*A guest blog post by Victoria Rose Martin.
The Greeting Card Associations states that approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the United States. And according to the Huffington Post the average person will spend $130.97 on Valentine’s Day and Americans will spend close to $17.3 billion total. That’s a lot of money. But it also shows you that if you’re not including Valentine gifts in your product line up, you might be missing out.
If you find yourself low on cash but rich on artistic talent then you’re in luck. Why not make a DIY Valentine this year and keep some cash in your pocket? Maybe you’ll even discover a way of making money. I’ve been scouring for ideas and a quick Google search will bring up thousands of great ideas.
This month I have made five printable Valentine’s for those of you who would like to save money. Feel free to use them for personal purposes. They’d make great gift ideas for your postal carrier, schoolteacher or hair stylist. And if any of them spark ideas in your brain, be sure to make them quickly. Once they’re made get them posted on your Etsy shop before the mad Valentine’s Day rush to buy begins.
DIY Valentine’s Day Ideas
Idea One: A tea bag tag. Do you know someone who loves tea? Then swap out their ordinary tea tag for one of these heart-felt messages. With each sip they’ll be gently reminded of your feelings towards them.
Idea Two: Print the image below and place into a picture frame or just pin it to the wall or leave on the car seat of your significant other. It will serve as a sweet surprise reminder of how much they mean to you. And let’s face it, without friendship love just isn’t love.
Idea Three: A heart shaped lollipop holder. Print this image, cut out the hearts with scissors and using a paper punch remove the black dots. Insert the stick of a lollipop or if you don’t eat candy, a pencil with hearts could do the trick.
Idea Four: Who doesn’t love a sweet treat? And when they’re homemade even better! Fill a sandwich bag with a treat. It could be baked goods like cookies or candy sweets. Print, and then cut out the image below, fold in half and staple to the goody bag. Be sure to sign your name or write a message on the back of the tag. Perhaps you could print the bag tags shown above and fill a goodie bag with them.
Idea Five: And finally, sometimes we forget to tell those closest to us how much we really care. Let those around you know how happy they make you. Why not find a quote that means something to you or your significant other. Or perhaps an old photograph of the two of you and make something creative with it and let that be your Valentine’s Day card. We all know it is the thought that counts. This year rather than desperately hunting for a card make something from the heart. And perhaps it may lead you in a new direction of art making.
Victoria Rose Martin is an artist and designer currently living in South Florida. She is the Department Chair for Fine Art and Graphic Design at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida. You can visit her website at: VictoriaRoseMartin.com.
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