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

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


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.

Valentine’s Day Centerpiece

Now that you know how to make a decorated candle, let’s make a centerpiece to put the candle in.

What you’ll need:

Something to hold your centerpiece.  Mine was 3″ high by 5″ high.  You don’t want it too wide.

Floral Foam for dry arrangements

Bread Knife  (it make cutting foam easy)

Sheet Moss

3″ x 6″ Pillar Candle

6 roses with leaves (cut stems 3″ to 4″ long)

1 spool of Wire edge Ribbon (2 1/2″ wide x 9′ long)

Paddle Wire (6 – 9 or 10″ lengths)

Wire Cutters


Baby Breath (I used Glitter Baby Breath, but then again, I can never have enough glitter)

Wooden Floral Picks with attached wires.

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Repurposed Valentine’s Day Centerpiece

I love after Christmas bargains.  Such pretty things at half the price.  I was shopping at Walmart when I found this Better Homes & Gardens centerpiece.  I couldn’t resist it.  But its design limited me to Christmas.  I had a better idea:

What you’ll need:

Centerpiece (Walmart)

Wire Cutters

Silk Ivy bush (JoAnn Fabrics), cut apart at base

Silk Rose Bush (JoAnn Fabrics), cut apart at base

Red heart shaped scatter stones (Dollar Store)

12″ x 12″ mirror tile (Walmart)

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Valentine’s Day Place Setting

I love to decorate for the holidays. Especially the dinner table.  Making the items makes it unique.  I’ll show you how to do it too!

A diy place setting

Items you will need:

1 yard of patterned fabric

1 yard of solid colored fabric

1 spool of ribbon (my spool was 7/8″ wide by 9 feet long)

measuring tape

sewing machine  & thread & pins


brown craft/packing paper (to make the pattern)

I start all of my patterns using brown craft/packing paper.  It’s better to make a mistake on paper than on your fabric.

starting your pattern

Measure 17 1/2″ by 12″.  That’s the size that works for me, but you can adjust it to fit your needs.

Then measure 2″ from the corners and mark.  Draw a line to connect the marks.

Repeat on all 4 corners.  Cut off the triangle pieces that were your corners.

I used 2 yards of fabric for 4 place mats. One yard of patterned fabric & one yard of solid fabric.

Cut out 4 place mats from the patterned fabric:

Cut out 4 place mats from the solid colored fabric:

Add some decorative ribbon to the solid side of the place mat piece:

To get an idea of where I wanted the ribbon placement, I laid the silverware out on it:

Then I added 1/4″ inward form the side to allow for the seam allowance. Mine was 4 1/2″ in from both sides.

Pin the ribbon in place & sew in place.

After sewing the ribbon in place on all 4 place mat pieces, pin the right side (good side) of the solid fabric to the right side (good side) of the patterned fabric together.

Stitch around the place mat pieces, leaving an opening large enough to insert your hand to turn the place mat right side out.

Turn place mat right side out.  Press & pin the opening (that you left opened to turn).  Top stitch about 1/4″ all the way around. That will keep the edges crisp & the opening closed. Clip your threads off.  It’s now ready to use!

That’s all there is to it!  Have fun & choose the fabric that will match your decor.