Made with love

By Drum Digital
05 April 2014

Show your partner you care with a handmade gift. We tell you how.

Stamp it

Fill empty frames with a heart made of old postage stamps and a handwritten message.

Time: 1 hour

Cost: from R100

What you need: white paper, 2 picture frames, pencil, scissors, red and pink postage stamps, glue, fineliner pen, eraser

  • Cut two pieces of paper to the size of the inside of your frames and set aside.
  • Using the pencil, draw a heart on a separate piece of white paper, making sure the shape fits inside the frame. Cut out the heart shape.
  • Glue the stamps to the heart shape, allowing the stamps to overlap one another and the edge.
  • Turn the piece of paper over and cut off the edges of the stamps that extend beyond the heart shape.
  • You should now have a neat heart. Glue it to one of the pieces of white paper.
  • On the second piece of white paper write your message in pencil. Write over the pencil with the fineliner pen.
  • Insert the postage stamp heart and the written message into their frames and put them on display for your loved one to see.

Light of your life

Create a quirky paperweight using odds and ends.

Time: 2 hours

Cost: from R50

What you need: safety goggles and gloves, wooden block, sandpaper, screw-in light bulb (not fluorescent or halogen), long-nose pliers, screwdriver, 2 red paperclips, scissors, hammer, nail, glue, fineliner pen, white paper, red pinboard pin

  • Lay down enough newspaper to cover a large work surface so any pieces of glass that scatter when you hollow out the bulb are contained. Put on the goggles and gloves.
  • Cut out a 6 x 6 x 6 cm block and smooth the edges with sandpaper.
  • To hollow out the light bulb, grip the solder point at the bottom end of the bulb using pliers and give it a good twist, pulling out the brass contact and carefully cracking the black glass insulator.
  • Insert the screwdriver into the opening and tap the now exposed fill tube until it breaks. Shake out the filament and any other broken bits of glass.
  • Use the pliers to bend the red paper clips into heartshaped “filaments”, making sure the hearts are narrow enough to fit through the base of the bulb.
  • Insert them into the bulb at the desired height and cut off the extra wire that extends out of the bottom of the bulb.
  • Use a hammer and nail to create two small guide holes on the top of the wooden block. Put glue into each hole and insert the ends of the paperclips.
  • Fit the bulb over the heart filaments and glue the base of the bulb to the wooden block. Write a note and attach it to the block with the pin.

- Simone Borcherding

- Pictures: Megan Miller

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