Valentine’s Day Window Decorations

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:

Valentine's Day decorations in 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:

A closer view of the hearts decorating our front 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.

A closeup of the paper heart hanging in our window.

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?

9 Comments

  1. I love Valentine’s Day as well, especially now that Bill and I are together. He’s truly the love of my life, and he treats me like gold. It’s taken me a very long time to find such a wonderful man, and, even though we celebrate our love every day, it’s nice to have a day that we can devote totally to one another. Since we both had to work today, we will be celebrating our Valentine’s Day on a riverboat dinner cruise at Bellingrath Gardens Friday night. I can’t wait!!!

    Your mom did an awesome job on the decorations, and how nice of her to surprise you like that. Love you and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

    • Aww, a dinner cruise sounds like a really sweet way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! We had the same situation with working on the 14th itself, but arranged babysitting for Lily so we can have a date night this weekend. :)

  2. I think it looks fun and lovely. :-) I cant bring myself to be anti-Valentines Day either, though the tradition Max and I hold to is a bottle of Andre and some Lindt chocolate as an emergency always seems to pop up to prevent a date night from occuring.

    • That’s a really good point! Handmade decorations do let you bypass a lot of those unsavory commercialized pitfalls of the holiday :)

  3. My students mostly LOVE making valentines, though I try to change it up yearly. This year I went with this woven heart envelope (though much bigger, 6 x 18 pieces, one pink one red) http://www.stampin.com/tips/wovenhrt.htm I first saw these made by 5th graders back in 2005, but I was able to get 2nd and 3rd graders to successfully make them with some help. I had to really break the steps down though, whew!

  4. I love your mom’s idea of decorating with the hearts. It’s an inexpensive way to celebrate the love month – simple but undoubtedly meaningful, really. :)

    ~Lisha

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