a few valentines day crafts

My Christmas tree came down, quite literally, Christmas day and ever since I’ve been thinking about Valentines day.  Using scrapbook paper, the cricuit and some decorative punches, a few small canvases, ribbon, fabric, buttons and mod podge I made a few cute decorations.  The best thing is that I had most of these things on hand so these were all really cheap.  What do you think?

This is the first thing I made, using the cricut and a small piece of ribbon.  A frame always makes things look a little more polished, I think.

Next I made this; I think it is my favorite of all the things here.  I used the cricuit to cut out the phrase “birds of a feather” and used brads as a fun decorative touch.  The birds and the hearts are cut out of fabric I picked up after valentines day last year at a great discount.  I cut them out and attached them and added the ric rac.

I had another frame and decided to spell out the reason for valentines day in buttons: love.  

I had three small canvases (I think they’re 5×5) which were failed attempts to get a good handprint from the baby.  Instead of throwing them out I covered them with paper and decorated.

We ordered valentines day cards last year; I took an extra and mod podged it to another canvas I had around.  I may order cards again this year, if only the little man can avoid bumping or bruising himself long enough for a picture. 

I still have a few things I want to do…Last year I made a footprints heart that I thought was really cute; I’m planning on doing another one this year.  Cute, right?

And of course, I had to decorate with the favors I saved  from my bridal shower.

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ornament wreath

Posted On December 16, 2010

Filed under Christmas, Home Decor, Projects, wreath

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If you’ve been reading my blog, you know by now that I am pretty much a big copy cat.  I can’t help it; I see some great ideas by other crafters and I NEED to attempt to make the same things.  So when I came across an ornament wreath at my new favorite craft blog Under My Umbrella, I knew that would be my next project.  Check it out and here is a link to the original tutorial.

Here’s my wreath in the day light.

And here it is at night with the Christmas lights reflecting in it.

It looks a little lopsided, but that’s okay.  It was also a challenge to hang, or so my husband says.

I used the shatter proof ornaments from Target and strung them on a wire hanger from the dry cleaners.  The only problem was the end of the ornaments broke on a bunch of them.  I ended up using them to decorate the mantle.  See below, right in front of a picture of the cutest baby:

I love the way my mantle looks! 

Yarn Wreath, the sequel

I enjoyed making my yarn wreath  so much, I decided to do another one, this one with more of a Christmas feel.  Looking for ideas, I googled yarn wreath and fell in love with this one.  It was perfect, so here’s my take.

I found a great chunky weight yarn at the craft store that I loved.

I wrapped it around my styrofoam wreath form twice, the first time pretty tight and the second time a little looser with a bit more space in between wraps.  I used the cricuit and cut the letters J O Y out on textured white paper.  I used my small hole punch to punch holes in the tops of the letters, threaded thin yarn through it and tied the yarn around the sides.  I looped thick ribbon through the wreath and attached it to the door by opening the door and nailing it the top.  You can kind of see it in this picture.

Happy Crafting!

yarn wreath

Posted On November 28, 2010

Filed under Fabric, Home Decor, ribbon, wreath, yarn

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After a day of playing in the leaves with my little baby guy, I had planned on relaxing tonight and not doing a thing. 

Of course, that was before I got on the computer and googled “yarn wreath.”  There are so many gorgeous ones out there that I decided that I had to give it a try.  I had a styrofoam wreath and yarn on hand so there was nothing holding me back.  I also had brown woven fabric that I used for the flowers as well as the ribbon.  So it was my lucky night.  Here’s how it came out:

It was so simple to make.  I tied the yarn on and wrapped it around the wreath twice.  I was surprised that I only used one small thing of yarn…by the way, what do you call one thing of yarn?  I’m sure I it has a name but I can’t for the life of me think what it is.  Hmmm…  Anyway, in case you’re interested, I used Premier Yarn’s Serenity; it was 3.5 oz, 109 yards and “chunky weight.”

I cut strips from a brown woven fabric and made the rosettes using the tutorial found here (this link will show you, in addition to how to make the rosettes, another great idea for a DIY wreath).  I like the three grouped together on the bottom right, but I’m not sure if I’m in love with the single on I put on the top left. 

I just feel like it doesn’t look right.  Maybe it will grow on me. 

The last thing I did was use the ribbon to make a bow and hang.  By the way, I hung it by the wreath and then used a little piece of painter’s tape to hold the ribbon up.  I thought it would hold up better that way. 

All together, a pretty easy project that I think looks nice. 

Update: if you like yarn wreaths, check out my holiday yarn wreath, if you haven’t already seen it!

the hardest part about blogging…

Posted On November 21, 2010

Filed under Home Decor, Projects, ribbon, wood

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…No, it’s actually not knowing that my two loyal readers are my mom and sister and that the only reason they check the blog is because the second I post things I immediately call them up and tell them to do it.  No, as I was saying, the hardest part about blogging is coming up with good titles for my projects.  I’m not too clever.  I’m sure I would be able to come up with some good ones if I waited a while and thought about it.  But I can’t help myself; once I finish something I rush to take pictures to add to the blog.  So here is my new, nameless project.

I was thinking of calling it a wreath-bow-plaque-thingy, but I didn’t think that was catchy enough. 

So a quick run down of what I did…I got a small plaque from Joann’s…I belive it is 7×5.  I also picked up that small wooded wreath and the ribbon (with all the ribbon I have, I never seem to have what I need).  I spray painted the plaque white, used sand paper to slightly distress the edges.  I then hot glued the ribbon and wreath on.  Made the bow and hot glued that on as well.  I like it!  It looks like a present.  Perfect for the holiday season!

And, as always, and extreme close up.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog…And I actually know the title already: Crafting with mom!

faux twine pumpkin

Posted On November 5, 2010

Filed under halloween, Home Decor, thanksgiving

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Since I started this blog, I’ve been trying to try out some of the crafty things I’ve come across on my internet travels so I can post about them.  About a month ago I came across Floral Wire Pumpkins for $1.  A project that seemed easy and was cheap is right up my alley so I decided to give it a try.  As I looked through the floral section of Joann’s, I came across different floral wires as well as wire that was covered in twine.  It was somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.  (I should probably start paying more attention to these things).  I like how it looked like twine and not wire, so I decided to spend the extra buck or two to get it.   

Here’s where I learned (relearned) a few important lessons.  1. Don’t craft when you’re tired.  2. Don’t craft when you’re frustrated.  3.  If you’re tired or frustrated walk away and go back to your project later.  I thought I could sit on my couch and make this craft last night after a full day of work and an evening of babysitting my sister’s two kids and chasing after my own ball of energy.  Bad idea.  This morning, however, I found a few minutes before work and was able to make this in about 10 minutes without all the frustration. 

I wound the wire around a wine bottle. 

This is where I had trouble last night.  The wire wouldn’t stay.  This morning I decided to use a rubber band to hold the end into place.  Easy solution.

I then slid if off and held one side of it together.

I used one end of the wired twine to wrap around the middle to hold it into place.  Above you’ll see where I started to do that.  I just kept wrapping it around and pulling through the middle.

 Then I fanned out the wire to give the overall round shape. 

Last, I took the other end of the wire and wrapped it tightly around a pen to give it spiral curls. 

Remove the pen and enjoy!