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DIY Valentine’s Day Vases

Valentine Vases

Since Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, I decided to turn my winter vase into a collection of Valentine's Day Vases.

I took 4 of these vases from Dollar Tree and applied fabric glue with a paint brush.  Then I wrapped some brown yarn around them until they were covered.

I used various white or off-white items from around the house to spell out the word “LOVE” – a piece of lace, a felt rosette (here's a tutorial), buttons, and a piece of white yarn.

And there you have it.

DIY Valentine's Day Vases

And now, my dear readers.  Here's a question I have for you.

I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to filling vases.  And, to further add to my problem, my decorating budget is $0.  I have to use what I have around the house.  And in this case, these are the only flowers I had that were white or pink, or any sort of Valentine-y colors.  So, do you have any ideas for how to fill the vases using only these flowers or things I could find outside?  I'm no good at this.  Help!

DIY: Scripture Conversation Hearts!

Those of you that have read my blog in past years know that I am no fan of Valentines day. I know, ba humbug, right? It is just not my favorite holiday! But while I mutter things under my breath like “February is the Monday of months,” this time of year usually finds me doing Valentines Day-related projects, anyway. {go figure!}

I normally try to do a little project to include in the decor for our church’s Valentines banquet. (You can see past projects here) This year is no exception…I created some of my very own conversation hearts to fit the theme of the evening!

diy scripture conversation hearts
This was a super easy project, but I am excited about the color it will bring to the banquet tables, plus the truths of the scripture messages as a reminder of the Love of God!

I just picked up a package of scalloped foam hearts from our local dollar store.

foam hearts
I got the scalloped ones because they had the brightest colors, and I was looking to make these similar to the real thing.

scalloped edges
Then I got to work punching out the middles of the scallops. Random side note: if they went to the trouble to punch those, why couldn’t they have just poked them out at the same time???

poked out pieces
I found lots of verses that talked about the love of God for us, our love for God, and a few about our love for each other. I also tried to use verses that could be shortened easily, without losing the message of God’s love that I was trying to get across.

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Here are the verses I used:

Deuteronomy 6:5 …thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart…
Deuteronomy 11:1 Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God…
Joshua 22:5 ..take diligent heed… to love the Lord your God…
Psalm 18:1 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
Psalm 31:23 O love the Lord, all ye his saints….
Psalm 146:8 …the Lord loveth the righteous.
Jeremiah 31:3 …I have loved thee with an everlasting love…
Matthew 22:39 …love thy neighbor as thyself.
Mark 12:33 And to love him with all the heart…
John 3:16 God so loved the world…
John 15:9 …continue ye in my love.
Romans 5:5 …the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts…
I Corinthians 13:4 Charity…is kind…
I Corinthians 13:8 Charity never faileth…
II Corinthians 13:14 …the love of God…be with you all…
I Peter 1:22 …see that ye love one another…
I John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God…
I John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another…
I John 4:11 …God so loved us…
I John 4:16 …God is love…
I John 4:19 We love Him, because He first loved us.
Jude 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God…

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It was a bit time consuming, but not nearly as bad as it could have been if I had chosen to cut out paper hearts! (which is normally what I end up doing to myself, haha!) I just used a Sharpie to write the words, and it worked great. The foam was very easy to write on, and doesn't bleed through, so these could be used again on the other side!

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I don't have the prettiest handwriting, but I just did my best and tried to make each one look nice. I also used a tone-on-tone approach so the writing would be readable, but subtle enough to let the color of the heart stand out.

It was a fun project, that I think will make a big impact at our banquet! Anyone else doing any Valentines Day crafting lately?

 

Valentine’s Day fun for Everyone!

I enjoy doing crafts with my kids and making sweet cards for my husband, but if your day is anything like mine, wellllll….time crunch is usually the biggest hurdle in getting anything fun done! My almost-two year old son loves to be involved in everything we do, so it can make crafting a bit complicated as it would be in any household that has children under the age of 5 in it!  A couple of years ago I came across this fun little Martha Stewart valentine craft for small children. LOLLIPOP FLOWERS! If you have a heart shaped craft punch it would make this even easier, but since I don't I do it the old fashioned way:-)

Lollipop Flower Valentines

Image Credit: MarthaStewart.com

First, you download a template, or trace your own, of a small heart. Cut out and trace many times over on to pretty scrapbook paper. Cut out and arrange in groups of four. Now to make the heart shapes look a little more “flowery” you can fold each heart in half longways and then reopen. It gives them more of a flower look. Near the tip (bottom of the heart) of each little heart poke a tiny hole….I use the tip of a pencil to do it. You don't want a big hole because you want the lollipop to hold tight in the papers. Once you have all the holes poked, you group four hearts and stick a lollipop through the tiny holes and then fan the little hearts out around the lollipop. Whalla! A fun and cute little craft that little ones can make to give to their friends. If you want to make it even cuter, say a little Valentine table decoration, just take a small basket or container that you have laying around, cut a piece of dry foam to fit, stick the little lolly flowers in it and cover the foam with whatever you want! Although Mommy may have to do the cutting out and poking of the holes, little kids can poke the lollys through and fan out the flowers. They will have fun and it's a low mess craft that they can do for their friends!

 

 

For those of you who like to make cards for your spouses, here are a few ideas that I have used in the past to make a card for my husband that aren't crude, rude, or inappropriate as most valentine cards for spouses tend to be these days:-)

U Stole My Heart:

This is a fun little card you can make just using cardstock and a King and Queen card from an old or extra set of playing cards that you might have. When I made this card I didn't have any playing cards, so I picked up a set for $1 at the Dollar Store. So simple, but so cute!U Stole My Heart Valentine

 

Just Kiss Me:

This is simply cardstock with the poem “Kiss Me” printed out on it and covered in kisses 🙂 So simple, but you could really dress it up by printing the poem on vellum and using it as an overlay to your card stock…so many ideas you could  use with this one, but it's something simple that's easy to do when you are short on time!

Kiss Me Valentine's Card

 

You've Got Mail:

If you remember back in the “olden days”, the old google mail  opened up with the little mailbox that said “you've got mail!” Go here to print off the template and instructions for this card.  Very easy to do and you can personalize it for husband, kids, family member, friend…you name it! I made some of these this year and they turned out really cute!

You've Got Mail Valentine Card

 

Down Memory Lane:

The best thing about this card is that it is abstract….you can do it so many different ways, but the way I chose to do it was to use old magazines and cut out different phrases that described our relationship as husband and wife. I used old pictures from when we first got married right up to that current year. It was fun to cut out little phrases and then match them up with a picture from the past. You can make this to be a funny card or a “drippy with romance” card 🙂 However you want to personalize it is up to you! I just used construction paper, Microsoft Office, old magazines, and raffia to tie the pages together. This card is kinda sqooshed looking from being in my Hope Chest for many years, but it's message remains the same 🙂

Valentine Card

I remember the words to an old Patch the Pirate song that said “speak the words while you can, say ‘I Love You'!” Don't get too busy with everyday life to say “I love you” to the people in your life…husband, kids, family, friends…Valentines is a great day to say “I love you”, but it's best to say it all year through! Enjoy the card ideas and I'd like to hear back about what you do to make Valentines a fun day for Mom, Dad, kids, and babies alike! Happy Valentines Day!

My Valentine’s Day Wreath

DIY Valentines Wreath using items from around the house

I made this winter wreath back in January, but I made a quick update to turn it into something for Valentine's Day.

 

First I'll tell you how I made the winter wreath, then I'll tell you how I turned it into a Valentines wreath.

*The best part was that this wreath cost me nothing to make.  It was all junk I had stuffed stashed neatly up in the attic.

 

1. First I took a wreath form and traced it onto a piece of cardboard.  Then I cut it out and wrapped it in strips of white fabric.

valentines wreath

 

2. Then I started on my flowers.  I took tissue paper and cut it into lots and lots of  squares.  Then I stacked 4 squares together.

valentines wreath

 

3.  I folded the whole stack accordion-style.

 

 

 

valentines wreath

 

4.  Then I folded my “accordion” in half and stapled it in the middle.

valentines wreath

 

5.  Next, I snipped off the ends to form a point.  (I figured out later that this step is optional.  It makes your flowers look slightly different, but really it's just a matter of preference.  Try it with and without snipping and see which way you like it better.)

valentines wreath

 

6.  All I had left to do was fluff up the tissue paper to turn it into a flower!  I carefully peeled apart each layer of tissue paper and fluffed it until it looked like a flower.

valentines wreath

 

I kept making flowers until I thought I had enough to cover the wreath form, but unfortunately I do not have pictures of the rest of the process.

I got distracted by a minor emergency:

valentines wreath

Snot, peanut butter, and marker.  It was time for me to turn my focus to my kids who had done so well occupying themselves at the table.

The rest of the wreath should be pretty self-explanatory anyway.  I hot glued the flowers onto the cardboard wreath form until it was completely covered.  Then I took some pieces of lace, rolled them up and glued them on, and added another piece of lace to hang the wreath.

When February arrived, I printed up the word LOVE on red scrapbook paper, cut it out, and taped it to some twine.  I taped the twine onto the back of the wreath, and I was done!

DIY Valentines Wreath using items from around the house

 

I've never done any sort of Valentine's Day decor before, and I had fun cheering up my door with a free Valentines Wreath!

 

Did you do anything special to your house for Valentine's Day?