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A box filled with love!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.

If you plan to do something special for your loved one this February 14th then why not make something with a difference?

We’ve noticed an increasing trend these days for gift boxes. Christmas saw a huge increase in popularity of the Christmas Eve box, with Hobbycraft – the UK’s largest craft retailer – reporting a 129% increase from the year before in items purchased to create these boxes.

A quick Google search reveals many retailers now offering some variation of a gift box for Valentine’s Day. no surprise
there! But why not become a trendsetter – rather than a follower – and create your own gift box this Valentine’s Day?

The first thing you will need is some raw material to make the box. In the spirit of upcycling why not use some wood or other suitable material that is left over from another project. For example if you have recently installed DIY kitchen units then put your old ones to good use.

Once you have the materials there are many online tutorials available about how to make a simple box, for example this one from Creative Mods. But once you have a basic box, the trick is to finish it off in a personalised way that will delight the person who is going to receive it.

Below is an extract of a tutorial from Crafts Unleashed that gives some lovely ideas about how to finish off and decorate a simple gift box.

The first thing to do is to paint it in a colour of your choice. At least two coats are recommended. If you want to add latches to the box, leave them off during the painting process to ensure complete coverage.

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Once your box is painted and dry, choose a decorative knob for the top. You may need to trim the end of the drawer knob with a hacksaw so that it does not protrude too far into the box. Then drill a hole in the centre of the box lid and attach the decorative knob to the lid.

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If you want to add latches to the box, you can do that at this stage. Either way, you will end up with a lovely box that will not only be a great way to present your gift, but is also something that can be used afterwards.

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So for something different this Valentine’s Day, why not make and decorate a personalised gift box for the one you love? It will be a gift they will treasure for years to come. All you then need to decide is what to put inside it!

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at DIY Homefit.

Your Favourite Kitchen Appliances


So what is your favourite kitchen appliance?

The one thing that you really couldn’t do without?   Opinions vary enormously: even here at DIY Homefit we had to agree to disagree!  But we’ve come up with the following list of five that we think are probably representative of the majority of our readers. But maybe we’re wrong!

Chic but not too shabby!

Many of us love the shabby chic look.

Done well, it can transform almost any piece of furniture from old and worn to refreshing and on trend.  But when not done well, it can look just like a rather badly painted piece of old worn furniture!

Transform your kitchen in time for Christmas!

Oh we’re sorry to mention the C word so soon!!

But we’re in good company:this year the prestigious London store Selfridges opened its Christmas store on 31st July – 147 days ahead of the big day!

Selfridges’ rationale for doing this is because they are “ a real destination for fans of Christmas and festive decorations within and outside the UK. Some customers return to us year after year, excited at the prospect of discovering the new ranges and adding to their collections. We have so many customers visiting from all over the world, eager to snap up festive decorations and souvenirs on their London summer holidays which they can’t buy at home.”