Valentine’s… on a budget.

February 7, 2014

In the spirit of money saving, I decided that my husband should get a handmade present this year for Valentine’s day. I wish we could spend it together but sending something very personal through the post is the next best thing. It’s all about showing affection and that is something that doesn’t have a price, so measuring love by the money spent on the day makes as much sense as an ice sculpture in the Sahara. I found a lot of ideas on Pinterest and picked a couple I could easily make. As it’s Friday today, why not try it over the weekend?

I went shopping and got myself a few items:

  • Book covering roll £0.69
  • Hearts and stars stickers £1.09
  • Coloured paper £1.00
  • Set of 10 glue sticks £1.00
  • Deck of cards £2.00

All the other bits and bobs like the ribbon, the magazines and the lipstick I already had lying around the house.

It’s pretty straight forward – you make a little book with the playing cards as its pages. You write one thing you love about your partner on each of them – I chose to handwrite them because I don’t have a printer – and find adequate images to mach your sentiments. And it’s done. It took me a few hours but I was happy with the result. Now he knows 52 reasons I love him, although there are plenty more.

As we live apart, I had to post it, so I also took another inspiration and made him an envelope full of my kisses. Very cute and easy to make: Apply lipstick, kiss the paper and cut them out. Set them up on book covering roll and cut them all out again. Simples!

Kiss factory.

What are your plans for Valentine’s day?

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  • Reply Kizzy @ The Dainty Dolls House February 7, 2014 at 09:01

    These are gorgeous ideas doll, I love the cards!! I did the lip print thing for my husband before we were married & I was living back home in the states. It’s a really great idea :)) I am sure your husband will love it & I hope you both have a great Valentine’s Day :))) xx

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:55

      I hope he does like it… or else…. lol
      Hugs my lovely!

  • Reply marylou February 7, 2014 at 19:14

    oooooh my heart is melting, this is really the cutest idea ever, that playing card book, it´s really special. your husband is a lucky guy to have you!
    wish you a great weekend!

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:57

      yes he is, you are right 🙂
      besitos guapa!!!

  • Reply MIS PAPELICOS February 7, 2014 at 20:41

    I will have to do something romantic after 30 years together, and I mean nearly 24 hour, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
    hahhahahhaah. No regrest thoug.
    I shall let you know when the parcel arrives, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    You spoil me!!!
    Sending sunshine

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 11:58

      I hope it gets there quickly!

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  • Reply Lady parisienne February 8, 2014 at 12:08

    Pretty post, nice photos!

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 12:01

      Thank you!

  • Reply Señora Allnut February 9, 2014 at 18:48

    so stunning idea, lovely cards and really cute because you made everything!!
    We’re not used to celebrate it, we’re really scrooge of valentine’s day!!

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 12:02

      It’s nice to receive gifts but it doesn’t mean you have to spend much… I didn’t and I think it’s a lot more meaningful 🙂

  • Reply Imogen February 10, 2014 at 02:25

    This is a beautiful idea and I am sure he will love it. I am impressed. I adore how creative and personal it is.

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 12:04

      I sure hope he does 🙂 I had a lot of fun making it!

  • Reply Hollie February 10, 2014 at 05:42

    aw how cute!! Great ideas!

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 12:05

      Thank you! I’m glad you like it!

  • Reply ariane February 11, 2014 at 13:55

    Allo Sara!

    I love the kiss factory, i might do that, plus getting hearts and put all over his bathroom and walk in on Valentine morning –
    We have plan to go dinning in Old Montreal, that should be romantic

    • Reply Mrs D February 11, 2014 at 14:36

      Sounds lovely!!! I hope you have a wonderful day 🙂

  • Reply jocelina February 11, 2014 at 20:39

    Already spotted the kisses on instagram and it’s an adorable idea. The deck cards are also cute but the kisses are very personable I think.

    I’m single so don’t have anything special planned

    • Reply Mrs D February 12, 2014 at 16:04

      Ha well, I don’t have muh planned either. Being in along distance relationship forces me to have single days all the time…

  • Reply Connie* February 12, 2014 at 02:40

    So adorable. I love the envelope. I’m gonna use that idea. Your hub is a lucky guy. For St. Val’s day??? Hmmmm…usually we just drink champagne and take the dog for a walk. Boring I know…but I love it and the dog likes it, too.

    • Reply Mrs D February 12, 2014 at 16:08

      sounds like a good plan to me! Let me know if your hubby liked the envelope too 😀

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