Valentines Is the perfect time to express your appreciation and show you care to all your loved ones not just your partner. Everyone deserves a cuddle, kiss or a handmade token to simply show you just care. This week we have been getting crafty in our home baking Valentine cookies for all the family, making handmade cards for my daughter to send to her grandparents, and homemade playdoh filled with rose petals.
Throughout the pandemic, loneliness is an increasing concern for so many of us. More than ever, we’re looking for different ways to spread the love – whether that’s to loved ones or smiles to strangers. If you’re dressing up your doorway, writing cards or celebrating Valentines with a loved one, Design Bundles has tons of tools and inspirations to help action this. They have pledged to be a part of this cause and to help spread positivity through creativity and crafting.
The meaning behind Design Bundles’ share the love campaign is to try and help shine a light in dark times. Spreading positivity and joy is food for the soul, and can be so much fun to dive into. As well as being craft and creation addicts and advocates, they are helping to share resources and helplines to help battle loneliness for anyone in need.
Here are some fantastic ideas of little gifts you can make cheaply and without very much effort.
Homemade Valentines cards
With a sheet of cards, stickers, Valentine decals, and some glue, you can create a Valentine masterpiece from your little ones for your family to cherish. They are loads of paper cutting designs to help you along the way.
Homemade Valentine Cookies
Make these show stopping biscuits as an edible Valentine’s Day gift for loved ones.
- 300g plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting
- 200g salted butter, diced
- 120g golden caster sugar
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Pink or Red Food colouring
- STEP 1 Mix the flour and butter into a food processor or mix by hand to fine crumbs. Add the sugar and yolks then mix to a smooth dough. Remove one-third of the dough, add vanilla to what’s left and mix. Wrap this dough in cling film and leave at room temperature.
- STEP 2 Put the dough back in the processor or hand mix with a couple of drops of food colouring and mix again. Put the dough in the fridge, remembering to remove it 30 mins before you need to roll it out.
- STEP 3 Thickly roll out the coloured dough and use heart shape cutters to make your love heart biscuits come to life.
- STEP 4 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Place on trays lined with baking parchment, and bake for 20 mins.
- STEP 5 Leave as lovely hearts or decorate with Icing
However, you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year have fun, get creative, and show people you care. Happy Valentine’s everyone!