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.
About Celebrate Green
Lynn & Corey are the mother-daughter team who launched the green holidays revolution. Known for their simple, affordable and "meaningfully green" ideas, Lynn & Corey's gift, recipe, decor, activity and every-day inspirations have appeared in numerous TV, radio and print media outlets as well as in their book, "Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations & Traditions for the Whole Family."
Lynn is also a life coach and grandma ("Abba") to five. Corey is a licensed marital and family therapist and board-certified clinical art therapist specializing in the transition to parenthood. She is "Mommy" to two. Lynn and Corey live 20 minutes from each other outside of Seattle, WA.
Connect with Lynn & Corey at www.CelebrateGreen.net and on Facebook and Twitter at CelebrateGreen.