Creative Valentine’s Day Gifts

By Beth Engelman

Show the love this Valentine’s Day with these easy to make gifts, cards and crafts that will delight your kids and have your friends saying, “Are you sure you didn’t buy this?”

Fragrant Drawer Sachets

Turn an ordinary drawer into a sweet smelling sanctuary for socks with these charming sachets.

You will need:

  1. Fabric (I recommend using muslin which has a nice open weave and is relatively
    inexpensive)
  2. Fabric crayons (available at office supply and craft stores)
  3. Cotton balls
  4. Baby powder or scented powder
  5. Needle and embroidery floss

Directions:

Cut 2 squares of fabric (4 ½ inches x 4 ½ inches). Have your children draw pictures directly on the fabric with the fabric crayons. Go over the fabric a few times with a hot iron to heat set the drawing and bring
out the colors. Use a needle and embroidery floss to sew up 3 of the 4 sides. Make the sachet stuffing by mixing scented powder and cotton balls in a bowl. Once the cotton balls are completely covered, stuff the sachet with about 7 or 8 balls. Use embroidery floss to close up the final opening. Thank you to Blair Stocker and her blog, Craft Wise, for inspiring this idea.

Cocoa Bath Mix

Even your rubber ducky will quack with joy when bathing in this silky and luxurious bath mix.

You will need:

  1. 2 cups powdered milk
  2. 1/4-cup cocoa
  3. 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. Pour mix into a recycled jar or cellophane bag. Create a cute label by hand or on the computer and secure with ribbon, raffia or a swatch of fabric.

Game Scrolls

This Valentine’s Day, consider creating customized crossword puzzles, word searches or Sudoku games for your kids and their classmates at school. Not only are these games fun and engaging, but they also help children develop vocabulary, spelling and math skills. Discovery Education has a terrific puzzle making website where you can create customized puzzles and games. Try making a word search that includes the names of your child’s classmates, or create a crossword puzzle comprised of your child’s favorite sports heroes. For a fun and colorful presentation take a tip from designer Gabrielle Blair (DesignMom.com) who suggests rolling the puzzles into miniature scrolls and then adding a touch of color with pieces of scrap, design or origami paper.

Decoder Sets

Crack the code and reveal a hidden message with these easy to make cards.

You will need:

  1. Light blue, red, orange and pink markers
  2. Red cellophane (available at craft stores)
  3. White index cards
  4. Craft foam

Directions:

Using the light blue marker, write a message on the index card. Use the red, orange and pink markers to cover the message with lines, zigzags and swirls. Use craft foam to create a cute animal, star or heart shaped frame. Cut a window in the middle of the frame and cover it with red cellophane. Place the decoder over the hidden message and the original message will “magically” appear.