When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I know a lot of people can be pretty cynical: it’s just a commercialized holiday invented by the greeting card companies, and all that. It’s admittedly hard to argue with the logic of those arguments, but somehow, I just can’t bring myself to share in the anti-Valentine’s Day sentiment.
For one thing, Joe and I actually started dating around this time of year, and Valentine’s Day is close enough to the anniversary of our first date that we’ve tended to round it off to February 14th just for simplicity’s sake. Plus, I really feel like the long, dark, dreary stretch of winter after Christmas needs some kind of holiday to lighten it up, and seeing happy pink and red Valentine’s Day hearts around the neighborhood fills that void pretty well.
Anyway, my mom has always been into doing crafty things, and the other day while she was at our house with Lillian, she took it upon herself to whip up some cheerful Valentine’s Day decorations for our front windows:
They’re red paper hearts, though they look kind of pinkish in the photos taken from the outside of the house — still fitting Valentine’s Day colors, but the reflections from the windows seem to be making them look lighter, so I guess that’s something to keep in mind for future window decorating. Here’s another pic showing a closer view of one of the windows:
Each heart is cut from a single piece of red construction paper, and my mom made them symmetrical by folding the paper in half and cutting out half a heart shape — a good summary of that technique can be found in this article on WikiHow. To hang them in the windows, she simply punched a small hole towards the top of each one, and then looped a piece of red ribbon through it and around the window latch.
I’m not sure how visible it is in the photos, but to make them more durable and slightly glossy, she also coated them in clear contact paper. I’m told this was the hardest part — apparently it’s tricky preventing it from forming unsightly bubbles and such — but on the plus side, that’s a “finishing touch” type step that you can probably skip if you just want to whip up some quick, charming, inexpensive Valentine’s Day decorations.
In conclusion, Happy Valentine’s Day! And out of curiosity, what do you think of it? In your eyes, is Valentine’s Day a sweet celebration-worthy love-fest, or just a profit-driven commercial scam?