When I asked my fiancé Chris what gifts he wanted me to buy him for Valentine’s Day he said he didn’t want anything. I questioned his reason and he said,
“I don’t need you to buy me something, I prefer it when you and Molly make gifts for me. You know, hand prints and all them little things you do together…”
Why couldn’t I help but think he was being a sarcastic [insert swear word of choice]?
I wanted to get him a little something else too, but he said he only wanted handmade gifts so how could I deny him of that?
Handmade Valentine’s Day gifts it is..
I love shopping but I love crafting and messy play with Molly more so this worked out perfectly for me!
Molly loves making hand print and foot print pictures and even though I hate to admit it, a lot of them get thrown away. I know I know, mean mama… (we do give a lot of pictures away to family members because they have to love them, and then I don’t feel as guilty for getting rid of them haha!)
I bought a canvas from one of the shops in my local town centre for about £1.50 (bargain!) I already had poster paints at home so I was all set.
I painted Molly’s feet and we pressed them onto the canvas. While she was making other pictures for daddy I finished the lettering on the canvas.
I’m quite impressed with how it turned out…
Paper Plate Picture Frame
I cut out a heart shape in the centre of a paper plate and then gave it to Molly to paint.
When it had dried I hole punched the top and put some ribbon through it so we could hang it up.
I attached a picture of the three of us to the back of it.
Salt Dough Decorations
Molly and I love making salt dough decorations – we do it quite often. It’s the perfect toddler activity for a cold winters day.
Valentine’s Day seemed like the perfect opportunity (excuse) to mix up some more salt dough and get our heart shaped cutters out. I got the recipe for the salt dough from the fantastic Donna who blogs over at Bobsy’s Mum.
Once dried, Molly painted her shapes and sprinkled some glitter over them.
When they had dried I put some ribbon through a little hole we made at the top.
So there we have it, Valentine’s Day gifts for daddy.
I’m quite impressed with our little makes actually (maybe not the paper plate one but we’ve made it now), and the gifts are way more personal than yet another bottle of aftershave or bunch of flowers..