Well. January is almost over.
Which means it’s almost February. And we’re just about two weeks away from Valentine’s Day!
Now I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but it’s kinda hip to hate on Valentine’s Day anymore. I understand that in many ways it’s a commercialized holiday without much meaning. I think that sentiment stems in some way from elementary school parties, where you had to give everyone a card, even that stinky kid who always cut in the lunch line. But we can change that! We’re grown-ups now, or at least old enough to pretend to be! And in that vein, I present an idea, complete with mini-tutorial.
Send your friends Valentine’s Day letters!
They don’t have to be elaborate, but a simple note to tell your friends you’re thinking of them and love the connection you share can be quite meaningful. (Not to mention, if you send a lot of letters, the USPS will get some love too. And Cupid knows, they need it!)
I drew a simple doodle related to love – a traditional heart, a winged Cupid, an anatomical heart – and wrote a little note for all my friends. To make it fancy and romantic, I used a fountain pen. I’d have used a quill if I had one!
Now you may be asking yourself where the mini-tutorial comes in. Here goes: before I sealed the envelopes, I inserted a customizable heart ring in each. It’s a length of shaped wire that my friends can wrap around their finger, making a one-of-a-kind fit, and a permanent reminder of love and friendship. Read on to make your own heart rings for your friends!
- Wire cutters
- Round-nosed pliers
- Jewelry wire – use a gauge between 20 and 24
Note: You can either work from the spool, or you can precut the wire. Either way, you’ll use about 4” per ring
- Starting with the end of the wire, shape a heart using your round-nosed pliers. This part may take some trial and error to get the heart shaped just how you want it. You can practice on a piece of coated phone wire if you like.
- After you’ve formed the heart, move about 2” down the wire and wrap it in a tight loop. If you’re working off the spool, this is also where you use the wire cutters to snip off your ring.
- TA-DA! Just include instructions for shaping it around a finger in your letter.
- Mail them out with notes and share the LOVE!