"Valentine's Day is my holiday," Darcy Miller, celebrations expert and editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings, exclaims with glee. The dedicated DIY-er and mom of three spends much of the year gathering up her pink, red, and gold supplies so she can get her girls crafting as early as possible. "So much [of the holiday] revolves around family, friends, and love, and crafting! A lot of the valentines I do are a nice combination of crafting, DIY, and buying, so they work for everyone."
This year, Darcy got creative with some personalized rubber stamps. She found a company that took her sketches of her girls and transferred them onto stamps that could be used on a variety of projects. "I like making rubber stamps and my kids too. But parents shouldn't feel the pressure to do the same just for this holiday. Many of these ideas are applicable to birthdays and stationery too."
And while Darcy does prefer the homemade to the store bought when it comes to Valentine's Day cards, she knows that everyone doesn't have the time to punch, cut, and glue their way to valentine perfection. "If you buy a valentine, just write a sweet note, or if you're a busy mom and don't have time to be punching, don't feel bad," she says. "Just as long as [the kids] write their names and their friends' names on it themselves, you're good!" Read on for some sweet DIY gifts cards you and your kids can send with love to family and friends this year.