Valentine’s Day Gift Idea
Valentine’s gift ideas can be difficult to choose, especially if your not romantic by nature. I myself love Valentine’s Day crafts because is gives us the perfect excuse to go over the top feminine with pinks, reds and flowers. Hubs pretty much ignores Valentine’s day, he wants me to make a dessert and otherwise he’s meh about the whole thing. But that doesn’t mean I can have fun with it by crafting something special and this year I am doing something for myself. I think it would make a fabulous gift for a friend or the plant lover in your family.
Valentines Day Craft
I prefer artificial plants for lots of reasons but mostly because they little sweethearts don’t live long around me. The artificial plants at IKEA are some of my favorites mainly because they are inexpensive. This little IKEA Fejka plant has bin sitting on my bookshelf looking rather boring in its simple black pot. So I gave it a feminine makeover as a Valentines Day Gift idea I hope you love.
Its been forever since I joined in on a blog hop. This fun Creative Craft Blog Hop is hosted each month by Sara from Birdz of a Feather. The other craft ideas will be added at the end of my post. If you are visiting from Allison at Southern Sunflowers welcome! At the end of my post I will direct you to the next blogger, and list all the other fun ideas from the rest of the bloggers in our creative craft blog hop.
Valentine’s Day Gift Idea Supplies
For this Valentine’s Day gift idea you will need a few supplies.
Small artificial plant (Fejka IKEA)
12 by 12 inch Valentine’s themed cardstock
8.5 by 11 inch white cardstock
Hot glue gun
If you don’t use the Fejka plant from IKEA you want to choose a plant with a 3.5 inch pot. You need to have a small plant for the plant wrapper.
Besides the plant you will need to download the wrapper template, some scrap paper and a pretty Valentine themed cardstock paper. I had three to chose from and chose the wripped wallpaper cardstock.
Valentine Gift Plant Wrapper
Start by downloading and printing out the wrapper template. Cut scrap paper into a 12 by 12 inch piece. Fold in half. I used brown paper, but old wrapping paper, or newspaper are other ideas. Fold the scrap paper in half and then place the dashed line of the downloaded template along the fold. Cut and then open to create your pattern.
Cut the circle out from the downloaded template.
Line up the wrapping pattern to the bottom corners of your cardstock and place the circle where you have room.
Cut out both pieces.
Wrapping the Valentine’s Day Gift
Covering the Bottom
Place the cardstock circle good side down and add a large dollop of hot glue to the middle. Crincle fold the outside of the cardstock around the outside of the flower pot by pushing the cardstock up all the way around.
Note: I did a video of this portion but I was not in the view correctly. I did manage to grab some snapshots of the video though.
Once the cardstock is folded. Glue around the outside and hold the paperuntil it adheres to the pot. As the glue hardens continue to press and flatten out the cardstock as much as possible.
Attaching the Outside Wrapper
The bottom of the template has a small curve cut out. This is to accomodate the curvature of the pot bottom. Line up the curve on the bottom of the template with the bottom of your pot. Attach using glue a bit at a time. Continue a little bit at a time until the curved section is attached. You will still have the wrapping portion at the front to attaching.
As the cardstock is quite thick and stiff you need to fold the cardstock around the pot making sure not to crinkle the paper. Once you have the cardstock wrapped around the flower pot you can then do back and redo the process, but this time you glue the front edges of the wrapper to the pot and attach it.
This is what the first corner looks like.
Once the first side is folded, continue folding and bending the second side of the paper. Overlap the fronts as shown.
Once both sides are folded, and the paper is smooth, glue the front flaps to the plant pot.
Valentine’s Day Gift Idea Embellishments
Pull out a foot of twine and adhere it to the back center of the plant pot using hot glue.
Then wrap the twine around the flower pot twice. Tie a pretty bow in the front and glue in place.
I then glued a small pink button to the top of the paper overlap, using hot glue.
Free Printable Plant Valentines Cards
To add some pizazz to the Valentine’s Day gift idea I created some softly coloured green and pink Valentine’s cards.
Download, print and cut out to add to your plant. The other small Valentines you see are hand cut hearts I made using the leftover bits of the scrap book paper.
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