NOTHING says “I love you” like a Valentine’s card you have poured your heart into.
So make your crush feel extra special this February 14 by hand-making your own.
It will cost less and mean so much more. Here are some ideas to get you started.
NICE AND CHEESY: A simple card with a fun message will make your other half smile.
Raid an old jigsaw for two pieces that slot together and stick them on a plain card with the message, “We’re a perfect fit”.
Alternatively, you could glue some birthday candles on to a card, cut off the wicks and draw in heart-shaped flames, with a cute note like, “I’ve noticed a spark between us”.
PAPER HEARTS: All you need is a sheet of paper to show your love. Make an origami heart by following the instructions at origamiway.com. There are also video tutorials on YouTube.
Stick the folded heart to a plain card and add a touching message.
PRINTS CHARMING: If you are less artistic, or want to involve the kids, download a Valentine’s card template.
You can find a free selection on the ideas section of Hobbycraft’s website or at redtedart.com.
Just print and stick them to a card, then decorate with pens, glitter, poms-poms and craft feathers.
MAKE IT PERSONAL: Hand-making your card means you can include a secret slogan only you and your lover know.
It might be a joke about where you first met — “You Brighton my day” — or a play on pet names.
Make the card shine with homemade, or try some old-school potato printing.
Cut a heart shape from a spud, dip it in poster paint and stamp it on.
STAND-OUT DESIGN: Score extra points by making a multi-dimensional card.
The layered 3D heart card at easypeasyandfun.com is a winner and only costs pennies to create.
All you need is scissors, glue and different coloured paper.
Deal of the day
CREATIVE kids will have sew much fun with their own starter sewing machine, down from £40 to £25 at Hobbycraft.
CRACK open Morrisons’ new chocolate treats, speckled eggs or mini orange eggs, £1 a pack.
SHARING is caring with Asda’s half-and-half heart-shaped pizza. It has different toppings on each side.
Find the £4 treat at the fresh pizza counter from tomorrow, and enjoy it as part of a £6 two-pizza-and-a-drink deal.
USE your loaf and save some dough by swapping the Living Nostalgia antique cream bread bin, £34.96 from hartsofstur.com, for Argos’s steel everyday luxe bread bin, £20.
BOOK a multi-generation trip with easyJet Holidays tomorrow and you might be able to snap up a free place for gran or grandad.
There are a limited number available tomorrow only.
Get details and the booking phone number at easyjet.com/en/holidays/grans-go-free.
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