A Valentine’s Day DIY Staycation

A while back I gave my unwavering opinion that going on a staycation was not my idea of a vacation. Basically, I outlined why I would need a vacation from my staycation. You can read about that here. Am I allowed to change my mind on this? Of course I can, although I will not go as far as to say that I would give up a week at the beach to stay home and watch the grass grow.

So, here’s my pitch for a staycation exception: I believe Valentine’s Day might be the best time to stay home and explore your love in the confines of your nest. Here’s why:

All the usual Valentine Day niceties are at your fingertips at home. Just get those green DIY juices flowing and let the romance follow:

I am a sucker for handmade cards. Today, I am totally lovin’ the idea of making a machine-stitched Valentine card like this or an easy hand stitched card. Or, you can fold your way into your sweetie’s heart by making origami valentines. Also, these DIY Alexander Girard-inspired cards are calling to me (might save this one for an anniversary).

Let cupid deliver one these beauties to your honey in a handcrafted envelope.

Home Décor
Along with romantic headboards, like this dreamy lipstick red DIY headboard, I’ve been noticing the allure of bed canopies. Interior designer Patricia Gray provides an amazing round-up of DIY romantic bed canopies here.

Whenever candles are mentioned, my first response is to suggest ditching the paraffin candles (nasty by-products that emit greenhouse gases and soot). Instead try DIYing beeswax or soy candles.

Lately, I’ve been jazzed by the idea of using reusable LED tea lights. There’s a bit of a debate about whether or not LED lights pass the snuff test for being a viable design alternative to the natural glow of a wax candle. I picked up a 12-pack of LED tea lights at Homegoods and enjoy the muted glow of these candles in a candleholder. This DIY threaded candleholder is created especially for use with LED tea lights.

Make some yummy chocolate cherry Valentine scones. The recipe includes the DIY directions for creating a gift box using a homemade glue recipe. Personally, fair-trade chocolate-dipped organic strawberries would fit the romantic bill for me.

Natural Sweets
I love these cute food stickers that you can download and stick on a piece of naturally sweet fruit. My only suggestion would be to print these out on labels that can be used with direct contact with food. How about an entire organic fruit bouquet with love notes?

Unless you are giving organic flowers, conventionally grown flowers generally get a thumbs-down for eco-friendliness. Most cut flowers are grown in South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. They can be heavily sprayed with pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and even DDT, creating problems for workers and florists. Add the transporting time and traditional flowers may not be so lovely. Instead make a dozen origami roses. Use leftover holiday tissue paper or cards. Or, how about a button bouquet?

Did you think my next suggestion would be to make wine for Valentine’s Day? Not. But, what would a Valentine’s celebration be without wine? Check out Jerry’s Green Wine Guide for the perfect wine pairings to compete your Valentine’s staycation.

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Keith Barkley
Keith Barkley2 years ago

I love it,Thanks.

Leafy Green
Leafy Green3 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thank you.

Mary Bakarich
Mary Bakarich4 years ago

Hell yeah April!;)

William F.
William Ford4 years ago

We did well. Thanx

rula khoury
rula khoury4 years ago

thanks, very nice ideas! too bad i don't celebrate valentine's

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman4 years ago


Chavonne Harvey
Chavonne Harvey4 years ago

very nice ideas :)