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

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Secret Pocket Pillow

Trying to find new ways to give a gift to someone can be difficult sometimes.  But I think I found the perfect way to give a very special Valentine’s gift to someone.  This is not only a unique way to wrap a gift, but it’s also something to add to your Valentine home decor.

This is the Secret Pocket Pillow:

Secret Pocket Pillow

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Bad Hair Day Pencils

I’ve been making these little Bad Hair Day Pencils for years.  They are easy enough for children to make, make cute additions to Valentine’s Day parties or an Easter Basket, and can keep the little ones busy for a long time.  They’ll also bring a smile to your face in your home office.

When I showed this to my 22 year old son, I asked him if he remembers them.  He smiled & said, “Yes, I still have one”.   Needless to say, that made my day!

Bad Hair Day Pencils

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Valentine Love Tablescape

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, and it’s such a romantic time for me.  That’s the day that the love of my life proposed to me.  When I think of Valentine’s Day, it’s always filled with hearts & love.  I thought this week’s tablescape should be filled with those.  This is my Valentine Love Tablescape:

Valentine Love Tablescape

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Beaded Candles -Tutorial

Well, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, so I guess we won’t be seeing Spring until sometime around St. Paddy’s Day.  🙁   To brighten things up, I thought I’d add more color around our home.  I’m decorating candles again.  I’ve decorated candles before, but these are a little different.  And since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, red is a natural.  These Beaded Candles are easy to make and can be done using any color that you want.

Here’s how I made them.

Beaded Candles Before & After

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Valentine’s Day Earrings -Tutorial

I thought I’d make something that I got from my Pat Catan’s Haul.  I got some heart shaped beads while I was there, and I immediately thought of making some earrings for Valentine’s Day.

Here’s how I made them:

Valentine's Day Earrings

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Happy Valentine’s Day

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

Things around here have been so busy.  We’ve been working on the Sewing/Crafts Room ReDo.  (photos coming soon) and lots of St. Patrick’s Day decorations. Stay tuned for more tutorials and a tablescape or two.

Please let me know if you have any special requests for projects.  If I know how to do it, I’ll be sure to include it.

 

Valentine’s Day Wreath

Making your own wreath for the holidays is easy.  With this wreath tutorial, I’ll show you just how easy it is.

What you’ll need:

Grapevine Wreath

1 1/2″ wide wire edge ribbon & 2 1/2″ wide wire edge ribbon.  (one spool each that are 9′ long)

Purchased bow or make your own

Valentine’s day sprays (I used 3) Purchased at http://www.michaels.com/

hot glue gun & glue sticks

Chop stick or wooden dowel (to hold items in place while the glue dries, it saves fingers from getting burned)

paddle wire to anchor the bow to the wreath

wire cutters

Scissors

floral tape

Take apart the sprays using wire cutters.  Gather the parts in odd numbers, small bunches of 3 or 5.  Cut the longer pieces in half.  (they are much too long for the wreath).  Use the floral tape to create little bouquets.  I made little bunches of loops with several of the spray pieces, and several were left straight.  Leave the white sections in singles.  I also cut the stems of the sprays into small sections & used them as stems for some of the small sprays that I made to give them strength & to save my fingers from being burned.

I used 2 different sized ribbons to wrap the wreath & make the bow.  I laid the smaller ribbon on top of the wider ribbon.  Wrap the wreath with both ribbons, gluing in place as you go. I like letting some of the grapevine “curly Qs” peek out of the ribbon.

Add a bow to the side of the wreath. I usually put the bow on the side of the door that opens, (not the hinge side)  It’s my personal preference. but that’s up to you.  It’s your wreath.

Now you can start gluing in the little bouquets that you’ve made.  Start with the longer pieces, putting some above the bow & some below it. Then use some of the smaller bouquets in between the loops of the bow.  Add the white parts to the bow, scattering them evenly.

And you’re done!

I tied some fishing line to the back of the wreath and hung it from a small nail that is at the top of my door since it was going in the center of glass.  By the way, did you notice that there are no flowers on this wreath?  The white sections of the sprays add just enough so that you don’t need flowers.