While shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts can be fun, you shouldn’t underestimate the power of a homemade valentine. It may not cost much, but it’s nice to see the effort that a special someone put into appreciating you.
However, I learned the hard way that making your own valentines can be time-consuming and even get a little (okay, a lot) messy. My mom always refused to buy valentines for my classmates so I made them all by hand (sorry, kids).
So what are some ways to make a one-of-a-kind valentine, but not necessarily have to put in all that work? Well, we’ve got ten really, really lazy tips that you can follow (or not) for making homemade valentines.
Make The Conversation ClearConversation hearts are a Valentine's Day staple. These are great for lazy girls since you don't even need to write a note because the convo hearts will say everything for you! Just pick out the ones with the specific messages you want to send and toss them in a pile near your crush. What to do with all those hearts with other messages? More candy left over for you, so everyone wins! Source: Shutterstock.com
Candy Leftovers Are Still Good...Valentine's Day is the winter's candy holiday. What better time to get rid of the last of your stockpile from the fall's candy holiday? Just throw those old Halloween treats in some baggies, and your valentines are done. Source: Shutterstock.com
...So Are Dinner LeftoversWhy give your crush a paper heart when you can give a real heart?! I'm talking about artichoke hearts here, people. You may have given your heart to someone metaphorically, but now you can literally gift a heart! This seems like a meaningful gesture, and all it takes is for you to store mom's leftovers in a plastic container for an extra day. Source: Shutterstock.com
Say What You MeanMake sure you write what you mean in your valentines this year. Things that show you'll always be there for your crush, like "I'm watching you." Then when he starts looking around for who left this note, there you'll be, just like you promised! I'm sure your crush values honesty and loyalty. Source: Shutterstock.com
Go Glitter Crazy!Glitter is a fun addition to a homemade Valentine's Day card, but I'll warn you now that most of it will end up falling off and stuck to everything. Just don't even bother wasting your time with the glue and skip right to the "dump glitter on everything" part — your crush's locker, car, homeroom desk. He'll appreciate the streamlined valentine. Source: Shutterstock.com
Or Go Glue Crazy!Homemade valentines tend to get a little glue drippy anyway, so instead of trying to clean it all up nice and neat, slather some glue on a piece of paper and slip it in your crush's bag. Basically things you know your crush already likes (duh, since they're in the bag!) will get stuck on it, and it will look like you put together a totally personal collage. Source: Shutterstock.com
Stealth Secret AdmirerIf you see someone drop off a secret admirer note, just do a quick bit of theft work and grab it before the intended target reaches it. Now you have a great valentine you can give without someone else's name taking over the "From" tag. Just sign your name, and give that valentine to your crush! Perfect. Source: Shutterstock.com
Cupid: Creepy Or Cute?Remember that creepy looking old baby doll you found when cleaning out your basement? Dress it up like a cupid and leave it in your crush's locker. I can think of nothing more that says "I care for you," then a festive old doll staring at him when he goes to retrieve his books on Valentine's Day. Source: Shutterstock.com
Go Digital This V-DayWhy get up and drag out the art supplies when you can scrawl something together in Microsoft Paint right from your desk chair? Look at what I made to the left! Why wouldn't anyone want that? All you have to do is attach it in an email and send. You just made and delivered your valentine without ever having to log out of Tumblr. Nice work! Source: Microsoft Paint (drawn by me)
It Just Needs To Look HomemadeI'll fill you in on a secret — as long as it looks kind of homemade, nobody is actually going to check. Just grab something store bought that looks like you could have put it together at home (you know, if you wanted to spend a lot of time and resources) and I bet nobody will even question if it's actually homemade. If nobody says otherwise, it's basically the truth, right? Source: Shutterstock.com
Have you ever made a homemade valentine? How did it turn out? Have you ever received a homemade valentine? Would you prefer a homemade valentine to a store-bought gift? Tell us in the comments!