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Valentine’s Day: 50 Things I Love About You

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If you need a Valentine’s Day gift on a budget, try to keep it sweet and simple!

This “50 Things I Love About You” box is easy and thoughtful for any gift occasion. I made this one for my boyfriend this Valentine’s Day to also honor our one-year anniversary.

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Pick up a plain wooden box at Michael’s, paint it with some regular craft paint (I used a metallic red), and decorate it with stickers and other embellishments. I used a painted “love” wood piece for the top and stickers for the inside of the box. I didn’t want to go too overboard with glitter for my boyfriend, but there are so many things you can do with a box and some fun embellishments.

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Write or type out 50 or so things you love about your significant other. Add in some silly ones. Keep it sweet, fun and personal. I used things like “I love…the way you sneeze in twos” and “I love…that you forget the difference between tights and leggings” and “I love…the weird things you say in your sleep.”

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IMG_3394If you typed them out like I did, print them out with spaces in between. Use a paper cutter to cut them into separate strips. Because my box was fairly deep, I wanted the papers to fill it rather than just sit there. I wrapped each piece around a pencil to give it a little curl and placed them all inside the box, giving it a more full and bouncy appearance.

Bonus: make a card to go with it! I cut out a simple, classic heart shape out of red paper, using the top of heart as the fold. Using rub-on stickers, I spelled out “…guess what?” on the front and “I love you” on the inside because that’s our little inside joke. Sometimes short and sweet is all you need.

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Lucky for me, my boyfriend appreciates cute, corny gifts as much as I do, and I loved it making it! It’s nice to remind your loved ones how much they mean to you (not just on Valentine’s Day!)

Spice Up Old Clothespins

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When I get bored, I look for projects to do. One day, I scavenged for all the clothespins I could find in my apartment, and began painting. It adds a little color to my otherwise boring, crowded pantry, and with a little glue, I made magnets for my fridge.

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All you need are clothespins, paint, small brushes, magnet(s), scissors, and a glue gun. If you feel like going all out, add some glitter. Paint them however you please. If you plan to turn them into magnets, there’s no need to paint both sides.

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To make the clothespins magnetic, I found an old sheet to cut up. It was one of those tiny little calendars realtors give out with their faces on them. Measure it according to the clothespin, and cut a sliver of it to match the top part of the pin. With your glue gun, paste the magnet to the back and press. Give it a second to dry, and it should be ready for the fridge.

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Use them to hang pictures or reminders to personalize your kitchen. Just remember, it won’t hold very much weight unless you have a heavy-duty magnet glued on. Mine are kind of flimsy, but that’s what I get for choosing not to actually purchase real magnets. After all, I am a poor college student, but I’m sure better magnets are available for cheap at your local craft store.

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