Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Maybe you forgot. Maybe you already bought a gift for your sweetie, but you want to add a personal touch to that effects pedal she really wanted for her electric ukulele. Or, maybe you went out on your lunch break today and got your wonderful love of your life some of those bacon and lavender truffles he loves so much, but they came in a flimsy cellophane bag. Or maybe you and your love agreed when you started dating back in June that you did not care about Valentine’s Day, that you would show each other how much you care EVERY day. But now that you’ve spent the last seven nights in a row catching up on the Walking Dead together and eating frozen dinners in front of the TV, you’re thinking it might be about time for a spike in the romance graph. Whatever your reason for needing a quick, easy, inexpensive, last-minute gift, here are a couple wonderful projects I found while leafing through Quick & Easy Paper Crafts looking for last-minute gift ideas!
This first project is surprisingly sturdy; and literally, all you need is paper and scissors. You can get creative with this too! You could write a love letter to your sweet, make it into a lid for the box, and then put those exquisite truffles inside. (Here is a homemade truffle recipe that will get you and your special someone all set for your romantic, zombie-free Valentine’s evening.) You could use magazine pages. You can use decorative paper. You could print out the itinerary for that surprise trip to Antarctica and make that into a box, and then place a tiny snow globe inside. You could even put…an engagement ring in the box! Anyway, you get the idea. Here is your origami box project.
Paper Day Lily
You’ll need a few more supplies for this next project, but if you’re a crafter, you probably already have them around; and if you’re not, they’re easy to find. Any craft store will have them, and Walmart probably also does. Your lover or dear friend will appreciate the time you put into making even a single one of these sweet, springy, little paper flowers for them. (Hint: You can write love notes on these too!) This project–specifically the flower–is a bit more complicated than the boxes, so I thought I’d make you some videos to supplement the instructions and diagrams. To see the preliminary fold and the squash fold from Step 1 of the project, check out the first video. And, the second video will show you how to do the petal fold and the mountain fold, plus how to pull the petals down to finish the flower (Steps 2-4). Step 5 is super simple, so I didn’t think you’d need a video for that.
Now, get out there and make a nice gift and spread the love and have a happy Valentine’s Day. Or else zombies will get you.