DIY Valentine Popcorn Invitation ( for a cosy night in ) | February 07, 2011

It comes around once a year. Instantly detectable from the overwhelming explosion of pink and red in shop windows, the hiked up price tag on a bunch of roses and the sudden inexplicable desire to buy chocolates or candy. The experience may be nauseating to many, but, in my opinion, the perception of Valentine's Day merely being expensive and fraught with clichés belongs to those who fail to think outside the heart-shaped box. The truth is, I bear little objection to the holiday. In fact, I embrace it and view it as an opportunity to get creative!

For something simple, inexpensive yet still romantic, I would highly recommend the following concept: Instead of splurging on dinner at a fancy restaurant, have a cosy night in on the couch. A couch 'picnic' of sorts. Snuggle under a blanket, order take-out, indulge in champagne, popcorn and candy in front of your favourite romantic movie.

You can even eat on disposable picnic plates and cutlery so that neither of you have to wash any dishes afterwards!

Furthermore, instead of swapping gifts, swap love-letters!

And if you're the type who enjoys being a little bit creative you can go as far as assembling a fun, 'package' to give to your partner a few days beforehand to invite them to the event. Fill up a cute popcorn carton or bag with a heart-shaped magnet containing details of the evening, a love-letter in a bottle (to be opened during the evening), two sets of picnic cutlery, two (fake) movie tickets, a packet of candy, some colourful confetti and any other festive, season-appropriate knick-knacks that you can imagine!

VALENTINE POPCORN INVITATION- WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Tools:

  • Colour Inkjet Printer
  • Scissors
  • Scalpel
  • Cutting Board
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Stapler

Materials:

  • Popcorn carton or bag (You may find these in party shops)
  • A4 sheet of smooth white card stock
  • PDF of designs (Download at bottom of article)
  • Small rectangular magnet sticker. (A4 magnet sticker sheets should be available in some craft stores or you could re-use a magnet from old advertising material)
  • Some nice paper for your handwritten love-letter.
  • A small glass bottle or cannister (for your love-letter)
  • Picnic cutlery x 2
  • Ribbon or twine (to tie around your love-letter and cutlery sets)
  • Small manila tag
  • Candy
  • Blu-tack (or double-sided tape)
  • Small clear plastic bag
  • Confetti

Firstly, print out the designs onto smooth white card stock and cut out the various elements using either scalpel or scissors.

To create the heart magnet invitation, use scissors to carefully and slowly cut around the heart-shaped design. Cut a small rectangle out of the A4 magnet sticker sheet and stick on the back of the heart.

Tie the cutlery sets up with some nice ribbon or twine of your choosing. Attach the 'bon appetit' banner with blu-tack (or double-sided tape).

I created my own confetti from a heart-shaped craft punch but you can use pre-made confetti if you prefer.

Fill small plastic bag with candy of your choosing. Before cutting out your candy bag topper design, use your scalpel to gently score between the dotted lines. Cut out and fold, at the score, over the top of your bag. Trim down edges to the size of your bag then use your stapler to attach it.

Write your partner a love-letter. Roll it up, tie up with string and stick it in your glass bottle or cannister. I've tied a manila tag around the bottle with the words 'Open on February 14'

You can even throw in pen into your package to encourage your partner to write their own letter to you!

Combine all your goodies into the popcorn container. Present the finished package to your significant other with a smile!

Have a great Valentine's Day!

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{ all images by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Valentines Day

Comments

  1. meegan | Feb 7, 2011
    oh my. this is all so, well, just fabulous. thanks so much for being so generous. this will be a great surprise to pull together.
  2. So cute! Thanks for sharing this kind of stuff!

    Lise

    http://elevenlovelythings.com/
  3. aww. makes me wanna do something fun & quirky for valentine's day.. ♥
    thanks for sharing!
  4. Great project. Had to share on my facebook page. Love your blog!
  5. This is soooo cute. Thank you so much for sharing this. I think it's cinema-time for my husband and me next weekend :)
  6. Excellently done. I am most certain this will be employed in the coming weekend!
  7. emily | Feb 8, 2011
    this is such a great idea! it's very creative and pretty and i'll definitely try to put it into use this year :) what's the name of the font that you used to spell out "Valentine's night" on the heart?
  8. I could not be more smitten with this project. It is not only visually adorable, it is so clever and creative. What a great way to encourage an intimate evening at home and exchanging notes!

    My husband and I don't really enjoy the pressure that is put on V-day so instead we try to serve our single friends by treating them to dinner and fun evening. Thanks for sharing your brilliance!
  9. one word...perfect!
  10. This is such an adorable, sweet little project! Thanks so much for sharing!
  11. Super cute! Makes me want to make exciting romantic plans!
  12. You are so talented! This is a fantastic idea :)
  13. Oh my gosh-- This is SO awesomely cute! And, your photographs/Styling are perfect.
    He's a lucky guy

    :)
  14. Happy Valentines Day to you and your husband. Hope you have a wonderful day.... thanks for the generous gift.
  15. Love this. Perfect for jazzing up a movie night. :)
  16. Preach girl. I need you to talk to my husband about the spirit of Valentines Day. Love your simple, but meaningful celebration ideas.
  17. Adorable! The "Admit One" tickets are by far my favorite detail.
  18. I just found your blog and I LOVE IT!!!! My boyfriend gave me a Valentine's gift similar to this last year, but not packaged as fancy...hehe.
  19. Now this looks like the perfect Valentine's Day! wish all these perfect crafts could magically appear in my home ;)
  20. Hey Amy!

    First of all, let me just say how much I LOVE this idea!! And your photos are BEAUTIFUL!

    Second, I hope you don't mind, but I decided that I loved your awesome idea so much, I would write a blog post about it! You can check it out here: http://littlelightups.blogspot.com/2011/02/valentines-date-night-idea-free.html Enjoy!!

    Thanks for sharing such cool stuff! I can't wait to check out the rest of your blog!

    -Elyssa
  21. this is soo cute!!! I love this idea, i actually may use it this year!
  22. You have the most wonderful, creative ideas! Thanks for sharing! I love this simple, inexpensive project that hits at the true purpose of Valentines Day - spending quality time with the ones you love. I included your idea in my post regarding my favorite V-day ideas: http://ohlalamum.squarespace.com/oh-la-la/2011/2/7/valentines-day-is-just-a-week-away.html
  23. Oooo, I love these! This is perfect for my husband and I, we love this kind of date!
  24. Just Me... | Feb 9, 2011
    I can't hardly read this! Is it just my monitor? So light, so hard to see!
  25. Jamie | Feb 9, 2011
    Thank you so much for this adorable idea and printable! I was wondering if maybe you could make an alternate heart invite printable that exchanges "champagne" for something else, sparkling cider or fizzy water or something, it's just, my SO and I don't drink, and I really want to use this...it's totally fine, if not, just thought I would ask, I can totally just hand write it on a heart..I love this whole idea!! Don't mean to sound whiney or anything, really, this is a perfect idea for Valentine's.. :)
  26. That is the best idea EVER.

    I love it and this is just so creative I can not stand it!!!! :)
    Cheers!!
  27. such a great idea and thanks for offering it as a printable! i love all the little details like the confetti and utensil ties!

    http://www.thelateafternoon.com
  28. You are by far one of the most talented ladies in blogland....I just love your DIYs so much. Thanks!!!

    ~Kirsten
    http://www.triplemaxtons.com
  29. Such a cute idea--so nice of you to share all the lovely things on your blog!!!
    Thank you and Happy Valentines Day
    Monica AKA Stampinmama
  30. as always you simply amaze me with your creativity! thank you so much for sharing -- and i love the photos!
  31. I loved the idea! Something with glamor! In Portugal Valentine's Day is not very important, there are some stores that decorate the hearts with mounts, but those very ugly!

    It's a really cute idea!
  32. Oh my gosh, this is just adorable! If this project had cheeks, I would just have to pinch them. Beautiful photography as well!
  33. Erika | Feb 10, 2011
    I Just love it!
    in each post you give us so much beauty, and your DIY are amazing!!!!
    Thanks for sharing...
    For sure i´ll invite my "one" for a lovely movie nite
  34. Heidi | Feb 10, 2011
    This is so adorable. Very creative. Love it! Happy Valentine's Day!!!
  35. Oh wow! This is sooo beautiful! Im really impressed with your designs - theyre just perfect! Im feeling all slushy just thinking about it! I've already organised a trip on a steam train with afternoon tea but Im really going to consider encorporating your design into the day! Thank you!
    xx
  36. this is adorable! now could you find me a valentine to share my couch and popcorn with? ;)
  37. Thank you for this great idea! You did a great job capturing the whimsy and fun in these photos. I just blogged about it along with other DIY Valentines ideas here:

    http://covetcollective.blogspot.com/2011/02/diy-valentines.html

    Happy Valentine's Day!
    -Lana
  38. Amazing! Is a very good idea!
    Thanks so much!
  39. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it!!!!
    You are GREAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!
    Thabnk you so much for sharing, i wanna do all that with my beloved husband!
  40. ohh! a super cute idea for happy hearts day!
  41. I REALLY love this idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing! And for the download!! I'm planning on featuring this on my blog on Valentine's Day. Love it so much! Love your blog, too! Thanks again!
  42. karen | Feb 13, 2011
    realmente muy creativo y hermoso aww que detallazoooo :)) felicidades!! ?
  43. ooooo! I always love your stuff. This one does not disappoint! :) -Shelley {howdoesshe.com}
  44. These things are TOO CUTE!! I have to now search to see if you have an online store..am a serious stationary junkie, and these are just ridiculously adorable...love it all! Glad I found you!....please visit me, have a new blog and am new to blogging, started it about the building of dream home and my passion for decor and design. also doing my first ever giveaway a gorgeous french chair!
    www.theenchantedhome.blogspot.com
  45. Oh i love this idea, for any day really, where i live valentine's not important at all.

    Once i had a boyfriend and i did something like this for his birthday, it was so disappoingting that he wouldn't appreciate it at all!! Gosh... of course it didn't go well.
    Anyways, I thank God because now i'm with the loveliest and i think he deserves the best couch pic-nic ever ;)
    Thanks for sharing this, your blog is SO inspiring and you're so generous!
  46. verenice | Feb 15, 2011
    Love the whole idea!!!!!
    But unfortunately, I couldn't print it!!!! it was really bad seriusly because everithing looks very nice, but Iv'got the idea and Im doing something like it!!! thankyou very much for the inspiration

    regards from mexico!!
  47. Amanda | Feb 15, 2011
    I loved this idea and used it yesterday to spoil my other half http://scrapbookphotographyetc.blogspot.com/2011/02/valentines-2011-re-cap.html
  48. This is just amazing!! I love it. In fact, I'm going to post about it! Great work again Amy!
  49. I love love love this idea! I bet you can modify it for any date night, not just Valentine's Day. I can't wait to surprise my hubby with this, thanks so much!
  50. chelsea | Mar 9, 2011
    what is the name of the font you used?
  51. Thanks for your kind comments! The lettering used on the heart, the tickets, the cutlery labels etc. are not fonts but lettering I created specifically for this project.
  52. I love this idea! And you can find the plastic popcorn containers 2 for $1 at the Dollar Tree!!!
  53. chelsea | Jan 15, 2012
    You just made me feel so much better about not seeing my fiance for Valentine's Day--this is the perfect gift to ship along & keep saved for a belated celebration!

    Thanks for the tips & inspiration (:
  54. this is FABULOUS!!! awesome idea--- thanks for sharing :)
    would love to have you link up at my Handmade Valentine Party:
    http://www.summitstreetjoy.com/2012/01/handmade-valentines-day-crafts-and.html
    xo
    lauren
  55. Steph | Jan 28, 2012
    Love it! Such a beautiful presentation.
  56. just wanted to say thanks - what a great idea and thanks for your generosity:)
  57. I absolutely love this post and was so glad to see you were giving these printable's away for free. My boyfriend really appreciated them and we had a brilliant night having our 'couch picnic'.

    I did a blog post on the end product:
    http://thediaryofshanfrank.blogspot.com/2012/02/love-is-in-air.html

    xxx
  58. andie | Mar 7, 2012
    ADORABLE! saw this in pinterest. GREAT for any time of year. :) thank you!
  59. mas | Apr 7, 2012
    what a cute design :)
  60. jessica | Oct 24, 2012
    love this idea - really cute -cannot wait for Valentines Day :):)
  61. Ayesha | Jan 15, 2013
    Just so cute! So much more thoughtful than an expensive meal out. Where is vintage looking popcorn box from?

    Ayesha :o)
  62. Laura | Jan 26, 2013
    Thanks for this lovely! x
  63. Appreciate your generosity and the intent behind these printables! With 2 kids it's more common for my husband and I to do an in-house date. : ) Just pointed my readers your way to get their own. Thanks!
  64. This is so awesome! I used to be one of those people who didn't like V-Day... but now I think like you, great chace to get creative... I love this!
  65. kary | Apr 30, 2013
    Una idea sencilla, linda y original. Gracias
  66. racheel | Jun 4, 2013
    SOOO cute Thank you!
  67. Christy | Jan 5, 2014
    I just love this idea. Thanks for sharing.
  68. I really love your work and this DIY in particular.

    I hope you don't mind, i put it in my "Valentine day's selection" of DIY that i love ;)

    http://dododo.fr/selec-diy-be-my-valentine/
  69. Gelli | Oct 23, 2014
    Super cute design that you've made. I am really inspired of your work!It is good thing to have this website for us that we love crafting and designer. I am looking forward for new freebies.
  70. Love your posts! I’m slowly moving in that direction and would like to add this to what I make yearly.
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