Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Quirky Valentine's Day: Last Minute Gifts

I've always wanted to be one of those crafy people who can create an HDTV-worthy room with dollar store merchandise. Unfortunately, I wasn't gifted with DIY abilities, but I think even I could undertake this fun project.

Today's Daily Candy Chicago had the coolest personalized Valentine, courtesy of Chicago designer and Suitor owner Jessica Murnane.

You’ll Need:
Favorite photo printed on printer paper
Glue stick or double-sided tape
Ruler or a tape measure (or just wing it)

Step 1: Find a matchbook, ideally one that is blank on the inside flap (you will be writing your note here).

Step 2: Open the matchbook so it lays flat. Eyeball or measure its width and height, making sure to leave the striker pad uncovered.

Step 3: Choose your favorite photo (vertical works best) from a trip, night out, or special occasion. Reduce it to the size of the matchbook and print it on thin printer paper.

Step 4: Cut out the photo and swipe the blank side with a glue stick or cover it with double-sided tape.

Step 5: Place the photo over your matchbook and smooth down. Cut any excess paper from the edges.

Step 6: Fold matchbook flap over, making sure the photo is pressed securely on the creases at the top.

Step 7: Write a cheeky message on the inside flap. (Some ideas: C’mon, baby, light my fire; burning up with your love; you’re my perfect match; my eternal flame.)


  1. so so cute...i absolutely love it :) i hope you have a beautiful vday lovely lady! xo ♥

  2. You too! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. What a cute idea! Love it! Have a great weekend! ♥ BJ