What to do with the Valentine’s Day cards and gifts your child makes at home or brings home from school? Stick ‘em in a drawer? Seal ‘em in a box?
Instead, how about turning them into Valentine’s Day decor? (Items saved from previous years may be used as well.)
In my house, we used an empty mantle and a bare stick-wreath as the “blank canvas”. My daughter, Zoe, was allowed to decorate the area as she pleased. She had fun with the process and, in the end, was so proud of the display and the seasonal mood it conjured.
I have a feeling this activity will become a new family tradition.
Zoe placing classmates’ handmade cards on the mantle.
Friend, Michael, thinks the card needs to be moved “a little to the right.”
Handmade cards, seed packs, a candle and stones were the Valentine’s Day gifts Zoe received from her friends at school.
Zoe added this little blue bird to the mix.
An empty wreath adds a unique twist to displaying cherished items.
The final result? Heartwarming.
For simple, practical, affordable (and fun!) ways to celebrate a “meaningfully green” Valentine’s Day (crafts, recipes, decor & more), check out the Celebrate Green! Blog.
Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, and founders of Green Halloween®. Connect with Lynn & Corey on Facebook and Twitter.