Homemade 1st anniversary crafts

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Homemade 1st anniversary crafts
Make your spouse a bouquet of origami flowers. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Homemade crafts are a great way to show your love on your wedding anniversary. Take the time to make a gift that your spouse will cherish for years to come. The traditional gift list suggests paper as the material to exchange on your first wedding anniversary. Depending on your skill level, choose a poem, scrapbook, artwork or origami to celebrate your first anniversary.

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Love Letter

A gift is truly meaningful when it's from the heart. Write your spouse a love letter telling her how much she means to you. Tell her how special this first year of marriage has been and what your hopes are for the future. If you're feeling creative, write her a love poem. Present it on luxurious lilac or pale pink paper. Frame the poem in a wooden frame in keeping with the paper theme. Or, roll it up and place it in a glass bottle so she has her own message in a bottle.


Commemorate your first year together with a scrapbook. Collect pictures of special moments from your first year of marriage; examples include your wedding day, birthdays, Christmas, vacations and family gatherings. Also, get any small paper mementos, like your wedding invitation and vacation tickets. Decorate pages of a scrapbook with these items, along with romantic quotes from literature.

Origami Flowers

If you're up for a challenge, give you wife a bouquet of origami flowers. Choose a type of flower to make based on your skill level. Go for an easy origami tulip or rose if you are a beginner. If you have plenty of time before your anniversary attempt a more complex lily or kusudama flower. Once you've created enough flowers for a bouquet place a handwritten note alongside it. This gift is ideal if you have patience, perseverance and enough time to practice.


For an anniversary gift that requires you to experiment with colour, opt to make some artwork for your husband. Choose between acrylic paint and watercolours to create a painting that means something special to you both. If you had a beach honeymoon, paint a scene of a sunset on a beach. Alternatively, pick a famous landmark from a vacation the two of you have been on. You should ideally have some experience painting before choosing to paint.

Love Coupons

Another anniversary craft idea is to come up with a love coupon booklet. Love coupons are a great way of showing her you'll do anything for her -- she just has to ask. Design a template for your love coupon on a computer. Print a handful out, hand-write love coupon subjects on each and staple them together to create a booklet. Examples of coupons include "breakfast in bed," "movie night" and "candlelit dinner." Your wife is entitled to cash one in at any time.

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