Add Valentine’s candy nonpareils in the bottom of a votive for a festive candle display. Small glass beads from a crafts store will give a similar look.
Dress up wrapped candy bars by adding your own papers, messages, ribbons and other accents.
Wrap a vase
Create a pretty centerpiece by adding the texture of burlap to a plain cylinder vase and filling your vase with flowers in a matching color.
Wrap the vase with colored burlap, attaching with double-sided tape. Add ribbon to the top and b ...
Give a bookmark with heart to the reader in your life. Cut rectangles out of cream-color and red wool felt. For the bookmark at left, we cut a heart out of the cream-color felt, trimmed the edges of the red felt with scallop-edge scissors ...
Show off your beautiful blooms in a new way. Cut rose stems to 6 inches and remove leaves. Pack tightly in a straight-sided container and wrap with ribbon. Change the water daily.
Creative cookie gifts
Package your Valentine’s cookies in a simple, pretty homemade bag. Slip a cookie or two in a plastic treat bag (available at crafts stores) with a piece of scrapbooking paper. Fold contrasting paper over the opening, punch ...
Informal Valentine place setting
A centerpiece of lollipop flowers (see previous slide) sets the tone for an informal Valentine place setting for breakfast or lunch.
Use mini cupcakes to spell out a special message.
Dress up soda
Make a container of soda or beer more special by adding scrapbook papers, ribbon and a tag. Use double-sided tape or glue to attach paper.
Candles and flowers
Easy centerpiece: Three stemless wine glasses hold roses floating in a bit of water, while votives provide a flickering accent.