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    Make it a Handmade Valentine's Day

    Show your valentine some DIY love with our heartfelt crafts.

  • Photography: Kate Mathis

    A reusable coffee-cup sleeve will protect fingers from piping-hot joe -- and the environment from yet another discarded cardboard java jacket.

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    All it takes to spread the love on Valentine's Day is felt, pinking shears, and a quick seam.

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    Hang this holder from a bag or keychain to keep lip balm within easy reach.

  • Photography: Aaron Dyer

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    Craft meets food when you use your crafty hands to shape meringue into letters that spell out a message for your sweetie.

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    Turn a bunch of neon zip ties into a festive garland for a quick, kid-friendly Valentine's Day decoration.

  • Photography: Kate Mathis

    These decorated muslin bags are just right for wrapping treats for friends, loved ones, or your kid’s classmates.

  • Photography: Matthew Septimus

    Creating heart-shaped pot holders is a charming way to add whimsy and color to your kitchen's decor.

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    Scattering Petals for Your Valentine

    A scattering of pink and red petals and a few wispy buds, positioned just so, summons a fleeting "I love you" moment. Choose a spot sure to meet your beau's or belle's gaze: in the entryway of your home, atop a table as an intimate prelude to dinner, or on a pillow. The silhouette is bound to elicit an endearing response.

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  • Create lovely and sturdy candleholders from lace saturated with fabric stiffener.

  • If the sun seems to peer right into your window, give it something pretty to look at -- and through. These translucent hanging hearts are easy to make from waxed paper and crayons.

  • Flowers and candy are the touchstones of courtship and romance. But handing over a bouquet and a box of chocolates isn't the only way to show you're sweet on someone; combine both of these emelements into a unique floral arrangement for your Valentine.

  • On February 14, only one flower will do. It's not that a big bouquet isn't sublime, but a single genus best conveys a message of love: the rose, preferably in lush tones of red and pink.

  • Stamped soaps, inspired by candy conversation hearts, are great gifts for friends.

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  • Surprise a loved one by hanging a heart-shaped container filled with candy on his doorknob or near his computer.

  • Its effect is dramatic and romantic but this paper is so easy to make, you'll need little more than a few common items and a black-and-white photocopier.

    How to Make Romantic Wrapping Paper
  • This practical valentine befits your favorite bookworm.

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    Felt-Heart Hat

    Get your baby ready to fight the winter chill: A festive pilot's cap embellished with felt hearts helps keep tiny ears toasty. Cut two large hearts from felt, and then use a needle and thread to stitch them to the cap at three points. If you want the decoration to be permanent, affix hearts with fabric glue before sewing.

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  • Two types of knots, which are symbols of everlasting unity, are showcased in colorful bracelets.

  • Photography: Ellie Miller

    Let your valentine know you feel fortunate to have them in your life with charming fortune cookies filled with treats or special messages.

  • Store-bought chocolate repackaged in a homemade wrapper -- the underside of which reveals a handwritten love note -- tastes doubly delicious.

  • Elegant, airy letter-writing supplies, slipped inside a blush-colored box, will lend a dreamy feeling to every word you write.

  • Hundreds of years ago, astronomers fashioned volvelles -- wheels of paper that worked like circular slide rules -- to help track the movement of the planets. This version of a volvelle conceals rotating endearments along with phrases and symbols that convey your affection with a turn of the wheel.

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  • A gift of cookies or sweets becomes extra tempting when packaged in a transparent envelope that lets the goodies show through.

  • This Valentine's Day's prettiest presents will arrive in sacks with patterns as delectable as the treats tucked inside.

  • There isn't a kitten that wouldn't purr over a catnip-filled knitted pillow. The toys are also packed with wool stuffing and a jingle bell.

  • Photography: Helen Norman

    Dress up a tea party or a romantic dinner for two with handmade doilies in rosy hues

  • Opening a mysterious gift packet is even more thrilling when the wrapping itself turns out to be a beautiful valentine.

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  • These candy treat cups are a wonderful way to give loved ones something sweet this Valentine's Day.

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    Tug at your valentine's heartstrings with an embellished envelope.

  • This papercutting technique borrows from an ancient German technique called "scherenschnitte," which literally means scissor cuttings.

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    Sweet Spot Hearts

    Snip candy hearts for an entire class in a snap. To make, cut a heart from a strip of candy dots, and glue it to a piece of construction paper. With scalloping scissors, cut construction paper to create a border around the heart.

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  • Photography: Burcu Avsar

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    Special Delivery: Flowers and Bubbly

    Valentine’s Day treats are much sweeter in pairs, which is why we love this collapsible cardboard carrier. We filled ours with a bouquet of peonies, roses, and sandersonia and a bottle of pink Champagne, but you can use your own favorites to complete the package: wine, flowers, candy hearts, or chocolate (or anything else that fits).

    Kraft cardboard drink carrier, .50,
    Ombré striped grosgrain ribbon, a yd.,

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