valentine’s day

Valentine Paper Crane

The traditional Japanese paper crane is a symbol of peace and love. Legend says that whoever folds 1000 cranes will be granted a wish. A very good reason to start folding these for your Valentine!

Step 1
Fold paper on reverse side diagonally, corner to corner, to form an X crease. Then turn paper over and fold paper on main side in half and repeat to form a + crease.

Step 2
Open the paper up with the main side facing down; fold the corners in to form a diamond shape.

Step 3
Fold the sides in, meeting on the centre line. Then fold the top pointed flap over the folded-in sides to make a crease. Repeat on the other side.

Step 4
Open up the folds back to diamond shape. Lift up the bottom corner and pull all the way over to form an elongated diamond shape. Fold down to form crease. Repeat on the other side.

Step 5
Next, fold in the sides to meet in the centre line. Repeat on other side. You will now get a skinny kite shape.

Step 6
Now reverse fold the bottom points upwards on both sides.

Step 7
You will get a shape like a crown. These will form the head and tail of the crane. Fold the tip on one side to form the head.

Step 8
Finally, fold both wings down and voila – your crane is born!

OneBusySloth120 Contributed by Jo of One Busy Sloth

One Busy Sloth designs and handcrafts bags, totes and pouches in vibrant hues and prints. Her design mantra is about making bags that are both beautiful and practical. In her spare time, she is a kitchen goddess making all kinds of treats to spoil her family.


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Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentines Day, a small collection of gorgeous Australian handmade gifts, great for letting those close to you know just how much they mean to you xox

– Curated by Natalie of Little Nest Boutique

Coin purse by One Busy Sloth
Love birds art print by Envy Artworkz
Custom couple portrait by Simone Illustration
Love card by Mum & Me Handmade Designs
Sock monkey by Squiggly Monkeys
Let Love Grow favour kit by Party Wild

Little Nest Boutique, situated in regional Victoria, hand makes gorgeous, modern baby bedding products and other baby accessories. All items are made with great care and detail, using high quality cotton fabrics, sourced from various suppliers across the globe. Little Nest Boutique has ready made items, but is also available for custom made designs.

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Recipes

Last Minute Valentine's Day Recipes

Valentine’s Day is this weekend and we’re rounding up some last minute love-themed recipes for you to try with the kids this week.

Doesn’t this watermelon heart fruit salad look absolutely yum?

Watermelon Heart Fruit Salad

Source: A Designer Life

Dip Oreo biscuits in melted candy or chocolate and add sprinkles for a very sweet treat.

Add white chocolate and sprinkles for heart popcorn.

Decorate Hershey’s Kisses to make super adorable mice.

Have some fun creating love bugs out of fruit jelly cups.


Source: The Melrose Family

Visit our Facebook and Instagram feeds this week for more ideas. What creative foods do you make at Valentine’s?


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Sensational Six – All You Need Is Love

All you need is love!
With Valentine’s Day approaching, Australian handmade gifts are the best way to show how unique your special one is.

Curated by Souraya of My Bebe Cadum

All You Need Is Love

Queen of Hearts spelling game by Games To Go
Bracelet stack by Katie Bourchier
Print by Phoenix Blu
Wedding favour linen bag by Bigoudi Bigouda
Love heart cupcake toppers by Full Of Wonder
Mini tote bag and purse by Vicki Elle


My Bebe Cadum

At My Bebe Cadum you can find super cool tote bags for everyone (and even make your own), T-shirts, rompers and cushion covers are also available and these can  be personalised. My Bebe Cadum is the place for gorgeous gifts.

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Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot

It’s less than a month until Valentine’s Day and we all have love on our minds. Made It have put together a collection of super sweet Australian handmade gifts and ideas to help you and your little ones have a beautiful day, including our simple Valentine’s Day photo shoot tutorial.

Valentines Day Photo Shoot

View the gift guide and more ideas here.


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