The secret to everlasting love? Well, according to psychology professor Dr Aron it’s all about sharing new experiences. Getting innovative with your date nights is the best way to stay connected, and there’s no better time to put a creative twist on tradition than your anniversary! Read on to discover 6 crafty ways to mark your milestone years with new memories.
Celebrate your one-year anniversary with paper crafts
For the lucky lovebirds just starting out on their marriage journey, tradition says you need a paper gift for the first year. Origami, bookbinding, or collage are all great ways to take this idea in a creative direction. Paper represents the start of your new life together and it can also be the beginning of a new crafty hobby you can share! Make your quality time a creative time and come up with loads of amazing paper creations to display on your mantelpiece at home.
Mark your second anniversary with a textile art
Year two is all about cotton, a metaphor for the threads of your individual lives coming together as one — how romantic! To celebrate, we recommend heading to a relaxing knitting or crochet class where you'll bond and reflect on your first two years of marriage. Learn how to weave cotton yarn into cute socks or start on a new blanket for the living room and feel your relationship continue to intertwine.
Bond in a woodworking class for year five
Who said you can’t spend your fifth-anniversary whittling handmade homewares? After all, the fifth-anniversary theme of wood was chosen to reflect the sturdiness of your long-term relationship. Learn how to make spoons, plates, instruments, or even whole chairs at a woodworking course with one of our talented, local carpenters. Take the opportunity to slow down with this meditative activity and refocus your energy on each other!
Enjoy your 15th anniversary with some rejuvenating glass art
After 15 years of marriage, there’s a good chance you will see each other pretty clearly — the reason crystal is the enduring symbol of this milestone. Exploring the wonders of glass art puts a fun spin on this 15-year anniversary tradition. Whether you dabble in a stained glass painting workshop or heat things up in a glass fusing class, you’re sure to make something that represents the clarity and longevity of your love.
Take a moment to admire your 20 years of marriage with Kintsugi
China (the ceramic kind) is the chosen theme for the 20th anniversary of your wedding day. Selected to represent both care and fragility, the Japanese art of Kintsugi is a great way to honour this theme. Kintsugi is the practice of repairing broken pottery using fine gold powder and emphasises seeing the beauty in imperfection. Just like in any relationship, this craft recognises challenges that have made you stronger. Keep that idea close to your heart, and you’ll be sure to reach the next big anniversary on our list!
Year 25 - Explore the wonders of silver side by side
You’ll know this one, the 25th-anniversary theme is silver! A valuable and cherished metal, it perfectly embodies your quarter-century-long marriage. If you’re after something unique for this year's gift, a silversmithing class will tick that box. Learn to solder your own jewellery by hand, and you’ll come away with a wearable memory. Guided by a talented silver expert, you will learn how to craft sparkling keepsakes as a beautiful symbol of this milestone and all the ones to come.