Homemade Valentine's Day Decorations and Recipes

Cookies, crafts and festive decor make for one sweet celebration.


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Paper Flowers

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Pretty paper flowers are the perfect backdrop for a table loaded with homemade treats and decorative touches.


Here's how: Hang paper flowers above the table with monofilament. Create a tiered centerpiece by stacking three cake stands, one over the other, and filling with decorated cookies, candies and cupcakes. Make a garland about 6 feet long by folding a 14-foot length of baker's twine in half and tying a knot at the end. Thread ends into a tapestry needle, insert through a blue felt ball, and tie another knot. Continuing to knot as you go, add a pink sequin, followed by a paper cutout disk, another pink sequin, a red felt ball, another pink sequin, five cupcake liners, another pink sequin and so on, ending with a felt ball. Pull the threaded needle back through the felt and knot. Arrange bouquets of small flowers made from cupcake liners, following directions on slide 3.


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Old-Fashioned Valentines

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Give your main squeeze an old-fashioned valentine that shows off your crafty side.

Here's how: Set up a card-making station with colored paper heart cards and baskets of supplies—patterned tape, decorative-edge scissors, stamps and ink pads, markers, glitter glue, colored pens, stickers, ribbons, sequins and buttons.


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Paper Blossoms

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Instead of red roses, arrange a cheerful bunch of frilly paper blooms.

Here's how: Create a loop at the end of a piece of paper-covered floral wire. Stack two mini cupcake liners and three regular-size liners, and use a needle to make a small hole in the center of the liners. String a mini cupcake liner through the bottom of the looped floral wire, adding a bit of gel adhesive to the loop. Push mini cupcake liner up and gather it at the center, adhering it to the glue. Repeat with second liner, gathering it over the first, then do the same with each of the three regular-size cupcake liners. When the flower is complete, wrap the stem with floral tape.


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Valentine's Day Party Invitations

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Photo Booth

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Let guests ham it up at a DIY photo booth with cartoon-style props you make yourself.

Here's how: Download templates for props—hats, mustaches, lips, glasses and more. Trace onto colored card stock, glitter paper or felt. Cut out designs and glue each onto a 1/8-inch-diameter wooden dowel. Take pictures of guests posing with props, then print out or e-mail as a thank-you for attending.

Click here to download the templates


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Sugar Cookies

Basic Sugar Cookie Dough
Prep 15 m
Chill 240 m
Bake 10 - 12 m

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Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes
Makes 18
Prep 15 m
Bake 9 m
Cook 4 m
Chill 15 m

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Tea Sandwiches

Ham-and-Cheddar Finger Sandwiches
Makes 8
Prep 15 m
Start to Finish 30 m

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Party Drinks

Strawberry Lemonade
Makes 10
Prep 10 m