Valentine's Day has some people bursting at the seams with expressions of love, friendship, and kindness and ready to celebrate the season of love in any way possible. No matter how the day looks in your home – from an intimate romantic dinner to a jovial gathering of friends – dressing up your love nest with all things sweet and lovely is a must.
These 12 "Cupid-approved" DIY Valentine's Day decorations will help set the mood for a fun, heartfelt day without putting the squeeze on your wallet.
1. Star Burst Wall Art
Speaking of bursting with love, this is an alternative to construction paper hearts that is pretty spectacular and, according to Lia Griffith, is so easy.
2. Melted Crayon Valentine Hearts
This idea will make your heart melt – if you leave it in the hot sun that is. WhipperBerry gathers up all the old broken crayons and melts them to make these colorful Valentine messages.
3. Spell Out Your Love
Spell it out on mismatched jars or vases. With this upcycling project from Somewhat Simple, all you need is love.
4. A Soft Heart Tree
Sometimes you need a soft touch. Sewing novices and experts will appreciate using up material remnants to create this heart softie tree from Make It & Love It. Find some branches outside and use a bucket or other container you have around the house to "plant" it.
5. Make Your Own Backdrop
Love is in the air with this floating hearts backdrop from Jenny Batt. This idea is great for photos with friends and love ones.
6. Put Your Love on Display
Who framed love? A Diamond in the Stuff upcycles picture frames to put love on display on Valentine's Day.
7. Valentine Conversation Starters
These conversation stones are not only a clever way to upcycle glass stones, but will help you speak the language of love. For instructions on how to make them, visit My Creative Days.
8. DIY Wine Cork Heart
You don't have to put a cork in it here. My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia frames ombré painted wine corks in this upcycled Valentine's Day decoration idea.
9. Sprinkle These Paper Hearts
If your heart is just exploding, use these paper hearts to create a scene on a wall or poster. Get the instructions on how to make them at How About Orange.
10. A “Lovely” Banner
Who wouldn't want to pucker up after waking up to a banner of love? This idea is perfect for hanging on a fireplace mantel, in a doorway, or at the foot of a bed. Tomkat offers a free printable of this banner.
11. A Colorful Butterfly Display
Do you get butterflies when you are around the one you love? Why not put it on paper and show them? Or, you can buy one.
12. Handmade Heart Garland
If the love just can't be contained within four walls, take it outside with handmade heart garland fluttering from a tree or bush. Oh Happy Day uses this idea to surprise friends on Valentine's Day!
What kind of Valentine’s decorations are you putting up to celebrate the day of love?