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Homemade Valentine Ideas:
How to Make Valentine Cards and Gifts

When you're planning a special Valentine's Day, using some homemade Valentine ideas can be a great way to add a thoughtful, personal touch. Whether planning a party for your children, a special dinner for your spouse or partner, or making cards for friends and family, there's nothing like homemade.

Why go Homemade? Because Valentine's Day is about celebrating the love and friendship of those closest to us. It's about letting them know how much we care, how much we love them and how much they mean to us. One of the best ways we can show our appreciation to those around us is to give something special of ourselves.

Sure, going out and buying a gift for Valentine's Day is easy-- anyone can do it. But so often the thought gets lost in the commercialism of the holiday and so does the message we are trying to convey.

Ideas for Homemade Valentines

Years ago, coming up with homemade Valentine ideas wasn't so hard-- hand-made Valentine's Day cards, treats and decorations were commonplace. People didn't go out and buy gifts. Instead, they made them at home from things they had around the house... and with their love and their own two hands.

If you've been searching for ways to bring back the homemade romanticized goodness of Valentine's Days past, here are a few suggestions you may want to try. And when you're done here, check out Valentine's Day Central for more ideas, including:

Making Victorian Style Valentine Cards

A valentine card in the victorian style.The Victorian Era was, perhaps, the most romanticized era in history. Flowers, hearts and other symbols of love and affection in flowery handwriting are evident on the cards, correspondence and other ephemera from that time period.

Today, it's so easy to go out and buy our kids a box of printed Valentine cards, emblazoned with cartoon characters and super heroes. The result? They come home from trading Valentines at school with their friends....with 21 copies of the very same cards they brought!

Whether for children or adults, Victorian-style Valentines are some of my favorite homemade Valentine ideas. The cards can be made from simple cardstock and embellished with a variety of items you can purchase or that you may already have on hand, like bits of lace, dried flowers, rhinestones, glitter or other small odds and ends. Victorian clip art is widely available for free on the Internet, which can be used as the centerpieces for your card design.

How to Make a Valentines Candy Bouquet

Candy bouquets are such a fun and easy homemade Valentine idea! They come arranged like your typical floral arrangements, but use various types of candy in place of flowers. These bouquets won't just sit on a desk until they wither and die, like traditional floral arrangements do. The recipient can actually make use of them and enjoy them, too!

Another great thing about giving homemade candy bouquets as a Valentine's Day gift is that they can be customized to include all the recipient's favorite candies... they not just stuffed with filler items like may happen if you were to purchase instead.

The supply list is very small and affordable and the result of this homemade Valentine idea are... delicious! A homemade candy bouquet for Valentines Day

Candy Bouquet Supplies:

  • Small Valentine's Day themed container (mug, cup, pail, etc)
  • Styrofoam block (sized to fit inside container)
  • Shredded paper
  • Popsicle sticks and lollipop sticks
  • Various wrapped candies
  • Hot glue
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon

Instructions for a Candy Bouquet

Prep it: Place the Styrofoam block in the container, cutting it to fit if you need to, then cover the Styrofoam with the shredded paper. Next, glue the candies on to one end of the sticks one by one, using various sizes and kinds.

Arrange it: When the glue dries, begin forming your arrangement by sticking the other ends of the sticks into the Styrofoam through the shredded paper. Keep filling in until you have a well rounded bouquet.

Finish it Off: Tie a ribbon around the container to make a bow or fashion a bow out of ribbon and glue it onto the container. You could even add other coordinating items to the bouquets like flowers, bows or other trinkets by gluing them to the sticks and placing them within the bouquet like you did the candy.

For more fun ideas like this, check out this page full of cute ideas for Valentine's Day.

Homemade Valentine Coupons For Kids

A coupon booklet is a great homemade Valentine idea to give any kiddos on your list this Valentine's Day. Using your computer and printer, you can design and print off coupons that kids can redeem any time during the year – or at least until whichever expiration date you put on them.

Liven it Up. For these to be interesting, make the coupons something that kids would really find attractive – like getting out of chores free, one extra hour of video game time or $5 extra for this week's allowance.

Sorry, moms – coupons good for "one free hug" or "one free kiss" just aren't as cute to the kids as they might be to us, so make the coupons good for something they will really get a kick out of.

Once you have your coupons designed and printed, do the same to create a cover for the booklet. When you have the cover finished, staple the pages of coupons inside in book-form. Fast, easy and fun homemade Valentine idea. What could be better?

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