Thrifty Valentine's Day Ideas: Arts & Crafts

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
February 6, 2015

Did you ever make valentines as a kid? Were you the type that patiently cut out your red paper heart, or did you go crazy with glitter and glue?

An arts and crafts project can be a great way to relive those childhood memories, while slowing down and spending time with a loved one. You could plan your project in advance or be more impromptu. The ideas below can help you get started.Repurposed picture frame: Start by printing out some favorite photographs of you and your sweetheart. Visit your local Goodwill together to find a frame you like. Use small nails to anchor twine horizontally across the frame, then hang your photos using clothes pins. For some different approaches, see Kara Fulgum’s blog Dormify, or Curbly’s frame ideas.

China mosaic hearts and more:  Thrift a couple ceramic cups, and use them to create mosaic hearts, as shown in the All About You blog.  If you don’t have the heart to break those pretty cups, keep them intact—or use a whole teapot—and create unique flowerpots.

Coffee bean candles:  A perfect creation for coffee fanatics!  Surprise your valentine by each choosing a ceramic or glass dish.  Place a vanilla scented votive candle inside, and surround it with coffee beans.  Enjoy the delicious aroma of coffee, plus mood lighting.  If you’re more of a candy fanatic, substitute valentine candy Sweethearts. You can often find candles at Goodwill that can be melted down and reused to create solid coffee bean candles!


Valentine’s tree:  For a beautiful centerpiece for dinner on Valentine’s Day, find a pitcher at Goodwill that you love. Collect branches to create the tree, then decorate the vase or pitcher with Valentine’s hearts—or include special messages on the hearts.  See an example here on Riley Huggins’ blog Crafts and Brews—along with other fun DIY Valentine’s ideas.

Valentine’s votives:  Just in case your household supply of mason jars is a little low, you can stock up at Goodwill and make glowing and colorful Valentine votive candles. The blog Little Us gives user-friendly, step-by-step instructions. With tissue paper, cut-out hearts and a certain amount of fun messiness involved, this classic Valentine’s Day craft will be a hit with kids and kids-at-heart.

Enjoy spending time with your Valentine and reliving those early childhood days of Valentine’s crafts.  And remember—no eating paste!

This is part of a series on Thrifty Valentine's Day Date Ideas. For more ideas, click here: Valentine's Day


Catherine Sweeney, APR is a professional writer and communicator affiliated with Creative Circle. She dedicates her Goodwill blog-writing in memory of her mom, an avid thrift-shopper and advocate for social change. 

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