaking the bank.

Buying a Valentine card has become an expensive and very commercial gimmick, but making your own Valentine card is fun. The idea is to keep it simple and sophisticated rather than go over the top and spoil the effect - and the message.

Put your DIY skills to use with some PAR pine or pine moulding to make picture frames, either to make a unique gift or a chalkboard. You will find everything you need at your local Builders, as well as Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray - plus many stores also offer a glass-cutting service. There are many easy ways to make your own picture frames - try this one using a biscuit joiner.

If you plan on having a celebration or party, especially as Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday this year, dress up with paper heart garlands. Cut out heart shapes, or invest in a large heart-punch, and sew these together to make an easy garland.

If you love doing a bit of woodworking here and there, what better time to get your craft on with those power tools! We found some very easy projects with plenty of appeal that you can make for very little cost.

A Dremel VersaTip soldering iron will cost you R549 from www.tools4wood.co.za and you can use this for wood burning your own decorative projects. Turn branches into secret trinket boxes or burn detailing into wooden chopping boards.

Even if you aren't very artistic you can use a PC printer to print out a design or draw a design freehand and transfer this onto your wood board before using the Dremel VersaTip to burn your design into the surface.

Birdies on a branch - far more enduring that a bunch of roses. Das or Jovi air dry clay is easy to work with an you can craft them into so many pieces. You can buy Das or Jovi air dry clay at craft and hobby shops. See one of our air dry clay projects.