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6 Best DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

Hello, loves! Happy Valentine’s Day! Have you been slacking in the gift department this year? Are you a top-notch procrastinator and still looking for a DIY Valentine’s Day Gift? It’s Emmaline Bride to the rescue today with six of the best DIY Valentine’s Day gifts (and 50 best date ideas) to wow your valentine just in the nick of time. Read on to be inspired…

6 Best DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

1. Plan a Couch Picnic

Movie? Check. Snuggling on the couch? Check. Sugar? Check. Love letters? Check. This valentine has it all… even a space to leave a romantic love letter to your sweetie. Get the full DIY at Eat Drink Chic.

6 Best DIY Valentine's Day Gifts (project by Eat Drink Chic)

photo: eat drink chic

2. Bake Something Sweet

This next DIY Valentine’s Day gift will bake up a sweet, smaller-size rendition of your favorite word game on a cookie. Find out how to make your own puzzle + get the full DIY scoop at I Am Baker.

6 Best DIY Valentine's Day Gifts (project by I Am Baker)

photo: i am baker

3. A New Message Every Day

I LOVE the idea of a chalkboard mug. It’s super inexpensive yet entirely personalized – and can be customized to read something new every day. Find your favorite mug, add a bit of chalkboard paint, and voila! Read the full DIY details at The Weekend Homemaker.

6 Best DIY Valentine's Day Gifts (project by The Weekend Homemaker)

photo: the weekend homemaker

4. Stud Muffins

Bake up a dozen ‘stud muffins’ for your guy (or repackage hot tamales for your ‘hot mama’) thanks to this easy-to-do project from Tutto Bella Blog. There are printables + recipes to follow, too!

6 Best DIY Valentine's Day Gifts (project by Tutto Bella Blog)

photo: tutto bella blog

5. Coffee Cup Wrappers

Buy a thermal mug + personalize it with these whimsical his + her coffee cup wrappers by Eat Drink Chic complete with free printable templates. Love!

6 Best DIY Valentine's Day Gifts (project by Eat Drink Chic)

photo: eat drink chic

6. 52 Things I Love About You

We talked about this clever DIY Valentine’s Day gift awhile ago and it’s still a huge hit among our readers! Use a deck of cards to make a flip book of 52 things you love about your Valentine. Get the full tutorial from Craftster.

6 Best DIY Valentine's Day Gifts (project via Craftster via EmmalineBride.com)

photo: craftster

Which one is your favorite?

P.S. Need date ideas? We’ve found fifty of them!

Happy Crafting!


-E.

5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know

Hello, loves! Happy Friday! If you are planning DIY wedding projects for your big day, there are a few secrets to help it go off without a hitch. Today, we’ve compiled five of our favorite DIY weddings secrets that every bride should know to save you a headache down the road. DIY wedding projects can be fun, but they can also be overwhelming, too. And, since holiday break may be an excellent time to get crafting, we are also sharing some of our favorite DIY wedding kits to inspire you. Reveal what you need to know after the jump!

5 diy wedding secrets

5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know

1. Know when to DIY – and when to buy.

What’s your DIY skill level? Are you skilled at painting or more sewing inclined? Find your strong suit and complete a project that ties into it. One example of a painting project you may want to undertake could be a DIY wedding cake topper, like this kit by Goose Grease. It comes with paints and wooden dolls so you can give it a go:

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #1 Know when to DIY and when to buy - via Emmaline Bride (image: goosegrease) #handmade #wedding

However, if your painting skills aren’t up to par – and you have a specific look in mind – it may be better to have a custom topper made. (This one is also by Goose Grease.)

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #1 Know when to DIY and when to buy - via Emmaline Bride (image: goosegrease) #handmade #wedding

2. Know WHERE to buy (+ how to save money).

It’s also important to know where to buy your DIY wedding supplies. Yesterday, we talked about mason jar mistakes to avoid and how buying in bulk can save you money. This also applies to any supply item you can think of, as long as you’re sure it’s the item you want (or you’ll have a headache trying to return and find the right item). One place you can order online is Amazon, which offers any craft item you can think of (and many in bulk). I’ve purchased these muslin spice bags in a pack of 100 and stamped them to make my own favors. I’ve also ordered mason jars in bulk to save money – and avoid the hassle of lugging 50+ mason jars home. You can also check Hobby Lobby online (their online store is amazing) to place an order or see what’s in store; then, print the 40% off coupon and bring it with you to buy. Look for coupons from Michaels and JoAnn to save you money, too, and make an effort to buy items only when you have a coupon.

If you’re looking for handmade details, check out The Marketplace to snag tags, envelope seals, blank place cards, and more. For instance, round scalloped paper tags from The Kraft Room can be an excellent canvas onto which you can print guests’ names, attach to twine with clothespins, and use as an escort card display at your wedding.

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the kraft room) #handmade #wedding

Or, add a custom detail to your favors with kraft bunting stickers (also from The Kraft Room):

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the kraft room)

Some artisans are willing to share their craft with you in a DIY wedding kit. One example is The Crimson Poppy who makes a DIY paper flower kit you can make at home.

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the crimson poppy)

And, here’s the result:

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the crimson poppy)

3. Pace yourself.

It goes without saying that even if you want to DIY every aspect of your wedding, you need to pace yourself. Give yourself plenty of time to buy supplies, create your crafting space, and complete projects before moving onto the next one. Few things would be more stressful than waiting until a few days before the wedding to complete a dozen crafts. And, the crafts should be fun – not stressful!

4. Call in your crew to help.

Don’t go at it alone! Your crew – you know, fiance, MOH, bridesmaids, mom – are there to support and help you. Just ask! I’m sure if they’re special enough to be in your wedding, they’re nice enough to lend a hand. But, they can’t help if you don’t ask – so, ask, ask away! (And reward them with plenty of food, drinks, and make it fun.)

5. If you don’t like it, scrap it.

Last but not least, if you work on a DIY wedding craft and it’s not going as planned (which will undoubtedly happen), scrap it. Start over. Or, move onto something else. If you don’t like how something looks, don’t settle because you spent time on it; move on and craft something you’ll love and of which you’ll be proud.

For more handmade ideas and DIY wedding inspiration, check out The Handcrafted Wedding. I’ve even included step-by-step DIY wedding ideas that you can do at any skill level!

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Next week, we’ll be here with Real Weddings, handmade wedding features, and our 4th Annual Holiday Palooza! So, don’t forget to tune in for a chance to win TONS of handmade goodies from our lovely Featured Artisans – you won’t want to miss it! We’ll be kicking off the fun on Monday, December 24th and continue through the week (with the exception of Christmas Day, of course). We’ll be delivering the handmade wedding inspiration all week long so subscribe for FREE so you don’t miss it!

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Succulent Wedding Favors + Tea Cups = Perfection

Give guests the gift of plantable succulents! Succulents are easy plants for guests to maintain because they are hardy, retain plenty of water, and can withstand colder temperatures than other plants. These easy-to-DIY succulent wedding favors (which double as place cards, too!) are placed in tea cups ready for guests to plant. Since they are “planted” into whimsical tea cups, guests get two gifts in one! Gather plenty of vintage tea cups from places like thrift shops, garage sales, or estate sales – the more mismatched, the better. Each guests will have a one-of-a-kind planter piece to cherish for years.

succulent wedding favors
succulent wedding favors
succulent wedding favors

succulent wedding favors idea + photos // source

More coming up soon! Stay cool out there!

xo,
-E.