Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from ManukaGuard! As producers of all-natural Manuka honey, we’re experts in all things sweetness, which makes today one of our favorite holidays of the year. 

Whether celebrating with a candlelit dinner, a daytime adventure, or a perfectly-chosen gift, it’s the perfect time to show the people in your life how much you love them. This is also true if you have a non-romantic Valentine like a friend or family member – you might not want to scatter rose petals across their floor, but there are plenty of other ways to express your gratitude and devotion to your Platonic loves as well. 

For those who might be looking for a last-minute holiday gift or a perfect addendum to your present, there's nothing more heartfelt than a handmade card, which is as affordable as can be while giving your romantic gestures a wonderfully personal touch. For some, this might mean returning to arts and crafts supplies you may not have used since childhood, but you’ll be surprised how fun and even relaxing it can be to use your creativity and make something for someone you love. 

For those looking to make cards without picking up any materials outside of the house, beautiful cards can be made using nothing more than printer paper, markers, and scissors. The crafty among us might enjoy bringing in additional elements like photo collages, stickers, pipe cleaners, and other materials for even more elaborate creations. 

To add an extra hint of sugar-sweetness to your cards, classic candy hearts are lightweight enough that you can glue them to your card, adding them like stickers to your design. They'll add a sweet message (“Fax me,” anyone?) and a playful spirit, and you'll have the whole rest of the bag to enjoy with the person you love. 

Here are a few of our favorite card designs, which can be made as simply or elaborately as you want. For those worried arts and crafts supplies are hard to find, it’s easy to find inexpensive art supplies at most drugstores and even many supermarkets. You might find that those inspire your creations further. 

Heart Snowflakes

Similar to the paper snowflakes you might be used to making during the winter holidays, these cards are made from folding and cutting paper to create patterns ranging from simple to intricate. This can be done on regular printer paper or other papers like rice paper or construction paper for a more elaborate effect. 

For those looking for more instruction, try this design: fold your paper into sixteenths (fold it in half four times). On the top fold, draw a half-heart, making sure it is aligned with the folded part of the paper and not its edge. When you unfold it, you’ll have a beautiful pattern of connected hearts that will look like a million bucks even if you didn’t have to spend any money on it at all. 

These cut-out cards also look great mounted on a piece of colorful construction paper, which also helps keep these delicate cards intact.

Here’s another easy gift that turns an everyday object into something adorable. Using cut paper, pipe cleaner, and perhaps a few other decorative materials like markers or glitter, it’s easy to turn a pencil into a butterfly. (Move over, caterpillars!) These look best with pencils or pens that come in fun colors, to begin with, which you should be able to find at your local drugstore. You might even be able to find some that are specifically Valentine’s-themed.  

Butterfly Pencils

Here’s another easy gift that turns an everyday object into something adorable. Using cut paper, pipe cleaner, and perhaps a few other decorative materials like markers or glitter, it’s easy to turn a pencil into a butterfly. (Move over, caterpillars!) These look best with pencils or pens that come in fun colors, to begin with, which you should be able to find at your local drugstore. You might even be able to find some that are specifically Valentine’s-themed.  

To start, cut two small (no more than 5 inches tall) hearts out of your paper of choice. Orient them in opposite directions so their points face each other, and then bring them together to overlap by about an inch. Hint: this shape already should begin to look like butterfly wings. 

Now fold the overlapping parts and cut two small slits in them that are just large enough for your pencil to fit through. Unfold the card while leaving the overlapping parts where they are and place your pencil through the two slits. Your pencil will hold the paper in shape so you don’t even have to use glue. 

Lastly, if you want to add antennae, use half a pipe cleaner to create the shape you want at the top of your pencil. Your pencil will be ready to take flight!

Printable Valentines

For those who don’t have the time for a hands-on crafts project, there are awesome Valentine’s card templates available from Studio DIY – take a look at the link here. These festive, colorful designs are sure to bring a smile to your loved one’s face and are also great options if you’d like to distribute valentines to a group of people. These cards are meant to be cut out, as you will see that these templates feature multiple designs on one page.

However you end up deciding to celebrate today, ManukaGuard wishes you and your honey a day full of sweetness.

Written by Steph manor

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