DIY biodegradable St. Valentine’s garland. Orange peel garland

Valentine’s Day is such a lovely holiday. In Mexico we call it Day of Love and Friendship. I love hearts and all the décor that comes with it. However, many of the décor is disposable, and even most things you can basically only use them once. I wanted to create something either made of paper, or even something sustainable and biodegradable! I saw this cute idea from Valerie Garcia back in December. She used orange peel to make gift tags! So I thought I could follow her lead and make a dry orange peel heart garland for Valentine’s Day!

You’ll need:

  • 4-5 navel oranges (big oranges work better)
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Jute cord or cotton string
  • Cooling rack and baking sheet

Preheat oven at 200°F (90°C). Cut the ends of your oranges, and slice the peel lengthwise. Peel it off carefully so that the peel stays as whole as possible. This way you’ll have more area to work with.

Place the orange peel with its inside up on a cutting board. Use a sharp cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes. Press hard with your palm to get an even cut. Place the hearts on a cooling rack on a baking sheet, or on your baking sheet using some parchment paper.

Place the tray in the oven, and bake for about 2h.

Remove from the oven, and use a needle and jute cord or cotton cord to string your hearts and form a garland as long as you need it. Et voilà! Your garland is ready to make your place look more charming!

NOTES:
* I recommend using bigger oranges so that you get more material to work with. Even bring your cookie cutter to the store, and buy some that are good for its size
* Don’t be tempted to add more temperature to the oven
* If you don’t have a cooling rack, don’t forget to use parchment paper on your baking sheet so that the shapes don’t get stuck on it
* Play around with this sustainable idea! You can buy grapefruit, red oranges, or even limes!

The best part about this DIY is that it is completely sustainable, biodegradable, and you get to eat your oranges! Click here to see what I did with mine. Also, you can totally adapt your garland to any other holiday. And even make ornaments and gift tags for Christmas!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Michelle | con limón, please

Some other garlands I’ve made before:

Other St. Valentine’s ideas:

St. Valentine’s Day date idea at home

St. Valentine’s Day snack idea: St. Valentine’s popcorn

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For some more St. Valentine’s Day craft ideas go see what my friends shared!

DIY Valentine’s Day Welcome Sign For Front Door by Cameron

Toddler Valentine’s LOVE Art by Amy

Paper Hearts by Stephanie

Valentine’s Day Craft: Thumbprint Tree by Ally

DIY Valentine’s Day banner by Cammie

Simple Valentine’s Day Toddler Craft: Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies by Kirsten

Colorful Heart Garland for DIY Valentine’s Photos by Amy

Valentine DIY decor by Kimberly

Valentine’s Day Craft by Christa

Valentine Love Wands by mamallamallama

Yarn Crafts Valentines Edition by Stephanie

DIY Valentine’s Day Tree Decor by Alex

Valentines Day Craft for Kids by Alexa

Valentine’s Day Activities for Toddlers by Surabhi

St. Valentine’s Day popcorn

Popcorn is one of my favourite snacks. My dad taught me how to make them on the stovetop, and it has always been the snack we ate for a tv night. I like to prepare them with salt, then I add chamoy (spicy fruit sauce), hot sauce, and with lime, for sure. This St. Valentine’s snack main ingredient is popcorn. It’s perfect, salty and sweet. My husband loves sweet and salty snacks, and I think this was a great idea to please our taste buds. It’s very easy to make, and it looks super cute!

How to make Valentine’s popcorn
Ingredients:
1/2c corn for popping
1 bar of white chocolate
1 10oz bag of Valentine’s M&Ms chocolate
Sprinkles (I used silver & colorful ones)

Procedure:
Pop your corn! Heat up a tablespoon of cooking oil in your pot. Add the corn, and some salt. Cover it. Grab a pair of cooking mittens, and shake the pot every 30sec for 5sec once the corn starts popping. The popcorn will be ready when the popping starts slowing down, maybe 4sec in between pops is a good time to stop. Add immediately to a bowl and let popcorn cool. Once it’s cool, get rid of any un-popped kernels. If you prefer, you can also use a bag or two of microwave popcorn.
Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30sec intervals. If you prefer, use a double-boiler system to melt it. The cholate pieces I used were done in 30sec, since they were a truffle type of chocolate.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, and then add half the melted chocolate, and mix well. It’s easier if you use two spatulas. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the mix. Drizzle the rest of the chocolate and let it cool. You could also pop it in the fridge.

The cool part about this snack is that you can add as you please! Some great ingredient ideas to add or replace are corn Chex, Cheerios, small pretzels, cinnamon chewy candy, and more!

Don’t let the name make you think that this snack is exclusive for St. Valentine’s Day. Change the colors, and celebrate any special occasion. I hope you make it!

 Michelle| con limón, please

Stay at home date for Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is coming, and yet we all get to stay at home. My husband and I have been trying harder to leave time for ourselves. Parenthood can sometimes be tiring, right? However, I think parents have to spend time alone together, too. The pandemic doesn’t make it any easier, so here’s an idea for a safe stay at home Valentine’s date!

Our baby is staying in our room, so it’s hard to watch something when he’s asleep without bothering him. We’ve been using the laptop to watch something at night. Rather than just sitting on the couch with the laptop on a stool, I thought it’d be a good idea to do a little romantic set up for my husband and I. If your special someone gets to leave the house, you can surprise them. Maybe ask them to take a shower while you put everything together.

Find a spot and make it look cute! I added all the cushions I found, a cute blanket, and a chalkboard sign. I also handmade those pom-poms. My husband loves sweet and salty snacks, so I made Valentine’s popcorn, dark chocolate covered pretzels, and I also added a bowl with Doritos with hot sauce and lime. There was some plain popcorn, too, but we ate it before we took the pictures. Get a bottle of wine, or maybe some hot tea or chocolate.

It was my first time making St. Valentine’s popcorn, and I loved it. It was more than perfect. The right amount of salty and sweet.

We usually like to go out to eat some South Indian food to our favorite restaurant for Valentine’s day. Maybe this year we will order takeaway, but for sure we will enjoy a movie night on our living room floor, safe at home.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Michelle | con limón, please


I’ve connected with some amazing Bloggers to share some blogs featuring some All things Valentines! Baskets, date nights, gifts and more! Head to each of their blogs to check out what they are sharing.

An Easy Valentine’s Day Love Basket with Items Found at Target by Heather

How To – Valentine’s Day Craft: Making a Love Tree by Amy

Heart Day by Anne

How To Create A Romantic Backyard Picnic for Valentine’s Day by Krystalyn