Simple and Affordable Valentine’s Day Fun

 

 

Why say it with fancy flowers, expensive jewelry or extravagant five-star dinners when you can show love this Valentine’s Day with affordable gifts from the heart?

Whether you are celebrating the holiday with your child or a significant other, these simple crafts will go a long way to show your special someone how much they mean to you:

I LOVE YOU HEART BANNER

Materials:

  • 12×12 scrapbook paper in Valentine’s Day colors or prints
  • Red, white or pink cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch

Directions:

  1. Cut-out heart shapes from the 12×12 scrapbook paper. Make one heart for each letter of your message, plus extra hearts for blank spaces.
  2. Cut letters from solid colored cardstock.
  3. Glue one letter to each heart.
  4. Punch holes in the sides of each heart.
  5. Thread the hearts together with the ribbon.
  6. Hang your banner where your sweetie can easily see it.

TISSUE PAPER FLOWERS

Materials:

  • Tissue paper in a variety of colors
  • Green pipe cleaners

Directions:

  1. Cut five pieces of tissue paper into a large rectangle.
  2. Make accordion folds in the entire stack of paper.
  3. Secure the center of the tissue paper stack with a pipe cleaner.
  4. Carefully pull each piece of tissue paper towards the center of the flower to form the petals.  The more you pull the more realistic the flower will look.  You can make the flowers look as though they are in full bloom or vary the petals so the blossom appears to be budding.

Once you have made about a dozen or so flowers, you can display them in an inexpensive glass vase, a recycled can covered with wrapping paper or a plastic container from the Dollar Store.

Another option is to make a wreath from your homemade tissue paper flowers.  All you need is a Styrofoam wreath form and some hot glue.  Simply glue the blossoms to the wreath, making sure none of the Styrofoam shows.  To expedite the process, trim the pipe cleaners so you don’t have a lot of excess to hide.

 

 

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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