DIY His & Hers Key Chain

DIY His and Her Keychain

I was trying to come up with a fun little gift I could give hubby for Valentine’s, something inexpensive that would still feel personalized. I started googling valentines day gift and I found a cute his and hers key chain at Walmart, it was like the BFF ones for little girls with two sides of a heart that fit together. I thought it was cute, but I knew hubby wouldn’t want to put it on his key ring.

I could just hear the exchange at work, “Dude, is that half a heart on your key chain?” “Yeah…. my wife made me…” “Dude you are so not manly!” Yep, that’s how I imagined it. So I came up with this instead. The arrow is made from an old gift card and the heart from scraps. It’s perfect because I get something cute and he gets something cool that won’t raise manhood questioning eyebrows. I made it quickly, at night, without taking pictures, so instead of the usual visual aids you get my hand drawn tutorial.

1. Start with a square shaped scrap of fabric and fold it in half twice as pictured.
DIY His and Her Keychain

2. Cut out a heart shape the same way you cut out Valentine’s as a little kid. You should now have two matching hearts.DIY His and Her Keychain

3.  Cut out a matching heart from scraps of batting as well as two short strips of paper and one long one. Sew the short strips to the front of your front heart scrap just below the hearts humps, fold the long strip in half and sew it to the inside (back) of the back heart. See pictures for further explanation.DIY His and Her Keychain

4. Layer the hearts in the following order: back heart, batting, front heart. Make sure that the print of your fabric is facing out.
DIY His and Her Keychain

5. Sew around the outside of the heart. This took me a few tries. I used black thread on red fabric so the heart outline would show up and look cute. Now, just add a little ring and the heart is finished!

DIY His and Her Keychain

6. For the arrow, just punch a hole in the gift card and cut out an arrow shape. If you want to you can paint the arrow, but I left mine as is. I like the urban look it gave it.DIY His and Her Keychain

And that’s it! A fun key chain for your sweetie. Just in time for Valentine’s day :)
DIY His and Her Keychain

Valentine’s Craft Anyone?

Anyone remember my potential new blog topic?

Amber may be… a wannabe crafter who finds/comes up with cute but ridiculously easy craft ideas and then shares them with you!

Yeah, that one? Well, I thought I’d get one step closer to making it official with another craft idea. This one was inspired by my recent anniversary. We don’t have a lot in the budget, so I thought I would craft a special gift for my wonderful and amazing hubby.

I call it: My cup runneth over. The idea is to make a love jar full of reasons that you love someone. I did 365 – one for every day of the year. Obviously, you don’t have to do the same number I did. You could do 101 reasons you love your sweetheart, or 500, or maybe even 42 (if you have a sci-fi geek of a hubby that would be a great number!). Or, it doesn’t even have to be something to hubby. This could be a family activity where you craft cute love jars and encourage each person to put reasons they love each other in the jar. Awww cute jars, your possibilities are truly endless!

What you need: a mason jar, mod podge, paint brush, cute scrap booking paper with love sayings, lots of reasons you love someone, paper to put those reasons on, scissors to cut the reasons out

Cost: Less than $5 easy!

So, it’s pretty darn easy (as promised in my potential crafter topic name).

1) come up with your lovey dovey reasons (this is the hardest step if you choose to come up with an inordinately large number)

2) type the reasons up and print them out (or physically write them out)

3) cut the reasons out

4) paint your mason jar with a thin layer of mod podge (if you really want it to last you can preface this step with some sand paper to your jar)

5) apply fancy scrapbooking paper bits (I used odds and ends I already had)

6) let dry

7) fill jar with reasons

If you’re an over achiever, make a matching love letter

Voila! A beautiful love jar and a cheap Valentines Day gift.

Easy and Inexpensive Valentines Day Idea