Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but you only have about a week left, so don’t panic if you don’t have any yet. The gifts you make yourself are a thousand times more meaningful than some store-bought junk. So here are 5 amazing projects to keep an eye on even if you’re not that talented in the craft department.
Create a USB digital toy
The modern equivalent of a mixtape, you can put together your own romantic digital treasure chest filled with memories and media to evoke emotion. Here are some ideas about what to put on disk:
- Playlist and MP3 of your favorite songs, just like a mixtape from yesteryear.
- A slideshow or video montage of your cute moments and a «couple of selfies» from the past year. Here are a couple of creative projects you can try. !
- A self-written erotic novel about what the two of you will be doing that night!
- PDF tickets for a concert or flight to Hawaii (Maybe).
Try to get creative with a physical drive as well if possible — there are plenty of new USB sticks out there, so pick something that fits. (for example, Maybe?) You can even create your own if you’re artistically gifted. Don’t forget to rename the drive (right click -> rename to windows or right click -> get OSX info) !
Whatever you do please don’t offer via document .txt .
Any self-respecting geek loves 8-bit versions of things: this is the time when games and computers were clean . No freemium mechanic has ever graced the screens of arcade Pac-Man, and the only thing that stood between you and full control of the computer was a few lines of BASIC code. Relive that nostalgia with some 8-bit accessories made from Perler Beads, which are the most amazing craft tools since pipe cleaners.
Even a fat and hopeless buffoon like me can do something cool with these adorable things: lay out the beads on a pattern board and then use the heat of an iron to join them together. sheer. Genius.
It is easy to tie bows, ties, plaques and badges with this material. Here’s the best tutorial I’ve found, along with some really cute designs (pictured below): GlitterMint .
treasure QR code
Already stocked up on plenty of silly little gifts to give your love? Make them work for it! Record a series of non-public YouTube videos to find out where to find your next gift; then encode the URLs as QR codes and leave them in your home and garden. Of course, simple text prompts can be encoded.