Here are a few naturally creative, budget-friendly ways to ‘show the love’, my friends:

(this is one of my favorites)…People overlook the most obvious gift idea sometimes and thats the gift of a HEART.  A heart that you make yourself working with whatever material you’re comfortable with…wood, paper, clay, window screen, fabric, willow branches, metal, etc.  Do up any size or style of heart in a thoughtful, imaginative way and you have a FABULOUS gift. The cool thing about it is that you can do one every year in a different material or style and you’ve started a pretty special collection for someone, while at the same time eliminating the stress of having to figure out what to get every year.  Brilliant!

Candy inspired rocks — Painted rocks sound simple but they can be painted up in a really sweet ‘Valentine’ way.  Grab a handful and paint them various hues of reds and pinks, add words and expressions like be mine, true love, etc.  Place them in an interesting container and your special someone can set them out on their desk or a table.

Carved BranchI LOVE THIS ONE! Search for a branch you like the looks of and carve or woodburn your initials inside a heart on it. Shellac or wax to preserve and finish off, and you have a naturally sentimental tabletop display.  You can also do small scale versions and turn them into pendants for a necklace or even do a small painting of your initials inside a heart.

All the things I LOVE about YOU jar — The only creative effort required here is with how many ways you can say I love you.  This is also a fun one that you can do together and then swap jars.  Cut out a determined number of hearts and write on each one the different things you love about that someone.  Throw them into a clear glass jar along with a few of his/her favorite candies.

DIY Chocolate Bowls — You’ll wow’em with this one….Melt some chocolate and cut out an 8 inch circle of parchment paper.  And there are a couple of different ways to go about it….shape your parchment paper over your glass or cup and then spoon the chocolate over it, gradually building it up and letting it drizzle down the sides…..OR pour your chocolate onto your circle and then drape over a drinking glass or bowl to create your ‘bowl’ shape.  Can also play with dark and white chocolate swirls for even more interest.  Place in the freezer until you’re ready to serve.  Fill with fruit and you have a delightful Valentine offering.

Arrange a Photo Shoot:  Grab your camera and take some fun pictures together or of things you love.  You can then use these pictures in creative ways to create artwork, books, cards, etc.  This will give you some fun stuff to use throughout the year, as well.

Wear your creative heart on your sleeve, figuratively or literally and create a valentine for YOURSELF.   Make it your talisman.  Create a heart to remind you to put your heart into everything you do every day!

Cheers to YOUR naturally creative heart!

michele.

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