It’s February, and you know what that means… time to make valentines! I’ve never been super into Valentine’s Day (you won’t see my house decorated for it or anything) but I’ve always enjoyed participating in exchanges and making cute little gifts for friends.
We do an optional valentine exchange at work every year and as I was perusing Pinterest this week to get an idea for my valentines I found this super cute picture of bookmarks made out of pink paint chips! Could it be any more appropriate for me, the DIY/house updating addict? And, on top of that, it’s something they can actually USE! I loved the idea. So off to Home Depot I went to grab 15 free paint chips – talk about cheap valentines! 😉 I also had to go to Michael’s to get the heart punch and ribbon, but for only $4 I had all the materials I needed. Not bad for 25 cute, functional valentines! I hope you have as much fun making these as I did!
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DIY Paint Chip Bookmarks
- Paint Chips (I cut mine in half so I only needed half as many, but if you’re getting smaller ones you may need one per valentine)
- Paper Cutter (or scissors)
- Small Heart Hole Punch
- Regular Hole Punch
- Small Ribbon (I used about 1ft per valentine and so got two 6yrd spools)
- Address Labels
STEP 1: Cut Paint Chips and Punch Holes
I began by cutting my paint chips in half – if yours are smaller, you could definitely make the bookmarks from a full paint chip. Then, I used the heart hole punch to cute hearts along the bottom three color samples and my regular hole punch to cut a hole in the top color for the ribbon. Because my paint chips had a curved top and bottom I chose to punch the hears along the “cut” side of them.
STEP 2: Add Ribbon and Personalize
After all the holes were in place I cut ribbon at about 12″ long and putting both ends together laced it through the ribbon hole (going front to back), back through itself and pulled it tight. This gives the bookmark a ribbon marker! Lastly, I stuck an address label on the back (to cover up the paint chip writing) and wrote a little “Happy Valentine’s Day” note on there to personalize them. You wouldn’t have to do this step if you were including them in a larger grouping of things or if you didn’t want to personalize them but I wanted my coworkers to know who the bookmark was from.
And that’s it! Simple, right?! And now you have cute, inexpensive, hand-made valentines.
And the best part is they won’t make your friends feel guilty like chocolate… rather they’ll encourage them to read! 😉
Happy Valentine’s Day!