Valentine's Day Crafty Ideas, Upcyled Tins and more.

I'm not a huge fan of Valentine's Day to tell the truth, it all seems a bit contrived.  I'm also getting really tired of being bombarded with pressure to buy constantly - every single event now seems to be an opportunity for retailers to convince us that we need to splash out money on totally inessential decorations.
Before I sound like a total killjoy, though, I must add that I do think it's lovely to celebrate occasions and I love an excuse to make pretty things and try out new ideas. So here are a few of my crafty ideas for Valentine's - they can be used as gifts or just to brighten up the home or to have fun with the kids. They can also be used as anytime crafts and adapted to your own tastes.

Valentine's Day Crafts Upcycled and Clay Makes

First up are some painted tins - I always have chalk paint in the house. It's incredibly versatile and can be used in so many ways (see my Chalk Paint Projects post for some inspiration).
I've been using the tins as part of my candle business but here they can be gift containers or plant pots or just use your imagination!

The cleaning of the tins involves a little bit of work, the labels have to be removed and the tins washed with soapy water and thoroughly dried. There is usually glue residue on the tin, sometimes it can be easy to remove, other times a good bit of white spirit is needed.

Tins cleaned for upcycling

The beauty of chalk paint is that you don't need primer or any preparation really and coverage is excellent - I used two coats for these but you could get away with one if you were feeling lazy or wanted a more rustic look.

Tins painted with pink chalk paint

Yellow and pink painted tins using chalk paint

The fun bit for me is decorating - I'm a bit obsessed with washi tape and have absolutely loads of it but you could use ribbon or stickers or anything you liked to decorate the tin.  Because I was keeping to a 'love' theme, I used that in the tape and just left it simple. I used two tins as little planters (this is also good for an Easter theme) and left two empty. These I thought would be nice to hold little sweets or any other small gifts.

Small plant pot using an upcycled tin

Plant pot made from an upcycled tin

Upcycled decorated chalk paint tins

(Note, the planter will need drainage so you should punch or drill a hole in the bottom of the tin if you pick this option).

I also made some tags and magnets using sculpey oven bake clay - I got mine in my local 
 and I also got the magnet strip there too.
The clay is brilliant, I've used it many times to make tags and it's so easy to use, just soften with your hands to make it more pliable and then roll it out and cut using a biscuit cutter or create a more freeform shape if you like.  It then bakes in the oven on a low heat to harden it.

I made hearts for my Valentine's theme and picked a red colour. I used a stamper on an acrylic block to stamp the words and the little heart stamper was one I got in Tiger some time ago.

Hearts cut out of Sculpey Clay

Sculpey Clay Stamped Heart

Sculpey Clay Red Hearts

I love how they turned out - I made a hole in each because I was going to use them as tags but you needn't bother if you are just making magnets. I also used the leftover small pieces of clay to make beads which I will find a use for :)

I used some of the tags just to decorate the planters (nice if they are for a gift) and I created some magnets too. This was simply done by using the magnet strip I got in Art & Hobby and cutting small squares which then stick on (it's self adhesive) - couldn't be simpler!

Red heart tag made from clay

You can see them here stuck on the tins, I think they look really cute.

Heart magnets on Upcycled decorated tins

You can also just stick them on an unpainted tin for a quick project - can be a make up brush holder/pen holder/gift container or anything you like.

Aluminium tin with clay heart

I hope you like my ideas and I'd love to hear yours too. You can also check out my Flapjacks and Shortbread  post if you'd like to make an edible gift like the biscuits below.

Shortbread hearts stamped with love

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  • 26 January 2016 at 11:02

    You have the same ideas about Valentines Day as I do by the sounds of it! Some lovely stuff here though, and the biscuits look great!

  • Unknown
    Unknown 26 January 2016 at 13:25

    Great post!! I always think making something yourself is so much more personal than buying a gift. I love the unpainted tin with love heart, its really chic! Great job x

  • beautyqueenuk
    beautyqueenuk 26 January 2016 at 16:49

    I love the idea of using old cans to grow things in, how ive never thought of doing this I don't know x

  • Unknown
    Unknown 26 January 2016 at 20:50

    I share the same thoughts about valentines day, it's contrived, just a big money making scheme. I do love these though, they would make nice desk organisers! Chalk paint is good for so many things!

  • Fiona
    Fiona 27 January 2016 at 08:27

    This is such a lovely craft and so inexpensive to do too. The tins would be perfect for holding makeup brushes etc too :)

  • Unknown
    Unknown 27 January 2016 at 13:00

    Great ideas, definitely going to upcycle a tin for my makeup brushes!

  • Zena's Suitcase
    Zena's Suitcase 27 January 2016 at 19:45

    I know what you are saying about Valentine's day. We don't actually celebrate on Valentines Day for that reason. I love these tins though. The chalk paint is a great effect

  • Emma
    Emma 29 January 2016 at 09:14

    Great ideas and things that my teen would enjoy making. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Unknown
    Unknown 4 February 2016 at 23:15

    I don't celebrate valentines day either but these are super cute! i LOVE making homemade things and have pinned this for later!

  • Ana
    Ana 5 February 2016 at 06:50 cute DIY Valentine's stuff! Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

  • Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes 6 February 2016 at 19:08

    Really like the upcycled tins idea - they look really good!

  • Nickely Challenged
    Nickely Challenged 10 February 2016 at 23:06

    This is super cute. I definitely need a vase soon. Thanks for sharing. :)

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