Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. It’s the time of year to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. It’s probably also the time of year when many people overlook their New Year’s Resolutions by breaking their diets with sugary sweets and going over-budget by splurging on fancy gifts for their girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse. But on a day that celebrates love, it’s okay to break some of the rules as a treat, but I do want to caution you about overspending and spiraling further into debt. That’s not funny!
Most people I know buy cards for their significant other and cards for their children’s classmates. The card, by itself, can cost a pretty penny – just take a look down the card aisle in your grocery store and you’ll see what I mean! If you’re frugal like me, and even a slight by craft-sy, instead of spending up to $7 on a greeting card – yes, they can get pretty pricey – make your own! The truth is that you don’t need a lot of money to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your sweetie.
Here are four designs that are sure to tickle your sweetheart’s funny bone:
1. Geek Chic
Supplies: 8.5 x 11 cardstock, graph paper, scissors, glue, red & blue colored pencils or markers, Nerds candy box (optional)
For: The Math Nerd
Front Text: “My love for you is like a concave up function because it is always increasing.”
Inside Text: “I’m not being obtuse, but you’re acute girl (or guy).”
2. Marvelous Mustache
Supplies: 8.5 x 11 cardstock, bold color construction paper, scissors, glue, lollipop (optional)
For: Anyone, but especially those who love facial hair and/or mustache humor
Front Text: “I mustache you a question: Will you be my Valentine?”
Inside Text: “You’re FanTACHEtic. And I’m SHAVING all my love for you!”
3. Library Love
Supplies: 8.5 x 11 cardstock, library card pocket (at school supply stores – or create your own from an old manila folder), plain white index card, ruler, black & red markers, pen, glue, Smarties candy (optional)
For: the Beautiful Book Nerd
Front Text: “I Can’t Stop Checking You Out”
Inside Text: “READ THE FINE PRINT: you’re fine” or “I can READ your mind. I love you too.” or “I’d even rather curl up with you than a good book… usually”
4. Pizza Pie, Raving Rock Fan
Supplies: 8.5 x 11 cardstock, scissors, glue, red, yellow & beige construction paper for cutting out pizza, colored pencils or markers, pizza candy (optional)
For: The classic rock fan, heartbreaker, or recent Ex
Front Text: “Take It. Take Another Little Pizza My Heart Now Baby”
Inside Text: “Hope I’m not being too cheesy, but you Rock!”
You can either use your computer to print out the text or write it with colored pencils or markers, but I think the personalized touch of a handwritten card/note is so unique in our digital age! If you have stickers, stamps or decorative paper to embellish your cards, that’s even better! I used mainly construction paper and scissors to cut out my designs and glue onto the cardstock.
Remember a simple gesture and a handmade card with a special note can be a simple yet wonderful gift that won’t bust your budget, and will be sure to put a smile on your Valentine’s face!