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Valentine's day is right around the corner and your sweetheart is sure to love something you made yourself. Follow along with the steps below and you'll see how to create a bookmark and valentine card for that special someone. Homemade gifts are the best and these projects are simple, easy ways to show friends and family that you're thinking about them without spending a ton of money.

 

Step One:

Visit your local hardware store and choose a few paint swatches of your liking. We found that the tall, skinny swatches worked better for this project rather than the short, wide swatches. You will need two swatches to make one bookmark.

 

Step Two:

Set one of the swatches aside to use later. Take the second swatch and cut the paint names and brands off so that there is no visible text.

 

Step Three:

Use either a large or small circle hole punch to make a hole for the bookmark’s tassel. We used an 1/8” hole puncher for this project.

 

 

Step Four:

Pick a vibrant ribbon that compliments the paint swatches. We used 3/8” ribbon that simply fit through the hole. After this step, you will see your bookmark start to come to life!

 

Step Five:

Now, it’s time to work with the paint swatch that you originally set aside. Choose a large craft punch to cut out shapes as you decorate your bookmark. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we chose a large heart-shaped punch. You can find craft punchers in a variety of shapes at your local craft store in the scrapbooking section.

If you do not have one on hand, feel free to cut words or pictures out of old magazines to decorate your bookmark!

 

 

Step Six:

Get creative by decorating your bookmark with the shapes or magazine clippings. Glue the shapes on and don’t forget to give your project about ten minutes to dry.

 

 

Step Seven:

Pick up your favorite romantic novel, insert your beautiful bookmark and leave this gift for your valentine!

 

Step One:

Take a walk through the aisles of your local branch to find your favorite love story, lyric, or piece of poetry. We chose the classic I Carry Your Heart With Me by E. E. Cummings.

 

Step Two:

Once you have found a piece that makes your heart skip a beat, head over to the copy machine, scan the selected page, and print it out.

 

Step Three:

Cut the copy down to the desired size that you’d like your valentine to be.

 

Step Four:

Let your creative side out by coloring over the words with colored pencils, crayons, or markers. We chose colored pencils so that you can still clearly see the poem.

 

Step Five:

Choose your favorite construction or wrapping paper. Cut the paper just about a half inch larger than your copied poem all the way around. Glue the poem to the middle of the page so the construction paper creates a border.

 

Step Six:

Now it’s time to add some embellishments to your valentine! We chose to create a sewn border on two sides by punching holes about an inch apart. Remember, resist the urge to buy anything to embellish your card! Try to be creative by using what you have on hand.

 

Step Seven:

After punching the holes, we used red yarn and weaved it in and out of the holes to create a border.

 

Step Eight:

Choose your favorite quote of the piece that you are working with. You can also get creative here by thinking of a memorable message like “Will you be my valentine?” Head to your closest computer, type up this message, and print it.

Cut out the quote or message and glue it on your card.

 

Step Nine:

Voila! You are ready to deliver this message to your valentine!

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