Day 6 of 14:DIY Valentine’s Giftsfor your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, Caroline shows Jae how cooking on a floor tile can impress your sweetie.
Jae: I don’t know what all the fuss is about Valentine’s Day gifts. I say go old school. I say give a little box of those heart-shaped Valentines candies, like the ones you used to get in grade school with the “Be My Valentine” messages on them. You know – cute and kitschy.
Caroline: You’re joking right? Good luck with that.
Jae: Isn’t everyone always saying, “It’s the thought that counts … yadda, yadda”.
Caroline: That is a very important sentiment, but the message you’d be sending with that particular “thought” is, “I completely forgot Valentine’s Day so I got you this candy on my way home from work.”
A much more thoughtful gift would be a homemade dinner with your special someone.
Something easy would be a homemade pizza. Even you could do it, Jae. Think of cooking a pizza as a DIY Valentine’s gift.
Day 5 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, Shaina convinces Craig that even a nuts and bolts kind of guy can appreciate a handmade necklace.
Shaina: A pretty necklace is a great gift for a woman on Valentine’s Day. But I have an idea for a fun DIY necklace for a guy.
Craig: A necklace for a guy might work. But not all men are so into jewelry. What about the nuts and bolts kind of guys? You know…the fellows who spend their time tinkering their bikes and building stuff. Don’t you think maybe a power drill or a socket set would be more their thing? For a lot of guys, just a six-pack of his favorite beer would satisfy him.
Day 4 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, Ayana and Thomas have completely different notions of what a stud finder does. Hilarity ensues.
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Ayana: Thomas, I need to find a stud. Can you help me?
Day 3 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, “do-it-yourself” applies to outdoor cooking. Ayana speaks up for the non-grilling public as Thomas introduces two grill choices.
Ayana: A new grill can make a fantastic Valentine’s Day gift for the outdoor chef in your life. But in most couples there’s the one who grills, and the one sips a cool drink and offers encouragement while the grilling happens. There are a lot of different kinds of grills out there, and a lot of drink sippers and encouragers like me have no idea what their grill-loving partners might like.
Thomas: Grilling is a highly developed skill, and having the right grill for the job is important. And you’ve got your BTU’s to consider, cooking space, fuel… It’s a big topic.
Ayana: And that’s exactly what I’m talking about. A lot of folks get intimidated by all those fancy specs. As long as it cooks juicy ribs (and I’m not doing the cooking), I’m good. We still need to narrow this down somehow.
Living rooms tend to serve multiple functions in the modern home. It is the symbolic center of the home; it is also a place of privacy and retreat, as well as a common space for family and entertainment. Choosing the right color of paint for this all-important room often involves striking a balance between what speaks to your unique personal tastes and the style of your home’s decor, versus something that best suits the needs and function of the space.
Navy blue is a surprisingly warm, versatile and elegant shade that has been spotted by many trend experts as a breakthrough neutral color for home decor in 2012. And no, “neutral” was no typo, because as you will see, navy plays well with a broad range of colors and any style of home – classic, contemporary or modern (via apartment therapy).
Groundhog Day is here, and Punxsatawney Phil has spoken (sort of). Six more weeks of winter weather is on the ticket. Winter is going to come back with a vengeance. Be prepared with a portable heater from The Home Depot.
Confused about portable heaters? Not sure which one to buy? Here are a few portable heaters to consider.
It’s amazing the many things you can make from duct tape. Here, we’ll show you how to make duct tape flowers.
In this video ChristineClaret, our very own Home Depot expert associate, will walk you through all the steps it takes to complete this project. All you need is a straw, duct tape, scissors and this video, and you’ll be well on your way to making this a very memorable Valentine’s Day. For even more cool and unique project ideas, visit Christine and our other associates at The Home Depot How-To Community Forum.
What is chicken wire?Chicken wire, also called poultry netting, is a mesh of thin, flexible galvanized wire with hexagonal gaps [Wikipedia]. The wire is woven together by a massive loom called a Gambion machine, which makes oddly musical, hypnotically rhythmic sounds as it weave its magic.
Day 2 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, Shaina shows Craig a do-it-yourself way to make a photo extra special without testing his sketchy tool skills.
Craig: I hear that giving your sweetie a photo of yourself is a great gift for Valentine’s Day. I know my wife loves me, but a photo of my ugly mug? That seems more appropriate for Halloween.
Shaina: She probably married you because of your mug, Craig. But why don’t you make it a little more interesting and personal by mounting it on a cool wood block?
Trust me, she’ll love it. It’s a unique DIY Valentine’s gift, and it’s easy to make.
Caroline: I was wandering around in Home Depot the other day when I ran across this really cool stuff that could make a great DIY Valentine’s gift. It’s a rubberized protective coating product called Plasti Dip.
Jae: That doesn’t sound as good as a Get Out of Valentine’s Day Free card, but I’m intrigued. You found this rubber stuff called Plasti Dip, and it made you think of Valentine’s Day? OK, Cupid what’s the idea?
Caroline: The idea is to buy some Plasti Dip in red—for Valentine’s Day—and use it to upgrade the handles of your sweetheart’s pliers and socket wrenches. It’s a really easy do-it-yourself project. Just dip the handles in the Plasti Dip, let them dry, and then give them a second application to give the grips an extra layer of comfort. The tools will handle like new, with a nice non-slip grip.
Jae: I don’t know if I’d want you dipping my tools in plastic goo. This DIY Valentine’s Gift sounds like a honey-do-Valentine’s-Day surprise gone wrong to me. And I’m thinking there might be something even more interesting we could do with this stuff.