Creative Ways to Say I Love You - on Valentine's Day and Every Day

How to Say I Love You for the First Time

Are you looking for a way to say "I love you" for the first time? Or perhaps you want to say "I love you" in a new way for Valentine's Day this year? Or forget any milestone or holiday--do you just want to find a fresh way to share with your partner exactly how much you love him or her? Whether it's Valentine's Day or any ole day of the year, there are unique ways to say I love you anytime.

Do you like to be creative? Here are some ideas to spur on the romance on Valentine's Day or anytime.


Use conversation hearts to spell out your message.
Use conversation hearts to spell out your message. | Source

Say I Love You with Candy Hearts

I really don't like the taste of those little conversation hearts that fill the shelves before Valentine's Day, except for the ones made to taste like Sweet Tarts. I do, however, think the cheesy messages on them are kind of cute. I love you. Hugs. Be mine. Ur mine. Sweet Pea. My Girl. Gotcha. My Love. Mad 4 You. LOL. The list goes on . . . .

Conversation hearts can be fun, as there are some unique, romantic things to be done with them. For those couples established in their relationship, just giving the partner a different one with a different saying every day can be fun. Following through with what the heart says--Kiss, Hug--can be even more fun.

For those who want to say "I love you" for the first time and beyond, simply find the "I love you" candy heart, and give it to the recipient or leave it for him or her to find in a special place. But you can do something much more grand than that.

  • On a card or piece of construction paper, glue on candy hearts in the shape of a heart with the "I love you" heart glued in the middle of the heart.
  • Do a similar thing, but glue the hearts on in the shape of "I (heart) you."
  • Have the recipient pick out candy hearts from a container as a game, with the two of you having to follow through with what the heart says. Kiss? Sure. Hug? Sure. I love you? Sure--just say it!


A heart-shaped meatloaf that I made for my boyfriend last Valentine's Day.
A heart-shaped meatloaf that I made for my boyfriend last Valentine's Day. | Source

Say I Love You with Food

Make a heart-shaped food. Purchase muffin-tins or cookie cutters to make heart-shaped sweets. But you don't have to limit your treat to sweets. You can make a meal out of it with meatloaf or other main dish! See photo to see what I made last year for Valentine's Day.

For an added touch, use a cake decorating kit to write "I Love You" with frosting, or other condiments (ketchup on meatloaf, for example!) on the food items.


Romantic Collage

Collage of relationship
Collage of relationship | Source

Say I Love You with a Collage

Have you ever made a collage? This project consists of cut-outs of meaningful items, all glued or pasted together, perhaps to tell a story. This is something to have fun with. Make sure you have construction paper, glue, and scissors. Get out magazines and cut and glue to your heart's content.

Cut out hearts, of course, and anything else that relates to love. Be as creative as you want, but do make sure you include the word love in there somewhere or even the cut-out phrase "I love you" if you can find one.

Put your heart into it. Add pictures of things that are important to your special person. Cut out items that are important to both of you. Be sure to include lots or romantic pictures and words.


Write a love poem

Write a poem to declare your love. It can rhyme or not, as long as the poem comes from the heart.

For a simple type of poetry, try writing a Valentine haiku that consists of only three lines.

Read the poem aloud to your loved one, or frame it, perhaps with some candy hearts glued on the frame.

Love in the air--even on a dirty car.
Love in the air--even on a dirty car. | Source

Express your love anywhere

Does your sweetie have a dirty car? Or a foggy bathroom mirror? Take advantage of that to draw a heart or write "I love you" with your finger across the dirt on one of the car windows.

In lieu of the foggy bathroom mirror, slap on an "I love you" with lipstick to greet him, ladies. For the gentlemen, shaving cream or even toothpaste will do the job.


I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song - Jim Croce

Say I Love You in a Song

Songs have always been a way for everyone to express feelings, obviously. Do the old-fashioned thing and make a mix tape. Some of us could still play the ones made on cassette tapes of yore. Of course, you can opt for making a CD of your favorite love songs.

If you're really brave and want to sing, do it! Do you play an instrument? Strum the guitar and sing a song you know or a song you've written yourself. Or can you sing acapella? Be brave and sing your love to your partner. Going the Karaoke route could be another fun way. If you have your own Karaoke machine as I do, pick out a love song that says those three special words, and sing them to your partner.

As another option, go out to a Karaoke bar as part of your Valentine's date and sing your love song for your admirer. That option is for people with guts, of course.


Make Cookies for Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

No matter if it's the first time or the thousandth time, saying--and hearing--those three little words can mean a lot both to the speaker and the recipient. It doesn't hurt to spice things up with a few romantic ways to say "I love you."

However you express your love this Valentine's Day, sincerity is key, but creativity can help it along.


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emilybee 3 years ago

Wow, my fiancé loooves meatloaf, but he might love it even more if it was in a big heart shape ;) Very timely hub with some great suggestions for this Vday :)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

emilybee--I am thinking about doing the meatloaf thing myself. I already have the heart-shaped pan. Good luck with yours! :-)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Cool ideas, Vicki! Love it! Bev did a collage for me that I adore....I have to come up with something for her this year; you've given me some good ideas.


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xkamronx 3 years ago from Utah, USA

This HUB was pretty awesome, thanks for the tips! ;D


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Cool, Bill! I love collages. I may do one for my guy this year! Good luck with whatever you decide for Bev!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, xkamronx! Thanks for reading and commenting!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

awwww, Vee...how sweet and creative. Love is in the air...hearts and flowers and candy and kisses.....You have such a romantic heart.

So, are you going to tell us all what "creative" Valentine surprises you'll have for your boyfriend??....Well, are you?

Thanks for the ideas, Vee....even Senior Citizens need love on Valentine's Day!!...........UP++


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. I once reenacted our first kiss, but at her work.


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klanguedoc 3 years ago from Canada

Thanks for reminder me that its just around the corner LOL. Just kidding. Great hub and lots of useful tips.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Effer, you're so funny! This hub made me think I'd BETTER do something creative and sweet for my guy, huh? I haven't quite decided what yet. Hmmmm . . . got to think about it. Maybe I'll let you know . . . . :-)


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South

Such cute ideas! Some very simple ways to tell them you love them...great hub!


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

What fun ways to say "I love you" - fun hub!! I like that first picture, too. :D


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

That's very cool, Mhatter! Did that go over well?

klanguedoc--No problem! Glad to be of service!! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, catgypsy--glad you like! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CC--Coming from you, liking my picture!!! That's a great compliment. Thanks so much. Glad you like!!!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I love how all of these suggestions are simple, inexpensive, and appropriate for any time of the year. People can customize them in so many different ways. Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You bet, Rose! I need to think about which one I'm going to do for my guy. :-)


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teaches12345 3 years ago

The meatloaf is fine with me! I love it and haven't had in in a few years. Great suggestions, I like the song idea.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

teaches--Then it's about time you had some meatloaf! I just pulled out my heart-shaped pan last night. I may be making a meatloaf myself!


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

I Agree, the more loves the more peaceful the world is.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

agustanani--So, true, so true. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub and thank you so much for sharing.I vote up and share.

Eddy.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Eddy, you're so sweet. Thanks so much!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

What a great idea for Valentine's Day! Thanks for sharing;-)


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TToombs08 3 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Love these ideas, V! I might have to use one or two of them on the hubby this year. Since he's cooking up something for our anniversary (the 17th of Feb). Voted up and sharing.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thelma--thanks for reading! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

TT--Go for it! And I hope hubby does something really romantic for you for the anniversary!!!


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klanguedoc 3 years ago from Canada

We usually have a Valentine's dinner with the kids: we serve food that have a red theme. The kids love it. Great hub as always. I am voting up.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

klanguedoc--That sounds really neat what you do with your kids. Thanks for reading this hub!


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savingkathy 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

These are cute ideas! I think my favourite is the collage. Thanks for sharing these easy ideas of ways to express your love. Voted up and sharing.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

savingkathy--Thanks for the input. I like the collage, too. Now, if I could just find the time to make one. heehee Thanks for reading, voting, and sharing!


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DIYmommy 3 years ago

While my husband had been deployed to Kuwait last year, he had done something that was very surprising and interesting. With an interesting sense of humor, he actually hired a professional musician to dress up like cupid, and film himself doing an acoustic rendition of an 80's love power ballad. After looking past the goofiness of seeing a guy dressed up in a diaper, with an acoustic guitar, and a bow and arrows slung across his back, it was pretty cute. Being away from home so long, he tried to occasionally do "out of the box" things like some mentioned in your article. Thanks for the great hub!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

DIYmommy--That's awesome! I love creative gifts like that. How neat of your husband to do that!

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