With Cupid’s day past us, we have some creative reuse ideas so you can make more use of those flowers, stuffed animals, or other seasonal gifts you were given for Valentine’s Day.

 

After Christmas, we talked about some fun ways to recycle Christmas cards, so we thought it would be fun to follow it up with a look at creative ways to reuse Valentine’s Day gifts.

 

The most popular gift on Valentine’s Day are flowers since about 38% of Americans purchase them for their Valentine. In 2014, it was estimated the 257 MILLION roses were produced just for the holiday. So, with flowers in mind, here’s our list of the best ways to recycle flowers and enjoy them again:

  1. Dried Flower Candles – If you have the supplies to create candles, this is a simple, easy idea that will give you beautiful results. Dry your flowers and embed onto a candle, then dip the candle into clear wax to keep them there. You can experiment with different designs and ideas based on the types of flowers you have. (Source: http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/dried-flower-candles-0109)
  2. Decoupaged Pressed Flowers – If you aren’t a candle-maker, don’t fret. Try this idea: press your flowers and use decoupage to affix them onto glass. Mason jars, coffee mugs, or any flat surface you can imagine. (Source: http://www.redtedart.com/2012/06/04/how-to-press-flowers/)
  3. Pressed Flower Handmade Greeting Cards – Guys, seriously. This is too cute. Kind of like the Decoupaged Pressed Flowers, this idea uses clear-drying craft glue, and your creativity is given its stage to shine. Use different shapes and colors a masterpiece. (Sources: http://longwoodgardens.org/blog/2013/07/25/how-to-press-flowers-create-handmade-greeting-cards)

 

Stuffed Animals are another popular Valentine’s Day gift, and honestly it may be hard to find a way to creatively reuse your new cuddly friend. That’s why we dug deep to find a couple ways to repurpose those cuddly friends:

  1. Donate Them – It’s easy enough, right? There are different charities that take stuffed animals for children, but we’ve found our favorite place to donate them are hospitals. Some have rules or special instructions for donations, but generally they can take them, clean them, and given them to kids who may be in need.
  2. Dissect & Reuse – This may be the toughest and most time-consuming, but if you happen to be sitting on large amount of stuffed animals with no home, here’s a very interesting idea: reuse the components for other projects. Use the stuffing for pillows or quilts. Repurpose the fur to create a large throw or blanket. Here’s an idea from artist Agustina Woodgate: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/teddy-bear-skin-141686

 

Did you think we would forget Valentine’s Day cards? I hope not.

  1. Next Year’s Valentines – Reuse and create cute Valentine’s Day cards for next year. Since you have a solid base, cut, glue, and imagine the possibilities for the one-off pieces you’ll be able to send out next year.
  2. Greeting Card Ornaments – If you’re the sentimental type, get ready. Begin a collection of Christmas ornaments from the various cards you get each year. You can relive the years of holidays and memories each Christmas, as well as make for a beautiful tree. (Source: https://folkhaven.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/greeting-card-ornament/)
  3. Greeting Card Gift Tags – Just like for Christmas, a simple punch and some imagination can yield beautiful, one-off tags for use year round. (Source: https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1411/4730719786_0730d43635.jpg)

 

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