For Valentine’s Day you and the kids can make oodles of green-minded Valentines with recycled materials. It’s almost always better to make cards than purchase new because obviously it saves resources, but also it’s a lot more fun and it’s way more special for the recipient to get a personally made card. Note, while not all card ideas you’ll see are specifically noted as being made with recycled materials, it’s an easy fix; simply exchange any new materials for reused materials and you’re good to go.
Below are some great ideas for homemade Valentine’s Day cards…
Maybe the most adorable green Valentine idea I’ve ever seen – Two Peas In A Pot! A brilliant and sweet idea crafted by Hester Jane at Fun In The Making (an awesome green living site) with a recycled milk carton, recycled seed catalogs, and actual garden seeds. See the entire post at Fun In The Making for more images and great instructions. There are other cool Valentine’s Day ideas here too so be sure to browse around.
An adorable pop-up Valentine’s Day card made with recycled mail.
Lots of great recycled Valentine ideas at Inhabitots including no-sew fortune cookies, adorable matchbox treat boxes, and more.
If you’re short on time and need a fast fix print out the adorable (and FREE!) Candy Heart Valentines (shown above) or the equally sweet Love Is All You Need printable Valentines made by Bunny Cakes. Or you can get inexpensive personalized printables from Bunny Cakes’ shop.
Family Fun has an outstanding collection of Valentine’s Day cards.
Make some – Homemade Plantable Paper! Once you make your plantable paper you can use it to make sweet, garden ready Valentines.
Extras! In case you need something cute to go with the card.
- Cardboard Tube Cupid- too cute and an excellent way to use up toilet paper tubes this winter.
- Crepe Paper Rose Bouquet
- Coffee Can Card Holder.
- If you still have any plastic bags laying around you can make a cute punch art flower garden.