Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Easy, inexpensive Valentine's decor

It's February 1, and Valentine's Day is just a couple of weeks away. It's high time to do some fun Valentine's decorating.

If you're like me, you enjoy decorating for all the little holidays. . . but you don't want to spend much money on decorating for all the little holidays. Unless you have a membership in the Holiday of the Month club, you need to pull together some fun decorations from what you have on hand plus a few embellishments. Here's one of my Valentine's favorites. I know you've seen this kind of thing, but I'll show you how I do it.

Grab a glass hurricane. Don't have any? Dollar Tree does.

TIP: Put a plastic cup or jar upside down in the bottom of the hurricane. This takes up some space so that you don't need as many of these:

Now pour those candy conversation hearts into the hurricane, covering the plastic cup.
Put a candle on top, and you're done! Don't have any candles in Valentine's colors? Me, either. But I did have these:

TIP: Attach some ribbon (or fabric scraps, or printed paper) to your candle with double-sided tape and


Now I need to stop by the dollar store for a couple more bags of conversation hearts so that I can make another one of these. Even with the plastic cup space-filler, this hurricane took two bags. Well, it took most of two bags. I removed these three to send a message to my far-away friends:

Do you decorate for the little holidays? Got any great ideas? Please share!


Blondie's Journal said...


This is precious, I have to try it! The ribbon around the candle really makes it look sweet! Thanks so much!


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Awesome tip about the plastic cup!! I've never tried that before...what a money saver. I like to fill hurricanes, but it can be costly. Thanks for sharing, Richella!! :)

Nadir@StitchSense said...

Oh I love the plastic cup tip! Great idea, thanks for sharing. I usually cluster together little vinettes around the house that have red or pink in them & they suddenly turn to valentines decor :-) Take care!

Shelia said...

Hi Richella! Oh, this is adorable! I love it and I could totally do this.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jemsmom said...

So cute! I am going to have to try that! I kept out my red flameless candles from Christmas just for Valentines! The ribbon around your candle though is just perfect!

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

Love this idea! I will definitely try this. And I loved your little "message" to your far-away friends! :)

Linda said...


I love Valentine's Day and all things hearts.

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Holly said...

Very cute! I'm waiting for a blizzard to hit this afternoon, on top of yesterday's ice, so I don't think I'll be going anywhere for a few days. I'm going to have to see what kind of Valentine decorations I can come up with from stuff I already have.

Southern Lady said...

Love it! I have a little container made especially for using with little candies, but that looks much easier to do. My vase doesn't have much room between both glasses and the hearts have to go in just right. Carla

melody-mae said...

I heart this idea and am totally going to do this! thanks for the awesome idea

Beverlydru said...

I had just visited your blog for the first time to enter your give-away and saw your sweet comment on one of my Blog Buddies post (Shelly Sweetheart Wildman). You write so well. And I'm singing with you
Hey sister
Go sister
Go sister
Go sister
Hey sister
Soul sister
Soul sister
Soul sister. . .

Vanessa said...

Hi Richella! That is such a cute idea! I hate to admit it, but I didn't do a whole lot of Valentine's Decorating "BB" (Before Blogging) but I have definitely been inspired this year! My sister and I are hosting a Valentine's Sister Saturday party on the 12th and I would love it if you would consider linking this up. :-) We just launched a new blog together so if you haven't been by yet, be sure to come over and take a look!

Nancy said...

Very cute idea! I like displaying vintage valentines. They can usually be found for little cost. I also like making my own valentines to display.


⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Super cute, I heart the hearts! Great tip and trick there!

Lisa said...

What a great idea!!! Simple, easy and oh so cute! Thanks for sharing :-)

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Very cute! I would love to tease my kids with not being able to eat it! :)

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I have that very same idea but wouldn't you know I forgot to buy the hearts and I think we're going to be snowed in tomorrow. ;) Yours turned out really cute.

Melissa said...

So cute. :) The possibilites are endless with that hey! :) You could use rocks, and red candles, and tie some ribbon around the outside of the votive. :) Or whatever. :) Great idea! Thanks for sharing. Hehe :)


PS Those lollies (candies!) are so cute!!!! :)

Paula said...

I like how you used ribbon to cover your candle to coordinate with your candy. This is just a perfect Valentine's decoration!

Have you noticed that it is hard to find real (Necco) conversation hearts? The Sweet Tart ones don't taste the same to me. I've already eaten two big bags of the Brachs ones. Someone needs to stop me!

Jen said...

Finding your blog through several clicks. I look forward to reading more. Have a wonderful week, great job on the valentine decor.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

The upside down cup is a genius idea! I just bought some conversation hearts to decorate with:)

Lynn said...

Such a neat idea! I've seen it before, but never with the clear bottle inside.

I'm headed to the store NOW!

Anonymous said...

This is such a great idea! The plastic cup tip is GENIUS! Thanks!

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