DIY

How to make a Valentine’s day coupon book

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Here is a fun and quick handmade project that you can make for your loved one. A Valentine’s day coupon book is a fun way to show your love.

For this project, you will need:

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-Hard cardstock paper for the front and back cover
-Construction or scrapbook paper for the coupons
-Valentines day stickers
-Paper cutter or X-acto knife
-Rubber cement or padding compound

First, cut the hard cardstock and the scrapbook paper so that they are all exactly the same size. The hard cardstock will be the front and back cover of the coupon book. The scrapbook paper will be the coupons for your book. Decorate the front of your coupon book with the Valentine’s day stickers.

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You can also use the Valentine’s day stickers on the coupons. This coupon book is for Josh’s big sister. I wrote “This coupon is good for:” and had Josh write the rest based on activities that they already enjoy together.

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I used rubber cement to bind one side of the book. You can also use padding compound. Spread a generous amount of rubber cement to bind one side of the book together.

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Let dry overnight using a clip to hold it together.

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The finished product! A homemade Valentine’s day coupon book for Josh to give to his big sister on Valentine’s day!

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Sabrina is going to love this Valentines day gift from her brother! Wishing you a Valentine’s day filled with Love.

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
― William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

Today I am grateful for Valentine’s days filled with love.

DIY

Upcycled Tin

Got Altoids? Don’t throw away that tin! Recycle it or better yet, UP-cycle it! For this project, you will need:

-gift tissue paper
-pencil
-scissors
-modpodge
-acrylic sealer
-stickers

Turn your Altoids tin upside down and use it to trace an outline on the tissue paper. Cut the tissue paper accordingly.

Apply a thin layer of modpodge to the top of the Altoids tin and carefully apply the tissue paper. Be slow and careful so that you don’t make bubbles. Then, add another layer of modpdoge to the top of the tissue paper that has been adhered to the lid. Let dry.

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Apply a sticker of your choice to the top of the dried modpodged tissue paper. You might have to apply a little of the modpodge to the back of the sticker so that it adheres. Then, apply another layer of modpodge on top of that.

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Let dry and voila! A pretty tin to give as a gift or use as a storage box for yourself.

A fun and easy upcycle craft! 

What is upcycling? Here is a great post by Dishfunctional Designs:

What does upcycled mean? Recycling and upcycling explained by dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com.

Today I am grateful for our planet.

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1st birthday banner

Here is an idea on how to use leftover scraps of material to make a cute banner. This banner was used for a 1st birthday. It was tied around the birthday boy’s highchair.

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Look! How cute! My daughter did the writing.

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And ooh, yummy… Look at them cupcakes…(check out the cupcakes in this post.)

Back to the subject, want to know how to make this simple and adorable birthday banner using material that you might already have in your craft box? Check out the tutorial here.

Let your creativity flow.