Monday, January 25, 2010

DIY Valentine's Day Projects

Valentine's Day is a sweet occasion for DIY projects. Something made with love by your own two hands. Here are some great ideas. Click the links for more details.

Valentine Topiary from Tanya at Save the Date for Cupcakes:

Valentine Topiary Tutorial

I'm no pro at Topiaries that's for sure! This is just my little Valentine craft. I used toothpicks because they are easy and fast (my kinda project), but you can always hot glue the rose petals if you prefer. Another reason I like the toothpicks is because these are actual little soaps for your hands, bath, or whatever you choose! I love that I can pull them off and drop them into the tub for a nice peaceful bath! A perfect gift for mom or grandma;o) I hope you enjoy it! If you make it, or have any questions feel free to comment~ I wanna hear!

What you need:

~Styrofoam Heart ( I got mine at Michaels)
~3 boxes of Rose Soap Petals ($1 bin at Michaels)
~Toothpicks (trim the top off of the side that you will push into the styrofoam heart)
~1 Styrofoam ball or any foam that will fit into the bucket as a base.
~Bucket ($1 bin at Michaels)
~Wooden skewer or dowel
~Hot glue gun (glue the styrofoam ball to the bottom of the bucket~ I used two for height)
~Filler of your choice (I used more petals, but I think Conversation Hearts would be SUPER cute)
Tanya also has some super cute Valentine party ideas:

Early Valentine's Party!

Mason jars filled with sugar coated marshmallows and large Conversation Hearts

Love these Heart Peeps dipped in chocolate and sprinkles!

Cute packaging for the Heart Peeps and Cupcakes

Take home bags

*Most everything was DIY and very inexpensive! I got lots of stuff from the dollar bin at Michaels.

Love this Valentine's treat from Tiffany at La*T*Da:

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

I've had this idea in my head for quite a while. I always thought this would be cute to use as a favor for an ice cream party. But, alas, none of my children want an ice cream party! So...I decided to turn this idea into a Valentine's gift.

It's a ball of cotton candy on a sugar cone.

I bought the cotton candy from the Dollar Tree. You could probably make 6 balls of cotton candy from one bag.

The sugar cones were from Kroger. You could also use larger waffle cones with a larger "scoop" of cotton candy. It would probably be even cuter than the ones in the regular sugar cones.

The cone-shaped bags were from Hobby Lobby. They were 1.99 for 26. Not bad!

I printed out a little saying on the computer and tied it to the ribbon around the cellophane bag.

I thought of another cheesy saying, "Valentine, My heart is like ICE CREAM. It MELTS for you."

More Valentine's Ideas to come. And most of them were inspired by findings from the Dollar Tree.

How about some sweet Valentine decor? One of my favorite sites for DIY project inspiration has the sweetest wooden LOVE banner. Check out this project from Child Made. So pretty!

Wooden Love Banner

For Christmas, I made a number of Wooden Joy Banners for gifts for friends. I had some wood left over and decided to make myself a Wooden Love Banner for Valentine's Day.

The process was very similar, except I used a red/pink/white color theme, and used 4 blocks to form the word "love."

I decided to base coat the blocks in a flat black paint and sand the corners.

I used a variety of block heights to accommodate the different letter sizes.

Next, I sized a variety of Valentine papers and secured them to the blocks using spray adhesive.

I ran a line of glue along the bottom edge, ...

... then placed a ribbon onto the glue across all the blocks.

I flipped over the blocks and secured a wide piece of ribbon across the back.

Then flipped them again and applied the letters and some embellishments. I love this font! Coincidentally, it's called "Love Letters" -- totally appropriate!

A little bow made out of raffia gets added to the corners.

I decided to slice the ribbons to make the hinges, ...

... though it looks cute secured in a line as well. If you make hinges, you can still display the blocks in a line.

And this begins my Valentine's Day decorating!

Now I just have to figure out where to put it...

I also made a single block with photo clips. Now I need to make one with "XOXO" to match.

You can also do this with stenciled letters or vinyl letters if you don't have access to an embroidery machine. Give it a try! It's very simple and you can adjust it to fit your own theme.

Thanks Tanya, Tiffany and Sheri for sharing your Valentine projects.
I love all of your ideas and enjoy your blogs full of creativity.

Do you have a DIY Valentine's Day project?
Send me an email to show it off!


I also want to thank Melanie from Share Holidays. I am so honored to be featured (here). If you're looking for some holiday inspiration, you definitely want to check it out!


Save the Date for Cupcakes said...

Thanks so much for "showing off" my Valentine's Party and Topiary! I'm grabbing your button now;o)

Tracychele @ The Week-Ender said...

Hi Roeshel! You had me at Peeps dipped in chocolate! What great ideas. Can't wait to try some of them! Thanks for sharing such great gals' ideas! Have a wonderful evening!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Too cute...every single one!! I had no clue one could make cotton candy. I might have to try this!!

The First-Year Wife said...

Great projects! I think I may recreate the cotton candy cones for the kids I nanny for. They would love them! :)

Jenny said...

I love it all! The ice cream treats are adorable!

avagdro said...

Pretty cute collections.Thank you for sharing.Wish you all the best.

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The Real Me! said...

Those are too cool! Very cute. I made a "Love" sign and a painted Valentine's birdhouse. You can check it out here.


Blair @ Reasonably Swanky said...

Everything is so cute and fun! Thanks for sharing these ideas with us!

Hollis said...

Cute, Cute cute... Love these ideas! I will have to try some of them... Hope you are doing well Roeshel. Thanks again for your support and bloggy friendship

RootsAndWingsCo said...

Tons of great ideas! Thanks so much.
Rebecca of the R&W Gals

Kaci Lusk said...

Hey Roeshel, I have picked you to win the Prolific Blogger award

Melissa Miller said...

All are very pretty items! :)

Crystal said...

I just found your blog while blog hopping. These Valentine's ideas are really cute. I just picked those roses up yesterday. I had no idea they stayed together like that. I thought once you took them out of the box, they fell into petals.
I am definitely going to be back.
Thanks for sharing.

Crystal said...

I just found your blog while blog hopping. These Valentine's ideas are really cute. I just picked those roses up yesterday. I had no idea they stayed together like that. I thought once you took them out of the box, they fell into petals.
I am definitely going to be back.
Thanks for sharing.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

These projects bring back fond memories of making valentines when I was a little girl. I love the topiary. It would be perfect on the table for a dinner for two.

kermiefrg said...

The wooden boxes are adorable! I'd love to make some if i have time!

And those sweets...mmm...making me hungry just looking at pics!

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