Friday, February 14, 2014

diy valentines xoxo

Happy Valentine's Day! ♥ I have spent the past few days listening to sickeningly sweet love songs and making valentines for my friends. I love love love this holiday because 1) it gives me and excuse to make gifts for my friends and 2) everything is so pretty! In the past, I've always baked lots of treats to give to all my friends. But since I'm now living away from home and don't have the luxury of a full kitchen, I made little gift bags instead!

As much as I love all the pinks and reds of Valentine's Day, I like them in small doses. So I used this cool map paper to make the gift bags, and decorated them with subtle hints of pink and red.

valentine bag
I made these gift bags following How About Orange's tutorial, but instead of using envelopes I just folded up the map paper and sealed the edges. I filled the bags with conversation hearts, chocolate, mini nail files (I left this out of the bags for guys), and a little paper valentine.

I made a different Valentine for each of my friends, with inside jokes or sarcastic remarks that only they would understand. ;)

I painted each of their names on pieces of kraft paper and attached them to the front of the bag with my favorite floral washi tape.

love letter
I punched holes in the top of each bag and threaded through red twine with two little tags I made, and tied it with a bow.

Here are a few more of the valentines I made for my friends (and I have to say this disclaimer; I stole a few of these ideas from Pinterest!).

I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day! Go hug your friends, kiss somebody lovely, listen to love songs, dance under the stars, and be enchanted ♥


  1. What you made to your friends is very pretty and original! All these colors are so romantic ♥
    Have a wonderful Valentine's Day !

    1. Thank you so much, my dear Elisa! Have a magical Valentine's Day! ♥♥xoxo

  2. this packing paper is the best <333 beautiful!

  3. These are so absolutely adorable! You're the sweetest thing for making up these little parcels for your pals. :) Happy Valentine's Day! <3 xoxo