Be My Valentine Centerpiece

I like to think outside the box, especially when I’m crafting. When I did my after Christmas shopping, I made sure that I got some items that could be used for Valentine’s Day & St. Patrick’s Day.  This centerpiece was made with a lot of those 75% off sale items.

Be My Valentine Centerpiece

One of the first things that I got on my shopping trip was some red glitter branches.

Be My Valentine Centerpiece

I filled a container (purchased last year after Valentine’s Day) with some floral foam, cut the branches into manageable pieces & inserted them into the foam.

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I’d also gotten some red decorative filler which I used to cover the floral foam.

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This year, I found some heart vase filler.  I wanted to hang them on the branches, but I needed some hooks.  I used some Christmas ornament hooks, cut them in half & using some jewelry pliers, I made loops on the end of the hooks.

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I found the heart vase filler at Walmart.  They are made of foam, so they are light enough not to weigh down the branches.  They came in glitter & a harder surface that was shiny.

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To make the hearts so that they could be hung, I poked a hole in the top of the heart with the end of a small paint brush.  Then I put the end of my glue gun into the hole & filled it with hot glue.

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Then I just inserted the smaller end of the hook into the glue.

Be My Valentine Centerpiece

I also used some red beads glued to the top of some of the hearts as a hanger.

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For the shiny hearts, I had to cut an opening in the top.  The covering was harder than the glittered hearts & I was afraid that poking it would split the heart.

Be My Valentine Centerpiece

I also had some Ashland Decorative Gem filler from Christmas.  I just used some red sewing thread as hangers.

Be My Valentine Centerpiece

Gems threaded with red thread

The red thread blended in with the branches and the clear gems lightened up the centerpiece.

Be My Valentine Centerpiece

I had some left over foam shapes from last year that I thought I’d use up.

Be My Valentine Centerpiece

The ‘Be Mine’ shapes were the same shape as each other.  I thought that I could make a sleeve to cover some of the cut ends of the branches.  I put some hot glue on the back side of one of the heart shapes, leaving the bottom bare.  Then I placed another heart on top of the back of the first heart.

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When the glue had dried, I could open the bottom of the heart & slip it on to the end of the branch.

Be My Valentine Centerpiece

Another after Christmas sale that I used were some red mirror ball ornaments.  I knew that they’d work for Valentine’s Day decorating.

Be My Valentine Centerpiece

To bring some lighter color towards the bottom, I inserted some of the foam shapes in front of the red gems.

Be My Valentine Centerpiece

Be My Valentine Centerpiece

And I don’t know if you noticed, but nothing was glued in.  This centerpiece can easily be taken apart & used for other projects.  I know that I’ll be using some of the red for the 4th of July.

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