Friday, 6 February 2015

Lifestyle // Easy Valentine's Day DIY's

I've been really into arts and crafts lately, so when Think Money challenged me to take part in their Jam J-Art project I couldn't wait to get involved! The idea is that you recycle a simple jam jar and transform it into something creative fun eh?! As Valentine's Day is fast approaching, I thought I'd go for a romantic twist and put together two easy Jam J-Art ideas which would make cute gifts for your Valentine. 

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1) Sweets for my sweet


First of all, I blimmin love that song! Throw back to school disco's of '94! Second of all, who doesn't love sweets?! I decided to turn a jam jar into a little pot of sweet treats filled with all of my boyfriend's favourites. 

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I started by making a cute label to stick on the front using Picmonkey.com and then cut it out and stuck it to the front of my jam jar. I then stuck on a red glittery heart which I bought at Tiger (bargain at only £1 a bag!) on the back of the jar and another on the lid. Next I tied around some heart printed ribbon and then filled my jam jar up with Tony's favourite colourful sweetsTa dahhh!! So simple and so sweet (geddit?!)

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2) Dates Jar


I love going out and exploring London with my boyfriend but sometimes it's easy to get stuck in a rut, become a bit unimaginative with where we go and what we do, and we end up going to the same restaurants and areas rather than trying somewhere new. I thought it would be fun to make a jar of fun adventures and dates to be had in London and beyond, including places to go for food, drinks and to take in the sights. 

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I started by sticking some cute gingham print tape around the rim of the lid to give it a cute, kitsch feel (another Tiger bargain - just 50p a roll!). I then found an image of the London skyline online (as most of my dates are London based) and printed this out on a sticky label and placed it around the base of my jam jar. Next I wrote down lots of different date ideas on coloured paper, cut them out, folded them and placed them in my jar. I decided to colour code mine to make it easy to pick out a day, night or dinner date. Just call me Monica!  I then took my final Tiger bargain, this cute little blackboard peg - £1 for 6! ONE POUND! FOR SIX!!! - and wrote on it using a nail art pen. I stuck this on to the side of the jar using some super glue and finished it off with another red glittery heart on the lid so it makes a nice little pair with my Sweet Jar. Done! 


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Told you they were easy :D

I'm really pleased with how each Jam J-Art project turned out and although they're quite simple to do I think they make nice little gifts. Now obviously these are designed to give to your lobster, but you could totally customise them for a friend or relative or even yourself! You could fill a jar with ideas of films to watch or books you want to read, or just make up a collection of your favourite treats - sweets for my sweet is great but sweets for myself is even better! 

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I hope you like my crafty Valentine's gift ideas, let me know if you try them out yourself :D 

Check out the Think Money website to see more fabulous ideas for upcycling jam jars into Jam J-Art


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Thanks so much to Think Money for inviting me take part in their campaign. Who knew jam jars were so fun?! Is this the real reason Paddington eats so much marmalade?!


8 comments:

  1. Sweets for my sweet, sugar for my honey :) That was the first single I ever bought!

    I love your jam jar idea, it's so cute - especially the dates idea.

    I miss Tiger :( They don't have Tiger ooop North!

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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  2. These are such cute little ideas. I'll definitely be trying these out, I love recycling jam jars! :)

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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  3. These are SO cute! my husband has such a sweet tooth, he would absolutely love a little jar full of his favorite candies :P

    Hope you have a nice weekend!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  4. So super cute! Have a lovely day, much love, Sjoukje
    www.lemontierres.com

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  5. I love the idea of a date jar - such a sweet gift that will keep on giving throughout the year (and a sneaky present that's sort of for yourself, too!)

    Sammy xo.

    littlefickleblog.blogspot.com

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  6. These are such a cute idea! Definitely wish I had someone I could make these for haha!


    www.rachelcoco.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. These are so cool! I love the date jar, totally going to make one myself :) xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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