25 Valentine’s Day Crafts and Recipes

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25 Sweet Ideas for Valentine's Day 2

Last Valentine’s Day my husband Tim and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. Yes, we did indeed get married on Valentine’s Day. Tim always says it was so he could remember the date!

My husband and family pulled off an amazing surprise 25th Anniversary Vow Renewal Service. I was literally blindfolded ,taken 45 minutes away ( long car ride!) and opened my eyes to find myself in my daughter’s church in a room lit with candles, waiting for us to renew the vows we had made 25 years earlier.

It was magical.

My daughter Rachel had a white dress waiting for me, with a bouquet of flowers to carry down the aisle once more to meet my handsome groom. She and my niece Jennifer had thought of everything.

Did I say it was amazing?

These two gals created some  great anniversary decorations, including a fun sweets and treats table at the reception and a photo booth for hilarious family and friends pictures.

Have I told  you I’m extremely hard to surprise?

I’m not sure another anniversary will be quite as exciting or surprising, but just in case you want to make your day as magical as mine, here are 25 DIY Projects for Valentine’s Day to get you started.


Valentine’s Day/Anniversary decorations


Apothecary jars from Ramblings of a Suburban Mom

Valentine's Day Apothecary Jars

Be Mine banner  from how does she?


welcome sign


Free printable Valentine coupon book from Mommy by Day Crafter by Night

Free Printable Valentine Coupon Book

be mine banner


Valentine’s Day mantel


free ove story print from eighteen 25


burlap hearts from Domestically Speaking


heart garland


Felt Valentine heart from the idea room


Valentine’s Day wreath and frame from Lil’ Luna


Valentine’s frames from Eighteen 25

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Free printables from Pizzazzerie


We had  a fun photo booth set up at our anniversary reception, and I loved the props my niece had chosen.

Valentine's/Anniversary Photo Booth from Marty's Musings

love notes mail boxes from The Dating Divas


buckets of love from Clean and Scentsible

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countdown to kisses from Infarrantly Creative


 52 things I love about you from Visual Heart


How about a DIY music lyric plate from Eclectically Vintage using a love song?


paper projects from Stuck on Stampin’


I served Chicken Marsala (I call it “love” chicken!)  on the actual day of our anniversary when we celebrated at home with our two youngest children.

Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola Cheese from Marty's Musings

Valentine twinkies from Somewhat Simple


strawberry heart oreos from Thrifty Handmade Days


A requirement for all family celebrations is my frozen jello punch recipe. Trust me. You need this recipe! I even served it at my daughter’s wedding.

Frozen Jello Punch from Marty's Musings

This Valentine’s subway art from The Girl Creative reminds us of the true essence of love.


Wishing you a celebration full of love. 

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  1. Marty, This is a great list of Valentine’s Day goodies and ways to celebrate! Thanks for including my paper projects in your list!!

  2. Hi Marty – love is definitely in the air! So glad to see my music lyric plate making happy music here!

  3. What a lovely round-up! My husband and I got married on the 15th of February, so I love Valentine’s Day, and of course, the day after 😉

  4. Great collection – I needed to get started on some of these!


  5. So many great ideas!! Thanks for sharing.

  6. These are some really cleaver ideas! I saw your link on Serendipity and Spice. I would love for you to come by and share your creativity with my friends @

    Robin@ Fluster Buster
    Fluster Muster Linky Party – Wednesdays

  7. I really enjoyed reading your 25th Anniversary post, especially since my husband and I recently celebrated ours and just renewed our vows this past Saturday! T’wasn’t a surprise renewal, although our children kept the reception part a secret until we were ushered into a twinkling room, lit with only white Christmas lights and floating candles in Mason jars. It was glorious! Thanks for sharing these ideas; they’ll come in handy soon!

  8. What great ideas! I am hosting SHOW-licious Craft Showcase if you would like to link up and participate! I’d love for you to join in! 🙂


    Happy New Year!

  9. These are some awesome ideas for Valentine’s Day!
    Visiting from Home+Heart Linkup.
    Iris♥ -The Blue Birdhouse

  10. What a sweet story! Hope my kids are that thoughtful when the time comes for us 🙂 And thanks for the inspiration. I especially love the deck of cards flip book. Found you through The Better Mom linkup


    • Thanks, Gina, for visiting Marty’s Musings and my Valentine’s Day ideas! Is your 25th anytime soon? Ours was wonderful and our kids were great. Special memories!

  11. perfect collection of ideas for valentines. Congrats in advance on your anniversary. Sweet story!

    • Thanks so much, Laura for checking out my Valentine’s Day ideas post and thank you for the anniversary wishes! I’m thinking the 26th won’t be as unique as the 25th!

  12. Really cute ideas! Thanks. I’m a fairly new blogger still trying to get the hang of all this, lol! I welcome any suggestions!

  13. Thanks so much, Marty, for sharing all these wonderful Valentine’s Day ideas!

  14. That is a great day to get hitched on Valentines. Your last anniversary sounded truly magical. Thanks for sharing this wonderful Valentine collection.

  15. Wow! This post is overflowing with amazing ideas for Valentines Day! I’ll have to get busy, since you’ve inspired me so, Marty. 🙂 Thanks a bunch!

  16. Great Valentine DIYs! Thanks for sharing at my Twirl & Take a Bow party. Have a great week.

  17. oh my gosh, how sweet is that! and what great ideas for some valentines decorating, too.

  18. oh my! How amazing loving all the inspiration. I need to get in the V-Day mode now…. :o)

  19. They are all so lovely! Oh the month of hearts:)

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog’s twitter, FB and Pinterest. I blog @ Getting Healthy with Essential Oils

    I am also inviting you to join Tiddle Diddle Handmade Shoppe’s first giveaway event.

  20. Marty,
    I married my sweetie on Valentines Day too. Last year was our 25th too! Can you believe it:) LOVE the surprise you had. Lots of great ideas here. Happy 26th!!!!!! Stop by, I posted

  21. This is a superb collection of Valentine’s Day ideas. I’ve got several that I’m pinning for myself, and I’ve started following you. Thanks so much for putting this together!

  22. Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
    Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It’s Weekly Goals Link Up. It’s a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. 🙂 Here’s the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup-html

  23. What a great list! Thank you for including my jars!!
    Ramblings of a Suburban Mom

  24. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  25. Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your inspirational craft with our Crafty Showcase last week! You rock!

    We can’t wait for you to stop in and share more of your ideas with us. The Crafty Showcase is open from Friday midnight until Thursday noon! http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/01/12/saturday-showcase-craft-project-linky-15/

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Susie @Bowdabra

  26. Those are nice DIY project ideas! I especially love the Valentine’s Day wreath and frame from Lil’ Luna. It’s beautiful.

    Thanks for the ideas!

    Rachelle of New Orleans Weddings

  27. Thanks for sharing my project! just wondering if you’re able to change the link on my 52 things I love about you card gift to: http://visualheart.com/2012/02/19/52-things-i-love-about-you/
    Thanks so much!

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