Favourite things - DIY if you dare

I'll be honest, I'm not a very crafty person. I know I come across all hands-on creative, because I LOVE clever handmade things. However, reality is I tend to be more of an admirer than a doer. Maybe this time... 1. Love is in the air Send a Valentine's Day paper aeroplane to that cutie across the office. Or... wear your heart on your sleeve, make a card out of paint strips, customise a jewellery box, and more. Take a look at these ideas in Country Living's Valentine's Day crafts, and do let me know if you make anything.

2. Shrinky dink necklace When I was little we used to find "shrinky dinks" in packets of chips. You'd put them in the oven and they shrank down. I don't know what was so great about that but, trust me, when we were eight it was great. Now personalising a necklace using shrinky dink technology? That's actually great in the present tense! Thank you oh thank you, Papersnitch.

3. Night houses These are so beautiful I may just have to give making them a try, despite my aforementioned lack of craft related talent and motivation. Lamps made from pictures of old houses: by Fellow Fellow, found on Poppytalk.

4. More old books Yep, it's more craft from old books. I still haven't made any of the ideas I keep bringing you. I still intend to do so. One day. I like that this particular post, from Just Something I Made, stipulates the use of Reader's Digest condensed books. These are anathema to literature, I think, so I wouldn't feel quite so guilty cutting them up for my crafty purposes.

5. Vintage camera nightlights I'm cheating, these aren't part of a DIY project. But if you had skill, I'm sure they could be. After all, they were DIY for Jason Hull who made them, right? And they are so amazing I just had to share (photo is from Flickr, while the lights were found on Happiness Is). Having covetous thoughts.

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