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Valentine DIY: Red Velvet, Heart-Shaped Bookmark & Papercut Heart.

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Valentine’s Day is just a few days away but don’t worry about getting a gift in time or your purse strings bursting. For some fun and a quick fix, you’ll need to look just as far as your pantry and stationary cupboard: Red Velvet Cupcakes with personalised packaging!

First off, use the recipe available from Chuck’s Day Off, it’s our absolute favourite as it’s moist and the mascarpone frosting complements it beautifully. Wonderfully red, the recipe yields 24 lovely cupckes, which make for a great Valentine’s gift. But that’s just one part of it. While great as a gift basket, you can also give each cupcake individually to a loved one with a great ID tag.

With your individual cupcake packaging, which you can purchase from specialty baking shops or stores selling plastic containers like SKP in Singapore, you’ll also need some ribbon, a marker, hole-puncher and some fancy paper.

1. Cut out small heart shapes from the fancy paper, you can also use a craft puncher to do this. Near the top of the heart, punch out a hole and also personalise the heart.

2. Pull some ribbon through the hole at the top of the heart and use it to secure it around the individual cupcake packaging. You can tie it in a bow or secure it with some tape. It’s up to you how you want to do this, but it’s definitely easy and you’ll be able to make quite a few over the weekend!

We hope you have fun doing this project for your favourite people this Valentine’s Day!

Here are 2 other projects that are pretty quick to complete, as well!

Geek Chic: Heart-Shaped Bookmark

This is a great gift for all your loved ones who are avid readers. We featured this last year and we found it online from the Dowager of all DIYs and domestic goodness, Martha Stewart. So we’re showing you how easy it is to do! Best of all, you can also personalise it with a message on the back.

1. 2 kinds of paper are needed, one has to be of heavy card stock and should be a singular colour, for the other, something decorative like origami or wrapping paper will do.

2. It’s pretty much up to you, how big you want it to be, but as it’s a bookmark, it can’t be too big. Trace the shape of a heart onto the heavy card stock and cut out with a utility knife. You can even cut out a rough shape with a pair of scissors.

3. Cut out the second paper (we used Japanese origami paper because it’s so pretty) at least 80% smaller. Once that is done, glue it onto the first heart.

4. Trace the bottom half of the inner heart with a utility knife, cutting through the card stock beneath; large enough so it can comfortably slip between the pages of a book.


Sentimental Love: Papercut Heart

This one might take a little bit more effort, but the end result is worth it! The art of paper cutting has been around as far back as the 6th century. For this valentine’s papercut heart, you can make up your own designs or download them off the internet. For this project, we downloaded the Martha Stewart template.

Medium card stock is recommended so that it’s easy to cut through and yet tough enough to not tear. You’ll also need a really sharp utility/x-acto knife and a self-healing cutting mat

Once you’ve traced the image on the card stock (we did it the lazy way :p, which is not easier unfortunately) cut out the design using your utility knife. Don’t worry about it not being perfect, your hard work will shine through!


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