Get over hating Valentine's Day, and start culture jamming

By on Feb 1st

The day that everyone loves to hate is coming right up! Oh, Valentine's Day. It's not just the single people who hate Valentine's Day ("the holiday designed to make me feel lonely") — it's the people with sweethearts, too ("the holiday designed to force me into contrived expressions of romance").

Well, I have one thing to say about Valentine's Day: STOP WHINING AND START CULTURE JAMMING. Valentine's Day is NOT about buying things and it's not even about romantic love — it's about getting out the construction paper, doilies, and glue stick to make embarrassing cards (full of AWFUL PUNS!) for your friends. It is NOT about having a girl/boyfriend or buying chocolate unless you watch too much TV and believe what you're told.

If you don't like what the media is telling you to do, then stop listening. Get out the glue, glitter, and red paper and start showing everyone how much you love them. Grumpy old neighbors, the cute girl working your grocery check-out, the mail man, your barista…I'm sure they would all be tickled pink to get some home-made Valentine love.

So stop whining and get to work! Let's take a look at some inspiration for some totally homemade, slightly subversive papercrafts and other Valentine's day goodies you can make for all your favorite, non-fucking, platonically awesome people:


For your bff, with a note about getting "felt up":
Photo by Nest of Posies. Click here for the tutorial!

Photo by Nest of Posies. Click here for the tutorial!

For your greasemonkey friends:

Photo by 30 Handmade Days. Click here for the tutorial!

Photo by 30 Handmade Days. Click here for the tutorial!

For your inspiring lady-friends, courtesy of Heather Champ (read her explanation!)

Photo courtesy of Heather Champ.

Leave some matches in there for the stoner buddies. ONLY 9 WEEKS 'TIL 4/20, DUDES!

Photo courtesy of inchmark. Click here for the tutorial!

Photo courtesy of inchmark. Click here for the tutorial!

Sew some goodies into wax paper for your neighbor or bus driver or barista:

Photo courtesy of The Wilson World. Click here for tutorial!

Photo courtesy of The Wilson World. Click here for tutorial!

So, who's ready to celebrate a super-crafty, totally platonic, culturally-subversive Valentine's day with me? HMM?!