Valentine’s Day is…yesss…such a commercial holiday. My boyfriend even refuses to celebrate it because he hates the hoopla. I have to admit. It’s kind of silly. But I’m a sucker for hearts and candy.
So every year, instead of buying boxes of expensive candies and roses, I try to make my wallet happy by making homemade cards and chocolates. Valentine’s Day prices are always inflated so it’s more affordable to make your own gifts. And a homemade gift is always more special anyway.
When I saw this cute idea online I knew I wanted to try one for V-Day. I have always loved the vintage feel of clothes pins and I think this idea is just so clever. I loved how it turned out and I’ll be mailing one to my boyfriend with some cinnamon jelly hearts, a devotional that I bought for each of us, and a super cute card that I…b. b. bought. (guilty. couldn’t help it. it’s adorable.) Even though he’s a stubborn German man who will totttally boycott Valentine’s Day until he’s an (even more stubborn) old man, I know he’ll smile. Who will you make a clothes pin message for, and what will your message say?
These are as simple to make as they look and you can find a full tutorial here. All you need is: a clothes pin, scissors, a piece of white paper, markers, and strong glue. I used a hot glue gun because, well, it’s instant. and I’m impatient.
- Cut a rectangular shape out white paper that is a bit bigger than the mouth of the pin when opened.
- Trim the top and bottom to match the “wedge” shape that the pin makes when opened.
- Fold the top and bottom of this oversized piece and write your message in between the creases you just made.
- Glue these flaps onto the top and bottom of the pin–glue it when the pin is opened so the message is nice and taut.
- To finish, trace the pin head and cut out a rectangle the same size.
- Decorate the rectangle to look like a cute envelope.
- Chop it evenly down the center and use a glue gun to adhere one half onto each of the “teeth” of the pin.
- And there you go! I love this idea. Enjoy it and enjoy giving them to the ones you care about.