Photo: Green is the new pink with homemade valentines

Get creative! Give the Earth a valentine, too —with inspiration from Pinterest.

On February 14th, my kids — along with all their classmates — will proudly trot off to school with a cloth bag full of homemade valentines.

Our Valentine's Day exchange is homemade only. Yours could be, too.

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It's as simple as suggesting it to your teacher or parent community. Propose that, this year, everyone goes green and gives from the heart. Chances are you're not the only one who cringes at the waste generated by commercial valentines.

Of course, you'll need inspiration! I've combed the Internet for fun, original, green Valentine's ideas and assembled them on my Green Valentine's Pinterest board. Share it with your community and start a green Valentine's revolution!

Here are a few of my favorites:


Crayon Melt — Recycle crayon bits by melting them into heart shapes, like these from Chef Messy. Find a link to the downloadable background on my Pinterest board.

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Seed bomb — What kid doesn't want to put newspaper in the blender? Valentine's seed bombs are a fresh twist on the tradition of giving flowers and are as much fun to make as they are to give. Science, recycling, gardening and homemade giving all in one project!


Paper roll stamp — Even the littlest hands can make can get in on the fun too. These perfectly imperfect hearts stamps beautifully and are made from recycled toilet paper rolls, courtesy of Kiwi Crate Projects.

By choosing to make our own green valentines, we're giving more than a token of friendship — we're giving a token of our lasting commitment to take care of the one planet we share. That's love.

How are you greening your Valentine's Day? Share your project and inspire others!


Tovah Paglaro, Queen of Green

January 29, 2013

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