Like all holidays, Valentine’s Day comes with more than its fair share of…sentiment? Family togetherness? Food?
Actually, I was thinking more along the lines of printing and trash. Statistics show that over a billion Valentine’s Day cards and valentines are printed every year. Almost all of those will eventually find their way to the landfill or, if they’re lucky, their local recycling center. Now, I’ll be the last one to tell you to stop handing valentines out to your Valentine, but one billion valentines=a whole lot of trees!
Printing shops toss the paper from their leftover valentines into huge recycling bins for the next generation. You can do that too! But that’s not the only way to recycle those valentines printing at high volume every year. You can also turn them into ornaments to launch your very own Valentine’s Day tree!
What’s a Valentine’s Day Tree?
Valentine’s Day trees can be defined as one of the following:
- The small, tasteful tree propped on your end table with a small smattering of hearts in honor of the holiday, or
- What your Christmas tree becomes when you haven’t taken it down by the time February rolls around!
Whichever category your Valentine’s Day tree happens to fall into, you’ve already got all the decorations you need sitting around in those bags of valentines you brought home this year.
How to Recycle Valentines Into Decorations for Your Tree
If you have an ounce of crafty know-how with printing materials, you’ll be able to figure out the specs for making your valentines into ornaments. It basically boils down to cutting out the picture, putting it on a backing of some sort and adding a loop or a hook. I personally like to get the plastic frames that snap together, put the picture inside and run a hook through the top.
How do you make your ornaments?
4 More Ways to Recycle Your Valentines
Don’t like the idea of a Valentine’s Day tree? It’s okay, it’s not for everybody. Some of yu may not like the idea of setting up a whole other holiday tree. And some of you may actually be on the ball when it comes to taking down your tree after the New Year! That doesn’t mean your valentines are doomed for the trash. There are other ways to recycle your cards, including:
- Tossing them in a box for the kids’ arts and crafts.
- Stringing them on a ribbon to make a Valentine’s Day garland.
- Scrapbooking materials.
- Glue the pics to a frame and make an awesome present for your Valentine!