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How to Make a Music Box

Posted: 14 Feb 2020 04:00 PM PST

Making your own music box requires patience and precision, but the process is easier than you might think. Choose a hinged wooden box and music box mechanism to create your music box. Then, simply decorate the hinged wooden box however you like and install the music box mechanism. Your music box will be ready to use or give as a gift in no time!

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Decorating the Box

  1. Choose a hinged wooden box to hold the music box mechanism. For most standard sized mechanisms, you'll need a box that is at least deep, long, and wide. Take measurements on your music box mechanism before you choose a box to be sure. Also, keep in mind that larger boxes may work better since they can hold more than just the mechanism.

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  2. Paint the inside and outside of the box if desired. Paint both the inside and outside of the box using a sponge brush and acrylic paint in any color. Apply 2-3 coats of the paint to achieve an even look. Then, allow the paint to dry completely before continuing.[2]

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    • Painting the wood is only necessary if the box isn't already finished and decorated. If you choose to recycle a box and you already like the way it looks, you don't need to paint over it.
    • You can technically use any type of paint that is approved for use with wood (or whichever material your box is made of). For wooden boxes, you can even use wood stain.
  3. Decorate the lid, if desired. You can leave the outside lid plain or embellish it. Since the musical mechanism won't touch the lid of the box, such decorations should not interfere with how well it works. Some suggestions for how to decorate the lid of your music box include:[3]

    • Using stencils to paint a pretty design onto the lid.
    • Using spray adhesive and Mod Podge to attach a laser-printed photograph to the lid.
    • Gluing a flat-backed cameo or cabochon to the center of the lid for something simple and classy.

[Edit]Installing the Mechanism

  1. Purchase a music box mechanism kit. There are many types of music box mechanisms available, from ones that operate with gears to those that feature a series of bells or paper scroll mechanisms. Find a music box store or website to choose your preferred type. You can even customize the song by choosing a pre-loaded song or programming the music box with your own song.[4]

    • Make sure that you check the dimensions of the music box mechanism before you purchase it to ensure that it will fit into the box you have chosen.
  2. Create a paper template by tracing around the mechanism. Place the musical mechanism onto a sheet of paper and trace around its perimeter with a pen or pencil. Then, use scissors to cut around this outline. Once you cut out the template, flip over the mechanism to reveal the bottom and rest the template on top. Use a pen or pencil to lightly mark the screw holes and keyhole on the paper template.[5]

    • If you cannot see the holes through the paper template, use a small ruler to measure where they lie on the mechanism in comparison to each side. Mark dots on the template using those same measurements.
  3. Position the template inside the box off to one side. Place the paper template inside the box, positioning it where you want the mechanism to sit. Use clear tape to hold the template down in its final position. Choose an area along the base of the box, rather than using the sides or lid.[6]

    • Make sure to position the mechanism off to one side of the box or in one of the back corners. However, if you use a small box just big enough to fit the mechanism, center the mechanism inside its base.
    • When determining the best placement for the mechanism, make sure that the screw holes and keyhole will be clear of the feet on the bottom of the music box.
  4. Drill three holes through the box to attach the mechanism. Use a hand drill to create holes in a wooden box. Carefully drill two screw holes and one keyhole through the paper template and through the bottom of the box. Follow the markings you made on the template to ensure correct placement.[7]

    • If you opted for a paper mache box or recycled tin, create the holes using an awl, rubber block, and hammer.
    • Remove the paper template and clear away any shavings or other debris before continuing. Small particles of debris can easily work their way into the inner workings of the musical mechanism, and if that happens, the mechanism may stop playing.
    • Make sure to check your music box mechanism's instructions to determine what size screws to use.
  5. Remove the mechanism case if you want it to be visible. Use a small screwdriver to remove the screws holding the plastic casing onto the mechanism, then snap away the casing itself. You can technically keep the casing over the mechanism, if desired, but removing it will allow you to view the movement as it plays and may create a more aesthetically pleasing result.[8]
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  6. Place the mechanism inside the box. Position the musical mechanism inside the box, directly where the template was. Then, carefully turn the box over while holding the mechanism in place with one hand. Make sure that the screw holes in the box match the screw holes in the mechanism. Also, make sure that the keyhole in the box matches the keyhole of the mechanism.[9]

  7. Secure the mechanism with 2 screws through the bottom of the box. Place a screw through each screw hole, then secure both screws in place. They should go through the bottom of the box and into the screw holes of the mechanism.[10]

    • After you fix these screws in place, ensure that the mechanism is secure at the base of the box without being held in place.
    • Remember to check the music box mechanism's instructions to determine what screw size to use.

[Edit]Adding the Finishing Touches

  1. Cut a divider to separate trinkets from the mechanism. Trim a thin piece of wood, making it as long as the width of the box and roughly thick. Ensure that the wood's width matches or exceeds the height of the mechanism, but is at least shorter than the side of the box. Then, sand down any rough edges.[11]

  2. Secure the divider with hot glue or wood glue. Use hot glue or wood glue to adhere the divider to the back and front sides of the box. Position the divider so that it lies just next to the mechanism. Ensure that the divider is not actually touching the moving parts of the mechanism.[12]

    • Let the glue dry completely before continuing. Hot glue will dry within about 5 minutes while wood glue will need to sit for at least 8 hours.
  3. Wind the music box up and let it play. Your music box is finished and ready to use at this point! Add jewelry and other trinkets to the compartment if desired. To enjoy the music, simply wind the key and let it play.[13]

[Edit]Things You'll Need

  • Wooden box
  • Wind-up musical mechanism
  • Matching wind-up key
  • 2 screws, each
  • Sponge brush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • 4 square beads, wide
  • Decorative cabochon or other embellishments
  • Pencil
  • Plain paper
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Hand drill
  • Small screwdriver
  • thick wood slab
  • Saw
  • Coarse sandpaper

[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary

How to Give a Romantic Massage

Posted: 14 Feb 2020 08:00 AM PST

Romantic massages are more intimate and sensual than the average massage, and they can set the scene for a relaxing and couple-focused evening. Ambiance is important when setting up for a romantic massage, as is knowing how and where to massage. Remember to take your time, focus on your partner, and enjoy connecting with them in a new and exciting way.

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Creating a Romantic Ambiance

  1. Set up the bed or couch with clean, soft sheets and pillows. If you're giving a massage at home, chances are you don't have a massage table, but that is okay! Pick a spot that is clean and clear of clutter, and lay down a set of clean sheets for your partner to lay on. Don't forget to grab 1 or 2 pillows for beneath their head, back, or knees as needed.[1]
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    • If the room isn't clean, take 10 minutes to tidy up and put away clutter. Both you and your partner will feel more relaxed if the space is neat.
    • Use 2 sheets—one for your partner to lay on top of, and 1 for them to put over themselves at the beginning of the massage in case they're chilly.
  2. Adjust the temperature in the room to a comfortable setting. This will depend on your partner—if they always run cold, turn the temperature up a little bit so the room is warmer than usual. If they're usually warm, turn it down so they'll be cool and comfortable.[2]
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    • A space heater or fan can help make a big difference in the room's temperature if you don't have much time.
  3. Dim the lights and set up a few candles for romantic mood lighting. Glaring overhead lights won't do much for the mood, so turn those off and use candles for lighting instead. If you need more lighting, turn on a lamp. You could even cover a lamp with a sheer scarf to dim the light even more.[3]
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    • For a special touch, light your partner's favorite scented candle.
  4. Turn off your phones and all electronics so you won't be interrupted. If you don't want to turn your phone off, put it on "do not disturb" or airplane mode so that you won't get any notifications during the massage. Put it off to the side or in a drawer so you won't be tempted to check it. Ask your partner to do the same.[4]
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    • Take this time as an opportunity to disconnect from work, school, and other commitments so you can focus on connecting with your partner.
  5. Play ambient music to create a relaxed and calm atmosphere. Avoid music with a fast or heavy beat. Instead, opt for instrumental or ambient music for a calming effect.[5]
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    • Check out whatever streaming service you use—many have pre-made playlists or stations that are made for relaxation. Search for "relaxing music" or "ambient music" to see what is available.
    • "Zen," "yoga," and "meditation" are other keywords that could help you find the right music for the occasion.
  6. Spend time connecting with your partner before you begin. You could enjoy a nice glass of wine or take a bubblebath together. Or, simply spend a few minutes holding hands and talking.[6]
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    • If your partner doesn't already know, clue them in that you're planning on giving them a romantic massage. They may want to take a shower or change their clothes before you begin.

[Edit]Giving the Massage

  1. Rub a natural oil or cream between your hands before you begin. Sweet almond oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil are good options that shouldn't irritate your partner's skin. Use to start and add more to your hands when they get dry. You must rub it between your hands to warm it up before you begin.[7]
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    • Add a few drops of essential oils to the carrier oil or cream to give it a pleasing scent. Lavender, peppermint, bergamot, and sandalwood are great options. of a carrier oil first. Undiluted essential oils could irritate the skin.}}
  2. Use long strokes with gentle pressure, starting at the neck and shoulders. Have your partner lay on their stomach so you can work on their shoulders and back first. Remember, your goal isn't to give your partner a deep-tissue massage or work out their sore muscles. It's to awaken their body and gently touch them all over.[8]
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    • Check in with your partner to see if the amount of pressure you're using is good. They may want a deeper massage or prefer less pressure.
    • Let your hands glide over their skin. Count slowly in your head to 20 for each section that you massage, like their neck, left shoulder, right shoulder, the middle of the back, etc.
  3. Spend time massaging their lower back. Stand or sit so that you and your partner are facing the same direction. Put your hands flat on their lower back, near their hips, and push forward toward the middle of their back. Count to 20 as you massage this area, but feel free to do it for longer if your partner likes it.[9]
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    • If your partner is comfortable with it, you could also give them a gentle butt massage. Use your elbow to gently put pressure on your partner's butt, starting at the top and working your way down to the bottom. Repeat on the opposite side.
  4. Massage their arms and legs so that every part of their body is relaxed. Part of the romantic massage is making your partner feel very relaxed but also aware of their body. Gently rub your hands up and down their arms and longs with long, firm movements. Have them start on their stomach as you massage the backs of their legs, then ask them to flip over to their back so you can massage their arms and the fronts of their legs.[10]
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    • Remember to count to 20 for each part of the body. The upper left arm, upper right arm, lower left arm, lower right arm, and so on should each get their allotment of time.
  5. Remember to give their feet some TLC. Add more cream or oil to your hands, and gently rub the bottom of their feet in large circles. Make small circles around their ankles, and gently massage between your partner's toes.[11]
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    • Depending on how ticklish your partner is, you may have to skip this part. But if they enjoy it, it's worth spending some time on.
  6. Work on their inner thighs with a firm but gentle pressure. The inner thighs are very sensitive and are also a sensual area for both men and women. Focus on the area between the knee and the groin. Use gentle but firm strokes and count to 20 on each side.[12]
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    • How high up toward the groin you take the massage is between you and your partner. If they give you any non-verbal signs, like putting their legs together or moving away from you, you may be moving too high up their leg.
  7. Take your time before massaging their more sensitive or sensual places. A romantic massage can be just that, or it could be fantastic foreplay before something more sexual. Start with a gentle full-body massage before getting close to those more sensitive areas, like the breasts, the groin, or the butt.[13]
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  8. Let your partner relax after the massage and take their time getting up. Chances are, your partner is going to be in a state of maximum relaxation and won't want the lights flipped on and the door flung open as soon as it's over. Allow them to lay still for a while, and take that opportunity to do some relaxing yourself!
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    • If your partner fell asleep during the massage, let them rest!

[Edit]Tips

  • If you want to join in on the massage fun yourself, book a massage therapist to come into your home and give you and your partner a couple's massage.
  • Encourage your partner to drink extra water after their massage. The massage could have released toxins from their muscles, and the extra water will help flush everything out.

[Edit]Things You'll Need

  • Clean sheets
  • Pillows
  • Candles
  • Ambient playlist
  • Natural cream, lotion, or oil
  • Essential oils (optional)

[Edit]Related wikiHows

[Edit]References

How to Make a Valentines Day Card

Posted: 14 Feb 2020 12:00 AM PST

Valentine's day is a great opportunity to show someone that you care. While you can always buy a card from the store, a handmade card will be more personal and unique. Best of all, you can cater the card to the recipient's likes, hobbies, and personality. If you don't want to make a typical card, then you can make an unusual card instead, such as a sugar cookie!

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Making Simple Cards

  1. Write a message in white pencil, then paint over it with watercolor. Get a sheet of white cardstock or watercolor paper. Write a simple message using a white crayon or white grease pencil. Paint over the entire paper using watercolor. The message will show through the paint![1]
    • Instead of painting the entire page, paint a heart shape instead. Make sure that the heart is big enough to cover the entire message.
    • For a fancier card, draw heart shapes around the message using a white crayon or white grease pencil.
    • The paper must be white or the watercolor won't show up.
  2. Paint watercolor hearts, then write messages in them with a black marker. Fold a sheet of cardstock or watercolor paper in half to make a card. Paint a heart using watercolor, then let it dry. Use a black felt-tipped pen to write a message inside the heart.[2]
    • Use more than 1 color of paint to create am ombre or tie-dye design.
    • Feel free to outline the heart with the marker or draw additional details, such as spirals, zigzags, or mini hearts.
    • Write a simple message, such as "I <3 U" or "Be Mine".
  3. Use heart-shaped cookie cutters and paint to stamp designs. Fold a sheet of cardstock or watercolor paper in half to make a card. Paint a rectangle with watercolor on the front, leaving a 1/2-inch (1.3-cm) border all around. Let the paint dry, then dip a heart-shaped cookie cutter into acrylic paint. Press the cookie cutter against the card to create a heart-shaped outline.[3]
    • Use Valentine's day colors for the watercolor and acrylic paint, such as red, white, pink, or purple. Use contrasting colors for the acrylic paint to help the heart stand out.
    • You can create as many hearts as you want. You can even use large, medium, and small cookie cutters. Overlap the hearts for a more interesting design.
  4. Use glitter and glue to create a sparkly card. Fold a sheet of cardstock in half to make a card. Draw a heart with white school glue, then shake red or pink glitter onto it. Tap the excess glitter off and let it write. Write a message with white school glue, then add more glitter. Shake the excess glitter off and let it dry as well.
    • Keep the message simple, such as "I love you."
    • For a less-sparkly card, write the message using a gold or silver marker.
    • Decorate the card with rhinestones or sequins for a fancier effect.
  5. Cut a sponge into a heart, then use it as a stamp. Get a flat sponge (not a sea sponge) and cut it into a large heart. Dip it into acrylic craft paint, poster paint, or tempera paint. Lightly tap the sponge against a sheet of cardstock, then remove the sponge and let the paint dry. Write your message on the paper or on the heart itself.
    • Choose Valentine's day color for the paint, such as red, pink, or purple. If your cardstock is colored, then you can use white paint.
    • Sprinkle some glitter onto the paint before it dries for a sparkly effect.
    • Write the message with a marker. You can also use more paint and a thin, pointed paintbrush.

[Edit]Making Fancy Cards

  1. Create a themed card with a matching pun or message. Think about what sort of message you want for your card, such as "Would you be mine" or "You light up my life." Write the message on the card, then an item that is related to that message to your card. For example:[4]
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    • Draw a mini-maze on the card, then write "You are a-MAZE-ing."
    • Hot glue a wooden heart to a card, then write "Wood U be mine?"
    • Hot glue some pink birthday candles to the front of a card, then write "You light up my life."
    • Draw a cute bee on a card or make one out of yellow and black pompoms. Write "BEE mine" on the card.
  2. Draw a heart, then glue buttons inside it for a rustic-chic card. Use a pencil to lightly draw a heart on the front of a blank card. Hot glue flat red, pink, or purple buttons inside the heart. Use different sizes and layer the buttons for a more interesting effect.[5]
    • Write the letter "I" above the heart, and the letter "U" below it to spell out "I <3 U."
    • For a fancier card, use a sewing machine to sew 2 rows of stitching around the heart.
    • Use a white or brown blank card. If you can't find one, fold a sheet of 8 1/2 by 11-inch (22 by 28-cm) scrapbooking paper in half, and use that instead.
  3. Glue folded paper hearts to the front of a blank card to make a bouquet. Cut 1-inch (2.5-cm) heart shapes out of red, pink, and purple paper. Doodle designs on them with a black or white pen, then fold them in half to create creases. Hot glue the hearts along the creases to a blank white card. Use a green marker to draw stems coming out of the bottom of each heart.[6]
    • Angle the stems together towards the bottom of the card to make it look more like a bouquet.
    • Hot glue pieces of the green yard over the stems for a rustic-chic touch.
    • if you can't find a blank card, fold an 8 1/2 by 11-inch (22 by 28-cm) sheet of white cardstock, and use that instead.
  4. Add a mini garland to the inside of a card. Fold a sheet of cardstock to make a card, then open the card. Cut a piece of baker's twine to the width of the open card. Tape the ends of the twine to the side edges of the card with washi tape. Cut 1-inch (2.5-cm) hearts out of scrapbooking paper and clip them to the twine with mini clothespins.[7]
    • Make sure that the washi tape extends the entire length of the card from top-to-bottom. Alternatively, glue 1/4-inch (0.64-cm) strips of paper over the edges of the card.
    • You can find mini clothespins in the scrapbooking section and wood crafts section of a craft store. They are less than tall.
  5. Sew a mini felt heart bunting to the front of a blank card. Cut 1-inch (2.5-cm) hearts out of red and pink felt. Thread a needle, then weave the needle up and down through the top of the hearts to make a bunting. Glue the bunting across the top edge of a blank card, then write your message under it.[8]
    • If you can't find a blank card, fold a sheet of cardstock in half and use that instead. White or kraft/brown will look the best.
    • Glue the bunting so that it makes a slight, downward curve, just like a real bunting.
    • Glue the beginning of the thread under the first heart, and the end of the thread under the last heart.

[Edit]Making Edible Cards

  1. Write your message on paper, then wrap it around a chocolate bar. Cut patterned scrapbooking paper into a rectangle that's long enough to wrap around your chocolate bar. Write a message on the back of the paper, when wrapping it around the chocolate so that the message is on the inside. Secure the ends of the paper with tape.
    • Make the label a little bit narrower than the candy bar so that you can see the sides of the candy bar.
    • Use Valentine's day themed scrapbooking paper, or paper with lots of pinks, reds, or purple in it.
    • Decorate the front of the candy bar with Valentine's day stickers for a cute touch.
  2. Cover flat lollipops with a folded mini card. Cut a rectangle from paper and fold it in half widthwise. Punch a hole in the middle of the crease, then slide the lollipop through the hole, sandwiching it inside the folded paper. Tape the paper shut along the top edge. Write your message on the front of the folded paper.[9]
    • The rectangle should be the same width as the candy part of the lollipop and twice the height.
    • Valentine's Day-themed scrapbooking paper and red, pink, or purple cardstock are all great choices.
    • For a nicer touch, use a heart-shaped sticker instead of tape.
    • For a twist, write your message inside the folded paper, then decorate the outside with Valentine's day stickers.
  3. Cut a butterfly shape out of paper, then stick around lollipop through it. Fold a sheet of red, pink, or purple paper in half. Cut a 4-inch (10-cm) tall half-butterfly shape out of it. Cut 2 slits into the crease, about apart. Unfold the butterfly, then slide around lollipop through the slit. Decorate the butterfly's wings as desired.[10]
    • Write a message on the back of the butterfly, or around the edges of the wings.
    • Decorate the wings with Valentine's day stickers or paint them with acrylic craft paint.
    • Round lollipops, such as tootsie pops or dumdums will work the best.
    • Glue some tiny googly eyes to the lollipop and tie a short piece of the pipe cleaner around the neck to make antenna.
  4. Glue candy bars to the front of the card if your Valentine loves sweets. Fold a 6 by 12-inch (15 by 30-cm) piece of red, pink, or purple cardstock in half. Cut a 5 1⁄2-inch (14-cm) square from white cardstock and glue it to the front of your card. Wrap 4 mini chocolate bars with Valentine's day scrapbooking paper, then glue them to the front of the card.
    • Decorate the front of the card with Valentine's day stamps or stickers.
    • Tie baker's twine around each chocolate like a present before you glue it down for a cute touch.
    • Add another sheet of 5 1⁄2-inch (14-cm) paper to the inside of the card. Write a longer message on this sheet.
  5. Decorate sugar cookies with royal icing and decorating pens. Bake some large, heart-shaped sugar cookies, then frost them with royal icing. Let the frosting dry, then using a food decorating pen to write a message on it.[11]
    • Outline the cookies with thick-consistency icing first, then fill them in with tin-consistency icing.
    • Food decorating pens look like felt-tip pens, except that they are filled with food coloring. You can find them in the baking section of a craft store.
    • You can also bake large rectangular or square cookies to make them look like cards.
  6. Use edible decorating paper and pens to make an edible card. Cut a sheet of red edible decorating paper in half. Cut a large heart out of white edible decorating paper, and "glue" it on top with frosting. Write a message in the heart with a decorating pen. Use frosting to glue candy hearts to the card. Outline the heart with frosting or red licorice.[12]
    • Edible decorating paper is sometimes referred to as a "sugar sheet." You can find it in the baking section of a craft store.
    • Decorating pens look like felt-tipped markers, but they are filled with food coloring instead. You can find them in the baking section of a craft store as well.
    • Do not bend or fold this edible paper. It will break in half.
  7. Sew an envelope out of felt, then fill it with treats. Cut 2 rectangles out of white felt. Sew them together along 1 of the long edges and both of the narrow edges with embroidery floss and a running stitch. Cut and glue pieces of feeling to the front of the envelope to make it look like a mailing envelope. Fill the envelope with Valentine's day candy.[13]
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    • Sew the envelopes by hand using embroidery floss and a running stitch.
    • Use felt letters to write "To:" followed by the recipient's name. Add additional shapes to make a mailing stamp and additional heart designs.
    • Keep the candy wrapped so that the felt doesn't stick to it.

[Edit]Making Unique Cards

  1. Fold a strip of paper into a mini photo album. Cut a 3 by 12-inch (7.6 by 30.5-cm) strip from cardstock. Fold the paperback and forth to create a 3 by 3-inch (7.6 by 7.6-cm) square. Print out 2 by 2-inch (5.1 by 5.1-cm) photos of yourself and the recipient, then glue them to each panel. Write messages under each photo or on the back of each panel.[14]
    • For a nicer touch, don't add a photo to the first panel. Decorate the panel with Valentine's day stickers and illustrations instead.
    • Red, pink, or purple cardstock will work the best. You may have to tape 2 sheets together to make it long enough.
    • Don't use original photos. Scan them into your computer, then resize and crop them as needed.
  2. Fold the paper into a paper airplane, then write a message on the wings. Get some printer paper and fold it into a paper airplane. Write Valentine's day message on the wings using a red, pink, or purple marker. Decorate the wings and body with Valentine's day stickers for a nicer touch.[15]
    • For a more colorful airplane, cut a sheet of Valentine's day patterned scrapbooking paper into an 8 1/2 by 11-inch (22 by 28-cm) rectangle, and use that instead.
    • Alternatively, write your message on the back of the paper before you fold it into an airplane. The recipient will have to open it to read it.
  3. Decorate mini notebooks with scrapbooking paper and stickers. Trace your notebook onto cardstock or scrapbooking paper. Cut the shape out, then glue it to the front of your notebook. Decorate the cover with Valentine's day stickers or illustrations. Open the notebook and write a message on the first page.[16]
    • The notebook should be small, about .
    • Red, pink, or purple cardstock are great choices. You can also use Valentine's day patterned scrapbooking paper instead.
    • If you don't have paper, cover the front of the notebook with strips of patterned washi tape.
  4. Make an embroidered felt card. Cut 2 identical heart shapes out of red, white, pink, or purple felt. Use embroidery thread in a contrasting color to write your message on 1 heart. Place the hearts together with the message on the front. Sew around the edges of the heart using a blanket stitch and more embroidery thread.
    • Choose Valentine's day color for the thread. White would look great on a red or purple heart, while red or purple would look nice on a pink heart.
    • You can use the same color for the words and blanket stitch, or you can use different colors.
  5. Paint a stone with a unique Valentine's day message. Choose a smooth river stone large enough to fit in your palm. Paint it red, white, pink, or purple with acrylic craft paint. Let the paint dry, then add a second color. Use a paint pen or a thin brush to write your message. Let the message dry, then seal the stone with clear, acrylic sealer.
    • Clean the stone with soap and water to help the paint stick better.
    • You can paint the back of the stone too, but wait until the front dries.
    • Add some simple Valentine's day illustrations, such as hearts, to the stone next to the words.
  6. Write a message on a slip of paper, then wrap it around a wooden spool. Cut a strip of paper wide enough to fit on a wooden spool. Write your message on the back of the paper, then wrap it around the spool. Tie a piece of yarn, embroidery floss, or twine around the spool in a bow to hold the paper in place.[17]
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    • Use paper with thin stripes to mimic thread. Make sure that the stripes are running the length of the paper, not the width.
    • If you are using patterned paper, write your message on the blank/white side.
  7. Create a miniature message-in-a-bottle. Write your message on a 1-inch (2.5-cm) wide strip of paper and roll it up. Tie a piece of embroidery floss around the tube, then pull the floss through the bottom of the tube and out the top. Hot glue the floss to the bottle's cork. Put the message into the bottle, then pop the cork on.[18]
    • Use a miniature bottle that is between tall. You can find them in the scrapbooking embellishments section of a craft store.
    • For a nicer finish, thread a chain to the embroidery floss, then tie the floss around the paper. Secure the chain to the cork with a U-shaped piece of wire.


[Edit]Tips

  • Use camelhair watercolor brushes for watercolor paints. Use synthetic "Taklon" brushes for acrylic craft paint.
  • Use Valentine's Day colors such as red, white, pink, or purple.
  • Embellish your cards with rhinestones or glitter.

[Edit]Warnings

  • High-temp hot glue guns can cause blisters. It is better to use a low-temp hot glue gun instead. Be careful kids.


[Edit]Things You'll Need

[Edit]Making Simple Cards

  • Cardstock or watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paints or acrylic craft paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Markers or white crayons
  • Glitter and glue
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutters or sponges

[Edit]Making Fancy Cards

  • Blank cards or cardstock
  • Felt
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Markers
  • Glue

[Edit]Making Edible Cards

  • Cardstock or scrapbooking paper
  • Candy
  • Royal icing

[Edit]Making Unique Cards

  • Cardstock or scrapbooking paper
  • Scrapbooking embellishments
  • Felt
  • Stones
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • A partner

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[Edit]References

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[Edit]Quick Summary

  1. https://www.bhg.com/holidays/valentines-day/cards/easy-to-make-valentines-day-cards/
  2. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/valentines-day-ideas/g1332/diy-valentines-day-cards/?slide=6
  3. https://www.bhg.com/holidays/valentines-day/cards/easy-to-make-valentines-day-cards/?slideId=08a9a40e-fa30-4e3b-a81c-d9181986578b
  4. https://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/valentines-day/homemade-valentines-0#
  5. http://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/how-to/g2963/diy-valentines-day-cards/?slide=6
  6. http://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/how-to/g2963/diy-valentines-day-cards/?slide=5
  7. https://www.bhg.com/holidays/valentines-day/cards/easy-to-make-valentines-day-cards/?slideId=d8c3bac2-2658-4aea-87fa-cf911385f1eb
  8. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/valentines-day-ideas/g1332/diy-valentines-day-cards/?slide=9
  9. https://www.bhg.com/holidays/valentines-day/cards/easy-to-make-valentines-day-cards/?slideId=b3f98826-dda7-4678-bad5-74ccf093b5af
  10. http://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/how-to/g2963/diy-valentines-day-cards/?slide=13
  11. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/valentines-day-ideas/g1332/diy-valentines-day-cards/?slide=2
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFVyxqneY_I
  13. http://www.designimprovised.com/2013/02/valentine-envelope.html
  14. https://www.bhg.com/holidays/valentines-day/cards/easy-to-make-valentines-day-cards/?slideId=b53db694-b109-47ed-b6a2-bcbdbe786b99
  15. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/valentines-day-ideas/g1332/diy-valentines-day-cards/?slide=11
  16. https://www.bhg.com/holidays/valentines-day/cards/easy-to-make-valentines-day-cards/?slideId=f7e471b3-cddf-4f97-aafd-382662e2862b
  17. http://www.earnesthomeco.com/spool-of-love/ http://cieradesign.com/2012/02/08/a-red-hot-valentine/
  18. https://camillestyles.com/valentines-day/diy-message-in-bottle-valentine/

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