DIY: Crafty Valentine's Day Ideas!

Valentine's Day is just days away, and some of you are probably still looking for the perfect gift or way to tell someone special how you feel about them. In this budget conscious economy, it's best not to buy someone a gift just because you feel like you have to. When it comes to sentimental gifts from the heart, I say go back to basics. This week I visited Portola Paints to create some colorful vases for several arrangements of flowers. I have always been quite traditional when it comes to Valentine's Day. I think flowers are the simplest way to show love, gratitude and appreciation of someone. A gorgeous bouquet and a simple card will always be classic in romance. Do you remember in grade school when you would get to cut and paste your Valentines with construction paper and a glue stick?

With a few short steps you could take a very basic gift and give it a whole new life. I visited the awesome people at Portola paints, for a step by step Valnetine's Day project. We took recycled plastic and glass bottles and turned them into colorful vases for various assortments of flowers for any occasion.

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Gather together your recycled glass and plastic bottles. Collect a few yards of various ribbons. Start brainstorming which colors you may want to work with. For home made cards all you need is a few sheets of construction paper, scissors and a glue stick.
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Create a color scheme that coordinates your ribbon, with your flowers and this way you can choose the right color for the paint.

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You will need to prime the bottles before adding the paint.

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After you have covered the bottles with primer, you can add your first coat of paint. Next you will want to wait for the paint to dry completely, and if necessary add a second coat. To speed up the drying process, you can use hair dryer. Once paint is dry add the selected ribbons by tying them around the base of the bottle, sometimes it's cute to double layer them for a multi-colored look.

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Trim the flowers and fill up the bottle with about 2 inches of water.... and there you have it! A simple, affordable and sentimental gift for your Valentine.... or for anyone on any special occasion.

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Images: Bethany Nauert

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