You know us, we are ALL about the holidays and especially anything that has anything to do with decorating for the holidays! BUT….are you ready for the big “but”? Jules and I really don’t like buying tons of new decor that we’re just going to have to find storage for in a couple weeks when it’s time for the next fun holiday. As much as we love decor we also have a very practical, frugal side. We know y’all can appreciate that! So, to remedy our need for fun AND practicality here are 10 ways to create Valentine’s Day decor without 1) accumulating more stuff or 2) spending a lot of money! For some other great budget decor ideas you may enjoy these posts as well: Budget Spring Decor Ideas, Small Changes with Big Impact and Budget-Friendly Decorating Ideas.
Today we have teamed up with 12 talented bloggers to bring you lots of fun Valentine’s Day decor, ideas and treats! If you’ve just joined us from Jackie at Finding Lovely we’re so glad to have you! Jackie’s posts are always so full of beauty and inspiration, aren’t they? At the bottom of this post you will find a list of all the bloggers with links so you can explore them all! We invite you to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy visiting. We know you will find lots of inspiration to create a beautiful and magical Valentine’s Day decor for YOUR family!
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Gotta love Valentine’s Day Decor!
1. Fresh Flowers
Any variety of flowers can be used to decorate for Valentine’s Day decor. Roses are traditional but any flowers that you can find in shades of white, pink or red will do! Peonies, ranunculus (like these pictured), tulips, gerbera daisies, carnations! They add romance and a natural element that can add elegance and a natural charm to your decor!
Fill glass jars with candy in holiday colors. Use candy to sprinkle on plates or trays, or down a runner (if they’re wrapped or colorfast). You can use candy hearts with fun messages, candies that are wrapped in pretty metallic wrappers. As candy is traditionally part of Valentine’s Day celebration it makes an ideal part of any Valentine’s Day decor. Candy is also budget friendly and will add festive excitement to your console or table decor. Bonus, your family will probably thank you!
3. Glass Canisters
I keep glass apothecary jars around for every holiday and fill them with seasonal items. At Christmas I filled them with buffalo snow and twinkle lights. Here they are filled with pink paper confetti but use your imagination. Anything pink, red or shaped like a heart might work!
4. Faux flowers
Fresh flowers are great….but even better is fresh MIXED with faux–you keep people guessing which are which. And in the end, who even cares. These silk flowers are so pretty you can barely tell they aren’t real. They are budget-friendly and don’t need water so you can do things like lay them on a surface as I’ve done here, and not have to worry about them wilting in a few minutes! Also, some real flowers my stain your linens. The best part about faux flowers is, however, that you can use them over and over again! They are a great staple to have on hand! I use mine for every season and just swap out colors and seasonal favorites!
5. Christmas Decor (yes! Christmas)
Those red buffalo plaid pillows were part of my Christmas decor this year! I also bought the little white ceramic houses initially for a Christmas Winter scene. I love it when decor does double time!
This red tartan blanket was previously a Christmas time-only blanket….so glad to find more uses for it! And those pompoms? You guessed it, Christmas garland!
6. Store-bought Desserts and Treats
Macaroons are a treat and maybe a bit pricey. But for easy additions to your Valentine’s Day decor you don’t need to look any further than your local grocery store’s bakery department. They’ll have cupcakes and cookies decorated in festive pinks and reds. Or, pick up plain cupcakes or brownies and do a little frosting and decorating yourself! Quick and easy and they’ll add the pop of color and fun your decor needs!
7. Paper Plates and Straws
Remember the theme of these fun and easy Valentine’s Day decor ideas? Keeping your budget and your storage to a minimum. What better way to do that than by using paper plates. You can also find colorful Valentines napkins and straws. Mix it up (like we suggested with the flowers) to keep the setting elegant. Here we mixed paper plates with cloth napkins and milk glass goblets. You could add paper straws to pretty glasses, or try using paper napkins with porcelain or china plates.
8. Wrapping Supplies
Use ribbons, boxes, bags and shredded paper confetti to decorate all kinds of creative ways for your Valentine’s Day decor. You could place a mini gift bag with a tiny tuft of pink tissue paper at everyone’s place setting. Or tie utensils with ribbon, or use paper confetti to add color and texture to a plain table cloth.
9. Party Supplies
Try balloons or paper fans like I used here as an inexpensive, easy alternatives to permanent decor purchases. And they’re a festive way to decorate for any holiday.
10. Festive Kitchen Towels
Can’t find the exact table runner or table linens you want? I layered some festive valentines kitchen towels for my table runner and created something unique that fit my space!
Other ideas for your Budget Valentine’s Day Decor include:
- Baking Decorations
- Greens (faux or real plants)
- Red, Pink or White….Anything
- Think beyond the “Valentine’s Day decor aisle”
- Borrow from other seasons using everyday decor that is white, red or pink
- Use fresh or faux flowers and plants
- Use inexpensive items from your gift wrap supplies or party supplies
You get the idea! Think outside of the Valentine’s Day decor aisle “box” to expand your options and your creativity!
But WAIT! There’s more! Our friend Ashley is up next with some fun Valentine’s Day Porch decorating ideas! You can link over to her blog right here, Modern Glam Home.
Jodie & Julie
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