I’m a sucker for a holiday, so the state of my love life never truly impacted my feelings towards Valentine’s Day. I reveled in a day dedicated to saying nice things to your loved ones, or secret crush, and filled with lots of chocolate. Unfortunately, so did my childhood dog. After spending an hour of my precious youth affixing chocolate kisses to Valentine’s Day cards for my 30-something classmates, I carelessly stuffed them in a grocery bag and left them on the floor of my parent’s room. The next morning, I walked into a Valentine’s Day massacre with tin foil and shredded cards littering the floor while my dog dry heaved in a corner.
I don’t remember the details of how my mother remedied the situation, but I have no doubt she managed to ensure I had cards to pass out a few hours later.
These days, I shy away from the generic-store-bought variety in favor for the personalized DIY Valentine’s Day card. I also no longer need a card for every kid in class…
But if you are going to go store bought then stock up on February 15 for next year!
My favorite way to make a Valentine’s Day card is with a little origami heart (yup – going back to that whole living in Japan thing and yup I happen to have origami paper on hand). You can stick the heart on a piece of construction paper for a longer note or just write the message inside for the receiver to unfold.
Either way, there is just something to be said for making something by hand and penning a note to your family, friends or significant other about their importance in your life. Sometimes, it’s worth more than any amount you could spend on jewelry, chocolates or plush toys.
P.S. If you’re going to go for the modern print out and want a fun financial twist then check out the cards from The Mint Grad.
What do you do for DIY Valentine’s Day Cards?