One time I made my dad a refrigerator magnet out of oven bake clay in the shape of his truck with a stick figure of him as the driver and our dog in the back. To make it even funnier, our dog never rode in the back of my dad’s truck, I made the body twelve different colors, and had my dad wearing bib overalls he didn’t even own. I don’t mean to brag, but clearly I’ve been an aspiring artist from a young age. However, modern day guys should get a Valentine’s gift that’s a little better suited than oven bake clay, am I right?
These DIY wooden polaroids are simple, inexpensive, and a homemade gift your guy might not secretly want to throw away (no offense). You can personalize them by making them into magnets, writing love notes at the bottom, or just filling them with your favorite memories together. Either way, it’s gotta be better than my magnetic truck..
Print out photos at 2 3/4×2 1/4 inches on matte photo paper. Spread tacky glue on one side of a wooden polaroid frame and position over the photo and press firmly on all corners.
Next, cut the excess paper around the outside of the frame. If you want to turn them into magnets, you can glue a magnet onto the back of the photo on the bottom part where the wooden edge is thickest.
Write little notes from your adventures at the bottom, package them in a box, and they’re ready for gifting!
Maybe it’s the free chocolate and the pink and red color combo everywhere, but I’m really into Valentine’s DIY’s this year and I’m going to run with it while I can. Plus I’m a secret romantic at heart despite my off the wall Valentine’s day history…
If you’re more crafty and less mushy when it comes to this holiday, then these DIY date idea arrows are just for you. In case you happen to have skipped the crafty gene, you can still use the general concept of date night tags and put them on something else. Like genuine arrows. Just kidding, that would be kind of weird and a little scary.
- 1/4 inch dowel rods
- felt sheets
- tacky glue
- mailing tube
- wrapping paper (for wrapping around the tube, optional)
- Martha Stewart round hanging labels (from staples)
Cut out a triangle to use as a pattern for the tips of the “arrows”. Cut out two triangles from each color. Place one triangle on a flat surface and cover with tacky glue making sure to get the edges, then place a dowel rod just below halfway down the arrow. Cover a second triangle with glue and then place over top, lining up the edges with the first, and press gently together. Repeat this for all of the dowel rods (I only made three). Once the glue has dried, you can trim up the edges of the triangles with scissors to give them a more finished look.
Repeat the same steps that you took for the arrowheads but use a rectangle shape this time for the ends of the arrows. Once they’re glued in place on both sides like before, cut a v-shape in the bottom edge of the felt and then cut sections along the edges of the rectangles to create a fringed look.
Once the arrows are done, write your date ideas onto the Martha Stewart labels and wrap them around the arrows with twine. To decorate the mailer tube, I wrapped it in gold polka dotted wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby.