Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays and it’s not for the love, it’s for the candy. What other holiday narrows mainstream candy down to only the red and pink (and best) flavors? Sure, you can get Starburst Reds year-round, but when ALL the major candy brands turn cherry and strawberry, it’s a special kind of day.
My son isn’t old enough for school yet, so I don’t have any Valentine’s to make for little ones, but I do enjoy a Valentine’s craft as much as the next girly-girl. I’m not a fan of the cheesy pick-up line Valentine’s (or crafts) and I was actually surprised to find how difficult it was to find cute things to do for this adorable holiday. I was able to corral nine Valentine ideas that are sweet without being corny. I hope you like them!
1. I am dying over the simplicity of these Valentine Heart Balloons by Design Improvised. They are simply tissue paper hearts, glued to white balloons, but they really elevate the look of a Valentine’s photo shoot. I also think these would be precious for an engagement shoot. I am planning on making these and trying to grab so cute shots of my little man to send to my girlfriends this year. (If we are new friends, check out last year’s Valentine here).
2. Fruit jellies are one of my FAVORITE candies, so I almost jumped out of my chair when I saw these Homemade Heart Gumdrops by Mom on Timeout. I can make fruit jellies at home??? I’m in.
3. If you are looking to add some pizazz to a simple cake or cupcake (or even a special stack of pancakes) this Pom Pom Heart Cake Topper by Twigg Studios will do the trick.
4. A common breakfast in our house (and a fan favorite from both my son and husband) is egg in a basket, so making this Heart in a Basket by Reclaiming Provincial on Valentine’s morning would be an easy and thoughtful way to start the day, without adding EXTRA sugar to an already sweet holiday.
5. If you are looking for a handmade gift to give a woman you love, this Love Script Necklace by H is for Handmade will do the trick for even the most casual lady.
6. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of s’mores, so these I Love You S’Mores by The Cake Blog are a perfect way to celebrate.
7. For a seemingly complicated, but incredibly simple cupcake try these Sweetheart Cupcakes by Glorious Treats. They are created by slicing off the top and cutting out a heart, frosting the space in-between and then sandwiching it with the cut-out top. Another bonus for this concept, is they are easier to transport without worrying about the frosting getting dinged.
8. If you do have school-aged kids, one of the sweetest Valentine’s I came across were these Paper Airplane Valentines by No Biggie. Especially great for boys, this Valentine has a whimsical quality, without making your kid sound like he’s at a sleazy bar.
9. The elementary-aged version of me would go crazy for this Word Search Valentine by Dandee (bonus points if it had come with a Lisa-Frank pencil). I’m not sure if there is a Lisa-Frank equivalent in coolness these days, but a sweet red or pink pencil would probably also do the trick. Elementary-school-Yvonne loved herself a new pencil.
I hope these ideas were helpful in planning a fun and memorable Valentine’s Day. I’m planning on executing at least four of these ideas. We’ll see how far I get. I’m feeling ambitious!
What are your favorite Valentine’s ideas? Check out my Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board for even more fun ideas and send me your favorite Valentine’s pins!