Valentine’s Day! — Buy Nothing New for a Year!

Hearts

And so, we’ve reached the first holiday in our year of Buy Nothing New that generally entails purchasing gifts, from a simple box of chocolates and flowers to rubies and diamonds. We generally tend to stay on the more conservative side of purchasing for this holiday. Years ago, Joe and I agreed that we would both prefer to have the experience of a nice dinner out together over material possessions. Then, we had kids. Now, we usually take them to dinner with us, but we do like to get them special treats for the big holiday of LOVE. This year, we’ve got to be a little more creative with making their day special. We have also had to take into consideration that Liam would like to bring Valentines to school for his friends.

Home made Valentines are so easy to make and are just really fun to do with your kids! There are tons of ideas out there; check out Pinterest here for some amazing ideas! You really only need some construction paper, markers, some glitter glue and your imagination, all which we already had on hand! Because Liam cannot bring candy or food as treats for his classmates, and we cannot buy pencils and fun-shaped erasers or other non-edible delights, we decided to make them Valentine bookmarks, as they are all reading well at this point and are required to read every day. I made my own print out template as seen here:

Bookmark template

 

 

 

We printed these out and then cut them into strips and punched holes in the tops.

Liam cutting out Valentines.

Liam cutting out Valentines.

 

 

Liam used some scissors that create scalloped edges to make them extra special. Next, we cut little 1 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ hearts from different color paper and glued them on to each bookmark.

 

 

I then picked out a neat font and typed a bunch of number ones in about 1″ height in a single document and printed that out. I ended up cutting out all of the ones, as they were a bit more difficult and then we glued those onto the hearts, using some glitter glue around the edges for extra sparkle. I drew the number sign and arrows through the hearts with a sharper, but you could also print these out and glue them on. Last, we tied some ribbon through the punched out hole.

Bookmark Valentines.

Bookmark Valentines.

Heart-shaped bacon from thepapermama.com!

Heart-shaped bacon from thepapermama.com!

 

As for the actual Valentine’s Day activities for our family, I plan on a special Valentine’s Day breakfast. I’ll cut lots of hearts out of construction paper and putting them up around the house and hang red and white streamers up the night before. For our special breakfast, I’ll make pancakes with a mixed berry compote and heart-shaped bacon!

 

 

Chocolate chip cookie heart!

Chocolate chip cookie heart!

 

For the boys Valentine’s Day treats, I plan on making giant heart-shaped cookies decorated with red, white, and pink M & Ms, rather than going out and buying them chocolates. I have the chocolate chips on hand and bought a heart-shaped cookie pan at a thrift store for $.99. We’ll also make them Valentine’s Day cards. We also got them a stuffed red M&M from the thrift store as well (for under $3!).

 

Later on, we’ll likely make a special dinner at home, snuggle up and watch a good movie. And of course, eat giant chocolate chip cookies! Valentine’s Day, after all is all, about showing those you love how special they are to you with lots of hugs and kisses and spending time together!

4 comments

  1. Laura says:

    Wonderful ideas! My husband told me about you guy and I’ve really enjoyed your money saving adventures, keep up the thrifty work!

    • admin says:

      Thank you, Laura! If you’re local, we’d love to meet you! Come introduce yourself to us at the shop and maybe we can trade some thrifty tips!

  2. Renee D says:

    I used to make at least three trips to Target a week; I haven’t stepped foot inside one since December 28th! Not to mention we have only purchased groceries and toiletries. And working at WFM, i have been tempted to buy nonsense, BUT HAVE NOT :)

    For Jack’s Valentines, I used ones i purchased extra last year (or was it the year before!!); and for the ‘Heart Attacks’ he mailed to family I used recycled boxes to mail out, a large piece of red paper left over from a nicely wrapped Christmas gift and some other craft scraps around the house. Now, i have ripped two pairs of my favorite jeans that i will attempt to fix tomorrow; if not, I’ll be finding a consignment shop on Monday.

    Thanks for all the inspiration Thrift and Thrive!!!!

    • admin says:

      Renee,we’re so glad to hear that your “buy-nothing-new” resolution is going well! Love your ideas for reusing red Christmas wrapping paper for Valentines! Good luck finding some new jeans, and keep us posted on your progress. It is inspiring to hear that others are sticking to the resolution and we love hearing your stories!

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