When I was thinking about what kind of Valentines to make this year, I got to wondering why Valentines are always made of paper. There’s nothing about paper in particular that screams romance, especially when you’re paying $3 to buy Hallmark’s paper sentiment. So this year, I decided to take my Valentines backward a step to the predecessor to paper—wood.
These Valentines can be made for far less than a Hallmark card costs using some things you already have lying around the house. And by “around the house,” I mean literally around your house—in your yard, a year by park or a friendly neighbor’s firewood pile.
DIY VALENTINES INGREDIENTS:
-A piece of wood. My log was about 4-5″ in diameter.
-A saw. I used a band saw. Actually my dad used a band saw and I watched.
-Mod Podge or similar decoupage glue
-White paint (optional)
-Fabric scraps or patterned scrapbooking paper. I used fabric from a wallpaper sample book I got at Goodwill for $1.
1. Cut the piece of wood into 1/4″ slices.
2. (Optional) For legibility, I wanted my wood slices to have less contrast between the darker center and the lighter outside so I watered down some white paint and painted a thin layer on each wood slice. You can skip this step if your wood is a uniform color or you like the contrast.
3. Cut a sappy message out of fabric and lie it out on the wood to make sure it’ll fit.
4. Decoupage your sweet sentiment onto the wood piece. If you feel like it, add a more detailed love note on the back with a Sharpie.
*Valentines best hand delivered with a smooch. And there you have it—a pretty easy, inexpensive way to say “I like the heck out of you” this Valentine’s Day.
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