3 Easy and Adorable DIY Valentine's Day Decor Ideas

Updated on January 23, 2020
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Alyssa loves celebrating holidays and making fun crafts. She is a wife and mom who drinks a lot of coffee!

Add some Valentine's Day charm to your home with these three easy craft projects.
Add some Valentine's Day charm to your home with these three easy craft projects.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. While my family normally likes to celebrate with a simple dinner and movie, this year I decided to liven up our house with sparkles and cuteness. I recently purchased a hot glue gun, and I feel unstoppable—I just want to make crafts all day. The following three projects are simple to create using items you probably already have on-hand. Grab your supplies and let's get started!

Adorable gnome
Adorable gnome

1. Adorable Gnome

Gnomes have been on-trend this year. Stores had a variety on the shelves for Christmas time, and many of my friends on social media were making them to sell. I saw a darling one that I wanted for my own Christmas decor, but I ended up forgoing the purchase. After getting my hot glue gun, I decided to try to make one for myself. I gathered up some materials around the house and got to work. The result was this adorable gnome that my son named Mort. This project will add an element of whimsy to your Valentine's Day decor, but you can also leave it out year-round.

Materials Needed

  • Old plastic bottle or container
  • Old sweater
  • Old t-shirt
  • Old, furry stuffed animal
  • Wine bottle cork (or other item that can be used as a nose)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Thin cardboard
  • Scotch tape

Instructions

  1. Spread out your t-shirt and place your bottle in the center. Tuck the shirt into the opening of the bottle. I used an old sheer wrap for this. If you are using a thick t-shirt, you may need to cut the sleeves off and use only one side of the torso section. Secure your shirt in place with hot glue.
  2. Cut your stuffed animal open along the seams. You are going to re-purpose the fur as your gnome's beard. This can make a mess. I recommend saving the stuffing for other projects. I stored the stuffing from the bear I used in a ziplock freezer bag.
  3. Cut off any paws and the head of the stuffed animal. You are only going to use the torso.
  4. Spread the fur flat. Cut off any legs and arms so that you are left with a rectangle shape of fur.
  5. Place the fur around your bottle where you want the beard to lay. Then spread the fur flat once again and cut a triangular shape. Cut little by little, laying the fur on the bottle as you go so you can see exactly what your beard will look like.
  6. Once you have your fur triangle, hot glue it to your bottle. The bottom point of your triangle should be in line with the bottom of your bottle. I glued mine about an inch from the top.
  7. Cut the sleeves off your sweater. Cutting along the seams, separate the back and front of your sweater so that you have two large pieces of cloth. Lay one piece flat and set the other aside.
  8. Take a rectangular piece of cardboard and roll it into a cone shape. This is going to be the form for your gnome's hat. I used the front of an old Cheez-Its box. Gently set the cone on your bottle to make sure it's the right size. Once you have it, secure your cardboard cone shape with tape or hot glue.
  9. Starting at the bottom corner of your sweater, roll your cardboard cone one turn. Secure the edge of your cloth to the cardboard with hot glue. Continue rolling the cardboard cone so that it is covered with cloth. Cut off any excess cloth, or tuck it into the bottom of your cone. Secure the outer edge of the cloth with hot glue. If you tucked the extra cloth into the bottom of the cone, be sure to also secure it to the cardboard with hot glue.
  10. Set your hat on your bottle and mark out where you want your nose to be. Once you have the spot, remove the hat, and secure the wine bottle cork (or other item) to your bottle.
  11. Place your hat on your bottle. I did not glue my hat down, but you can if you'd like. In addition, you might find it helpful to add a little weight to your bottle to prevent it from tipping over. I hot glued the beads from my stuffed bear into the bottle for extra weight.
  12. Voila! You have just created your own adorable gnome! Feel free to give him or her a name.

Process Photos

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Materials needed to create a gnome.Spread your t-shirt flat and place your bottle in the center.Tuck your shirt into the bottle.Secure the shirt in place with hot glue.Cut your stuffed animal open along the seams. The fur will be your gnome's beard.Save the stuffing from your animal for future projects.Remove all the parts from the torso. Lay your fur flat and begin cutting a triangle shape. Use your bottle as a guide, cutting a little as you go until you are happy with your shape.My triangle. Secure to your bottle using hot glue. The bottom of your triangle should be in line with the bottom of your bottle. Roll a rectangular piece of cardboard into a cone shape to create a form for your hat.Place your cardboard cone on your bottle to make sure it fits. Once your happy with your cone, secure it closed with tape or hot glue.Remove the arms and separate the torso of your sweater along the seam to create two pieces. Lay one piece flat and set your cone on top. Secure with hot glue.Roll your cone until it is completely covered with sweater material.Secure with hot glue.Tuck the remaining material into the bottom of your cone. Secure with hot glue.Hot glue your cork to the bottle to create your gnome's nose.Place your hat on your gnome.
Materials needed to create a gnome.
Materials needed to create a gnome.
Spread your t-shirt flat and place your bottle in the center.
Spread your t-shirt flat and place your bottle in the center.
Tuck your shirt into the bottle.
Tuck your shirt into the bottle.
Secure the shirt in place with hot glue.
Secure the shirt in place with hot glue.
Cut your stuffed animal open along the seams. The fur will be your gnome's beard.
Cut your stuffed animal open along the seams. The fur will be your gnome's beard.
Save the stuffing from your animal for future projects.
Save the stuffing from your animal for future projects.
Remove all the parts from the torso.
Remove all the parts from the torso.
Lay your fur flat and begin cutting a triangle shape. Use your bottle as a guide, cutting a little as you go until you are happy with your shape.
Lay your fur flat and begin cutting a triangle shape. Use your bottle as a guide, cutting a little as you go until you are happy with your shape.
My triangle. Secure to your bottle using hot glue. The bottom of your triangle should be in line with the bottom of your bottle.
My triangle. Secure to your bottle using hot glue. The bottom of your triangle should be in line with the bottom of your bottle.
Roll a rectangular piece of cardboard into a cone shape to create a form for your hat.
Roll a rectangular piece of cardboard into a cone shape to create a form for your hat.
Place your cardboard cone on your bottle to make sure it fits. Once your happy with your cone, secure it closed with tape or hot glue.
Place your cardboard cone on your bottle to make sure it fits. Once your happy with your cone, secure it closed with tape or hot glue.
Remove the arms and separate the torso of your sweater along the seam to create two pieces. Lay one piece flat and set your cone on top. Secure with hot glue.
Remove the arms and separate the torso of your sweater along the seam to create two pieces. Lay one piece flat and set your cone on top. Secure with hot glue.
Roll your cone until it is completely covered with sweater material.
Roll your cone until it is completely covered with sweater material.
Secure with hot glue.
Secure with hot glue.
Tuck the remaining material into the bottom of your cone. Secure with hot glue.
Tuck the remaining material into the bottom of your cone. Secure with hot glue.
Hot glue your cork to the bottle to create your gnome's nose.
Hot glue your cork to the bottle to create your gnome's nose.
Place your hat on your gnome.
Place your hat on your gnome.
Book page sparkle heart banner
Book page sparkle heart banner

2. Book Page Sparkle Heart Banner

I love creating banners for the holidays to hang over the fireplace. This charming project will brighten up your home as light catches on the pretty sparkle hearts, and the old book pages will add a rustic feel.

Materials Needed

  • Twine, string, or ribbon
  • Sparkle heart confetti (I picked up two packs of these from Wal-Mart for $1 each)
  • Old book pages
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Begin by cutting out heart shapes from your book pages. You'll need enough book page hearts to alternate with the sparkle hearts for the length of your twine, string, or ribbon. I used six.
  2. Lay your twine, string, or ribbon flat. Find the middle by folding it in half and touching the ends.
  3. Pick out a center heart and using your hot glue, secure it to your twine, string, or ribbon.
  4. Secure your remaining hearts to your twine, string, or ribbon with hot glue, alternating between book page hearts and sparkle hearts. I found it helpful to hold the banner up to see how and where I wanted the next heart to go before gluing it down.
  5. Hang up your banner and enjoy!

Process Photos

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Materials needed.Cut heart shapes from your old book pages.Find the center of your twine and hot glue your favorite heart piece.Continue gluing your hearts to your twine, alternating sparkle hearts with book page hearts.Hang up your banner.
Materials needed.
Materials needed.
Cut heart shapes from your old book pages.
Cut heart shapes from your old book pages.
Find the center of your twine and hot glue your favorite heart piece.
Find the center of your twine and hot glue your favorite heart piece.
Continue gluing your hearts to your twine, alternating sparkle hearts with book page hearts.
Continue gluing your hearts to your twine, alternating sparkle hearts with book page hearts.
Hang up your banner.
Hang up your banner.
Vase of hearts
Vase of hearts

3. Vase of Hearts

This project is a simple way to dress up any room in your house. It's easy to create, and the best part is you can customize it completely to suit your tastes.

Materials Needed

  • Tree branches (I used three)
  • Sparkle heart confetti
  • Sparkle heart sticks (I picked up a pack of these from Wal-Mart for $1)
  • Festive ribbon
  • Old book pages (optional)
  • Cardboard
  • Yarn
  • Vase
  • Styrofoam (I used two small chunks from the packing of an appliance)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue or double-sided permanent tape
  • Scotch tape

Instructions

  1. Begin by placing your styrofoam in your vase. This will keep your branches in place.
  2. Gently push your branches into the styrofoam.
  3. Begin securing your sparkle hearts and book page hearts to your branches where you'd like them. I used double-sided permanent tape for this project.
  4. Arrange your sparkle heart sticks in the vase. The sticks were very short in comparison to my vase, so I used my tape to secure them to my branches.
  5. Cut out heart shapes from your cardboard.
  6. On one side, tape an end of your yarn to secure it. Begin wrapping your yarn around the cardboard until it is completely covered.
  7. Cut the yarn, leaving enough to tie to a branch to hang your yarn heart.
  8. Wrap the cut end through a few of the pieces wrapped around your heart to keep it from unraveling. Then knot it around your branch to add a dangling yarn heart to your vase of hearts. You can create as many as you'd like. I made three.
  9. Once you have your vase assembled how you want, tuck a piece of decorating ribbon into the vase to create whimsy and interest.
  10. Place your vase on a shelf or on top of your fireplace for a pop of sparkle and color.

Process Photos

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Materials neededPlace a few pieces of Styrofoam into your vase to hold your branches.Begin arranging your hearts on the branches. I used this double-sided permanent crafting tape.I also used the double-sided tape to secure my stick hearts.You will need a piece of cardboard and yarn to create yarn heart ornaments for your decoration.Cut out heart shapes from your cardboard.Tape one end of the yarn to the cardboard.Wrap the yarn around the cardboard until it is completely covered.Cut the yarn, leaving enough to hang your heart up.Wrap the end of the yarn through previous wraps to prevent it from unwinding. Hang your yarn hearts by knotting the end around your branches.Tuck a piece of festive ribbon into your vase to add whimsy and interest.Vase of Hearts.
Materials needed
Materials needed
Place a few pieces of Styrofoam into your vase to hold your branches.
Place a few pieces of Styrofoam into your vase to hold your branches.
Begin arranging your hearts on the branches. I used this double-sided permanent crafting tape.
Begin arranging your hearts on the branches. I used this double-sided permanent crafting tape.
I also used the double-sided tape to secure my stick hearts.
I also used the double-sided tape to secure my stick hearts.
You will need a piece of cardboard and yarn to create yarn heart ornaments for your decoration.
You will need a piece of cardboard and yarn to create yarn heart ornaments for your decoration.
Cut out heart shapes from your cardboard.
Cut out heart shapes from your cardboard.
Tape one end of the yarn to the cardboard.
Tape one end of the yarn to the cardboard.
Wrap the yarn around the cardboard until it is completely covered.
Wrap the yarn around the cardboard until it is completely covered.
Cut the yarn, leaving enough to hang your heart up.
Cut the yarn, leaving enough to hang your heart up.
Wrap the end of the yarn through previous wraps to prevent it from unwinding. Hang your yarn hearts by knotting the end around your branches.
Wrap the end of the yarn through previous wraps to prevent it from unwinding. Hang your yarn hearts by knotting the end around your branches.
Tuck a piece of festive ribbon into your vase to add whimsy and interest.
Tuck a piece of festive ribbon into your vase to add whimsy and interest.
Vase of Hearts.
Vase of Hearts.

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    • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

      Alyssa 

      5 months ago from Ohio

      Thank you Dora! Have a lovely week!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing your creativity. Your instructions are well-laid and helpful.

    • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

      Alyssa 

      5 months ago from Ohio

      Yes it has, haha! The simple things in life often bring the most joy. :) Thank you for your kind words. Have a wonderful week!

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      Alyssa 

      5 months ago from Ohio

      Thank you very much! The gnome was my favorite, too. Let me know how it turns out!

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      Alyssa 

      5 months ago from Ohio

      Hahaha! You always lift my spirits, Bill! Have a wonderful week! :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 months ago from Sunny Florida

      It seems a new hot glue gun has opened a new door of opportunity for you. Each of your crafts are adorable. I especially like the banner as I love having a decoration to hang by the fireplace. I think each of these ideas are very unique, Alyssa.

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      5 months ago from AZ

      Awesome crafting suggestions for Valentine's day. I especially loved Gnome. It was very cute and unique. I have to make that. The heart banner and vase are great too. Super ideas.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      If I had the money, I would just pay you to come and decorate our house for every holiday. It would be worth the money so I didn't have to do it.:)

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