Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Eco Friendly DIY Valentines Day Crafts Easy & Beautiful to Make with Recycled Materials


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When thinking of Valentine's Day, typically the colors most likely to come to mind first are red, pink and white. But that doesn't mean this fun, late winter holiday can't also involve lots of green (as in eco friendly) when it comes to crafting and incorporating recycled materials into the beautiful things you make.


Image by Running with Sisters

In this post, MBE has gathered a curated collection of the most creative, beautiful and unique Valentine DIY free and easy craft projects for kids and adults. If you're like me, you'll probably want to craft them all -- some to keep and others to give as gifts. Best of all, each of these handmade items calls for mostly basic materials you already have around the house or will have little difficulty finding at your favorite craft store.



Sea Shell Heart Door Art
My absolute favorite craft  this year is the gorgeous heart shaped door decoration you see pictured at the top of this post. Bedecked with rhinestones and painted sea shells and displayed with a big satin ribbon, you'll probably want to leave this hanging on your front door year round. Image & craft from Running With Sisters, DIRECTIONS 



Valentine Votive Candles
A clean empty recycled glass jars or mason jar, colored tissue paper stashed away from gift bags, and some glue are all that's needed to make this project. Image & craft from Homemade Serenity, DIRECTIONS


Wine Cork Heart Hotplate or Wall Hanging
Wine lovers like me have a huge collection of corks we've been saving. Here's something really special that will recycle those corks into a piece of art for your wall. Or just mount it on a styrofoam heart shaped board and use as a trivet or hot plate. Image & craft from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, DIRECTIONS


Recycled Valentine Card Basket
Here's a darling, functional basket to store all the valentines your child receives from friends that also uses last year's valentines to create the basket. Fill this paper bowl with candy or cookies and this becomes a thoughtful teacher mini gift basket, too. Image & craft from Pink and Green Mama, DIRECTIONS


Heart Crayons
What home with kids doesn't have a huge surplus of broken crayon pieces in an assortment of pretty colors? This project is your chance to transform something you might normally think of as trash into heart-shaped NEW crayons for your child and all their friends. Image & craft from A Creative Momma, DIRECTIONS


Birdseed Heart Treat
All it takes is some bird seed, flour, water and corn syrup to easily make a treat for those little feathered bird friends in the back yard. What a great way to give back to nature for Valentines Day. Image & craft by Smilemonsters, DIRECTIONS


Hand Sewn Fabric Envelope & Card
What a sweet way to use up all those fabric scraps to make an heirloom quality, hand-sewn envelope and card. Older kids might especially enjoy making this for Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa or a favorite Aunt or Uncle. Image & craft from Apartment Therapy, DIRECTIONS

Enjoy making these crafts which certainly do add green to the color range for Valentine's Day in a very big way. The ideas are endless. But don't worry, if you're still not up to some crafting, consider checking out the eco-friendly ready made upcycled romantic gifts you can purchase on Etsy like this exquisite wine cork and Swarovski crystal necklace by Repurposed Relics of Texas.


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