The Best Valentine’s Day Cards on Etsy

I read some stats today claiming that an estimated $13.9 billion will be spent on Valentine’s Day this year and that there will be 180 Million cards exchanged.

Cards actually account for 52.1% of gifts given Valentine’s Day (stats assume that cards are given along with other gifts.)

I would’ve never guessed that.

I started looking at some cards on Etsy and found some unique ones that I want to share with you.

The Funny Valentine’s Day cards

I like the funny cards, so I would go for something like this from RowHouse14.Cute butt Valentine's Day card

 

Or this one from DarwinDesignsCards. It makes me laugh because of how uncomfortable the other person might get. Ha!

funny in-love Valentine's Day card

 

I know a few people who would absolutely love this card. via RowHouse14.

Funny Valentine's Day Card

 

For those of you who really don’t like Valentine’s Day. Via jdeluce.

Make Valentine's Day not suck card

 

The sweet and romantic Valentine’s Day cards

But you can go the cute and or sappy route with this card from DarkroomandDearly.

I love you this much Valentine's Day card

 

Here’s another mushy one from TheLoveCluster.

Grow Old With Me Valentine's Day card

 

This one is too adorable to dislike. Even the stick figures are cute! Via EuclidStreetShop.

I like your face Valentine's Day card

 

I can definitely relate to this card. Sometimes he’s the only one that keeps me sane. Via jelligun.

I hate everyone but you Valentine's Day card

 

There are plenty more, though! So don’t stop here. Take a look at all of the Valentine’s Day cards on Etsy.

DIY Light Box For Better Lighting

DIY light box

Have you ever noticed that the lighting in my house blows? It’s great for relaxing, but really terrible for any kind of photography. I can get a great shot anywhere else.

It’s getting old, so I decided to make a light box to get better photos. Yes, it works, and, yes, I’m excited 🙂

Here’s my proof.

photo shot outside of the light box

I took this picture (above) of my exacto knife before I made my light box.

photo taken in the light box

I took this picture (above) in the light box when I was finished with it.

That’s a significant quality upgrade!

Want to try it?

DIY light box materials

Things You Will Need:
Tape
Pencil
Foamcore
Exacto knife
Tissue paper
Hot melt glue
Self-healing mat

foam core boards

Step 1
Cut out 5 squares from the foamcore. The sizing will depend on what size light box you want. I needed a small one, so I chose 10×10 inch cut outs.

light box cut outs

Step 2
On 2 of the cut outs, measure in about 1 inch on each side and cut out another square.

sides of light box

Step 3
Measure the tissue paper to fit on the inside of the pieces you just cut the center out of. I measured the tissue paper to 9.5×9.5 inches. Then, pull the edges tight and tape them down.

The tissue paper is thin enough to allow extra light into the box and the white color of the foamcore will bounce the light to create a better environment to photograph your object.

Note: I know you know that tissue paper will rip easily, but I’m just going to remind you because I had to repeat step twice.

DIY light box

Step 4
Use your hot melt glue to adhere the pieces together. You should have something like the above image.

I am soooo happy to have my new light box.

I made a light box during my senior year of college (it probably got lost when I moved). One of my assignments for my graphic design class was to make a magazine spread for a product catalog. I chose jewelry as my product because I’ve always loved the photography in the magazines.

Little did I know, photographing jewelry was going to be a lot harder than I imagined. I tried to photograph it in my apartment, outside in the sun, outside on a dreary day, etc. None of the environments I tried gave me the results I wanted.

I got desperate, so I set up a meeting with the department’s jewelry and metals professor. She pulled through, thankfully. She taught me how to make the same light box I just made. She also told me to find lights with more of a white tint. Apparently, most lamps come with bulbs that have a yellow tint and that makes it harder to capture that beautiful shine that you typically find in jewelry magazines. She’s brilliant 🙂

Happy crafting!

DIY Valentine’s Day Button Heart Canvas

DIY Valentine's Day Button Heart Canvas

I still can’t believe 2015 has started, and now Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Ugh. Time moves too fast doesn’t it?

I was contemplating my craft for today and thought, Wow, Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away. I should make a craft for it. And what do you think of when you think of the love-inspired holiday? Right, hearts.

I found some burlap canvas at Walmart (surprisingly) along with red and white multi-sized buttons and decided that it would make a nice craft. Bonus: I paid about $5 for everything.

Button hearts are lovely aren’t they?

Valentine's Day burlap heart canvas materials

Things You Will Need:
Buttons
Hot-melt glue
Burlap canvas

button heart on canvas

Step 1
Lay out your buttons on the burlap canvas in the color combination you prefer. Since I want to make a red and white striped heart, I alternated the colors.

When you’re happy with the heart shape, glue them down.

buttons on canvas

button heart valentines day canvas

Step 2
Start gluing down buttons into the stripes your set up. Alternate as you go.

DIY Valentine's Day Button Heart Canvas

When you’re finished, you’ll have a love-inspired canvas to hang on your wall (or set on a shelf) to decorate for Valentine’s Day.

I like it, but now that I’m done with it, I kind of wish I would’ve thrown a row of pink buttons in there. I guess I’ll just have to make some more 🙂

Hope you like it! Happy crafting!

DIY Glitter Mug

diy glitter mug

I love glitter. No surprise, I know. You’ve seen my tutorials.

So, it was time to start glittering (yes, it’s a word… my word) up some mugs. This was my test piece and I enjoy it so much that I plan to make many more. You can pick up a mug at the Dollar Store for, yes, $1 and the glitter paint at a craft store for about $4. You might be able to find some at Walmart, too, but don’t quote me.

It’s really easy to make, is super cheap and can make a great gift.

glitter mug materials

Things You Will Need:
Scissors
Newspaper
Ceramic mug
Sponge brush
Masking tape (Duct Tape)
Ceramic-safe glitter paint

glitter-painted mug

Step 1
Tape off the area you want to glitterize (again, my word).

Then, start painting. I put about 3 layers of paint on my mug, letting it dry for about 10 mins between layers.

diy glitter mug

When the paint dries, you’ll have a beautiful glitter mug!

Oh, important tidbit: take the tape off when the paint is still wet so it doesn’t pull. If it’s already dry, pull very slooooooowly.

Make sure you follow the directions on the paint you chose. Mine says to let the paint air dry for 21 days. I know, that’s a long time. But afterwards it will be dishwasher safe, and I’m really excited about that. So, if you do plan to make this as a gift, make sure you give it enough time to dry out.

Hope you enjoyed this one! Happy crafting 😀

DIY Rope Coasters

DIY jute coasters

Happy first Make Something Monday of 2015! I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year! I don’t get sick very often but have been for almost a week now. I needed a simpler project because I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel and say I was too tired to craft. Let’s be realistic. Am I ever too tired to craft? Hardly.

So, I pushed back my original idea for this week and decided to make some DIY nautical coasters! I really like these becauseThey’re very cute, simple to make and affordable. They also add some style to your coffee table. The coasters were just a little more time consuming than I had anticipated. It took a little over an hour to make all four. That could also have also been due to lack of energy, though. I’m sure you can make them faster.

DIY nautical coaster materials

Things You will Need:
Jute 4ply
Scissors
Hot melt glue and gun

beginning the coaster

Step 1
Fold over the end of your rope and hot glue it in place.

jute wrap coasters

Step 2
As you wrap the rope in a circle, make sure you are glueing it regularly.  I glued along the side and wrapped the rope against the glue.

Wrap until you have your desired size for a coaster.

jute circle

Tip: Hold the soon-to-be coaster to add the glue and then wrap the jute while it’s laying on a hard surface in order to keep the coaster level.

Ending the rope

Step 3
When you’re ready to end the coaster, cut the rope at a drastic angle so that it lays against the previous layer, unnoticed.

nautical coasters

DIY jute coasters

When you’re done, you’ll have some old-fashioned style coasters that will add some flare to your living space.

Oh, and I did test out the coasters. I prepared some hot tea and set the cup on the coaster for about 10 minutes to make sure it wouldn’t melt the glue. Success!

This is a very easy craft to make. Anyone, even without any crafting experience can put these together. So, next time you’re sick and have been sitting on the couch for a weekend trying to recover, have your friend pick you up some jute from the craft store and make some new coasters. It makes you feel more productive, trust me.