I know that Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly tomorrow, but it is less than a month away. And I have a decent amount of Valentine’s Day DIY ideas to share, so as long as you’re cool with it, I’m going to start rolling some ideas out now. Plus, this way, no one will have an excuse for frantically trying to figure out projects and/or gift ideas last minute. Do people actually freak out about Valentine’s Day projects and gift ideas? I don’t know, but I think you get the point.
I wanted to kick things off with a SUPER easy gift idea that will only set you back a few dollars: DIY paper bag plant gifts.
Bonus! You may even have everything you need already at your house, which would make this gift idea free. Yay – free gift ideas. Can’t hate on that, right? Plus, they only take a few minutes to make. Double win.
Want to make your own? Click through for all the details.
- paper lunch bags
- spray paint
- paint pen or marker
- small to medium size plants
1) Start by spray painting the outside of your paper bags outside, in a well ventilated area. I found that you if you ad rocks or pebbles to bottom of each bag, they’ll stand up more easily as you are spray painting. Wait for the paint to dry and add a second coat if desired.
Note: To get a gradient look, like you’ll see on a few of the bags, start spray painting at the top of the bag, spraying downward toward the bottom (but not to the very bottom).
2) Once dry, flatten the bags once again to make them easy to write on. And grab a paint pen. Select a message to write and begin writing toward the bottom of the bag (you’ll be rolling the top part of the bag down, so you want to make sure to do the writing toward the bottom, so it can be seen when finished).
Message Options I Like: ‘ Life would succ without you’ (great for succulent gifts) and ‘Plant one on me’. If you think of any others, let me know. I’d love to hear what creative messages you dream up.
3) Once the paint pen message is complete (and dry), roll down the top of the bag several times. The first roll may slightly tear the bag, but it will be completely covered by the subsequent rolls, so don’t worry about it.
4) Next, add a plant and it’s ready to be gifted. The idea is that the plant will be repotted after it’s give to your recipient, so you can just pack it right in the plastic container it came in.
For extra V-Day flair, you can add some paper hearts to the potted plant with a wood skewer or piece of wire.
Aside from the message bags, we did a few pattern designs too. The windowpane pattern was my favorite, which was just done with a paint pen and a ruler. Easy as can be. AND it makes a pretty cute lunch bag too, if you’re packing lunches for kiddos (or doing any candy smuggling, like I appear to be doing here).
Photography and hand lettering by Rachel Brewer
Assisted by Anissa Saxton
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Think you’ll give these DIY Valentines a try? And more importantly, are there any other clever plenty related phrases we missed for this project? Let me know if you think of any.