For those of us snowbound from the recent storm, there’s no better excuse to pull out the sewing machine, knitting needles or x-acto knife and get crafting! Here are some of the projects I’ve come across and added to my to-do list to help get you inspired:

Paper cut heart | heart mandala | panda & fox card

  • For the patient and meticulous among us, these scherenschnitte (paper cut) hearts would surely make an exquisite Valentine’s Day gift for the one you love (from the queen of crafting herself, Martha Stewart)
  • If detailed paper cutting isn’t in the cards, how about printing and coloring a heart mandala (detail shown) designed by the “aspiring craft goddess” at Don’t Eat the Paste?
  • If you’re looking for an even faster Valentine’s Day token, how about just printing and folding this adorable panda and fox love card with matching envelope design? (okay there might be a little trimming involved, but nothing like the scherenschnitte). A gift in itself from Danielle Thompson

paper flowers | peace doves | folding grocery bag

  • While these paper flowers are just the first step in creating a Japanese kusudama ball (which combines a total of 12 of these flowers into a sphere), I think they are lovely in their own right.
  • Just a little wool roving and thread makes these ethereally beautiful peace doves (via Kleas). Wouldn’t they make an a fantastic mobile?
  • Isn’t everybody bringing their own bags to the grocery these days? This one takes it up a notch by being super easy to throw in your pocket or purse because it folds up so neatly. Yarngeek provides a detailed tutorial for making your own folding grocery tote
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