You’re married – or about to be. That means no more stag Valentine’s Days with the girls. This holiday is for YOU. Whether you’re planning your wedding for V-day or just taking the day to celebrate your love, here are seven ideas to do yourself in the spirit of Cupid and his magical arrows.
- Love story: Instead of using table numbers, name each table after a classic couple in love from literature – and make a sign to match. Try: Romeo and Juliet, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, Guinevere and King Arthur, Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley… Now the DIY part. Scour library bookstores and thrift stores for pretty versions of those stories (Amazon can also be a great resource). Stack them a few high, and turn the very top one into a planter. See directions here. Use skewers and construction to make hearts with arrows shot through, and on each heart, write the name of the table – the famous couple. (If the planter seems like too much work, set heart-accented candles on top instead – see #7).
- Floral heart wreath: This lovely wreath doesn’t take a lot of extra supplies, and it’s easy to customize to your wedding. Follow the tutorial on The Glitter Guide. To add an extra dose of cupid, make a Cupid’s arrow to cut through. Get a long dowel and some gold spray paint at the craft store and use a triangle cut out from cardboard for the tip!
- Heart and arrow escort card display: This big heart with crisscrossing twine filled with mini-Cupid’s arrows makes the perfect escort card display for a Valentine’s Day wedding. All you need is a display board, cardstock, nails and nylon cord. See Martha Stewart Weddings for instructions. It would also make a special Valentine’s Day present – each little arrow is a reason why you love your partner!
- Crayon heart backdrop: These lovely transparent hearts are fun to make for an altar or photo booth backdrop. You need crayons, a handheld pencil sharpener, wax paper and a few other basic craft supplies. Once again, Martha Stewart Weddings has the instructions.
- Make whoopee pies: Some of the best wedding favors I’ve ever received are of the homemade baked good variety. These heart-shaped whoopee pies don’t disappoint. And they’re really not much harder to make than regular, round ones. Annie’s Eats has the recipe and directions. Once cooled, put three in a cellophane bag and tie with a washi tape twist ties (below).
- Valentine’s washi tape twist ties: Washi tape, if you’re not familiar, is Japanese decorative masking tape. Pick out several rolls of Valentine’s-themed washi tape (order online from any of these places), and buy some thin wire. All you do is cut wire and washi tape to size and sandwich the wire between two pieces of tape. Easy! See a photo tutorial from Catch My Party here.
- Heart-accented pillar candles: With sheet wax, store-bought plain pillar candles and a heart-shaped hole punch (easy to find at craft stores), you can decorate your own candles. Perfect for a wedding table centerpiece or for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at home. Find directions here.