Be My… Eco-Friendly Valentine

I love Valentine’s Day, but I don’t love the commercialism that envelopes it. A sweet and thoughtful day has turned into a candy, balloon and trash fest. Just not cool in my book. So what can we do about it? Show our love for others with thoughtful gifts that can be used throughout the year and made from reclaimed material. Ready to get inspired from these super creative Valentine’s Day gifts and make a difference this Valentine’s Day?

1. Wood you be my valentine? Transform a fallen log into these fun wooden cards from Mustard Seeds. I love how younger kids can join in the fun by painting the hearts— the sloppy paint job is so enduring to me.

2. Friendship bracelets. I loooooove these colorful friendship bracelets from Dandee Designs. She even has a template you can download to make your life easier.

eco valentine ideas
3. Prints of love. Capture your children’s infancy with this adorable print idea from Marta Writes. Grandparents, aunts and uncles can frame them on the wall for keepsakes. Wish I did this when my kids had itty bitty toes.

heart shaped bird seed
4. Bird Love: Spread the love to the birds by making these heart-shaped bird feeders for your valentines to hang in their backyard. Peep Thread does a step-by-step tutorial of how to make them.

diy heart crayons
5. Crayon hearts: Transform those broken crayons into a gift of love with this DIY from Whipperberry.

home made tie
6. Love for the boys. Made by Joel used an old magazine to create this tie for his son. Why not take it a step further and make ties for all the little boys in your life? Write a sweet message on the backside and they can wear your love all day long.

mixed tape valentine
7. Say I love you with a song. Design Mom featured this musically inspired Valentine gift that rocks. Share your favorite songs with your friends, or even record your own children singing their favorite songs to make it even more special.

Make sure you don’t miss our 10 days of giveaways this Valentines. Jadah and I are promoting and giving away products that we love and believe in— and are excited to share them with you.



What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory? Share some stories that make your heart flutter and melt our hearts.

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9 Responses to Be My… Eco-Friendly Valentine

  1. Ryan hansard January 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    The foot print prints are a great idea. I might make a set for my mom for her birthday! Thanks familysponge.

    • familysponge January 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

      Ryan, a cute comment to add to the foot prints, “You are with me every step of the way.” I made a coffee mug for my husband with my daughter’s foot prints and added that line to the mug. It’s one of those items he would take with him if the house was burning down.

  2. Jadah January 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    I adore playlists. It’s how my husband captured my heart. He made me an awesome mix CD when we were just friends. I loved his eclectic taste in music. He still makes me playlists in our shared iTunes account titled, “4 my lovee.”

  3. Popo Joy January 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    I love these handmade Valentines!!! No greeting cards this year, thanks to your inspiration here.

    • familysponge January 25, 2012 at 1:05 am #

      Let us know what you decide to use for Valentine’s Day. I know you always have creative ideas.

  4. Kate @ PeepThread January 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Thanks so much for featuring my bird seed hearts! So happy to be a part of your Valentine round-up 🙂

    • familysponge January 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

      Of course Kate! I love the idea— think it is so sweet and thoughtful for kids. Thanks for being so darn creative! If you have any other crafty ideas, we would love to share them with our readers. We are a community-oriented website and love to get ideas from other mommies.

  5. Dagmar ~ Dagmar's momsense January 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Jadah, wonderful post! Will tweet it out for sure.

    You would enjoy these 10 Valentine ideas I just posted:


    • Jadah January 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      I love the celery valentine! Thanks for sharing us!

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