The one-week countdown to Valentine’s Day has begun, but I wouldn’t worry too much if you haven’t been preparing. There are tons of elaborate and expensive gifts out there, but you certainly don’t need to shell out a lot of money or time to pull together a sweet, thoughtful valentine. Anna Liesemeyer customized this cardboard picnic set with adorable chevron and arrow stamps that she hand-cut from old erasers. The cost of this project (not including whatever tasty treats you choose to stock inside) is close to zero, and the stamps could be made over a lunch break. The best part of this idea is its versatility; you could easily use these stamps for tons of great craft projects and gifts for all seasons. Thanks so much for sharing, Anna! — Kate
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Time with loved ones is hard to come by these days. With the fast-paced beat of the world around us, it can be tough to find those extra minutes to focus on those who mean the most to you. I thought this would be an easy way to steal some time away, with fun personal touches added. Unpack this Wine & Cheese Party for Two in your living room, backyard or favorite local park, and you’ll have all you need for some time well spent with your loved one :) — Anna Liesemeyer
- X-Acto knife
- craft paint
- cardboard wine canister and box (I found both at Hobby Lobby.)
- 1/2–1 yard of fabric
- handkerchiefs (used as napkins)
- plates and glassware
- snack (I chose some crackers and a wheel of cheese.)
- bottle of wine
1. Draw your desired design on the erasers with a pencil.