Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Let the Valentine’s Day crafting continue! I’m diving back into another easy and fun (and affordable) project to set on your holiday table (or mantle or side board or counter…you pick!): Valentine Heart Trees!

Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Aren’t they adorable? Most of the materials for this craft can be found at a craft store or the dollar store, so it’s easy on the wallet, and that is just the way I like it! The colors and patterns of the “leaves” are customizable; each tree can be completely unique!

Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Do you have plans ready for Valentine’s Day yet? I am always a bit torn when it comes to this holiday. As much as I like the idea of dressing up and going out for a fancy meal, I just can’t stand fighting the crowds. Historically, we haven’t had the best of luck with the restaurant scene that day. I remember one year that we decided to go to one of our favorite local Italian restaurants, and then realized once we arrived that they had a set/shortened menu for the evening. I know that it was to expedite service on an incredibly popular night, but my absolute favorite dish was not included on that shortened menu, and they said they wouldn’t make it for me! The sadness!!!!

Since then, Valentine’s Day has been a “stay in for the night” affair, and I am perfectly OK with that. I make dinner – typically a pasta dish, and then we open a bottle of sparkling wine with dessert (usually something chocolate, or maybe some cream puffs this year…with chocolate sauce). We put on a movie, sit on the couch, and simply enjoy a stress free evening. Plus, the process of making dinner is always fun. Now that I have my handy dandy pasta press, making our pasta dinners is even more special. I feel like a little kid with her Play-Doh kit. Do you know which one I’m talking about? I LOVED making those “noodles” and other pressed shapes through those tools when I was a kid…and now my pasta press feels like the same thing, but in an edible (and more grown up) form! Who doesn’t love that?!?!

Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Annnnnnyway, I’m thinking I’ll be setting our Valentine’s Day table with these cute little heart trees and some candles (being careful not to get flames too close to the paper trees, of course)! A pretty little table for two sounds just about right!

How are you decorating for Valentine’s Day? Will you set your table with anything special?


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Valentine Heart Trees DIY

Valentine Heart Trees DIY
 
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Ingredients
  • Glass candlestick holder
  • Cardboard cone (mine were purchased at JoAnns for 99 cents each)
  • A few pieces of patterned or colored scrapbook or card stock paper
  • Tacky glue
  • Heart shaped paper punch
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Tinsel wire garland (optional)
Instructions
  1. First, prepare the "leaves" for your tree! Use the heart shaped paper punch to cut heart shapes out of the colored scrapbook paper/card stock. Alternately, you can hand cut heart shapes with scissors.
  2. To create the tree, place a dot of tacky glue on the back side (near the "tail"/tapered end) of a heart. Firmly press the paper onto the cone, starting with the bottom of the cone (the wide end). Allow about ¼ of the paper to stick out from the bottom of the cone to create a scalloped edge. Continue gluing the heart shapes down, letting the hearts overlap slightly so no cardboard will show through. When you finish the ring around the bottom of the cone, begin a new row of hearts above, repeating the process until you have worked your way up the entire body of the cone.
  3. Allow the tree to dry completely (about an hour). If desired, use a glue gun to wrap and attach a heart tinsel garland around the outside of the cone.
  4. Finally, add a generous ring of hot glue to the top edge of a glass candlestick. Carefully lower the finished "tree" cone on top to attach the two pieces together. Allow to dry before displaying - enjoy!

Valentine Heart Vases DIY

Valentine Heart Vases DIY

So…are you ready for Valentine’s Day at the end of the week? I’m gearing up with a few fun heart inspired crafts, like these Valentine Heart Vases!

I don’t know about you, but having some time to sit down and be crafty is something I really enjoy. I am not the most complicated of crafters out there: I prefer simple, easy, and fun! Perhaps some day I will take up a more complicated skill set, but I’m perfectly happy with my dollar store creations as of now.

Valentine Heart Vases DIY

These vases are just what I needed for a brain break recently. I was able to sit down with a pair of scissors, ModPodge, and my dollar store vase, and I got to work. Before I knew it, these colorful little beauties were complete and ready to be on display! The vases were inspired by this lovely version on One Artsy Mama! These pretty containers can be a great item to display flowers, but you can use your creativity to use them for other purposes as well. I popped some crepe paper and coffee filter flowers in mine to start (you can get the tutorials HERE, HERE and HERE), but I also plan on filling others with Valentine’s Day candy – since it isn’t Valentine’s Day without some chocolate, right?

Valentine Heart Vases DIY

You don’t even need to buy a brand new vase to make these pretty little creations: you could always spruce up an old vase or glass container to restore it to a new and improved beauty!

These vases feature heart shapes, but you could definitely use the same technique and create a vase for another holiday or occasion with different colors and shapes. I am thinking there may be some more coming in the future for another celebration. What should be next? Hmmmm….


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Valentine Heart Vases DIY

Valentine Heart Vases
 
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Ingredients
  • Glass vase or container
  • ModPodge
  • Sponge brush
  • White tissue paper
  • Colored/patterned tissue paper
  • Scissors
Instructions
  1. To start, use your scissors to cut the tissue paper. Cut the white tissue paper into squares about 1 inch in size. They do not need to be even/perfect! Then, cut the colored/patterned tissue paper into heart shapes of various sizes.
  2. Dip the sponge brush into the ModPodge and paint a small area of the glass vase/container. Carefully place a white tissue square over the ModPodge. You can paint an additional layer of ModPodge on top to keep the tissue paper in place. Repeat this process until you have covered the entire outside of the vase with the white tissue paper squares. I recommend adding two layers of tissue paper to create a solid look on the vase. Allow the vase to dry for 10-15 minutes before starting the next step.
  3. When the vase has had time to dry, it is time to add the heart shaped tissue. Using the same technique as you did with the white squares, attach the hearts in a pattern you desire. Allow this layer to dry for 10 minutes.
  4. Finally, paint a final layer of ModPodge on top of the completed vase to seal the entire piece. Allow the vase to dry overnight before displaying. Fill with flowers, candy, or whatever you desire - enjoy it!

 

 

DIY Fall Feather Wreath

I don’t want to admit how long it took us to get our Halloween decorations taken down this year. Because it is embarrassing. I should have been outside on November 1st, pulling up the skeletons and such. But yeah…a few days may or may not have went by. Minor details. But once my DIY Skull Wreath was taken down from our front door, I knew it was time to replace it with something more seasonal. So – my quest to create my DIY Fall Feather Wreath began.

DIY Fall Feather Wreath

You guys – everything is CHRISTMAS themed already. As much as I love that season, it kind of drives me crazy that as soon as the very first day of November rolls around, I’ve pretty much missed out on any opportunity to get something Thanksgiving-related. I headed in to the craft store like an idiot, thinking I’d be able to easily score some pretty fall flowers, leaves, and the like to create a pretty wreath for our door. WRONG! It’s jingle bells, red, green, Santa, and sleigh bells everywhere. Thankfully, I was able to be a little bit tricky and I got my hands on a pretty grape vine wreath that definitely gave the autumnal look I was going for. Score.

DIY Fall Feather Wreath materials

Then, the search for adornments was the toughest challenge. Amid the insane amounts of Christmas themed goods, I managed to make a discovery.

DIY Fall Feather Wreath feather picks

These glittery picks were packed in among the Christmas decorations, but the gold, bronze, and brown tones were just what I was searching for. I loved the feather shape of them; they almost reminded me of turkey feathers when I fanned them out, imagining how they would look when I attached them to the wreath. Done and done. And at 75 cents a piece – totally affordable.

DIY Fall Feather Wreath wood letter

I also grabbed this small wooden C (for our last name) from the wood craft section of the store…just for a little something extra. A little bit of metallic gold spray paint (that I had on hand after my DIY spider web bowl from Halloween) was all I needed to make it blend in to perfection.

DIY Fall Feather Wreath gold wood letter

Creating this DIY Fall Feather Wreath was pretty darn simple. All I needed was some hot glue and 30 minutes of my day to assemble it. First, I spray painted the wooden letter and allowed it to dry while I was working on the rest of the wreath.

DIY Fall Feather Wreath layout

Next, I plugged in my glue gun and began arranging the glittery feathers on the wreath until I came to a configuration I enjoyed. I thought about making the pattern symmetrical, but it turned out I enjoyed it better when some of the feathers were left open on one side, exposing the pretty vines the wreath is made out of.

DIY Fall Feather Wreath how to make

To attach the feathers, I started by gluing down the feather on the very top of the wreath. I also made sure to stick the bottom feather (of the left side) in the spot I wanted it to be placed…just so I could visualize the proper spacing as I glued down each feather. I worked my way from the top feather all the way down to the center feather. Then, I repeated the process with the right side of the wreath. When all of the feathers were attached, I made sure to do a visual inspection around all of the sides to make sure the feathers were fully glued down, and added additional hot glue as needed. With the vine wreath, the surface isn’t flat and smooth, so it was a bit more challenging to get the feathers secure…not hard, but just in need of an additional eye on the glue spots to ensure they weren’t pulling free from the wreath!

Finally, I used a generous amount of hot glue to attach the wooden letter to the bottom of the wreath, and voila!!! My DIY Fall Feather Wreath was complete and ready to adorn our front door.

DIY Fall Feather Wreath

I am quite pleased with how quick this DIY project was to create, and what is even better? The price – I spent less than $10 on the materials for this bad boy. That’s what I’m talking about. So, for the next few weeks my door is going to be looking nice and autumnal…until the Christmas themed wreath gets created and replaces it. I probably should buy my materials now…because if I want until around Thanksgiving, the only things I’m likely to find will be Valentine’s Day related….yeeeesh!

DIY Fall Feather Wreath

Do you have a fall wreath on your door? Did you make it yourself?

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

They’re baaaaaaaaack!!!! Our two friends were such a hit in front of our house last year (and on the Internet as well), that Justin and I certainly could not resist setting them up again. So today I am sharing with you our 2014 DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween!

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

Of course, we already had our two skeletons on hand from last year (CLICK HERE to see our previous setup), but as a refresher, we found them at two locations – a lucky score at Ross, and one from Target!

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

We figured since we live in Florida, it would only make sense to take that into consideration with this year’s pose. Justin and I replaced our beach chairs with a new set this summer, and we still had the old ones in the garage. They served as a perfect seat for each of our skeletons. Posing them was a bit easier than last year, as they didn’t need to be standing up like before. We did use some wire (from coat hangers) and fishing line to shape and pose the arms a bit.

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

A bit of rummaging in our house yielded a few extra pairs of sunglasses we don’t wear anymore…and were destined for the garage sale bin. Perfect! We wouldn’t want our skeletons to be blinded by the Florida sun…

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

Our new addition to the lawn skeleton family came in the form of a flock of friends. As soon as we stumbled upon these skeleton flamingos (which I lovingly refer to as “skelemingos”), we had to have them. I love them! Posed next to our large skeleton friends, it just seemed like the right thing to do.

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

I can’t help but chuckle every time that I walk outside and catch a glimpse of this duo. To me, they look like they’re two best pals having quite the chat! Perhaps I should name them? Hmmm.

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

And my skeleton crew is not alone this year. We had some leftover bones from last year’s setup and we decided to add them to our dying flowerbed (which needs to be replaced/spruced up…but looks great for Halloween purposes, haha!). A skeleton coming out of the ground? Spooky, and easy to set up as well.

DIY striped skull wreath

Of course, my DIY skull wreath from last year had to grace the front door as well! I still love that darn thing! If you’re looking for the instructions, CLICK HERE.

So – how have you decorated your domicile for Halloween this year?