The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269. The day became associated with romantic love in the 14th and 15th centuries when notions of courtly love flourished, apparently by association with the "lovebirds" of early spring. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. In Italy, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver's heart", as well as to children to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine's Malady).
Modern Valentine’s Day celebrations may be a far cry from Pope Gelasius’ original intent, but the traditions that have stuck are the ones that makers and creators excel at: handmade gifts that are sincere expressions of caring.
Last year we asked members to create Valentine’s projects using Testor's craft paints, and we 💗 what you shared:
@SueH's wood cut wreath:
@Painted Petals ' verse written on glass
@Chunky Mermaid's “Girl Holding Balloon Hearts” picture
Looking for more Valentine's ideas? Find this Wood Stain Heart Chandelier project on the Rust-Oleum Inspiration pages.
We could all use a little love 😍 - these sweet wooden blocks are the perfect project to share the warmth this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s “Jarcuterie” .... ooooh yah! 🍬
This string art heart is simple, inexpensive, and striking.
We hope you'll join us in the Send a Little Love activity and share what you'll be making your sweetie(s) this year. In the meantime, enjoy these seasonal groaners 🤓
What did the stamp say to the envelope on Valentine's Day? I'm stuck on you!
What did the paper clip say to the magnet? I find you very attractive.
Why didn't the skeleton want to send any Valentine's Day cards? His heart wasn't in it.
Happy Valentine's Day!