Finding the right Valentine’s Day gift is rarely an easy task for anyone. Yet it is a task that millions undertake every year because the consequences of the alternative – not presenting that significant person in your life with a token of your affection in the form of a gift – are often too unpleasant to even think about!
But why stop at just that one big gift? Here are a few simple to make but romantic and thoughtful ways to remind your Valentine how special they are to you all day long:
Conversation Heart Soaps
Conversation hearts have been Valentine’s Day staples for decades. These simple to make soaps are inspired by those mainstays and if you place a few of these in the bathroom the night before you can begin declaring your love to your Valentine from the moment they wake up!
What you will need:
Nonstick 9-inch square pan
Heart-shape cookie cutter
Glycerin soap (easy to find in craft stores)
Soap colorant or food coloring
Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
1/8-inch metal letter stamps (again a quick trip to the craft store will turn these up)
How Its Done:
To work out just how much glycerin you’ll need, fill your chosen pan with cold water to 1/4 inch below height of cookie cutter and then pour water into measuring cup. Make a note of the amount and then pour the water away.
Cut the glycerin soap into small pieces using the bench scraper and use it to fill the measuring cup to the predetermined level. measuring cup. Microwave the glycerin on medium heat until it melts.
Stir the warm mixture and spray it with the alcohol to prevent bubbles. Add the food color and mix well. Pour the mixture into the pan and either let it harden at room temperature for two hours or, if you are in a hurry, freeze for 15 minutes. While you are waiting tape together the stamps to form the words you want to use.
When the mixture is set turn it out of the pan onto a clean cutting board. Create your soaps using the cookie cutter (using pliers to remove the cutter if it sticks) and then imprint your messages on the soaps using a light pressure.
Felt Fortune Cookies
These bright additions to the dinner table are a great way to add a little romance to the decor and another opportunity for you to make your feelings known!
What you will need
Squares of red and pink felt
Tiny candies (optional)
How Its Done
Cut a circle out of the felt that is 4 and a half inches in diameter and a piece of ribbon that is slightly shorter. Using the wire cutter cut a piece of the floral wire that is slightly shorter than the ribbon.
Glue the wire to the center of the circle and then glue the ribbon on top of the wire to disguise it. Allow everything to dry for about 30 minutes.
Once dry fold the circle in half using the wire as your guide. This should mean that the ribbon is inside the ‘cookie’. Next angle the sides of the circle towards each other and bend the wire gently at the halfway point to make the fortune cookie shape. Like this:
Write your message on a small piece of paper. Peel back one flap of the assembled fortune cookie and insert the paper – and a candy if you like – and then carefully fold the cookie closed around its contents. Rinse and repeat until you have the desired number of fortune cookies and then place them all in a nice, decorative glass bowl.