In this post we will take a look at some easy and creative ideas to make Valentines Day more special! Join me as we make some fun crafts and create family memories.
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Creative Inspiration for Valentine’s Day
For this fun and festive day, we like to pull inspiration from our favorite stories.
Little House in the Big Woods was the inspiration for paper dolls. Anne of Green Gables was the inspiration for a tea party. The Anne series is especially popular in our home! A book on paper crafts was the inspiration for the origami hearts.
Knowing your family’s likes and dislikes will help you come up with different crafts, activities or treats to make Valentine’s Day more special.
Maybe the theme centers around a favorite story or movie. Or even a special memory like a family vacation or a favorite weekend activity like hiking, camping, or family traditions.
Crafts are an important part of a household with kids. Especially, if you are a homeschooler. Am I right?
But if you are like me, sometimes the creativity hits a wall. I can easily get lost on Pinterest in a sea of pins, and still not have a clue what kind of project to set up for my littles.
I suppose that’s why there are so many jokes about your perfect home/hair/clothes/meals/life existing on your Pinterest boards.
That being said, hopefully you can find a few ideas here to incorporate into your Valentine’s Day festivities. Don’t be afraid to take some of these ideas and make them your own. Add your own unique flair to it. Throw out the ideas that won’t fit for your family or even adjust them so they do fit.
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When I was a child, someone gifted me an Origami and Papercrafts book and I thought it was just the neatest thing.
I would spend hours trying to figure out how to fold a crane. Especially fascinating to me was that you could make your own paper!
Thankfully, it is one of the books I have saved over the years to share with my own children.
There are a ton of books on Origami and Papercrafts out there, but this one is the closest I have found to mine. We had so much fun folding these origami hearts!
If origami isn’t your jam, thats okay! Maybe making other decorations like garlands, or paintings is your thing. Maybe youre saying “Christen, I don’t have a crafty bone in my body. Can’t I just go buy something, like a kit with detailed instructions?”
To that I say: Yes! You definitely can! And don’t you feel anything buy joy and excitement for that project. You do not need to make allllll the things from scratch in order to make all the memories with your family. There, I said it.
Make Your Own Valentines
The sky is the limit! We went for simple and just used cardstock, scrapbook paper, and paper doilies.
Want to continue the fun? Have a Valentines Day card box making competition! Or even better? Actually mail them to each other. Kids especially love getting mail, but let’s be honest, so do grownups!
Who knows? While you are having fun creating and making, you may just start a new family tradition!
Old Fashioned Paper Dolls
My grandma said that when she was a little girl, she loved playing with paper dolls. Such a simple way to provide hours of imaginative play!
We just finished the book Anne of Green Gables, so my daughters were thrilled to receive these paper dolls. Now I realize this may not be everyone’s idea of fun. Just in case, here is a fun book of paper dolls for boys too.
A Proper Tea Party
I’m a girl mom, so there were gasps of delight the moment I even mentioned having a tea party. But in case this is not your cup of tea, you can modify it to fit your family’s interests.
There are just so many different options for food and drink here, that any type of party will be a memory worth keeping.
They have the most delightful collection of books. I cannot recommend their books enough (and no, I’m not being compensated to say this), especially if you want to share these classic stories with your family while learning time honored skills.
An Excerpt: “A High Tea is one of the most complimentary entertainments to which a hostess may invite her friends in the afternoon. The number of guests is limited, but the possibilities for decoration, daintiness and elegance are unlimited.”
-from Read and Learn Anne of Green Gables 2 The Sunday School Picnic, chapter 10, Farmhouse Book Co.
“Family Favorite” Dinner
How about a “Family Favorite” dinner? Each member of the family gets to decide on a part of the meal.
It may end up being kind of a chaotic one where nothing seems to go together. But that’s part of the fun of it!
Just to give you an example, the last time my family did this, my husband picked Pirogi as the main course. My eldest daughter chose green beans as a side. My middle child wanted baked beans. I decided on iced herbal tea as our drink. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you like!
Family Night Movie Marathon
Maybe a family movie marathon complete with popcorn and snacks?
Any of your family’s favorite will work perfectly. Create a theater experience! Make tickets, have a snack bar, turn out the lights, start up the movie and have fun!
Hope these creative ideas will help you plan your day full of fun activities and craft projects the whole family will enjoy. Let me know which one of these easy creative ideas for your Valentine’s Day family celebration is your favorite and why in the comments below!
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