Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cute (and Cheap!) DIY Valentine's Day Decorations

For the readers who asked:
- To make hearts similar to those pictured, check out this Martha Stewart Heart Crafts Punch.
- About my grey mirror: This particular one was from Tj Maxx Home Goods a few years ago.

Decorating for Valentine's Day is relatively new to me (unlike my college roommate Rachel, who is a pro). Since I wasn't willing to spend a lot of money, I decided to see what I could do with $10. I found the trick to seasonal decorating is to buy/make a few cheap items and supplement with versatile decor items from around my house (e.g. vases). I go through this same process for every holiday, which means all my decorations are cheap and match the overall theme of my house. (You'll notice a lot of these items are re-used from my Christmas Mantel, pictured at the bottom of my DIY Ornament Wreath post.) 

Here's how I decorated for Valentine's Day with $10:

From left to right:
- Mercury Votives from Pottery Barn - (Reused from another part of my house) similar votives here.
- Candle - $3 (Used a 40% off coupon at Michael's). I used some beach sand at the bottom of a cheap tumbler I already had from Home Goods.
Framed Chalkboard - Free (Painted an old frame with chalkboard paint)
- Pink Flowers - $3 (On sale at JoAnn's + Coupon. Although I also spotted some cute pink flowers st IKEA). Used a mug for a vase (already had).
- "XoXo" - $3 - Target "Dollar Spot" (Love that place)
- Heart Tree - $1 (Hearts from Dollar Tree or make your own for free). Branches free from my backyard. Used a pitcher as a vase (pitcher from Home Goods, similar one here).

Here's a tutorial for my little $1 Heart Tree:

Step 1: Grab some thin branches from the nearest tree.

Step 2: Make or buy some little hearts (mine were from Dollar Tree--Amazon sells them here). Or you can use this craft punch.

Step 3: Hot glue hearts to branches. (Need a glue gun? This $6 one from Amazon will do).

Step 4: Enjoy the fact that you just made the cheapest, easiest Valentine's Day craft ever.

And those are all my little secrets for Valentine's Day decorating on the cheap!

Speak up in the comments: Anyone have any Valentine's Day traditions?


  1. Love your VDay decor! That tree is so cute, brilliant!

  2. We have been leaving love notes & activity sheets for the kids and leaving them in their chair-back robot pouch (Pottery Barn Kids). They get excited about finding things there every morning.

    1. What a cute idea! I saw a cute little mailbox at the Target Dollar spot the other day and almost got it to put little love notes in, but wimped out. Now I want to go back and get it! :)

    2. I hope it's there! I thought those were so cute, I was going to buy them for the boys' preschool class treasure box on our assigned day. It seemed I might get some flack from them for the pink/red combo, so I went with something else. And I still want them. ;)

  3. Where did you get that mirror? I love it so much!

    1. I got it from TJ Max Home Goods years ago (which would no longer be selling it, since those are one-offs). Lamps plus used to sell a similar version, but no longer does. I tried searching online and this is the closest replica I could find: