Say "I love you" with these homemade and recycled craft ideas this Valentine's Day.
Instead of buying disposable gifts and cards, these eight inspired crafts use items you already have in your home.
1. Crayon Hearts
This tutorial from Whipperberry is a great way to use your collection of broken crayons and make them into new works of art to gift to little ones. This tutorial uses a heart mold but you can use any molds you already have at home.
2. Heart Garlands
Use existing paper around the house (wrapping paper, newspaper or craft paper) to cut out heart shapes and string them together to create sweet and festive holiday decor. This tutorial from Crafting a Green World requires a needle and thread. If you're trying this craft with young children, use a hole punch in each heart and let children string it by hand.
3. Love Bugs
Use empty toilet paper rolls to create to create these buzzworthy Valentine's. The Resourceful Mama's tutorial uses craft paper, paint and pipe cleaners for, but you can be as creative as as you'd like when making your own little love bugs.
4. Thumb Heart Jars
Before your jam jars go into the recycling bin, clean them out and make these sweet thumbprint votives from It All Started With Paint. All you need is red, white and pink paint and some willing thumbs to create these heart-patterned jars to fill with candy or use as a votive holder.
5. Egg Carton Bouquet
Show someone you're thinking of them this Valentine's Day with this egg carton bouquet! Cut leftover cardboard egg holders into pieces of four and children can paint and decorate to their heart's content. Affix stems using an item from around the house such as paper straws, pipe cleaners or even sticks from the yard.
6. Cardboard Heart Tassel Necklace
A fun and festive way to wear your heart around your neck this Valentine's day! Use cardboard to cut out and decorate hearts and then string them up as necklaces. Gift them to friends or simply wear them to celebrate the day. The full tutorial is on Hello, Wonderful right here.
7. Cereal Box Hearts
This Valentine craft from Art Bar Blog couldn't be simpler: use the front and back of empty cereal boxes to create giant heart Valentine's to give to friends and family.
8. Paper Bag Succulent
Give paper bags a second life by transforming them into these sweet succulent holders, perfect to give to loved ones on Valentine's Day, but meant for them to enjoy all year long.