Why pay a ton of money for your Valentines Day cards? Making them yourself is fun, creative, and so appreciated.
I make Valentine cookies to share with family and friends.
And I send out Valentines Day cards. I don’t mind that Valentines Day cards are old fashioned. I don’t even mind that postage has gone up to send them. It is all worth the effort to send a Valentine’s Day wish to family and friends to let them know how important they are to me.
I have mostly relied on store bought Valentines Day cards. They are quick to buy and send. Then, a couple of years ago, my daughter who has a stationery blog, started a homemade Valentines Day card swap. All participants make 3 or 4 handmade Valentines Day cards and share them with the 3 or 4 other people in their swap group.
My rule in making the cards has always been to use as much as possible, supplies I already have on hand around the house that has been stored after years of crafting with children. I have been pretty successful in sticking to that rule and have gotten very creative in my own right (no Pinterest peaking).
This year I decided to switch to red as the main color, so I had to buy a red stamp pad to print my message as well as purchase a couple of pieces of red themed scrapbook paper. They were both on sale at Hobby Lobby, so I didn’t have to expand much time or money in adding these supplies. I had the ribbon and glue on hand. This is what I came up with:
What is even more fun is seeing this Valentines Day card tradition carry on with the next generation. My 5 year old grandson wanted to make me a Valentines Day card. He knows that I like mice, so he wanted to draw a mouse on my card. One thing though: he didn’t know how to draw a mouse. So what did he do? His mom steered him to a You Tube video on how to draw mice!! (Of course). He watched it a couple times, practiced a few times, and wa-la: this is what I got in the mail:
His younger brother added the stickers. I’ve been wearing a smile on my face ever since I got this homemade Valentine’s Day card in the mail. It is definitely a keeper and just might still be up on my mantle long after Valentine’s Day is over.
I hope you fill your friends’ and family’s mailbox with homemade Valentines Day cards!!