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.
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.)