With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start planning out the perfect romantic dinner. Whether you’re celebrating with your special someone or the whole family, don’t forget to include some festive table décor to complete your heartfelt display.
Along with decor, there’s also gifts to think about. If you’re at a loss for what to get your loved ones this February 14th, check out our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide — complete with ideas for everyone from kids to teens to your spouse!
While a store-bought display is easy, it can cost a pretty penny — especially if you’re leaning toward roses. Instead, why not make your own Valentine’s Day centerpiece? You’ll save money and add a personal touch to your décor. With just a bit of time and a few inexpensive supplies, you can have the sweetest tablescape for your sweetheart!
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1. Paper Valentine Vases
Using this tutorial, you can turn any vessel into a festive arrangement for your romantic dinner. So grab any vase or container you have on hand, some pretty papers and fresh flowers, and you’ll have a perfect Valentine’s Day centerpiece ready to go in no time!
- Solid-color cardstock (long enough to wrap comfortably around your vase)
- White printer paper (long enough to wrap comfortably around your vase)
- Strong adhesive tape
- Scissors or e-cutter (recommended)
- Waterproof vessel (any vase, jar, or bottle you have on hand!)
- Fresh flowers
Start by measuring the height and circumference of your vessel. Trim down the colored cardstock to those dimensions. Using an e-cutter or scissors, cut hearts or other festive designs into your rectangle.
Once you have the paper fully trimmed down and decorated with a cutout design, place a length of strong adhesive tape down one side of the paper rectangle. (Note: Use this same technique to connect pieces of paper to wrap around larger vessels.)
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Carefully wrap the paper into a cylinder, overlapping the sides to cover the tape and ensuring the tops and bottoms line up perfectly.
Make as many paper cylinders as you like, varying the colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns!
To conceal the vessel inside and help the pattern stand out a bit more, add some white paper to the inside of your cylinder. There’s no need to measure perfectly or tape this time around. Just roll up a piece of printer paper and slide it down into the cylinder.
Once you release the white paper, adjust it so it lays flat against the colored paper and fills out the outer cylinder.
Slide your paper cylinders over your vessels and insert fresh flowers. Make as many as you need to fill up your table or mantel.
Need some more centerpiece ideas? I’ve got you covered! From flowers to candles, hearts to candy, here are nine more fun and festive ways to decorate your table with Valentine’s Day centerpieces.
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2. Candy Trees
Source: Amanda Jane Brown
Pick your favorite heart-shaped candies and use them to decorate Styrofoam trees. Play with the patterns and mix up the colors to create a sweet display.
3. Boxwoods & Ribbon
Source: Holly Mathis Interiors
Dress up any green plants you might already have around the house by tying on some simple red and white ribbons. The greenery will freshen up any color scheme you choose for your table.
4. Tin Can Votives
Source: SewLicious Home Décor
Re-purpose old cans into Valentine’s Day candleholders by wrapping on pretty ribbons and burlap trim. Fill with candles to create an ambient tablescape.
5. Candy Sundae
Source: Baker Girl
Sundae glasses filled with candies in a clever arrangement like this one make for one sweet display. Make an extra larger version as a centerpiece or put one at each place setting for a whimsical treat.
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6. Candy & Tulips
Source: Evolution of Style
Red, pink, and white candies make for a pretty and perfect vase filler. Check out this tutorial for a simple trick that will save you from buying bags of candy to fill a big vase!
Fill your vase with colorful candies and enjoy a treat or two yourself! You’ll also save $1 when you buy 2 2-ounce bags of M&Ms®, Dove®, Snickers®, Twix®, Milky Way®, and 3 Musketeers®,
7. Heart Tree
Source: The House that Lars Built
Spray some branches white and then tie on pretty paper hearts. Vary up the sizes, shapes, patterns and colors to create a dazzling arrangement for anywhere in the house.
8. Candy Candles
Source: Gimme Some Oven
Pair store-bought candles with quintessential conversation hearts to make some oh-so-sweet accessories. This tutorial gives you three different ideas for dressing up candles for your Valentine’s Day dinner.
9. Heart Cake
Source: Sarah Hearts
Fashion these adorable cake toppers from simple wooden hearts from the craft store and paint. Even if you’re not serving up a cake, these cheery hearts can be loaded into a vase for a similar effect.
10. Heart Bouquet
Repurpose a milk bottle by coating it in festive red paint. Fill the jar with different colored hearts on sticks for a rustic and whimsical arrangement that can work with any style.