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Making Valentine's Day Memories

An easy Valentine's Day tradition you can re-create in your home

Growing up as the child of an elementary school teacher, Valentine's arts & crafts were a much-loved family event that my mother took very seriously.  There were many children in her small classroom that would not have gifts or candy at their homes.  As their teacher, she was always going over the top to bring her students something a little special.  We have updated her annual  Valentine's Tree.  We hope that your family will find ways to make this easy idea your own and please share your creations with us on our Instagram or Facebook Page @GilbertCityLifestyle

Items Needed

  • Vase
  • Floral Foam
  • Branches 
  • White & Red Paint
  • Red, and White Ribbons
  • Computer & Digital Printer (You can also use an insta print camera)
  • Heavy Weight Printer Paper or Card Stock
  • Glue or Double Stick Tape
  • Hole Punch & Scissors

Valentine's Tree

To create this easy and eye-catching centerpiece, collect fallen branches and paint them white. We used a thrifted, repurposed white ceramic jar to assemble the branches in for the base. Use a floral foam to stabilize the branches, and place moss at the top of the jar. You can use this homemade tree for any occasion as it’s sturdy, and just about anything can be hung on it.

Valentine’s Day Ornaments

Create heart ornaments to hang on your Valentine's Tree Centerpiece. These ornaments can be used as clue cards for a kids Valentine's Day scavenger hunt. You can grab a few pictures with your phone of where treats might be hidden.   Instruct your children to find a picture on the tree and hunt for the hidden treasure in the house. We used recycled shipping boxes to create the heart bases and painted them red. We then used a hole punch to create a lace-like edge to complete the look.  Print your pictures in greyscale to offset the red hearts, attach the images with glue stick, or double stick tape.   

Pro-Tip:  Print images on heavy-weight paper or card stock to elevate the look of the final ornaments.

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