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Easy DIYs To Display Your Love On Valentine's Day

Family Features

February 8, 2023

Handmade Valentine's Day decor is a crafty way to put your love on display. Add a little TLC to your home or share your affection with loved ones by dedicating some time to simple DIY projects that come straight from the heart.

1. Creative cutouts. Places and moments hold special places in the heart, so memorialize them with decorative wall hangings. Use a treasured photo or map of destinations you hold dear as the base layer. Next, choose a design, such as a heart or a romantic word like "love." Print your design then trace it on a piece of foam core or matting. Cut out the design to create an opening and layer it over the photo or map. To finish the project, either affix the top layer to the bottom and display as-is or place it in a pretty frame.

2. Sucker for succulents. Hardy and easy to care for, succulents are a stylish way to add some plant life to your home. Add a romantic twist by gathering a selection of small succulents in a variety of colors and textures then clustering them in a heart-shaped basket or planter. Succulents also make great gifts; just create a small planter and attach a card that conveys your heartfelt thoughts.

3. Love is in the cards. Almost everyone has a deck or two of old playing cards laying around or they're an inexpensive investment. Using the red-hued cards from the heart suite, punch holes in the top of each card. String heart-themed ribbon through the holes to make a whimsical banner you can hang on a wall or across a doorway.

4. Say it in string. Expressing yourself with string art is an easy project suitable for all ages. Start with a firm backing, such as a scrap of lightweight wood. Add a base coat of paint to make your design pop then sketch your design. Examples like a flower, heart, word or some combination of those are all good choices for a Valentine's Day project. Add thin nails in 1/2-inch intervals along the border of your design. Select your string and tie an end to the nail of your choice. There's no right or wrong way from there; just loop from one nail to another until your design is obvious. Tie off your string, trim any excess end pieces and you're done.

5. Collage of comrades. Paying tribute to those you hold near and dear is easy with a stylized cork board. Select snapshots of loved ones and attach them to a basic cork board using push pins in classic Valentine's colors like red, white and pink. Then add accents with tape, stickers, gemstones and other embellishments.

The Perfect Pancake For Your Valentine

Finding something unique and special to do on Valentine’s Day for your significant other can be a challenge. Every year, the day to celebrate love rolls around and every year it may seem like you’re out of ideas. Many people feel the same way.

However, with just a couple bowls, a cookie cutter and a skillet, your Valentine’s Day could start off a lot sweeter.

Try these Red Velvet Heart Pancakes, which are one of a kind and a delicious way to spend your morning with your loved one. Celebrating the day of love has never been easier.

Start by combining Flour, Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Baking Powder, Baking Soda and Salt in a large mixing bowl.

In another bowl, whisk an Egg and add Buttermilk, Butter, Vanilla Extract and a few drops of Red Food Coloring. Whisk everything together and pour it into the first bowl of dry ingredients.

Prepare a skillet and grab a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Pour a small amount of Batter into the cookie cutter in the skillet, let it cook for 2 minutes then remove the cookie cutter and flip. Let it cook for 1 additional minute.

Add your favorite pancake toppings like Butter, Syrup, Powdered Sugar or Raspberries. In the end, you will have yourself a scrumptious breakfast, made with love and as sweet as can be.

Kids also love the fun shape and color of this breakfast. It’s a neat way to have them help in the kitchen and make a meal for the whole family.

Valentine’s Day is a big reason to celebrate. You don’t have to stick to the same flowers and chocolates as last year. Mix it up with this delectable recipe meant to spread some love on a significant day.

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Red Velvet Heart Pancakes
Servings: 8-10

• 1 Cup of Flour
• 1/4 Cup of Sugar
• 3 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
• 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
• 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
• 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
• 1 Egg
• 1 Cup of Buttermilk
• 2 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter, melted, plus additional for garnish
• 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
• 30-40 Drops of Red Food Coloring
• Nonstick Cooking Spray
• Syrup, for garnish
• Powdered Sugar, for garnish
• Raspberries, for garnish

In a large bowl, whisk the Flour, Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Baking Powder, Baking Soda and Salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk the Egg. Add Buttermilk, 2 Tablespoons of Butter, Vanilla Extract and Food Coloring; whisk until combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Spray the heart-shaped cookie cutter with Nonstick cooking spray and place in the skillet. Add enough batter to fill the heart. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove the heart cutter. Flip the pancake and cook for 1 minute.

Serve with Butter, Syrup, Powdered Sugar and Raspberries.

Note: If mixture is too thick, add water until desired consistency is reached.

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