February may be a month with lingering dreary weather, but there is one bright spot midway through: Valentine’s Day! The day is often filled with loving surprises, vibrant flower bouquets and heart-shaped candies. Yet, like most other holidays, it is also dominated by industries who sell products bound to end up in the trash by the next week. Not only are typical V-Day gifts not very long-lasting, but a lot of the creative craft ideas are wasteful, too.
Making imaginative, DIY crafts doesn’t have to be a drain on the environment. In fact, there are a bunch of neat, all-ages ideas for creations that can be recycled, upcycled or even eaten! Here are some ideas for you and your family to stay crafty and eco-friendly this Valentine’s Day.
1. Heart-shaped bird feeder
If you’re a nature lover, why leave the birds out of your V-Day celebrations? These heart-shaped bird feeders are a fun DIY treat to make for your winged friends to enjoy. Perhaps the most eco-friendly craft on the list, the ingredients will go directly back to the Earth with no clean-up.
2. Paper flowers
Real flowers only last for a few short days before their vibrant glory wilts away. This is not the story for paper flowers, however! Whether you follow traditional origami instructions or a simpler pattern, these blooms are sure to impress and can be featured as centerpieces every year.
3. Heart hand warmers
Any craft that can be reused over and over is an eco-friendly find! These adorable hand warmers are easy to make and only require a few household ingredients. Keep your mitts toasty through the rest of the chilly weather and hone in your sewing skills at the same time.
4. Fabric garlands
Forget dropping a few bucks on discount paper garlands that will fall apart before the month is over. Instead, search through fabric remnants or raid your closet for old t-shirts that can be remade into a heart-shaped, fabric garland. This decoration will brighten a room each year and have a minimal impact on the environment.
5. Crayon hearts
Feel badly about throwing out those used-up crayon nubs? This Valentine’s Day you can repurpose them into a colorful new artistic tool using some silicone candy trays, even in the shape of hearts. Get creative with your color combos!
6. Edible Valentine’s Day skewers
Perhaps the most popular type of eco-friendly V-Day craft is anything that is edible! You could make your tried-and-true, family recipe baked good or venture out and explore a new dish to make with your family. Why not try out this healthy dessert: cut strawberries and watermelon into heart-shaped chunks and skewer them for an after dinner treat!
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