I'm a big fan of large punches and fancy scissors-- time savers, as long as I use them. And I do, frequently. Add some glue guns or sticks, card stock in pretty colors, a little tape and string. Done and done.
Add in a few wooden skewers (does anyone not have those lying around? We always seem to have handfuls scattered in various drawers for no apparent reason) and anything can become a seasonal decoration.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy. All set for Valentines and Bayley's birthday. Ssssshhhh. Despite what she said earlier, she still thinks the whole world celebrated her birthday.