When you’re out on the road traveling, sometimes it’s hard to stop in at a store and get a traditional bouquet of roses and box of chocolates with a Hallmark card. We said “traditional,” but you can also say “cliche.” If you really want to wow your Valentine, don’t go the easy route — instead, put some effort and love into your gift by making something yourself. It will be more memorable and, ultimately, more cherished, if you add that personal touch.
Create a Heart Bag
Purchase a basic canvass hand bag in a light neutral tone – khaki is a good choice. Cut out a cardboard heart that fits the face of the bag and place it on the bag. Using red or pink acrylic paint, take a standard pencil and dip its eraser in the paint. Dab the eraser around the outline of the cardboard heart, varying the saturation and weight of application. Once you’ve gone around the cardboard heart to your satisfaction, pull it up and you’ll have a clean heart shape in the middle outlined with an eye-pleasing dappled effect.
Make Your Own Card
All you need is some craft paper and markers to make a basic DIY card, but really the sky’s the limit on how fancy you want to go. With enough imagination and some witty writing to put into it, a DIY card is much better than something store bought as you can truly customize it to match your Valentine and the nature of your relationship.
Bake a Heart-Shaped Cake
Buy your favorite cake mix or make your favorite recipe from scratch – once in a square pan and another time in a rounded pan. After both cakes have been baked, cut the round cake in half and turn the square one onto a corner, then place the round halves onto the diamond so it makes a heart shape. Decorate with frosting and toppings as you see fit!
Get Creative with the Wrapping
If you’re going to wrap your DIY gift, or even if you just bought something at the store, you can also make the wrapping special. One way to do this is to take a sheet of sturdy paper that you’ll use to wrap your gift. Cut out a small heart shape and use it as a stencil to trace hearts on this wrapping paper. After you’ve traced the desired number of hearts, cut along half of each heart shape and then fold back each one so that you’ve got half of the heart acting as a door of sorts. Behind each of these cutouts (on the side of the wrapping paper that will not be visible), tape or glue red glitter paper. Your wrapping paper will now have a distinct, uniquely DIY look to it!
Visit Jim’s RV
Stop by Jim’s RV this Valentine’s Day (or any time you can this February) to tour our inventory and perhaps get yourself and your Valentine into a new RV that’s able to take you on all sorts of fun adventures together.