Crafty Galentine’s Day Ideas

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If you are a fan of the TV show Parks & Recreation, you know all about Galentine’s Day.  Even if you aren’t familiar with the show, you are likely to have heard of this day of ladies celebrating ladies.  As Leslie Knope herself explains:

“Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

I’ve long thought this was a wonderful holiday, and a great reason to celebrate the awesome women in your life.  It now seems I’m not the only one, as Galentine’s Day celebrations and events are popping up all over the place.  So, what does a crafty gal do to celebrate her besties on Galentine’s Day?  Plan a brunch with waffles, of course, and make some heartfelt gifts!  Here are some of my ideas:

Personalized Cards

First, I love the idea of creating a personal, thoughtful cared for each of your best girls on Galentine’s Day.  There are plenty of options here from spending some time in the Hallmark aisles and crafting a heartfelt message to making a card from scratch.  My favorite option is to make a card on the computer, print it out, and handwrite the message.  That way, I can add photos, quotes, or other details specific to the recipient in a fairly efficient manner.  Then I can add my own message in writing when it’s printed out.

If you are making your own card, I recommend printing it out on nice card stock or a blank, printable card, like this one.

There are also a lot of amazing handmade cards on Etsy, which you can purchase and then customize as you please.  Here are a couple of my favorites:

Handmade Gifts for Galentine’s Day

If you are reading this page, you may have an interest in knitting and/or crochet.  If that is the case, you know that people often love and appreciate a hand-stitched gift item.  Here in Minnesota, it is still quite chilly on Galentine’s Day, so light scarves are still very practical.

One that you can make is the Scarf Love scarf, which is the pink scarf pictured above.  It is very easy to crochet and the fringe is so cute!   You can get the free pattern here: Scarf Love Scarf.

For the knitters, I recommend the Shelley Cowl, which can be worn in so many ways and is just a really unique, fun knit.  Get the free pattern here: Shelley Cowl.

Handmade gifts don’t have to be yarn-related, either.  If you like to make DIY beauty products with essential oils, or you enjoy woodworking, repurposing, or something else, I fully believe your girls will love those types of handmade gifts on Galentine’s Day.  One of my favorite gifts ever was a hand-stamped bracelet made by a friend.  The bracelet had a quote from my favorite novel, Frankenstein, and that thoughtfulness really meant a lot to me.

Here are some fun DIY gift ideas:

Additional Rules for Galentine’s Day

Whatever you decide to make (or buy) for Galentine’s Day, just remember to make it personal, thoughtful, and heart-felt.  You cannot go wrong putting effort and love into whatever you give.  🙂

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Scarf Love: Valentine’s Day Crochet Pattern

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Love, love, love.  It is what keeps me going in the cold, often bleak months of January and February.  After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can get a little gloomy.  There aren’t as many gifts to make or parties to attend.  I have to psyche myself up to take down the Christmas tree so that I don’t end up woeful and in a listless funk.

So, I turn to Valentine’s Day.  I am not a particularly sappy person, and Valentine’s Day has never been a particularly romantic or important day in my marriage.  We don’t even celebrate it, usually.

That doesn’t stop me from finding ways of getting in the spirit, though.  First, I love the color scheme of pinks and reds.  So, if I have an excuse to add even more pink into our household decor, I will do so.  I also love a good seasonal find at the Target dollar section, so I add a few cute heart-shaped signs and arrows around the house.  I also like to get my boys a few Valentine’s Day treats or do a themed craft with them.

But my favorite way of getting into the spirit of the holiday of love is through knitting and crochet.  Because it is still cold as heck in Minnesota on February 14th, scarves, hats, and other winter wear are still very relevant.  So, I have created a cute, cozy, and whimsical scarf to mark the sweetheart season.

I’ve been wanting to design something that uses Caron Cakes because I love them and I have collected a few without knowing what I would do with them.  They come in a variety of lovely colors, are very soft, and are really nice to work with.  I also wanted something that would work up quickly and be really classic in style to contrast the funky colors.  So, I came up with the Scarf Love scarf.

Finished, it is about 7′ long, if you include the fringe.  I like a long scarf that can be wrapped numerous ways.  Gauge is not important for this project, so I didn’t even bother to measure it.  I started working from the middle of the cake and worked my way out, though it is not necessary to do it that way.

Scarf Love Crochet Pattern

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

hdc – half double crochet

Materials:

Caron Cakes Self Striping Yarn 383 yd 200 g (Cherry Chip)

Size K crochet hook

Yarn needle

Instructions:

Chain 33.

Work hdc in 4th Ch from the hook. *(Ch 1. hdc in next ch.) Repeat from * to the end of the row. (15 hdc)

Ch 2. Turn. Work hdc in each Ch space, chaining 1 between each hdc.

Repeat the last row until the piece measures approximately 6′ in length (or desired length).

Fasten off and weave in loose ends with the yarn needle.

Fringe:

Cut 60 pieces of yarn, each approximately 24″ long.

Holding two pieces of yarn together, pull them half-way through one of the chain spaces along one of the short edges of the scarf.   Knot the strands, creating the fringe.  If you’d like to see a tutorial for adding fringe, here’s a good video tutorial.

Repeat this for each chain space along both of the short edges of the scarf.  Trim the fringe if desired.

Happy Crocheting!