Need some quick, affordable ideas for Valentine’s Day decoration? I know I do! While I do enjoy shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts and baking love-themed goodies, after the grand spectacle that is Christmas in our house, I get a bit lazy. Fortunately, I’ve learned a few speedy, inexpensive ways to make the house look festive at the last minute. Here’s how.
1. Strew paper hearts over the coffee table. Everyone knows that strewn rose petals scream ROMANCE, but roses are so expensive around this time of year! Get the same effect by scattering dozens of hearts cut in various sizes from light pink, magenta and red construction paper in various sizes. Pretty, right?
2. String a heart garland. Cut hearts out of Valentine’s Day gift wrap and paste them on larger hearts cut from construction paper. Attach a row of hearts to a pink ribbon and hang them from the mantle or over the top of windows.
3. Make a candlescape with Kisses. Arrange several white and red pillar candles of different heights on top of a pretty white platter, then strew Hershey’s Valentine’s Kisses (the pink, red and silver ones) around the base. Pretty AND edible!
4. Another candy and candle idea. Simply fill a clear glass votive holder with pink and red candy sprinkles, then nestle a votive candle in the center. Just be sure to blow the candle out before eating, okay?
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5. Show off your cupcakes. With all the time spent making pretty cupcakes, it’s a shame not to treat them as part of the decor, too. Load up a cake stand with Valentine’s cupcakes and use it as a centerpiece. Run a ring of Valentine’s craft paper around the rim and tie it with a pretty ribbon. Sitting there on the table, it’s a great way to motivate the kids to eat their veggies at dinner!
6. Hang cut out cookies and their cutters. Planning to make sugar cookies for your Valentine? Turn them into decorations by poking a hole in the top with a drinking straw before baking. Once the cookies cool, decorate them then thread a ribbon through the hole and hang them as decorations. Hang the cutters between the cookies, if you like, too.
7. Be-ribbon what you’ve got. Grab some wide gift ribbon, “wrap” pictures hanging on your walls, then stick a bow on top. Wrap the base of lamps with multiple lengths of curling ribbon, then make a cascade of curls to fancy it up. Hang more ribbon cascades from doorknobs, drawer pulls and cupboard handles.
8. Go nuts with carnations. Fill pretty glass vases in different sizes with red pistachio nuts. Pop a few pink or white carnations in various lengths into each glass. Tie the glasses in a circle with a pretty ribbon or arrange them in a row.
9. Deck the halls again. Hang shiny red and silver Christmas ornaments from the branches of houseplants, or nestle them in a clear glass bowl on a side table.
10. Decoupage your windows. Tear pink, red and white tissue paper into different sizes (or be super picky and cut out hearts). Glue them to the window using a water-soluble glue and let it dry. This looks like stained glass on a sunny window, and is super pretty at night when seen from outside.
See, you really can get your home gussied up for Valentine’s Day quickly and inexpensively! What are your favorite ways to decorate for this super sweet, romantic day?