Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Why? It’s an expression of love! Sure, it may have been made up by greeting card companies and be miserable if you don’t have a significant other, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating. Every Valentine’s Day I celebrate with little acts of love for my friends and family! So, with Valentine’s day right coming up, I wanted to share some ideas on how you can easily create home decor to celebrate Valentine’s Day love and inspire you with gifts you can give to those who you love.
While sustainability is probably far from your mind when it comes to Valentine’s day, it’s easy to make this holiday eco-friendly and still go all out to celebrate. For some inspiration to keep the day of love green, check out the crafts below.
Recycled paper is always an easy go-to for crafting and home decor projects, and almost everyone has some lying around somewhere. So grab some interesting paper (this DIY uses a map, but you could use any paper) and get to work on your own heart garland.
Start by cutting out as many hearts as you want for your garland. You can freehand or create a cardboard template to trace the rest of your hearts, and then cut them all out.
Once you finish cutting out your hearts, thread your needle, grab a heart and push it through the back of your heart on one edge and again through the front on the other edge. Thread all of your hearts, and then knot the ends of your thread to complete your garland.
What’s sweeter than giving your special someone a decoration that will bloom? With these cute heart planters, you can leave a growing reminder of how much you love someone. Don’t forget to add a tag saying what kind of seeds are in the heart and how to plant them. Use colored paper or a few drops of food coloring to brighten up your seed bombs. You may also want to use gloves for this project since the paper dye could stain.
Soak your paper first to make it blend more easily. Then dump your paper and water into your blender, and blend the mixture until it has a chunky consistency similar to oatmeal. Pour any excess water off the top of your blender.
Take handfuls of the pulp mixture and squeeze out any extra water, and then place your squeezed mixture into a clean bowl. Sprinkle your seeds and gently mix them into the pulp before using your molds or cookie cutter to create the shape you want. Allow your hearts to dry for a minimum of 24 hours.
Using natural materials goes a long way toward making your home decor sustainable and eco-friendly. This project utilizes sticks from your own yard, which drastically cuts down the cost (and carbon footprint) of this whimsical centerpiece.
Set up a work area outside and set your twigs down. Apply a light layer of spray paint, and while that dries, begin cutting hearts from your paper. Once your branches have dried completely, you can start gluing hearts to them however you want — get creative! When all your pieces are dry, you can arrange them in your vase.
With your DIY projects displayed, you can rest assured your sustainable décor will impress your significant other. Once the stress of decorating is out of the way, you can enjoy some fair trade chocolate and relax for Valentine’s day.
Making your own decorations instead of buying them means cutting down on waste and reducing the money you spend on the holiday. It’s a win for your budget — and for the environment.