Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m thrilled so many of you liked my Valentine mudroom decor! It’s always so fun hearing from you all in the comments, and on Instagram or Facebook. Thank you for your kind words! I love getting to know you all. Hands down one of my very favorite things about blogging. :)
After I posted the mudroom pics it hit me that we have less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day! Yikes! Time to start planning a few things so I’m not scrambling the night before. I thought I’d share some of my past Valentine pictures to help us all get in the mood and on the ball!
I kept my Valentines decor really simple this year by just sprucing up the mudroom and my butler’s pantry shelves. The shelves were already festive with red from when I decorated them for Christmas. I just added some red and white striped straws and our tissue paper heart banner.
And yes! The Christmas card walk ways are still up. :) I’ll take them down with the Valentine’s decor. I’ve loved having them displayed for so long!
The tissue paper heart banner is SO easy to make. All you need is tissue paper, pencils, glue and a heart shape to trace.
For those of you who have been long time readers you probably remember when we made this. Four years ago! Addison was so little. Anyway – really simple activity that the kids can do. You can read the full tutorial here.
Our hearts got a little smushed when we moved so I want to make another one at some point, but he original will do for now! I used to always use this to decorate my mantel. Here are some Valentine mantel pictures from our previous house if you are looking for mantel decorating ideas…
And one more pic of how the banner is being used in the new house. A fun addition for mantel or shelf decorating.
Decorating with candy is always fun this time of year. But I recommend putting the candy up high so the kids can’t reach. Or even higher so mom and dad can’t reach. :)
Here is a healthy Valentine snack idea. I make snacks for my kids every February like this because they love it so much. Anything I serve in heart shaped bowls feels festive. It really doesn’t take much to make holidays fun for the kids.
And here is a not so healthy Valentine snack! We have made our pretzel hugs for years for Christmas and Valentines. Fun, easy treat to make for teachers and friends. (Full directions here.)
Two years ago I ordered Valentines from Persnickity Prints. They were darling! Then I just attached them to little bags of Valentine Pretzel Hugs. Sweet and easy class Valentines.
Last year I made my own picture Valentines for Kole by just typing over a picture of him in Photoshop and then ordering wallet sized prints.
I attached the summer picture of him to little mini buckets I ordered here. The buckets came with little shovels.
We made enough for his class and all of his teachers. The pic above shows the fun different colors of buckets we used. Our I “DIG” you Valentines were a huge hit!
My girls are now old enough to make their own Valentines. Last year Addison really wanted to give out fishy crackers so I helped her with the original tag and then she made the rest! Happy day for mom when the kids get old enough to share in the work load. :)
El really wanted Panda Valentines (of course!) so we ordered these from Tiny Prints. They cost more than I wanted to spend so she helped pay for them.
And since I’m sharing past V-Day ideas I have to include our favorite Valentine butterfly.
Simple way to personalize the shoe box. :)
Last but not least, it just isn’t my annual Valentine round-up without including the mail truck my dad made for El’s Kindergarten class. Too much fun. I love this holiday. Who am I kidding? I love every holiday. :)
Happy Valentine planning everyone!