Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! While this holiday has widely been commercialized, there are still easy ways to spread a little homemade love. Here are two easy do it yourself projects you can do for your valentine.
Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Cookie
Every year on Valentine’s Day, we would make my dad a heart shaped chocolate chip cookie. Mom always helped us mix the ingredients, shape the cookie into the most imperfect heart and decorate it with love (and a lot of frosting). This is still a special memory for me and I hope it may bring some joy to your family! These cookies are perfect for parents, grandparents or your special someone.
Step #1 – Make Cookie Dough or Buy Pre-made Cookie Dough
Most stores carry cookie dough in the refrigerated section. If you want to make this cookie from scratch, I highly recommend using a recipe from AllRecipes.com. The recipe I used can be found here.
Step #2 – Shape the Dough into a heart
One a greased cookie sheet, place all the cookie dough. Slowly work it into a heart shape. Be sure not to get too close to the edge of the pan – I recommend staying at least 1 inch from the edges. The cookie should be about 1/2 inch thick. If you have extra cookie dough set to the side for cookies.
Step #3 – Bake at 350° for 25-30 Minutes
Cook times vary based upon the size of your cookie, so I recommend checking on it every 5 minutes or so. When the edges are golden brown, it should be done.
Step #4 – Let it Cool
COMPLETELY! Yes, the best things in life you have to wait for. I let mine cool on the cookie sheet, but after about 15 minutes, I ran a knife under the cookie to prevent it from sticking.
Step #5 – Decorate
Once the cookie is cooled, transfer it to the plate you plan to gift it on. Decorate using your favorite frosting or decorative frosting you can buy at the grocery store.
Be sure to let the special recipient know that it was made with love.
Valentine’s Love Tree Wall Hanging
This is a super fun way to give your valentine a love note that can also hang on the wall. In just a few simple steps, you can have a Valentine’s Day gift that your valentine can enjoy for years to come.
Step #1 – Gather Supplies
You will need:
- 1 – 5×7′ Frame (Any Color) If you decide to get a larger frame, you may need to resize the tree.
- 1 – Background sheet of paper. Card stock works best
- 1 – Sheet of paper for the tree. We recommend you get something with writing on it or you bring something. Card stock works best.
- 1- Sheet of paper for the hearts. We use red, but you can choose whatever color you would like!
- Tree Printable – Click Love Tree Printable to print.
Step #2 – Print Tree
Simple load your paper into your printer and print the tree graphic. You can find the tree graphic here: Love Tree Printable
Step # 3 – Cut Paper
First, cut your background sheet of paper to 5×7″. If you chose a different size frame, cut the paper to the appropriate background. Then, cut out the tree that you printed in step two. Finally, cut out hearts – you can use any number or any size for your hearts. When finished, it should look like this:
[extra tip: if you want the tree and hearts to look three dimensional, put a little black paint on a small paint brunch and lightly paint the edges. the less paint, the better]
Step #4 – Glue together
The tree will need to sit on the left of the paper. Line the edges of the tree up with the left edge of the paper and with the bottom of the paper. Glue using your preferred type of glue. I used scrapbooking tape to assemble mine. If the tree overhangs the background paper, carefully trim the tree. To the right you can see that my tree needed to be trimmed at the top of the page.
Glue the hearts wherever you see fit!
[extra tip: to make your valentine extra special, add significant dates or names to each of the hearts. this is a subtle yet beautiful way to celebrate your love.]
Step #5 – Place in Frame
Yep, it is really that easy!!
Happy Valentine’s Day from us at Pure Event Planning & Design!
A special thanks to The Dating Diva’s for the inspiration of the Love Tree!