I usually don’t do a whole lot of decorating for holidays aside from Christmas. Recently, though, my eyes have been opened to the amazing, wonderful beauty that is celebrating pretty much any and every holiday. I’m not sure if I’ve gained a new outlook or renewed sense of what life is really about, celebrating every day as a precious gift-something to celebrate, but hey, I’m all about it!
So to commemorate the “season of love,” I’ve rounded up a few Valentine’s décor ideas and crafts that are perfect even if you’ve waited until last minute. Let’s get our love on! Actually, that sounded extremely inappropriate; we’re going to move passed that and pretend it never happened.
Valentine’s Paper heart wreath
I actually found the tutorial for this wreath a long time ago from Sweet and Simple Living, but never got around to making it. So when I came back across it recently I was so excited to get it made, because no Valentine’s décor is complete without a great wreath! The hardest part of this entire wreath was finding the heart form, but if you are looking any time near Valentine’s Day, they should be in every craft store you come across.
The only items you will need for this wreath are:
- foam heart
- 6 pieces of double-sided Valentine’s craft/scrapbook paper
- 1″ straight pins.
The foam heart I bought already had a ribbon attached for hanging, if yours does not, you will just attach a matching ribbon with hot glue or straight pins at the end to hang.
Cut the paper into 1/2″x12″ strips. The easiest way to do this is definitely with a paper cutter; if you do not have one, go get one. It is probably the most useful tool of all time and saves me so much time and headache. You can find them at every craft store you can imagine and have become so popular, they are at most grocery stores as well with the school and office supplies. You can also find them online.
Once all the paper is cut, use a bone folder, scissors, or a leftover craft popsicle stick like I did, to roll each strip. Start in the middle of each strip and curl in one direction, then turn and curl the other half. When each half is curled the ends will curl back toward each other, like in the pictures above. This step took a little getting used to, but once I had it, I was on a roll.
Take each curl and pin them to the foam heart, mixing and changing the papers as you go around. You will want to pin each curl close together to give the wreath a full look as well as hide the foam itself; in case you don’t have a snazzy, sparkly one like I found *wink*.
Continue pinning curls the entire way around the foam along the front side until you make your way back to your starting point. From here, attach a ribbon to hang if one isn’t already attached and it is ready to hang!
Valentine’s canvas button art
This is probably one of my favorite Valentine’s decorations I’ve done. It was so super easy and turned out better than I thought it would! The original inspiration for this canvas came from The Woman Cave.
To make this Valentine’s button canvas you will need:
- small burlap canvas (mine is 10″x10″)
- assorted red buttons
- ribbon, jute, string, or whatever you prefer
- hot glue gun
Like I said, super easy! I used a piece of notebook paper I cut into a heart to outline the shape directly on the canvas. From there, hot glue the buttons around the outline, then fill in the center; don’t worry if they don’t fit together perfectly. Once the center is filled, begin layering buttons on top and continue until you have the look and effect you like.
To finish the canvas, just tie your favorite bow, and hot glue it directly to the canvas. I double-bowed mine with raffia and ribbon to give it a little country feel.
Valentine’s heart string art
This project took a little more thought, but lucky for you I have already done the math, so you should be good to go! I absolutely LOVE the way these string art hearts came out and couldn’t be more thrilled with how they go with everything we already have around.
To make these string art “canvases” I actually went in a different direction. I found an awesome tutorial for these boards from Crafts and Coffee and am so happy I did! It may have been quicker to use a wood board and nails, but I definitely didn’t want to be hammering all afternoon. Plus, I’m not the greatest at math, so if I made a mistake with my nail placement, it was going to show for sure on the wood. So, I am going to show you an alternate string art board the is mistake friendly and easy to create.
For the “boards” you will need:
- 10″x12″X1″ foam board
- fabric (I used two kinds of burlap that came as a bandana size sheet)
- craft glue or paste
- small piece of cardboard or thick paper (this will be used to spread the glue evenly, so no need to get any fancy tools)
For the string art you will need:
- small nails or 1″ pins
- crochet thread (I used basic white and red)
For the boards, lay out the fabric over top evenly. Pull back half of the fabric and pour glue onto the Styrofoam and spread evenly to cover with a small piece of cardboard or paper. Fold the fabric back over and smooth evenly with your hands to get out any bubbles. Do the same thing to the other half of the board as well as the sides. For the back of the boards I cut the excess fabric and glued any stray ends down. And Voila! You now have custom made canvas boards.
For the string art, I cut out a large and small heart from scratch paper to the size I wanted. This is so much easier than eyeballing, I promise you!
Now, for my least favorite part, but the part you will definitely want to pay attention to. The only measurements you will need are for the small heart piece. The large heart you will string randomly so you can use however many or few pins you wish. If you have a square board, or a board of a different size, these measurements will not work for you. But you will use the same steps and will want the same space between pins no matter what size board you are using.
- For the small heart, start by inserting the nail or pin in each of the corners at a 1/4″ in.
- Along the sides of the board, insert pins from corner to corner a 1/4″ in and spaced 1/2″ apart.
- Along the length you should have 24 pins, including the corner pins, and along the width you should have 20 pins including the corner pins.
- place the paper heart cutout in the center of the board and place pins around it about 1/8″ apart. You will need to end up with 42 pins around the center heart, so you can space them however you need to in order to get 42. (For reference, my heart was 3″ from the top inside point to the bottom, and 3-3/4″ across at its widest points)
- To start stringing, tie the end of your crochet thread to the top, center pin in a double knot to keep it from coming loose.
- From the starting pin, bring the string down to the left side center pin at the top of the heart, wrap the string down and around the pin, then take it back up to the top of the board.
- Skip the nail to the right of the starting pin and wrap the string from the left side of the next pin up and around, then back down to the heart.
- Bringing the string back down to the heart wrap from left to right the pin immediately next to the first pin you strung in the heart.
*Yes, this is slightly confusing, but once you get it, you will be on a roll. The pins around the board will be strung “every other,” but the pins around the heart will be strung one after the other.*
- Continue winding the string around every-other-nail around the outer edges and each nail around the heart.
- When you make your way around the entire board and return to the starting pin, skip it and continue on to the next empty pin to the right.
- Go around the board one more time, continuing the pattern of every-other-nail around the outer edges and each nail around the heart.
- When you come back to the starting pin after the second time around, tie the string to the starting pin with a double knot and cut the excess as close to the knot as you can.
- If you want to hang your board, glue or pin a loop of string or ribbon to the back of the board.
*The biggest tip: STAY CONSISTENT with how and what direction you wrap each pin*
As for the large heart canvas, we will go much simpler.
- Place your paper heart cutout in the center of the canvas and, as we did with the small heart, place the pins about 1/8″-1/4″ apart around the heart.
- Remove the paper from between the pins and start by tying the end of our crochet thread to the top, center pin of the heart.
- I began weaving above and below each pin clockwise around the heart.
- From here, you have free reign. Randomly wrap your thread however you wish to create a really unique string pattern. You can make this canvas as full or thin as you please. Think, exact opposite of the previous canvas.
- To end, I went back around the perimeter of the heart weaving above and below each pin until I was back to where I started.
- Tie a double know into your starting pin, cut the excess, and you’re all done!
I actually had such a great time making each of these, but then again, I am a craft nerd. Seriously though, I know each of you will love these projects and although a little math may be involved, they are super easy and crazy fast to do. These are definitely the perfect DIY Valentine’s decor you can create last minute!