I admit that I am often a last-minute person. Although I have great plans for holidays that might start months in advance, the bulk of the work is usually done a day or two before. And so, Valentine’s day is almost upon us, and I have been busy preparing both a meaningful way to share the day with my hubby, and some fun ways to celebrate with my students.
If you are like me, and your holiday planning happens last-minute, here are some fun and easy ideas for a handmade holiday that you still have time to do before Tuesday!
1. Take advantage of some of the beautiful printable Valentines available in blogland (this site is a good resource) for unique cards for all of the people on your list.
2. Make cute origami hearts (found here.) One year I made one for each of my students!
3. Make heart-shaped cookies. You could even write the Valentine message in icing and skip cards altogether!
4. For the love of your life, make a set of Valentine coupons. Take little slips of paper and write things such as “Good for one back massage” or “Redeemable for watching a movie of your choice together” or whatever you think your love would like the best. You could staple them into a book or fold them and put them into a glass jar tied with a red ribbon.
5. Create a video telling your Valentine how much you love them. Use your camera, or create a slide show of pictures with a favourite song in the background. If you have never done this before, Windows Movie Maker is an easy way to put together videos of this type.
6. Make a personalized card by printing out photos of things you and your Valentine have done together and pasting them onto a heart-shaped cut-out. (Hubby made one of these for me one year and I LOVED it!)
7. Create “Heartbreaker” Valentines from stapled paper stuffed with treats!
8. Make heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast. (If you don’t have a heart-shaped mold and find it hard to pour the batter in a heart-shape, just use a cookie cutter to cut out the shape once the pancakes are cooked.)
9. Use a heart cookie cutter to create heart-shaped sandwiches for a special lunch.
10. Make a “Sweet Memories” jar or an “I love you because” jar. Find a pretty jar (or box or tin) and some small pieces of paper. For a “Sweet Memories” jar, write a memory you have of being together on each piece of paper and then put it in the jar. For an “I love you because..” jar, write things you love about the person instead. I have been lucky enough to be a recipient of both of these kinds of gifts and still cherish them years after they have been given.
Here’s to another handmade holiday!
What do you like to do to make Valentine’s Day special?