Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Valentine’s Day Edition

Show your love for someone special AND the environment!

By: Nalee Vang, Communications Intern

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching (like, this weekend)! Whether you celebrate it or not, you have to admit, Valentine’s Day has some sort of emotional effect on everyone. In our world today, it is easy to get caught up in all of the materialistic items that are available out there. From the newest iPhone to the latest model of the Keurig, we have so many options to choose from as gifts for our loved ones.

This Valentine’s Day, however, I would like to bring it back to the simpler things in life. Remember when you were a kid in elementary school making “handmade” gifts in class for your mom on Mother’s Day or for your dad on Father’s Day? Those little things were always the biggest things for our parents.

How about doing the same this time around for Valentine’s Day? Do-It-Yourself projects are not only fun, but also gives you the chance to reuse anything you have laying around the house! Saving money and the environment? Why not?! Let’s take it back to the little things and remember that “it’s the thought that counts.”

Here are five awesome DIY gifts you can make for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day!

Love Notes in a Jar


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What you’ll need: Mason jar w/lid, paper (items that can be reused or recycled from your own home!)

Make it: Fill up the jar with your own personal love notes, inspirational quotes or favorite moments and memories. Get creative! Whether it’s 365 notes for every day of the year or one for every day you’ve known this person, make it your own!

52 Ways You Love Them


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What you’ll need: A deck of playing cards, glue, note cards or paper cutouts, scissors, hole punch, binder rings or ribbon

Make it: Think of 52 things you love about the person you’re gifting this to, and write them out on note cards or paper cutouts. Then, paste one reason onto each of the cards in the deck. Use a hole punch to punch two holes on the top and bottom left hand corners of each card, then bound them together with binder rings — or for a more delicate appearance, ribbon.

Photo Strip Heart Garland


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What you’ll need: Your favorite photos, any kind of paper (to adhere to the back of the photos), stapler, ribbon

Make it: Check out Scrapper Girl’s blog on this project to get step-by-step instructions!

“Love You to Pieces” Photo Puzzle


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What you’ll need: Your favorite photo, small bag, popsicle sticks, mod podge, blot brush, paint.

Make it: At All For the Memories, you’ll find all the instructions needed to complete this project.

“I Love You Because…” Dry Erase Board


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What you need: 8×10 picture frame, dry erase marker, “I Love You Because” printable

Make it: You can use this printable as a template or make your own. Print it out and put it inside your 8×10 frame. Use your dry erase marker to write a new reason every day! You can also make it fun and take turns writing reasons!

This year, make your Valentine’s Day a little more special. Your DIY gifts will show effort, care and thoughtfulness to your loved ones and to the environment!  Have more ideas? Share it with us!