14 Ways To Re-purpose Decorations For Valentine's Day

14 Ways To Re-purpose Decorations For Valentine's Day

How, though, does one decorate for Valentine's Day without breaking the bank...or heart, rather?

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, those of us with a passion for holidays have one thing on our minds: decorating. How, though, does one decorate for Valentine's Day without breaking the bank...or heart, rather? Since Valentine's Day typically goes as quickly as it comes, there is no reason to purchase an entirely new set of holiday decor. Re-purposing Christmas and New Year's decorations is the perfect way to save a pretty penny. Simply collect the following decorations in your choice of red, pink, black, white, silver, and gold.

1. Wreath

A simple wreath can be bedazzled and transformed beyond imagination. The possibilities are endless. Wreaths are circles, after all. A pine needle wreath can be decorated with Valentine's Day hearts, ribbons, or bows. If the wreath is made of garland, not much else needs to be done. Hang your newly purposed Valentine's Day wreath anywhere in your home, dorm room, or office space.

2. Ball Ornaments

Ball ornaments are perfect decorating options for holidays, parties, and interior decor. For a simple, yet elegant touch, fill a glass vase with a colorful selection of ball ornaments. The display will surely brighten the space with Valentine's Day delight. A delicate arrangement of ball ornaments on a table centerpiece is another fantastic way to reuse those Christmas ornaments without spending a dime.

3. Trees (Preferably Artificial)

Although bringing nature indoors is thought to be good feng shui, it may not be a good idea to keep a natural Christmas tree from last November in the living room. It could be a bit of a fire hazard if it is dried out. Not to mention that there would likely be pine needles everywhere (what a vacuuming hassle!). Any size or color of artificial tree will do. Using Valentine's Day themed colors and decorations, adorn the tree(s) to your liking. Let the creativity run wild!

4. Extra Unused Balloons

If you hosted a Christmas or New Year's Eve party, you probably have some leftover balloons. It certainly is not everyday that one has the occasion to decorate their home with helium-filled balloons. This is the chance! Outline a doorway or banister with as many balloons as possible. You and your guests will immediately feel the cheer in the atmosphere.

5. Tinsel Garland

Proceed with caution. Tinsel garland can be a touchy decoration idea for some. If garland was not looked upon favorably around Christmas and New Year's, it is probably best to leave it packed in storage for Valentine's Day. Relationships should not be jeopardized over garland. However, if tinsel garland is a favorite decoration, then by all means, hang it everywhere. Drape it across bookshelves, doorways, accent walls, pianos, and mirrors. The more the merrier.

6. Tablecloth

This idea is pretty straightforward. Lay a tablecloth that complements the theme of Valentine's Day across a dining table. Voila!

7. Ribbons and Bows

Ribbons and Bows are great additions to nearly anything. Add a bow here and there and something ordinary becomes extraordinary. Not only are ribbons and bows cute by nature, but they are also perfect for adding a little sweetness to any room.

8. Snowflakes

Since Valentine's Day occurs right in the middle of winter, it is absolutely acceptable to decorate the indoors with decorations reflecting the elements. If there is snow outside, we may as well bring the idea inside with us. Besides, snowflakes themselves are inherently pretty. It's in their nature.

9. Lights

This is a personal favorite. Strings of lights are wonderful anytime of the year, but especially when celebrating a holiday. To create ambiance, lights can be strung around a room on the walls. For a classy party decoration, place a clear vase filled with lights on an end table or use as a centerpiece.

10. Fine China

If you are hosting a Valentine's Day dinner, bring out the fine china! This a special occasion and should be treated as such. Put the fine china to good use and celebrate the day.

11. Tulle

Nothing can go wrong when using tulle. Whether it is tied around a wreath, placed as centerpiece, or made into a tutu, tulle has the capability to turn a room romantic, sweet, or just plain fun. It's every girl's dream.

12. Flowers

When it comes to flowers, they can be real or artificial. It is completely up to your whims and fancies. For Valentine's Day, roses are always the winning flower. However, if coupled with Valentine's Day decorations, poinsettias and amaryllises are also beautiful accents to the holiday's atmosphere.

13. Candles

What would Valentine's Day be without candles? The ambiance that candles bring to Valentine's Day is essential. Their glow and scent warm the hearts of everyone.

14. Crafting Supplies

The holidays are prime crafting season and if you love to get creatively crafty, you may have extra tissue paper, yarn, and glitter around, just waiting to be used. Answer the call to craft! Create a new Valentine's Day decoration that the world has never seen.

Love your creative self and wallet this Valentine's Day by re-purposing your holiday decorations!

Cover Image Credit: ribbons.com

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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Stop Missing Summer Because Of Your Terrible Sleeping Patterns

It's a bad habit.


We've all been guilty of a self-indulgent lie-in from time to time, whether we went to bed late the previous night or need a mental health day. But when summer rolls around, it becomes so easy to let the occasional lie-in until noon turns into a horrible habit.

Admittedly, it is nice to put off responsibilities that hang over our shoulders during the school year by staying in bed. It's great to be lazy every once in a while. It can do wonders for your mindset.

However, if you have nothing begging for your attention when the semester is over, that habit can become self-destructive in a way. You stay up past midnight, wake up around noon, dress—and then, the day is nearly over.

It becomes a vicious cycle that is difficult to undo, and if you don't undo it, you're missing out on a large chunk of your summer.

I find this has been happening to me recently. I stay up until two in the morning as I only work a few days a week, and wake up around noon. But in two hours, my sisters finish school, and what have I accomplished? Absolutely nothing!

The self-indulgent lie-in becomes miserable as you see those wasted hours turn to dust, and before you know it, you've already been at home for a month. What do you have to show for it? Days spent waking at noon and barely being productive?

If your sleeping patterns are in your control, I'd advise you to curl up in bed earlier, wake up earlier, and enjoy the world earlier. This is the free time you've been craving all year, and if you're not enjoying it properly, no one else will! The second you let your summer fall out of your control, you become irritated with yourself for letting it happen at all.

There is so much to take advantage of in the early mornings that you're sleeping through! So dress, head outside, and breathe in the summer for what it's worth!

(Also worth noting that sleeping until noon occasionally can be wonderful too, as we all need our relaxing time, but don't get sucked into the habit all over again.)

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