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Frugal Find: DIY Valentine's Day Cards

   Posted On: February 7, 2014  |    Posted In: Saving  |     Posted by: Broke Millennial®

IMG_0042I’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?


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8 responses to “Frugal Find: DIY Valentine's Day Cards

  1. LOL! That is a great card! 🙂 We will set up our Valentine Boxes this weekend and next week we will write little notes of love and gratitude to one another and drop them in each other boxes. It started out as a present for husband but has since morphed into a Valentine’s Day tradition. I love rereading the notes. They mean so much.

    1. That is a really wonderful idea! I might have to steal that when I eventually co-habitat and have a family.

  2. This is an awesome idea!

    I’ve been telling myself for years that I need to stop buying those stupid overpriced cards. This is the perfect solution – I’m going to work on this today 🙂 Self made is a double win!

    1. It’s also a win if you buy those super cheap ones on February 15! But I do think homemade just adds little something special.

  3. Woops I failed at the DIY portion of Valentine’s Day – I just bought a Valentine’s Day card at Hallmark on Friday! I’m sure a DIY card would be more meaningful – and in most cases frugal.

    I can’t imagine how you reacted when you found those Valentine’s Day cards ripped to shreds! Dogs can be ruthless when it comes to food.

    1. Oh, there was a lot of seven-year-old screaming at the dog. But she was the sweetest, best dog so I didn’t stay mad too long. Plus, she had a stomach of steel because she would get into candy on a semi-regular basis and rarely got sick from the chocolate.

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